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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Arizona Newsletter for Sunday July 19, 2020 ( 32 items )  

AZ Win: Rep. Kirkpatrick Delivers Funds for AZ to Implement Drought Contingency Plans
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Kirkpatrick announces major funding victory for Arizona. The House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2021 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies bill on a vote of 30 to 21. The legislation funds the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior programs, the Department of Energy, and other related agencies. "In Arizona, we're constantly thinking about ways to su  more

Chair Grijalva Issues Statement on Trump Administration Action on National Environmental Policy Act Standards
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement on the Trump administration's action on National Environmental Policy Act regulations: "Our economy is leaving millions of people behind because the president has failed at his job, not because our environmental standards are too high. This rule change continues President Trump's sad tradition of giving more power to the powerful and making it harder for Ame  more

Chair Grijalva Issues Statement on Washington Football Team Retiring Name
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement on July 13 on the announcement that the Washington football team will retire its current name in favor of another to be announced later: "The campaign to end this form of racism has been going on for years, but the team owner and many of the people who have profited from it have insisted they'd never change. "Today's announcement comes because those profit  more

Chair Grijalva, Rep. McEachin Issue Statement on National Environmental Policy Act Rewrite
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following joint statement with Rep. A. Donald McEachin, D-Virginia: Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.), coauthors of the Environmental Justice for All Act - now a central piece of the House Democratic climate response package unveiled last month - issued the following statement on the environmental justice impacts of today's Trump administratio  more

Rep. Biggs Introduces Resolution to Condemn Recent Statements Made by Rep. Omar
GILBERT, Arizona, July 17 -- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congressman Andy Biggs, along with Representatives Scott Perry, R-Pa., Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., Andy Harris, R-Md., Chip Roy, R-Texas, Ted Budd, R-N.C., Ralph Norman, R-S.C., Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., and Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz, introduced a resolution that condemned recent statements made by Representative Ilhan Omar, condemned Members of Congress who advocate for Marxist policies, and reaffirmed a commitmen  more

Rep. Cuellar Secures Initial Funding for the Southwest Border Regional Commission
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, issued the following news release: Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) secured $250,000 in federal funding for the Southwest Border Regional Commission (SBRC), the first time since its authorization in 2008, in the fiscal year 2021 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill. The SBRC was created to address economic distress in the southern border regions of Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas. While the fully authorized amount for   more

Rep. Gosar Seeks Ban on Chinese Spyware Called Tik-Tok: 'A Giant Trojan Horse'
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. Paul A. Gosar, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr, along with two dozen other House members, supporting a ban on the Chinese Communist Party backed app known as TikTok. The app, marketed by Apple and other mobile app providers, records key strokes, can remote access cameras and microphones, track locations, and collects all data posted on the platform. In short,  more

Rep. Grijalva Critical of President Trump Weakening of Methane Rule
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following statement on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruling rejecting the Bureau of Land Management's attempt to rescind the 2016 methane waste prevention rule: "The courts are now continuously striking down the Trump administration's attempts to dismantle our public health and environmental laws. This decision is another rejection of the president's corrupt approach, which caters only to his poll  more

Rep. Grijalva Introduces the FLUEnT Act
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: This week, Rep. Raul M. Grijalva introduced the Families Learning and Understanding English Together (FLUEnT) Act, a bill that aims to enhance family literacy services to households of English Language Learners. The bill will create a grant program to family literacy services providers that serve the hardest to reach populations--including those with the greatest economic need. "Immigrant parents came to t  more

Rep. Grijalva Issues Statement on Ruling Against Rescinding Methane Waste Prevention Rule
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruling rejecting the Bureau of Land Management's attempt to rescind the 2016 methane waste prevention rule: "The courts are now continuously striking down the Trump administration's attempts to dismantle our public health and environmental laws. This decision is another rejection of the presi  more

Rep. Grijalva Statement on Trump Administration Weakening of National Environmental Policy Act Standards
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following statement on the announcement that the Trump administration is weakening National Environmental Policy Act regulations: "Our economy is leaving millions of people behind because the president has failed at his job, not because our environmental standards are too high. "This rule change continues President Trump's sad tradition of giving more power to the powerful and making it harder for Americans to protect their own n  more

