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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Illinois Newsletter for Sunday September 15, 2019 ( 68 items )  

17 Trump Nominees Received by U.S. Senate
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- The U.S. Senate received the nomination of 17 individuals for positions in the Trump Administration on Sept. 9: Barbara McConnell Barrett, of Arizona, to be Secretary of the Air Force. Ryan McCarthy, of Illinois, to be Secretary of the Army. Robert John Sander, of Virginia, to be General Counsel of the Department of the Navy. Sandra E. Clark, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to Burkina Faso. Kelly C. Degnan, of California, to be Ambassador to Georgia. Peter M. Haymond,  more

Congressional Health Subcommittee Considers Rep. Kelly's MOMMA's Act, Comprehensive Legislation Designed to Save Mothers' Lives
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on America's alarming maternal mortality rate and legislation designed to address this growing crisis. The Subcommittee examined four bills, including Congresswoman Kelly's MOMMA's Act. "I appreciate Chairman Pallone and Chairwoman Eshoo prioritizing maternal mortality and holding this important hearing. In the last few de  more

Duckworth & Durbin Call on Majority Leader McConnell to Act After House Judiciary Passes Gun Safety Bill to Limit High-Capacity Magazines
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - The Keep Americans Safe Act would prohibit the transfer, importation, or possession of magazines able to hold more than ten rounds of ammunition * * * Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and two dozen of their colleagues in calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to act on the Keep Americans Safe Act (S.447), w  more

Duckworth on Trump Firing Bolton: 'We Expect Our Troops to Do Their Jobs, But Don't Have a President or National Security Advisor Willing to Do Theirs'
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke to MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell after the firing of National Security Advisor John Bolton: "Our troops are in harm's way right now and we expect them to do their jobs, yet we don't have a president or national security advisor willing to do their jobs. This Administration can't seem to come up with a cohesive approach to what we're doing in the Mi  more

Duckworth, Booker Introduce Bill to Make Solar Energy More Affordable for Low Income Families
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), leaders of the Senate Environmental Justice Caucus, today introduced legislation that would bolster our nation's clean energy sector by helping low income Americans use solar energy. The Low Income Solar Energy Act expands the Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), directs the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to create new finan  more

Duckworth, Garcia Discuss Impact of Public Charge Rule on Immigrant Families
CHICAGO, Illinois, Sept. 9 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Congressman Jesus "Chuy" Garcia hosted an informational session on the Trump Administration's mean-spirited public charge rule and what it means for immigrant families Friday at Esperanza Health Center in Brighton Park. This new rule would allow immigration officials to deny immigrants green cards based on their income or the wholly legal action of using of   more

Duckworth, Klobuchar Along With Durbin, Colleagues Send Letter Urging President to Help Rural Americans, Environment
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Yesterday, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), along with Dick Durbin (D-IL) and six other Democratic Senators, sent a letter to President Donald Trump strongly urging him to help rural Americans, and the environment, by rescinding the 31 recently approved small refinery exemptions (SRE) for biofuels. They also urged his Administration to uphold the intent of the Renewable Fue  more

Duckworth, Senate Democrats Demand Answers From Commerce IG on Reports of Suppression and Retaliation at NOAA
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: This week, Senator Duckworth joined Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and 12 Senate Democrats in writing 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'  more

Durbin Discusses the Importance of Continued U.S. Global Engagement at Council on Foreign Relations
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today discussed the United States' role in the world, countering historic and current strains of American isolationism, and the importance and benefit of continued global engagement in a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations. "Multicultural democracy isn't easy. And yet, we have done it better and on a larger scale than any nation in history. That'  more

Durbin Meets With Illinois Farm Bureau to Discuss Farming Conditions, Disaster Aid, Trade Policy
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- 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, met with the Illinois Farm Bureau to discuss financial difficulties with crop conditions in Illinois due to the wettest planting season in decades. During the meeting, farmers expressed concerns with the Trump Administration's uncertain trade approach with China, and the importance of more fede  more

