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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Arizona Newsletter for Monday June 24, 2019 ( 42 items )  

Arizona Adjutant General Comes to Capitol Hill to Testify Before Congresswoman Debbie Lesko's Subcommittee
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: On Thursday, Major General Michael T. McGuire, Adjutant General for the State of Arizona, testified at a House Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing entitled "Examining the Department of Defense's Deployment to the U.S.-Mexico Border". Major General McGuire is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of Arizona's Army and Air National Guard, Joint Programs, and the Division of Emergency Management  more

Biggs, Khanna, Lee, and Buck Launch the War Powers Caucus
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA) have established a new bipartisan War Powers Caucus, which will be dedicated to debating our nation's role in global affairs and reaffirming Congress's constitutional leadership responsibility on matters of war and peace. Joining Representatives Biggs and Khanna as original members of the caucus are Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Repre  more

CBO Issues Cost Estimate for U.S. Code Title 28 Amendment
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- The Congressional Budget Office issued the following cost estimate: H.R. 1569 would allow federal district court judges serving in the District of Arizona to hold court proceedings in the cities of Flagstaff and Yuma. Under current law, district court proceedings are limited to being held in the cities of Globe, Phoenix, Prescott, and Tucson in Arizona. Using information provided by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, CBO expects that allowing proceedi  more

Chair Grijalva, Rep. McEachin to Host Historic Environmental Justice Summit at U.S. Capitol With Hundreds of Participants From Across the Country
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release: On Wednesday, June 26, Natural Resources Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) are hosting an environmental justice summit at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Auditorium. This all-day event will convene policymakers, environmental leaders and practitioners to educate Congressional staff on the history and context of the envi  more

Congressional Western Caucus Issues Statement on Land, Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- The Congressional Western Caucus issued the following statement by Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Arizona, chairman of Congressional Western Caucus, in response to House Committee on Natural Resources Democratic members's passage of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act (H.R. 3195): "Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Paul Gosar (AZ-04): "For far too long, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been hijacked by extremist environmentalists to grow the federa  more

Congressman Biggs Responds to 'Concentration Camp' Comment
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Andy Biggs responded to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's claim that the administration "has established concentration camps on the southern border of the United States for immigrants..." "Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez's comments were despicable, and I call on her to immediately retract her irresponsible words. Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez's comparison shows an utter disregard for histo  more

Congressman Biggs' Statement on House Judiciary Committee Hearing With Hope Hicks
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Tonight, the House Judiciary Committee transcript was released for yesterday's closed-door hearing with former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks. Congressman Biggs, who participated in the hearing, released the following statement: "As I told Ms. Hicks, yesterday's hearing was a farce. It was a waste of Ms. Hicks time, of lawmakers' time, and of the American people's time. The majority only wante  more

Congresswoman Debbie Lesko Presents Goodyear Resident With Arizona's District 8 Congressional Recognition
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Ken Fuellbier from the office of Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) presented Larry Cervarich, Founder of Meals of Joy and resident of Goodyear, with Arizona's District 8 Congressional Recognition. Meals of Joy has been assisting seniors in the West Valley for the last four years by providing meals to senior citizens who are unable to leave their homes or are recuperating from medical procedures. Each meal i  more

House Budget Committee Sets Hearing on Benefits of Immigration
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- The House Budget Committee issued the following hearing information: Building A More Dynamic Economy: The Benefits of Immigration at 210 Cannon House Office Building at 10 a.m. on June 26: Witnesses * Tom Jawetz, Vice President, Immigration Policy, Center for American Progress * Abdirahman Kahin, Owner, Afro Deli * Sari Pekkala Kerr, Senior Research Scientist, Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College * Douglas Nicholls, Mayor of Yuma, Arizona  more

House Democrats Pass Appropriations Bill to Thwart President Trump's Agenda
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: This week, House Democrats continued to ignore desperately needed funding to address the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border by passing H.R. 2740 - Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. Congressman Biggs released the following statement: "Instead of finding solutions to solve the immediate crisis at the border, Dem  more

