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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Illinois Newsletter for Monday June 24, 2019 ( 75 items )  

Bustos Helps Pass Major Funding Package to Improve Rural Health Care, Lower Costs, Support Teachers, Strengthen Waterways & Defense
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Committee Chairwoman Praises Bustos' "Tenacious Advocacy" for Illinois' 17th District - With Critical Bustos Provisions Included, Four-Bill Appropriations Minibus Passes Full House * * * Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, helped pass a major funding package out of the House of Representatives. The legislation is a four-bill minibus  more

Bustos Urges Secretary of Agriculture to Issue Disaster Declaration
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) spoke with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, where she urged him to issue a disaster declaration for areas of Illinois' 17th Congressional District. "Our region is facing unprecedented weather conditions - the likes of which our farmers and producers have never seen in their lives," Congresswoman Bustos, a member of the House Agriculture Committee said. "Flood  more

Congressman Casten's Priorities Featured in First Appropriations Package
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) voted to pass H.R. 2740, a package of bills that would fund the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, and Energy throughout the next year. The bill includes several provisions championed by Congressman Casten aimed at protecting our environment, addressing climate change, ensuring access to quality health care, and promoting educa  more

Congressman Krishnamoorthi Convenes Meeting of Senior Transportation Security Administration Officials and Community Leaders
SCHAUMBURG, Illinois, June 19 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Leaders from the 8th Congressional District and Greater Chicagoland Area Discuss Best Practices for Improving Interactions Between TSA Officers and the General Public * * * On Monday, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi convened a meeting with community leaders and three senior TSA officials visiting from Washington, DC to discuss best practices for improving relations between TSA of  more

Davis Announces National Science Foundation Award to University of Illinois
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) announced today that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has received a new $2.8 million National Science Foundation (NSF) funding award as part of the project Midwest Big Data Hub: Building Communities to Harness the Data Revolution which involves five university partners. UIUC's area of focus will be a  more

Duckworth Bill To Commemorate & Preserve Route 66 Passes Senate
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) passed the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) unanimously today. The Route 66 Centennial Commission Act would establish a centennial commission in preparation for the 100th anniversary of Route 66, which begins in Chicago and continues through six other states, including Oklahoma, before ending on the Pa  more

Duckworth Secures Commitments On Illinois Transportation Projects At Fast Act Reauthorization Hearing
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) secured commitments from top transportation officials on several key Illinois and national projects during today's U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation (CST) hearing on reauthorizing a surface transportation bill. At the hearing, Duckworth questioned Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Administrator Ronald Batory, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrati  more

Duckworth, Durbin, Bustos Secure Grant Extension for Quad Cities Amtrak Route
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Announcement comes after Duckworth, Durbin & Bustos pressured FRA to extend funding * * * U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) yesterday received confirmation from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) that the agency had granted the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) a six month extension for federal funding for the  more

Duckworth, Durbin, Fischer Introduce Legislation to Help Midwestern Farmers by Reforming Small Refinery Waiver Program
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan legislation would help prevent abuse of 'hardship' waivers that has harmed Illinois's biofuel industry & contributed to idling of ethanol plants * * * U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) in introducing bipartisan legislation to reform the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) small refinery exemption program, which the Trum  more

Duckworth, Langevin Lead Colleagues in Asking Administration for Information on Hiring Targets, Retention Rates of Federal Employees With Disabilities
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator, Congressman requesting data to evaluate the effectiveness of the federal government's efforts to hire and retain Americans with targeted disabilities * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI) sent a letter to Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Margaret Weichert outlining their concerns that the Trump Administration i  more

Duckworth, Senate Colleagues Introduce Bill To Help Prevent Police-Involved Deaths & Provide Justice To Families
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), today introduced legislation that would help restore trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve by helping prevent police-involved deaths and encourage independent, impartial investigations into law enforcement of  more

