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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Illinois Newsletter for Sunday October 13, 2019 ( 30 items )  

Duckworth Tours Illinois Fire Service Institute, Highlighting Support for First-Responders
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois, Oct. 9 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) visited the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI), touring its facility and meeting with IFSI leadership. During her visit, Duckworth met with University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Robert J. Jones, IFSI Director Royal Mortenson and IFSI Deputy Director Jim Keiken, to discuss the work IFSI does training more than 60,000 to-be first-responders per y  more

Duckworth Tours University of Illinois Chez Veterans Center, Highlights Veterans Legislation
URBANA, Illinois, Oct. 9 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Combat Veteran U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today toured the University of Illinois's Chez Veterans Center, which provides support services for military-connected students. Duckworth met with College for Applied Health Services Dean Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell and Chez Veterans Center Interim Director and College of Applied Health Science Associate Dean Reggie Alston, as well as other Chez Center o  more

Durbin and Bustos Announce New Legislation to Protect First Responders Roadside
EAST MOLINE, Illinois, Oct. 8 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) today held a news conference to announce new legislation designed to reduce first responder roadside deaths by establishing a new national safety priority within an existing federal grant program to increase public awareness of "Move Over" laws and encourage implementation of life-saving vehicle technology. "We ne  more

Durbin Continues to Push for Quincy Bay Restoration Project
QUINCY, Illinois, Oct. 10 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined local officials and members of the Quincy Bay Area Restoration and Enhancement Association (QBAREA) to discuss the need to restore one of the largest natural bays of the Upper Mississippi River. Last month, Durbin included language in the Senate FY2020 Energy & Water appropriations bill directing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to continue wo  more

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Duckworth Highlights Importance of Recovery Products
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 8 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today visited Second Act Boutique, a provider of breast cancer recovery products such as breast prostheses, wigs, hats and more. While there, Duckworth highlighted her Breast Cancer Patient Equity Act, which would help ensure breast cancer patients and survivors who have experienced a mastectomy are able to access custom breast prosthetics under Medicare. Photos   more

House Homeland Security Committee Sets Hearing on How Illinois is Securing Elections
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- The House Homeland Security Committee issued the following hearing information: Preparing for 2020: How Illinois is Securing Elections at Gurnee Village Hall, Gurnee, Illinois at 10 a.m. on Oct. 15: Witnesses * Steve Sandvoss, Executive Director, Illinois Board of Elections * Elizabeth Howard, Counsel, Brennan Center's Democracy Program * Robin O'Connor, Clerk, Lake County, Illinois * Matt Masterson, Senior Cybersecurity Advisor, Department of Homeland Security, Cybers  more

Rep. Bost Announces School Safety Grants
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced over $1.1 million in federal grant funding for Jackson, St. Clair, and Pulaski counties to strengthen security in local schools. The Jackson County Sheriff's Department, O'Fallon Community Consolidated School District 90, and the Meridian CUSD 101 in Pulaski County were three of over 100 jurisdictions nationwide awarded grants through the Department of Just  more

Rep. Bost Announces Southern Illinois Delta Regional Authority Investments
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced over $950,000 in new DRA investments to strengthen Southern Illinois' infrastructure, workforce, and economy. The investments were made through the DRA States' Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), the agency's main federal funding program that invests in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastru  more

Rep. Bost Issues Statement on Trump Administration Letter to Speaker Pelosi, House Democrats on Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following statement in support of the Trump administration's letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and House Democrats stating they will not cooperate with an impeachment inquiry: "Nancy Pelosi and the Washington Democrats are racing ahead of the facts, violating bipartisan precedent in order to pursue a secretive, closed-door impeachment of the president. "They've thrown fairness and due process rights out the window.   more

Rep. Davis Issues Statement After Sending Letter to FEC IG Skinner
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, issued the following statement after sending a letter to Federal Election Commission Inspector General Christopher L. Skinner requesting an investigation into the partisan behavior of Chair Ellen Weintraub and its effects on the nonpartisan agency: This letter comes after the Democrats chose to cancel the Committee's oversight hearing of the FEC on September 25th. "I am reques  more

