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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday July 28, 2019 ( 38 items )  

Cartwright Announces Over $1.5M in Funds for Scranton-Lackawanna Head Start
SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, July 24 -- Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced over $1.5 million in federal funding for Scranton-Lackawanna County Head Start, which will be used to continue providing comprehensive early education programs to children in Northeastern Pennsylvania. "Early education is vital to preparing our children for the challenges ahead," said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the Appropriations Co  more

Casey Presses Appropriators For Key Chesapeake Bay Watershed Funding, Community Assistance Following Three Mile Island Closure
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: In two separate requests, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is calling on relevant Senate Appropriations Committee leaders to help fund vital grant programs that help improve quality of life for residents in south central Pennsylvania. Specifically, Casey is asking for support for the Chesapeake Bay program as well as for the Assistance to Nuclear Closure Communities program, which could support communi  more

Casey, Colleagues Meet With Miners to Take Action As Black Lung Resurges
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Casey Announces Bill to Help Miners Access Essential Health and Disability Benefits * * * Following recent studies showing increasing prevalence and severity of black lung disease among coal miners and deteriorating financial viability of the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) hosted a roundtable discussion with miners and families affected by the disease. Dur  more

Casey, Murkowski Introduce Bill to Support Survivors of Domestic Violence
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently introduced the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act (S. 2259), which would enhance and expand support, protection and prevention for Americans affected by family violence, domestic violence and dating violence. More than 10 million people in the United States are abused each year, and more than one third of women an  more

Congressman Scott Perry Offers Student Loan Reform Proposal
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Scott Perry offered a new legislative proposal to address the $1 trillion student loan crisis and exploding cost of higher education. H.R. 3786, the Student Loan Reform Act, encourages colleges and universities to co-sign student loans with their student borrowers, which will help drive down the cost of borrowing for students, and encourage universities to keep the cost of higher education in  more

Evans: House Poised to Pass Pension Protection Bill for 1.3 Million Workers, Retirees
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Congressman Dwight Evans speaking at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the Butch Lewis Act - 'Now It Will Be Up to Senate' to Join in Protecting Thousands of Acme Workers, Retirees in Philly Region * * * Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-03) said the House of Representatives is poised to pass a bill today that would protect the pensions of 1.3 million workers and retirees, including tho  more

Fitzpatrick, Harder Introduce Legislation to Boost Employment for People With Disabilities
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - 80 Percent of People with Disabilities Want to Work, But Only 18 Percent Are Employed * * * Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Congressman Josh Harder (CA-10) have introduced the Disability Employment Incentive Act to encourage businesses to hire and retain more workers with disabilities, including veterans. Fittingly, this bill was introduced in honor of the 29th anniversary of t  more

Houlahan Leads 50 Member of Congress in Urging Better Breast Cancer Screening for Servicewomen, Women Veterans
WASHINGTON, July 19 -- Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) and 50 bipartisan Members of Congress sent a letter to the Honorable Thomas McCaffery, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs urging the Military Health System (MHS) to address the disparity in breast cancer screening coverage that is putting the lives of our nation's servicemembers, military family members, and veterans at risk.  more

Rep. Boyle Issues Statement on House Passage of Butch Lewis Act
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after House passage of the Butch Lewis Act (H.R. 397): "Today, we took a major step in defending the financial security and futures of 1 million+ workers and retirees. "This evening, Democrats passed the bipartisan Butch Lewis Act, which protects the hard-earned retirement benefits of workers and retirees participating in multiemployer plans." "Truck drivers, coal miners, bakers and millions of other wor  more

Rep. Boyle Issues Statement on Puerto Rican Gov. Rossello Resignation
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on the resignation of Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello: "Puerto Rico has suffered from decades of economic neglect, crushing debt and a humanitarian crisis resulting from a natural disaster. "The people of Puerto Rico need leadership that they trust at this critical time. It is my hope that they can now turn the page and that everyone on the island will be treated with the fairness and decency they dese  more

Rep. Boyle Issues Statement on Resignation of Puerto Rico Gov. Rossello
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on the resignation of Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello: "Puerto Rico has suffered from decades of economic neglect, crushing debt and a humanitarian crisis resulting from a natural disaster. "The people of Puerto Rico need leadership that they trust at this critical time. It is my hope that they can now turn the page and that everyone on the island will be treated with the fairness and decency they dese  more

Rep. Cartwright Checks In on Canaan Officers Who Fell Ill, Advocates for Modernizing Penitentiary Mail System
CANAAN TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania, July 19 -- Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Five Staffers Were Rushed to a Hospital This Week After Experiencing Dizziness During Cell Searches; Airborne Exposure to Unknown Drugs Is Suspected * * * U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) visited a federal penitentiary in Wayne County on Friday morning amid reports that five of the facility's correctional officers fell ill this week during routine cell checks.  more