Durbin Hosts Illinois Members At Delegation Lunch
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today hosted members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation at an Illinois Congressional Delegation Luncheon. Started by the late U.S. Senator Alan J. Dixon, the Illinois Delegation Luncheon has been held regularly in Washington, D.C., at no expense to the federal taxpayer for more than 27 years. "I always enjoy welcoming my House colleagues to the Senate for our dele  more

Durbin Opposes Anti-LGBTQ Trump Nominee, Matthew Kacsmaryk
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that he will oppose President Donald Trump's Texas district court nominee Matthew Kacsmaryk, who has repeatedly written in his personal capacity about his opposition to LGBTQ rights and the Obergefell case. Durbin also called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for spending another week rubber-  more

Durbin to HHS Secretary: FDA Won't Act to Curb Youth E-Cigarette Epidemic, Will You?
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to use his authority and full force of his agency to tackle the youth vaping epidemic. Durbin, referencing a meeting last month with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless, urged Azar to take action on e-cigarettes in light of FDA's refusal to res  more

Durbin, Duckworth Reintroduce Bill to Provide Equal Tax Treatment for Married Sam-Sex Couples
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill would permit same-sex couples previously barred from filing taxes jointly to submit amended returns dating back to year of marriage * * * During LGBTQ Pride Month, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), today reintroduced the Refund Equality Act. This legislation would ensure that legally-married same-sex couples - w  more

Durbin, Duckworth, Bustos Push DOT to Support Quad Cities Amtrak Route
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), urged the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue an extension for federal funding for the Amtrak route between Chicago and Moline. After funding delays from former Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker renewed the state's financial commitment to the pro  more

Durbin, Duckworth, Bustos Push DOT to Support Quad Cities Amtrak Route
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), urged the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to issue an extension for federal funding for the Amtrak route between Chicago and Moline. After funding delays from former Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker renewed the state's financial commitment to the proposed  more

Durbin, Illinois Congressional Delegation to FCC: Improve Rural Broadband Maps
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, the entire Illinois Congressional Delegation sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai and the four FCC Commissioners urging the FCC to improve the nation's broadband maps by reforming the mapping process for broadband services. The members noted that currently the mapping process lacks detail, accuracy, and granularity, meaning many underserved areas, including   more

Durbin, Murray, Dem Senators Seek Status of Group Discharge Applications Submitted By State AG's
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Patty Murray (D-WA), along with 20 of their Democratic colleagues, today requested the U.S. Department of Education provide an update on group discharge applications filed by 21 State attorneys general on behalf of thousands of defrauded students who are eligible for federal loan discharge under the borrower defense provision of the Higher Education Act. The applica  more

Durbin: President Trump, Republicans are Threatening Millions of American Families By Undermining Health Care System
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today slammed President Trump and Senate Republicans on their continued efforts to destabilize and undermine America's health care system. Durbin cited the pending lawsuit, Texas v. United States, in which the Trump Administration is seeking to eliminate the entire Affordable Care Act, including important protections for people with pre-e  more

Durbin: Senate Has Responsibility to Address Humanitarian Crisis President Trump Has Created at Southwest Border
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: In today's Senate Appropriations Committee markup, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, supported reporting to the floor a bipartisan funding agreement to address the humanitarian crisis that President Donald Trump has created at our southwest border. The bill includes funding to alleviate overcrowding at U.S. Customs and Borde  more

Foster Announces Nearly $1.5 Million Award for University of St. Francis
JOLIET, Illinois, June 21 -- Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced that the University of St. Francis (USF) will receive an award from the Department of Health and Human Services in the amount of $1,452,947. The funding will be provided through the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) program to support academic clinical partnerships to educate and provide primary and mental health care in rural and underserved co  more

Foster SESAME Amendment to Promote Science Diplomacy Passes House
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Yesterday, an amendment offered by Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) to support funding for the Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) project and promote science diplomacy passed the U.S. House of Representatives as part of an appropriations package for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. "Science provides a common language throu  more

GAO Issues Report on Civilian Marksmanship Program
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on matters related to the transfer and subsequent sale of the surplus Army firearms to the Civilian Marksmanship Program. The report (GAO-19-555R) is titled "Civilian Marksmanship Program: Army Funded Report Addresses Various Aspects of the Sale of Surplus Firearms". The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committe  more

