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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Arizona Newsletter for Sunday August 02, 2020 ( 32 items )  

Arizonans Applaud Sen. McSally's Work on Annual Defense Bill
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona leaders are praising U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) for her work to support Arizona's men and women in uniform. On Thursday, McSally helped the Senate pass the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with her provisions to invest in Arizona's critical military missions, save the A-10 aircraft from retirement, and bring home key national security supply chains. Read more about McSally  more

Chair Grijalva Issues Statement on Endangered Species Act Standard
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement on July 31 on the Trump administration's Endangered Species Act regulation: "The purpose of the Endangered Species Act is to help endangered species flourish and expand back into their former habitats. "If this rule were in place fifty years ago, the bald eagle would have been kept at death's door in perpetuity, limited to a few square miles here and there.  more

New McSally Bill Requires Online Retailers to Disclose If Product is Made in China
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced legislation that would require online retailers like Amazon to disclose the origin of products made in China. "China works every day to subvert American interests and supplant the United States as the world's dominant power," McSally said. "American consumers deserve to know if a product they purchase online is made in China before they buy it, particularly no  more

Rep. Gallego Statement on President Trump Ill-Advised Plan to Withdraw U.S. Troops From Germany
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, issued the following in response to Defense Secretary Mark Esper's announcement that the U.S. will move to withdraw nearly 12,000 troops from Germany: "Our troops in Germany are not there to protect Germany. They are there to protect the United States, a task that they have done ably since 1945. "They ensure we are ready to deploy around the world and provide excellent care to our wounded. And yes, they're there to provide a deterrent to Ru  more

Rep. Gallego: House Committees Approve Gallego Bills to End Copays, Improve Care for Native Veterans, Extend FTCA Coverage to Urban Indian Health Clinics
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: This week the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Veterans Affairs Committee passed three bipartisan bills authored by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) that were aimed at improving access to high-quality, affordable health care for Native Veterans and Native Americans living in urban areas. The bills would also serve to bolster an Indian health system that has suffered severe financial and resource shor  more

Rep. Gosar Introduces Stop the Censorship Act
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Paul A. Gosar, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Representatives Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-4), Doug Collins (GA-9), Ralph Norman (SC-5), Lance Gooden (TX-5), Steve King (IA-4), Jim Banks (IN-3), Matt Gaetz (FL-1), Ted Yoho (FL-3), Tom Tiffany (WI-7), Ron Wright (TX-6), and Glenn Grothman (WI-6) introduced H.R. 7808 Stop the Censorship Act of 2020. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (Section 230) affords Big Tech immunity from liability fo  more

Rep. Gosar Issues Statement on Reopening of Forest Management Projects in Tonto National Forest
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Paul A. Gosar, R-Arizona, issued the following statement on July 24: U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) made the following statement after the United States District Court for the District of Arizona modified an injunction stemming from an ongoing lawsuit regarding Mexican Spotted Owl habitat. This modification will allow eight forest management projects in the Tonto National Forest to resume work. * * * "Today's announcement by the Forest Service th  more

Rep. Grijalva Blasts Republican Plan to Reduce Unemployment Benefits, Calls on Senate to Pass Heroes Act
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following statement: Senate Republicans released a COVID-19 relief plan will significantly reduce unemployment benefits from the current benefit of an extra $600 per week to $200 per week. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance first passed in the CARES Act in March expires this week on Friday, July 31. In May, the House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act which would extend the $600 jobless benefit through the end of January.   more

Rep. Grijalva Condemns Homeland Security Department Plan to Implement Restrictions on DACA Program
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following statement: The Trump Administration announced that it will enact new limits on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Under the new guidance, the Department of Homeland Security will not accept any new DACA applications and will only renew deferred action requests for one year. This comes after the U.S. Supreme Court in June ruled that the Trump Administration violated the law when they ended the prog  more

Rep. Grijalva Highlights COVID-19 Vaccine Trials in Pima County
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: This week, the National Institutes of Health announced phase 3 trials to determine if an investigational vaccine co-developed by Moderna, Inc. and the National Insitute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is effective. Researchers are looking to enroll approximately 30,000 adult volunteers who do not have COVID-19 for the trials. One of the selected sites is in Pima County. "I am hopeful that the phase 3 cl  more

