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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Indiana Newsletter for Monday June 24, 2019 ( 26 items )  

Committee Votes to Support Research Identifying Root Causes of Opioid Addiction
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. James Baird, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: Today, the Expanding Findings for Federal Opioid Research and Treatment Act (EFFORT Act), introduced by Congressman Jim Baird (R-IN) and Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), passed unanimously through the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. The bill supports research that would identify the root causes of opioid addiction and prevent gaps in treatment. "The opioid crisis has tragically   more

GAO Dismisses Protest by Adams & Associates of Reno, Nevada
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a decision dismissing a bid protest filed by Adams and Associates of Reno, Nevada. According to the GAO, Adams & Associates "protests its exclusion from competition under a task order request for quotations (TORFQ) issued under the Department of Labor's (DOL) "Contingency" multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for the interim operation of the agency's Atterbury Job Corps Center (JCC) in Edi  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 Judiciary Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Indiana University Maurer School of Law
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The House Judiciary subcommittee on the Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet issued the following testimony by Charles G. Geyh, John F. Kimberling professor of law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, at a hearing entitled "Federal Judiciary in the 21st Century: Ideas for Promoting Ethics, Accountability, and Transparency": "My name is Charles G. Geyh (pronounced "Jay"). I am the John F. Kimberling Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer Sch  more

House Judiciary Subcommittee Sets Hearing on Federal Judiciary in 21st Century
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The House Judiciary subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet issued the following hearing information: Federal Judiciary in the 21st Century: Ideas for Promoting Ethics, Accountability, and Transparency at 2141 Rayburn House Office Building at 9 a.m. on June 21: Witnesses * Amanda Frost, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law * Gabe Roth, Executive Director, Fix the Court * Russell Wheeler , Visiting Fellow, The Brookings   more

House Passes Congressman Carson's Amendment to Increase HBCU Funding
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indiana, issued the following news release: Last night the House of Representatives passed an amendment introduced by Rep. Andre Carson that will increase funding to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) from the Department of Defense (DoD) by four million dollars above current levels. This boost in funding will help strengthen DoD's investments in the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering programs at HBCUs, which will help t  more

Rep. Baird to Accept Applications for Fall 2019 Internships
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. James Baird, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: Congressman Jim Baird (R-IN-04) today announced he is accepting applications for internship positions during the fall semester in both his Danville District Office and Washington, D.C. Office. Internships are open to qualified undergraduate and graduate students with ties to the 4th District of Indiana. Internship hours are flexible to accommodate students' course schedules, but generally run from 9:00am -   more

Rep. Banks Honors Life of Ex-Indiana Politician Snowden
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Jim Banks, R-Indiana, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 18, honoring the life of ex-Indiana politician Gene Snowden: I rise to honor the life of former Indiana politician and community leader, Gene Snowden. Snowden was a lifelong public servant in Indiana state and local politics, having served in the Indiana House of Representatives and Indiana State Senate in a legislative career that spanned nearly 20 years. He   more

Rep. Brooks: Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Crack Down on Robocall Violators
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Susan W. Brooks, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: Today, a bipartisan group of House members introduced the Locking Up Robocallers Act of 2019, which directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide evidence of unlawful robocall violations to the Attorney General. This would strengthen enforcement of current robocall laws aimed at ending the scourge of predatory robocalls. The bill was introduced by Congressman Donald McEachin (D-VA), Cong  more

Rep. Brooks: Lawmakers Introduce Legislation Aimed at Reforming U.S. Olympic Committee
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Susan W. Brooks, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: Today, a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers, led by U.S. Reps. Susan W. Brooks (R-IN), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and Ben McAdams (D-UT), introduced the Strengthening U.S. Olympics Act to create an independent, blue-ribbon commission to begin the process of reforming the U.S. Olympic Committee. The move comes in the wake of a bipartisan congressional report released in December 2018 tha  more

Rep. Bucshon Issues Statement on Affordable Clean Energy Rule
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Indiana, issued the following statement on the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, which replaces the Clean Power Plan: "I am pleased to see President Trump has taken action to replace the Obama Administration's failed Clean Power Plan which exceeded authority Congress gave to the EPA and which never fully went into effect due to Supreme Court intervention. "President Trump's Affordable Clean Energy Rule gives power back to the states, incentives private   more

Rep. Visclosky: House Approves Defense Appropriations Act
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Peter Visclosky, D-Indiana, issued the following news release: Today, the House approved H.R. 2740, legislation that included Congressman Visclosky's Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Defense Appropriation Act, by a vote of 226 to 203. Congressman Pete Visclosky stated, "This bill makes several efforts to focus on the well-being and morale of those in uniform, their families, DoD civilians, and defense communities. For example, in addition to a 3.1 percent pay raise for our wom  more

Rep. Walorski: It's Time to Vote on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: * * * - Calls for Approval of Modernized U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement Without Delay * * * U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today called for a vote in Congress to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) without delay. Walorski's comments came during a Ways and Means Committee hearing at which U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testified about the modernized trade agreement and  more

