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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Alabama Newsletter for Sunday October 20, 2019 ( 22 items )  

House Administration Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Commission on Civil Rights
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The House Administration subcommittee on Elections issued the following testimony by Catherine E. Lhamon, chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, at a hearing entitled "Voting Rights and Election Administration in America": "Thank you for inviting me to testify. I chair the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and I come before you today to speak about the Commission's current work on studying voter access and voting rights, including our report released in Sep  more

House Administration Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The House Administration subcommittee on Elections issued the following testimony by Kristen Clarke, president and Executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, at a hearing entitled "Voting Rights and Election Administration in America": "My name is Kristen Clarke and I serve as the President and Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law ("Lawyers' Committee"). As a former attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice  more

House Administration Subcommittee Issues Testimony From League of Women Voters
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The House Administration subcommittee on Elections issued the following testimony by Virginia Kase, CEO at the League of Women Voters of the U.S., at a hearing entitled "Voting Rights and Election Administration in America": "My name is Virginia Kase and I serve as the Chief Executive Officer at the League of Women Voters of the United States, ("The League"). Thank you for the opportunity to testify today on 'Voting Rights and Election Administration in America,' an issue  more

House Administration Subcommittee Issues Testimony From NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The House Administration subcommittee on Elections issued the following testimony by Deuel Ross, senior counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, at a hearing entitled "Voting Rights and Election Administration in America": "My name is Deuel Ross, and I am a Senior Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF).1 Thank you for the opportunity to testify on the state of voting rights litigation and other election administration issues cr  more

House Administration Subcommittee Issues Testimony From National Commission for Voter Justice
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The House Administration subcommittee on Elections issued the following testimony by Barbara R. Arnwine, founder and president of the Transformative Justice Coalition, and co-chair of the National Commission for Voter Justice, at a hearing entitled "Voting Rights and Election Administration in America": "My name is Barbara R. Arnwine and I am the Founder and President of the Transformative Justice Coalition, a national non-profit organization devoted to racial, gender and  more

House Judiciary Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Asian Americans Advancing Justice
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties issued the following testimony by John C. Yang, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, at a hearing entitled "Legislative Proposals to Strengthen the Voting Rights Act": "The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) has been vital to the prevention of actual and threatened discrimination aimed at Asian Americans in national and local elections, and for increasing   more

House Judiciary Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Rep. Sewell
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- The House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties issued the following testimony by Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, at a hearing entitled "Legislative Proposals to Strengthen the Voting Rights Act": "Thank you for inviting me to share with you why I believe we should pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act. "I am here today because the issue of voting rights is personal for me. Growing up in Selma, I was surrounded from an early age by s  more

Rep. Byrne to Introduce Bill to Require Investigation of Hunter and Joe Biden
WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement announcing his resolution directing three House committees to begin investigating Hunter Biden's business dealings during his father's, Joe Biden, tenure as Vice President. Congressman Byrne said: "While Democrats intensify their partisan scheme to impeach President Trump, they continue to turn a blind eye to the Biden scandal. If the same fac  more

Rep. Mo Brooks Introduces Resolution Demanding That House Impeachment Work Be Public
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) introduced a House resolution requiring that impeachment related hearings, witness interviews and communications, document production and examinations, proceedings and other work be done in an open setting and in public view. Original cosponsors: Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01), Congressman Scott Perry (PA-10), Congressman Mark Meadows (NC-11), Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36), Cong  more

Rep. Mo Brooks Welcomes Renowned Decatur Evangelist as Guest Chaplain for U.S. House of Representatives
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) welcomed Reverend Phil Waldrep of Phil Waldrep Ministries based in Decatur, Alabama as guest chaplain to the U.S. House of Representatives. Reverend Waldrep offered the opening prayer for today's legislative session and Congressman Brooks welcomed Reverend Waldrep in House Floor remarks immediately following the prayer. Congressman Brooks, Rev. Phil Waldrep, and Rev. Patrick J. Co  more

Rep. Palmer Stands for Persecuted Christians
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Congressman Gary Palmer (R-AL) has introduced H. Res. 640, a resolution condemning the global persecution of Christians. This resolution recognizes that Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world and condemns systemic persecution for faith-related reasons. It calls on the U.S. State Department to prioritize religious freedom in its foreign policy considerations. "Christians endure persec  more