Rep. Grijalva on President Trump Comments on Delaying the Election: 'Beyond Unhinged'
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following statement: President Donald Trump tweeted that the November election should be delayed alleging potential voter fraud as millions of Americans plan to vote by mail in the upcoming election. In response, Rep. Raul M. Grijalva issued the following statement: * * * "Donald Trump is resorting to blatant authoritarianism to deflect from his disastrous failure to combat COVID-19 and the ensuing economic crisis. Throughout hi  more

Rep. Grijalva Votes for Legislation to Stabilize Childcare Sector, Ensure Safety, Support Working Families
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following statement: This week the House of Representatives passed the Child Care is Essential Act and the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act. The bills would provide federal funds to childcare providers to help them adhere to health and safety guidance during the pandemic while providing much needed affordable childcare options to working families so that we can safely reopen the economy. After voting for the legislation, Rep. R  more

Rep. Kirkpatrick Votes to Pass Child Care for Economic Recovery Act & Child Care Is Essential Act
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on July 30: Yesterday, Rep. Kirkpatrick voted to pass H.R. 7327, the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act, and H.R. 7027, the Child Care Is Essential Act. Both bills work to address issues relating to the affordability and accessibility of child care. The Child Care for Economic Recovery Act expands the availability of quality child care, helps workers return to their jobs when it is safe, and enables Amer  more

Rep. Lesko Introduces Amendments to House Appropriations Packages
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) introduced amendments in the House Rules Committee during a hearing on the FY 2021 Appropriations package for Defense, Commerce, Justice, Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development. Lesko introduced an amendment to ensure that a portion of  more

Rep. Lesko Introduces Bill to Ensure Integrity of PPP Loan Program
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) introduced the Paycheck Protection Program Integrity Act, which requires the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and its affiliates to return any funding received through the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). "Planned Parenthood and its affiliates, the largest abortion providers in the country, broke the rules and app  more

Rep. Lesko: Bipartisan Women's Caucus Resolution Commemorating National Women's Suffrage Month Passes House
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: The Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues' bipartisan resolution to designate August 2020 as National Women's Suffrage Month passed the United States House of Representatives by Unanimous Consent. "I am so pleased to see this important resolution to recognize the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment pass the House of Representatives," said Caucus Co-Chair Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (R-AZ). "This commem  more

Rep. O'Halleran Votes to Secure Overdue Relief for Child Care Providers, Arizona Kids
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass the Child Care is Essential Act and the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act: two bills to increase affordability and accessibility of child care for struggling families, and ensure that providers have the resources and guidance they need to continue serving families during the coronavirus pandemic. "Throughout my time in public service, I've been an advoca  more

Rep. Stanton: Water Infrastructure Bill Passes House, Includes Key Measures for Rural Arizona
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: The House passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2020, a bipartisan package authorizing water infrastructure projects and studies through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Rep. Greg Stanton, the only Arizona member on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, fought for key investments in rural communities, including $150 million for an environmental infrastructure program in Arizona. Many sm  more

Reps. Gosar, Trone Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Encourage Increased Diplomacy Between U.S. and Republic of Slovenia
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Rep. Paul A. Gosar, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congressman Paul Gosar (AZ-04), Chairman of the House U.S.-Slovenia Friendship Caucus, and Congressman David Trone (MD-06) introduced a resolution recognizing that the alliance between our nations is critical to U.S. interests. "As Chairman of the House U.S.-Slovenia Friendship Caucus and a proud member of the Slovenian-American community, I am proud to introduce this resolution with my colleague, Congress  more

Reps. Lesko, Stanton Lead Letter to Army Corps for McMicken Dam Study
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) and Congressman Greg Stanton (AZ-09) sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) requesting the Corps conduct a feasibility study on improvement options for McMicken Dam in Surprise, Arizona. Lesko and Stanton were joined by the entire Arizona congressional delegation in sending the letter. "McMicken Dam is an important part of my district and ensuring i  more

Reps. O'Halleran, Gallego, Grijalva Demand Action From Arizona Department of Economic Security
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) led a letter to the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) regarding reports from constituents about unemployment claims being flagged as potentially fraudulent, despite there being no obvious reason for DES to suspect this, and often giving constituents no outlet to contact DES to rectify the situation. This interruption in benefits has the potential to completely  more

Reps. Schweikert, Pascrell, Walorski, Panetta Introduce Bill to Help New Parents Receive CARES Act Stimulus Checks This Year
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Rep. David Schweikert, R-Arizona, has issued the following news release: U.S. Reps. David Schweikert (AZ-06), Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), Jackie Walorski (IN-02), and Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure new parents quickly receive the additional $500 per child payment provided by the CARES Act. Currently, parents of children born on or after January 1, 2020, must wait until they file taxes in calendar year 2021 to receive those payments due t  more