Durbin Meets With Illinois Farmers Union to Discuss Farm Economy, Trade, Biofuels
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- 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, today met with the Illinois Farmers Union to discuss financial difficulties with crop conditions in Illinois due to the wettest planting season in decades, the Trump Administration's uncertain trade approach with China, and damaging decisions to the biofuels industry. During the meeting, the Farm  more

Durbin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Meet With FDA Commissioner, Push for Strong Enforcement to Address Youth Vaping Epidemic
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless to discuss FDA's announcement yesterday that it would imminently ban all non-tobacco e-cigarette flavors, including mint and menthol. During the meeting, Durbin pressed Sharpless to ensure that e-cigarette flavors are removed from the market without delay, and to use his authori  more

Durbin, Colleagues Introduce Temporary Protected Status for Bahamas
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Following reports that the Trump Administration will refuse to grant temporary protections to Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and 15 of his Senate Democratic colleagues in introducing the Bahamas Temporary Protected Status of 2019. The legislation designates The Bahamas for Temporary Protected Status for 18 months and provides   more

Durbin, Feinstein Call on Trump Administration to Consult Congress About Refugee Resettlement, As Required By Law
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - According to media reports, Trump Administration considering even more dramatic cuts to annual refugee admissions target, betraying America's values * * * U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today pressed the Trump Administration to i  more

Durbin, Kennedy Applaud DEA for Lowering Opioid Quotas for Fourth Year in Row
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today praised the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) proposal to reduce production quotas for nearly all Schedule II prescription opioids by an average of 32 percent for next year. The DEA is responsible for establishing annual quotas determining the exact amount of each opioid drug that is permitted to be produced in the U.S. each year. Af  more

Durbin: Congress Must Stand Up to President's Continued Infringement of Congress's Power of Purse
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - In today's Appropriations Committee markup, Durbin offered amendments to stop the diversion of military funds to the President's border wall; to require the Admin to spend the aid to Ukraine that Congress approved in this funding bill; and to reinforce that our service members remain insulated from politics * * * In today's Senate Appropriations Committee markup, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip  more

Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health to Hold Chicago Field Hearing on Public Health Threat of Gun Violence on October 3
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- 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) and Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) announced today that the Health Subcommittee will hold a field hearing on Thursday, October 3, in Chicago, Illinois on the public health threat posed by gun violence. The hearing will be held at the University of Chicago Medical Center.   more

GAO Issues Report on DOD's Open Source Software Pilot Program Implementation
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense's implementation of the open source software pilot program. The report (GAO-19-457) is titled "Information Technology: DOD Needs to Fully Implement Program for Piloting Open Source Software". 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,  more

GAO Issues Report on More Info Could Help Student Parents Understand Student Aid
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Education's Child Care Access Means Parents in School program. The report (GAO-19-522) is titled "Higher Education: More Information Could Help Student Parents Access Additional Federal Student Aid". The report was sent to Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, on Aug. 20. Here are exc  more

House Passes Kinzinger-Eshoo Bill to Increase Government Energy Efficiency
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) to increase energy efficiency at government data centers. The legislation, H.R. 1420, the Energy Efficient Government Technology Act, directs federal agencies to harness best practices and energy-saving technologies to reduce energy use within the   more

Lipinski Announces $220,000 in FEMA Grants to North Palos and Palos Heights Fire Protection Districts
CHICAGO, Illinois, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) announced this week that the North Palos and Palos Heights Fire Protection Districts have been awarded $113,000 and $107,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grants, respectively, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The grant to the North Palos District will fund power lift cots and power load systems in the district's three Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambula  more

On Senate Floor, Duckworth Calls Out Trump for Prioritizing Border Wall Vanity Project Over National Security
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) criticized Donald Trump and his Administration's decision to endanger our national security by stealing taxpayer funds that had been allocated for important defense priorities, including Coast Guard programs, in order to begin construction on a wall he promised Mexico would pay for. Video of the Senator's speech is available here (https://yo  more

Rep. Bost Continues Fight For Len Small Levee Repair
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following new release: U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) took to the House floor today to continue his fight for federal funding to repair the Len Small Levee in Alexander County. Bost countered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' determination that there was no navigational benefit to repairing the levee by presenting photographs of the flood damage and a U.S. Coast Guard warning that was issued for the region earlier this summer  more

