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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday October 20, 2019 ( 31 items )  

House Passes Lamb Bill to Establish Grant Program to Support Veterans Legacy Program
HOUSE PASSES LAMB BILL TO ESTABLISH GRANT PROGRAM TO SUPPORT VETERANS LEGACY PROGRAMWASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, the House passed H.R. 2385, a bipartisan bill authored by Representatives Conor Lamb (PA-17) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1) to provide the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs with the authority to establish a grant program to conduct cemetery research and produce outreach materials for the Veterans Legacy Program (VLP  more

House Small Business Subcommittee Sets Hearing on Harvesting Digital Age
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- The House Small Business subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade and Entrepreneurship issued the following hearing information: Harvesting the Digital Age: Connecting our Communities for a Better Future at Adams County Agricultural and Natural Resources Center, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania at 1 p.m. on Oct. 21: Without the ability to disseminate the high costs of deployment or leverage economies of scale, small communities often rely on assistance from the Feder  more

Keller Congratulates Lemon Township, Tunkhannock Township Joint Municipal Sewer Authority on Receiving $13 Million in Assistance for Lake Carey Project
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Congressman Keller wrote support letter to PENNVEST on importance of project * * * Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) congratulated the Lemon Township & Tunkhannock Township Joint Municipal Sewer Authority on receiving a $10,008,698 grant and a $3,317,652 loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) to help eliminate the use of contaminated drinking wells, work to impr  more

Rep. Boyle Issues Statement on Brexit Deal
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on an announcement that an agreement has been reached by United Kingdom and European Union leaders to resolve Brexit: "I am heartened a Brexit agreement has been reached between the UK government and EU that ensures there will be no hard border on the island of Ireland. "From day one, this has been the main priority for many of us. "The landmark Good Friday Agreement created relative peace for a generat  more

Rep. Doyle Issues Statement on Death of Rep. Cummings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland: "Congressman Cummings was a hardworking public servant and a decent, gracious individual who was highly respected on both sides of the aisle. "The son of sharecroppers who rose to national leadership as the chair of one of the House's most powerful committees, Congressman Cummings served his constituents and our nation for many years with thoughtful, groun  more

Rep. Fitzpatrick Votes to Condemn Turkey for Syria Invasion
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: On Wednesday October 16, 2019 the House of Representatives passed Bipartisan legislation cosponsored by U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) condemning Turkey for its illegal invasion of Syria. The Resolution, H. J. Res. 77, opposes the decision to end U.S. efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria, calls on Turkish President Erdogan to immediately end   more

Rep. Fitzpatrick: Defense Department Inspector General to Evaluate Use of PFAS at Military Sites
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Congressional PFAS Task Force Led Bipartisan Letter Asking the Inspector General to Examine PFAS Chemical Contamination Earlier this Year * * * In response to efforts by Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), there will be a review into the U.S. Department of Defense's use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at military sites. Congressman Fitz  more

Rep. Houlahan Calls on Congress, President to Re-Fund UNFPA, Stand Up for Women, Girls
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) introduced the Support UNFPA Funding Act of 2019, co-led by Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY), Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). Since taking office, the Administration has withdrawn all funding from the United Nations Population Fu  more

Rep. Houlahan Celebrates National Mushroom Day By Introducing Legislation to Honor Pennsylvania's Mushroom Growers
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) announced legislation that formally recognizes today, October 15th, as National Mushroom Day and honors the regions of Chester and Berks Counties, Pennsylvania, for their unparalleled contributions to the national mushroom industry. "I'm honored to introduce legislation that elevates the work of our mushroom farmers" said Houlahan. "Over 60% of mushroom  more

Rep. Joyce Submits Op-Ed on Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Rep. John Joyce, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following op-ed on an impeachment inquiry, which was provided to Altoona Mirror: Nearly three years ago, more than 6 million Pennsylvanians went to the polls to exercise their right to have a voice in our American government. The people of our commonwealth, for the first time since 1988, duly elected a Republican to serve as president of the United States. Unfortunately, too many people in our country have sought to cancel ou  more