House Democrats Reject Congresswoman Debbie Lesko's Pro-Life Amendment to First Appropriations Package
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Today, House Democrats rejected an amendment offered by Congresswoman Debbie Lesko to prohibit American taxpayers from subsidizing abortions around the world. Her amendment to H.R. 2740, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020, would have prevented $750 million from being used to fund abortions around the world. On June 13, 2019, Cong  more

House Homeland Security Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Arizona Department of Emergency & Military Affairs
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- The House Homeland Security subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation and Operations issued the following testimony by Maj. Gen. Michael T. McGuire, director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, at a hearing entitled "Examining the Department of Defense's Deployment to the U.S.-Mexico Border": "My name is Major General Michael T. McGuire, and I am The Adjutant General of Arizona and Director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military A  more

House Natural Resources Committee Passes Landmark Bills Blocking Unpopular Offshore Drilling, Guaranteeing Full Funding for Land, Water Conservation Fund
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release: At a just-concluded markup, the House Natural Resources Committee approved bills to block offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and to provide the full $900 million annual authorized funding level for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Among other measures initially listed for consideration today, R  more

House Natural Resources Subcommittee Sets Hearing on Three Tribal Bills
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- The House Natural Resources subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife issued the following hearing information: legislative hearing on three tribal bills at 1324 Longworth House Office Building at 2 p.m. on June 26: Legislative hearing on the following bills: * H.R. 644 (Rep. Bishop), To approve the settlement of the water rights claims of the Navajo Nation in Utah, and for other purposes."Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act" * H.R. 2459 (Rep. O'Halleran), To appro  more

Key Committee Approves Sinema Bill Strengthening Transparency and Provision to Hold Congress Accountable for Government Shutdowns
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: * * * - Sinema's Early Participation in Regulations Act increases government transparency and accessibility & Sinema-Amended Government Shutdown Accountability Act ensures Congress doesn't get paid if it doesn't fund the government * * * A Senate committee approved both a bipartisan bill by Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema to strengthen government transparency and legislation shaped by her to pre  more

McSally Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Detect and Deter Illicit Entry Into the United States
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced legislation today to detect and deter illicit entry of criminals into the United States. Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX-10), Republican Leader of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Former Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. "Criminals attempt to violate our nation's bord  more

McSally Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging Administration to Keep Seasonality Provision Out of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) led a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging the Administration protect American consumers and farmers by keeping a "seasonality" provision out of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In a letter sent to U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, McSally and her colleagues from Arizona, Texas, and California express their opposition to the inclusi  more

McSally Presses Interior Department, Forest Service on Backlog of Maintenance Projects
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) pressed the Department of Interior and U.S. Forest Service on the backlog of multiple maintenance projects on federal land in Arizona. During a U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on Examining Deferred Maintenance Needs and Potential Solutions, McSally requested updates on the damaged water pipeline in Grand Canyon National Park and nece  more

McSally, Sinema Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Rein in Rogue Spending at Western Area Power Administration
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced bipartisan legislation to rein in rogue spending at the Western Area Power Administration, which delivers power from 56 hydropower plants to more than 40 million people in 15 states. The Western Area Power Administration Transparency Act would require the administrator of the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) to establi  more

O'Halleran Applauds Arizona Corporation Commission for Emergency Vote on Power Shutoffs
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) applauded yesterday's action by the Arizona Corporation Commission in voting to pass an emergency rule that would prohibit utility shutoffs until October 15th for Arizonans who are late on their bills this year. This vote follows a recent report that a 72-year-old Sun City West woman passed away in a heat-related death last year after Arizona Public Service cut power to h  more

O'Halleran Secures Critical Funding, Champions Programs for Arizona Communities, American Servicemembers
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass an appropriations minibus that includes funding for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Energy and Water Development, State-Foreign Operations, and Defense. Included in the funding package are amendments introduced by O'Halleran that passed with unanimous, bipartisan support: The first amendment secured a $5 million incre  more

