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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Arizona Newsletter for Sunday May 31, 2020 ( 22 items )  

Chair Grijalva Joins Lawmakers in Seeking Answers on How FEMA is Preparing to Respond to Storms That Hit Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
WASHINGTON, May 29 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release: House Natural Resources Chair Raul M. Grijalva joined United States Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez (D-N.Y.), in sending a letter with 39 Members of Congress to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ahead of the upcoming hurricane season in the Caribbean, seeking answers to how FEMA is preparing to  more

Chair Grijalva Spotlights Trump Administration's 'Beyond the Pale' Economic Favoritism for Fossil Fuel Companies Over Proposed Royalty Payment Delays
TUCSON, Arizona, May 28 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release: Chair Raul M. Grijalva wrote to White House Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought urging him to reject the Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) proposed rule allowing oil and gas companies to delay paying royalties for drilling on public lands. The letter is available online at https:/  more

Chair Grijalva: Interior Secretary Bernhardt Should Fire Assistant Secretary Domenech After Second Watchdog Finding of Wrongdoing in 6 Months
TUCSON, Arizona, May 30 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release on May 29: Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) called on Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to fire Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech after the release of a new Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report finding that Domenech improperly promoted family members for personal business and   more

House Passes Rep. O'Halleran-Endorsed Bill to Improve PPP, Cut Red Tape
WASHINGTON, May 29 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on May 28: The House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) to improve the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) by increasing flexibility in allowable loan spending for small businesses. "I have spent the past weeks on constant calls and virtual meetings with businesses of all sizes ac  more

Rep. Gosar Spearheads Legislation to Protect U.S. Mineral Supply Chains
WASHINGTON, May 29 -- Rep. Paul A. Gosar, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) and U.S. Congressman Michael Waltz (FL-06) introduced the American Critical Mineral Exploration and Innovation Act of 2020. They were joined by House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Republican Rob Bishop (UT-01), House Committee on Space, Science, and Technology Ranking Republican Frank Lucas (OK-03), and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23). "  more

Rep. Gosar, Secretary of Interior Bernhardt Announce Sale of Nearly 6,000 Acres of Federal Land to La Paz County
WASHINGTON, May 22 -- Rep. Paul A. Gosar, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar (AZ-04) and U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced the sale of nearly 6,000 acres of federal land to La Paz County, AZ. This sale took place as a result of language from Congressman Gosar's and Senator Martha McSally's La Paz County Land Conveyance Act, which was included in the bi-partisan lands package that was passed by Congress and signed into law last yea  more

Rep. Grijalva Celebrates New Grant for Electric Buses for City of Tucson
TUCSON, Arizona, May 28 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: The Federal Transit Administration awarded the City of Tucson a $3,757,100 grant to purchase new zero-emission buses for the city's Sun Tran public transportation system. In early March 2020, Rep. Grijalva wrote a letter in support of the grant to the FTA highlighting the City of Tucson's efforts to modernize the public transportation fleet. "Modernizing out transportation infrastructure is critical t  more

Rep. Grijalva Issues Statement on Death of Floyd
WASHINGTON, May 30 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following statement on May 29: Days of protests in Minnesota have erupted into violence after the death of George Floyd in police custody. Last night, President Trump encouraged the shooting of protesters on Twitter. * * * "The death of George Floyd was an act of murder, plain and simple, and my thoughts are with his family, friends, and community as they continue to grieve and demand justice and accountability for his death. It   more

Rep. Grijalva Issues Statement on Tribal Education Funding
WASHINGTON, May 27 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following statement on May 26 calling on the Education Department and Interior Department to release the education funding for the Bureau of Indian Education that was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (H.R. 748) and signed into law on March 27: "Every day, children and families in Indian Country are suffering at the hands of the Trump administration's botched coronavirus response. "As soon as we pa  more

Rep. Grijalva Spotlights Trump Administration's 'Beyond Pale' Economic Favoritism for Fossil Fuel Companies Over Proposed Royalty Payment Delays
TUCSON, Arizona, May 28 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Chair Raul M. Grijalva wrote to White House Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought urging him to reject the Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) proposed rule allowing oil and gas companies to delay paying royalties for drilling on public lands. The letter is available online at https://bit.ly/3db1jGW. The Trump administration proposal, whi  more

Rep. Grijalva Votes to Pass Important Improvements to Paycheck Protection Program and Stand Up for Arizona Workers and Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, May 29 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: The House of Representatives passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act which would fix major issues with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and allow Arizona's small business owners more flexibility on how they can spend their loan to ensure they can keep their business afloat. "As the impacts of COVID-19 on small businesses continue to increase, I've heard from numerous small business owne  more

