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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Missouri Newsletter for Sunday August 04, 2019 ( 21 items )  

Blunt, Luetkemeyer Introduce Legislation to Provide Certainty to Pension Beneficiaries
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) and U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (Mo.) introduced the Vested Employee Pension Benefit Protection Act. This legislation will codify decades of precedent into law, ensuring pension beneficiaries can take early retirement and return to, or remain in, covered employment. "These men and women have worked hard to earn the benefits they were promised when they were hire  more

Cleaver, Stivers, Blunt, Kaine Introduce Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, issued the following news release: Today, United States Representatives Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) and Steve Stivers (R-OH), along with United States Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), introduced the Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act. The legislation directs the U.S. Treasury to mint a coin to commemorate the Centennial of Negro Leagues Baseball. "It's difficult to overstate the significance that sport  more

GAO Issues Report on Water Resources Projects
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the extent to which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has addressed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act feasibility study acceleration provisions. The report (GAO-19-561) is titled "Water Resources Projects: Army Corps of Engineers Can Further Enhance Acceleration of Feasibility Studies". The report was sent to Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, chairman, Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, ranking member of th  more

Hassan-Backed Bill to Support First Responders Heads to President's Desk
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Today the United States Senate passed the Hawley-Hartzler National Urban Search and Rescue Parity Act to support first responders. The bill is a response to a misguided policy that currently bars federal employees from assisting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) efforts. Among the 28 US&R task forces nationwide is Missouri Task Force 1, which has off  more

Luetkemeyer Urges Local Farmers to Sign Up for USDA Trade Support Program
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: On Friday, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced additional information regarding the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), Food Purchase and Distribution Program (FPDP), and Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP). As the Trump Administration continues to work on free, fair and reciprocal trade deals, agricultural producers can receive assistance through the MFP by signing up t  more

Missouri Lawmakers Hawley, Blunt and Graves Send Letter to FEMA on Behalf of Constituents in Need of Flood Assistance
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Today Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), along with Congressman Sam Graves (R-Tarkio), sent a letter to FEMA Acting Administrator Peter Gaynor seeking clarification on the agency's policy for offering Individual Assistance (IA) to constituents dealing with historic flooding. The lawmakers noted that Missourians are frustrated with "FEMA's confusing and poorly-communicated process for providin  more

Missouri Lawmakers Rep. Graves, Sens. Hawley, Blunt Send Letter to FEMAon Behalf of Constituents in Need of Flood Assistance
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Rep. Sam Graves, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Today Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), along with Congressman Sam Graves (R-Tarkio), sent a letter to FEMA Acting Administrator Peter Gaynor seeking clarification on the agency's policy for offering Individual Assistance (IA) to constituents dealing with historic flooding. The lawmakers noted that Missourians are frustrated with "FEMA's confusing and poorly-communicated process for providing  more

Rep. Blaine's Bulletin: Certainty for 9/11 First Responders
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Missouri, issued the following column: On September 11, 2001, 2,977 people lost their lives in the most devastating terrorist attack in our nation's history. In the immediate aftermath, thousands of first responders scoured the scene for survivors, spending days or weeks inhaling dangerous carcinogens. More than eighteen years later, the lasting effects have continued to claim the lives of the brave men and women across the nation. FBI Special A  more

Rep. Cleaver Commemorates 148th Anniversary of Pennytown
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, issued the text of the following speech in the Congressional Record July 30, commemorating the 148th anniversary of Pennytown: It brings me great joy to rise today to commemorate the 148th anniversary of Pennytown, Missouri. Founded by former slaves, this historic town stands as a declaration of what people can accomplish in the face of adversity. Today, their descendants gather to honor the memory of a remarkable chapter of Missouri's his  more

Rep. Cleaver Honors Sesquicentennial of Higginsville
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on July 24, honoring the sesquicentennial of Higginsville: I rise today to honor the sesquicentennial of Higginsville, Missouri. For the past 150 years, Higginsville has served as the hub of Lafayette County and the home of a tight-knit, caring community. May it stand for another 150 years as a glittering example to other towns around the country. In 1869, the t  more

