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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Arizona Newsletter for Sunday July 26, 2020 ( 39 items )  

Chair Grijalva Hails Passage of Great American Outdoors Act
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release on July 22: Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) today hailed House passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, one of Congress' most significant investments in environmental conservation in a generation. The bill - for which Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.) is the House sponsor - fully funds the successful and popular Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at   more

Chair Grijalva Issues Statement on Transfer of 65 Acres of BLM Property to Army Control
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement: Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) released the following statement on the transfer of approximately 65 acres of Bureau of Land Management property - including 53 acres near Yuma, Ariz. - to the U.S. Department of the Army to accelerate the building of President Trump's unpopular wall on our southern border. The transfer was made under the Federal Land Policy  more

Chair Grijalva Leads Letter Demanding Answers, Action Plan From Trump Admin on Puerto Rico's Critically Low Census Response
WASHINGTON, July 21 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release: Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter (https://bit.ly/30uUvhZ) today with 18 Members of Congress to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham seeking an explanation of the administration's plan to address Puerto Rico's critically low levels of 2020 Census response. Only 24.9 percent of Puerto Ricans have  more

Chair Grijalva: This Year's House Version of NDAA Includes Landmark Environmental Victories, I Will Vote Yes
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release: Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) called the House version of this year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) a significant victory for environmental conservation thanks to the inclusion of his Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, Rep. Joe Neguse's (D-Colo.) Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act and Rep. Diana DeGette's (D-Colo.) Protecting  more

Head Start Grants Headed to Arizona 1st Congressional District, Says Rep. O'Halleran
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services had awarded over $12 million in grants to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Arizona's First Congressional District. "Last year, over one million children in our country received education and health services through Head Start programs," said O'Halleran. "Now more than ever, we must ensure that   more

House Passes Rep. O'Halleran-Backed Legislation to Fund LWCF, Protect AZ Public Lands
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: The House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 7092, the Great American Outdoors Act, legislation cosponsored by Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually and create the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund, which will provide funding to the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servi  more

Rep. Biggs Issues Statement on National Defense Authorization Act
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, issued the following statement after the House passed the Mac Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 6395): "I support our military, but I do not support efforts to politicize our military. Unfortunately, for the second year in a row, Speaker Pelosi and her Democrat colleagues have politicized a fairly bipartisan defense spending package - one that I have voted for every year of my tenure in Congress. "I don't believe that many o  more

Rep. Gosar Secures Grant Funding for Health Clinic in Colorado City
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Paul A. Gosar, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) made the following statement after the Creek Valley Health Clinic in Colorado City, AZ received a $920,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. "I am proud to have to helped the Creek Valley Health Clinic secure this grant funding. Colorado City is a historically underserved community and enhancing healthcare infrastructure is an essential p  more

Rep. Gosar: Bureau of Land Management Transfers Land in Yuma County to Help Border Security
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Paul A. Gosar, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) issued the following statement after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced the transfer of 53 acres in Yuma County, AZ to the Department of the Army to assist in securing the Southern Border. "Today's announcement by the BLM is another step towards fulfilling the promise we made to the American people to build the wall and secure our borders. "The bo  more

Rep. Grijalva Demands Congressional Investigation, Ending Funding for Federal Law Enforcement Militarized Activities in Portland
WASHINGTON, July 21 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following statement: Over the past week, federal law enforcement officers without any identifiable insignia--later identified as CBP--have detained protesters in Portland, Oregon as protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd have continued. The Department of Homeland Security is using an executive order to protect statues, monuments, and federal property as a legal rationale for the use of force. * * * "What's ha  more

Rep. Grijalva Hails Inclusion of Nogales IOI Amendment in House Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: The House of Representatives passed Rep. Raul M. Grijalva's amendment that will direct $4 million within the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) budget to clarify the responsibility for the maintenance and operation of the International Outfall Interceptor (IOI). The amendment was included in the appropriations bill that passed the House. "It's ridiculous that the people of Nogales and Santa  more

Rep. Grijalva Hails Passage of Great American Outdoors Act, Points to Significant Local Benefits of Full Funding for Land, Water Conservation Fund
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) hailed House passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, one of Congress' most significant investments in environmental conservation in a generation. The bill - for which Rep. Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.) is the House sponsor - fully funds the successful and popular Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually, well above its yearly average funding level, and  more

Rep. Grijalva Statement on Death of Rep. Lewis
WASHINGTON, July 20 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following statement on the death of Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia: "Our country lost a legend and a national icon with the death of my friend and colleague John Lewis. "Every day of his life, John fought for the heart and soul of America, inspiring generations of people to get into 'good trouble' in pursuit of equality. "From the Edmond Pettus Bridge in Selma to the halls of Congress, he always used wherever he was to ensure that o  more

Rep. Grijalva Statement on President Trump Executive Order Targeting the Integrity of the U.S. Census
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: The Trump Administration issued an executive order aimed at excluding undocumented immigrants from the U.S. Census. In June 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Trump Administration's efforts to include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census finding that there was concern about the motivation behind the Trump Administration's decision. "This executive order is unconstitutional and only serves the pu  more