Rep. Kinzinger Issues Statement on Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Syria
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 -- Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, issued the following statement: Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), founder and co-chair of the Friends of a Free, Stable, and Democratic Syria Caucus in the House, responded to the early morning announcement from the White House that will effectively remove U.S. troops from Syria and abandon allies in the northern region of the country. "Withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria as Turkey moves forward with their offensive in the northern   more

Rep. Krishnamoorthi Introduces Bipartisan Resolution Celebrating Gandhi's 150th Birthday
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi introduced a resolution celebrating Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birthday and his enduring legacy. "Mahatma Gandhi is one of my personal heroes," said Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi. "Gandhi's dedication to public service is an inspiration, and even when faced with incredible hardship and injustice, he never wavered in fighting for freedom, dignity, and equality fo  more

Rep. Krishnamoorthi Introduces Ending Nicotine Dependence From Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Establishes a 20 Milligram Nicotine Cap in E-Cigarette E-Liquids * * * Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi announced the introduction of the END ENDS Act, legislation that caps e-cigarette nicotine concentrations at 20 milligrams per milliliter to make them significantly less addictive and appealing to youth. Similar nicotine regulations have already been implemented in the United   more

Rep. Krishnamoorthi: DuPage County Health Department Secures Nearly $1.2 Million Grant to Provide Opioid Treatment Options for Incarcerated People
DUPAGE COUNTY, Illinois, Oct. 11 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Krishnamoorthi Sent Letter of Support to HHS for the Grant Application * * * This week, DuPage County Health Department in partnership with Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11), DuPage County Sheriff and the DuPage County Coroner, recently secured a federal Bureau of Justice grant for the State of Illinois. The grant would address opioid use  more

Rep. Lipinski Issues Statement on Turkish Attacks into Syria
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following statement regarding the Turkish attacks into Syria: "President Trump's unilateral decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria is shortsighted and fraught with peril. This action opens up the potential for an ISIS resurgence, endangering our allies in the region as well as U.S. national security. "The president's decision could also enable violent acts of religious persecution. As co-chair of the International Rel  more

Rep. Quigley Issues Statement on Death of Chicago's Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame Member Pfeiffer
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, issued the following statement on the death of Richard Pfeiffer, coordinator of the Chicago Pride Parade since 1974 and a member of Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame: "For over 40 years, Richard was an icon of Chicago's LGBT movement and one of the Chicago Pride Parade's most fervent leaders. He guided the parade from its origins as a march protesting injustice, through its growth into a celebration of the LGBT community, and in recent years, its   more

Reps. Bustos, Burchett Urge Action to End Executive Bonuses During Corporate Bankruptcy
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Bustos Introduced No Bonuses in Bankruptcy Act of 2019 After Hearing Concerns from Illinoisans * * * Yesterday, Representatives Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Tim Burchett (TN-02) requested information from the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the $38 million worth of bonuses that Purdue Pharma is currently seeking to pay employees in bankruptcy. In a letter sent to U.S. Attorney General William Ba  more

Reps. Casten, Lee Introduce Pell Grant Sustainability Act
DOWNERS GROVE, Illinois, Oct. 11 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representatives Sean Casten (IL-06) and Susie Lee (NV-03) introduced the Pell Grant Sustainability Act. The bill would make sure that Federal resources for college students keep up with current costs by indexing Pell Grants to inflation. From 2009 to 2018, the value of discretionary Pell Grants stayed flat while inflation rose 17% and college tuition went even higher. The maximum Pe  more

Reps. Garcia, Davis, Gallego, Grijalva Demand Answers From ICE About Militarization of Operations
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - "Urban Warfare" training facility modeled after Chicago and Arizona neighborhoods is of deep concern * * * Congressmen Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (IL-04), Danny K. Davis (IL-07), Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) and Raul M. Grijalva (AZ-03) are leading a letter to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Matthew Albence raising their deep concerns about reports that the agency is bui  more