Rep. Cleaver Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, issued the following statement calling for an impeachment inquiry against President Trump: "After reading Special Counsel Mueller's redacted report and listening to his testimony, it's clear to me that they indicate the President committed one or more instances of obstruction of justice while in office. When looking at the evidence presented, there is obviously enough smoke to investigate the potential fire of corruption. "Congress has a  more

Rep. Gonzalez Encourages South and Central Texans to Apply for USDA Assistance to Restore Flood-Prone Lands
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has begun accepting applications for funding for conservation easements on lands damaged by and prone to flooding and other natural disasters. The NRCS has made available $217.5 million for 11 States. The funds are made available by the Emergency Watershed Pr  more

Rep. Graves Applauds Addition of North Missouri Counties to Disaster Declaration
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Rep. Sam Graves, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Today, President Donald Trump approved the addition of 68 Missouri counties to the Disaster Declaration that was approved on July 9, 2019. Those counties were affected by flooding or tornadoes between April 29th and July 5th. Counties approved for public assistance in North Missouri include Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Clark, Daviess, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Jackson  more

Rep. Graves Recognizes 200th Anniversary of Palmyra
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Rep. Sam Graves, R-Missouri, issued the text of the following speech in the Congressional Record July 30, recognizing the 200th anniversary of Palmyra: I proudly pause to recognize the City of Palmyra, Missouri, celebrating their Bicentennial this year. Settled by Mr. Benjamin Vanlandingham in 1818, the City of Palmyra was officially formed in 1819 and eventually became the county seat of Marion County. Founded on a natural rock foundation, early settlers found an endless  more

Rep. Hartzler Legislation Supporting Missouri Task Force 1 Heads to White House
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: * * * - Local lawmaker's bill passes both House and Senate * * * Today, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler's (MO-04) legislation supporting Missouri Task Force 1 was cleared through the Senate and sent on its way to the White House. Hartzler's bill, the National Urban Search and Rescue Parity Act (H.R. 639), which passed the House in April, establishes clear policy allowing federal employees to serve on FEMA  more

Rep. Smith Celebrates 150th Anniversary of City of Oran
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Rep. Jason Smith, R-Missouri, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on July 25, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the City of Oran: I rise today to honor the city of Oran in Scott County, MO on its 150th anniversary. The city of Oran, founded on July 16, 1869, was originally dubbed "St. Cloud"for the French town outside of Paris. The city was known to locals as "The Land of the Watermelon.'' After some debate in the community and  more

Rep. Smith: 850 Miles
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Rep. Jason Smith, R-Missouri, issued the following Capitol Report column: Our nation thrives when we take power away from Washington bureaucrats and give it back to the people. That was an important theme this week as I began my annual summer visits to southern Missouri farming operations. I made stops in 12 of the 30 counties I have the honor of representing in Congress and appreciated all the farmers, business owners and their families that took time to share their perso  more

Sen. Blunt Issues Statement on National Intelligence Director Coats
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement on National Intelligence Director Dan Coats: "Dan Coats and I served on the Senate Intelligence Committee together. "His questions were always tough and he demanded the best from the agencies that reported to us. "He had the same standards as Director of National Intelligence. "He handled a hard job well."  more

Sen. Hawley Introduces Legislation to Curb Social Media Addiction
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Today Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced legislation to curb addictive and deceptive techniques that tech giants use to exploit users. The Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology (SMART) Act would ban certain features that are designed to be addictive, would require choice parity for consent, and would give users the power to monitor their time spent on social media. Senator Hawley said, "Big tech h  more

Sens. Hawley, Baldwin Lead Bipartisan Effort to Restore Competitiveness to U.S. Exports
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) are introducing a bipartisan plan to make U.S. exports more competitive, boost American manufacturers and farmers, and reduce our trade deficit. The Competitive Dollar for Jobs and Prosperity Act would manage the U.S. dollar exchange rate and bring it into alignment by placing a "market access charge" on foreign purchases of U.S. stocks, bon  more

Support Grows for Sens. Cramer, Sinema EXIM Bank Reauthorization Bill
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-North Dakota, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators and Senate Banking Committee members Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-A.Z.) received statements of support from cosponsors and business leaders, as well as positive press coverage, following the release of their bill to reauthorize the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank for 10 years. Cosponsors "Export-Import Bank loans directly benefit dozens of Missouri businesses, from car part manu  more