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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Illinois Newsletter for Sunday September 29, 2019 ( 70 items )  

At U of I Advocacy Day in D.C., Duckworth Highlights Importance of Federal Higher Education Funding
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined University of Illinois Springfield Chancellor Susan Koch in a fireside chat at the University of Illinois System's D.C. Advocacy Day with administrators, students and alumni from the system's campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. Duckworth discussed the importance of federal support for higher education institutions, her higher educatio  more

Bustos, Lahood Announce Federal Investment in Peoria Board of Education
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Representatives Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Darin LaHood (IL-18) announced a $466,931 grant for the Board of Education of the City of Peoria for Fiscal Year 2019. The funding is awarded through the U.S. Department of Education's Full Service Community Schools Program and is part of a five year grant, which would total $2.5 million. Specifically, these federal dollars will serve Harrison and Roosevelt e  more

Casten, Booker, Gillibrand and Kennedy Introduce Legislation Banning Inequitable Calculations of Civil Damages
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06), along with U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), as well as, U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy III (MA-04), introduced legislation that prohibits the consideration of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or actual or perceived sexual orientation when calculating damages in civil lawsuits. The Fair Calculations in Civil Damages Act prevent  more

Duckworth Receives 2019 Gordon H. Mansfield Congressional Leadership Award From Paralyzed Veterans of America
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Last night during the Annual Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Gala, combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) accepted the prestigious 2019 Gordon H. Mansfield Congressional Leadership Award for her tireless advocacy for the civil rights of Veterans and all individuals with disabilities. Duckworth was deployed to Iraq and lost both of her legs when the Blackhawk helicopter she was piloti  more

Durbin Calls for Senate Action on Gun Violence at National Rally
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke at the National Rally to End Gun Violence on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and called for the Senate to vote on legislation that would help reduce the gun violence epidemic. More than 200 days ago, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R.8) passed the House of Representatives on a bipartisan basis. Approximately 90 percent of Americans support universa  more

Durbin Discusses Immigrant Labor, Climate Change at Agriculture Committee Hearing
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today, in a Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee hearing, asked representatives of the poultry and livestock industry about the need and value of immigrant labor. Durbin made the case that mass deportations and dramatic cuts in legal immigration in America - as proposed by the Trump Administration - would devastate many livestock and poultry processin  more

Durbin Urges Trump Administration to Withdraw Proposal to Cut Food Assistance From Millions of Americans
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Proposed Rule Would Take Food From Children And Families, Bypass The Intent Of Congress In The 2018 Farm Bill * * * U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, joined 14 Senators in raising serious concerns about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) proposed rule to eliminate categorical eligibility, which would take food  more

Durbin, Colleagues Once Again Urge Pharmacies to Stop Selling Tobacco Products Amid Vaping Epidemic
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators First Called On Health Pharmacies To End Tobacco Sales More Than Five Years Ago * * * U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today sent letters to Walgreens, Rite Aid, Dollar General, and Walmart urging them to stop selling all tobacco products, given their detriment to   more

Durbin, Colleagues Press DOD OIG to Investigate Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative Funding That Was Held By Trump Administration
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, along with Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Jack Reed (D-RI), Tom Udall (D-NM), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), today called on the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to review DoD's Ukraine Security Assistance Initia  more

Durbin, Duckworth Announce Nearly $5 Million to Increase Substance Use Disorder Treatments
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- 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 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services a $4,559,743 federal planning grant to help fight the opioid epidemic by increasing substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery services under Medicaid. "We are facing one of the worst drug epi  more

Durbin, Engel, Leahy, Malinowski Call for U.S. Ambassador to Hungary to Uphold American Democratic, Security Norms
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), along with U.S. Representatives Eliot L. Engel (D-NY-16) and Tom Malinowski (D-NJ-07), today sent a letter to the United States Ambassador to Hungary, David Cornstein, calling on him to uphold American democratic values and security interests when dealing with the autocratic government of Victor Orban, whose embrace of Russia and antidemocrati  more

Durbin, Grassley Introduce Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the lead sponsors of the landmark First Step Act, today introduced the bipartisan Prohibiting Punishment of Acquitted Conduct Act of 2019, which would end the unjust practice of judges increasing sentences based on conduct for which a defendant has been acquitted by a jury. "Under our Constitution, defendants can only be convicted of a crime  more

