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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Illinois Newsletter for Sunday September 22, 2019 ( 72 items )  

After Seventh Death Related to Vaping, Durbin Reacts on Senate Floor, Calls for Action
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- 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 yesterday's report that a seventh person had died due to a vaping-related illness, this time in California. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it would imminently ban all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol. Durbin urged the FDA to act quickly and not delay t  more

Amid Attempts to Block Aid, Underwood Successful in Ensuring Support Promised to Illinois Farmers is Included in Government Funding Package
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) today issued the following statement on the inclusion of support for farmers through the Market Facilitation Program in the House proposal to fund the government through November 21, 2019. It was first reported on Thursday by the Washington Post that the program was under threat. Since then, Rep. Underwood has been working hard to ensure Illinois farmers get the t  more

Bustos' Request for FEMA Disaster Declaration Approved
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved Congresswoman Bustos' request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Illinois, which triggers the release of federal funds to communities impacted by severe storms and flooding between February 24 and July 3, 2019. Twenty-seven counties in Illinois are now eligible to apply for Public Assistance (PA) program grants so far. Eligible   more

Cotton, Duckworth Bill to Help More Families of Fallen Service Members Travel to Dover Air Force Base
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) today introduced the Fallen Heroes Family Travel Act, which would allow the Department of Defense to pay for family travel to Dover Air Force Base for any service member who dies outside the United States. Under current law, the Department of Defense can only pay for travel to Dover Air Force Base for family members of service members   more

Duckworth Calls for Authorization for Use of Military Force as Congress Approaches 18 Years Since First Considering 2001 AUMF
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: With tomorrow marking 18 years since Congress approved the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), which authorized our military actions in response to the attacks on 9/11, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is once again calling for Congress to debate a new AUMF. With tensions rising around the world, especially as the situation with Iran continues to escalate, it's  more

Duckworth Calls for Environmental Justice at Chicago's Faith in Place Green Team Summit
CHICAGO, Illinois, Sept. 14 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a founding member of the Senate's Environmental Justice Caucus, today spoke with faith leaders from across Illinois about how the faith community can best address environmental injustice and inequality across Illinois and the nation. Duckworth's remarks were delivered at the Faith in Place Green Team Summit 2019 during a session led by Reverend Scott Onque. Ph  more

Duckworth, Durbin Announce $100 Million Federal Grant to Upgrade Chicago's Red & Purple Lines
CHICAGO, Illinois, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $100 million in federal funding to make safety and accessibility upgrades on the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) Red and Purple lines. This funding for the CTA's Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Program comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Capital Investment Grants (CIG) competitive grant progra  more

Duckworth, Durbin Announce U of I's Selection in $55 Million Nationwide Carbon Capture Research Project
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will participate in a $55.4 million nationwide research project on carbon capture in southern Illinois from the Department of Energy (DOE), one of nine organizations selected to study commercial-scale carbon capture systems through this grant program. The project is funded through DOE'  more

Duckworth, Durbin, 25 Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation to Block Implementation of Trump Administration's So-Called 'Public Charge' Rule
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - The Protect American Values Act Would Prohibit the Government from Using Federal Funds to Carry Out Latest Trump Administration Attack on Immigrant Families * * * This week, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Mazie K. Hirono and two dozen Senate Democrats in introducing the Protect American Values Act - legislation that would prohibit the Trump Administ  more

Durbin Calls on Surgeon General to Launch National Strategy to Educate, Prevent, & Respond to Youth Vaping Epidemic
CHICAGO, Illinois, Sept. 13 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on the U.S. Surgeon General to develop and launch a national strategy to educate, prevent, and respond to the youth e-cigarette epidemic. Durbin's letter to U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams comes on the heels of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) announcement this week that it would imminently ban all non-tobacco e-cigarett  more

Durbin Honors Civil Rights, Disability Rights Champion Marca Bristo on Senate Floor
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today honored the life of civil rights and disability rights champion Marca Bristo, who passed away on September 8th in her adopted hometown of Chicago at the age of 66. Marca was a nationally and internationally acclaimed leader in the disability rights movement who was instrumental in helping write and pass the Americans with Disabilit  more

