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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Iowa Newsletter for Monday June 24, 2019 ( 49 items )  

Chairman Grassley Issues Statement at Hearing on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The Senate Finance Committee issued the following statement by Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, at a hearing on President Trump's 2019 trade policy agenda and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement": "I am pleased to welcome our witness, Ambassador Lighthizer, and thank him for being here. We have been eager to have you before the committee for this very important annual hearing to discuss the President's trade agenda. "The laws that delegate Congress's constitutional trade au  more

Cortez Masto and Rep. Loebsack Introduce Renew America's Schools Act
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) introduced the Renew America's Schools Act, legislation to provide crucial support to America's schools to make critical infrastructure upgrades that improve energy efficiency and reduce costs. "There is no greater investment we can make than providing more funding to our schools in Nevada, and throughout the  more

Cortez Masto Urges Senate Leaders to Prioritize Clean Energy Tax Credits to Boost U.S. Solar Industry
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) led a letter with nineteen Democratic senators to Senate Leaders Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Finance leaders Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) requesting continued investments in the Investment Tax Credit and residential renewable energy tax credit, specifically citing its importance to the growth of the  more

Current, Former Judiciary Chairmen Continue Oversight of Response to Alleged Sale of Human Fetal Tissue
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Today, current Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and former Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) continued the committee's oversight of the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation's response to organizations - including the Planned Parenthood Federation of America - that may have violated laws that ban the buying or selling of human fetal ti  more

Ernst Pushes for Army Corps to Prioritize Flood Control, Give Iowans a Stronger Voice in Decision-Making
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - In addition, after Senator Ernst pressed the Corps to address communication shortcomings, it pledged to improve the process and provide more frequent updates to local leaders * * * U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) is pushing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) to put a greater emphasis on flood control and give Iowans more of a voice in the decision-making process. In addition, after calling on   more

Ernst Pushes for Efficient and Effective Disaster Assistance for Iowa's Businesses, Homeowners Impacted by Flooding
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - The Iowa Senator chaired today's Small Business Committee hearing which included testimony by the State Director of Iowa's Small Business Development Center * * * Building on her efforts to provide assistance to Iowans devastated by flooding this spring, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) chaired today's Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee hearing focused on the Small Business Administrati  more

Ernst: Caring for Our Veterans is 'One of the Most Sacred Promises Our Nation Makes'
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), the first female combat veteran elected to the Senate, took to the Senate floor this week with a number of her fellow lawmakers to highlight the one-year anniversary of the VA MISSION Act being signed into law, marking the beginning of its implementation by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Click here (https://youtu.be/USUGeZ1wwj4) to watch Senator Ernst's remarks. Ernst o  more

Grassley Presses Congressional Research Service on Objectivity of Tax Reform Analysis
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter to Director of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) Mary B. Mazanec regarding the tone and substance of a recent CRS report on the economy after the enactment of tax reform. "I have received comments from others who believe that the CRS observations are not entirely nonpartisan in tone or objective," Grassley wrote. "If CRS wish  more

Grassley to Hold Town Meetings in Winnebago, Jones, Pocahontas Counties
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Sen. Chuck Grassley will hold town meetings in Winnebago County on July 1, Jones County on July 2 and Pocahontas County on July 3 as a part of his annual 99 county meetings. "Representative government is a two-way street. I'm one half of the process and the people of Iowa are the other half. You can't have representative government without dialogue between elected officials and the people we represent,"  more

Grassley, Hassan Urge President Trump to Swiftly Fill Critical Inspector General Vacancies to Help Root Out Waste, Fraud, Abuse
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today joined Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, in urging President Donald Trump to swiftly nominate qualified individuals to fill critical inspector general (IG) vacancies across the federal government. "Inspect  more

Grassley, Warner Decry Opaque, Drawn-Out Review of Ghaisar Case
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) today called on federal investigators to improve transparency surrounding their review of the fatal shooting of Bijan Ghaisar by U.S. Park Police in 2017. In letters to the FBI and National Park Service, the senators are requesting an update of the investigation as well as the U.S. Park Police's policies regarding the use of force. In the letter t  more

Joni at the Bat: Senator Ernst, Bipartisan Lawmakers Take on the Press in Congressional Softball Game
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - The annual charity game benefits the Young Survival Coalition, raising funds and awareness for young women with breast cancer * * * U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) teamed up with her Republican and Democratic Senate colleagues tonight to take on women members of Washington's press corps at the Congressional Women's Softball Game. The game, which benefits the Young Survival Coalition, raises funds and   more

King's Indian Health Service Language Included in Interior Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Congressman Steve King releases this video of remarks he delivered on the floor of the House of Representatives today. In his remarks, King announces that he has successfully placed language in the House Interior Appropriations component of HR 3055 that formally recognizes the Siouxland Human Investment Partnership (SHIP) as a nonprofit organization that the Indian Health Service (IHS) should work with "whenever   more

