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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday September 22, 2019 ( 32 items )  

Casey, 26 Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation to Block Implementation of Trump Administration's So-Called 'Public Charge' Rule
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and 26 Senate Democrats introduced the Protect American Values Act - legislation that would prohibit the Trump Administration from using federal funding to implement its so-called "Public Charge" rule. Scheduled to go into effect on October 15, 2019, the "Public Charge" rule aims to prevent immigrants from coming to or staying in the United States based on their  more

Chairman Lamb Issues Statement at Hearing on Technology Pathways Within Transportation Sector
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- The House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee on Energy issued the following statement by Chairman Conor Lamb, D-Pennsylvania, at a hearing entitled "Next Mile: Technology Pathways to Accelerate Sustainability within the Transportation Sector": "Good afternoon and thank you to all our witnesses joining us here today to discuss a topic that is critical for our nation: sustainable transportation. This includes the cars that we use every day to drive to work, the tru  more

Eight Congressmen Issue Statement on Tensions With Iran on Saudi Oil Field Attack
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-New Jersey, issued the following joint statement with seven congressmen - Reps. Jason Crow, D-Colorado, Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pennsylvania, Gilbert Cisneros, D-California, Elaine Luria, D-Virginia, Max Rose, D-New York, Elissa Slotkin, D-Michigan, and Abigail Spanberger, D-Virginia, regarding tensions with Iran on the Saudi oil field attacks: All freshmen Democrats are former members of the military, or veterans of the diplomatic and intelligence com  more

House Committee on Education and Labor Passes Keller Amendment Helping Older Americans
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Expands Older Americans Act Coverage to Fall-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries * * * Today, the House Committee on Education and Labor passed an amendment introduced by Congressman Fred Keller (PA-12) that would strengthen health care protections for seniors. Keller's amendment, which passed as part of the committee's consideration of the Dignity in Aging Act of 2019, adds fall-related traumat  more

House Education Subcommittee Sets Hearing on Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- The House Education and Labor subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment issued the following hearing information: Broken Promises: Examining the Failed Implementation of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program at 2175 Rayburn House Office Building at 10:15 on Sept. 19: Witnesses Panel I * Kelly Finlaw, Teacher, New York City, New York, NY * James H. Steeley, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, Har  more

Nadler, Cicilline Demand Answers From WH & DOJ About Antitrust Investigation Into Automakers Who Struck Vehicle Emissions Deal With CA
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-New York, issued the following news release: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law Chairman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) sent a letter to the White House and Department of Justice about the Trump Administration's antitrust investigation into automakers who reached an agreement with California regarding state emissions standards. The letter is available here (https://  more

Philadelphia Black Clergy Join Rep. Boyle to Announce Student Loan Legislation to Aid Faith-based Non-Profits
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Sept. 16 -- Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) joined the Philadelphia Black Clergy today to formally announce his legislation (H.R. 4310) that would expand the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program to those working for faith-based non-profits, including clergy. "Our clergy, and those who work for faith-based non-profits, all too often find themselves on the frontlines of our communit  more

Rep. Cartwright Announces Firefighter Grant for Honesdale
HANSDALE, Pennsylvania, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-o8) announced a federal grant to help the borough of Honesdale meet its firefighting needs. Hose Company No. 1, a volunteer-based fire company that serves Honesdale and other parts of rural Northeastern Pennsylvania, has been awarded a grant totaling $36,442.85 to purchase 66 dual-purpose hoses, one portable monitor, and a manifold. This grant wil  more

Rep. Crow, Seven Colleagues Issue Statement on Increased Tensions With Iran
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colorado, issued the following joint statement with seven congressmen - Reps. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pennsylvania, Gil Cisneros, D-California, Elaine Luria, D-Virginia, Max Rose, D-New York, Elissa Slotkin, D-Michigan, Abigail Spanberger, D-Virginia, and Mikie Sherrill, D-New Jersey, regarding the escalating tensions with Iran following the Saudi oil field attacks: All freshmen Democrats are former members of the military, or veterans of the diplomatic an  more

Rep. Doyle: Senate Approves Bill to Reauthorize Landmark Autism Law
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA) announced today that bipartisan legislation to reauthorize federal programs that help individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families has been approved by the U.S. Senate. Having already passed the House, the bill will now go to the President to be signed into law. The bill, the Autism CARES Act of 2019 (H.R. 1058), is supported by a broad coal  more