Durbin Warns Against Escalating Tensions With Iran
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today warned against President Donald Trump's dangerous escalation towards conflict with Iran, which could lead to yet another reckless, never-ending war in the Middle East. In a speech on the Senate floor, Durbin argued that the U.S. Constitution is clear that the power to declare war is an explicit power of the Congress. "No war with Iran without the   more

Durbin, Bipartisan Senators Urge FDA to Remove All Pod-, Cartridge Based E-Cigarettes from Market
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators Cite Increase In Cases Of Severe Respiratory Illnesses And Deaths From Vaping, Note FDA Has Never Approved Products * * * U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), today called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless to immediately remove all pod- and c  more

Durbin, Braun Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Create Rural Infrastructure Office
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mike Braun (R-IN), both members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today introduced the Rural Economic Infrastructure Equity Act of 2019, a bill to improve federal support for the transportation infrastructure needs of rural areas in America. In rural areas, 36 percent of roads are in poor or mediocre condition, and 10 percent of rural  more

Durbin, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Reduce Youth Tobacco Use & Vaping Epidemic
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - The Tobacco Tax Equity Act Of 2019 Would Establish First Federal E-Cigarette Tax, Increase Tobacco Tax Rate & Close Tax Loopholes * * * U.S Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D- IL) and U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jack Reed (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ed Markey (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today announced the Tob  more

Durbin, Duckworth Announce $55 Million in Federal Funding for Airports Throughout Illinois
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- 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 five Illinois regional airports will receive a total of $38,776,723 in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Additionally, the State of Illinois Block Grant Program will receive $16,288,753 through the AIP for development projects, bringing the total federal investment  more

Durbin, Duckworth Ask FCC to Step Up Prevention of Robocalls
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to use the tools at its disposal to curb the number of robocalls received by Americans. In a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the four FCC Commissioners, Durbin and Duckworth urged the agency to enhance traceback efforts to bring these scammers to justice, stop this illicit robocall t  more

Durbin, Duckworth, Booker, Hirono Introduce Bill to Expand Public Service Loan Forgiveness to Adjunct Professors
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: At a time when adjunct faculty members make up nearly half of higher education instructors nationwide, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) today introduced legislation that would allow part-time faculty at colleges and universities across the country - who are often paid low wages with few benefits - to be eligible to participate in the  more

Durbin, Duckworth, Colleagues Introduce Resolution to Protect Ambitious National Fuel Economy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and 31 colleagues in reintroducing a Senate resolution in response to the Trump Administration's efforts to roll back federal fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards designed to fight climate change and protect Americans' access to clean air. Durbin, Duckworth, and their colleagues are reintroducing the r  more

Durbin, Lightfoot, Jackson Working To Educate, Protect Kids In Response To Youth Vaping Epidemic
CHICAGO, Illinois, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools CEO Dr. Janice Jackson today at Richard T. Crane Medical Preparatory High School to discuss the impact of vaping and e-cigarette use on children and teenagers. The news conference comes on the heels of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) announcement last week that it will imminently ban all non-tob  more

Durbin: Senate Must Stand Up Against President Trump's Continued Diversion of Funds From Military to His Ineffective Border Wall
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, today spoke out against President Donald Trump's continued efforts to divert funding from our military in order to build his medieval border wall. Last week, Durbin did not support reporting  more

Krishnamoorthi, King and Durbin Launch Congressional Caucus To End The Youth Vaping Epidemic
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Health advocates and victims of vaping illnesses attended the caucus launch press conference * * * Today, Members of Congress launched the Congressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic at a press conference with allied advocacy groups and numerous individuals who have been impacted by the growth of youth e-cigarette use. This bipartisan and bicameral coalition of 52 members is co-  more

On Day of Action for Puerto Rico, Rep. Garcia Calls for More Urgent, Fair, Just Recovery for the Island
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (IL-04) joined participants of Take Action for Puerto Rico! today at a press conference to highlight the urgency for a just recovery for Puerto Rico, on the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria. More than 150 activists from the island and the diaspora, including over 45 Puerto Rican leaders from Chicago, are in Washington, D.C. today for a day of action that includes  more

On Senate Floor, Duckworth Condemns Trump's Response to Escalating Tensions Between Saudi Arabia, Iran
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Her speech highlighted the implications of our nation's outdated AUMFs, one of which turned 18 this week * * * Today, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke on the Senate floor in response to escalating tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Duckworth criticized Donald Trump for seemingly abdicating matters of war and peac  more