Rep. Bustos Completes Annual 21st Century Heartland Tour
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: During the August District Work Period, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) visited all 14 counties in Illinois' 17th Congressional District as part of her annual 21st Century Heartland Tour. She traveled more than 2,000 miles to visit with Illinoisans about the issues important to rural communities and explore ways to grow the local economy. Congresswoman Bustos held 40 events during the course of the work  more

Rep. Bustos Helps Pass Bill to Improve Housing Safety
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Yesterday, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) helped pass the Safe Housing for Families Act of 2019 to mandate the use of carbon monoxide detectors in Housing and Urban Development (HUD) units. Earlier this year, Congresswoman Bustos - a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee - helped pass a major funding package out of the House which included her provision that recommends carbon monoxide  more

Rep. Bustos Issues Statement on Census Health Care Report
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after the Census Bureau released a report finding that the number of uninsured increased by nearly two million in 2018, the first increase since the Affordable Care Act took full effect in 2014: "Instead of working with us to improve health care for the American people, this administration has sabotaged the Affordable Care Act at every turn - resulting in nearly 2 million Americans losing their health coverage  more

Rep. Bustos Receives Biofuels Award
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, received the Fueling Growth Award from Growth Energy. In recognition of her efforts to champion the work of ethanol producers, Congresswoman Bustos was presented the award by Growth Energy CEO, Emily Skor. There are three Growth Energy producer plants in Illinois' 17th Congressional District: Adkins Energy in Galena; Ar  more

Rep. Bustos Welcomes Veterans From Peoria Honor Flight to Washington
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) greeted veterans from Peoria's Honor Flight as they prepared to visit the Lincoln Memorial. The veterans welcomed to our nation's capital today served in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. More than 70 veterans attended the trip. The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization committed to bringing veterans to our nation's capital. Veterans across th  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. Davis Announces $411k in Grants to Champaign Fire Department
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has awarded two Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) grants totaling $411,597.52 to the Champaign Fire Department. The first grant of $272,311.81 is in the Operations & Safety program and provides cancer, physical, a  more

Rep. Davis Issues Statement In Anticipation of Cannon House Office Building Renovations Hearing
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, issued the following statement in anticipation of a hearing entitled "Oversight of the Renovations of the Cannon House Office Building": Renovations of the Cannon HOB, which Congress began appropriating money for in 2010 with construction starting in 2015, was originally estimated to be a $752.7 million undertaking in order to repair and restore the office building. "I'm than  more

Rep. Davis Stands With Workers, Votes Against Radical Environmental Bills
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today stood with American workers and voted against radical environmental bills. Labor groups raised serious concerns about the negative impact these extreme bills would have on workers and domestic energy production. "House Democrats continue to put their extreme environmental agenda above workers in this country," said Davis. "We can protect our environment without threat  more

Rep. Davis: Interior Report Finds Springfield Race Riot Site Suitable for National Historic Monument
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) has found the 1908 Springfield Race Riot Site to be suitable for designation as a National Historic Monument. Davis requested the reconnaissance survey last October to determine whether or not the site would meet the criteria to become a National Historic Monument and in February 2019, Davis introduced legislation to  more

Rep. Davis: Why North Carolina's 9th District Needed a New Election
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, issued the following news release: At the start of this Congress, we saw allegations of illegal ballot harvesting in North Carolina's 9th District that caused the State Board of Elections to order a new election, resulting in the victory of soon-to-be Member of Congress, Dan Bishop in last night's special election. Ballot harvesting is the practice when an election volunteer o  more

Rep. Garcia Issues Statement on FEMA Officials Arrested for Corruption in Puerto Rico Relief Efforts
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following statement regarding charges against a contractor and two former officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for allegedly committing fraud while overseeing relief efforts after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico: "We are now learning that while millions of people in Puerto Rico waited for months to have power restored in their homes, former FEMA officials Ahsha Tribble and Jovanda Patterson may have taken mult  more

