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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Michigan Newsletter for Monday June 24, 2019 ( 42 items )  

Dingell Announces $400,000 in EPA Brownfield Funding for Downriver Community Conference
SOUTHGATE, Michigan, June 21 -- Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - DCC will use funds to revitalize community and turn vacant and abandoned properties into community assets * * * Today, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell announced that the Downriver Community Conference (DCC) is receiving $400,000 in supplemental funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help clean up and redevelop Brownfield sites. The DCC is a proven leader in Brownfiel  more

Four Levin Provisions Included in House Appropriations Bill Passed by House
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Andy Levin, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: The provisions added by Congressman Levin prioritize funding for the Chapaton Retention Basin and for medical research on inflammatory bowel disease, allocate new funds for the Department of Education watchdog, and prohibit U.S. assistance to the Armed Forces of Haiti. Two amendments and two funding requests made by Congressman Andy Levin, vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, were included   more

House Accepted Dingell, Tlaib Measures to Prevent Closure of Grosse Ile EPA Office
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: Today, the House of Representatives accepted two measures by Congresswomen Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from closing the Large Lakes Research Station on Grosse Ile. In August of 2018, the EPA announced the station's tentative time of closure would be during March of 2019. Dingell and Tlaib's amendments prevent the closure. Dingell's m  more

House Approves Reps. Walberg, Raskin Amendment to Curb Civil Asset Forfeiture Abuse
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously approved a bipartisan amendment offered by Representatives Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) that reins in the federal government's power to seize private property without due process. The amendment prohibits funding for the Department of Justice to continue a practice known as adoptive seizures, a loophole that local law enforcement can use  more

House Passes Bipartisan Long-Term Healthcare Bills Led by Dingell, Upton, Guthrie
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: The House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) that makes it easier for seniors and the disabled to receive care in their preferred setting without facing bankruptcy or significant financial hardship. Congressmen Fred Upton (R-MI) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) let similar bills with Dingell to strengthen long-term care and aging policies. The Empowering Benef  more

House Passes Slotkin-Led Amendment Securing $10M in Funding for Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Slotkin push comes in response to issues raised by 8th district farmers * * * As part of the FY20 appropriations bill passed in the House yesterday, U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) secured $10 million in federal funding for the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network, a program that provides funding for mental health assistance to farmers. Farming is one of the most hazardous occupations in t  more

House Passes Stevens-Led Amendment to Enforce Animal Cruelty Laws
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: Today, the House of Representatives passed an amendment led by Rep. Haley Stevens (MI-11) to H.R. 3055, the Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act. The amendment was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. The bipartisa  more

House Passes Walberg Bill to Protect Patients, Combat Medicaid Fraud
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Medicaid Patient Abuse Prevention Act (H.R. 233), bipartisan legislation introduced by Reps. Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Peter Welch (D-VT). The Walberg-authored legislation was incorporated into H.R. 3253, which includes a series of legislative proposals to strengthen the Medicaid program to better serve those in need. Click here to watch Walberg's remarks   more

House Unanimously Passes Stevens-Led Amendment to Develop National Recycling Strategy
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: During floor consideration, the House of Representatives unanimously passed an amendment led by Rep. Haley Stevens (MI-11) in H.R. 3055, the Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act. The amendment, which was co-sponsored by Re  more

Huizenga Celebrates the Service, Leadership, and Impact of GVSU President Thomas J. Haas
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: This morning, Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) honored outgoing Grand Valley State University President Thomas J. Haas on the floor of the U.S. House. During the speech, Huizenga recognized the growth of GVSU under President Haas' leadership, Haas' relationship with students, and his impact on West Michigan. Congressman Huizenga: Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize the career of a friend, public s  more

Huizenga, Upton Encourage Army Corps to Dredge Holland Harbor
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) and Congressman Fred Upton (MI-06) issued the following joint statement after writing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss their concern over the lack of funding for dredging Holland Harbor in the FY 2020 Budget. "The Holland Harbor serves as a major regional port on the Great Lakes, generating nearly $68 million in business and supporting over 400 jobs. It   more