GAO Issues Report on Foster Care
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on supervised independent living arrangements and services for older youth. The report (GAO-19-411) is titled "Foster Care: States with Approval to Extend Care Provide Independent Living Options for Youth up to Age 21". The report was sent to Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Illinois, chairman, Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Indiana, ranking member of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Worker and Family Support, on May 21. Her  more

House Appropriations Committee Issues Report on Financial Services, General Government Appropriations Bill (Part 1 of 8)
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- The House Appropriations Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-122) on legislation (H.R. 3351) in explanation of the accompanying bill making appropriations for financial services and general government for the fiscal ending Sept. 30, 2020. The report was advanced by Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, on June 19. Summary of Estimates and Appropriations The following table compares on a summary basis the appropriations, including trust funds, for fiscal year 2019, the budget   more

House Appropriations Committee Issues Report on Financial Services, General Government Appropriations Bill (Part 2 of 8)
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- The House Appropriations Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-122) on legislation (H.R. 3351) in explanation of the accompanying bill making appropriations for financial services and general government for the fiscal ending Sept. 30, 2020. The report was advanced by Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, on June 19. United States Mint UNITED STATES MINT PUBLIC ENTERPRISE FUND The United States Mint (the Mint) manufactures coins, receives deposits of gold and silver bullion, an  more

House Appropriations Committee Issues Report on Financial Services, General Government Appropriations Bill (Part 3 of 8)
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- The House Appropriations Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-122) on legislation (H.R. 3351) in explanation of the accompanying bill making appropriations for financial services and general government for the fiscal ending Sept. 30, 2020. The report was advanced by Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, on June 19. Special Assistance to the President SALARIES AND EXPENSES Appropriation, fiscal year 2019....................... $4,288,000 Budget request, fiscal year 2020......  more

House Appropriations Committee Issues Report on Financial Services, General Government Appropriations Bill (Part 4 of 8)
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- The House Appropriations Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-122) on legislation (H.R. 3351) in explanation of the accompanying bill making appropriations for financial services and general government for the fiscal ending Sept. 30, 2020. The report was advanced by Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, on June 19. Federal Communications Commission SALARIES AND EXPENSES Appropriation, fiscal year 2019....................... $339,000,000 Budget request, fiscal year 2020......  more

House Approved Rep. Bost Amendment on Illegal Foreign Steel Imports
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: The House of Representatives today unanimously approved an amendment offered by U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) that will better help protect domestic manufacturers and workers from illegally dumped steel and other subsidized foreign imports. The amendment increases funding for trade Enforcement and Compliance at the U.S. Department of Commerce. "American workers can outperform any foreign competitor in any indu  more

House Labor Subcommittee Issues Testimony From University of Illinois
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- The Education and Labor subcommittee on Workforce Protections issued the following testimony by Robert Cohen, director of the Mining Education and Research Center at the University of Illinois School of Public Health, at a hearing entitled "Breathless and Betrayed: What is MSHA Doing to Protect Miners from the Resurgence of Black Lung Disease?": "My name is Robert Cohen and I am the Director of the Mining Education and Research Center, and Clinical Professor of Environmen  more

House Labor Subcommittee Sets Hearing on Protection of Miners From Black Lung Disease
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- The House Education and Labor subcommittee on Workforce Protections issued the following hearing information: Breathless and Betrayed: What is MSHA Doing to Protect Miners from the Resurgence of Black Lung Disease? at 2175 Rayburn House Office Building at 10:15 a.m. on June 20: Witnesses Panel I * Robert Cohen, Clinical Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Illinois School of Public Health, Chicago, IL * Gary Hairston, Vice President,  more

House Passes Lipinski Amendment to Boost Funding for Supercomputer Project at Argonne National Lab
CHICAGO, Illinois, June 19 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: The U.S. House of Representatives today approved a spending bill that includes an amendment offered by Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) to provide an additional $15 million to Argonne National Laboratory's Leadership Computing Facility to support a first-of-its-kind supercomputer. The amendment, co-sponsored by Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11), was included in HR 2740, which provides funding for the  more