Rep. Garcia Issues Statement on Supreme Court Decision Upholding Trump Administration Asylum Ban
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision to allow the Trump administration to deny asylum requests from migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border: "I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court's decision to allow the Trump Administration to enforce new restrictions on asylum seekers at our southern border. This decision reverses decades of U.S. policy of welcoming and protecting refugees whose lives are at stake. "  more

Rep. Kelly: Sixteen South Suburban Fire Departments to Benefit From Nearly $1.4 Million in Federal Grants
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced today that 16 south suburban fire departments will benefit from federal grants totaling nearly $1.4 million. Fire Departments in Chicago Heights, Steger, Flossmoor, Phoenix and Limestone served as the lead agencies when applying for the funds from FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. "Strapped city budgets prevent too many local fire departments from m  more

Rep. Krishnamoorthi Holds Roundtable On His Legislation To Combat Distracted Driving With The National Safety Council
ITASCA, Illinois, Sept. 5 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * Participants Also Included Community Leaders and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and Allstate Insurance * * * Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), held a roundtable discussion on distracted driving at the National Safety Council with local leaders, elected officials, and advocates on the States Afforded Funding Extensions To Oppose Driving Recklessly In Vehicular Engag  more

Rep. Krishnamoorthi Issues Statement After FDA Issued Warning Letter to JUUL Labs
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, issued the following statement: Today, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, issued the following statement after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter to JUUL Labs, Inc. three days after Chairman Krishnamoorthi urged the FDA to evaluate admissions and statements made b  more

Rep. Krishnamoorthi Issues Statement on Plan to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, issued the following statement on the Trump administration's plan to ban flavors used in e-cigarettes: "I'm encouraged to learn that the Administration is finally acting to address the youth vaping epidemic and ban flavored e-cigarettes from the market. "My subcommittee's investigation has yielded more insight into this epidemic and provided irr  more

Rep. LaHood Recognizes Establishment of UIC John Marshall Law School
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on Sept. 10, recognizing the establishment of the UIC John Marshall Law School: I rise today, along with my colleague Representative Danny K. Davis, to recognize the establishment of Chicago's first and only public law school, the UIC John Marshall Law School. In July 2018, the boards of trustees of the University of Illinois and The John Marshall Law School voted  more

Rep. Lipinski Announces $121,000 FEMA Grant for Merrionette Park Fire Department
CHICAGO, Illinois, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) announced this week that the Village of Merrionette Park Fire Department was awarded a $121,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The federal funding will finance the replacement of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) and support additional face pieces, which will eliminate unsanitary face mask sharing and wil  more

Rep. Lipinski Announces Fire Safety Grants to Village of Bridgeview, Village of McCook, Montgomery-Countryside Fire Protection District
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) announced that the Village of Bridgeview, the Village of McCook, and the Montgomery-Countryside Fire Protection District were awarded Assistance to Firefighters Grant awards by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The districts were awarded federal aid totaling $327,790.47 to fund necessary equipment to keep firefi  more

Rep. Lipinski Issues Statement on Court Ruling Allowing Sterigenics Plant to Reopen in Willowbrook
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following statement on the DuPage County Court ruling allowing Sterigenics plant to reopen in Willowbrook: "I am disappointed that the DuPage County court has ruled that the Sterigenics facility in Willowbrook can resume operations. "I share the serious concerns and frustrations of those who, like me, live in the surrounding communities - we want assurances that our air is clean and safe. We should protect medical patients wh  more

Rep. Pallone, Rush Issue Statement on House Passage of Three Bills to Improve Energy Efficiency, Security
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- Reps. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy, issued the following joint statement after the House passed three energy bills to improve energy efficiency and security: "Secure and efficient energy infrastructure is absolutely critical to combatting the growing climate crisis, keeping electricity bills low, and ensuring our communities are safe. "Collectively,  more

Rep. Quigley Introduces Legislation to Improve Gun Trace Data
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) reintroduced the Trafficking Reduction and Criminal Enforcement (TRACE) Act, which cracks down on the illegal gun market by improving gun tracking data. The bill also repeals the Tiahrt Amendments, which heavily reduces law enforcement's pursuit of criminals who buy and sell illegal guns. "Law enforcement officials face illegal weapons in our communities every day  more

