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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Alabama Newsletter for Sunday September 15, 2019 ( 36 items )  

Chair Grijalva, Rep. Huffman Request Documents From Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross on 'Sharpiegate' Political Interference, Threats Against NOAA Staff
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release: Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), chair of the Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife, wrote to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross today requesting a series of documents on his reported threats against long-time National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officials in connection with President Trump's inaccu  more

Chairman Shelby Issues Statement at Markup of FY 2020 Defense, Energy, Water Development Bills
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- The Senate Appropriations Committee issued the following testimony by Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, at a markup of the fiscal 2020 Defense, Energy and Water Development bills: "The committee will come to order. Today, the committee considers the 302(b) spending allocations for each of the subcommittees, as well as the FY2020 appropriations bills for the subcommittees on Defense and Energy and Water Development. "Together, the Defense and Energy and Water bills acc  more

Chairman Shelby Issues Statement at Markup of FY 2020 DOD Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- The Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Defense issued the following testimony by Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, at a markup of the fiscal 2020 Defense Department appropriations bill: "The Subcommittee meets this morning to consider the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2020. "The bill recommends $622.4 billion in base Defense funding, $70.7 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations, and $1.7 billion in emergency funding. "The subcommitt  more

Committee Leadership Continues to Investigate Reported NOAA Directives Concerning Hurricane Dorian
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, issued the following news release: Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Environment Subcommittee Chair Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX), and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairwoman Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) sent a letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Acting Administrator, Dr. Neil Jacobs, requesting information related to NOAA's   more

Feinstein, Hirono, Colleagues Demand Answers From Commerce IG on Reports of Suppression and Retaliation at NOAA
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following news release: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and 13 other Senate Democrats wrote to Department of Commerce Inspector General Peggy Gustafson demanding answers following recent reports of improper behavior at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), including one that Commerce Department officials threatened to fire NOAA employees for contradicting the Presid  more

GAO Denies Protest by Austal USA of Mobile, Alabama
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a decision denying a bid protest filed by Austal USA of Mobile, Alabama. According to the GAO, Austal USA "protests the award of a contract to Huntington Ingalls, Inc. (HII) under request for proposals (RFP) No. N00024-18-R-4313 issued by the Department of the Navy, Naval Sea Systems Command for planning yard support for littoral combat ships. Austal objects to the Navy's evaluation of its own and HII's technical proposals.  more

GAO Issues Report on Conflict Minerals
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on how companies responded to the Securities and Exchange Commission conflict minerals disclosure rule when filing in 2018. The report (GAO-19-607) is titled "Conflict Minerals: 2018 Company Reports on Mineral Sources Were Similar in Number and Content to Those Filed in the Prior 2 Years". The report was sent to Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vermont, vice chairman of the Senate   more

Hirono, Senate Democrats Demand Answers From Commerce IG on Reports of Suppression and Retaliation at NOAA
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, issued the following news release: Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and 13 Senate Democrats wrote to U.S. Department of Commerce Inspector General Peggy Gustafson demanding answers following recent reports of improper behavior at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), including one that Commerce Department officials threatened to fire NOAA employees for contradicting the President's false assertions about the projected   more

House Judiciary Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- The House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties issued the following testimony by Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, at a hearing entitled "Evidence of Current and Ongoing Voting Discrimination": "My name is Vanita Gupta and I am the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations working to build an Ame  more

House Judiciary Subcommittee Issues Testimony From NAACP
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- The House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties issued the following testimony by NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson at a hearing entitled "Evidence of Current and Ongoing Voting Discrimination": "Thank you for inviting me to testify before you on this very important topic which is crucial to the very core of our democracy. "My name is Derrick Johnson and for the past two years I have had the honor of serving as President and   more

House Science, Space & Technology Committee Launches Investigation Into Commerce Department's Involvement in NOAA Actions Regarding Hurricane Dorian
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, issued the following news release: Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairwoman Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ) sent a letter (https://science.house.gov/imo/media/doc/9.11.19%20Letter%20to%20Secretary%20Ross%20.pdf) to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross requesting information related to the Department's involvement in the National Ocea  more

Library of Congress: Library Goes Back to School With Teachers of Science and Civics
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- The Library of Congress issued the following news: * * * - New Teacher-in-Residence and Einstein Fellow Arrive in Washington, D.C. * * * The Library of Congress kicked off the 2019-20 school year by welcoming two teachers to its Capitol Hill campus who will work closely with the Library's learning and innovation team to help make primary sources from the Library's collections more accessible for teachers throughout the United States. Jen Reidel, a civics teacher from   more

