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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Illinois Newsletter for Sunday August 18, 2019 ( 35 items )  

Bost Announces Risk Management Agency Delays Crop Insurance Premium Payments
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) will defer accrual of interest for spring 2019 crop year insurance premiums for all agricultural producers until November 30, 2019. In June, Bost and members of the Illinois Congressional delegation sent a letter to the RMA requesting the deferral. "After Southern Illinois was devastated  more

Davis Announces $1.95 Million in Water Infrastructure Grants for Kane and Hammond
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has awarded $1.95 million to improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure in the 13th District. The Village of Kane will receive $1,500,000 and the Village of Hammond will receive $450,000. "This is great news for these small villages," said Davis. "This grant is a great example of t  more

Duckworth Demands Trump Administration Explain Decision to Deny Citizenship Interview to U.S. Marine Veteran
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator and combat Veteran Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) wrote to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of State demanding that a deported U.S. Marine Veteran be allowed to re-enter the country to attend his citizenship interview. Her demand comes after public reports that a deported Marine Veteran, Roman Sabal, was denied entry at the border, causing him to miss his citizenshi  more

Duckworth Meets With Lake County Environmental Advocates Over Ethylene Oxide Crisis
WAUKEGAN, Illinois, Aug. 12 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with environmental advocates from Lake County on Monday to discuss efforts to protect residents from toxic ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions in the area and hear concerns. Duckworth met with members from Clean Power Lake County, Sierra Club Woods & Wetlands Group and Faith in Place to discuss her legislation aimed at addressing the EtO crisis, as well he  more

Durbin Calls for Investigation of Trump Admin's Efforts to Use Eminent Domain to Seize Privately Held Land to Build Border Wall
WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Tom Udall (D-NM), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM), have sent a letter to U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro requesting that the U.S. Government Accountability Office investigate the Trump Administration's efforts to exercise the power of eminent domain to seize privately held land to build a border wall at the southern border of th  more

Durbin, Duckworth Announce $113.9 Million in HUD Funding to Support Chicago Housing & Community Development
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that Chicago will receive $113,932,060 in federal grant funding through four programs administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In total, Chicago was awarded $78,262,773 through the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program, $6,695,179 through the Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) program,  more

Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $1.5 Million in Opioid, Behavioral Health Services for Southern Illinois Community Health Centers
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded community health centers in Southern Illinois a total of $1,560,000 through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) Program and the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program. Community health cent  more

Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $1.5 Million in Opioid, Behavorial Health Services for Western Illinois Community Health Centers
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded community health centers in Western Illinois a total of $1,501,000 through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) Program and the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program. Community health cente  more

Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $2.1 Million in Opioid, Behavioral Health Services For Central Illinois Community Health Centers
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded community health centers across Central Illinois a total of $2,169,000 through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) Program and the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program. Community health c  more

Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $4.5 Million in Opioid, Behavioral Health Services for Chicago Community Health Centers
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded community health centers in Chicago, Illinois, a total of $4,503,836 through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) Program. Community health centers are community-based organizations that improv  more

Durbin, Duckworth Slam Trump Administration Proposal to Weaken Protections Against Discrimination in Health Care
WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Proposed rule would undermine health care protections for LGBTQ people, women, people with disabilities, and people whose primary language is not English * * * U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and 32 of their fellow Democratic senators, have submitted a comment letter for the record to Department of Health and Human Services   more

Durbin, Duckworth, Bustos, Loebsack Announce $1.2 Million in DOT Funding for Quad Cities Ferryboat Dock
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA-02), announced today that Quad Cities MetroLINK will receive $1,200,000 in federal grant funding to replace an old Channel Cat dock in Davenport. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Passenger Ferry Grant program. Today's grant wi  more

Durbin, Markey, Blumenthal Request Information On Student Data Collection Practices
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today sent letters to numerous education technology (EdTech) companies inquiring about data collection practices on American students. The Senators raised concerns that the learning tools used by these companies could pose a serious risk to students, parents, and educational institutions as a result of the potential for m  more

