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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday September 15, 2019 ( 44 items )  

Casey Issues Statement on Situation in Jammu & Kashmir
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement in response to the continuing tensions between India and Pakistan and the ongoing situation in Jammu and Kashmir: "India's recent changes to the status of Jammu and Kashmir are a drastic shift away from decades of precedent and policy, increase the potential for escalated conflict between Pakistan and India and raise serious concerns about the safety and security of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. "F  more

Chairman Sablan Issues Statement at Hearing on Importance of Trauma-Informed Practices in Education
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- The Education and Labor subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education issued the following statement by Chairman Gregorio Sablan, D-Northern Mariana Islands, at a hearing entitled "Importance of Trauma-Informed Practices in Education to Assist Students Impacted by Gun Violence and Other Adversities": "I want to begin by acknowledging that this morning marks eighteen years since the terrorist attacks that struck New York, Pennsylvania, and the Pentag  more

DPCC Co-Chair Cartwright: We Need to Protect Access to Health Care and Rebuild Our Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pennsylvania, co-chairman of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, issued the following news release: Congressman Matt Cartwright, Co-Chair of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC), appeared on Sunday Morning Futures on FOX News to discuss how Democrats were working For The People during recess. Cartwright also talked about the ramifications of repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement pl  more

Evans Stands Up for Greater Philly Region: Medical Residency Slots Should Stay Here, Home to More Than 7 Million Americans
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Slots would stay with nonprofit group in Philly area -- could end up with for-profit hospitals if dispersed across the country * * * Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-03) is standing up for the greater Philadelphia region, arguing that more than 550 medical residency slots should stay in the region after the closure of Hahnemann Hospital - not be scattered across the country. Evans, a member of   more

Nine Trump Nominees, Including OPM Director, Confirmed by U.S. Senate
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of nine individuals for positions in the Trump Administration on Sept. 11: Stephen Akard, of Indiana, to be Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with the rank of Ambassador. Dale Cabaniss, of Virginia, to be Director of the Office of Personnel Management for a term of four years. James Byrne, of Virginia, to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Stephanie L. Haines, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge   more

Rep. Boyle Issues Statement on Potential Cancer Link in Philadelphia Public Schools
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement in response to the potential link of cancer and asbestos in public schools in Philadelphia after a teacher was diagnosed with mesothelioma: "It is deeply troubling to hear that a longtime Philadelphia school teacher's mesothelioma could have been contracted from her time teaching in a classroom. "Our schools should be a sanctuary for all in our community - not a deadly health hazard. It is unconscionabl  more

Rep. Boyle, Chairman Larson Host Congressional Hearing on Social Security in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Sept. 9 -- Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) and Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John Larson (CT-01) hosted a district hearing at Temple University to discuss the importance of Social Security and the policy challenges surrounding the program. The district hearing also discussed legislation aimed at improving the program, including the Social Security 2100 Act, H.R.   more

Rep. Cartwright Announces $486,615 Scientific Research Grant for Wilkes University
WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania, Sept. 13 -- Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: On Friday, Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-o8) announced $486,615 in federal funding for Wilkes University to acquire high-performance scientific technology for research and instruction. The funds, which will be awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), will be used to build a high-performance computing cluster on campus, which will help students get hands-on training across  more

Rep. Cummings Issues Statement in Remembrance of 9/11 Attacks
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, issued the following statement in remembrance of the lives lost in the September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93: "Today, we remember the men and women we lost tragically in Washington, New York, and Pennsylvania 18 years ago. They are not forgotten. "We also pause to remember the unmatched bravery of the first responders on that day and after; they gave us hope during our nation's darkest   more

Rep. Delgado Statement on 18th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-New York, issued the following statement on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania. "September 11th was a day our country will never forget--a day where evil cut short the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on Flight 93. The morning of September 11, 2001 forever changed thousands of families across Upstate New York as our brave men and women, including our community  more

Rep. Finkenauer Issues Statement on Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following statement on the 18-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, and Somerset County, Pennsylvania: "We will never forget those we lost on September 11th, 2001. "Today, I join Iowans, Americans, and people all over the world in remembering each of the nearly 3,000 lives taken that day. "We also remember and honor those who bravely risked their lives for others and our first respon  more