Rep. Byrne Issues Statement on Waters of U.S. Rule
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following statement after announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers have finalized a rule repealing the Obama-era waters of the U.S. proposed rule: "Today's announcement is great news for Alabama farmers and landowners who have been justifiably concerned by the legally dubious and overly burdensome WOTUS rule. "This misguided regulation would have expanded federal jurisdiction far beyond w  more

Rep. Byrne Praises Nationwide Expansion of Alabama Apprenticeship Program
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) praised today's announcement that a manufacturing apprenticeship program developed by Toyota Motor North America and successfully implemented at the Alabama Robotics Park in Decatur will be extended across the nation. In partnership with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) program will be extended natio  more

Rep. Casten Issues Statement Demanding Commerce Secretary Ross Resignation
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following statement demanding Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross' resignation after the New York Times reported that he threatened to fire National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association officials when they contradicted President Trump's claim that Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama: "Secretary Ross should step down immediately. People across this country depend on accurate, factual weather reporting, especially in times of natural di  more

Rep. Cohen Presides at Hearing on Ongoing Voting Discrimination
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, issued the following news release: * * * - Aim of Voting Rights hearings is to strengthen 1965 Voting Rights Act * * * Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, today presided at a hearing examining "Evidence of Current and Ongoing Voting Discrimination." This was the fifth hearing this year on the consequences of the U.S. Supreme Court's Shelby Co  more

Rep. Johnson Issues Statement in Reaction to Reported Threats by Commerce Secretary Ross to NOAA Officials
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, issued the following statement: Yesterday, the New York Times reported "Secretary of Commerce threatened to fire top employees at NOAA on Friday after the agency's Birmingham office contradicted President Trump's claim that Hurricane Dorian might hit Alabama, according to three people familiar with the discussion." Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) made the followin  more

Rep. Lewis Issues Statement on Death of Civil Rights Icon Abernathy
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, issued the following statement on death of Juanita Abernathy, the wife of the late Rev. David Abernathy, the right hand to Martin Luther King Jr.: "Juanita could have lived a comfortable life. Her father was a prosperous dairyman and cotton farmer in Uniontown, Alabama who could afford to send her to a boarding school in Selma in the 1940s. But she decided to dedicate her life to building a society more at peace with itself, to the advocacy fo  more

Rep. Lewis Issues Statement on Death of Harris
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, issued the following statement on the death of Vera Harris, wife of Tuskegee Airman and pharmacist Richard Harris: "I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Mrs. Vera Harris, the wife of Tuskegee Airman and pharmacist Richard Harris, who opened her Montgomery, Alabama home to road weary, hungry, convalescing activists during the struggle for civil rights and social justice in America. During the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Harris pharmacy b  more

Rep. Suozzi Presents U.S. Flag to William 'Joe' Johnson, Tuskegee Airman and Glen Cove Hometown Hearo
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Thomas Suozzi, D-New York, issued the following news release: * * * - Discussed service to our country and overcoming racial barriers * * * On Monday, Congressman Tom Suozzi (D - Long Island, Queens) visited and spent some time with William "Joe" Johnson, a Tuskegee Airman and Glen Cove hometown hero. The Congressman presented Mr. Johnson with an American flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol. Additionally, he listened to the veteran's stories of his service to ou  more

Rep. Upton: Diesel Emission Reduction Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on Sept. 11: I include in the Record a letter from the DERA Coalition in support of H.R. 1768 on the Diesel Emission Reduction Act. Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) Coalition Please Support One of the Nation's Most Effective Clean Air Programs When it comes to improving air quality for communities across the country, one of the most effective strategies is to   more

Sen. Baldwin Demands Answers From Commerce IG on Reports of Suppression and Retaliation at NOAA
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), ranking member of the Commerce Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard, and 13 Senate Democrats, led by Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), wrote to U.S. Department of Commerce Inspector General Peggy Gustafson demanding answers following recent reports of improper behavior at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), including one that   more

Sen. Markey Issues Statement on Commerce Secretary Ross Threat to Terminate NOAA Staff
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Massachusetts, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, issued the following statement after media reports indicate Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross threatened to terminate staff at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration after a National Weather Service office contradicted a false tweet from President Trump that asserted Alabama was in the path of Hurricane Dorian: "Science trumps false statements, inclu  more