Rep. Grijalva: Interior Secretary Bernhardt Should Fire Assistant Secretary Domenech After Second Watchdog Finding of Wrongdoing in Six Months
WASHINGTON, May 30 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on May 29: Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) called on Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to fire Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech after the release of a new Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report finding that Domenech improperly promoted family members for personal business and employment considerations at the Environmental Protection A  more

Rep. Kirkpatrick Announces More Than $2,000,000 Returned to Southern Arizona Constituents
WASHINGTON, May 29 -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Kirkpatrick announced that her office has returned more than $2,000,000 to the people of southern Arizona. Rep. Kirkpatrick and her staff have closed more than 1,600 constituent cases and returned more than $2 million to Southern Arizona. Rep. Kirkpatrick's office returned these dollars to Arizona taxpayers by cutting through federal red tape, expediting returns owed from the Internal Revenue Service  more

Rep. Lesko Announces Reopening of Surprise Office
SURPRISE, Arizona, May 27 -- Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) announced her district office in Surprise, Arizona will reopen on June 1, 2020. "As Arizona and the rest of our society begin to reopen, I'm excited to reopen my district office in Surprise," said Congresswoman Lesko. "Throughout this crisis, my staff has remained fully operational and committed to serving the constituents of the 8th Congressional District, and   more

Rep. O'Halleran Introduces Legislation to Fund Critical Sanitation Projects in Tribal Communities
WASHINGTON, May 30 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on May 29: Yesterday, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (D-AZ-01) and Congressman Don Young (R-AK-AL) introduced H.R. 7056, legislation to allocate funding for the Indian Health Services Sanitation Facilities Construction Program to construct and improve critical sanitation projects across Indian Country. The bipartisan bill addresses the Indian Health Service's Sanitation Facilities Deficiency List, which was inc  more

Rep. O'Halleran Issues Statement on Supply of Respirator Masks to Navajo Nation Hospitals
WASHINGTON, May 25 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following statement on the reports that a ex-White House staffer was awarded a $3 million federal contract to supply respirator masks to Navajo Nation hospitals - some of which have been reported as faulty: "The Navajo Nation is facing the worst COVID-19 outbreak in our country. This potentially faulty PPE must be investigated immediately so that the Navajo Nation government has full knowledge of what was provided to them, and wha  more

Rep. O'Halleran Urges Action to Address Potentially Faulty PPE Sent to Navajo
WASHINGTON, May 27 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter to House Majority Whip James Clyburn (SC-06), Chairman of the new House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, and a letter to Representatives Frank Pallone (NJ-06), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Diana DeGette (CO-01), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, urging an immediate investigation into pote  more

Rep. Schweikert Supports Passage of Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act
WASHINGTON, May 29 -- Rep. David Schweikert, R-Arizona, has issued the following news release: Congressman Schweikert joined colleagues in passing the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act to help solve problems with the PPP, a critical source of aid for small businesses during the coronavirus epidemic. "The Paycheck Protection Program has provided Arizona businesses with much-needed peace of mind during the COVID-19 pandemic. Going forward, we must ensure the program's   more

Reps. Stanton, Kirkpatrick Call on State to Send Critical Funds to Arizona Cities and Towns
WASHINGTON, May 28 -- Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Greg Stanton and Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick sent a letter to Gov. Doug Ducey urging him to allocate federal funds to local governments throughout Arizona that are struggling to cover the costs of coronavirus response efforts. "Congress provided assistance to states through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, and Arizona was allocated more than $1.8 billion," they wrote. "It is imperative a portion of these funds be  more

Sen. McSally on Administration Effort to Lower Insulin Prices for Seniors
WASHINGTON, May 27 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) released the following statement Tuesday after President Trump announced lower insulin costs for seniors through Medicare's Part D Senior Savings Model. "Our nation's seniors shouldn't have to choose between buying groceries and buying insulin," McSally said. "Capping insulin costs through Medicare is a huge step in the right direction as we look to reduce drug pricing ac  more

Sen. McSally Provides Coronavirus Updates to Thousands of Arizonans
WASHINGTON, May 28 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) spoke with thousands of Arizonans to provide an update on the coronavirus pandemic, including the safeguards in place as the state reopens, during McSally's ninth telephone town hall since the outbreak. During the call, McSally also answered questions about coronavirus testing in Arizona, safety measures to protect nursing homes, Paycheck Protection Program loans, and com  more

Sen. Sinema Urges Administration to Implement National Testing and Contact Tracing Strategy to Stop Spread of Coronavirus
WASHINGTON, May 27 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema urged the administration to implement a national testing and contact tracing strategy to help stop the spread of coronavirus, protect Arizonans from future waves of the virus, and ensure Arizona can safely reopen its economy. "Robust testing and the ability to trace the spread of the coronavirus are critical to re-opening our economy, getting Arizonans back to work, a  more