Kildee Amendment Increasing Funds for PFAS Clean-up on Active Military Bases Included in House Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Daniel Kildee, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: An amendment by Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) has been included in the Defense appropriations bill being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives, slated for final passage Wednesday afternoon. Kildee's amendment increases the Army, Air Force, and Navy Environmental Restoration funds by a total   more

Levin Bill to Affirm LGBTQ Couples in Federal Tax Code Passes Committee
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Andy Levin, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Congressman Levin's Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Act was included in the PRIDE Act, which passed out of the Ways and Means Committee yesterday. * * * The House Committee on Ways and Means yesterday passed a bill that contains Congressman Andy Levin's Equal Dignity for Married Taxpayers Act, which would modernize the tax code to remove outdated gendered language and to affirm the dignity of L  more

Levin Bill to Facilitate Release of Political Prisoners in Burma Passes Committee
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Andy Levin, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: The House Foreign Affairs Committee voted to advance the Burma Political Prisoners Assistance Act, which calls for the release of political prisoners in Burma and directs the State Department's assistance to civil society organizations aiding in their release. The House Foreign Affairs Committee today voted to pass a bill introduced by Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) calling for the release of political priso  more

Peters Announces Proposal to Establish National Institute of Manufacturing, Make Manufacturing Policy Major National Focus
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator's Idea Draws on Feedback from Michigan Manufacturers; Seeks to Revitalize Manufacturing Industry as Countries Like China and South Korea Prioritize Manufacturing Policy * * * U.S. Senator Gary Peters today announced a new proposal to establish a National Institute of Manufacturing during his keynote address at the MForesight Manufacturing Summit in Washington, DC. Inspired by the National   more

Peters, Cornyn Bill to Address Staffing Shortages at Ports of Entry Advances in Senate
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Cornyn (R-TX) to strengthen border security and address law enforcement shortages at ports of entry throughout the country advanced in the Senate today. The legislation was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, where Peters serves as the Ranking Member. The Securing Americ  more

Peters, Portman Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Cybersecurity Coordination With State and Local Governments
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to promote stronger cybersecurity coordination between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and state and local governments to safeguard a  more

Peters, Wicker Urge FAA to Include Broad Rural Representation on Drone Advisory Committee
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: Today U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to include representatives from rural America, including agriculture, forestry, and rangeland stakeholders, on the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC). In their letter to Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell the Senators emphasized the im  more

Rep. Andy Levin Calls for Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, June 15 -- Rep. Andy Levin, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) today announced his support for an impeachment inquiry at a town hall in Berkley, MI, and released the following statement: "When I became a member of the 116th Congress, I took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Today, I announce that I have concluded that the House has a duty to open an impeachment inquiry into the conduct of President Donald  more

Rep. Dan Kildee Hosts Flint Roundtable Focused on Lowering Health Care Costs, Expanding Coverage
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Rep. Daniel Kildee, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Kildee Brings Local Leaders Together to Protect Coverage for Families, Including Michiganders with Pre-Existing Conditions * * * Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today held a roundtable with local health care leaders to discuss ways to lower health care costs and expand coverage for Michiganders, including protecting coverage for those with pre-ex  more

Rep. Dingell Presses for One National Fuel Economy Standard
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - During Strongly Worded Hearing, Dingell Calls Out Administration for Not Acting in Good Faith to Negotiate with California * * * Today, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell strongly urged the Trump Administration to return to good faith negotiating to work toward one national fuel economy standard to give auto makers the certainty they need in a fragile industry while making continued reductions in gre  more

Rep. Dingell: House Moves to Increase Funding for Fisher House, Serve Veterans and Families
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan Amendment Added to Defense Bill Doubles Support for Fisher House * * * Today, the House of Representatives approved a measure by Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Michael Turner (R-OH), Joe Neguse (D-CO), Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-PR), David Trone (D-MD), Don Young (R-AK), Katie Porter (D-CA), and Peter Welch (D-VT) to increase federal funding for the Fisher House Foundation,   more