Reps. Schweikert, Soto Amendment to Strengthen Supply Chains for COVID-19 Resources Passes House
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Rep. David Schweikert, R-Arizona, has issued the following news release: Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) and Congressman Darren Soto's (FL-09) bipartisan amendment to increase funding for the FDA to enhance the security and reliability of U.S. supply chains during the COVID-19 pandemic for food, pharmaceuticals, and other essential medical equipment and supplies through technologies such as blockchain passed the House of Representatives. This bipartisan amendment was  more

Sen. McSally Bill to Support Arizona's Child Care Providers Included in New COVID-19 Package
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) announced that her legislation to provide assistance for child care providers in Arizona was included in the Senate's next coronavirus relief package. "In order for Arizonans to get back to work this fall, we need child care services to safely reopen and stay open," McSally said. "Over 60 percent of child care services across the country have closed since the pandemic st  more

Sen. McSally Calls for 7-Day Extension of Expanded Unemployment Benefits
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) spoke on the Senate floor and called on Congress to pass a simple seven-day extension of expanded unemployment benefits while Congress finishes negotiations on the next coronavirus relief package. "I'm asking Senators to simply extend expanded unemployment benefits for seven days while Congress comes up with a solution," McSally said. "With the first of August approachin  more

Sen. McSally Introduces Bill to Help Complete Transportation Projects Impacted by COVID-19
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced legislation to ensure that federally funded transportation projects impacted by the coronavirus pandemic will be completed. The bill would direct the Department of Transportation to put unused grant money toward pre-approved projects. These additional funds would not be counted toward the federal share of the project. "This bill provides targeted relief to A  more

Sen. McSally Introduces Brandon Act to Protect Mental Health of Servicemembers, Honor Legacy of Fallen Arizona Sailor
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced mental health legislation in honor of fallen Arizona sailor Brandon Caserta. The Brandon Act would give servicemembers a way to confidentially request mental health treatment without going through their chain of command. If a servicemember uses a select phrase, such as "Brandon Act," they would immediately be referred for a confidential mental health evaluatio  more

Sens. Grassley, McSally Issue Op-Ed: Coronavirus Pandemic Has Accelerated Need to Cut Drug Prices
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following op-ed with Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona: Partisan obstructionists who would rather seize political advantage than enact bipartisan drug pricing reform are bottom feeders of the swamp. Fixing flaws in our nation's drug pricing system is a matter of life and death for people who can't afford insulin or chemotherapy infusions. The mandate to lower drug costs is more important than  more

Sens. Grassley, McSally Op-Ed: Coronavirus Pandemic Has Accelerated Need to Cut Drug Prices
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following joint op-ed with Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona: Partisan obstructionists who would rather seize political advantage than enact bipartisan drug pricing reform are bottom feeders of the swamp. Fixing flaws in our nation's drug pricing system is a matter of life and death for people who can't afford insulin or chemotherapy infusions. The mandate to lower drug costs is more important than ever. COVID-19 arguably lends e  more

Sens. McSally, Cornyn, Daines, Sullivan Introduce Bill to Ensure Americans Don't Lose Health Coverage
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ), John Cornyn (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) introduced legislation yesterday to help Americans who are laid off or furloughed due to COVID-19 continue on their employer's health plan through December 31, 2020. "Arizonans who have lost their jobs or remain furloughed due to coronavirus should not have to worry about losing their health insurance too  more

Sens. McSally, Cruz Introduce Bill to Enact Expensing Reform, Creating Jobs and Increasing Wages
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced legislation this week to remove tax barriers and spur economic growth across the country. The Cost Recovery and Expensing Acceleration to Transform the Economy and Jumpstart Opportunities for Businesses and Startups (CREATE JOBS) Act would accomplish one of the most important structural reforms to the tax code possible: expensing reform. "  more

Sinema-Backed Bipartisan Bill Protects Arizonans Retirement and Addresses Future Federal Spending & National Debt
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Senator Mitt Romney (Utah) introduced the bipartisan TRUST Act--legislation that addresses future federal spending and the growing national debt while protecting Arizonans' retirement and health benefits through Social Security and Medicare. "As we take bold action to keep our communities healthy and our economy out of a depression, we must also have a   more