Klobuchar, Grassley Introduce Legislation to Ensure Antitrust Authorities Have the Resources They Need to Protect Consumers
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - The Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act would update merger filing fees for the first time since 2001, lower the burden on small and medium-sized businesses, ensure fees reflect the size of each deal, and raise enough revenue to increase agency enforcement resources without making taxpayers foot the bill * * * U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Antitrus  more

Lawmakers Seek FARA Evaluation of Qatari-owned Al Jazeera
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives sought information on any steps taken by the Justice Department (DOJ) to determine whether Qatari-owned media company Al Jazeera should be registered as a foreign agent. In a letter to DOJ, the lawmakers note examples of Al Jazeera's activities that align closely with the priorities of the Qatari government. The letter also notes that other foreign   more

Rep. Axne Highlights Govt. Dysfunction in Disaster Aid Implementation at Agriculture Subcommittee Hearing
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Cynthia Axne, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: Today, at a House Agriculture subcommittee hearing focused on the economic hardships and extreme weather conditions farmers face, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) spoke on the need to significantly streamline processes and improve efficiency in the federal governments' response to natural disasters in order to better serve Iowans. A link to download broadcast quality video/audio of the hearing is available here (ht  more

Rep. Axne Most Accessible Freshman Member of Congress
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Cynthia Axne, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: The Town Hall Project, an organization dedicated to encouraging constituent participation in the democratic process, released its' Jan-April 2019 Congressional Accessibility Report, which highlighted that Rep. Axne held sixteen town halls, more than any other freshman Member of Congress. Since April, she has held nine additional town halls, and plans to hold another three this month, bringing her total to twent  more

Rep. Axne Secures Over $50 Billion for Workforce Training and Education
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Cynthia Axne, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - House passes first spending bill with significant increases in funding to expand access to college, career and technical education and early education requested by Rep. Axne * * * Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced House passage of over $50 billion in federal funding she requested for expanding access to college, career and technical education and early education. Rep. Axne played a key ro  more

Rep. Finkenauer Introduces Bipartisan Health Care Bill in Cedar Rapids
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, June 17 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Keep Physicians Serving Patients Act fixes issue Iowa medical community has struggled with for two decades * * * Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) announced the introduction of her new bill, the bipartisan Keep Physicians Serving Patients Act of 2019. Finkenauer made the announcement at UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. Currently, doctors in Iowa have th  more

Rep. Finkenauer Issues Statement on Iowa DHS Director Resignation
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following statement on the resignation of Iowa Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven: "Governor Reynolds has said she asked Mr. Foxhoven to resign because she 'wanted to go in a new direction at the Department of Human Services.' A staffing shakeup won't change the fact that Iowa families have paid a devastating price from day one of privatized Medicaid in our state. "I will never forget the stories I'm hearing fro  more

Rep. Finkenauer Secures Biodiesel Tax Credit in Ways & Means Package
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Also secures tax credits for Iowa families & businesses impacted by flooding, other tax credits that will benefit Iowa communities * * * Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) advanced two of her bipartisan priorities, securing tax credits for the Iowa's biodiesel industry and tax credits that will provide relief to Iowa communities recovering from flooding. Both will be included in a tax cr  more

Rep. Finkenauer Secures Small Business Administration Funding
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, June 17 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Tours Cedar Rapids small businesses benefiting from SBA programs with SBA leadership * * * Today, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) visited Cedar Rapids area small businesses, Rodina and Lion Bridge Brewing, that have benefited from Small Business Administration (SBA) programs. She was joined by Jayne Armstrong, the SBA state director, and Jo Eckert, SBA regional director, as well as r  more

Rep. King Issues Remarks to Honor Life and Work of LaMere
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, issued the following floor remarks to honor the life and work of Frank LaMere: "I rise today to honor the life of Frank LaMere. Frank LaMere was a leader for the Winnebagos that have land on both sides of the Missouri River in the Sioux City area and, also, for Native Americans especially in the upper Midwest. "Over the years, our lives interacted multiple times and I had the opportunity to work with him and see the gentleness of his nature. I wi  more

Rep. King Issues Statement on Bills to Protect Renewable Fuels Standard From Small Refinery Exemptions
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, issued the following statement on his introduction of two bills that are designed to protect the volume requirements in the Renewable Fuels Standard from the small refinery exemptions: * * * - Legislation Recovers Volume Lost to Waivers by Increasing RFS Requirement Gallon -for-Gallon * * * "As a result of my Agriculture Advisory meetings, and the concerns of constituents raised at my town hall meetings, it is clear that we must address the abu  more