Rep. Quigley Introduces Legislation to Restore Ban on Plastic Water Bottle Sales in National Parks
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Vice-Chair of the Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition (SEEC), introduced the Reducing Waste in National Parks Act, to restore Obama-era guidance banning the sale of single-use plastic water bottles in national park facilities, where possible. The bill is being introduced following Quigley's two-day tour of Yellowstone National Park, where he learned fi  more

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi Invites the CDC to Testify Before His Subcommittee on the Outbreak of Vaping-Linked Lung Illnesses
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Yesterday, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, as Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, invited Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield to testify before the panel on the outbreak of lung illnesses associated with using vaping devices and e-cigarettes. The hearing with the CDC, currently scheduled for September 24th, marks the next step in C  more

Rep. Rush Legislation to Enhance State Energy Security Planning Passes House With Overwhelming, Bipartisan Support
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2019 (H.R. 2114). The bill, originally introduced by U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Fred Upton (R-Mich.), reauthorizes the Department of Energy's State Energy Program and provides much-needed funding and assistance to State Energy Offices to plan for, and respond to,   more

Rep. Schakowsky Honoring Life of Bristo
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on Sept. 10, honoring the life of Marca Bristo, founder of Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago and co-founder of the National Council on Independent Living: I rise today to honor the remarkable life of Marca Bristo. Marca was a powerful leader in the disability movement, the founder of Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago and co- founder of the National Counci  more

Rep. Schakowsky Issues Statement on 18th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following statement on the 18th anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks: "Eighteen years have now passed since the horrors of September 11th, 2001. I remember the day clearly. I remember the terror and uncertainty as the morning unfolded. "I remember the sadness and despair over the loss of life. I remember the bravery of first responders and average citizens in New York City, Shanksville, PA and at the Pentagon who risked life  more

Rep. Schakowsky Issues Statement on Death of Living of Metropolitan Chicago Founder Bristo
CHICAGO, Illinois, Sept. 8 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following statement on the death of Marca Bristo, founder of Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago and co-founder of the National Council on Independent Living: "Marca Bristo died today. My husband Bob Creamer and I are heartbroken to lose a precious friend of over four decades. Our country has lost an unparalleled fighter for the rights of people with disabilities. Our love goes out to our dear friend, Marca's husband Bo  more

Rep. Schakowsky Issues Statement on Israeli PM Netanyahu's Annexation Announcement
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following statement in response to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's announcement: "A two-state solution remains the best option for lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. "Prime Minister Netanyahu's announcement today that if reelected, he intends to annex the Jordan Valley and all Israeli settlements in the West Bank, would mean the end of the Jewish, democratic, State of Israel as we know it. The Palestinian peop  more

Schakowsky Introduces Legislation to Protect Consumers From Harmful Products in Cosmetics and Personal Care Items
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chairwoman of Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced H.R. 4296, the Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2019. This bill is the progressive standard bearer in establishing a robust regulatory framework to ensure the safety of cosmetics and personal care products, a  more

Sen. Durbin Calls for Acting Commissioner to Take Decisive Action to Stop Vaping Epidemic or Resign
CHICAGO, Illinois, Sept. 9 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: In the wake of hundreds of illnesses and multiple reported deaths of vaping-related lung disease, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) held a news conference to urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take immediate action to address the public health epidemic of e-cigarettes, especially among children and young people. Last week, Durbin sent a letter calling on FDA Acting Commissioner Dr  more

Sen. Durbin Introduces Bill to Boost Agricultural Research Funding
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- 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, today introduced new legislation that would authorize a five percent annual funding increase over the next five years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). With most domestic agriculture research on the decline, the America Grows Act would restore the United States' commitment to publical  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on E-Cigarettes
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Sept. 11: This week there was a significant development when it came to public health and our children in America. By way of preface to what I am about to say, I want to make clear that I have, during the course of my service in the House and the Senate, focused a great deal of my efforts on tobacco, the addiction that people have to tobacco cigarettes,   more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on FDA E-Cigarette Announcement
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after the Food and Drug Administration announced steps to ban all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes: "Vaping targets kids, and these flavors--mint, menthol, gummy bear, Unicorn Milk, lung candy--have been essential to the industry luring children into this new addiction. "I will closely review FDA's guidance. Finally, the FDA is doing its job." Durbin spoke on the Senate floor earlier today calling for  more

