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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Illinois Newsletter for Sunday September 01, 2019 ( 29 items )  

Davis, Shimkus, Bost Announce Senior Technology and Resource Fair
MARYVILLE, Illinois, Aug. 29 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis (IL-13) John Shimkus (IL-15), and Mike Bost (IL-12) are inviting senior citizens to learn some tips and tricks to keep up with the latest advances in technology. On Thursday, September 5, the three Metro East representatives will be hosting a Senior Technology and Resource Fair at American Legion Post 365, 1022 Vandalia Street in Collinsville. At 10 a.m, the trio will welco  more

Duckworth to Trump Administration: Stop Disrespecting U.S. Servicemembers and Diplomats Willing to Sacrifice for Our Nation
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator calls on Administration to abandon a disgraceful policy that forces certain servicemembers serving overseas to "prove" their children are worthy of citizenship * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) wrote to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) demanding both agencies quickly rescind an offensive policy update that   more

Duckworth Visits Vietnam & Thailand as Part of Armed Services Committee Congressional Delegation
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) last week visited Vietnam and Thailand as part of a U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services delegation, where she met with top government officials, delivered an address on the importance of serving one's nation to a group of Thai military cadets as well as received an audience with the Princess of Thailand, Her Royal Highness Maha Chakri Sirindhorn   more

Durbin Calls for an End to Small Refinery Waivers and Restoring Integrity to the Renewable Fuel Standard
WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, along with Senators Tina Smith (D-MN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Gary Peters (D-MI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), today urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to end the harmful abuse of small refinery hardship waivers under the Renewable Fuel Standa  more

Durbin Presses FDA To Regulate E-Cigarettes In Aftermath Of Vaping Death And Illnesses
WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Cites Illinoisan Who Died After Suffering Severe Respiratory Illness From Vaping * * * U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless and Center for Tobacco Products Director Mitch Zeller to get off the sidelines and address the public health epidemic of e-cigarettes, especially among children and youn  more

Durbin, Colleagues Demand Trump Administration End Remain IN Mexico Policy
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and 22 of his Democratic Senate colleagues in calling on the Trump Administration to stop restricting access to the U.S. asylum system by ending its Remain in Mexico policy. The deceptively named Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) policy blocks legal asylum seekers from being in the U.S. while they await court hearings in their cases, f  more

Durbin, Duckworth Announce $450,000 In Federal Funding To Support Maternal Health In Illinois
WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 -- 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 Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been awarded $450,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Enhancing Reviews and Surveillance to Eliminate Maternal Mortality (ERASE MM) Program. The funding will support IDPH efforts to identify, review, and characterize maternal deaths, and identi  more

Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $123 Million in Federal Funding for Emergency Preparedness in Illinois
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 -- 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 more than $123 million in federal funding to improve emergency preparedness across Illinois. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded state and local authorities, transportation agencies, and port facility operators in Illinois preparedness grants totaling $123,916,337 to prevent and  more

Durbin, Duckworth Announce Nearly $30 Million for Cancer Research in Illinois
WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 -- 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 three Illinois-based organizations have been awarded nearly $30 million from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to support cancer clinical trials and cancer care delivery studies in their communities. "This federal funding will support the important work being done at some  more

Durbin, Klobuchar, Senators Press AG Barr to Rescind Decision to Limit Asylum Due to Family Ties
WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and 10 of their Senate colleagues to call on Attorney General William Barr to rescind his decision in Matter of L-E-A-, which limits access to asylum for people fleeing persecution abroad because of their family ties. For more than 30 years, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and multiple federal circuit courts have   more

Rep. Bucshon Issues Statement on Restore the Harmony Way Bridge Act
WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 -- Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Indiana, issued the following statement after President Trump signed into law the Restore the Harmony Way Bridge Act (H.R. 3245), which was authored by Bucshon: "This is a great day for the Hoosiers of New Harmony in Posey County, Indiana as well as the citizens of White County, Illinois. This bipartisan, bicameral effort to convey the Harmony Way Bridge to the bridge authorities of Indiana and Illinois will allow the local communities to pursue the   more

Rep. Bustos Recognizes League of Women Voters Water Challenge
WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the text of the following speech in the Congressional Record Aug. 27, recognizing League of Women Voters Water Challenge: I rise today to recognize the League of Women Voters of JoDaviess County for winning the Water Quality Challenge put on by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The League of Women Voters won this challenge by showing how an edge- of-field sensor system could support farmers in reducing nitrogen loss f  more

Rep. Davis Issues Statement on Retirement of Rep. Shimkus
TAYLORVILLE, Illinois, Aug. 30 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following statement on the retirement of Rep. John Shimkus, R-Illinois: "Illinois and Congress are losing one of the best members I know. I had the pleasure of working for and learning from John Shimkus for 16 years. "He taught me the importance of constituent service and making the federal government work for the people you represent. "John has served the people of Southern Illinois honorably for more than 20 years a  more

Rep. Foster Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 -- Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, issued the following statement in support of the House opening an impeachment inquiry against President Trump: "I take no pleasure in announcing my support for the House to begin an impeachment inquiry into the President of the United States. "I have wrestled with this decision over the past several months as I've listened to my constituents and reviewed the evidence presented by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, including his direct testimony  more

Rep. Garcia Issues Statement on Trump Administration's Move to Undercut Flores Agreement
CHICAGO, Illinois, Aug. 21 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration's rule that will undercut the Flores Settlement Agreement that currently restricts how long officials can detain migrant children and establishes basic standards for their care: "Today in America thousands of young migrant children are crammed into cages and immigration jails, separated from their parents and left without adequate food, beds, or soap. These childre  more