Rep. King Recognizes Importance of Juneteenth National Freedom Day
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 19, recognizing the importance of Juneteenth National Freedom Day: Today, I rise to recognize, June 19th, 2019 as Juneteenth National Freedom Day. Juneteenth, or the "19th of June", recognizes the day, in 1865, in Galveston, Texas, when Union Army Major General Gordon Granger announced freedom for all slaves in Texas. Major General Granger's arrival in Galveston   more

Rep. Loebsack and Sen. Cortez Masto Introduce Renew America's Schools Act
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. David Loebsack, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa) and Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the Renew America's Schools Act, legislation to provide crucial support to America's schools to make critical infrastructure upgrades that improve energy efficiency and reduce costs. "The condition of the buildings where our students learn, and educators teach have an immense impact on the quality of education ou  more

Rep. Loebsack Issues Statement on President Trump's Review of Small Refinery Exemption
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. David Loebsack, D-Iowa, issued the following statement after reports in the media that President Trump has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler and other Cabinet members to review the use of the Small Refinery Exemption program: Earlier this year, Loebsack, co-chair of the House Biofuels Caucus, called on the EPA to suspend issuing SREs until a review of the program had been completed. Since this administration began using SREs to   more

Reps. Loebsack, Kelly Introduce Legislation to Increase Access to Genetic Counselors
WASHINGTON, June 14 -- Rep. David Loebsack, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: Congressmen Dave Loebsack (IA-01) and Mike Kelly (PA-16) recently introduced legislation that would recognize certified genetic counselors (CGCs) as Medicare healthcare providers. The "Access to Genetic Counselor Services Act of 2019," HR 3235, would allow Medicare beneficiaries access to genetic counselors, who provide specialized services in medical genetics and counseling. This legislation has been develop  more

Sen. Ernst Issues Statement on Iran Nuclear Actions
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, issued the following statement with regard to Iranian nuclear actions in the Middle East and possible action by the U.S.: "The recent actions by Iran show its increasing desperation in the face of President Trump's maximum pressure campaign including economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation. I agree with the president that we do not want a war with Iran.   more

Sen. Ernst Pushes for Greater Transparency in Small Refinery Waiver Process
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - The Iowa Senator is working across the aisle on legislation that will provide more predictability to Iowa's farmers and producers * * * U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) continues to be a strong voice for Iowa farmers and ethanol producers, this time pushing bipartisan legislation that will bring greater transparency and predictability to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) small refinery exe  more

Sen. Ernst Urges Prompt Passage of Bipartisan Defense Bill
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities and a combat veteran, called on her fellow lawmakers to act quickly in passing the annual defense bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020. Senator Ernst cited the NDAA's bipartisan support and the need to provide our military men and women with the tools needed  more

Sen. Ernst Week in Review - June 15
WASHINGTON, June 15 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Celebrating Year-Round E15 * * * Senator Ernst is continuing to tout the good news that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally implemented their rule allowing for the year-round sale of E15! Senator Ernst, who fought hard for the Administration to finalize this rule by the summer driving season, joined the president, Governor Kim Reynolds (R-IA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Sec  more

Sen. Feinstein: Money Laundering Bill Targets Terrorists, Tax Evaders, Cartels & Crooks
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following news release: A bipartisan group of Senate Judiciary Committee members today introduced legislation that modernizes and strengthens criminal laws against money laundering - a critical source of funding for terrorist organizations, drug cartels and other organized crime syndicates. The Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2019 updates criminal money laundering and counterfeiting  more

Sen. Feinstein: Money Laundering Bill Targets Terrorists, Tax Evaders, Cartels & Crooks
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following news release: A bipartisan group of Senate Judiciary Committee members today introduced legislation that modernizes and strengthens criminal laws against money laundering - a critical source of funding for terrorist organizations, drug cartels and other organized crime syndicates. The Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2019 up  more

Sen. Graham: Current, Former Judiciary Chairmen Continue Oversight of Response to Alleged Sale of Human Fetal Tissue
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following news release: Today, current Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and former Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) continued the Committee's oversight of the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation's response to organizations - including The Planned Parenthood Federation of America - that may have vio  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Floor Remarks on Military Justice Improvement Act
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following floor remarks on the Military Justice Improvement Act: "According to the Pentagon's estimation, a young woman in the military has a one in eight chance of being sexually assaulted. "Unfortunately, many cases are never prosecuted. This is completely unacceptable, and we must do more to prevent assaults, and ensure that survivors get justice. "The men and women who have volunteered to place their lives on the line des  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Remarks at 10th Anniversary of Supreme Court Decision on Iowan Jack Gross
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following remarks at the 10th anniversary of Supreme Court decision on Iowan Jack Gross: "Today is the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Gross v. FBL Financial Services. "The court ruled that employees who face age discrimination have to meet a higher standard of proof than workers who face discrimination based on other factors. "This case involving Iowan Jack Gross affected employment discrimination litigation a  more