Durbin, Senators Call Out Partisan 'Project' to Tip Supreme Court in Favor of NRA-Backed Plaintiffs
CHICAGO, Illinois, Aug. 12 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators warn of long-term damage to the Supreme Court's reputation in delivering for special interests despite longstanding judicial principle * * * U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to file a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in a case bringing the first major  more

GAO Issues Report on Defense Acquisition Workforce
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense's implementation of human capital flexibilities for its acquisition workforce. The report (GAO-19-509) is titled "Defense Acquisition Workforce: DOD Increased Use of Human Capital Flexibilities but Could Improve Monitoring". The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Richar  more

GAO Issues Report on Security Assistance
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on human rights training for foreign security forces. The report (GAO-19-554) is titled "Security Assistance: U.S. Agencies Should Improve Oversight of Human Rights Training for Foreign Security Forces". The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, chairman, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-  more

Rep. Bustos Announces More Than $650,000 in Grants for Local Health Centers
MOLINE, Illinois, Aug. 13 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) - a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee - announced that health centers across the district will receive $668,000 in total grant funding to combat the opioid crisis. These federal dollars were awarded through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Integrated Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) program and will be used to the prevent   more

Rep. Bustos Bill to Improve Health Outcomes Gains Momentum
MOLINE, Illinois, Aug. 12 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced the support of four organizations for her bipartisan Social Determinants Accelerator Act of 2019, which she introduced last month with Representatives Tom Cole (OK-04), Jim McGovern (MA-02) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05). This legislation would create a federal grant program to empower states and local governments to tackle persistent economic an  more

Rep. Bustos Issues Statement on EPA Approval of 31 Small Refinery Biofuel Waivers
MOLINE, Illinois, Aug. 9 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency approved 31 small refinery biofuel waivers, undermining the renewable fuel standard and the agricultural economy: "Let's be clear - today's announcement from the EPA is another blow to the pocketbook for farm communities across the Midwest. "Time and again, this administration has gone behind closed doors to rig the sys  more

Rep. Bustos: Illinois Congressional Democrats Urge Census Bureau to Ensure Full, Fair Count for 2020 Census
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: The Democratic members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation today sent a letter to U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham urging him to ensure a full and fair count of the State of Illinois with the upcoming 2020 Decennial Census. The members expressed concern with administrative and technological changes being made to the upcoming Census, and urged the Bureau to provide Illinois with the necessa  more

Rep. Casten Issues Statement on PM Netanyahu's Decision to Bar Members of Congress from Entering Israel
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following statement regarding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to deny Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar entry into Israel: Last week, Casten traveled to Israel with other Members of Congress to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. "Last week, I had the privilege to travel to Israel with several dozen of my colleagues. "We met with political leaders, soldiers and entrepreneurs. We met with Prime Minister Neta  more

Rep. Casten, Castor, and Other Climate Experts Propose Climate Solutions at House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis' Chicago Roundtable
CHICAGO, Illinois, Aug. 14 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Panel Discusses Dire Effects of Climate Change to the Great Lakes * * * Today, U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) was joined by House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Chair Kathy Castor (FL-14), and several Chicago area climate experts to discuss how the broad effects of climate change are impacting the Sixth District of Illinois, Chicago, and the Great Lakes region of the countr  more

Rep. Davis Announces Upcoming Open Government Night
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois, Aug. 12 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced he will be hosting his second Open Government Night following the first event held in Decatur recently where more than 250 constituents attended. The series is in conjunction with state lawmakers to allow constituents an opportunity to hear directly from their elected officials at the state and federal level on important issues. The second event will   more

Rep. Davis Issues Statement on Death of Ex-Illinois Rep. Findley
TAYLORVILLE, Illinois, Aug. 10 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following statement on the death of ex-Illinois Rep. Paul Findley: "Paul was a loyal friend and mentor to so many of us in Illinois politics. I last had the privilege of seeing Paul when I was added to the former Illinois College students' wall at the Findley Congressional Office Museum. His dedication to Illinois College and the entire Jacksonville community was immeasurable. "Paul's work to further agriculture, his l  more