Rep. Grijalva Statement on Washington Football Team Retiring Name
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following statement on July 13 regarding the announcement that the Washington football team will retire its current name in favor of another to be announced: "The campaign to end this form of racism has been going on for years, but the team owner and many of the people who have profited from it have insisted they'd never change. Today's announcement comes because those profits are drying up after years of tireless campaigning to e  more

Rep. Kirkpatrick Leads Fight to Protect A-10 Funding for FY2021
TUCSON, Arizona, July 15 -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Kirkpatrick released the following statement after she secured additional funds for the A-10 'Warthog' in the Defense Bill for FY2021. The House Appropriations Committee approved the Defense bill on a vote of 30 to 22. The legislation funds the Department of Defense, including operations and maintenance, readiness activities, research and development, equipment modernization, and health and qual  more

Rep. Kirkpatrick Leads Fight to Protect A-10 Funding for FY2021
TUCSON, Arizona, July 16 -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Kirkpatrick released the following statement after she secured additional funds for the A-10 'Warthog' in the Defense Bill for FY2021. The House Appropriations Committee today approved the Defense bill on a vote of 30 to 22. The legislation funds the Department of Defense, including operations and maintenance, readiness activities, research and development, equipment modernization, and health an  more

Rep. Kirkpatrick Secures Funding for Refugee Assistance
TUCSON, Arizona, July 14 -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on July 13: Rep. Kirkpatrick announces new funding victories from the FY2021 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs bill which passed the full committee with a vote of 29 to 21. The legislation funds the Department of State, the United States Agency for International Development, and other international programs and activities. "Representing a district that borders Mexico, I have seen first-  more

Rep. Kirkpatrick Secures Massive Funding for Rural Broadband, Food Assistance, University Research, More
TUCSON, Arizona, July 14 -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on July 13: Rep. Kirkpatrick announces new funding victories from the FY2021 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies bill, which passed the House Appropriations Committee by voice vote. The bipartisan legislation funds agencies and programs within the Department of Agriculture, the Farm Credit Administration, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the   more

Rep. Kirkpatrick, Rep. Newhouse Introduce Local Journalism Sustainability Act
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced the Local Journalism Sustainability Act, a bipartisan bill that helps preserve community journalistic endeavors throughout the United States. Joining Reps. Kirkpatrick and Newhouse as original cosponsors of the Local Journalism Sustainability Act are Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, Thomas Suozzi, Peter Welch, Rodney Davis, David B. McKinley P.E., Pe  more

Rep. Lesko Introduces Legislation to Protect American History
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) introduced legislation to protect America's monuments, memorials, and statues from ongoing violence in our nation. The legislation echoes President Donald J. Trump's Executive Order introduced on June 26, 2020. "The ongoing violence in our nation is abhorrent and the deliberate destruction of our nation's history cannot be tolerated," said Congresswoman Lesko followin  more

Rep. Lesko: Bipartisan Women's Caucus Introduces Resolution for National Women's Suffrage Month
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: The Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives to designate August 2020 as National Women's Suffrage Month, honoring the centennial of the 19th Amendment. "This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote," said Caucus Co-Chair Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (R-AZ). "This resolution seeks to recognize this histori  more

Rep. O'Halleran Discusses Pandemic Effects on Education in Arizona During Tele-Town Hall
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on July 15: Last night, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) hosted a telephone town hall to hear directly from families across Arizona's First Congressional District about the ways in which the coronavirus pandemic has affected K-12 education in Arizona. He was joined by Joe Thomas, President of the Arizona Education Association, and over 2,100 Arizonans concerned about education. "Last night, I heard direc  more

Rep. O'Halleran Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Fund Strategic National Stockpile
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) joined Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-GA-01) to introduce the State Stockpile Readiness Act of 2020, bipartisan legislation that would mandate full funding of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), and authorize the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award grants to states to expand or maintain a strategic stockpile of critical drugs, medical equipme  more