Sen. Grassley Presses Congressional Research Service on Objectivity of Tax Reform Analysis
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following news: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter (https://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/CEG%20to%20CRS%20062119.pdf) to Director of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) Mary B. Mazanec regarding the tone and substance of a recent CRS report on the economy after the enactment of tax reform. "I have received comments from others who believe th  more

Sen. Grassley Receives FDA Update on Investigation Into Unproven Treatments
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following news: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) received a letter (https://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/2019-2319%20RESPONSE.pdf) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to his April 13, 2018 letter (https://www.grassley.senate.gov/sites/default/files/constituents/upload/2018-04-13%20CEG%20to%20HHS%20and%20FDA%20(Stem%20Cell%20Trial).pdf) to Department of Health and  more

Sen. Grassley: Money Laundering Bill Targets Terrorists, Tax Evaders, Cartels, Crooks
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Grassley-Feinstein-Cornyn-Whitehouse-Klobuchar legislation hits criminals in the wallet * * * A bipartisan group of Senate Judiciary Committee members today introduced legislation that modernizes and strengthens criminal laws against money laundering - a critical source of funding for terrorist organizations, drug cartels and other organized crime syndicates. The Combating Money Laundering, Te  more

Sen. Grassley: State Department Identified 30 Security Incidents Stemming From Clinton Email Investigation
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - 15 individuals cited thus far for infractions or violations for mishandling classified information * * * The State Department has identified 23 violations and seven infractions in its ongoing review of the mishandling of classified information associated with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a non-government email server for official business. The revelations came in an updat  more

Sen. Isakson Issues Statement on Anniversary of VA Mission Act
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, issued the following floor statement on the first anniversary of the VA Mission Act: "Just for the record, a staff sergeant just addressed a lieutenant colonel. She is beautiful, and she is also very smart. I am glad to be in the military with her. I am glad to have served our country and proud of the service she has given our country and the service she gives to the U.S. Senate and the great state of Iowa. "As chairman of the Veterans' Af  more

Sen. McConnell Discusses the Crisis at Southern Border on Fox & Friends
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) joined Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" this morning to discuss the crisis at the border, stopping socialism, and Iran. See below for highlights or click here (https://senmcconnell.app.box.com/s/31c9aisqp8gnjo5k82hcrovjbwebvm31) to watch to the full interview. On addressing the humanitarian crisis at our southern border: "It's a rea  more

Sen. Rubio: Hearing on the Small Business Administration's Response to Midwest Flooding
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a tireless advocate for Iowans affected by the devastating floods, will be chairing a Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing entitled "Examining the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Office of Disaster Assistance and the Response to Recent Catastrophic Floods." The hearing will focus on SBA's efforts to aid communities and businesses devastated by r  more

Sen. Whitehouse: Money Laundering Bill Targets Terrorists, Tax Evaders, Cartels & Crooks
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, issued the following news release: * * * - Grassley-Feinstein-Cornyn-Whitehouse-Klobuchar legislation hits criminals in the wallet * * * A bipartisan group of Senate Judiciary Committee members today introduced legislation that modernizes and strengthens criminal laws against money laundering - a critical source of funding for terrorist organizations, drug cartels and other organized crime syndicates. The Combating Money Launder  more

Sen. Wicker Leads Effort to Restore Accountability in Government
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, issued the following news release: * * * - MERIT Act Would Expedite Termination of Underperforming Federal Employees * * * U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., alongside Senators David Perdue, R-Ga., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Mike Braun, R-Ind., Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, today introduced the Modern Employment Reform, Improvement and Transformation (MERIT) Act. The legislation would modernize the civil service syst  more

Senate Small Business Committee Sets Hearing on Examining SBA Office of Disaster Assistance
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee issued the following hearing information: Examining SBA's Office of Disaster Assistance and the Response to Recent Catastrophic Floods at 428A Russell Senate Office Building at 2:30 p.m. on June 19: Witness Panel 1 * James Rivera, Associate Administrator - Office of Disaster Assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration Witness Panel 2 * Lisa Shimkat, State Director, America's SBDC Iowa * Robin Barnes, Executiv  more

Treasury Dept. Silent on Rep. Axne Request for Data on Consumer Cost of Tariffs
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Cynthia Axne, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Rep. Axne sends a follow-up letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin on the consumer cost of tariffs following silence from the agency * * * Today, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, sent a second letter requesting the Treasury Department provide Congress with research conducted on the consumer cost of tariffs. Rep. Axne first wrote to the Treasury Secretary  more

Whitehouse, Grassley Introduce True Incorporation Transparency for Law Enforcement Act
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill would require states to determine true owners of corporations * * * Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) today introduced legislation that would make it more difficult for criminals and foreign enemies to hide assets from law enforcement and tax authorities. The True Incorporation Transparency for Law Enforcement (TITLE) Act would require states to obtain informati  more