Durbin, Lee Lead Congressional Effort to Overturn DeVos Borrower Defense Rule
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - New Rule Eliminates More Than $11 Billion In Relief To Defrauded Borrowers And Guts Critical Borrower Protections * * * U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Susie Lee (D-NV-03) today led the introduction of a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval on Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' rewritten borrower defense rule that gutted essential prot  more

Durbin, Maloney Introduce Bicameral Bill to Increase Access to Broadband Service for Low-Income Americans
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY-18) today introduced a bicameral bill that would increase access to broadband service for low-income urban and rural Americans. The Promoting Access to Broadband Act would help states increase awareness of, and enrollment in, the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Lifeline program, which aims to help low-income h  more

Durbin: Appropriations Bills Provide Critical Funding for Illinois
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- 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 funding bills for Interior and Environment; State and Foreign Operations; Commerce, Justice, and Science; Homeland Security; and the Legislative Branch. The bills passed the Senate Appropriations Committee today and will now be sent to the Senate f  more

Former Secretary LaHood: Avoid Impeachment Like the Plague
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), at a Select Committee on Modernization hearing, discussed impeachment with former congressman and Obama transportation secretary what advice he would give members of Congress who want to get legislation passed in the midst of impeachment. Then-Congressman Ray LaHood, who chaired impeachment proceedings of former President Bill Clinton in 1998, told members of the committee   more

GAO Issues Report on Cybersecurity Risks Facing Electric Grid
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on cybersecurity of the grid. The report (GAO-19-332) is titled "Critical Infrastructure Protection: Actions Needed to Address Significant Cybersecurity Risks Facing the Electric Grid". The report was sent to Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Bobby L. Rush, D-Illinois, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Energy, Rep. Jerry McNerney,  more

House Judiciary Committee Issues Testimony From Rep. Quigley
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- The House Judiciary Committee issued the following testimony by Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, at a member day hearing: "Thank you for giving me the opportunity to provide testimony on crucial legislative issues affecting constituents in my district and across the country. "My hope is that you will strongly consider and pass two of my bills currently referred to this committee. "The first is H.R. 1671, the NICS Denial Notification Act, which will help state law enforce  more

House Oversight Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Illinois Department of Public Health
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- The House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy issued the following testimony by Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, at a hearing entitled "Don't Vape: Examining the Outbreak of Lung Disease and CDC's Urgent Warning Not to Use E-Cigarettes": "Thank you for inviting me to discuss this very concerning situation where hundreds of people across the country, including 69 in Illinois, have experienced severe respirato  more

House Ways & Means Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Rep. Davis
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight issued the following testimony by Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Illinois, at a hearing entitled "Public Health Consequences and Costs of Gun Violence": "Given that gun violence in America is at an epidemic proportion, prominent public health researchers from Harvard and Boston Children's Hospital advocate that we should address gun violence as a public health crisis.1 As a Member of this Committee, I understand that our Committ  more

Rep. Bost Introduces Bill to Recognize 126th Air Refueling Wing at Scott Air Force Base
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mike Bost (R-IL) today introduced bipartisan legislation to designate the Illinois Air National Guard 126th Air Refueling Wing at Scott Air Force Base as a Center of Excellence for KC-135R maintenance operations. "The 126th is the best of the best," said Bost. "Time and again they have set the standard in maintenance operations. Designating the 126th Air Refueling Wing as a Center of Exce  more

Rep. Bost Issues Statement on Formal Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following statement after Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump: "Speaker Pelosi and the Washington Democrats are rushing to the cliff's edge on impeachment and preparing to jump with blindfolds on. "Since day one, they have thrown everything but the kitchen sink at this president. "The American people have had enough; they want jobs, better trade deals, new infrastructure  more

Rep. Bustos Issues Statement on Whistleblower Complaint Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after reports that the President Trump pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate political opponents and blocked a whistleblower's complaint detailing those actions: "We are witnessing in real time disturbing conduct and what clearly looks to be an abuse of power from the President of the United States. "Today, I call for a bipartisan approach to a complete, thorough and unimpeded investigation of th  more

Rep. Bustos Issues Statement on Withholding Whistleblower Complaint
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after the House passed a resolution calling on the Trump administration to cease any action to withhold a whistleblower complaint made to the Inspector General of the intelligence community and to cease actions to discredit the whistleblower publicly: "Today, for the world to see, we learned in his own words that the President of the United States used the full weight of the most sacred office in the land to c  more