Rep. Doyle: House Approves Bill to Reauthorize Landmark Autism Law
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA) announced today that bipartisan legislation to reauthorize federal programs and activities that help individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families has been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill, the Autism CARES Act of 2019 (H.R. 1058), is supported by a broad coalition of autism and disability advocate organizations, includ  more

Rep. Evans Votes for Budget Deal to Help Philadelphia, Domestic Programs
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill Ends 'Robo-Cuts' and Prevents Catastrophic Economic Damage That a Debt-Limit Default Would Cause * * * Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-03) voted today for a bipartisan budget deal that will help to deliver more federal funding for Philadelphia and domestic programs in general. The agreement will also prevent the massive economic damage of a potential debt-limit default for two years. "Demo  more

Rep. Houlahan Legislation to Strengthen State Department Passes House
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) announced that two of her bills to improve recruitment and retention at the State Department have passed the House of Representatives. The State Department Authorization Act of 2019 is a bipartisan bill that includes Houlahan-authored legislation to encourage the hiring of STEM professionals and improve parental leave policies. The Supporting Technical E  more

Rep. Houlahan Saves Pennsylvanians' Pensions
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, Representatives Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) helped pass the Butch Lewis Act, which she also cosponsored. The legislation aims to save the pensions of at least 1.3 million workers and retirees across the country. The bill passed the House 264-169. "In Pennsylvania, 1,344 people are at risk of losing their pensions," said Houlahan. "This is unacceptable. These Pennsylvanians, through their hard wo  more

Rep. Joyce Issues Statement on Bipartisan Budget Act
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. John Joyce, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after opposing the Bipartisan Budget Act (H.R. 3877): "As a small business owner, I understand what it's like to make the hard choices that are required in order to balance a check book. One cannot just keep borrowing money without ramifications in the private sector, and it's now time that the federal government adopt that model. "While I believe President Trump fought valiantly to secure a deal that would   more

Rep. Joyce Issues Statement on Ex-Special Counsel Robert Mueller Testimony
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. John Joyce, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after ex-Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified in front of the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees: "As a representative from rural Pennsylvania, I'm quite familiar with 'Groundhog Day,' and that's exactly what Robert Mueller's testimony today reminded me of. "Just as Mr. Mueller warned us before he appeared, he did not offer any additional information beyond his report, which we already knew did  more

Rep. Kelly Issues Statement on Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement explaining his vote after voting against the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act: Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 397, the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, a bill that attempts to address the ongoing private-sector union pension solvency crisis. "Let's be clear: the American workers who are the victims of the union pension solvency crisis did absolutely nothing wrong.   more

Rep. Kelly Votes Against Irresponsible Budget Agreement
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3877, the Bipartisan Budget Act, a two-year budget agreement brokered by the White House and Congressional leaders. Concerned by House Democrats' rejection of modest proposals to offset higher spending by cutting wasteful and excessive spending elsewhere, Representative Mike Kelly, R-Pa., voted against the measure. America is driving toward a fiscal cliff a  more

Rep. Kelly Writes USDOT in Support of Butler County Infrastructure Grant Application
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: On July 23, Representatives Mike Kelly (PA-16), Glenn Thompson (PA-15), and Conor Lamb (PA-17) wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Elaine Chao in support of Butler County's application for funding through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Discretionary Grant Program. The funds would be used by the county and PennDOT to complete the final four segments of t  more

Rep. Meuser Introduces Legislation to Increase Accountability and Transparency for Federal Budget Process
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Dan Meuser (PA-09) today introduced legislation that would increase accountability and transparency for the federal budget process by requiring Congress to account for interest costs that are accrued through the servicing of debt. The Budgetary Accuracy in Scoring Interest Costs (BASIC) Act of 2019 updates Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) cost scoring re  more

Rep. Meuser Issues Statement on Bipartisan Budget Act
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after speaking with President Trump regarding the Bipartisan Budget Act: "I have serious reservations about this bill, but during a deep-dive review and call with the President of the United States this morning, the President pointed out that this bill includes the following provisions: * $22 billion increase in funding for the Department of Defense * $9 billion increase for the Department of Veterans Affai  more

Rep. Meuser Visits Southern Border
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Dan Meuser (PA-09) visited the southern border on Friday, July 19 with members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus. Members inspected points of entry, a border patrol station, and a centralized processing center. They also examined the physical U.S.-Mexican border and participated in briefings and discussions with experts on the ground. "It is an invaluable experience to see the crisis  more