Oversight Subcommittee Announces Hearing With CDC on Outbreak of E-Cigarette-Related Lung Disease
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, issued the following news release: On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, will hold a hearing to examine the recent outbreak of lung illness associated with using e-cigarette products and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) urgent warning not t  more

Rep. Banks Backs Federal Investigation Into Dr. Klopfer Case
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Rep. Jim Banks, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) announced today he supports a full federal investigation into the discovery of more than 2,200 fetal remains found in the late Dr. Klopfer's home in Illinois. Seeing as Klopfer practiced in Indiana, these remains would have crossed state lines. As such, a federal investigation is appropriate. Rep. Banks said, "We need to determine how Dr. Klopfer was able to get away with this   more

Rep. Bost Announces Grant For Midamerica Airport
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) announced a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration of more than $2.2 million to expand the terminal building at the Scott Air Force Base/MidAmerica Airport facility. "MidAmerica is an important hub of transportation for many thousands of residents and military personnel in and around the Metro East," said Bost. "This grant wil  more

Rep. Bost Issues Statement on Illinois Disaster Declaration
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following statement after President Trump granted a major disaster declaration for Illinois: "This spring, Southern Illinois was devastated by disastrous flooding. "Communities saw severe damage to roads and infrastructure, families lost homes and businesses, and farmers saw significant delays in the planting season. "President Trump's disaster declaration means that our state can begin to receive federal funding for critically i  more

Rep. Bost: House Passes Bost Bill To Help Low-Income Veterans
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Reps. Mike Bost (R-IL) and Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) to extend funding for several critical Department of Veterans Affairs programs, including financial assistance for supportive services for low-income veterans and allowances for transportation for veterans in rural areas. The Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Ac  more

Rep. Bustos Helps Pass Bill to End Forced Arbitration
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) - a longtime leader in the push to end forced arbitration - helped pass the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act (the FAIR Act). This bill would prohibit the enforcement of mandatory, pre-dispute arbitration provisions in contracts involving consumers, employment, antitrust and civil rights disputes. Included in the legislation is Congresswoman Bustos' Ending Fo  more

Rep. Casten Issues Statement on Death of Emily Clyburn
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following statement on the death of Emily Clyburn, wife of House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, D-South Carolina: "I have learned a lot from Rep. Clyburn in my brief time as a Member of Congress, but probably the most important thing I have learned is the inestimable value of a solid partner - someone who puts their morals first, who makes quiet and generous personal sacrifices, who stands by you, but never shrinks from honest cr  more

Rep. Casten, New Democrat Coalition Release Priorities for U.S. Climate Policy
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) along with The New Democrat Coalition (NDC), led by Chair Derek Kilmer, NDC Vice Chair Scott Peters, and the NDC Climate Change Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. Don Beyer, Elaine Luria, and Susan Wild, released policy principles and endorsed legislation to combat climate change. In doing so, the NDC seeks to address the climate challenge with the urgency the crisis demands   more

Rep. Davis Announces $10m USDA Grant Project That Includes Illinois State University
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) has awarded a $10,000,000 grant to a public-private partnership that includes Illinois State University. "I'm proud of ISU's work to be part of this study to determine how pennycress can be used as another cover crop in   more

Rep. Davis Announces $118k Grant to Bloomington Township Fire Protection District
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- 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 a Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) grant totaling $118,028.57 to the Bloomington Township Fire Protection District for the replacement of the department's self-contained breathing apparatuses. "I'm pr  more

Rep. Davis Announces $136k Grant to Hillsboro Fire Department
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- 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 a Assistance to Firefighters (AFG) grant totaling $136,761.90 to the Hillsboro Fire Department for the replacement of the department's self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA). "I'm proud to suppor  more

Rep. Davis Announces Congressional App Challenge for High School Students
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced the Congressional App Challenge is now open for high school students throughout the 13th Congressional District. This initiative is to encourage student engagement in coding and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related fields. Established by Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014, this competition is a nationwide event th  more

Rep. Davis Applauds USDOT Grant to Illinois CDL Program
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) awarding a Commercial Driver's License Program Implementation (CDLPI) grant totaling $348,000 to the Illinois Secretary of State for compliance efforts related to the national Commercial Driver's License (CDL) program. "Given the labor shortage facing the trucking  more

