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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Alabama Newsletter for Sunday September 29, 2019 ( 36 items )  

Cassidy Announces Approval of Louisiana Fisheries Emergency Declaration
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has approved an emergency declaration for Louisiana fisheries due to the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. As result of high water levels on the Mississippi River, opening of the spillway caused hundreds of thousands of cubic feet of fresh water to pour into Lake Pontchartrain each second. This announcement comes aft  more

Cotton, Boozman Push to Lower Indian Pecan Tariffs
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Arkansas's U.S. Senators Tom Cotton and John Boozman joined with colleagues to urge U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to prioritize a reduction in pecan tariffs as the Trump Administration continues trade negotiations with India. Cotton and Boozman joined ten of their colleagues on a letter authored by Sen. David Perdue (R-Georgia) to urge action to provide relief from the negative impact India's   more

GAO Issues Report on Use of Lowest Price Technically Acceptable Process
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the status of regulatory changes governing the use of the lowest price technically acceptable process. The report (GAO-19-691) is titled "Federal Contracting: Information on Agencies' Use of the Lowest Price Technically Acceptable Process". 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. Ron Johnson, R-  more

House Natural Resources Subcommittee Issues Testimony From United South & Eastern Tribes Sovereignty Protection Fund
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- The House Natural Resources subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the U.S. issued the following testimony by Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, chairwoman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head and member of the United South and Eastern Tribes Sovereignty Protection Fund, at a hearing entitled "Advance Appropriations: Protecting Tribal Communities from the Effects of a Government Shutdown": "Thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony regarding the federal government's failure   more

House Small Business Committee Issues Testimony From Graziadio School of Business
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- The House Small Business Committee issued the following testimony by John K. Paglia, professor of finance and senior associate dean at the Graziadio School of Business, at a hearing entitled "SBA Management Review: Small Business Investment Company Program": "Thank you for the opportunity to testify before you today. Sound deployment of capital in the U.S. is central for promoting economic growth and I am grateful for the opportunity to speak to you on this important top  more

House Transportation Subcommittee Issues Testimony From American Public Transportation Association
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- The House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials issued the following testimony by Paul P. Skoutelas, president and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association, at a hearing entitled "Challenges and Opportunities for Commuter Railroads": "On behalf of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and its 1,500 public- and private-sector member organizations, thank you for the opportunity to testify  more

Murray Demands Senate Republicans Stop Playing Politics With HBCUs, Tribal Colleges and Minority-Serving Institutions
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Continues Push for a Comprehensive Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act - In a speech on the Senate floor, Murray urges the Senate to take up FUTURE Act and send it to the President's desk * * * Today in a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, ranking member of the Senate Committ  more

Rep. Aderholt Issues Statement on Speaker Pelosi's Impeachment Announcement
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Alabama, issued the following statement on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement of an impeachment inquiry against President Trump: "Since the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives in January, impeachment has been first and foremost on the minds of most of the Democrat Caucus. "While most of their constituents hoped to see the Democrat majority work on better trade deals, infrastructure funding, and real immigration reform, the new  more

Rep. Brooks Issues Statement on Democrats' Efforts to Impeach President Trump
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, issued the following statement concerning socialist Democrats' efforts to impeach President Trump: "I have read the full transcript of the telephone conversation between President Trump and Ukraine President Zelenskyy. "I am incensed by the Fake News media and Socialist Democrats' distortion of truth. I encourage ALL patriotic American citizens to read President Trump's telephone transcript in full. In today's age of Fake News, reading the unf  more

Rep. Brooks Issues Statement on Launching of Official Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, issued the following statement on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement that House Democrats will launch an official impeachment inquiry: "The Constitution states a president can only be impeached for 'Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.' Hatred, dislike or a desire for Socialism & Open Borders do not support gutting the people's will and overturning properly held elections. "Socialist Democrats have yet to produce ANY credi  more

Rep. Byrne Issues Statement on $2 Million Grant to Mobile Downtown Airport
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following statement announcing $2 million Transportation Department grant award to the Mobile Downtown Airport to repair the airport's apron: "This second large grant in a week awarded to the Mobile Downtown Airport is further validation of the role this facility will play in the surging economic development of Southwest Alabama. With these funds, our downtown airport can more quickly take significant steps towards further revit  more

Rep. Byrne Issues Statement on House Education & Labor Committee Markup of Protecting the Right to Organize Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following statement after the House Education and Labor Committee markup of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act: Congressman Byrne introduced two amendments that were defeated on a party-line vote. Byrne said: "I am disappointed that the Democrats rammed through a bill that would take our labor laws backwards by propping up struggling union special interests at the expense of American workers. "We should be empowering tod  more