Rep. Joyce to Host Small Business Field Hearing in Gettysburg on Monday
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Rep. John Joyce, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman John Joyce (PA-13) will host a House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship hearing on "Harvesting the Digital Age: Connecting our Communities for a Better Future" on Monday, October 21 in Gettysburg at 1pm. This hearing will examine the need for broadband access in rural communities, including Adams County. Local experts are p  more

Rep. Keller Announces Violence Against Women Act Grant to Borough of State College
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - $500,000 grant from Department of Justice is part of the Improving Criminal Justice Response to Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Grant Program * * * Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) today announced the Borough of State College was awarded an Improving Criminal Justice Response to Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Grant Program grant   more

Rep. Keller Takes to House Floor to Call Out Democrats' Non-Transparent 'Impeachment Inquiry'
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Signs on to Rep. Biggs letter seeking clarification on rules used to subvert transparency * * * Today, Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) went to the House Floor to call out Democrats' non-transparent "impeachment inquiry" that he says is denying the President basic due process rights, has prevented the minority party from holding the majority party accountable, and has prevented minority party me  more

Rep. Keller: ARC Grant Awarded to Tioga County to Support Broadband Expansion
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - $2.5 million grant is part of the Appalachian Regional Commission's POWER Initiative * * * The Appalachian Regional Commission on Tuesday announced the recipients for the 12th Congressional District of Pennsylvania's POWER Awards, totaling $2,500,000 that will support broadband implementation in Northern Pennsylvania. The ARC grant will be used for the Northern Pennsylvania Broadband Connecti  more

Rep. Lamb: House Passes Bill to Designate Hookstown Post Office as 'Staff Sergeant Dylan Elchin Post Office Building'
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, the House passed H.R. 3207, a bill introduced by Representative Conor Lamb (PA-17) to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 114 Mill Street in Hookstown, Pennsylvania, as the "Staff Sergeant Dylan Elchin Post Office Building." Staff Sergeant Elchin was tragically killed by a roadside bomb in Ghazni province in Afghanistan on November 27, 2018. "Staff Sergeant Dylan   more

Rep. Meuser Introduces Legislation to Incentivize Coal Refuse Environmental Cleanup in Pennsylvania Communities
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Dan Meuser (PA-09) today introduced legislation that would incentivize environmentally-focused cleanup and remediation of coal refuse piles across Pennsylvania. H.R. 4735, the Mine Affected Community Energy and Environment Act, creates a federal performance-based tax credit (PTC) for coal refuse-fired power plants that generate electricity through the removal and remediation of the coal refus  more

Rep. Meuser Issues Statement on Ceasefire Agreement in Syria
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement regarding the ceasefire agreement in Syria: "This afternoon we received very good news resulting from meetings between Trump Administration diplomats and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regarding a ceasefire agreement in Syria. The U.S. delegation included Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, and Ambassador James Jeffrey. "The significant  more

Rep. Meuser Issues Statement on Turkish Offensive in Syria
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement regarding Turkish offensive in Syria: "I, like many, am deeply troubled by the current state of affairs in Syria and Turkey. It is, however, a complicated situation. Yesterday, I received a briefing from U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, who outlined his and the President's careful and algorithmic decision-making related to this ongoing situation. "There is a tangled web of interests deeply rooted within  more

Rep. Scanlon Issues Statement on Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board Report
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement: Today, the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released an initial report of the investigation into the incident at the PES refinery. "Federal investigations concerning the safety and environmental impact of the June explosion and fire at the PES refinery are ongoing but today's update from the CSB affirms how critical these investigations are for our understanding of the causes of th  more

Rep. Wild Introduces Landmark Legislation to Simplify Student Loans
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Also introduces bill to expand higher education for students with disabilities * * * U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07), a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, introduced H.R. 4670, the Simplifying Student Loans Act, a bill to replace the numerous existing repayment plans with one fixed repayment plan and one income-based repayment plan to make borrowing and repaying student l  more

Rep. Wild Votes to Lower the Cost of Prescription Drugs
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) voted to pass H.R.3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, through the House Committee on Education and Labor. Wild is a cosponsor of this bold legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs for all Americans by allowing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate drug prices for the highest-priced drugs, ending price gouging by pharmaceutical compani  more