Rep. Davis Issues Statement After President Trump Approved Illinois Request for Federal Assistance
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following statement after President Trump approved the Illinois' request for federal assistance: Public assistance was granted for 27 counties, including four counties in the 13th District, and the agency announced it was still considering individual assistance and declaration for additional Illinois counties. Davis said: "I saw the impact flooding and storms have had in Madison, Jersey, Calhoun, and Greene counties and I'm ve  more

Rep. Davis Issues Statement on Democrats Violation of House Committee Rules
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, issued the following statement: Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Rodney Davis (IL-13) issued a statement following Judiciary Committee Democrats' decision to violate bipartisan House committee rules in order to delegate their official duties to political consultants in a congressional hearing solely designed to further their liberal agenda against the President  more

Rep. Garcia's Statement on Hispanic Heritage Month
CHICAGO, Illinois, Sept. 16 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (IL-04) issued the following statement marking Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated in the United States from September 15 through October 15: "During Hispanic Heritage Month we honor the generations of Latinx individuals who continue to enrich the cultural fabric of America and the world. Visit any corner of America, from Los Angeles, to San Antonio, fr  more

Rep. Kelly to Host 7th Annual Hiring Event and Job Readiness Bootcamp
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Robin Kelly will host her 7th Annual Hiring Event for residents of the 2nd Congressional District on Friday, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Lan-Oak Park District, 2550 178th St., Lansing. More than 50 employers with active job openings will be in attendance. Companies participating this year include FedEx Ground, Metra Rail, U.S. Courts, Franciscan Health, Illinois Tollway, Pace Su  more

Rep. Krishnamoorthi: Oversight Warns JUUL to Produce Documents or Risk Subpoena
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, issued the following news release: Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, sent a letter (https://oversight.house.gov/sites/democrats.oversight.house.gov/files/2019-09-17.RK%20to%20JUUL%20re%20Committee%20Requests.pdf) to JUUL Labs regarding the company's failure to produce documents requested b  more

Rep. LaHood Urges FERC to Review Vistra Closures
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) today urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in a letter to review the recent Vistra Energy plant closures as a result of the State of Illinois' politically driven anti-coal approach to energy policy. The letter was also signed by Congressmen Mike Bost (IL-12) and Rodney Davis (IL-13). "We strongly support an all of the above energy approach. Having a divers  more

Rep. Rush Reintroduces Bill Requiring Drug Companies to Properly Label Products That Present an Increased Risk of Suicide or Depression
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) reintroduced an important piece of legislation that would require drug companies to properly label products that present an increased risk of suicide or depression as a side effect. The Depression Effect Labeling Awareness Act of 2019 (H.R. 4404) was originally introduced last year by Rep. Rush and would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to requ  more

Rep. Rush Reintroduces Bill Requiring Drug Companies to Properly Label Products That Present an Increased Risk of Suicide or Depression
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) reintroduced an important piece of legislation that would require drug companies to properly label products that present an increased risk of suicide or depression as a side effect. The Depression Effect Labeling Awareness Act of 2019 (H.R. 4404) was originally introduced last year by Rep. Rush and would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to requ  more

Rep. Rush Rips Trump Administration for Unnecessary Revocation of California's Authority to Set Its Own Emissions Standards
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Representative Bobby L. Rush (Ill.-D) ripped the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its plan to revoke California's authority to set its own vehicle emissions standards. This revocation will impact 13 other states and the District of Columbia that have adopted the stricter standards: "This latest attack on our environment by the President and his administration is yet another example of why he is unf  more

Rep. Rush Votes to Approve House Spending Bill, Secures Robust Funding for Community Health Centers, National Flood Insurance Program
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) voted to approve the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2020 and the Health Extenders Act of 2019, which will, among other things, extend the Community Health Centers Fund and the National Flood Insurance Program through Nov. 21, 2019. The bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 301-to-123. "The House of Representatives has passed 10 appropriatio  more

Rep. Schakowsky Issues Remarks at Hearing on Pharmaceutical Product Hopping
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, issued the following opening remarks at a hearing entitled "Protecting Consumers from Pharmaceutical Market Gaming Tactics": "Throughout today's hearing, you will hear many different terms used to describe the problem we are trying to address: "product hopping," "hard switches," "soft switches," and "evergreening." But whatever the word or phrase,   more