Rep. Kelly Announces Five Community Health Center Grants
WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Aunt Martha's Health & Wellness, along with four other community health centers in the South Suburbs and on Chicago's South Side, have been awarded a total of $273,000 in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. "Community health centers are a powerful way to tackle health disparities and deliver quality healthcare directly in our communities," Congresswoman Kelly said. "Our local  more

Rep. Kelly: Illinois Post Office to Be Named for Tuskegee Airman
WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: The U.S. Post Office in Olympia Fields, IL will soon be renamed for Captain Robert L. Martin, a highly decorated Tuskegee Airman. Legislation authored by Congresswoman Robin Kelly in late February was signed into law by President Trump on August 21st, 2019. The U.S. House of Representatives approved the renaming legislation on April 30th, 2019 and the U.S. Senate concurred on August 1st, 2019; all Members of  more

Rep. Krishnamoorthi Announces New Legislation to Strengthen Animal Welfare Act Enforcement
SCHAUMBURG, Illinois, Aug. 29 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi announced the introduction of H.R. 4211, the Animal Welfare Enforcement Improvement Act (AWEIA). The bipartisan legislation would improve Animal Welfare Act (AWA) enforcement by strengthening the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) licensing process for animal dealers and exhibitors. Congressman Krishnamoorthi announced the legislation this morn  more

Rep. Krishnamoorthi Issues Statement on Impeachment Investigation
SCHAUMBURG, Illinois, Aug. 26 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, issued the following statement regarding the impeachment investigation underway in the House of Representatives: "I serve on two House committees investigating the President's conduct during and after his election to our highest office. "I have reviewed numerous documents (both classified and unclassified), questioned various witnesses including Special Counsel Mueller, and read the Mueller Report multiple times. "Despit  more

Rep. Lipinski Announces $235,000 FEMA Grant for Roberts Park Fire Protection District
CHICAGO, Illinois, Aug. 27 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) has announced that the Roberts Park Fire Protection District has been awarded a $234,773 grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency for new protective breathing apparatuses. "Federal funding is needed to meet the increased demands being placed on our nation's first responders," said Rep. Lipinski. "This grant will allow the Roberts Park Fire Protection D  more

Rep. Pallone Requests Committee Briefing From CDC & FDA on Response to E-Cigarette Illnesses & Death
WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following news release: Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) today requested a joint briefing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its response to the growing number of pulmonary illnesses related to e-cigarette use and a death recently reported in Illinois. To date, 193 potential cases   more

Rep. Quigley Issues Statement on Death of Political Activist Bauer
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, issued the following statement on the death of political activist Michael Bauer: "It is with profound sadness that I learned of the death of Michael Bauer. "For over 35 years Michael fought for the rights of every citizen of our city, state and country with gusto, boundless passion, and a complete and total commitment to equality and justice. "Always at the forefront of each battle the LBGT community has faced since the AIDS epidemic beg  more

Rep. Quigley Re-Introduces Poland Visa Waiver Act
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as a member of the Congressional Caucus on Poland, introduced legislation to include Poland in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP). "Poland remains one of our most trusted NATO allies and the longstanding friendship shared by our two countries can only strengthen through the continued enhancement of our diplomatic and economic ties. This straightfo  more

Rep. Rush Urges Illinois Residents to Be Counted and Participate in 2020 U.S. Census
CHICAGO, Illinois, Aug. 27 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Yesterday, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), joined by Senator Dick Durban (D-Ill), Representative Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), and Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), urged his constituents to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census so that vital community resources are not reduced or lost. Every 10 years the U.S. Census Bureau counts the people of the United States to determine, among other  more

Rep. Underwood: Illinois Congressional Delegation Urges President Trump To Support State's Request For Federal Assistance From Flood Damage
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: The entire Illinois Congressional Delegation sent a letter to President Donald Trump supporting Illinois Governor JB Pritzker's request for federal assistance for the State of Illinois to help 33 counties recover from severe flooding that occurred from February to July. This year's flooding is the longest flood event to ever occur in Illinois. "Many communities experienced power outages, road closures  more

Rep. Walden Issues Statement on Retirement of Rep. Shimkus
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, ranking Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement on the retirement of Rep. John Shimkus, R-Illinois: Rep. Shimkus serves as the Republican Leader of the Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee and as a member of the Communications and Technology and Health subcommittees. "John Shimkus has served our country for nearly a half-century: first, as a cadet at West Point, then as an officer in   more

Reps. Kaptur and Quigley Issues Joint Statement on President Trump's Attempts to Slow Roll Ukraine Military Aid
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio and Mike Quigley, D-Illinois issued the following joint statement on President Trump's attempts to slow-roll $250 million in congressionally appropriated military aid for Ukraine, known as the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative: "President Trump's decision to slow-walk this congressionally appropriated military funding for Ukraine is disturbing and demonstrates once again his affinity for Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin," the repr  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on Sen. Isakson's Decision to Resign
CHICAGO, Illinois, Aug. 28 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, announced that he will resign at the end of 2019: "Johnny Isakson's departure from the Senate is the loss of a friend and a brave, constructive voice America desperately needs. "Johnny stepped up for sensible immigration reform and defied the fire breathers and haters in his own party. I sent him a series of deserved fan letters. "He gathered warring Senators  more

Sen. Durbin: Illinois Congressional Delegation Urges President Trump to Support State's Request for Federal Assistance From Flood Damage
WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: The entire Illinois Congressional Delegation sent a letter to President Donald Trump supporting Illinois Governor JB Pritzker's request for federal assistance for the State of Illinois to help 33 counties recover from severe flooding that occurred from February to July. This year's flooding is the longest flood event to ever occur in Illinois. "Many communities experienced power outages, road closure  more