Sen. Durbin Reacts to FDA E-Cigarette Flavors Announcement on Senate Floor
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke on the Senate floor following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcing it would imminently ban all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol. Durbin commended the FDA for finally announcing it would use its authority to remove e-cigarette products and kid-friendly flavors - such as mint, menthol, unicorn milk,  more

Sen. Durbin: Vaping Targets Kids
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, following the death of a sixth person linked to vaping, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) again called on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless to take decisive action immediately to properly regulate e-cigarettes and the accompanying kid-friendly flavors and products. Durbin noted that the FDA has the authority to remove e-cigarette products  more

Sen. Van Hollen Issues Statement on Emergency Funding
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Sept. 10, on emergency Funding: I start by thanking my friend and colleague the Senator from Illinois, Ms. Duckworth, for her service to our country many years ago in the military, for her serving in Iraq, and now for her serving our country in a different capacity; that of standing up in the U.S. Senate to defend the Constitution and to defend this insti  more

Senate Passes Bipartisan Duckworth-Young Bill to Improve the Efficiency of TSA PreCheck
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the TSA Credential and Endorsement Harmonization Act of 2019 (S. 2035) last evening. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced this bipartisan legislation to improve the efficiency of TSA's PreCheck program, while making air travel more convenient for transportation industry workers. Specifically, the bipartisan Duckworth-Young bill seeks to redu  more

Sens. Durbin, Duckworth Issue Statement on Retirement of District Court Judge Castillo
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sens. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, and Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following joint statement after District Judge Ruben Castillo, a federal district court judge in the Northern District of Illinois, announced that he will be retiring effective Sept. 27: "Judge Castillo served with integrity and distinction in the Northern District of Illinois for more than 25 years. "We thank him for his leadership and many contributions to the judiciary, especially his s  more

Sens. Durbin, Duckworth Issue Statement on Senate Confirmation of Seeger as District Judge
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sens. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, and Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following joint statement after the Senate confirmed the nomination of Steven C. Seeger to serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, based in Chicago: "We are pleased that the Senate has confirmed Steven Seeger. He has the qualifications and judgment to serve with distinction as a district court judge in the Northern District of Illinois. We   more

Subcommittee Chairman Krishnamoorthi Urges FDA To Evaluate JUUL Labs' False Medical Claims About E-Cigarettes
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, the Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the Acting Commissioner to evaluate admissions and statements made by JUUL representatives under oath, and expeditiously take all appropriate enforcement action to protect the American public from the fraudulent and unapproved medi  more

Torres, Engel, Schneider Reintroduce Bill to Update Reporting Requirements for Semi-Automatic Rifles
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: According to a recent report, 32 out of 115 mass shootings between 1982 and 2019 involved semi-automatic rifles This week, U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (D-CA), Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), and Bradley S. Schneider (D-IL) reintroduced the Multiple Firearm Sales Reporting Modernization Act to require federal firearms licensees to report the sale of two or more long guns, including semi-automatic rifl  more

Underwood Addresses Growing Threats of Domestic Terrorism, Advocates for Resources for Local Communities
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Vice Chair of the Committee on Homeland Security, addressed the growing threat of domestic terrorism in a Homeland Security hearing today. So far this year, the FBI has reported nearly 100 domestic terrorism arrests-- many involving some form of white supremacy. Underwood also advocated for increased funding for suburban and rural communities like those t  more

Underwood Works to Improve Access to Quality Health Care for Veterans
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - The ACE Veterans Act expands veterans' access to contraceptives, includes an option for full-year supply - The Post-9/11 Veteran Suicide Prevention Counseling Act would improve suicide prevention for post-9/11 veterans * * * Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) introduced the ACE Veterans Act and the Post-9/11 Veteran Suicide Prevention Counseling Act to improve veterans' health by improv  more