ICYMI--LaHood: Delaying USMCA Harms American Agriculture
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: For the farmers that I represent in central and west-central Illinois, access to markets in Canada and Mexico is vital to their success. When harvest comes and farmers take their products to market, they rely upon the open-market free-trade system with our neighbors to the north and south to remain competitive in the global economy. Over the last 25 years, free trade with Mexico and Canada has supported o  more

LaHood Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Ensure Patients in Rural Illinois Continue to Receive Critical Medical Services
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) joined a bipartisan group of Members of Congress to introduce the Keep Physicians Serving Patients Act of 2019. Under current Medicare policy, outdated geographic price indexes have resulted in inadequate payments for physicians practicing in rural areas, creating a disincentive for physicians to continue to practice in these communities. The Keep Physicians Serving Patients  more

LaHood Urges Passage of USMCA Without Delay
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) called for swift passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) and underscored the importance of this trade agreement for farmers, workers, and small businesses across Illinois at the House Ways and Means Committee hearing today with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. "It concerns me that we haven't started the clock and that Speaker Pelosi ha  more

LaHood, DelBene Urge Mnuchin and Lighthizer to Protect U.S. Digital Trade Interests
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA), co-chairs of the Digital Trade Caucus, sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, urging them to take action in response to France's proposal to impose discriminatory taxes on digital services. "The French tax on digital services will disproportionately affect U.S. technology expor  more

Lipinski Announces $500,000 USDA Grant for IIT in Bedford Park to Research Health Benefits of Superfoods
CHICAGO, Illinois, June 18 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) today announced that researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Bedford Park have received $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to research how bioactive components in berries may prevent inflammation and promote intestinal health. IIT was one of 20 recipients who received the grant through   more

Rep. Bost Applauds Early Grazing Date for Prevented Planting Acres
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) applauded today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s decision to allow farmers who planted cover crops on prevented plant acres to hay, graze, or chop those fields in by September 1st this year, rather than November 1st. The Risk Management Agency (RMA) moved up the date to help farmers who were prevented from planting because of flooding and excess rainfall this spring. "F  more

Rep. Bost Offers Amendment to Give Veterans Business Opportunities
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: The House of Representatives today unanimously approved an appropriations amendment offered by U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) that ensures increased opportunities for veteran-owned small businesses to compete for grants and contracts from the U.S. State Department. Similar preferences are already provided to American businesses owned by the socially and economically disadvantaged, as well as faith-based organiza  more

Rep. Bost Votes Against House Amnesty Bill
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Mike Bost voted today against legislation that would provide a special pathway to citizenship for those who immigrated to America illegally. The House Democrats' plan, called the American Dream and Promise Act, would offer no provisions for additional border enforcement and cost taxpayers an estimated $34.6 billion. "Plain and simple, Nancy Pelosi's immigration plan rewards people for breaking our   more

Rep. Bustos Announces USDA Rural Development Funding for Village of Vermont
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, announced $25,000 in federal funding from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development program for the Village of Vermont. The USDA Rural Development loans and grant assistance program is designed to forge partnerships with rural communities and fund projects that bring housing, bu  more

Rep. Bustos Issues Statement on State Disaster Proclamation for Henry, Knox Counties
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after Henry and Knox Counties were included in the State of Illinois' disaster proclamation: "I'm pleased Gov. Pritzker has added both Henry and Knox Counties to the state's disaster proclamation. "After visiting with farmers in Henry County and across our region, it's clear that this year's flooding is taking an unprecedented economic toll. "On the federal level as a member of the powerful House Appropriatio  more

Rep. Casten Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following statement regarding his support for opening an impeachment inquiry against President Trump: "I didn't run for Congress to impeach the President - any President, I ran to fight climate change, push for commonsense gun reform, uphold women's right to choose, and strengthen our economy. "But I also ran for office because I felt the people of my District deserved transparency from their elected representative. "That's why,   more