Rep. Rogers: What is Happening Behind the Closed Doors?
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, issued the following column: The big story in Washington right now is happening behind closed doors. House Democrats continue to conduct this sham of an impeachment in a manner that is not open to the public or the media. The only news every-day Americans are allowed to have is cherry picked by the radical Democrats and then filtered through the prism of the left-leaning media. Congressman Adam Schiff, Chairman of the House Intelligence Comm  more

Rep. Smith: A Foul on American Values
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Rep. Jason Smith, R-Missouri, issued the following Capitol Report column: These are the words of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and these two quotes were also shared by LeBron James on Twitter to celebrate MLK Day in January of last year. While these words appear crystal clear in their meaning, earlier this week LeBron made an exception to the late Dr. King's advice. For months on the streets of Hong Kong people have been beaten within inches of their lives  more

Reps. Sewell, Cox Introduce Bill to Increase Access to Asthma Medications
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) and TJ Cox (CA-21) introduced the Inhaler Coverage and Access Now Act (I CAN Act) today, legislation that would require certain high deductible health plans to cover the cost of inhalers for the treatment of any chronic lung disease, including asthma. "Over 400,000 Alabamians suffer from asthma. High insurance deductibles often lead these patients to delay or forego necessary   more

Sen. Doug Jones Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Establish Disaster Health Care Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today introduced the United States Public Health Service Modernization Act of 2019. This bipartisan legislation would establish a Ready Reserve Corps within the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps to ensure vital health care jobs are adequately staffed when disasters strike the U.S. "Alabama knows all too well the full spectr  more

Sen. Jones Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators in Urging Trump To Reconsider Syria Strategy
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today joined a bipartisan group of senators in urging U.S. President Donald Trump to reconsider his strategy to abandon our Kurdish partners and allow Turkey to invade northeastern Syria. Alongside Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Angus King (I-Maine) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Sen  more

Sen. Lee Issues Floor Statement on Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 -- Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 17, on the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act (H.R. 1044): I rise yet again today to speak about an issue near and dear to my heart and an issue that has become the focus of many of my passions here in the Senate, and that is the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. This is an important and overwhelmingly bipartisan piece of legislation. It is a   more

Senate Schedules Eight Committee Hearings for Oct. 17
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- The Senate scheduled eight committee hearings for Oct. 17: Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry: to hold hearings to examine implementing the 2018 Farm Bill, 10 a.m., SR-328A. Committee on Appropriations: Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, to hold an oversight hearing to examine the Federal Communications Commission, focusing on the spectrum auctions program, 10 a.m., SD-138. Committee on Armed Services: to hold closed hearings to ex  more

Senator Doug Jones Memorializes Discovery of the Clotilda in Senate Resolution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) has introduced a resolution in the United States Senate to memorialize the discovery of the Clotilda, the last known ship to bring enslaved Africans to the United States. The Clotilda arrived in Mobile Bay, Alabama in 1860, 53 years after the United States Congress banned the importation of enslaved people in 1807. Following the end of the Civil War in 1865, some of the captiv  more

Sens. Rounds, Jones Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Make Certain Health Care Jobs Are Adequately Staffed When Disasters Strike the U.S.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota, issued the following news release: U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today introduced the United States Public Health Service Modernization Act of 2019. Their bipartisan legislation would establish a Ready Reserve Corps within the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps to make certain vital health care jobs are adequately staffed when disasters strike the U.S. "We're grateful to all USPHS Com  more

Sewell, Stevens, Hayes, Kuster Introduce Bill to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs for Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, issued the following news release: Last week, Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) joined Reps. Haley Stevens (MI-11), Jahana Hayes (CT-05) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) to introduce the Maximizing Drug Coverage for Low-Income Seniors Act (H.R. 4669). The legislation would improve the Medicare enrollment process and lower out-of-pocket costs by ensuring that beneficiaries are enrolled in a Part D plan that best meets their needs. By establishing an "intellig  more

Udall Speaks on Senate Floor Urging Override of President's Veto of Udall's Bipartisan Resolution Halting National Emergency Declaration
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, issued the following news release: * * * - The Senate has voted twice to terminate the president's national emergency declaration, which violates the constitutional separation of powers and raids $125 million from military bases in New Mexico * * * U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) spoke on the Senate floor calling on the Senate to vote to override the president's recent veto of Udall's bipartisan resolution to terminate the president's unla  more