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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Alabama Newsletter for Sunday July 28, 2019 ( 40 items )  

600+ Business, Agricultural Leaders From All 50 States Urge Congress to Ratify USMCA
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, issued the following news release: More than 600 business and agricultural leaders from all 50 states plus D.C. and Puerto Rico are calling on their representatives to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), so that Americans everywhere can begin to feel the benefits of this new trade agreement that puts American workers first. USMCA promises to strengthen America's economy, create new jobs, and improve trade between all three cou  more

Congressman Mo Brooks to Vote Against Financially Irresponsible $2 Trillion Debt Increase
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Wednesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) delivered a House Floor speech announcing he will vote against a spending bill that helps increase America's debt by another $2 trillion in just two years, to more than $24 trillion. This additional $2 trillion debt increases America's annual debt service cost by yet another $40 billion/year (assuming an historically low 10 year treasury bill yield of 2%). To put a $40   more

House Financial Services Committee Issues Testimony From BB&T Corp.
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- The House Financial Services Committee issued the following testimony by Kelly S. King, chairman and CEO of BB&T Corp., at a hearing entitled "Next Megabank? Examining the Proposed Merger of SunTrust and BB&T": "Thank you for providing this opportunity to talk about the proposed merger between BB&T and SunTrust banks. Benefits of the Merger for All Customers "The combination of these two iconic franchises is a true merger of equals. Bringing together two companies with   more

House Natural Resources Committee Issues Report on Coastal, Marine Economies Protection Act
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- The House Natural Resources Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-157) on legislation (H.R. 1941) to amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to prohibit the secretary of the Interior including in any leasing program certain planning areas. The report was advanced by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, on July 16. Excerpts of the report follow: Purpose of the Bill The purpose of H.R. 1941 is to prohibit the Secretary of the Interior including in any leasing program certai  more

House Natural Resources Committee Issues Report on Protecting, Securing Florida's Coastline Act
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- The House Natural Resources Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-156) on legislation (H.R. 205) to amend the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 to permanently extend the moratorium on leasing in certain areas of the Gulf of Mexico. The report was advanced by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, on July 16. Excerpts of the report follow: Purpose of the Bill The purpose of H.R. 205 is to amend the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 to permanently extend the mor  more

House Natural Resources Committee Issues Report on Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, Alabama-Coushatta Tribes of Texas Equal, Fair Opportunity Settlement Act
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- The House Natural Resources Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-165) on legislation (H.R. 759) to restore an opportunity for tribal economic development on terms that are equal and fair. The report was advanced by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, on July 22. Excerpts of the report follow: Purpose of the Bill The purpose of H.R. 759 is to restore an opportunity for tribal economic development on terms that are equal and fair. Background and Need for Legislation The Ysl  more

House Natural Resources Subcommittee Issues Testimony From UMWA Health & Retirement Funds
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- The House Natural Resources subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources issued the following testimony by Lorraine Lewis, executive director of the UMWA Health and Retirement Funds, at a legislative hearing on the Health Benefits for Miners Act (H.R. 934) and the Miners Pension Protection Act (H.R. 935): "I am Lorraine Lewis, Executive Director of the UMWA Health and Retirement Funds ("Funds"). The Funds is the name used for a group of multiemployer pension and health pl  more

House Natural Resources Subcommittee Issues Testimony From United Mine Workers of America
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- The House Natural Resources subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources issued the following testimony by Cecil E. Roberts, international president of the United Mine Workers of America, at a legislative hearing on the Health Benefits for Miners Act (H.R. 934) and the Miners Pension Protection Act (H.R. 935): "Thank you for holding this very important hearing today. Earlier this year, we marked the 73rd anniversary of the historic agreement between the UMWA and the feder  more

Mo Brooks Introduces Bill Thwarting Open-Borders Democrats' Amnesty Program
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Tuesday, in response to open-borders Socialist Democrats' planned U.S. House floor vote to grant Venezuelans eligibility for so-called "Temporary Protected Status" (H.R. 549), Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) introduced the "TPS Reform Act." The bill requires that Congress must vote on and approve a nation's citizens' eligibility for Temporary Protected Status and sets strict but reasonable maximum lengths for Tem  more