Rep. Casten Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following statement: U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) released the following statement after evidence emerges about President Trump's troublesome communications with the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, as well as, Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement to pursue a formal impeachment inquiry into the President of the United States. "In June, I called for an impeachment inquiry into the President of the United States.   more

Rep. Davis Issues Statement on Democrats' Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following statement regarding the latest updates from Democrats' impeachment inquiry: "This is a complete failure of Democratic leadership and an embarrassment to the institution. Not only will we not address infrastructure, student loan debt, prescription drug costs or any other major legislative item during impeachment proceedings, but this makes Congress' constitutional oversight role look like a complete joke. "Instead of wa  more

Rep. Davis Issues Statement on FEC Responses on Partisan Behavior
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, issued the following statement after he received responses from the Federal Election Commission to his inquiries on the partisan behavior at the agency: These responses come in anticipation of tomorrow's Committee Oversight Hearing of the FEC at 9:00 a.m. "Last month, I sent a letter to the FEC about my concerns of partisan behavior by some at the agency and how that threaten  more

Rep. Davis: Democrats Should Stick to Their Day Jobs
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, issued the following news release: Committee on House Administration Democrats canceled an oversight hearing on the functionality of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) this morning to attend a Democratic Caucus meeting discussing the Speaker's impeachment announcement. "The Speaker assured the American public that Congress would be business as usual despite this new 'impe  more

Rep. Foster Issues Statement on Opening of Impeachment Inquiry Into President Trump
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the House will move forward with an impeachment inquiry into President Trump: "I fully support Speaker's Pelosi's decision to formally open an impeachment inquiry, especially given President Trump's admission that he requested the Ukrainian President investigate his political opponent, and the Senate's unanimous demand for the immediate release of the whistleblower com  more

Rep. Garcia Issues Statement on Census Bureau Attempt to Gather Information From Driver's Licenses Database
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following statement in response to reports that the U.S. Census Bureau Data Acquisition Branch has requested driver and identity card information, including citizenship status, from motor vehicle administrators: In Illinois, Secretary of State Jesse White denied the request to provide this data to the Census Bureau. Garcia said: "I applaud Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White's decision to deny the request from the Cens  more

Rep. Garcia Issues Statement on ICE Announcement on Sanctuary Cities
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following statement in response to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's announcement on Chicago and other sanctuary cities: "Despite President Trump's unrelenting attack on immigrants and refugees, Chicago and sanctuary cities nationwide will continue to reject the politics of hate and division. We stand strong, united in defense of the vibrant, diverse communities that make our cities thrive. "We are the nation's firs  more

Rep. Garcia Issues Statement on ICE Building of Urban Warfare Training Facility at Fort Benning
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following statement addressing reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement was building an urban warfare training facility for its agents at Fort Benning: The agency has awarded a contract worth almost $1 million to the company Strategic Operations to build "hyper-realistic" replicas of neighborhoods in Chicago and Arizona. On its website, Strategic Operations states it specializes in creating "realistic battlefield eff  more

Rep. Garcia, Sens. Durbin, Duckworth and Rep. Underwood Send Letter to Chicago ICE Field Director Over Mumps Outbreak in McHenry County Jail
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman JesUs "Chuy" Garcia (IL-04), U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14) sent a letter to the Acting Field Director of Chicago's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office expressing their grave concerns over the recent mumps outbreak in the McHenry County Jail. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there have been 931  more

Rep. Krishnamoorthi: Oversight Subcommittee Hearing Examined Outbreak of E-Cigarette-Related Lung Disease
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- 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, held a hearing entitled, "Don't Vape: Examining the Outbreak of Lung Disease and CDC's Urgent Warning Not to Use E-Cigarettes" focused on the outbreak of lung illness associated with using e-cigarette products; the causes   more

Rep. Lacy Clay (D) MO and Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D) IL Present Local Public Health and Safety Protection Act at House Judiciary Committee
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Rep. William 'Lacy' Clay Jr., D-Missouri, issued the following news release: * * * - H.R. 3435 Would Give Local Communities the Freedom to Protect Residents, Neighborhoods and First Responders from Gun Violence * * * Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D) Missouri and Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D) Illinois appeared today before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security in support of their groundbreaking new legislation, H.R. 3435, the Local Pub  more