Rep. Schakowsky Issues Statement on Petroleum Infrastructure Attacks in Saudi Arabia
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and founding member of the No War with Iran Caucus, issued the following statement on the petroleum infrastructure attacks in Saudi Arabia: "The attacks over the weekend against a Saudi petroleum facility are extremely serious and merit robust investigation and an appropriate response. However, President Trump's bellicose war rhetoric before the dust even settled is inappropriate and dangerous. "Why would we go  more

Rep. Schakowsky Votes to End Forced Arbitration
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, and chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, voted to restore access to the courts for millions of American consumers and employees, who are currently locked into a forced arbitration system that favors corporations. H.R. 1423, the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act, passed   more

Rep. Shimkus Welcomes Guest Chaplain Rev. Kyle Wright II
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 -- Rep. John Shimkus, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) hosted Rev. Kyle Wright II as the Guest Chaplain to lead the opening prayer for the House of Representatives on Thursday, September 12th. After Rev. Wright II completed the prayer, Rep. Shimkus spoke on the House recognizing him and thanking him for offering the prayer. "It is my honor to welcome my pastor, Rev. Wright II, and personally thank him for offering th  more

Rep. Underwood Issues Statement After Drug Pricing Meeting With HHS Secretary Azar
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after a meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on drug pricing: "Americans are being crushed by the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs--it's unacceptable and unsustainable. I'm willing to come to the table with anyone, including Secretary Azar as I did today, to address this crisis and address it immediately--too many families do not have time to wait. "We need a solution that lo  more

Reps. Collins, Davis Issue Statement on Democrats Violation of House Committee Rules
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, ranking Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following joint statement with Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, after sending a letter to Chairman Zoe Lofgren, D-California, and Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-New York, in response to Democrats violating House committee rules in order to allow a consultant to question a witness during a Judiciary oversight hearin  more

Reps. Davis, Collins Issue Statement on Democrats Violation of House Committee Rules
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, issued the following joint statement with Rep. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, ranking Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee, after sending a letter to Chairman Zoe Lofgren, D-California, and Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-New York, in response to Democrats violating House committee rules in order to allow a consultant to question a witness during a Judiciary oversight hearin  more

Reps. Foster, Takano, Sens. Hirono, Tillis Introduce Office of Technology Assessment Improvement & Enhancement Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Reps. Bill Foster (D-IL) and Mark Takano (D-CA) and Sens. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Office of Technology Assessment Improvement and Enhancement Act to introduce enhancements to the existing Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) statute (2 US Code Sec.472) to make improvements to the OTA by making it more accessible and responsive to Members' needs. "We live in a world  more

Reps. Garcia and McBath Introduce Legislation to Simplify the Federal Financial Aid Application Process for Students
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (IL-04) and Congresswoman Lucy McBath (GA-06) introduced H.R. 4245, the HOPE for FAFSA Act of 2019, to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to reduce the complexity and length of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The bill is endorsed by the National College Access Network (NCAN), National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)  more

Reps. Kinzinger, Shimkus, LaHood, Davis Applaud Funding for Illinois Rural Broadband
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), John Shimkus (IL-15), Darin LaHood (IL-18), and Rodney Davis (IL-13) applauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announcement to authorize over $26 million to expand rural broadband to more than 6,700 homes and businesses in Illinois. The authorized funding from the Connect America Fund Phase II will greatly help underserved rural communities and help   more

Reps. Pallone, Schakowsky Issue Statement on House Passage of Bills to Keep Families Safe From Common Household Dangers
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Reps. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement with Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, after the House passed three bills - by voice vote - to keep families safe from common household dangers: The three bills were favorably reported out of both the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee and full Committee earlier this year.   more

Reps. Walden, Rodgers, Shimkus Issue Statement on Trump Administration's Fuel Economy Rule
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, ranking Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement with Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, ranking Republican member of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, and John Shimkus, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, in anticipation of the Trump administration's fuel economy announcement: "For too long, Californi  more

Schakowsky Chairs Hearing on Prescription Drug Pricing
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, chaired a hearing in her Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, entitled "Profits Over Consumers: Exposing How Pharmaceutical Companies Game the System." "I presided over a hearing today in the Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce that shined   more