Reps. Evans, Kim, Blunt Rochester Introduce Bill to Expand Affordable Health Care for Seniors
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03), Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-03) and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-AL) introduced the Helping Seniors Afford Health Care Act, H.R. 4671, a bill that would increase access to affordable health care for senior citizens. "For too many seniors, the question of whether or not they can afford health care isn't a question of dollars and cents, it's a question of l  more

Reps. Foxx, Smucker Issue Statement on Democrats' Partisan Higher Education Legislation
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-North Carolina, ranking Republican member of the House Education and Labor Committee, issued the following joint statement with Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-Pennsylvania, criticizing the Democrats' introduction of partisan higher education legislation: "This bill does not address the underlying issue of exploding college costs. "In fact, by increasing burdensome requirements and bureaucratic red tape the Democrats' bill will contribute to rising college co  more

Sen. Casey Issues Statement at Hearing on Solutions to Better Support Seniors
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- The Senate Special Committee on Aging issued the following statement by Ranking Member Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, at a hearing entitled "Falls Prevention: National, State, and Local Solutions to Better Support Seniors": "Thank you for holding this hearing today and for the work done by you and both of our staffs on this report. I am pleased that the committee took up the issue of falls prevention this year. "In order to inform our hearing today and release the Com  more

Sen. Casey Issues Statement on 35th Anniversary of Family Violence Prevention & Services Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on the 35th anniversary of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act: "This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA). FVPSA serves as the primary federal funding source for emergency shelter, housing and supportive services for victims of domestic violence and their children. FVPSA also funds the Domestic Violence Hotline, which provides free, conf  more

Sen. Casey Releases New, Bipartisan Report on Ways to Prevent Falls and Reduce Risk of Injuries for Seniors
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania, ranking member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, issued the following news release: * * * - Delaware County Resident Testifies on Importance of Falls Prevention Education for Seniors * * * Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, held a hearing entitled, "Falls Prevention: National, State, and Local Solutions to Better Support Seniors." During the hearing, Senator Casey r  more

Sen. Toomey Cosponsors Measure Honoring World War II Heroes
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Bipartisan legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) seeks to honor a group of World War II heroes - the Merrill's Marauders unit. The Merrill's Marauders Congressional Gold Medal Act (S. 743) directs the Treasury Department to strike a gold medal commemorating Merrill's Marauders for their heroic feats during World War II. As a long-range penetration special operations jungle warfare un  more

Sen. Toomey Supports Graham-Van Hollen Bill to Sanction Turkey
WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is supporting Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Chris Van Hollen's (D-Md.) bipartisan Countering Turkish Aggression Act of 2019, which would levy heavy sanctions against Turkey following their invasion of northern Syria. The legislation would apply new sanctions to senior Turkish officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, key Turkish banks, military transactio  more

Senate Judiciary Committee Sets Nominations Hearing
WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 -- The Senate Judiciary Committee issued the following hearing information: Nominations at 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 10 a.m. on Oct. 16: Witnesses Panel I * Barbara Lagoa, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit * Robert J. Luck, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit Panel II * Sylvia Carreno-Coll, to be United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico * John M. Gallagher, to be United States District Cour  more

Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Sets Hearing on Promoting the Useful Arts
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 -- The Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Intellectual Property issued the following hearing information: Promoting the Useful Arts: How can Congress prevent the issuance of poor quality patents? at 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 30: Witnesses Panel I * Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner of Patents, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA Panel II * R. Polk Wagner, Michael A. Fitts Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School  more

Senate Special Committee on Aging Issues Testimony From Advocate for Community, Older Adults
WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 -- The Senate Special Committee on Aging issued the following testimony by Virginia Demby, advocate for community and older adults, at a hearing entitled "Falls Prevention: National, State, and Local Solutions to Better Support Seniors": "My name is Virginia Demby. I am 84 years old and a resident of Chester, Pennsylvania. I am a retired nurse and sometimes worked two or three jobs at a time to stay active and make ends meet. I also helped my sister raise her children and he  more