Rep. Fitzpatrick: Bucks County Receives Federal Designation to Help Combat Drug Trafficking
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Pat Toomey, and Senator Bob Casey, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) designated Bucks County as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). Fitzpatrick received a call at 2:00pm this afternoon from James Carroll, Director of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, regarding this decision. The HIDTA designation grants Bucks County access to additional fede  more

Rep. Fred Keller Takes to the House Floor to Call on Congress to Pass the USMCA
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement would positively impact tens of thousands of Pennsylvania jobs * * * On Wednesday, Congressman Fred Keller went to the House Floor as part of a special order of business organized by Congressman Ron Estes (R-Kans.) to call on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats to bring up the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) for a vote so it can   more

Rep. Griffith Issues Statement Honoring Anniversary of 9/11
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Virginia, issued the following statement remembering the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks: "Americans will never forget the evil committed by terrorists in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. I still remember the disbelief I felt when watching the attacks. "Like most Americans, I could not fathom the hatred and cruelty that would lead anybody to kill almost 3,000 innocent people in such a horrifying manner. "But just  more

Rep. Joyce Marks 18th Anniversary of 9/11
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. John Joyce, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman John Joyce (PA-13) today released the following video message commemorating the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. To view the video, click here: https://youtu.be/4_fnrWqkz58 Read his full remarks: Today, September 11th, we remember what happened 18 years ago in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, here in Washington at the Pentagon, and of course, in New York City. Our resolve is t  more

Rep. Joyce: Clean Natural Gas Is Key Component of America's Energy Economy
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Rep. John Joyce, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman John Joyce (PA-13) is a strong supporter of Pennsylvania-produced clean energy. In Congress, he has worked to reduce regulatory burdens, boost innovation, and grow the job market. This week, the U.S. House of Representatives spent valuable legislative time debating energy bills that would limit job growth and jeopardize Americans' access to affordable energy. Congressman Joyce released the f  more

Rep. Joyce: Experts Emphasize Economic Impact and Need for Stable Policies
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. John Joyce, R-Pennsylvania, ranking Republican member of the House Small Business subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade and Entrepreneurship, issued the following news release: * * * - Supporting Jobs and Communities Through the Clean Energy Economy * * * Today, the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship heard from a panel of experts and small business owners about the growing   more

Rep. Keller Introduces Legislation to Name Laceyville Post Office After Hunts for Healing Founder
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Melinda "Mindy" Gene Piccotti was an Air Force veteran and community leader * * * Congressman Fred Keller Wednesday announced he has introduced H.R. 4279 to name the Post Office in Laceyville, Wyoming County after Melinda "Mindy" Gene Piccotti, an Air Force veteran and community leader who founded Hunts for Healing. Started in 2009, Hunts for Healing aims to help wounded soldiers returning f  more

Rep. Kelly Introduces MAGIC Act to Make Generic Insulin a Reality
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly, R-Pa., vice-chair of the Diabetes Caucus and a diabetic himself, unveiled H.R. 4244, the Market Access for Generic Insulin Competition (MAGIC) Act of 2019. If enacted, this bill would pave the way for the approval and production of true, affordable generic insulin (and its analogues) for American diabetics. "The average annual cost of insulin for a type 1 diabetic   more

Rep. Kuster Issues Statement on 18th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Ann Kuster, D-New Hampshire, issued the following statement on the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks: "Eighteen years ago today, our country was shocked and saddened by the despicable acts that took place at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon, and in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. "We will never forget the nearly 3,000 innocent lives lost and the brave men and women who saved so many in our greatest time of need. "Today we also reflect  more

Rep. Lamb: House Energy Subcommittee Approves Bipartisan Energy Innovation Bills
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology's Subcommittee on Energy, chaired by Representative Conor Lamb (PA-17), passed two bipartisan bills that are essential to developing innovative energy technologies to advance our nation's clean energy future. H.R. 4091 increases the budget for the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy, or ARPA-E, and modernizes the research program. H.R. 42  more

Rep. Lowey Issues Statement on 18th Anniversary of September 11 Terrorist Attacks
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Nita Lowey, D-New York, issued the following statement marking the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001: "Eighteen years have passed since the September 11th terrorist attacks, but the memory of this unimaginable tragedy, unspeakable terror, and profound grief remains. "When tragedy struck, men and women streamed from the Twin Towers and the Pentagon as first responders ran in and risked their lives. Volunteers sifted through debris for d  more