Mo Brooks: Mueller "Circus Act" Diverts Attention From America's Major Threats
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Wednesday, in an interview with One America News, former prosecutor and defense attorney and now Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) described the Robert Mueller Judiciary Committee hearing as a "dog and pony show" and "circus act" that wrongly diverts public attention from America's deficit and debt threat, America's border security crisis, and the socialism versus free enterprise debate. Brooks emphasized that the   more

Rep. Babin Issues Statement on House Passage of Alabama-Coushatta Fairness Bill
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, issued the following statement after the House unanimously passed the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama-Coushatta Tribes of Texas Equal and Fair Opportunity Settlement Act (H.R. 759): "We have worked tirelessly for more than a year to pass H.R. 759 in the House of Representatives. "I'm proud to have sponsored this piece of legislation that will put to rest years of uncertainty and turmoil experienced by the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Tribe of Te  more

Rep. Byrne Issues Statement on DOT Grant for Mobile River Bridge
WASHINGTON, July 22 --Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following statement after the Department of Transportation announced the award of a $125 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America grant for the Mobile River bridge: "This is outstanding news for the people of Southwest Alabama! Fighting for federal funding for this bridge has been one of my top priorities in Congress, and I am glad the Trump Administration has come through with this grant award. "I am very appreciative of the  more

Rep. Byrne Issues Statement on Ex-Special Counsel Mueller's Congressional Testimony
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following statement after the conclusion of ex-Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees: "Democrats' last desperate attempt to change the narrative on the Mueller report and generate support for their delusional impeachment fantasy landed with a thud. I've read the Mueller report cover to cover, and there was no collusion and no obstruction. Today's hearings should once and   more

Rep. Byrne Issues Statement on FAA Grant for Jack Edwards National Airport
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following statement applauding the Federal Aviation Administration's announcement of a grant to Jack Edwards National Airport of $232,066: "Jack Edwards National Airport is a vital part of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and the surrounding communities, and this grant will enable valuable safety improvements that will yield benefits to area travelers for years to come. "I thank Secretary Chao and the Department of Transportation for re  more

Rep. Byrne Issues Statement on USDA Grant for Washington County Public Library
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following statement applauding Department of Agriculture announcement of a grant to the Washington County Public Library in Chatom, Alabama: "Computers and high-speed broadband access are just as or more important for educating today's students as textbooks, and we cannot let rural areas like Washington County fall behind. "The computers this grant provides will go far towards ensuring students of all ages in Washington County ha  more

Rep. Byrne Issues Statement on Visit to U.S-Mexico Border
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following statement on his visit to the U.S-Mexico border: "As the national security and humanitarian crisis at our border escalates, it is important to see the situation firsthand and talk directly with border agents, law enforcement, and local officials about the challenges they face and what resources they need. "The American people have demanded a lawful system of immigration that protects their economic and personal safety,  more

Rep. Hurd: Bipartisan Effort to Fight for Texas Native Tribes Passes House Unanimously
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Last night, the Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo and Alabama-Coushatta Tribes of Texas Equal and Fair Opportunity Settlement Act passed the House unanimously. The bill introduced by U.S. Representatives Will Hurd (TX-23) and Brian Babin (TX-36) allows the federally-recognized tribes Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo in El Paso and the Alabama-Couchatta in Livingston their overdue justice and fair treatment under law. Passing this bill  more

Rep. Jackson Lee Issues Statement on Emancipation National Historic Trail Act
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, member of the House Judiciary, Homeland Security and Budget Committees, issued the following statement after House passage of the Emancipation National Historic Trail Act (H.R. 434): "I applaud passage by the House of Representatives of H.R. 434, the "Emancipation National Historic Trail Act." When passed by the Senate and enacted into law, it will result in the second trail in the United States that chronicles the experience of African A  more

Rep. Johnson Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Lower Prescription Prices
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Henry C. 'Hank' Johnson Jr., D-Georgia, issued the following news release: * * * - Congressman works to streamline path for biosimilar drugs to make it to market, consumers with the Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Through Improvements to Patent Litigation Act - Congresswoman Roby of Alabama cosponsors bipartisan bill * * * Seeking to bring prescription drug prices down by streamlining and making it more cost effective for generic drug makers to get their pr  more