Rep. Perry Rejects Spending Free-for-All
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Scott Perry voted against H.R. 3877 Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019, a bipartisan deal that brazenly ignores fiscal responsibility, busts through federal spending caps and eliminates the federal debt ceiling for the next two years. "Reckless spending isn't what my constituents sent me here to support, which is why I won't support this bill. We need to get our federal spending under control," s  more

Rep. Thompson Votes In Favor of Bipartisan Budget Act
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - House Bill Bolsters Defense Investments, Suspends Debt Limit * * * Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3877, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 by a vote of 284-149. President Donald Trump recently brokered a deal with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Rep  more

Rep. Thompson: Appalachian Regional Commission Selects District University As Grant Recipient
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Saint Francis University receives $150,000 for health sciences training * * * The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) recently announced Saint Francis University as the recipient of a $150,000 grant. The funds will support advanced patient simulation training equipment for the University's new Health Sciences Experiential Learning Commons. "I'd like to congratulate Saint Francis Universi  more

Rep. Wild Requests Formal Health Consultation From CDC of Ethylene Oxide in Lehigh County
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) requested a formal Health Consultation from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of ethylene oxide pollution levels in Lehigh County. Ethylene oxide (EtO), a gas commonly used to sterilize medical equipment, is linked to cancers including breast cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and others. "The health and safety of my constituents comes first, and  more

Rep. Wild Votes to Protect Pensions for Workers in Greater Lehigh Valley
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Butch Lewis Act addresses the multiemployer pension crisis that is putting an estimated 1.3 million retirees, workers, and their families at risk of losing benefits they've earned over a lifetime of work * * * Today, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07), a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, voted to pass H.R. 397, the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act, historic, bi  more

Reps. Fitzpatrick, Wild Introduce Legislation to Improve Student Health and Safety
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Congresswoman Susan Wild (PA-07) introduced the Mental Health in Schools Excellence Program Act. This legislation addresses the critical shortage of mental health professionals, like school psychologists, social workers, and counselors. Specifically, authorization is granted to establish partnerships between the Department of Education and eligible graduate  more

Reps. Pallone, Walden, Doyle, Latta Issue Statement on House Passage of Stopping Bad Robocalls Act
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement with Ranking Member Greg Walden, R-Oregon, Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and Ranking Member Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, after the House passed the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act (H.R. 3375) by a 429-3 vote: "Today, the House of Representatives voted to restore Americans' confidence in   more

Reps. Walden, Pallone, Doyle, Latta Issue Statement on House Passage of Stopping Bad Robocalls Act
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, ranking Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement with Chairman Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and Ranking Member Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, after the House passed the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act (H.R. 3375) by a 429-3 vote: "Today, the House of Representatives voted to restore Americans' con  more

Sen. Toomey Issues Statement on Confirmation of Esper as Defense Secretary
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Mark Esper, a native of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, to be Secretary of Defense: "Mark Esper will make an outstanding Secretary of Defense. "He is a decorated combat veteran, a former senior policy adviser at the Defense Department and in the Senate, and, most recently, an exceptional Secretary of the Army. "Our armed services are in good hands under his leadership."  more

Sen. Toomey Issues Statement on Senate Passage of 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after voting for legislation that he cosponsored to reauthorize the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund: "The heroes that responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, Shanksville, and at the Pentagon represent the very best of our country. "Today's vote to strengthen the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund will ensure that the first responders, including Pennsylvanians, that develop illness  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

Speaker Pelosi: Dear Colleague on 200 Days For The People, August District Work Period
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, issued the following letter: Dear Democratic Colleague, As we enter the August District Work Period, we must show the American people how Democrats are fighting For The People. We cannot get distracted by whatever outrageous behavior is coming out of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. We need to cut through the noise and make ourselves heard on the issues that matter most: lowering health care costs, increasing paychecks by rebuilding Amer  more

Toomey, Feinstein Renew Bipartisan Effort to Repeal Ethanol Mandate
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are working together to end an egregious form of corporate welfare that hurts the environment and drives up the cost of everything from gasoline to groceries. The Toomey-Feinstein Restore Environmental Sustainability to Our Renewable Energy (RESTORE) Act abolishes the corn ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). "The ill-conc  more

Wild, Fitzpatrick Introduce Legislation to Improve Student Health and Safety
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Mental Health in Schools Excellence Program Act Would Improve Access to Health Services and Providers * * * Congresswoman Susan Wild (PA-07) and Congresswoman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) introduced the Mental Health in Schools Excellence Program Act. This legislation addresses the critical shortage of mental health professionals, like school psychologists, social workers, and counselors. Specific  more