Rep. Foster Leads National Labs Caucus Congressional Delegation to California
BERKELEY, California, Aug. 12 -- Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: This week, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) will lead a congressional delegation on a tour of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and SLAC Accelerator Laboratory in California. Foster will be joined by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA), and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA). As co-chair of th  more

Rep. Kelly Completes Naloxone Training, Seeks to Raise Awareness of Training for Lifesaving Opioid-Reversal Drug
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, and her staff completed training to administer naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug. "Too many of our neighbors have already been lost to addiction; it's clear that naloxone saves lives when it's available in our communities and people are properly trained," said Congresswoman Robin Kelly. "This training -- a  more

Rep. Kelly Hosts Black Women and Girls Symposium
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host a free symposium featuring some of Chicago's most dynamic woman professionals in finance, labor, marketing and human resources offering guidance on negotiating pay raises and advancement, and successfully branding your talent and your business. The symposium, "Power Moves: Strategies for Success," takes place Thursday, August 22, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, at Chicago State Un  more

Rep. Krishnamoorthi Issues Statement on Israel's Decision to Deny Members of Congress Entry at President Trump's Urging
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, issued the following statement regarding Israel's decision to deny Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar entry: "President Trump's decision to inject his domestic political priorities into American foreign policy through urging Israel to refuse entry to Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib is outrageous and unacceptable. "Israel has made a serious mistake in following President Trump's wishes and refusing to admit Members of the   more

Rep. LaHood Honors Life of Ex-Illinois Rep. Findley
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the text of the following speech in the Congressional Record Aug. 13, honoring the life of ex-Illinois Rep. Paul Findley: I would like to honor and remember the life of Congressman Paul Findley, who passed away on August 9, 2019, at age 98. Born in Jacksonville, Illinois, in 1921, Congressman Findley displayed a natural gravitation towards public service. Congressman Findley graduated from Illinois College in 1943. After finishing hi  more

Rep. Lipinski Issues Statement on Israel's Decision to Block Members of Congress From Entering Country
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after Israel's government announced its decision to prevent Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan, and Ilhan Omar, R-Minnesota, from entering the country: "I am disappointed by Israel's decision to block the visit of Reps. Omar and Tlaib. "Unlike President Trump, I do not believe it would "show great weakness" to allow these two representatives to visit. "No matter the issue positions taken or the statements ma  more

Rep. Schneider Issues Statement on PM Netanyahu Denying Entry to Israel to Two Representatives
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to block the entry of Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan, and Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota, to Israel: "Prime Minister Netanyahu's decision to reverse policy and deny entry to Israel for Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar--to effectively boycott two Members of Congress--is both shortsighted and wrong. It violates the promise made just last month   more

Rep. Schneider to Host Roundtable on Closing the Gender Wage Gap in Glenview
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Thursday, August 15, Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) will host a roundtable discussion in Glenview on the importance of closing the gender pay gap and efforts at the federal, state, and local level to do so. He will be joined by a panel of issue experts, local elected officials, and community leaders for the discussion, which is open to the public. RSVP to attend on our Eventbrite page. Despite pas  more

Sen. Duckworth Issues Statement on Trump Administration's Public Charge Rule
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following statement: In response to the Trump Administration's new rule that would allow immigration officials to deny immigrants green cards based on their income or the wholly legal action of using of public benefits like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Medicaid, Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement: "As I said when the Trump Administration first suggested they might do this alm  more

Sen. Durbin: Illinois Congressional Democrats Urge Census Bureau to Ensure Full, Fair Count for 2020 Census
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: The Democratic members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation today sent a letter to U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham urging him to ensure a full and fair count of the State of Illinois with the upcoming 2020 Decennial Census. The members expressed concern with administrative and technological changes being made to the upcoming Census, and urged the Bureau to provide Illinois with the ne  more

Sen. Inhofe Praises EPA for Granting SREs
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 -- Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) praised the EPA for granting 31 small refinery exemptions (SRE) in accordance with the law on Friday. These exemptions help small, local refiners deal with outdated, burdensome regulations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Furthermore studies done by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign show that retroactive SREs do not harm ethanol and demand has remaine  more