Rep. Casten Issues Statement on Trump Administration Rollback for Obama-Era Clean Power Plan
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, a member of the House Select Climate Crisis Committee and co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition Climate Change Task Force, issued the following statement on the Trump administration rollback for the Obama-era Clean Power Plan: "The Trump Administration's rollback of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) is a major setback to nationwide efforts to transition to a cleaner more efficient power and address climate change. After years of consulting with tec  more

Rep. Davis Highlights Importance of Funding Ag Research on House Floor
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), co-founder of the bipartisan Agriculture Research Caucus, today highlighted the importance of funding agriculture research on the House floor. With multiple universities, including the University of Illinois, Illinois State University, and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, the 13th District is a powerhouse for agriculture research. Recently, the University of Ill  more

Rep. Davis Issues Statement on Congressional Accountability Act of 1995
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, issued the following statement on the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 being implemented on June 19: "Last Congress, this Committee took great strides to ensure a safer and more professional work environment for all who serve within the Legislative Branch. "The CAA Reform Act reflects the first set of comprehensive reforms that have been made to the Congressional Accou  more

Rep. DeFazio Secures $3.8 Million in Funding for Airport Improvements
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, issued the following news release: Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) today announced more than $3.8 million in Airport Improvement (AIP) grants for the Cave Junction and North Bend Airports from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Illinois Valley Airport in Cave Junction will receive $150,000 to rehabilitate the runway and reconstruct the aging taxiway. The Southwest Oregon Regional Airport in North Bend will receive $3.7 million to ins  more

Rep. Garcia Introduces Reward Work Act
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 19, introducing the Reward Work Act: I rise today to support a bill I have introduced with Congressman Khanna, the Reward Work Act. Economic inequality has been spiraling for decades, and since the 1970s, corporate firms have increasingly relied on stock buybacks-- juicing the price of their own stock in order to pay out huge sums to their executives a  more

Rep. Garcia Issues Statement on Reports of ICE Raids
CHICAGO, Illinois, June 21 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following statement in response to news reports that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency will begin conducting raids in major U.S. cities: "Today's news reports indicating that ICE will target up to 2,000 immigrant families for deportation in ten major cities, including Chicago, as soon as Sunday are outrageous. Immigrant communities have been living in fear since Donald Trump became president, and not a day  more

Rep. Garcia Successfully Adds Multiple Provisions to House-Passed Funding Package
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Representative Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (IL-04) successfully included two provisions in H.R. 2740, the first Democratic Majority-passed Appropriations package since 2010. H.R. 2740 provides $982.8 billion to fund federal departments including Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, and Energy until Sept 30, 2020. Rep. Garcia successfully added an amendment to H.R. 2740 to increa  more

Rep. Krishnamoorthi Issues Statement on Passage of His Bill to Rename Elgin's Post Office
SCHAUMBURG, Illinois, June 14 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, issued the following statement: Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi hailed this week's unanimous Oversight Committee passage of his bill, H.R.1844, to rename the Elgin Post office in honor of Corporal Alex Martinez, the first and only service person from Elgin who died in combat operations since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. "I'm pleased the Committee on Oversight and Reform unanimously passed my bill to honor Corporal Alex Marti  more

Rep. Lipinski Presses Amtrak CEO on Reported Decision to Reduce Number of Police
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), and 51 Members sent a letter to the President and CEO of Amtrak expressing concerns over possible cuts to Amtrak's Police Department (APD) that will result in fewer security forces on duty. The workforce reduction would com  more

Rep. Lipinski: Illinois Congressional Delegation to FCC - Improve Rural Broadband Maps
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, the entire Illinois Congressional Delegation sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai and the four FCC Commissioners urging the FCC to improve the nation's broadband maps by reforming the mapping process for broadband services. The members noted that currently the mapping process lacks detail, accuracy, and granularity, meaning many underserved areas, including ma  more