Rep. Lewis Issues Statement on Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement Targeting Israel
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, issued the following statement supporting a resolution (H.Res. 246) to oppose the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement targeting Israel: "I did not author, but agreed to sign on as a cosponsor of H. Res. 496, a resolution "affirming that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad." My support of this resolution was a simple demonstration of my ongoing commitment to the a  more

REP. Mo Brooks Leads Successful House Floor Fight That Defeats Open-Borders Bill for Venezuelans
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Tuesday evening on the House floor, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) led the fight against H.R. 549, a Socialist Democrat "open-borders" bill that gives hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of Venezuelans special eligibility to enter into and stay in the United States. Congressman Brooks stressed the irony of Democrats seeking to grant amnesty to illegal aliens fleeing a country economically destroyed by the v  more

Rep. Palmer Opposes 2019 Budget Deal
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) voted against the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019, which moves to increase discretionary spending limits and suspends the national debt limit. "I fully understand the need to rebuild our military, which was significantly diminished by ill-conceived fiscal policy decisions during the previous administration," Palmer said. "Having served on the House Budget Committee, I supp  more

Rep. Sewell and Chairman Neal Discuss Barriers to Health Care With Alabama Stakeholders
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, July 23 -- Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, issued the following news release: * * * - Chairman Neal of the Ways & Means Committee joined Rep. Sewell at UAB to hear from medical researchers and hospital administrators about the state of health care in Alabama and the role of innovation and research in addressing health disparities * * * Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07), Vice Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, invited Chairman Richard Neal (MA-01) to UAB Hospital Monday t  more

Rep. Sewell Issues Statement on Trade Deal Negotiations
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, member of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Trade and one of nine Democratic Members of Congress chosen by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, to negotiate improvements of U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, issued the following statement on the working group's meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer: "The working group is making significant progress in our negotiations with Ambassador Lighthizer. My goal has always be  more

Rep. Sewell Named Co-Chair of Ways & Means Committee's Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, issued the following news release: The Ways and Means Committee announced the creation of the "Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force" this week. The bipartisan task force will convene members and experts to discuss the challenges of delivering health care in rural and underserved areas and explore holistic policy options that could improve outcomes and care in those communities. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL), Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-  more

Rep. Sewell Questions Special Counsel Robert Mueller
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, issued the following news release: Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence interviewed Special Counsel Robert Mueller about his investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07), a senior member of the Committee, focused her questioning on the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting between the President's son, Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law, Jared Kushner, campaign manager,   more

Reps. Byrne, Budd Introduce Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Fresh off a visit to the southern border to see the illegal immigration crisis firsthand, Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) joined Ted Budd (R-NC) today in introducing legislation to protect victims of illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities. "I'm sick of hearing stories about illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities committing horrific crimes against American citizens. It's time we do something about it," sai  more

Reps. Sewell, Reed Introduce Legislation to Help Finance Local Infrastructure Projects
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, issued the following news release: * * * - H.R. 3967 will save Alabama taxpayers money by expanding bank-qualified bonds * * * U.S. Reps. Terri Sewell (AL-07), a former bond lawyer, and Tom Reed (NY-23), both members of the House Committee on Ways and Means, introduced the Municipal Bond Market Support Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation to help local governments, non-profits, schools, hospitals, universities and other entities reduce cost  more

Reps. Wicker, Hyde-Smith & Kelly Announce $52.4M Grant for MS-76 Widening Project
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Trent Kelly, R-Mississippi, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), and Congressman Trent Kelly (R-Miss.) today announced the award of $52.4 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to support construction of an 8.3-mile, four-lane divided arterial segment of MS Highway 76 in Itawamba County. This corridor is the last stretch of highway between the Toyota plant in Blue Springs, Miss., an  more

Sen. Doug Jones Supports Final Passage of 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Extension
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, issued the following news release: Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today voted to pass the Never Forget the Heroes Act to permanently reauthorize the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, which provides compensation for individuals who were injured during the 9/11 attacks or debris removal efforts, and for the families of those killed in the attacks. The fund was set to stop taking new claims in December 2020. "The heroic first responders wh  more