Reps. Garcia, Jan Schakowsky, Illinois Delegation Members Send Letter to American Airlines With Concerns Over Outsourcing Jobs Abroad
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Representatives Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (IL-04), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), along with eight members of the Illinois delegation, sent a letter to American Airlines voicing their concerns over its plan to outsource 5,000 jobs overseas to foreign aircraft maintenance and repair stations. The Members, who represent communities served by two major Chicago airports, are troubled by the negative effects this decisi  more

Reps. Walden, Shimkus, Upton Issue Statement on EPA Rule to Reduce Lead in Drinking Water
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, ranking Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement with Reps. John Shimkus, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, and Fred Upton, R-Michigan, ranking Republican member of the Subcommittee on Energy, applauding the Environmental Protection Agency proposed rule to reduce lead in drinking water: "Bolstering the safety of our water systems  more

Reps. Walden, Shimkus, Upton Issue Statement on President Trump Signing Safe Drinking Water Bill Into Law
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, ranking Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement with Reps. John Shimkus, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, and Fred Upton, R-Michigan, ranking Republican member of the Subcommittee on Energy, on the Water Infrastructure Funding Transfer Act, which was signed into law by President Trump: "This law will help ensure our state and lo  more

Rush, Local Leaders Call on Illinois State Attorney General to Investigate Quorum Health Corporation for Premature Closure of Metro South Medical Center
BLUE ISLAND, Illinois, Oct. 10 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), joined by state and local leaders, as well medical professionals and union representatives, called on Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul to investigate Quorum Health Corporation's premature closure of Metro South Medical Center. On June 11, 2019, Quorum filed a discontinuation application for exemption with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services  more

Schakowsky, Higgins, Wild Introduce Legislation to Prevent Drug Manufacturers From Price Gouging Medicare
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chairwoman of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, was joined by Representatives Brian Higgins (D-NY) and Susan Wild (D-PA) to introduce H.R. 4619, the Pharmaceutical Rebates for Excessive Pricing Above Inflation (REPAI) Act. This legislation will impose a new inflation rebate for the th  more

Sen. Duckworth Discusses Maternal Mortality Rate at Panel With March of Dimes, Medela
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 8 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hosted a panel today on rising maternal and infant mortality rates with Medela and March of Dimes. Earlier this year, Duckworth introduced the Mothers and Offspring Mortality and Morbidity Awareness (MOMMA) Act with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) to help reduce America's rising maternal and infant mortality rate, especiall  more

Sen. Duckworth Issues Statement on Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Northern Syria
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria, thus abandoning allies in the region: "The Syrian Kurds have fought shoulder to shoulder with our troops to defeat ISIS and with one tweet, Donald Trump has abandoned them. "Once again, he's operating as a one-man show, making huge policy changes on a whim and ignoring the advice of national security experts. "T  more

Sen. Durbin Discusses Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform at Bradley University
PEORIA, Illinois, Oct. 9 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today addressed students and staff at Bradley University regarding his efforts to pass bipartisan criminal justice reform. Last year, Durbin and U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) authored the landmark First Step Act, which reduces sentences for nonviolent drug offenses and establishes programs to reduce crime by better preparing inmates for productive reentry to so  more

Sen. Durbin Highlights New Federal Law to Support Rural Emergency Medical Services
NAUVOO, Illinois, Oct. 9 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined leaders from the Nauvoo Fire Protection District to discuss passage and implementation of the Supporting and Improving Rural EMS Needs (SIREN) Act. Originally introduced by Durbin in May 2018, along with U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), the bipartisan SIREN Act authorized new funding for a federal grant progr  more

Sen. Rick Scott to Governors: Lower Your State's Debt Before It's Too Late
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Florida, issued the following news release: Yesterday, Senator Rick Scott sent letters to the Governors of Illinois, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Delaware, Connecticut and New Jersey outlining his concerns about rising debt in their states, and the actions he took as Governor to turn around Florida's economy. In Washington, Senator Scott is fighting at the federal level to rein in the out of control spending that is putting our country's future at risk. Read  more

Senate Judiciary Committee Sets Executive Business Meeting
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 -- The Senate Judiciary Committee issued the following hearing information: Executive business meeting at 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 10 a.m. on Oct. 17: 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 be  more