Rep. LaHood Issues Statement on U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following statement after President Trump and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signed a trade agreement to expand market access for U.S. exporters: "I applaud President Trump for delivering a win for Midwest agriculture by securing this important trade agreement with Japan. "Japan represents an important and growing market for Illinois farmers, and this agreement will level the playing field by reducing tariff barriers on an addi  more

Rep. Lipinski Statement on President Trump's Phone Call With Ukrainian President Zelensky
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following statement on President Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky: "I'm very concerned by President Trump's acknowledgement that he raised corruption accusations against Joe Biden during a phone call this summer with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. "It would be a serious breach of conduct if the President of the United States attempted to exert pressure on a foreign government for politi  more

Rep. Quigley Announces $100 Million for the Chicago Transit Modernization Project
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD), announced that the Chicago Transit Red and Purple Modernization Phase 1 project will receive a $100 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The grant will be used for ongoing improvements to the Red and Purple heavy rail  more

Rep. Quigley Issues Statement on House Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, announced that the House would be opening an impeachment inquiry: "Donald Trump's use of the office of the presidency to pressure a foreign government to interfere in our elections is an unprecedented abuse of power and an impeachable offense. "I announced my support for opening an impeachment inquiry in May after it became clear that the President's obstruction  more

Rep. Schakowsky Issues Opening Remarks at Subcommittee Hearing on Lower Drug Costs Now Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, chair of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, issued the following opening remarks at the subcommittee hearing entitled "Making Prescription Drugs More Affordable: Legislation to Negotiate a Better Deal for Americans": "I am so proud that this Committee is boldly leading the charge to finally allow for the negotiation of prescription drug prices, which we have been trying to do since 2003 when Bi  more

Rep. Schakowsky Issues Statement on Impeachment Investigation
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following statement on the announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, that the House is moving to an impeachment investigation: "Today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that the House of Representatives will move forward an official impeachment investigation into this President's abuses of power. I am fully supportive of this effort and will not stop fighting until this President is held accountable, o  more

Rep. Schneider Issues Statement Calling for Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following statement: calling for articles of impeachment against President Trump: "The facts of this situation are not in dispute: President Trump and his personal legal counsel both publicly admit that the President of the United States pressured the President of Ukraine to launch a sham investigation of a political rival, while withholding millions of dollars of military aid. Blocking this much needed aid to our ally, Ukra  more

Rep. Schneider on Senate Report: No Excuse for IRS Not to Investigate NRA's Tax-Exempt Status
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL), a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, released the following statement in reaction to a new report by Democratic members of the Senate Finance Committee detailing how the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) acted as a foreign asset to facilitate political access for known associates of the Russian government: We already knew NRA leadership we  more

Rep. Schneider: NRA's Actions 'Absolutely' Raise Questions on Tax-Exempt Status Testifies Non-Profit Tax Expert
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Rep. Brad Schneider Questions Former IRS Exempt Organization Division Director at Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Hearing * * * Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL), a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, questioned Marc Owens, former director of the Exempt Organization Division at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), on his perspective on the National Rifle Association's (NRA) tax  more

Rep. Underwood to Introduce Legislation Eliminating Out of Pocket Costs for Common Life-Saving Medication, Improve Health Outcomes
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - The Chronic Condition Copay Elimination Act would eliminate cost barriers to common life-saving medications and screenings * * * Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) will introduce the Chronic Condition Copay Elimination Act, legislation that would eliminate out of pocket costs for common, life-saving prescription drugs, including insulin, used to manage chronic conditions. The Chr  more

Rep. Walorski: Indiana Republican Delegation Urges AG Hill to Ensure Remains Found on Klopfer Property are Handled According to Indiana Law
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: * * * - Walorski Leads Letter Welcoming State Investigation, Requesting Updates from AG Hill as Inquiry Moves Forward * * * U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today led Republican members of the Indiana congressional delegation in urging Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill to ensure remains found on the Illinois property of abortionist Dr. Ulrich "George" Klopfer are handled according to Indiana laws   more

Reps. Casten, Haaland, Garcia, Krishnamoorthi Introduce Bill to Help College Students Finish Their Degrees
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Representatives Sean Casten (IL-06), Deb Haaland (NM-01), Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), and Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) introduced H.R. 4502, the Giving Relief and Dollars to Undergraduates for Adequate Time for Education Act (GRADUATE Act). The bill would eliminate the restriction that students can only take out subsidized student loans over three years for an Associate's Degree or six years for a Bachelor  more