Rep. Perry Commemorates 225th Anniversary of Halifax
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on Sept. 10, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the founding of Halifax: I rise today in honor and commemoration of the 225th Anniversary of the founding of Halifax, Pennsylvania. Located in Dauphin County, Halifax was established in 1794 where the Armstrong Creek meets the Susquehanna River. It was incorporated as the Borough of Halifax on May 29, 1875,  more

Rep. Perry Honors 193rd Special Operations Wing
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on Sept. 10, honoring the 193rd Special Operations Wing in Middletown: I rise today to honor and congratulate the outstanding men and women of the 193rd Special Operations Wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard for earning the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award--for the eighteenth time. This highly prestigious award recognizes the Wing's exceptionally merit  more

Rep. Thompson Issues Statement on 18th Anniversary of September 11 Terrorist Attacks
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, issued the following statement on the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001: "Eighteen years ago, our country was forever changed in the face of terror and hate. Today we remember those that were lost in New York, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. They and their loved ones are on our minds and in our hearts. We also recognize the bravery of t  more

Rep. Wild Issues Statement on 18th Anniversary of September 11 Terrorist Attacks
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City: "This evening, two beams of light will rise towards the heavens from the same ground in lower Manhattan where the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center once stood. "After the four hijacked planes crashed on September 11th, our nation--much like those brilliant beams of light--stood upright and resilient together in the face of d  more

Rep. Wild Issues Statement on Situation in Kashmir
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on the situation in Kashmir: "I am deeply alarmed by the situation in Kashmir. "The Indian government's unilateral revocation of the territory's special status early last month has endangered the region and led to mass detentions; a ban on virtually all channels of communication; and reported shortages of food, medical supplies, and other necessities across Kashmir. "While the United States and India share   more

Rep. Wild, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Children Affected By Opioid Epidemic Access Free School Meals
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - The SPARK Act would make children in kinship care eligible for free school meal program * * * Today, U.S. Representatives Susan Wild (D-PA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), David Trone (D-MD), and Don Bacon (R-NE) introduced the Schools Preventing Hunger in At-Risk Kids (SPARK) Act, bipartisan legislation which would extend the free school meals program to the 400,000 children  more

Rep: Thompson: Cresson Volunteer Fire Company Receives Rural Development Grant
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson announced the Cresson Volunteer Fire Company as the recipient of an $11,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Economic Impact Initiative Grant. The funds will be used to complete much needed repairs to the facility. "Having spent nearly three decades as a volunteer firefighter, I understand the challenges small departments face when it come  more

Reps. Cartwright, Thompson Introduce Legislation to Clean Up America's Abandoned Coal Mines
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 -- Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - AML Act Will Reauthorize Fund That Helps Millions of Americans in Coal Country, Including Many in Pennsylvania * * * Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-15) introduced legislation on Monday to clean up America's abandoned coal mines, by ensuring states have enough resources to restore polluted sites to their original condition and to spur new economic develo  more

Reps. Deutch, Carbajal, Fitzpatrick, Beyer Issue Statements on House Judiciary Committee Passage of Extreme Risk Protection Order Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Reps. Ted Deutch, D-Florida, Salud Carbajal, D-California, Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, and Don Beyer, D-Virginia, issued the following statements after the House Judiciary Committee passed the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act: "This is a historic day in the fight to end senseless gun violence. I am deeply proud that our Extreme Risk Protection Order Act passed through the Judiciary Committee and is one step closer to a vote on the House floor," said Rep. Salud Ca  more

Reps. Neal, Pallone Issue Statement on Sale of Hahnemann University Hospital's Medical Resident Training Program
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Reps. Richard E. Neal, D-Massachusetts, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to appeal U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross's decision approving the sale of Hahnemann University Hospital's medical resident training program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for $55 million: * * * - Urge C  more

Reps. Pallone, Neal Issue Statement on Sale of Hahnemann University Hospital's Medical Resident Training Program
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Reps. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Richard E. Neal, D-Massachusetts, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued the following joint statement urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to appeal U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross's decision approving the sale of Hahnemann University Hospital's medical resident training program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for $55 million: * * * - Urge C  more