Rep. O'Halleran Releases 2020 Telework Report to Constituents
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) released his "2020 Telework Report", highlighting his work for constituents and communities in Arizona's First Congressional District since transitioning to telework to slow the spread of the coronavirus. During the COVID-19 pandemic, O'Halleran and his team returned more than $134,000 to First District residents, resolved over 100 disputes with federal agencies and prog  more

Rep. Schweikert Introduces COVID-19 Workplace Testing Tax Credit
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. David Schweikert, R-Arizona, has issued the following news release: Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) introduced legislation to provide businesses with a refundable payroll tax credit for COVID-19 testing. This legislation would cover 50% of the COVID-19 testing costs for companies working to support the health of their employees and is part of the Ways and Means Republican Returning Safely to a Healthy Workplace Agenda. "As businesses in Arizona and across the n  more

Rep. Schweikert, Colleagues Introduce Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. David Schweikert, R-Arizona, has issued the following news release: Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-06), Co-Chair of the Congressional Telehealth Caucus, along with caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL), Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-06), and caucus member Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-06), announced the introduction of the Protecting Access to Post-Covid-19 Telehealth Act. This bipartisan bill will continue the expanded use of telehealth beyond the Coronav  more

Rep. Stanton Introduces Bill to Require Body Cameras for Federal Community Oriented Policing Services Grant Eligibility
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Greg Stanton has introduced a bill to require the use of body-worn cameras for law enforcement officers as a condition of eligibility for COPS grants. The COPS Accountability Act of 2020, H.R. 7150, would require state, local and tribal government agencies applying for COPS grants to show they have plans in place to put a body camera on every officer who conducts searches and makes arrests. "As we reth  more

Rep. Stanton Secures Arizona Priorities in Water Resources Development Act
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure unanimously advanced the Water Resources Development Act of 2020, which included several measures to benefit Arizona. The bipartisan package authorizes water resources projects through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and it now heads to the House floor. "For far too long, Arizona has not gotten its fair share of federal infrastructure dollars to mee  more

Rep. Stanton's Effort to Expand Southwest Tourism Advances Through House Appropriations Committee
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Greg Stanton's Southwest Tourism Expansion Act moved a significant step closer to becoming law as it advanced as part of the House's Fiscal Year 2021 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill. Stanton's bill would create a pilot program to allow certain visitors from Mexico who already have permission to enter the United States to travel throughout the state of Arizona. Stanton first in  more

Reps. Biggs, Gaetz Introduce Amendment to Repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force
GILBERT, Arizona, July 15 -- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congressman Andy Biggs, along with Congressman Matt Gaetz, introduced Senator Rand Paul's S.J. Res. 12, the AFGHAN Services Act, as an amendment to H.R. 6395, the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. The amendment would repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force enacted in response to the September 11, 2001, attacks; direct the Department of Defens  more

Reps. Stanton, Gosar Continue Fight for Victims of Radiation Exposure
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Reps. Greg Stanton and Paul Gosar introduced a bipartisan amendment to the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act to include justice for victims of radiation exposure in Mohave County, Arizona and Clark County, Nevada--a continuation of their work together on the issue. The area included in the amendment is home to many "Downwinders," individuals who lived downwind of nuclear test sites or reactors and wer  more

Sen. Feinstein to HHS, EPA: Test Wastewater Nationwide for Early Coronavirus Detection
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following news release: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called on the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency to develop and implement a nationwide COVID-19 wastewater surveillance program. Testing wastewater is a proven early detection method for other viruses and diseases. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, communities in California, Massachusetts and Arizona are exploring th  more

Sen. McSally Helps Secure $1.2 Million Investment in Arizona Small Businesses Recovery
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.2 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to the PPEP Microbusiness and Housing Development Corporation, Tucson, Arizona, to capitalize and administer a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) that will provide critical gap financing to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Arizona advers  more

Sen. McSally Secures Over $4 Billion in Health Care Provider Relief Payments
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced over $4 billion in additional relief to certain healthcare providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic following urging by U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) amid a surge in cases across Arizona. Approximately $3 billion in funding will go to hospitals serving a large percentage of vulnerable populations on thin margins and approximately $1 billi  more