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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Arizona Newsletter for Sunday June 21, 2020 ( 24 items )  

Chair Grijalva, Reps. Lowenthal, Levin Press for Explanation of Pro-Industry Changes to Oil, Gas Royalty Payments
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release on June 17: Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, and Rep. Mike Levin (D-Calif.) wrote to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt today seeking an explanation for the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) recently released guidance making it easier for companies to pay less in p  more

GAO Report Requested by Chair Grijalva Finds Customs & Border Protection Needs to Improve Stakeholder Outreach on Reducing Slavery in Seafood Industry
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release: In a new report requested by Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have not effectively coordinated with partner agencies to reduce human slavery and illegal labor practices in the seafood industry and need to improve their investigative methods. The repo  more

GAO Report Requested by Rep. Grijalva Finds Customs & Border Protection Needs to Improve Stakeholder Outreach on Reducing Slavery in Seafood Industry
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: In a new report requested by Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have not effectively coordinated with partner agencies to reduce human slavery and illegal labor practices in the seafood industry and need to improve their investigative methods. The report makes clear that collaboration with the National Oc  more

Rep. Biggs Leads Letter About Anti-Border Security Measures in NDAA
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, issued the following statement: Congressman Andy Biggs led a letter to House Armed Services Committee leadership urging their opposition to any anti-border security measures in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. U.S. Representatives Paul Gosar, W. Gregory Steube, Jodey Arrington, Markwayne Mullin, Glenn Grothman, Debbie Lesko, Andy Harris, Ted Budd, Tom Tiffany, Randy Weber, Michael Cloud, Gregory F. Murphy, Ben Cline,  more

Rep. Biggs Statement on Supreme Court DACA Decision
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, issued the following statement: The U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision on the Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, vacating the Trump administration's rescission of the unlawful Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on the conclusion that "the Acting Secretary did violate the Administrative Procedure Act (APA)." * * * "In 2012, President Barack Obama disregarded the Constitution's  more

Rep. Biggs Supports President Trump's Efforts to Streamline Consideration of Asylum Claims
GILBERT, Arizona, June 16 -- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, issued the following statement: Last week, the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security proposed a new rule to streamline consideration of asylum claims. The rule gives the federal government needed tools to combat fraudulent claims and to work through the 1-million case backlog. * * * "I support the Trump administration's efforts to restore order and credibility to our nation's asylum system. Eligible individuals in ne  more

Rep. Gallego Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Protect Dreamers
PHOENIX, Arizona, June 19 -- Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, issued the following statement on June 18 regarding the Supreme Court's ruling against President Trump's decision to end the DACA program: "In reversing President Trump's decision to end DACA, the Supreme Court affirmed today what we already knew: The Trump Administration is both incompetent and incredibly cruel. In today's decision, the Court shines the light on another of Trump's decisions that was made for purely political reasons w  more

Rep. Gosar Calls for Open Amendment Process for GAOA
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Paul A. Gosar, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) along with 19 other House members sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy asking for an open amendment process during the upcoming debate on the Great American Outdoors Act. The House is expected to consider the Great American Outdoors Act next week. This large piece of legislation includes funding to address the maintena  more

Rep. Grijalva Applauds Supreme Court LGBTQ Civil Rights Ruling
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following statement: In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to LGBTQ individuals, making it illegal for employers to fire an individual based off their sexual orientation or gender identity. * * * "This is a remarkable victory for the LGBTQ community that has fought for decades against discrimination in the workplace while longing for a day where they are fully  more

Rep. Grijalva Celebrates Supreme Court Decision on DACA
TUCSON, Arizona, June 19 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following statement on June 18 in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration violated the law when it ended the DACA program in 2017: "Today is a victory for the relentless young immigrants who dared to dream. It's a victory for those who fought from childhood and well into their adult lives to send a message that they have every right to exist in the only home they have ever known. "It's a strong   more

Rep. Grijalva, Colleagues Press Interior Dept. for Explanation of Sudden Pro-Industry Changes to Oil, Gas Royalty Payments on Public Land
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on June 17: Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Chair of the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, and Rep. Mike Levin (D-Calif.) wrote to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt seeking an explanation for the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) recently released guidance making it easier for companies to pay less in public royalties for producing oil and gas on public lands.   more

Rep. Kirkpatrick Calls on Arizonans to Put Community's Health First
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Kirkpatrick released the following statement calling on Arizonans to take immediate action regarding the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the state. "Arizonans: we must act now. We are entering the red zone. If we overburden our healthcare system, we will suffer a devastating loss of lives, while also harming our economy," said Rep. Kirkpatrick. "This week, we have seen nearly 2,000 new cases each  more