Reps. Scanlon, Hayes, McBath & Sen. Warren Introduce The Pell Grant Restoration Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 -- Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswomen Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05), Jahana Hayes (CT-05)and Lucy McBath (GA-06) introduced H.R. 4298, the Pell Grant Restoration Act. This critical legislation would amend Title IV of the Higher Education Act to restore students' Pell Grant eligibility for any period of time during which they would have qualified for loan forgiveness due to school closure or institutional fraud or miscon  more

Reps. Thompson, Cartwright Introduce Legislation Addressing Abandoned Coal Mines
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Last night, Representatives Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-15) and Matt Cartwright (PA-08) introduced H.R.4248, the Abandoned Mine Land Reauthorization Act to reauthorize the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) trust fund, originally established in 1977 via the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. The bill will not only clean up abandoned coal mines, but foster economic development in communities who have been  more

Sen. Carper Issues Statement on 18th Anniversary of Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, issued the following statement in observance of the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania: "It's important we never forget what happened 18 years ago today, and that we not only look back, but we use our memories of that tragic day and look forward. In the days, weeks and months following the deadly 9/11 terror attacks, we have mourned the loved ones we lost. We have also become   more

Sen. Gardner Issues Statement on 18th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colorado, issued the following statement on the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks: "Today, 18 years ago in 2001, Americans woke up to realize that nearly 3,000 people had lost their lives in an attack against the United States by terrorists who struck at the very heart of our country: images of freedom, prosperity, and opportunity in New York, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. "And what we have done since that time   more

Sen. Hoeven Issues Statement on 18th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement in observance of the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks committed against the U.S.: "Although eighteen years have passed, the details of that day have not faded from our citizens' memory. "On this anniversary, we honor those who lost their lives on this tragic day in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. and con  more

Sen. McConnell Issues Remarks on 18th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following floor remarks regarding the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks: "For eighteen years, today's date has held a tragic meaning. September 11 is a day of mourning, a date stained by the terrorist murders of so many innocent people in New York, Arlington, and Pennsylvania. Each passing year, the reality is still shocking. The wounds are still painful. Each year we remember the innocent me  more

Sen. Toomey Issues Statement on Ex-Im Decision to Seek Public Comments Regarding Lending Protocols
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement in reaction to the Export-Import Bank's decision to accept public comments regarding certain activities and lending protocols: "Yesterday, the Export-Import Bank announced that it is accepting public comments regarding the economic impact of certain activities and lending protocols. "I remain a skeptic of the Ex-Im Bank, but this is a constructive step that may lead to ensuring that the Bank does not crowd  more

Sen. Toomey: Bucks County Receives Federal Designation to Help Combat Drug Trafficking
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, at the request of Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa. 1st), the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) designated Bucks County as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). The HIDTA designation grants Bucks County access to additional federal resources for the purposes of enhancing coordination among federal, state, an  more

Sen. Toomey: Col. Bob DeSousa Awarded FBA's Highest Honor
WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - FBA's Kintner Award Recognizes Distinguished Service * * * Last night, as part of its annual meeting and convention, the Federal Bar Association (FBA) honored Colonel Bob DeSousa with the Earl W. Kintner Award for Distinguished Service. Colonel DeSousa currently serves as Senator Pat Toomey's (R-Pa.) State Director and as a Judge Advocate General in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Senat  more

Senate Judiciary Committee Sets Nominations Hearing
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 -- The Senate Judiciary Committee issued the following hearing information: Nominations at 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 10 a.m. on Sept. 11: Witnesses Panel I * Steven J. Menashi, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit Panel II * Karen S. Marston, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania * Richard E. Myers II, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina * Anuraag Singhal, t  more

Sens. Toomey, Casey Issue Statements on Confirmation of Haines to U.S. District Court
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, and Bob Casey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statements on the confirmation of Stephanie Haines to U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania: "I am glad the Senate confirmed Stephanie Haines to fill a vacancy on the federal bench in Johnstown," said Senator Toomey. "She has the experience, intelligence, and integrity to excel as a district court judge." "I am pleased that the Senate has confirmed Stephanie Hain  more