O'Halleran Successfully Secures Housing Pilot Program for Homeless and At-Risk Pinal County Veterans
CASA GRANDE, Arizona, June 21 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: After months of working with veteran service organizations, community health programs, the Pinal County Housing Authority, and the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in Tucson, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) announced that a pilot program to house homeless and at-risk veterans in Pinal County would be launched. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (H  more

Rep. Biggs Issues Statement on Senate Deal for Border Humanitarian Aid Funding
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. Senate's Appropriations Committee approved $4.6 billion in humanitarian aid for the crisis at America's southern border. Congressman Biggs released the following statement: "After months of ignoring the dire crisis at our southern border, Senate Democrats have finally admitted that there are significant issues that Congress must confront. This is progress, but the American people deserve bette  more

Rep. Gallego Issues Statement on FY 2020 Appropriations Bills
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, issued the following statement after passage of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Energy and Water Development, State-Foreign Operations and Defense Appropriations bills for fiscal 2020: "I'm proud that our Democratic majority is passing measures that will greatly benefit hardworking Arizonans and all Americans now and in the future. "These investments in our communities will help provide equal access to quality education and  more

Rep. Gallego Issues Statement on Military Strike Against Iran
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, issued the following statement in response to reports that President Trump had approved military strike against Iran in retaliation for downing an U.S. drone but pulled back against the advice of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton: "War should always be a last resort, and war with Iran is no different. That's why it's so troubling that we have come so close to it at the direction of some of the exact sam  more

Rep. Gosar Issues Statement on Free Iran Rally
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Paul A. Gosar, R-Arizona, issued the following statement in support of the 2019 Free Iran rally: "Arizona is home to many Iranian-Americans that came to this country to start a new life and create their very own American dream. "They fled an oppressive regime that has directed violence at their friends, family and colleagues. The current regime is not a friend to the United States and its allies. "It suppresses the freedoms of Iranians, sponsors terrorism throughou  more

Rep. Grijalva Celebrates Passage of Nogales International Outfall Interceptor Amendment, Calls on Senate to Act
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment by Rep. Raul M. Grijalva to direct $4 million within the International Border and Water Commission (IBWC) to clarify the responsibility for the maintenance and operation of the International Outfall Interceptor (IOI) in Southern Arizona. The IOI pipeline is approximately 8.5 miles long and transports wastewater from Nogales, Sonora and Nogales, Ar  more

Rep. Grijalva Issues Statement on Draft Greenhouse Gas Emissions Guidance
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement on the Council on Environmental Quality draft greenhouse gas emissions guidance under the National Environmental Policy Act: "This administration has shown once again that it doesn't take the threat of climate change seriously. "Today's draft guidance seeks to limit the federal government's role in assessing whether proposed projects and activities contribu  more

Rep. Grijalva Issues Statement on Interior Department Responses to Freedom of Information Act Requests
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following statement on a report in Roll Call that senior political officials at the Department of the Interior are reviewing responses to Freedom of Information Act requests: "The Interior Department under President Trump has treated information as a political weapon, regardless of what our laws require or what democracy demands of its leaders. "Controlling public awareness of  more

Rep. Grijalva Issues Statement on Military Strike Against Iran
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following statement: Today, the Trump Administration confirmed it had abruptly decided to cancel a preemptive military strike on Iran. This comes at the heels of the Trump Administration blaming Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and a confrontation over a U.S. spy drone shot down by Iran this week. In response, Rep. Raul M. Grijalva issued the following statement: "President Trump, Secretary Pompeo, and   more

Rep. Lesko Opposes Dangerous Appropriations Package That Puts Nation at Risk
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Today, House Democrats passed H.R. 2740, the first FY 2020 "minibus" Appropriations package, which includes the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations bills. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko released the following statement after opposing H.R. 2740. "Democrats have rushed through a partisan appropriations package without fir  more