Rep. Byrne Issues Statement on Labor Department Overtime Rule
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following statement praising the Labor Department's final rule that will raise the salary threshold at which businesses are required to pay overtime: "This announcement is great news for Alabama's workers and business owners who have desired a reasonable and equitable solution for outdated salary levels governing overtime. "This rule raises the threshold in a responsible manner that opens up over a million Americans to overtime   more

Rep. Palmer Issues Statement on Launching of Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Alabama, issued the following statement regarding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's recent announcement of an official impeachment inquiry into President Trump: "I plan to stand with the Constitution in the impeachment process against President Trump. "This inquiry is not about high crimes and misdemeanors, but about politics." "Earlier this year, Congressman Al Green said, 'I'm concerned that if we don't impeach this president, he will get re-elected.'   more

Rep. Perlmutter: Secure, Fair Enforcement Banking Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colorado, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on Sept. 26: I include in the Record the following letters of endorsement for H.R. 1595, the SAFE Banking Act. National Association of Attorneys General, Washington, DC, May 8, 2019. To: Hon. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, Washington, DC; Hon. Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader, Washington, DC; Hon. Steny Hoyer, Majority Leader, Washington, DC; Hon. James E.  more

Rep. Rogers Welcomes Constituents to 'Mornings With Mike'
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Congressman Mike Rogers reminded folks today that he is holding weekly events when Congress is in session that are open to any constituents visiting Washington, D.C. "Mornings with Mike" events take place in Rogers' Washington office in the Rayburn House Office Building. The meetings offer East Alabamians a unique chance to meet with Congressman Rogers while enjoying coffee and donuts in his office. "The w  more

Rep. Sewell Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, issued the following statement on an impeachment inquiry into President Trump: "This is a sobering moment in our nation's history, when the rule of law and constitutional duty require Congress to move swiftly to protect our national security and the integrity of our democracy. "The President, by his own admission, has put Congress in an untenable position. Yesterday, the President admitted to asking the Ukrainian government to interfere wit  more

Rep. Sewell: Trump Administration's Withholding of Whistleblower Report Will Have 'Chilling Effect' on Intelligence Community
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, issued the following news release: * * * - Sewell secures DNI Maguire's commitment he will work to ensure whistleblower can directly testify before the Committee * * * U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) grilled Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire Thursday on the Trump Administration's handling of the whistleblower report and secured his commitment that he would work to ensure the whistleblower can share his or her testimon  more

Sen. Cardin Seeks Answers Following OIG Memo on SBA's Failure to Conduct Oversight of Alabama WBCs
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following news release: Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today sent a letter to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Acting Administrator Chris Pilkerton seeking answers after the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released an advisory memo last week detailing mismanagement at two W  more

Sen. Cotton, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Improve Corporate Transparency, Combat Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Senate Banking Committee members, U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Mark R. Warner (D-Virginia), Doug Jones (D-Alabama), Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota), Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey), and John Kennedy (R-Louisiana), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada), and Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) today introduced bipartisan legislation to improve corporate transparency, strengthen national security, and help law enforcement co  more

Sen. Shelby Applauds Consideration of Five FY2020 Bills, Encourages Continued Bipartisan Work
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release: Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today convened a full committee markup for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations process, during which the Committee will consider the FY2020 bills for the Appropriations Subcommittees on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; Commerce,  more

Sen. Shelby: FY 2020 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill Approved for Senate Consideration
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release: The Senate Committee on Appropriations today approved the FY2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Act, which makes investments to support law enforcement, economic prosperity, scientific research, space exploration, and other national priorities. The $70.833 billion measure is $6.715 billion above the FY2019 enacted lev  more

Sen. Shelby: FY 2020 Interior, Environment Appropriations Bill Approved by Full Committee
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release: The Senate Committee on Appropriations today approved a $35.8 billion measure to fund the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Forest Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Indian Health Service, and other agencies for FY2020. The Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies subcommittee bill includes an additional $2.25 billion for wildfire suppression   more

Sen. Shelby: FY 2020 State & Foreign Operations Bill Advanced by Full Committee
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release: The Senate Committee on Appropriations today approved the FY2020 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, which provides funding to strengthen federal programs and operations that support national security and American values abroad. The legislation was advanced by a vote of 31-0. The $55 billion appropriations bill strengthens d  more

Sen. Shelby: Mobile Airport Receives $2 Million FAA Grant
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that the Mobile Downtown Airport in Mobile, Alabama, has received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant totaling $2 million to support airport infrastructure improvements. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), will fund the rehabilitation of an apron to enhance the framework of the Mobile airport. "This investm  more

