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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Illinois Newsletter for Sunday September 08, 2019 ( 35 items )  

As School Year Begins, Duckworth Highlights Legislation to Improve School Bus Safety
CHICAGO, Illinois, Sept. 6 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: With Chicago Public Schools and students across the country going back to school this month, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) visited Little Village Academy in Chicago today where she highlighted her recently re-introduced legislation to make school buses safer for children. Duckworth's School Bus Safety Act would implement safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board to  more

Duckworth Tours Marquis Energy, Highlights Harm Caused by Trump's RFS Waivers
HENNEPIN, Illinois, Sept. 3 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today visited Marquis Energy, meeting with its leaders and touring the ethanol facility, highlighting the importance of ethanol production to our nation's economy and the damage being caused by the Trump Administration's inappropriate use of small refinery waivers for major producers. Waivers issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the   more

Duckworth, Durbin Statement on Sterigenics Reopening
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) issued the following joint statement today after a DuPage County Judge allowed the Willowbrook facility to reopen if it complies with state law and the consent order: "It's been more than a year since we learned Sterigenics was causing unacceptably high risks of cancer for the people of Willowbrook. Monitoring at this facility in the months tha  more

Durbin Highlights Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Rural Health Workforce
GRANITE CITY, Illinois, Sept. 5 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) held a news conference to highlight bipartisan legislation to address critical rural health workforce shortages. Introduced last month, the Rural America Health Corps Act would create a new program that builds upon the existing National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program by providing new, dedicated student loan forgiveness funding for health care providers t  more

Durbin to Acting FDA Commissioner: Take Decisive Action to Stop Vaping Epidemic or Resign
CHICAGO, Illinois, Sept. 6 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Following the death of a third person related to a mystery respiratory illness linked to vaping, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless to take decisive action within the next ten days to properly regulate e-cigarettes and the accompanying kid-friendly flavors and products. In the letter, Durbin  more

Durbin, Colleagues Lead Bipartisan Letter Urging Administration to Release Obligated Military Security Assistance for Ukraine
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, today joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Ron Johnson (D-WI) in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney urging the Trump Administration to release obligated military security assistance for Ukraine. The Senators' letter comes in response to   more

Durbin, Colleagues Urge President Trump to Push for Action Against North Korea for Violation of U.N. Security Resolutions
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Mark Warner (D-VA) in a letter to President Donald Trump urging the President to intensify efforts to build a durable pathway towards diplomatic denuclearization of North Korea, and more specifically, to recognize that Nort  more

Durbin, Dem Senators Press DeVos to Provide Automatic Closed School Discharges to Former ITT Tech Students
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators Also Call Out DeVos On Cruel Borrower Defense Delays For Defrauded ITT Students * * * U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), today sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos calling for automatic closed school discharges for former ITT Tech (ITT) student borrowers. The 2016 borrower   more

Durbin, Duckworth Announce Nearly $38 Million to Combat Opioid Epidemic In Illinois
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- 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 Illinois a total of $37,906,897 through the State Opioid Response Grant Program and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Overdose Data to Action Funding Program. Under today's announcement, the State of Illinois will receive $28,989,372 in  more

Economic & Consumer Policy Subcommittee Urges FDA to Evaluate JUUL Labs' False Medical Claims About E-Cigarettes
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, the Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, sent a letter (https://oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/2019-09-05.RK%20to%20Sharpless-%20FDA%20re%20JUUL.pdf) to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the Acting Commi  more

Following Northern Illinois University Town Hall, Underwood Introduces Legislation to Simplify Student Loans Application Process
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation would reduce barriers to financial aid for Pell Grant recipients, increase transparency in loan application process * * * Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) introduced the File Once FAFSA Act and the Student Loan Contract Act to simplify and increase transparency in the student loan application process. Each year, nearly 2 million undergraduate students who would have q  more

GAO Issues Report on Defense Management
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense's 921 plan, including its feasibility in reforming DOD's business operations. The report (GAO-19-666) is titled "Defense Management: Observations on DOD's Business Reform Efforts and Plan". 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. Richard Shelby, R-Louisiana, chairman, Se  more