Rep. Schakowsky Issues Statement on Juneteenth Anniversary
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following statement recognizing Juneteenth anniversary: "On this Juneteenth we celebrate the end of slavery in America and recognize the need to continue the fight for racial equality. It is also a time we honor those who fought for liberty and equality, and those who lost their lives in the pursuit of freedom and justice, and celebrate the significant contributions made by the black community to our nation's history, economy, a  more

Rep. Schakowsky: Bill Introduced to Reduce Prescription Drug Companies Exclusivity Period
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Yesterday, Representatives Jan Schakowsky, Rosa DeLauro, Angie Craig, Lloyd Doggett, Raja Krishnamoorthi, and Andy Levin held a press conference to discuss H.R. 3379, the Price Relief, Innovation, and Competition for Essential Drugs (PRICED) Act, sending a clear message that Congress intends to change U.S. laws to lower drug prices, and that current negotiations by the Trump Administration around the Unit  more

Rep. Schakowsky: Bipartisan Prescription Drug Pricing Bill Introduced in House
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: This week, Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Bruce Westerman (R-AR) introduced H.R. 3379, the Price Relief, Innovation, and Competition for Essential Drugs (PRICED) Act to make prescription drugs more affordable and accessible for Americans across the nation. The PRICED Act addresses one  more

Rep. Schneider Issues Statement on Departments of Labor, HHS, Education, Appropriations Act
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 19, on the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2740): I rise in support of the amendment offered by my colleague Congresswoman Spanberger and my fellow members of the New Democrat Coalition National Security Task Force, Congressmen Boyle and Brown. Our foreign policy rests on thre  more

Rep. Schneider Issues Statement on Ethylene Oxide Monitoring by Lake County Public Health Department
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after the release of preliminary results of ambient air monitoring for ethylene oxide by the Lake County Public Health Department: "Given the disturbing new data released today by the Lake County Public Health Department, I believe there is now sufficient evidence to call for an immediate suspension of operations at the Medline sterilization facility in Waukegan until unsafe levels of EtO emissions are ver  more

Rep. Schneider Issues Statement on Iran
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following statement on Iran: "Iran continues to be a serious threat, both to the United States and to our allies in the region. The United States must play a leadership role thwarting Iran's nefarious ambitions and countering Tehran's dangerous behavior, but we should not act alone. "Checking the regime's actions will be best achieved by working in concert with our international partners. The President needs to recognize the  more

Rep. Schneider Request Action From Ill. Governor, EPA to Ethylene Oxide Results
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Responding to today's release of preliminary results of ambient air monitoring of ethylene oxide in Lake County, U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (IL-10) with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth and U.S. Representatives Sean Casten (IL-06) and Lauren Underwood (IL-14) sent letters requesting urgent action from Governor J.B. Pritzker and U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to protect the p  more

Rep. Schneider: House Passes Schneider Amendment to Fund EPA Outreach in Communities Affected by Ethylene Oxide Emissions
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, an amendment authored by U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL) to fund public outreach activities by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in communities affected by ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The amendment was included in H.R. 3055, and a vote on passage of this larger appropriations package is expected Friday. Ethylene oxide is an industria  more

Rep. Underwood: Illinois Congressional Delegation to FCC - Improve Rural Broadband Maps
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, the entire Illinois Congressional Delegation sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai and the four FCC Commissioners urging the FCC to improve the nation's broadband maps by reforming the mapping process for broadband services. The members noted that currently the mapping process lacks detail, accuracy, and granularity, meaning many underserved areas, including m  more

Rep. Underwood: People in Our Community Are Struggling to Afford Their Premiums
MINOOKA, Illinois, June 15 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Underwood in Minooka on Health Care Affordability: People in Our Community Are Struggling to Afford Their Premiums, That Is Unacceptable - Underwood has introduced the Health Care Affordability Act to make health care more affordable, reduce premium costs for 20 million Americans, 39,000 Illinois 14th residents * * * In a press conference today on health care affordability, Congresswo  more