Rep. Grijalva Votes to End Discriminatory Immigration Measures, Ensure American Citizens, Immigrants Have Access to Counsel at Ports of Entry
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: The House of Representatives voted on two immigration amendments introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) respectively. Rep. Chu's amendment is a version of the NO BAN Act that would end President Trump's discriminatory Muslim ban that targeted immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries and banned their entry into the United States. "No matter how hard the Administration tr  more

Rep. Grijalva: This Year's House Version of National Defense Authorization Act Includes Landmark Environmental Victories, I Will Vote Yes
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) called the House version of this year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) a significant victory for environmental conservation thanks to the inclusion of his Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, Rep. Joe Neguse's (D-Colo.) Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act and Rep. Diana DeGette's (D-Colo.) Protecting America's Wilderness Act. The House voted to include   more

Rep. Kirkpatrick Advocates for Sonoran Corridor, Funding for Affordable Housing
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Kirkpatrick announces new funding victories from the FY2021 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies bill. The legislation funds the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other related agencies, including th United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. "The Sonoran Corridor is and will continue to be a major regional econo  more

Rep. Kirkpatrick Announces Funding for Chiricahua National Monument, Indian Health Services and More
TUCSON, Arizona, July 23 -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Kirkpatrick announces funding victories from the FY2021 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill which passed full committee and is next expected to be voted on by the House. The legislation includes funding for programs within the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other related agencies, including the Indian Health Service and the United  more

Rep. Kirkpatrick Announces Policy Win for DREAMERS
TUCSON, Arizona, July 23 -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Kirkpatrick announces new funding victories from the FY2021 2021 Legislative Branch bill. The bill includes provisions that would allow DACA receipts to work on Capitol Hill, a policy that helps Rep. Kirkpatrick's legislation, The American Dream Employment Act. The full bill funds the Legislative Branch of the U.S. government, including the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressional Budget Off  more

Rep. Kirkpatrick Highlights AZ Wins Included in Four-Bill Appropriations Minibus
TUCSON, Arizona, July 25 -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Kirkpatrick voted to pass a package of fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills. The package consists of four bills that fund federal departments including State, Agriculture, Interior, and Veterans Affairs from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.The $259.5 billion package, H.R. 7608, consists of the FY 2021 State-Foreign Operations, Agriculture-Rural Development-FDA, Interior-Environment, and M  more

Rep. Kirkpatrick Joins Colleagues in Demanding Answers About Deployment of Unidentified Federal Law Enforcement Personnel, Ongoing Actions in Portland
TUCSON, Arizona, July 23 -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Kirkpatrick joined her colleagues Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and over 100 House Members in demanding information from Attorney General William Barr and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf about unidentified federal law enforcement personnel deployed in Portland, Oregon over the objections of state and local officials. Last month, Raskin  more

Rep. Kirkpatrick Secures Commerce Justice and Science Funding
TUCSON, Arizona, July 23 -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Kirkpatrick announces new funding victories from the FY2021 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies bill. The bill funds the Departments of Commerce and Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other related agencies. "This bill was designed to reallocate and rectify some of the racial inequities in Commerce and Justi  more

Rep. Kirkpatrick Secures Massive Funding for Land Ports of Entry
TUCSON, Arizona, July 24 -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Kirkpatrick announces new funding victories from the FY2021 Financial Services and General Government bill. The legislation provides annual funding for the Department of the Treasury, the Judiciary, the Executive Office of the President, and other independent agencies, including the Small Business Administration. "I have toured our Southern Arizona ports - it is clear they are no longer suitab  more

Rep. Kirkpatrick Votes to Pass Great American Outdoors Act
TUCSON, Arizona, July 23 -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Kirkpatrick voted to pass H.R. 1957, the Great American Outdoors Act, to provide permanent, full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and establish the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund. This strong, bipartisan legislation, which passed the Senate last month, builds on the progress made by last year's John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recrea  more

Rep. Lesko Advocates for Parental Options in School Reopening
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) sent letters to Congressional Leadership and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey advocating for parents to have the option to send their children to school for in-person instruction this fall. "I am a strong proponent of parental choice and I am doing my part to advocate for in-person education options this fall," said Congresswoman Lesko. "Across America, parents are facing   more

Rep. O'Halleran Cosponsors Legislation to Hold COVID-19 Scammers Accountable, Protect Arizonans
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) joined a group of colleagues to introduce the Stopping COVID Scams Act of 2020: legislation to protect families from COVID-19-related scams and fraud by allowing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state attorneys general to levy civil penalties against scammers. Since January of 2020, the FTC has received more than 120,000 consumer complaints related to the coronavir  more