Rep. Joyce Issues Statement on Continuing Resolution to Fund Federal Government
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. John Joyce, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on a continuing resolution (H.R. 4378), which appropriates funding for the federal government through Nov. 21: "Appropriating Americans' taxpayer dollars is one of my key Constitutional duties, and I am committed to serving as a responsible steward of your taxes. "Unfortunately, the funding bill we considered today - which was posted mere hours before we voted - fell short in providing the resources needed  more

Rep. Kelly Announces PA-16 Telephone Town Hall
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: On Thursday, September 26, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly will host a live telephone town hall for his constituents. Kelly invites all residents of Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District to participate. In doing so, they will have the opportunity to ask questions, receive answers, and engage in a wide-ranging discussion with their Representative about policy, services his offices can provide, and oth  more

Rep. Kelly Issues Statement at Hearing on How Tax Code Subsidizes Hate
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pennsylvania, ranking Republican member of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Oversight, issued the following opening statement at a hearing on how the tax code subsidizes hate: "I don't know of a better position to be in in Congress than to be able to sit by you, talking about things that really go the heart and soul of America. You certainly have experienced it first-hand and have been a champion your whole life to be aware of all this. I thank  more

Rep. Kelly to Host Fighting Fraud Stopping Scams Workshop
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: On Tuesday, October 1, Representative Mike Kelly will host a workshop in Greenville for constituents that will focus on how to protect your identity, your money, and your family from fraud. Representative Kelly invites local media to attend and cover the event. Experts from the United States Federal Trade Commission, the United States Postal Service, representatives from the office of Pennsylvania Stat  more

Rep. Meuser Announces Outreach Hours at Bloomsburg Fair
BLOOMSBURG, Pennsylvania, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Dan Meuser (PA-09) today announced that staff outreach hours at the Bloomsburg Fair (620 West Third Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815) will be from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24 and Thursday, September 26, 2019. Congressman Meuser will attend the fair from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 22. Staff will be available to meet with constituents who need assistance  more

Rep. Meuser Meets With EPA to Discuss Stormwater Management in Pennsylvania
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Dan Meuser (PA-09) met with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday to discuss the municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) program in Pennsylvania: "We met with Cosmo Servidio, EPA Regional Administrator, staff from EPA's Mid-Atlantic Region (Region 3), Dr. Andrew Sawyers, Director of EPA's Wastewater Office, and Christian Rodrick from EPA's Office of Legislative Affairs, dur  more

Rep. Smucker Issues Statement at Hearing on Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-Pennsylvania, ranking Republican member of the House Education and Labor subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment, issued the following opening statement at a hearing on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program: "Each year Americans take on more and more student debt. It's no surprise borrowers have demanded help. College costs continue to surge so Congress has stepped in. But rarely does overreaching government intervention lead  more

Rep. Thompson Issues Statement at Hearing on White Nationalist Terrorism
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- The House Homeland Security subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism issued the following statement by full committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson, D-Mississippi, at a joint hearing with the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa and International Terrorism entitled "Meeting the Challenge of White Nationalist Terrorism at Home and Abroad": "I thank both Chairman Deutch and Chairman Rose for convening this important joint hearing today  more

Rep. Thompson Issues Statement on Waters of the U.S. Rule Repeal
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pennsylvania, senior member of the House Agriculture Committee and former chairman of the Conservation and Forestry subcommittee, issued the following statement recently (Sept. 12) after the Environment Protection Agency and Army Corp of Engineers announced the end of the Waters of the U.S. Rule: "EPA and Army Corps' announcement brings an end to the multi-year battle over the Obama Administration's attempt to vastly expand federal jurisdiction ove  more

Rep. Thompson Statement On Continuing Resolution
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-15) voted in favor of H.R. 4378, a short-term appropriations bill known as a continuing resolution, which will fund government operations at Fiscal Year 2019 levels beyond the beginning of Fiscal Year 2020 (October 1, 2019) and for seven weeks, through November 21, 2019. The CR passed the House this afternoon with a vote of 301-123. Upon passage of H.R. 4378, Cong  more