GAO Issues Report on Defense Workforce
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on steps the Department of Defense has taken to ensure non-acquisition personnel receive appropriate acquisition-related training. The report (GAO-19-556) is titled "Defense Workforce: Steps Needed to Identify Acquisition Training Needs for Non-Acquisition Personnel". 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 Committ  more

Rep. Bost Announces Emergency Grant for Flooded Counties
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced a Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief Program grant of $4 million for the Illinois Department of Transportation. The grant will be used to help repair roads and bridges damaged by flooding in several Illinois counties, including Alexander, Jackson, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, and Union counties. "Earlier this spring, Southern Illinois was hi  more

Rep. Bustos Issues Statement on President Trump's Plan to Defund Military Construction Projects
MOLINE, Illinois, Sept. 4 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, member of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after President Trump announced his plans to defund $3.6 billion in military construction projects: "The president's plan to steal billions of dollars from our military undermines their ability to keep us safe and jeopardizes our national security. "More than 200 times on the campaign trail, President Trump promised the American people that Mexico would pay   more

Rep. Davis: Illinois to Receive $29 Million to Combat Opioid Epidemic
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released this statement after the Trump Administration announced Illinois would receive $29 million in federal grants to address the opioid crisis in the state. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will provide roughly $932 million for all 50 states from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) as part of its State Opioid Response   more

Rep. Davis: Top House Republican on Elections Sends FEC Commissioners Oversight Letter Challenging Partisan Behavior
WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, issued the following news release: Committee on House Administration's top Republican, Ranking Member Rodney Davis (IL-13) sent an oversight letter to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the independent agency charged with enforcing federal campaign finance law, questioning Chair Weintraub's recent political posturing under the guise of her official position. Specifically, D  more

Rep. Kelly: Four South Suburban Fire Departments Receive Federal Grants Totaling $610,000
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced today that four south suburban fire departments will receive a total of $610,000 in federal grants to update safety equipment and fire station exhaust systems. "Our firefighters readily put their lives on the line protecting our families and communities," Rep. Kelly said. "They need and deserve the most modern technology available to save the lives of others and increase   more

Rep. Kinzinger Issues Statement on Rep. Shimkus Retirement
CHANNAHON, Illinois, Aug. 31 -- Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, issued the following statement after the retirement announcement of Rep. John Shimkus, R-Illinois: "John Shimkus is one of the greats. He was instrumental in paving the way for the energy revolution we've seen in the past decade and ensuring that America is the global leader in telecommunication and technology. "For over 20 years, John has served this country and the state of Illinois with honor and integrity. "For nearly 10 ye  more

Rep. LaHood Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Ex-Illinois Sen. Dirksen's Death
WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the text of the following speech in the Congressional Record Sept. 6, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of ex-Illinois Sen. Everett Dirksen: I rise to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Senator Everett Dirksen's death. Senator Dirksen passed away on September 7, 1969, in Washington, DC, after serving sixteen years in the United States House of Representatives and seventeen years in the United States Senate. Before sta  more

Rep. Underwood Issues Statement on I.G. Report Detailing Mental Health Problems by Migrant Children
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, issued the following statement on a report released from Health and Human Services Inspector General that details the post-traumatic stress and mental health problems incurred by migrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border: The report is the first substantial accounting by a government agency on how the Administration's family separation policies have affected th  more

Reps. Pallone, Schakowsky Issue Statement on Auto Alliance & Global Automakers Hot Cars Announcement
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- Reps. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, issued the following joint statement after the Auto Alliance and Global Automakers announced a commitment to add rear seat reminder systems to vehicles by Model Year 2025 in order to help prevent children from dying in hot cars: "We appreciate that the automotive industry is finally re  more

Reps. Pallone, Schakowsky Issues Statement on FTC Settlement With Google, YouTube
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- Reps. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, issued the following joint statement after the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with Google, and its subsidiary YouTube, to settle allegations that YouTube collected personal information from children without parental consent: "YouTube's illegal exploitation of children'  more

Reps. Rush, Porter Call on Secretary Azar to Examine the Rapid Explosion of Dialysis Centers in Poorer, Minority Communities
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Katie Porter (D-Cal.) sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma, calling on the Administration to consider the impact of both current and future policies on vulnerable populations receiving dialysis treatment. Representatives Rush and Porter are particularly  more