Rep. Murphy Returns From Trip to U.S.-Mexico Border
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- Rep. Gregory Murphy, R-North Carolina, issued the following news release: Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03) arrived in Arizona late on Monday, June 8 for an educational visit to the U.S.-Mexico border and returned to North Carolina on Thursday, June 11. Murphy attended the trip with his colleagues from the Congressional Border Security Caucus. The group spent two full days in Arizona and New Mexico speaking with Drug Enforcement Administration agents, Customs and Bord  more

Rep. O'Halleran Applauds Supreme Court Decision on DACA
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to block the administration from ending the DACA program: "Over my three and a half years representing Arizona's First District, I have been lucky to meet with many young Arizona DREAMers. Under DACA, these hardworking men and women have had the opportunity to receive a college education, find meaningful jobs, and give back to the country they call home. "They are doctors and  more

Rep. O'Halleran: More Must Be Done to Address COVID-19 in Arizona, Nationally
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following statement: Over one month after House passage of the Heroes Act, and following continued reports that COVID-19 cases are rising in Arizona, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) released the following statement urging swift, bicameral action to secure funding and resources for struggling American families, and the rapid development of a comprehensive, national response plan. * * * "As a nation, we have seen tragedy and u  more

Rep. Stanton: Five Steps for a Safer Arizona
PHOENIX, Arizona, June 15 -- Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona's rapidly rising COVID-19 infection and death rates have done more than make the state's response a national embarrassment. The troubling trend puts more Arizonans in harm's way and local economies at greater long-term risk. "The level of crisis we have in Arizona is unnecessary and a direct result of poor decision-making and failed leadership," Rep. Greg Stanton said. "State officials can mak  more

Rep. Stanton: Mobilize National Guard to Meet Arizona's Urgent Contact Tracing Needs
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Greg Stanton called for the governor to assign members of the Arizona National Guard to a new mission: Immediately support state and county efforts to contact trace the spread of COVID-19. Stanton's call to action builds on his five-step plan, released Sunday, which outlined actions state leaders should take to save lives, including urgently prioritizing contact tracing. As Arizona's rate of new infec  more

Rep. Stanton: Surface Transportation Bill Advances, Includes Key Stanton Amendments
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on June 19: Yesterday, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure advanced the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act, a plan to reauthorize national surface transportation funding and infrastructure investment. It would authorize nearly $500 billion over five years to address some of the nation's most urgent infrastructure nee  more

Sen. McSally Bill to Restore National Parks and Public Lands Passes Senate
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) on Wednesday helped pass landmark legislation dedicated to the preservation of national parks and public lands across the United States. McSally introduced the bill alongside Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and 51 others. The Great American Outdoors Act would invest billions of dollars into rural economies and create over 100,000 jobs na  more

Sen. McSally Calls for Permanent Expansion of Telehealth Following COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) and a bipartisan group of 29 senators called for the expansion of access to telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic to be made permanent. Provisions from the McSally-backed CONNECT for Health Act that have allowed Medicare beneficiaries in all areas of the country, and in their homes, to utilize telehealth services, as well as more types of health care providers to p  more

Sen. McSally Introduces Glioblastoma Awareness Day Resolution
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Monday introduced a Senate resolution designating July 22, 2020 as Glioblastoma Awareness Day. "More than 700,000 patients in the United States are living with the tragic diagnosis of some kind of brain tumor," McSally said. "The deadliest of these tumors, glioblastoma, has t  more

Sen. McSally Joins Scott to Introduce Police Reform Bill
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) joined Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) in introducing legislation to reform policing in America and rebuild trust between communities of color and law enforcement officials. The Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act would increase accountability and transparency in police departments across the nation through improved training and data collec  more

Sen. McSally: Labor Department Stands Ready to Help Arizonans Suffering Job Loss Amid Pandemic
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) shared the following information regarding the tools available to Arizonans experiencing job loss, a reduction in hours, or furlough through the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA). EBSA assists individuals with their employment-based health, retirement, and other employee benefit plans. During this period of nationwide challenge, provi  more

Sens. McSally, Cramer Seek Answers on BlackRock's Support for Chinese Companies Who Ignore US Financial Regulations
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) wrote a letter to BlackRock CEO Larry Fink today asking him to explain BlackRock's support for Chinese companies who ignore US financial regulations and the firm's hostility toward domestic energy producers. The letter comes ahead of Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell's appearance before the Senate Banking Committee tomorrow. "We are writing to get a  more