Rep. Huizenga Recognizes Ludington Pumped Storage Contributions to West Michigan
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Michigan, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 18, recognizing Ludington Pumped Storage contributions to West Michigan: Today I rise to recognize the Ludington Pumped Storage plant in Mason County for 46 years of service. Owned by Consumers Energy and DTE Energy, Ludington Pumped Storage recently had its construction and operating license period extended for 50 years. Beginning operations on the shores  more

Rep. Kildee Doubles Federal Funding for Great Lakes Fisheries Commission to Fight Against Grass Carp in Great Lakes
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Daniel Kildee, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Reps. Kildee, Kaptur Increase Federal Commitment to Combatting Grass Carp in House Spending Bill * * * Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing their amendment to double federal funding through the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission to combat grass carp, an invasi  more

Rep. Kildee Introduces Workforce Training Bill to Help Create Good-Paying Jobs in Michigan
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Daniel Kildee, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill Would Help Local Organizations and Schools Obtain Grants to Train Workers For Careers in Health Care Professions * * * Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, introduced a bill to invest in workforce training programs that help expand access to good-paying jobs in the health care field in Michigan. The Technical Assistance for Health Grants Act wou  more

Rep. Slotkin Secures $40M for MSU Facility for Rare Isotope Beams
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Slotkin also helps secure education and research funding to benefit Michigan's 8th District * * * U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08) secured $40 million in federal funding for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) in the U.S. House of Representatives-passed FY2020 appropriations bill, matching the funding levels requested for ongoing construction of this world-class research facility at Mich  more

Rep. Stevens Issues Statement on Passage of FY 2020 Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Michigan, issued the following statement after the passage of appropriations bill (H.R. 2740), which consists of the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education, Energy and Water Development, State-Foreign Operations and Defense for fiscal 2020: "H.R. 2740 makes strong and necessary investments in several key programs that are vital to working families in Michigan's 11th District. "From protecting our communities from gun violence, to tackling the opi  more

Rep. Stevens: Science Committee Advances Stevens-Backed Bills to Expand STEM Opportunities
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: Rep. Haley Stevens (MI-11) voted to pass several bills out of the House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology, during a full committee markup. Three bills that passed during today's markup aim to address major issues in the scientific community, including a lack of transparency and accountability when it comes to sexual harassment in the sciences, and a lack of opportunity for women, minorities, and ot  more

Rep. Tlaib Issues Statement in Recognition of World Refugee Day
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan, issued the following statement in recognition of World Refugee Day: "As we observe and recognize World Refugee Day, we must reflect on where we are as a country on being a welcoming and inviting place for those escaping violence, persecution, and inhumane conditions in their home countries. I have the honor of being raised in and now representing a community that has a track record of being a welcoming place for refugees. Detroit and its su  more

Rep. Tlaib Issues Statement on Her Vote on Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan, issued the following statement regarding her vote on an appropriations bill (H.R. 2740): "I take my responsibility to serve the people of Michigan's 13th Congressional District very seriously. With every vote I take, I ask myself if our district needs are being met, and if our shared goals of prosperity and justice for all are being advanced. We live in the third poorest congressional district in the country, and there is so much work to be  more

Rep. Walbert Helps Lead Bipartisan Effort to Combat Robocall Schemes
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Tim Walberg (MI-07), along with a bipartisan group of lawmakers, Reps. Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02), Harley Rouda (CA-48), Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), and Virginia Foxx (NC-05), have introduced the Ending One-Ring Scams Act of 2019 (H.R. 3264). When consumers call back a missed call, often unaware it's a robocall, robocallers can collect large hidden fees from cell phone ca  more