Rep. O'Halleran Details Arizona's 1st Congressional District Needs in Next Coronavirus Aid Package
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, urging the inclusion of targeted funding to ensure that we can continue to build and implement a national testing and contact tracing strategy and expand laboratory capacity to decrease testing-turnaround time in the next coronavirus aid package. He also advocated for the inclusion of three pieces of legislation he introduced t  more

Rep. O'Halleran Issues Statement on Death of Rep. Lewis
WASHINGTON, July 20 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following statement on July 18 regarding the death of Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia: "My heart is heavy with the news of John's passing today, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. A fighter for human rights, racial equality, and the people of Georgia, John was instrumental in the passage of the Voting Rights Act, the organization of sit-ins at segregated lunch counters, the Freedom Rides, the 1963 March on  more

Rep. O'Halleran to Participate in Hearing on Oversight of Farmers to Families Food Box Program
WASHINGTON, July 21 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on July 20: Tomorrow, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01), a member of the House Agriculture Committee will participate as in a Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Hearing on the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. The hearing follows reports that the program fell short of its target amount of food delivered before the June 30 deadline set in May when contracts were awarded. "T  more

Rep. O'Halleran Votes for Bipartisan NDAA, Protections for Grand Canyon
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on July 21: Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): bipartisan legislation that fully funds our military operations at home and abroad, continues to address the coronavirus pandemic, and addresses harmful uranium mining operations near the Grand Canyon. "Today, I was proud to join my colleagues in voting to pass this bipartisan, bicam  more

Rep. Schweikert Introduces Invest Now Act to Spur Economic Growth
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. David Schweikert, R-Arizona, has issued the following news release: Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) introduced the Invest Now Act, legislation that would promote long-term economic growth by encouraging individuals to immediately purchase real estate, stocks, bonds and other forms of property. The Invest Now Act would temporarily reduce the capital gains rate to 5 percent for assets purchased in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "I am pleased to introduce this l  more

Rep. Schweikert Introduces Legislation to Reduce Medical Expenses for Millions of Americans
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. David Schweikert, R-Arizona, has issued the following news release: Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) introduced legislation to provide financial relief to millions of American families facing the burden of high health care costs. The proposal would reduce the current 7.5 percent income threshold for the medical expense deduction to 5 percent for years 2020 and 2021, and make the 7.5 percent income threshold permanent for all other years. "Today, we take a critic  more

Rep. Schweikert Supports Passage of Great American Outdoors Act
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. David Schweikert, R-Arizona, has issued the following news release: Congressman Schweikert (AZ-06) voted in favor of the Great American Outdoors Act, legislation focused on protecting public lands and national parks across the United States. "I am pleased to vote in favor of the Great American Outdoors Act, to ensure continued protection of our national parks, like Arizona's own Grand Canyon National Park, for current and future generations to cherish," said Congres  more

Sen. McSally Backs Bipartisan Legislation to Stop Theft of U.S. Research & Intellectual Property by Global Competitors
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) this week cosponsored the Safeguarding American Innovation Act, bipartisan legislation to help stop foreign governments, particularly China, from stealing American taxpayer-funded research and intellectual property developed at U.S. colleges and universities. American taxpayers have been unwittingly funding the rise of China's military and economy over the last two decad  more

Sen. McSally Introduces Bill to Invest in Western Water Technology and Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) this week introduced legislation to improve water supplies and management across the West through partnerships with the federal government, local water managers, and Western research universities. The Water-Energy Technology Demonstration and Deployment Act would leverage water-energy advancements made at the Department of Energy (DOE) by putting the latest technology in  more

Sen. McSally Introduces Bills to Ban Purchase of Communist China's Transportation and Military Technology
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced two bills to protect American taxpayers and prevent the Chinese Communist Party from using American public transportation and military technology as a means to undermine America. The No Funds to China's Military Act would ban the use of federal dollars to purchase products and services from companies on the Communist Chinese Military Companies in the United St  more

Sen. McSally Issues Statement on National Defense Authorization Act
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following statement on National Defense Authorization Act: "Our nation faces a complex, ever-changing global threat environment that requires constant vigilance against our adversaries. As we continue to combat the coronavirus at home, our enemies have wasted no time attempting to capitalize on this crisis to undermine our security. Today's passage of our annual defense bill stands as a stark reminder to those who wish us harm th  more

Sen. McSally, Senators Introduce Bill to Allow Americans to Sue China Over COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, July 21 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Civil Justice for Victims of COVID Act to allow Americans to sue China in federal court for its role in causing the coronavirus pandemic. This legislation incorporates previous stand-alone bills introduced by Sens. McSally and Blackburn, Sen. Hawley,  more

Sens. Graham, Sinema Applaud Passage of Glioblastoma Awareness Day Resolution
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) made this statement on the passage of their Senate Resolution designating July 22, 2020 as Glioblastoma Awareness Day. "Glioblastoma is a devastating brain disease that has taken the lives of two of my very close friends and colleagues, Ted Kennedy and my dearest friend John McCain," said Senator Graham. "To honor their   more