Sen. Jones Issues Statement on Confirmation of Defense Secretary Esper
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, issued the following statement on his support for Mark Esper's confirmation to serve as the next Defense Secretary: "Dr. Esper is well qualified to serve as Secretary of Defense by virtue of his experience serving in the Army, his numerous positions as a Congressional staffer in both the House and Senate, his experience working in private industry, and his service in various roles at the Pentagon, including most recently as Secretary of the Arm  more

Sen. Shelby Announces DOT INFRA Grants for Mobile and Tuscaloosa
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: * * * - Awards Include $125 Million for I-10 Mobile River Bridge Project * * * U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded two Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grants to fund projects for infrastructure improvements in Alabama. The first of the two DOT INFRA grants contains $125 million for the Alabama Department of Tr  more

Sen. Shelby Announces FAA Funding for Alabama Airports
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that six local airports in Alabama will receive a total of $14,344,107 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants. The grants range from $10,426,057 for Huntsville International Airport to $59,290 for Florala Municipal Airport and are awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to support airport infrastructure improvements. "It is ev  more

Senate Appropriations Committee Schedule for the Week of July 29, 2019
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release: The following is the hearing schedule for the Senate Committee on Appropriations for the week of July 29, 2019. WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2019 TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES SUBCOMMITTEE (Susan Collins, Chairman) A hearing titled "Oversight of the Federal Aviation Administration" 9:45 a.m., Room 192, Dirksen Senate Office B  more

Senate Banking Committee Issues Testimony From Maps Credit Union
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee issued the following testimony by Rachel Pross, chief risk officer of Maps Credit Union, at a hearing entitled "Challenges for Cannabis and Banking: Outside Perspectives": "Thank you for this opportunity to testify on a very important issue: ensuring access to mainstream financial services for cannabis businesses that operate legally under state law. "My name is Rachel Pross. I am the Chief Risk Officer of Maps Cred  more

Senate Energy Committee Issues Testimony From DOE Director Anderson
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee issued the following testimony by Brian Anderson, director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory of the Department of Energy, at a hearing to examine the importance of energy innovation to economic growth and competitiveness: "Thank you for the opportunity to discuss energy innovation and economic development. My name is Dr. Brian Anderson, and I am the Director of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Ener  more

Senate Small Business Committee Issues Testimony From NASA Program Executive Gustetic
MERRITT ISLAND, Florida, July 19 -- The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee issued the following testimony by Jenn Gustetic, program executive for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Program Management Office at NASA, at a field hearing entitled "Moon Landings to Mars Exploration: The Role of Small Business Innovation in America's Space Program": "Thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the incredible impact that American small   more

Senate Small Business Committee Issues Testimony Made in Space
MERRITT ISLAND, Florida, July 19 -- The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee issued the following testimony by Andrew Rush, CEO of Made in Space, at a field hearing entitled "Moon Landings to Mars Exploration: The Role of Small Business Innovation in America's Space Program": "Fifty years ago, American innovation put American boots on the Moon for the first time. American innovation in space, driven by emerging companies like Made In Space, is alive and kicking today. We and our  more

Wicker, Hyde-Smith & Kelly Announce $52.4 Million Grant for MS-76 Widening Project
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Mississippi, issued the following news release: * * * - Department of Transportation Grant to Boost Automobile Manufacturing Corridor in Mississippi * * * U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), and Congressman Trent Kelly (R-Miss.) today announced the award of $52.4 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to support construction of an 8.3-mile, four-lane divided arterial segment of MS Highway 76 in  more

Wicker, Hyde-Smith, & Kelly Announce Award of $52.4M for MS-76 Widening Project
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, issued the following news release: * * * - Department of Transportation Grant to Boost Automobile Manufacturing Corridor in Mississippi * * * U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., and Congressman Trent Kelly, R-Miss., today announced the award of $52.4 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to support construction of an 8.3-mile, four-lane divided arterial segment of MS Highway 76 in Itaw  more