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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Indiana Newsletter for Sunday July 21, 2019 ( 17 items )  

Braun, Carper, Johnson, Peters Bill to Crackdown on Hundreds of Billions of Dollars in Improper Payments Passes Senate
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Sen. Mike Braun, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed the Payment Integrity Information Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senators Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), and Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The legislation aims to cut down on government waste and improper payments made by the federal government  more

Cotton, Young, Toomey Introduce Bill to Prevent Government Bailouts, Protect Taxpayers
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Todd Young (R-Indiana), and Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) yesterday introduced the Government Bailout Prevention Act to ensure that federal dollars cannot be used to help insolvent state, territory, or local governments pay off their obligations. Under this bill, no arm of the federal government, including the Federal Reserve System and the U.S. Treasury Department, can pa  more

Rep. Baird Donates Books to Williamsport-Washington Township Library
DANVILLE, Indiana, July 19 -- Rep. James Baird, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: Congressman Jim Baird (R-IN-04) today donated books from the Library of Congress's Surplus Books Program to the Williamsport-Washington Township Library. The Surplus Books Program allows Members of Congress to donate excess books not needed for the Library's own use to eligible organizations in their districts. "It is a privilege to donate these books to the Williamsport-Washington Township Library,"   more

Rep. Baird: Internal Revenue Service to Hold Community Meeting in Brownsburg
DANVILLE, Indiana, July 18 -- Rep. James Baird, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: Congressman Jim Baird (R-IN-04) today announced that representatives from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will hold a conference at the Brownsburg Library on Wednesday, July 31 at 6:00 PM to meet with members of the community. The discussion will focus on tax fraud, scams, and work by IRS Criminal Investigation to investigate tax and financial crimes, along with time for Q&A. DATE: Wednesday, July   more

Rep. Banks Issues Statement on Secretary DeVos Actions Against Foreign Gifts to U.S. Universities
ARLINGTON, Texas, July 15 -- Rep. Jim Banks, R-Indiana, issued the following statement regarding the Education Secretary Betsy DeVos scrutiny of and investigations into the reporting of foreign gifts to U.S. colleges and universities: Congressman Banks is the lead sponsor of the "Protect Our Universities Act," which outlines new ways to disclose and examine the influence of foreign governments in our nation's academia, including the students and entities with access to sensitive information.   more

Rep. Brooks Issues Statement on Resolution to Condemn President Trump Tweets
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Indiana, issued the following statement after voting for a resolution to condemn President Trump's tweets (H.Res. 489): "Yesterday, I issued a statement regarding the President's recent inappropriate remarks because I believe they do not reflect American values. I believe our diverse backgrounds as Americans make our country greater and stronger. These differences should be celebrated by all of us. "Today, I voted to condemn the racially offensive re  more

Rep. Bucshon Issues Statement on Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Indiana, issued the following statement after voting in support of the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 748), which permanently repeals Obamacare's "Cadillac tax" that would impose a 40 percent excise tax on certain employer-sponsored health insurance: "I am pleased the House has come together in a bipartisan manner to permanently repeal the burdensome Obamacare Cadillac tax. This tax would fall on certain employer-sponsored health   more

Rep. Walorski Issues Statement on Resolution Condemning President Trump's Comments Towards Congressmen
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Indiana, issued the following statement after the House passage of a resolution (H.Res. 489) condemning President Trump's comments directed toward members of Congress: "As Americans, we can disagree on fundamental issues without resorting to personal attacks on our fellow citizens. "We should defend our cherished freedoms and American ideals not by fighting each other but by fighting radical ideas like support for socialism and open borders, ref  more

Reps. Baird, Stevens, Burchett, Crow Introduce Bill to Improve Small Business Innovation and Technology Programs
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. James Baird, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: Representatives Jim Baird (R-IN-04), Haley Stevens (D-MI-11), Tim Burchett (R-TN-02) and Jason Crow (D-CO-06) introduced the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Improvements Act of 2019 (H.R. 3774) to update and improve the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Reps. Baird and Stevens serve on the House Science,   more

Sen. Young Op-Ed: Disabled Vets Deserve Break in TSA Screening
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: In an op-ed for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) today explains the need for his Veterans Expedited TSA Screening (VETS) Safe Travel Act. The bipartisan legislation would provide disabled veterans TSA Pre-Check at no cost. "I was shocked to learn about the conditions disabled veterans face when traveling by air throughout our country. Many of these brave men and women are in wh  more

Sen. Young: Senators Introduce Bipartisan Coast Guard Drug Detection and Interdiction Act
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) introduced the Coast Guard Drug Detection and Interdiction Act, which expands the United States Coast Guard's (USCG) use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to help identify and interdict illicit drugs. Currently, the USCG has actionable intelligence on over 80% of drugs being smuggled   more

Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee Sets Nominations Hearing
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee issued the following hearing information: To consider presidential nominations to the National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Maritime Commission, Amtrak Board of Directors, Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Department of Commerce at 10:30 a.m. on July 24: Witnesses: * Todd Rokita, of Indiana, to be a Director of the Amtrak Board of Directors * Jennifer Homendy, of Virginia, to be a Member of the  more

Sens. Barrasso, Braun Issue Statements on EPA 2019 Air Trend Report
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Mike Braun, R-Indiana, chairman of the Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, issued the following statements on the Environmental Protection Agency's 2019 Air Trend Report: The report shows that between 1970 and 2018, the combined emissions of six key pollutants dropped by 74 percent, while the U.S. economy grew 275 percent. The United States leads the world in havin  more

Seven Trump Nominees Received by U.S. Senate
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- The U.S. Senate received the nomination of seven individuals for positions in the Trump Administration on July 17: Robert L. Sumwalt III, of South Carolina, to be Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board for a term of three years. Aurelia Skipwith, of Indiana, to be Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Carmen G. Cantor, of Puerto Rico, to be Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia. Michael George DeSombre, of Illinois, to be Amb  more

Walorski Votes to Repeal Cadillac Tax, Seeks Vote on Medical Device Tax Repeal, Health Insurance Tax Delay
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) on Wednesday voted to repeal the "Cadillac tax" and sought a House vote on bipartisan bills to repeal the medical device tax and delay the health insurance tax. "Ending the Cadillac tax will provide important relief to both employers and employees, but this bill doesn't include repealing other burdensome taxes like the medical device tax and the health insurance tax," C  more

Young, Toomey, Cotton Introduce Bill to Prevent Government Bailouts, Protect Taxpayers
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) introduced theGovernment Bailout Prevention Act to ensure that federal dollars cannot be used to help insolvent state, territory, or local governments pay off their obligations. Under this bill, no arm of the federal government, including the Federal Reserve System and the U.S. Treasury Department, can pay or guarantee state   more

Young, Warner, Rubio, Coons Introduce Innovative Higher Ed Financing Proposal
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: Yesterday, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced the ISA Student Protection Act to improve an innovative financing tool for students pursuing postsecondary education. Income Share Agreements (ISAs) provide opportunities for students to design financial aid best suited to their needs based on their future income and job success. Under  more