Sen. Braun: 'No Budget, No Pay' Clears Committee
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Mike Braun, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: Senator Mike Braun and Senator Rick Scott's plan to prevent Congress from being paid without passing a budget was successfully added to the Government Shutdown Accountability Act by Senator Rick Scott today, clearing committee in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs meeting. Senator Braun and Senator Scott originally introduced the No Budget, No Pay Act in January: Senator Braun's first piece  more

Sen. Cotton: Senators Urge Administration to Impose Additional Sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota), Mike Braun (R-Indiana), and John Cornyn (R-Texas) sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to utilize the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act, imposing additional sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran. The full text of the   more

Sen. Young Discusses Humanitarian Crisis at the Southern Border
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) today spoke about the humanitarian crisis on our southern border and the need to quickly pass an emergency funding package. "The New York Times recently wrote of the humanitarian crisis at our southern border, 'It's time for Congress to stop dithering and pass emergency funding to deal with this nightmare.' They're right," said Senator Young."This is absolutely unacceptable.   more

Sen. Young Discusses the VA Mission Act on One Year Anniversary
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) spoke on the Senate floor about the VA Mission Act, transformative legislation aimed at modernizing the Veteran Affairs' health care system. "I was proud to support and vote for the VA Mission Act, which was signed into law one year ago this month. This new program could dramatically change the way our veterans receive care. For the first time Veterans can walk-in to a   more

Senate Conducted Eight Committee Hearings for June 18
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- The Senate conducted eight committee hearings for June 18: BUSINESS MEETING Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee ordered favorably reported the nominations of Thomas Peter Feddo, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security, Ian Paul Steff, of Indiana, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service, Michelle Bowman, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Boa  more

Senate Schedules Eight Committee Hearings for June 18
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- The Senate scheduled eight committee hearings for June 18: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: business meeting to consider the nominations of Thomas Peter Feddo, of Virginia, to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Investment Security, Ian Paul Steff, of Indiana, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service, Michelle Bowman, of Kansas, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Fed  more

Young and Duckworth Introduce Bill to Provide TSA Precheck to Disabled Veterans
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) today announced bipartisan legislation that would provide disabled veterans TSA PreCheck at no cost. TSA PreCheck is already offered to active duty, reserves, and National Guard service members at no cost. The Veterans Expedited TSA Screening (VETS) Safe Travel Act would expand this program to include veterans who are amputees, paralyzed, or blin  more

Young Convenes Corn and Soybean Farmers, Agriculture Stakeholders, State Leaders to Address Planting Emergency
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, June 21 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) met with dozens of agriculture stakeholders for a roundtable discussion hosted by the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Corn Growers Association. The discussion focused on the difficult planting season affecting Hoosier farmers and opportunities for assistance at the federal level. At the roundtable, Senator Young announced he sent a letter to U.S. De  more

Young Introduces Yes In My Backyard Act to Encourage Communities to Cut Regulations and Increase Housing Supply
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) introduced the Yes In My Backyard (YIMBY) Act to shed light on discriminatory land use policies, encourage localities cut burdensome regulations, and bring a new level of transparency to the community development process. Instead of adopting inclusive land use policies that allow citizens of all income levels, backgrounds, and identities to live, work, and flourish in   more

Young, Braun Call for Naming of Navy Ship After Sen. Richard Lugar
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) today announced they are introducing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that calls for the Secretary of the Navy to name the next unnamed Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer warship in honor of Senator Richard G. Lugar. Senator Lugar volunteered for the U.S. Navy and served his country as an officer from 1957-1960, including as an intelli  more

Young, Braun, Visclosky Urge Hoosiers to Provide Input on Blocked Railroad Crossings
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Rep. Peter Visclosky, D-Indiana, issued the following news release: The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently announced a request for information from the public on blocked railroad crossings. U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind) and Mike Braun (R-Ind) and Congressman Pete Visclosky (D-Ind-1) are urging Hoosiers to provide input to the FRA. On June 14, 2019, the FRA issued a federal register notice in order to obtain information regarding the frequency, location, an  more

Young, Braun, Visclosky Urge Hoosiers to Provide Input on Blocked Railroad Crossings
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Mike Braun, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently announced a request for information from the public on blocked railroad crossings. U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind) and Mike Braun (R-Ind) and Congressman Pete Visclosky (D-Ind-1) are urging Hoosiers to provide input to the FRA. On June 14, 2019, the FRA issued a federal register notice in order to obtain information regarding the frequency, location, and imp  more

Young, Braun, Visclosky Urge Hoosiers to Provide Input on Blocked Railroad Crossings
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently announced a request for information from the public on blocked railroad crossings. U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) and Congressman Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.-1) are urging Hoosiers to provide input to the FRA. On June 14, 2019, the FRA issued a federal register notice in order to obtain information regarding the frequency, location, and   more