Schakowsky, Grijalva, Levin Lead Letter Calling on Honduras to Halt Labor Violations
CHICAGO, Illinois, Sept. 6 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Last month, U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Andy Levin (D-MI) sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Acting Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella. Fifty-five Members of Congress expressed their deep concern regarding the Government of Honduras' continued violation of Chapter 16 (the labor chapter) of the Central America Free Trade Agre  more

Schneider Urges NRA to Allow Largest Vendor to Release Documents to Congress, Cooperate With Investigation
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - NRA seeks to prevent Ackerman McQueen from producing documents related to alleged wrongdoing "without the NRA's express written consent" * * * Today, Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) called on the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) to allow its longtime public relations firm, Ackerman McQueen, to turn over documentation needed to determine if the organization's tax-exempt status s  more

Sen. Duckworth Issues Statement on Gov. Pritzker's Pardon of Combat Veteran Perez
WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following statement regarding Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker granting clemency to combat veteran Miguel Perez Jr.: "Miguel Perez's own life demonstrates why our nation should never give up on our combat Veterans, even during tough times. During his time in prison, Mr. Perez finally received the mental health treatment he so desperately needed as a Veteran returning from war and took great strides to reform his life. "I commend G  more

Sen. Duckworth Issues Statement on Trump Administration Diverting Military Funding to Build Border Wall
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced that it will reprogram $3.6 billion in funding intended for military construction projects to build the border wall: "This inappropriate move makes it crystal clear that Donald Trump cares more about appearing to keep his ridiculous campaign promises than he does about keeping the nation's promises to our troops. "Whether Trump lied to the American people or is simp  more

Sen. Durbin Demands Answers on Elimination of Medical Deferred Action
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), penned a letter to Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kevin McAleenan, Acting U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Ken Cuccinelli, and Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Matthew T. Albence demanding answers on USCIS's decision to end  more

Sen. Durbin Highlights Bipartisan Legislation To Strengthen Rural Health Workforce
CARBONDALE, Illinois, Sept. 4 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) held a news conference to highlight bipartisan legislation to address critical rural health workforce shortages. Introduced last month, the Rural America Health Corps Act would create a new program that builds upon the existing National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program by providing new, dedicated student loan forgiveness funding for health care providers tha  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on Education Secretary DeVos Eliminating Borrower Defense Rule
WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos eliminated the Obama-era borrower defense rule that protects student borrowers and taxpayers from predatory for-profit schools: The rewritten rule issued by DeVos today also eliminates the restrictions on class action bans and mandatory arbitration clauses that were included in the Obama Rule and pushed for by Durbin. "This rule is another Trump-DeVos giveaway to thei  more

Sens. Leahy, Durbin, Schatz Issue Statement on Building Border Wall With Military Fund
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 -- Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following joint statement with Sens. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in reaction to President Trump building the border wall using military fund: "Military construction projects are carefully scrutinized by Congress. "We work with the military services to validate and review these projects thoroughly. "It is vital that we balance their operational n  more

Sens. Leahy, Durbin, Schatz Issue Statement on Military Funds Diverted for Border Wall
WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 -- Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vermont, issued the following joint statement with Sens. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, on President Trump diverting military funds to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall.: "Military construction projects are carefully scrutinized by Congress. "We work with the military services to validate and review these projects thoroughly. "It is vital that we balance their operational necessity with existing fiscal constraints.   more

Sens. Leahy, Schatz, Durbin Issue Statement to Defund Military Projects to Pay for President Trump Border Wall
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following joint statement with Sens. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, chairman of the Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, vice chairman of the Subcommittee on Defense, after the Defense Department announced it will divert $3.6 billion from military construction projects to pay for President Trump's border wall: "Congress trusts   more

Underwood Announces Over $187,000 Returned to Constituents From Federal Government
WEST CHICAGO, Illinois, Sept. 6 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) announced that she has successfully secured more than $187,000 to be returned to constituents. The money returned was a result of tireless advocacy from Underwood, fighting for constituents and helping resolve issues with federal agencies including securing Veterans benefits, Medicare and Social Security benefits, obtaining or renewing passports,  more