Sen. Shaheen Calls on NOAA IG to Investigate Statements That Reprimanded Weather Experts for Contradicting Trump's Dorian Tweets
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee - which funds the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - sent a letter last night to U.S. Department of Commerce Inspector General Peggy Gustafson requesting that she investigate whether NOAA's statement on September 6, 2019, that reprimanded Nati  more

Sen. Shelby Stresses Importance of Adherence to Budget Agreement During FY2020 Appropriations Markup
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release: Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today convened the first full committee markup for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations process. During the meeting, the Committee members are slated to consider the 302(b) subcommittee allocations, the FY2020 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, and the FY2020 Energy and Water Develo  more

Sen. Shelby Subcommittee Advances Defense Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and its subcommittee on defense, today conducted a markup of the FY2020 Department of Defense Appropriations Act. The funding measure makes important investments in our military and supports programs necessary to protect critical interests of U.S. national security. Senator Shelby's opening remarks, as prepared, a  more

Sen. Shelby: Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Advances FY2020 Bill
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release: The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense today advanced its FY2020 funding bill, which makes important investments in our military and supports programs necessary to protect critical interests of U.S. national security. The FY2020 Department of Defense funding bill includes $694.9 billion, an increase of $20.5 billion above the FY2019 enacted leve  more

Sen. Shelby: FY2020 Energy & Water Development Appropriations Bill Advanced by Full Committee
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release: The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act by a vote of 31-0. The legislation funds U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) programs, including national nuclear security and energy research and development, as well as important infrastructure projects administered  more

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY2020 Subcommittee Allocations
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release: The Senate Committee on Appropriations today approved Chairman Richard Shelby's (R-Ala.) Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 subcommittee allocation proposal during the first full committee markup. Consistent with the 2019 Bipartisan Budget Agreement, the FY2020 allocations total $666.5 billion in defense funding, $621.5 billion in non-defense funding, and $79.5 billion  more

Senate Appropriations Committee Issues Report on Allocation to Subcommittees of Budget Totals for FY 2020
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- The Senate Appropriations Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-104) on allocation to subcommittees of budget totals for fiscal 2020. The report was advanced by Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Alabama, on Sept. 12. Excerpts of the report follow: The Committee on Appropriations submits the following report pursuant to section 302(b) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, as amended, and section 204 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 (Public Law 116-37). The Congressional   more

Senate Appropriations Committee Issues Report on FY 2020 Energy, Water Development Appropriations Bill (Part 1 of 7)
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- The Senate Appropriations Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-102) on legislation (S. 2470) making appropriations for energy and water development, and related agencies for the fiscal ending Sept. 30, 2020. The report was advanced by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, on Sept. 12. New obligational authority Total of bill as reported to the Senate...$48,931,662,000 Amount of 2019 appropriations...47,954,044,000 Amount of 2020 budget estimate...37,955,704,000 Bill as  more

Senate Appropriations Committee Schedule for the Week of Sept. 16, 2019
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release: The following is the schedule for the Senate Committee on Appropriations for the week of September 16, 2019. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2019 TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES SUBCOMMITTEE (Susan Collins, Chairman) Markup of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020 11:3  more

Senate Appropriations Committee Sets Hearing on Markup of Four Bills
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- The Senate Appropriations Committee issued the following hearing information: Markup of four bills at 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 12: Agenda * Consideration of 302(b) Subcommittee allocations * Markup of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2020 * Markup of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020 * Markup of the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2020 * Markup of the Labor, Hea  more

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Sets Hearing on Markup of FY 2020 DOD Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- The Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Defense issued the following hearing information: Markup of the fiscal 2020 Defense Department appropriations bill at 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 10 a.m. on Sept. 10: Agenda * Markup of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2020 Member Statements * Chairman Richard Shelby (Republican - Alabama) NOTE: The markup webcast will be audio-only  more

Shelby: Appropriations Committee Advances Defense Bill
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and its subcommittee on defense, today conducted a markup where the committee approved the FY2020 Department of Defense Appropriations Act. The funding measure makes essential investments in our military and supports programs necessary to protect critical interests of U.S. national security. Additionally, the bill   more

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Demand Answers From Commerce IG on Reports of Suppression and Retaliation at NOAA
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and 13 Senate Democrats wrote to U.S. Department of Commerce Inspector General Peggy Gustafson demanding answers following recent reports of improper behavior at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), including one that Commerce Department officials threatened to fire NOAA employees for contradicting the President's false assertions about the projected  more