Rep. Stanton Secures Funding in House-Passed Bill to Invest in Arizona
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Today, the House passed the first of several appropriations bills to fund the federal government through fiscal year 2020. Rep. Greg Stanton voted in favor of the package, which included several measures he pushed for on behalf of Arizona families. "We worked hard to put together a funding bill that invests in Arizona and improves people's lives," said Stanton. "It includes critical investments that will li  more

Reps. Grijalva, Haaland Cheer Passage of Amendment Increasing Investment in Renewable Energy on Tribal Lands in Government Funding Bill
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment authored by Representative Grijalva and co-sponsored by Representative Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) that provides tribal governments with more funding to evaluate and develop renewable energy resources on tribal lands. The amendment will increase the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs by $2 million--a nearly 10 percent increase--and reduce Fossil  more

Sen. McSally Bill to Speed CBP Hiring Process Clears Senate Committee
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Today, legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) to speed the hiring process for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) applications clears a major hurdle by passing out of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs. "The men and women of Customs and Border Protection work tirelessly to secure our borders, keep Americans safe, and facilitate cross-border commerce  more

Sen. McSally Introduces Bipartisan Drought Legislation
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced a bipartisan bill to improve the nation's water supply and drought resiliency. The Drought Resiliency and Water Supply Infrastructure Act is co-sponsored by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). McSally chairs the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power, which has respons  more

Sen. McSally Presses for Real-Time Transparency for Cost of Prescription Drugs
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) pressed the Center for Medicare for real-time transparency to prescription drug prices to help Arizonans see and compare drug prices before they buy medications. During a U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing on the Complex Web of Prescription Drug Prices, McSally asked Principal Deputy Administrator & Director Of The Center For Medicare Demetrios Kouzouk  more

Sen. Sinema Applauds Community Development Grants for Arizona Tribal Communities
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator has long supported Community Development Block Grants for Arizona communities * * * Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema today applauded the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's decision to award nearly $8 million in Indian Community Development Block Grants to tribal communities across Arizona. The grant funding will support housing, infrastructure improvements and econom  more

Sen. Sinema Secures Arizona Priorities in Annual Defense Bill
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: * * * - Senate now debating defense bill that includes Sinema provisions supporting Arizona servicemembers and military installations * * * The U.S Senate has begun debate on an annual national defense bill shaped by Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema to include priorities for Arizona's servicemembers and military installations. The priorities Sinema secured in the defense bill include her bipartisa  more

Sen. Sinema Underscores Need to Monitor Drones' Security Risks
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema spoke at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the need to monitor the security risks caused by drones, particularly in sensitive areas like the U.S.-Mexico border. "Drones have revolutionized aviation, but as we integrate drones into the national airspace, we need to make sure we are monitoring the potential security risks caused by drones, particularly at the bord  more

Sinema Backs Bill Increasing Access To Outdoor Recreation
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema joined a bipartisan group of senators in cosponsoring the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act, which streamlines and improves the permitting process for outfitters, educational organizations, and community groups to enjoy Arizona's public lands. "Arizonans treasure our public lands, and outdoor recreation is a $21.2 billion industry in our state that   more

Sinema Discusses the Importance of Servicemembers' Networks of Support in Preventing Veteran Suicide
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema spoke at a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on preventing veteran suicide. Sinema discussed legislation she included in this year's defense bill that engages the civilian community around our servicemembers by requiring the Department of Defense to collect from new servicemembers the names and contact information of loved ones they consider to be members of t  more

Sinema-Backed Bill Aims To Enhance Arizona Cities' Transportation Systems
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema today introduced the bipartisan Moving FIRST Act, which enhances and modernizes the transportation systems of American cities by encouraging the use of innovative technology. The bill builds on the successes of the 2015 SMART Cities Challenge administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation by expanding the opportunity for more communities - both urban and rural -  more