Rep. Wild Announces Two Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Bills
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Teaming up with experts and survivors, Wild introduced two bills to improve suicide prevention programs on college campuses and make mental health care more accessible and affordable - Watch the full press conference (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ox9LgLBe0Q). * * * As part of National Suicide Prevention Month, today U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) hosted a press conference and "The  more

Rep. Wild Lays Out Climate Change Priorities
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Wild Joins New Democrat Coalition to Announce Policy Priorities That Will Help Combat Climate Change * ** Yesterday, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) joined Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08), Rep. Sean Casten (IL-06), and Rep. Elaine Luria (VA-02), her fellow co-chairs of the New Democrat Coalition's Climate Change Task Force, to announce policy principles to combat climate change and address the c  more

Rep. Wild's Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize the Older Americans Act Passes Education and Labor Committee
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Wild also Included an Amendment to Add Suicide Prevention to Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Services * * * Today, U.S. Representative Susan Wild's (PA-07) bill, H.R. 4334, the Dignity in Aging Act, passed unanimously in the House Committee on Education and Labor. This bipartisan proposal reauthorizes the Older Americans Act (OAA) and increases funding for vital programs that help seni  more

Representative Houlahan Fights for Pennsylvania Farmers
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) urged Congress to modify the existing H-2A visa program to more adequately meet the needs of the mushroom and dairy industries, both of which have a large presence in Pennsylvania, specifically in Chester and Berks counties. Currently, the H-2A visas are offered on a seasonal basis, which makes it difficult for year-long agricultural industries, like th  more

Reps. Cartwright, Webster Unveil Legislation to Increase America's Preparedness For Extreme Weather Events
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan Bill Emphasizes Pre-Disaster Mitigation, Government-Wide Risk Management & Cost-Saving Initiatives * * * Reps. Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and Daniel Webster (FL-11) unveiled legislation on Tuesday to make sure Americans are prepared for extreme weather events, establishing best practices across the government in order to protect communities while saving taxpayer money. The PREP  more

Reps. Conaway, Thompson, Rouzer Issue Statements at Hearing on Implementation of Federal Farm, Disaster Programs
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Reps. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, ranking Republican member of the House Agriculture Committee, Glenn Thompson, R-Pennsylvania, ranking Republican member of the Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, and David Rouzer, R-North Carolina, ranking Republican member of the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, issued the following remarks after a joint hearing: Today, the House Agriculture Subcommittees on General Farm Commodities and Risk  more

Reps. Houlahan, Gallego, Cisneros, Hayes Launch Effort to Increase Recruitment of Diverse Teachers
WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 -- Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), joined by Reps. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Gil Cisneros (D-CA), and Jahana Hayes (D-CT), introduced the Teacher Diversity and Retention Act to help combat our nationwide teacher shortage by increasing recruitment of diverse teachers and improving teacher training and retention programs. "I taught Chemistry for Teach for America to a diverse group of high s  more

Reps. Smucker and Trahan Introduce the Bipartisan Financial Aid Communication and Transparency Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, Representatives Lloyd Smucker (R-PA) and Lori Trahan (D-MA) introduced the bipartisan Financial Aid Communication and Transparency (FACT) Act, H.R. 4343. This legislation ensures that all students receive clear, comparable financial aid offers from each institution they're accepted to and during every year of enrollment. Every year, college students across the U.S. navigate an unnecessarily co  more

Sen. Casey Issues Statement Ahead of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children Auction
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement ahead of the auction of St. Christopher's Hospital for Children: "St. Christopher's Hospital for Children cares for the most vulnerable children in Philadelphia and around the region. "As it comes up for auction, I expect all parties to focus first on what is in the best interest of these children and their families. "St. Christopher's must continue to provide the high level of specialized care ava  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

Toomey Joins Bipartisan Effort to Expand Available Care for Alzheimer's Patients
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is continuing his longstanding effort to support Alzheimer's patients and those that care for them by cosponsoring the Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease Act. This bipartisan legislation, originally introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) would qualify individuals with early-onset Alzheimer'  more

USMCA Is a Win for PA-13 Farmers
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. John Joyce, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman John Joyce (PA-13), joined by Pennsylvania agriculture leaders, have called for Congress to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which would level the playing field for American farms and businesses competing at a global level in the 21st century. "With the potential to create jobs, promote economic growth, and help Americans succeed, the USMCA is a clear win for Pennsylv  more