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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Missouri Newsletter for Monday June 24, 2019 ( 18 items )  

Blaine's Bulletin: A 21st Century Trade Agreement for All Missourians
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Missouri, issued the following column: A strong 21st century trade agreement is critical to ensure the continued flow of goods and services between the United States and our North American trading partners. Last fall, President Trump set out to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) more than two decades after it was first agreed upon. The resulting agreement, known as the United-States-Mexico-Canada-Agreement (USMCA), will   more

GAO Issues Report on K-12 Education
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the number of districts that reported all zeros or that left fields blank pertaining to restraint and seclusion. The report (GAO-19-551R) is titled "K-12 Education: Education Should Take Immediate Action to Address Inaccuracies in Federal Restraint and Seclusion Data". The report was sent to Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, chairman, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommi  more

Hartzler Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Aid Vets' Medical Transportation
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) and Congressman Joe Cunningham (D-SC) introduced bipartisan legislation today that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reimburse certain veterans for ambulance transportation required during their medical treatment. Currently, the law allows the VA to reimburse ambulance rides to non-VA hospitals, as well as emergency treatment at such hospitals, for   more

House Financial Services Subcommittee Issues Testimony From American Soybean Association
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- The House Financial Services subcommittee on National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy issued the following testimony by Ronnie Russell, board member of the American Soybean Association, at a hearing entitled "Promoting Economic Growth: Exploring the Impact of Recent Trade Policies on the U.S. Economy": "I want to thank for inviting me on behalf of the American Soybean Association (ASA), to provide testimony to the Committee on the impact of trade a  more

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Sam Graves, R-Missouri, ranking Republican member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, issued the following news release: Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), and Ranking Member Bob Gibbs (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to authorize funds for, reinfor  more

Rep. Cleaver Commemorates Tree of Peace
WASHINGTON, June 22 -- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on June 20, commemorating the Tree of Peace: I rise today to commemorate the planting of the Tree of Peace on the grounds of the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. This ceremony is dignified by the presence of Mr. Ross P. Marine, the Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic to the Midwest United States and board member of the Czech a  more

Rep. Cleaver Holds Hearing on Tariffs and U.S. Trade Policies in Financial Services Subcommittee
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, issued the following news release: In his role as Chairman of the U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy (NSIDMP), Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) held a hearing today entitled, "Promoting Economic Growth: Exploring the Impact of Recent Trade Policies on the U.S. Economy." "As the President continues his reckless foray down the path of tariffs and trade dispu  more

Rep. Cleaver Votes in Favor of First Minibus Appropriations Package
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) voted in favor of H.R. 2740, the Fiscal 2020 Labor-HHS-Education, Defense, State-Foreign Ops, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Minibus. As stated in the bill's title, it will fund the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), Education, Defense, State, and Energy for Fiscal Year 2020, and passed by a vote of 226-203. Included in th  more

Rep. Hartzler Issues Statement on Supreme Court Decision on American Legion Vs. American Humanist Association
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision on the American Legion vs. American Humanist Association, also known as the Bladensburg Peace Cross case: "I am pleased with SCOTUS's strong 7-2 decision today in favor of the historic Bladensburg WWI Memorial Cross. "This peaceful monument has stood for nearly a century, honoring the memory of 49 local fallen World War I heroes. Faith has always had a prominent ro  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. Smith Hosts Missouri Students on Electric Cooperative Youth Tour
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Rep. Jason Smith, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Jason Smith (MO-08) hosted Missouri students participating in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. Twenty-eight students from southern Missouri met Congressman Smith on the U.S. Capitol steps to ask him questions about how their government works and to get to know him as their Representative in Congress. "Just by taking  more

Rep. Smith: Waste
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Jason Smith, R-Missouri, issued the following Capitol Report column: It's been more than two months since the deadline for Congress to pass a budget has passed, and Washington is no closer to slowing its spending. Instead of trying to balance the government's books, the Democrat leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives decided to skip the budget process altogether and go straight to spending, putting the cart before the horse and liberal priorities ahead of co  more

Reps. Cleaver, Butterfield, Kelly, Lee, Watson Coleman Seek Answers From Big Tech on Legal Diversity
WASHINGTON, June 21 -- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO-05) led a letter, along with Reps. Robin Kelly (IL-02), G.K. Butterfield (NC-01), Barbara Lee (CA-13), and Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), inquiring into the diversity policies and practices of Big Tech companies when hiring outside legal counsel. In a letter to the CEOs of ten of the largest U.S. tech companies by revenue, the Representatives are asking  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. Hawley Introduces Legislation to Amend Section 230 Immunity for Big Tech Companies
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced the Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act, a major update to the way big tech companies are treated under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA). Sen. Hawley's legislation removes the immunity big tech companies receive under Section 230 unless they submit to an external audit that proves by clear and convincing evidence that their algorith  more

Sen. Hawley Sends Letter to Google CEO Regarding Chinese Translation 'Mistake' Amidst Hong Kong Protests
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Today Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to Google CEO Sudar Pichai expressing concern regarding Google's role in the spread of misinformation during pro-democracy protests in Hong-Kong. Agence France-Presse reported that Google mistakenly mistranslated the phrase, "I am sad to see Hong Kong become part of China," to, "I am happy to see Hong Kong become part of China." In his letter, Senator Hawley   more

Sen. Hawley Takes Steps to Stop Foreign Theft of Sensitive American Research With New Bill, NDAA Amendment
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Today Senator Josh Hawley introduced the Protect Our Universities Act of 2019 to safeguard sensitive, national security-related academic research from Chinese, Russian, and Iranian intelligence services. The text will also be submitted as a Senate amendment to the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which is currently going through markups in the House and Senate. The bill requires research s  more

Sens. Hawley, Blunt Introduce Resolution to Congratulate St. Louis Blues on Stanley Cup Championship
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Today Missouri's U.S. Senators Josh Hawley and Roy Blunt introduced a resolution to congratulate the St. Louis Blues on winning their first Stanley Cup Championship in their 52-year history. The resolution honors the players, the hundreds of thousands of fans, including 11-year-old Laila Anderson, and the city of St. Louis. "We all witnessed history as the Blues fought their way back from the bottom of th  more