Representatives Garcia, Khanna Introduce Legislation to Boost Jobs and Wages
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - The Reward Work Act Will End Explosion of Stock Buybacks * * * Representatives Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (IL-04) and Ro Khanna (CA-17), introduced the Reward Work Act today, as a companion to legislation by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). This bill will address the explosion in so-called "stock buybacks." Since the late 1970s, a growing share of economic growth has gone to Wall Street with little gi  more

Reps. Bost, Davis Applaud Federal Railroad Administration Grant to Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis
O'FALLON, Illinois, June 20 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Mike Bost (R-Ill.) today applauded the federal grant announced for the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis (TRRA). TRRA has received a $28.8 million U.S. Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Consolidated Railroad Safety and Infrastructure (CRISI) Grant to replace the main span girders on the MacArthur Bridge. "This grant is all about growing the regional e  more

Reps. Davis, Cole Issue Statements on Election Security Bill
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Reps. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, and Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, ranking Republican member of the House Rules Committee, issued the following statements: Committee on House Administration (CHA) Ranking Member Rodney Davis (IL-13) and House Rules Committee Ranking Member Tom Cole (OK-04) issued the following statement on the Democratic leadership's decision to rush their hyper-partisan election security bill with a   more

Reps. Davis, Lofgren Issue Statement Congratulating Sund Being Named as 10th Chief of Police
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, and Chairman Zoe Lofgren, D-California, issued the following joint statement on the U.S. Capitol Police Board announcement of Acting Chief of Police Steven A. Sund being named as the 10th Chief of Police: "We congratulate Steven Sund on his selection as the next Chief of the United States Capitol Police. "His long career in law enforcement and his experience serving as Assista  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on Trump Administration Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after voting for the joint resolutions of disapproval regarding arms sales to Saudi Arabia: The joint resolutions of disapproval passed the Senate and will now head to the House of Representatives for a vote. "The Saudi-led war in Yemen has been a humanitarian disaster - leading to an estimated 85,000 children having already died of malnutrition. And the Saudi government and royal family continue to den  more

Sen. Durbin Meets With Acting Director of Bureau of Prisons to Discuss Prison Reform
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Acting Director Hugh Hurwitz to discuss the Trump Administration's implementation of the recently-enacted Grassley-Durbin First Step Act, inadequate staffing, and the overuse of solitary confinement. Durbin also received an update on the activation of the Federal penitentiary in   more

Sen. Durbin Releases Questions for Record Responses From Department of Education
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following responses from the U.S. Department of Education to his Questions for the Record (QFR) following a March 28, 2019, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies hearing on the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request from the U.S. Department of Education. A spread sheet for answer "a" is availa  more

Senate Agriculture Committee Sets Hearing on State of Derivatives Market
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee issued the following hearing information: State of the Derivatives Market and Perspectives for CFTC Reauthorization at 328A Russell Senate Office Building at 9:45 a.m. on June 25: Witnesses * Dennis M. Kelleher, President and CEO, Better Markets, Washington, D.C. * Joe Barker, Director of Brockerage Services, CHS Hedging, St. Paul, Minnesota * Walter Lukken, President and Chief Executive Officer, Futures Industry  more

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Nomination Of Martha Pacold, Mary Rowland, & Steven Seeger To Serve As U.S. District Judges For The Northern District Of Illinois
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance the nominations of Martha M. Pacold, Mary M. Rowland, and Steven C. Seeger to serve as District Judges on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, based in Chicago: "We are pleased that the Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced these  more

Senate Natural Resources Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Park Service on Springfield Race Riot National Historic Monument
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- The Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee on National Parks issued the following testimony by P. Daniel Smith, deputy director at the National Park Service, at a hearing on legislation (S. 298) to establish the Springfield Race Riot National Historic Monument in Illinois: "Thank you for the opportunity to present the Department of the Interior's views on S. 298, a bill to establish the Springfield Race Riot National Historic Monument in the State of Illinois, a  more

Underwood Works to Ensure Farmers Maintain Access to Crucial Information
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation would prevent federal agencies from removing existing information on climate change * * * Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) delivered a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of her legislation which prevents federal money from being spent on censoring existing public information about climate change. In the past two years, other federal agencie  more