Schneider on New Ethylene Oxide Regulation Timeline: U.S. EPA 'Derelict in Its Duty'
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - EPA responds to Schneider-led letter urging exposure assessment on ethylene oxide * * * Today, U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (IL-10) issued the following statement in response to a new letter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) outlining their intended rulemaking on emissions of ethylene oxide (EtO), a known carcinogen. The letter states the EPA intends to announce thei  more

Sen. Duckworth Issues Statement on Attack in Saudi Arabia Oil Installations
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after a drone attack struck Saudi oil installations: "Escalating volatility in the Middle East after the weekend attack on Saudi's oil installations is extremely troubling. "With his 'locked and loaded' language, Donald Trump seems to want to be viewed like some sort of John Wayne character, but in the same tweet proudly broadcasts that he's awaiting further instructions from Saudi Arabia, a kingdom that   more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on Closed School Discharges for Former ITT Tech Students
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced automatic closed school discharges for more than 7,000 former ITT Tech student borrowers - amounting to nearly $95 million in relief: The 2016 Obama-era borrower defense rule requires the Department to automatically grant closed school discharges, without any application, for borrowers who attended a school--such as ITT--that closed on or after November 1  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on Justice Kavanaugh's Confirmation Process
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following statement regarding reports around Justice Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation process: "During the Kavanaugh confirmation process, I repeatedly called for a neutral, thorough, and impartial investigation into the allegations of sexual assault involving then-Judge Kavanaugh. FBI career investigators were not allowed to conduct that type of investigation. The consequences of that decision will be felt for y  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on Vote to Proceed to Senate Appropriations Funding Bills
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Defense, and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Immigration, issued the following statement after voting against the motion to proceed to four Senate Appropriations Committee funding bills, including the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee funding bill: "We all remember then-candidate Donald Trump's idea that we need a 2,000 mile wall from sea-to-shin  more

Sen. Durbin to McConnell: Do Something on Gun Violence
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Durbin Joins Democratic Senators In Delivering Floor Speeches On Impact Of Gun Violence * * * U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined dozens of Democratic U.S. Senators in floor speeches tonight to talk about the impact of gun violence and the many actions legislators could take to respond. Following the mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton, and Odessa - and the daily toll of gun  more

Sen. Durbin: Appropriations Bills Provide Critical Funding for Illinois
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced Illinois priorities included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration; and Financial Services and General Government Appropriations funding bills. The legislation passed the Senate Appropriations Committee tod  more

Senate Judiciary Committee Sets Executive Business Meeting
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- The Senate Judiciary Committee issued the following hearing information: Executive business meeting at 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 10 a.m. on Sept. 19: Agenda I. Nominees * Halil Suleyman Ozerden, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit * David B. Barlow, to be United States District Judge for the District of Utah * John Fitzgerald Kness, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois * R. Austin Huffaker, Jr., to   more

Senate Special Committee on Aging Sets Hearing on Promoting Healthy Aging
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- The Senate Special Committee on Aging issued the following hearing information: Promoting Healthy Aging: Living Your Best Life Long Into Your Golden Years at 562 Senate Dirksen Office Building at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 25: Witnesses * Rudolph Tanzi, Director, Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Professor of Neurology, Harvard, Boston, MA * Susan Hughes, Co-Director, Center for Research on Health and Aging, University of Illinois-Chicago,  more

Underwood Named Conferee to National Defense Authorization Act Conference
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Yesterday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi named House Democrats to serve on a conference committee of the House and Senate versions of the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): "Democrats have always stood for a strong and smart national defense," said Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "In July, House Democrats were proud to pass a responsible NDAA that keeps our nation safe while reducing wasteful spending, m  more

With Application Deadline Approaching, Duckworth Seeks Additional Student Applications for U.S. Military Service Academies
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, Sept. 20 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: The application period for high school students to request a nomination to a U.S. Military Service Academy for the Class of 2024 from U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) will close one week from today, on Friday, September 27. Duckworth's office has been accepting applications from high school students seeking a Congressional nomination to one of the four Military Service Academies through he  more

Young Condemns Discovery of Fetal Remains in Home of South Bend Abortionist
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) condemned the "grotesque" discovery of more than 2,000 fetal remains in the Illinois home of deceased Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, who performed abortions in South Bend, Fort Wayne, and Gary for decades. Senator Young has called for a federal investigation into the situation. "Sadly, it appears that we in the state of Indiana have our very own Kermit Gosnell. This discovery is   more