Reps. Kinzinger, Doyle Introduce Network Security Legislation
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Yesterday, Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Mike Doyle (D-PA) introduced H.R. 4461, the Network Security Information Sharing Act, which would facilitate information sharing from the federal government to the private sector regarding supply chain vulnerabilities. This bipartisan legislation addresses the need for greater transparency and communication in the effort to secure our networks from foreign  more

Reps. LaHood, Bustos Announce Federal Investment in Peoria Board of Education
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Representatives Darin LaHood (IL-18) and Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced a $466,931 grant for the Board of Education of the City of Peoria. The funding is awarded through the U.S. Department of Education's Full Service Community Schools Program and is part of a five year grant, which would total $2.5 million. Specifically, these federal dollars will serve Harrison and Roosevelt elementary schools to   more

Reps. Schneider, Schweikert Question U.S. Trade Representative About Tariffs on Imports of Steel and Aluminum From Israel
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan letter to Ambassador Lighthizer requests explanation why Israel has not been granted exception like other key allies * * * Today, U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider (D-IL) and David Schweikert (R-AZ), both members of the House Ways and Means Committee, sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer sharing their concerns over tariffs on steel and aluminum imports f  more

Reps. Walden, Shimkus Issue Statement on Passage of Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, ranking Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement with John Shimkus, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, applauding the passage of the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act (H.R. 2699) at the subcommittee markup of 15 environment bills: "Science and the law tell us that the solution to the country's nuclear waste problem is Yucca Mou  more

Sen. Duckworth Issues Statement on Combat Veteran Perez Parole Into U.S. for Citizenship Hearing
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following statement regarding U.S. combat veteran Miguel Perez Jr.'s parole into the country and upcoming citizenship hearing in Chicago: "Miguel Perez was willing to protect our nation in uniform and his experiences after coming home--including the great lengths he went to reform his life--show us why we should never give up on our combat Veterans. "While he shouldn't have been deported in the first place, I'm glad he's rec  more

Sen. Duckworth Issues Statement on Vote to Terminate National Emergency Declaration
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following statement: Today, after the Senate voted for a second time to terminate Donald Trump's national emergency declaration to raid military construction funds to build an ineffective border wall he promised Mexico would pay for, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement: "Donald Trump's failure to convince Congress to force Americans to pay for hi  more

Sen. Durbin Calls for House to Begin Impeachment Inquiry Into President Trump
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- 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) today called on Congressional Republicans to speak out against reports that President Donald Trump withheld $250 million in military aid from Ukraine unless the newly-elected Ukrainian president investigated one of President Trump's potential opponents, former Vice President Joe Biden. Durbin also called for the whistlebl  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement Calling for Senate Action on Gun Violence
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following statement calling for Senate action on gun violence: "The real estate numbers for August are in. Last month, 34 homes were sold and closed with prices from $2,800 to $185,000, making the average sale price $84,000, and 84 days on the market was the average and continues to decline as inventory continues to decline. Interesting fact: 14 buyers paid cash, pricing up to $149,000; and every business day, 1.5 homes are   more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on President Administration's Announcement on Refugees
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Immigration, issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced it will aim to admit only 18,000 refugees to the U.S. in 2020 and issued an executive order purporting to allow state and local governments to block refugees from being resettled in their communities: "In the midst of the worst refugee crisis in history, the Trump Administration has dropped America  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on Senate Passage of Continuing Resolution
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement on Senate passage of a continuing resolution, which will fund the federal government through Nov. 21: "The CR that the Senate passed today is essential to avoiding another devastating government shutdown. "Now it is time for Senators on both sides of the aisle to put the appropriations process back on track. "We owe it to the American taxpayers to comple  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on Senate Vote to Reject President Trump's Emergency Declaration
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Defense, issued the following statement after the Senate voted, for the second time, to reject President Trump's emergency declaration in order to fulfill his campaign promise of building a wall at the southern border: "For the second time in six months, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate chose the Constitution over the President's so-called 'national emergency' declaration. "  more

Sen. Durbin Meets With Illinois Manufacturing Association to Discuss Trade, Workforce Development
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with representatives from the Illinois Manufacturing Association to discuss the impact of the President's trade war with China and improving workforce development programs. Durbin has supported increased funding for worker training and apprenticeship programs in order to train young workers to fill in-demand jobs in manufacturing and other skilled trades. "  more