Reps. Upton, Burchett, Kuster, Rouda, and Schrier Introduce Bipartisan Expanding Access to Graduate Education Act
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI), Tim Burchett (R-TN), Annie Kuster (D-NH), Harley Rouda (D-CA), and Kim Schrier, MD (D-WA) introduced bipartisan legislation, H.R. 3334, the Expanding Access to Graduate Education Act, which would allow students who received a Pell Grant during their undergraduate education to utilize their remaining Pell eligibility toward their first graduate degree. Under current federa  more

Sen. Peters Issues Statement on Juneteenth Independence Day
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, issued the following statement recognizing Juneteenth Independence Day: On June 19th each year, Juneteenth Independence Day commemorates the day the last remaining African-American slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned of their emancipation. "As we recognize Juneteenth Independence Day and the closing of one of our nation's darkest periods, we must acknowledge that the battle for equality is far from finished. "From fighting against efforts t  more

Sen. Peters Issues Statement on Michigan State University Independent Investigation Into Nassar Abuse Scandal
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, issued the following statement after the Michigan State University Board of Trustees unanimously approved an independent investigation into the USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal: "Nearly 18 months ago, I called for an independent investigation so that we could ensure that what happened at MSU could never happen again. We must get to the root cause of how such a toxic climate emerged to enable Larry Nassar   more

Sen. Stabenow Announces Dairy Farmers Can Now Sign Up for Farm Bill Benefits
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Signup for new, affordable coverage options, authored by Stabenow in the 2018 bipartisan Farm Bill, starts June 17 to help Michigan dairy farmers weather financial uncertainty * * * U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today announced Michigan's dairy farmers can now sign up for affordable benefits through   more

Sen. Stabenow Issues Statement on Forest Service Jobs Corps Centers Announcement
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration's decision to halt their proposal to shut down or transfer management of U.S. Forest Service Civilian Conservation Job Corps Centers: Stabenow helped lead a bipartisan, bicameral group of members of Congress to urge the Administration to reverse their plan. "After broad bipartisan object  more

Sens. Johnson, Peters Issue Statement on Government Shutdown Accountability Act
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Gary Peters, D-Michigan, issued the following joint statement after the committee advanced the Government Shutdown Accountability Act at a business meeting on a 10-2 vote: "Government shutdowns hurt people, damage our economy and benefit no one. "Politicians have talked for years about ending government shutdowns without taking action. "Today, we took a sign  more

Sens. Peters, Cornyn Bill to Address Staffing Shortages at Ports of Entry Advances in Senate
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Cornyn (R-TX) to strengthen border security and address law enforcement shortages at ports of entry throughout the country advanced in the Senate today. The legislation was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Sec  more

Stabenow, Cummings Call for GAO Review of Potential Patent Infringement by Gilead Pharmaceuticals
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Gilead's HIV-prevention drug, Truvada, relies on taxpayer-funded research and government patents but is unaffordable for most Americans * * * U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee, and U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, today called for a Government Accountabilit  more

Stabenow, Peters Applaud Relief for Farmers, Urge Further Access to Disaster Aid
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: After urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take action, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, and Gary Peters (MI) today praised the announcement of new relief for Michigan farmers who have been unable to plant their crops. Last week, the Senators wrote a letter to ask the USDA to help Michigan farmers by inc  more

Stabenow, Peters, Bergman Announce Over $550,000 for Moran Iron Works in Onaway
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) and U.S. Representative Jack Bergman (MI-1) today announced that Moran Iron Works in Onaway will receive $564,300 to purchase a PythonX CNC plasma cutting system. The machine will replace three outdated pieces of machinery and allow the company to take on an additional marine project each year. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Tra  more

Upton Leads Michigan Delegation's Effort to Secure USDA Disaster Designation for Michigan's Farmers
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today spearheaded a bipartisan letter from 13 members of the Michigan Congressional Delegation to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging support for Governor Gretchen Whitmer's USDA Secretarial Disaster Designation request for the state of Michigan. If approved, the Disaster Designation would make additional assistance available to farmers in southwest  more