Sen. Shelby: Senate Committee Advances FY2020 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release: The Senate Committee on Appropriations today approved the FY2020 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, which includes funding to improve operations and address heightened security requirements for those who work at or visit the U.S. Capitol complex. The bill provides $3.593 billion in discretionary budget authority, excluding items pertaining solely to th  more

Senate Appropriations Committee Issues Report on Further Revised Allocation to Subcommittees of Budget Totals for FY 2020
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- The Senate Appropriations Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-122) on further revised allocation to subcommittees of budget totals for fiscal 2020. The report was advanced by Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Alabama, on Sept. 26. Excerpts of the report follow: The Committee on Appropriations submits the following report revising the allocation to its subcommittees for fiscal year 2020 set forth in Senate Report 116-104 (September 12, 2019) and revised in Senate Report 116-10  more

Senate Appropriations Committee Issues Report on Further Revised Allocation to Subcommittees of Budget Totals for FY 2020
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- The Senate Appropriations Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-121) revising the allocation to its subcommittees for fiscal 2020 set forth in Senate Report 116-104 (Sept. 12, 2019) and revised in Senate Report 116-106 (Sept. 18, 2019). The report was advanced by Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Alabama, on Sept. 25. Excerpts of the report follow: The Committee on Appropriations submits the following report revising the allocation to its subcommittees for fiscal year 2020 set   more

Senate Appropriations Committee Issues Report on FY 2020 Financial Services, General Government Appropriations Bill (Part 3 of 6)
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 -- The Senate Appropriations Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-111) on legislation (S. 2524) making appropriations for financial services and general government for the fiscal ending Sept. 30, 2020. The report was advanced by Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, on Sept. 19. CARE OF THE BUILDING AND GROUNDS Appropriations, 2019...$15,999,000 Budget estimate, 2020...16,390,000 Committee recommendation...16,390,000 PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Care of the Building and Grounds, for  more

Senate Appropriations Committee Issues Report on Revised Allocation to Subcommittees of Budget Totals for FY 2020
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- The Senate Appropriations Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-106) on revised allocation to subcommittees of budget totals for fiscal 2020. The report was advanced by Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Alabama, on Sept. 18. Excerpts of the report follow: The Committee on Appropriations submits the following report revising the allocation to its subcommittees for fiscal year 2020 set forth in Senate Report 116-104 (September 12, 2019). Section 302(e) of the Congressional Budge  more

Senate Appropriations Committee Sends FY2020 Homeland Security Bill to Full Senate
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release: The Senate Committee Appropriations today approved and advanced the FY2020 Homeland Security funding bill, which provides $70.7 billion to provide for the security of the American people. The measure, makes investments in border security, cybersecurity, aviation security, state and local grants, and other programs to keep Americans safe. The FY2020 Homelan  more

Senate Appropriations Committee Sets Markup of Four Appropriations Bills
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- The Senate Appropriations Committee issued the following hearing information: Markup of four appropriations bills at 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 26: Agenda * Markup of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020 * Markup of the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020 * Markup of the Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2020 * Markup of the Legislative Branch Appropriations A  more

Senate Commerce Committee Issues Testimony From Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee issued the following testimony by Joe Spraggins, executive director for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, at a hearing entitled "Fishery Failures: Improving the Disaster Declaration and Relief Process": "The Bonnet Carre flood control structure was designed to relieve flood waters north of New Orleans. The structure consists of 350 gates which must be opened individually, and discharges are diverted   more

Senate Commerce Committee Issues Testimony From NOAA on Fishery Failures
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee issued the following testimony by Chris Oliver, assistant administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service, at a hearing entitled "Fishery Failures: Improving the Disaster Declaration and Relief Process": "My name is Chris Oliver and I am the Assistant Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Se  more

Senate Schedules Four Committee Hearings for Sept. 26
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- The Senate scheduled four committee hearings for Sept. 26: Committee on Appropriations: business meeting to markup an original bill making appropriations for Interior, Environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, an original bill making appropriations for State, Foreign Operations, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, an original bill making appropriations for Commerce, Justice, Science, and related agenc  more

Udall Offers Amendment to Prevent President From Diverting Military Construction Money to Wall
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, issued the following news release: * * * - In Appropriations Committee, Udall speaks out against Trump administration raiding $125 million from New Mexico military projects - Udall also co-sponsors amendment to fund smart border security instead of spending $5 billion on president's political wall project * * * Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, co-led an amendment in the Appropriations Commi  more