Sen. Durbin Meets With Normal Mayor Chris Koos
WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with Normal, Illinois, Mayor Chris Koos today to discuss transportation priorities in Central Illinois and the importance of investing in our nation's infrastructure. Durbin discussed Amazon's plans to buy 100,000 electric delivery vans from the Rivian plant in Normal, and progress on the Normal Underpass project to improve safety and help establish a better conne  more

Senate Passes Duckworth-Durbin Resolution Honoring Life, Achievements of Disability Rights Advocate Marca Bristo
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution yesterday introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) honoring the life of Marca Bristo and acknowledging her tireless work for the disability community. Bristo reached out to Duckworth a few months after Duckworth returned home from Walter Reed Hospital, and quickly became a friend and counselor to her, especially on disabili  more

Senate Small Business Committee Sets Hearing on Barriers to Entry in Tech Industry
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee issued the following hearing information: Barriers to entry in the tech industry for diverse entrepreneurs at Harold Washington Public Library, Chicago, Illinois at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 3: Witness Panel 1 * Emilia DiMenco, President and CEO, Women's Business Development Center * Melissa Kaufman, Founding Executive Director, The Garage at Northwestern University * Geri Aglipay, Midwest Outreach Manager and National   more

Senate Special Committee on Aging Issues Testimony From University of Illinois-Chicago
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- The Senate Special Committee on Aging issued the following testimony by Susan Hughes, director of the Center for Research on Health and Aging at the University of Illinois at Chicago, at a hearing entitled "Promoting Healthy Aging: Living Your Best Life Long Into Your Golden Years": "I would like to first extend my sincere gratitude for this wonderful opportunity to talk with you today about promoting healthy aging; a topic that is near and dear to me. "I direct the cam  more

Sens. Durbin, Menendez, Leahy Issue Statement on President Trump, Ukraine
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following joint statement with Sens. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, and Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vermont, in response to President Trump's reference to a letter they sent to the General Prosecutor of Ukraine in 2018 raising their concerns that the Trump administration could unduly pressure Ukraine into obstructing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation by withholding funding: "President Trump is desperate to divert attent  more

Sens. Leahy, Menendez, Durbin Issue Statement on President Trump, Ukraine
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vermont, issued the following joint statement with Sens. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, and Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, in response to President Trump's reference to a letter they sent to the General Prosecutor of Ukraine in 2018 raising their concerns that the Trump administration could unduly pressure Ukraine into obstructing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation by withholding funding: "President Trump is desperate to divert attention from   more

Sens. Menendez, Durbin, Leahy Issue Statement on President Trump, Ukraine
WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following joint statement with Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, and Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vermont, in response to President Trump's reference to a letter they sent to the General Prosecutor of Ukraine in 2018 raising their concerns that the Trump administration could unduly pressure Ukraine into obstructing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation by withholding funding: "President Trump is desperate to divert attention fr  more

Subcommittee Chairman Krishnamoorthi Calls on Companies to End All E-Cigarette Advertising
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- 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 series of letters calling on e-cigarette companies to cease all television, radio, print, and digital advertising in the United States in the interest of safeguarding the health and well-being of our youth. "Today  more

Underwood's Bipartisan Counter Terrorist Network Act Passes House
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - The Counter Terrorist Network Act would strengthen U.S. border security and improve information sharing networks between intelligence agencies * * * Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood's (IL-14) bipartisan legislation to strengthen U.S. border security and improve information sharing networks between intelligence agencies passed the House of Representatives. The Counter Terrorist Network A  more

Underwood's Bipartisan Legislation to Address Humanitarian Crisis at the U.S.-Mexico Border Passes House
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation would fill holes in existing medical standards and establishes a high-priority electronic health record system * * * Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood's (IL-14) legislation to address the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support. The U.S. Border Patrol Medical Screening and Standards Act (H.R. 3525) addresses ex  more

Young, Braun Letter Calls for DOJ's Assistance in Investigation of Indiana Abortionist Dr. Klopfer
WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: * * * - Letter follows recent discovery of more than 2,200 fetal remains in home * * * Today, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) wrote a letter to Attorney General William Barr calling for his assistance in Illinois and Indiana's investigation into late Indiana abortionist, Dr. Ulrich "George" Klopfer. The letter follows the recent horrific discovery of more than 2,200 fetal remains   more