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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Alabama Newsletter for Sunday October 27, 2019 ( 30 items )  

Bustos, Durbin, Jones Introduce New Bill to Invest in American Workforce
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), along with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Doug Jones (D-AL) today introduced new bicameral legislation that increases federal investments in worker training and helps prepare workers for the jobs of the future. The Investing in Tomorrow's Workforce Act would ensure that American workers have the skills needed to successfully navigate the transition into high  more

Cotton, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Honoring Beirut Bombing Victims
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), along with Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), Doug Jones (D-Alabama), Jacky Rosen (D-Nevada), Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), Chris Coons (D-Delaware), Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), and Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) introduced a resolution that would designate today as a nati  more

Durbin, Jones, Bustos Introduce New Bill to Invest in American Workforce
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Doug Jones (D-AL), along with U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) today introduced new bicameral legislation that increases federal investments in worker training and helps prepare workers for the jobs of the future. The Investing in Tomorrow's Workforce Act would ensure that American workers have the skills needed to successfully navigate the transition into  more

GAO Issues Report on Opioid Use Disorder Services for Pregnant, Postpartum Women, Children
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on Medicaid coverage for pregnant and postpartum women with a substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder. The report (GAO-20-40) is titled "Medicaid: Opioid Use Disorder Services for Pregnant and Postpartum Women, and Children". The report was sent to Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey,   more

House House Administration Committee Issues Report on SHIELD Act (Part 1 of 2)
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- The House House Administration Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-246) on legislation (H.R. 4617) to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to clarify the obligation to report acts of foreign election influence and require implementation of compliance and reporting systems by Federal campaigns to detect and report such acts. The report was advanced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-California, on Oct. 21. Purpose and Summary H.R. 4617, the "Stopping Harmful Interference  more

Rep. Brooks Votes to Censure Adam Schiff
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Monday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted "No" on the motion to table H.Res. 630, censuring and removing as Intelligence Committee chair Congressman Adam Schiff (CA-28) for repeatedly lying to the American people to sway public opinion against President Trump. H.Res. 630 has 171 Republican cosponsors. Congressman Brooks is an original cosponsor, meaning he cosponsored the resolution before it was introduced.   more

Rep. Byrne Issues Remarks on Impeachment Process
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following remarks: Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) gave a fiery speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives tonight excoriating Democrats for their hypocrisy in taking extraordinary steps to violate House precedents and block transparency in the ongoing impeachment proceedings targeting President Trump. His remarks as prepared are below. "Today the Democrat majority is not judging the President with fairness but imp  more

Rep. Byrne Leads Republicans in Exposing Sham Impeachment Process
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) led a group of Republican Members of Congress today into an underground Capitol room where Chairman Adam Schiff was conducting secretive impeachment hearing with a Defense Department official. In this video, Congressman Byrne details his authority as a member of the Armed Services Committee to hear testimony on matters under his committee jurisdiction, describes the morning'  more

Rep. Higgins: Interior Disburses $101.3 Million in FY 2019 Energy Revenues to Louisiana
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Rep. Clay Higgins, R-Louisiana, issued the following news release: U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced today that Interior's Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) disbursed $101.3 million in Fiscal Year 2019 energy revenues to Louisiana. This represents an increase of $10.3 million from the previous year's total. The funds are derived from energy produced on federal and Indian lands, as well as U.S. offshore areas. "The President believes we can  more

Rep. Mo Brooks and 22 House Freedom Caucus Members Meet With President Trump at White House About Impeachment Issue
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Tuesday, at the White House's request, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) and 22 other House Freedom Caucus Members met with President Trump in the White House Cabinet Room to discuss Socialist Democrat impeachment efforts. Congressman Brooks was the only Alabama Congressman at today's meeting. Congressman Brooks said, "I very much enjoyed meeting today with President Trump for an hour and a half in the White House  more

Rep. Mo Brooks Fights to Force Nancy Pelosi to Provide Public Impeachment Proceedings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) and dozens of his GOP colleagues held a joint news conference attacking the Socialist Democrats' secret, closed-door, Capitol basement impeachment proceedings that shut out the public and congressmen from impeachment testimony, evidence and developments. Immediately after the news conference ended, Congressman Brooks and his GOP colleagues proceeded to the secret, Capitol basement   more

Rep. Rogers Issues Statement After Sending Letter to Rep. Schiff
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, issued the following statement after sending a letter to Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-California, chairman of the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee, requesting access to the interview transcript of Ambassador Kurt Volker, a former special envoy to Ukraine: "These behind closed door meetings should be open to Members of Congress and the American people. "House Democrats' continued refusal to share information or even bring a vote to the   more

Rep. Sewell Praises House Passage of Election Security Legislation
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, issued the following news release: * * * - H.R. 4617, the SHIELD Act, focuses on preventing foreign interference in America's future elections and strengthening our democracy * * * U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) voted Wednesday in support of H.R. 4617, the SHIELD Act (Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for A Lasting Democracy Act), legislation to protect against foreign interference in America's elections, including by foreign gove  more

Rep. Sewell Secures Prescription Drug Affordability Provision in H.R. 3
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) announced the inclusion of a provision in H.R. 3, the Lower Prescription Drug Costs Now Act, that she authored to allow seniors enrolled in a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan to pay their out-of-pocket drug costs in equal installments over 12 months, rather than all at once. For many Americans enrolled in the Part D program, current plans require $10,000 or more in out-o  more

Rep. Tipton: Interior Disburses $108.1 Million in FY 2019 Energy Revenues to Colorado
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colorado, issued the following news release: * * * - Revenues going back to the state will fund critical educational and infrastructure improvements, land and water conservation projects * * * U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced today that Interior's Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) disbursed $108.1 million in Fiscal Year 2019 energy revenues to Colorado from energy production on federal and American Indian-owned land  more

Sen. Booker Introduces Legislation to Help Eliminate Neglected Diseases of Poverty in United States
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill would be first to focus exclusively on these diseases in U.S. * * * U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) today introduced the STOP (Study, Treat, Observe, and Prevent) Neglected Diseases of Poverty Act, legislation that would provide the necessary tools to address, and ultimately eliminate, neglected diseases of poverty in the United States. Neglected diseases of poverty, many of which are negl  more

Sen. John Kennedy Announces $101 Million in Energy Revenues and Disbursements for Louisiana
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) announced today that the State of Louisiana will receive $101.33 million through the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA), which directs a percentage of Gulf energy revenues and disbursements back to Louisiana. This funding will support conservation efforts and coastal restoration in Louisiana bringing new jobs to the state. Louisiana's beautiful coast fuels the econ  more

Sen. Jones Introduces Bill to Invest in Alabama Workers and Prepare for Jobs of the Future
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) has introduced legislation to increase federal investments in workforce development and training to help prepare workers for the jobs of the future. The Investing in Tomorrow's Workforce Act would ensure that American workers have the skills they need to successfully navigate the transition that will result from an increase in automation. "Manufacturing jobs are the backbone o  more

Sen. Menendez Takes Fight Against Trump-GOP Tax Scam to Senate Floor
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - Joins Democratic Leader Schumer to force Senate vote on repeal of unfair IRS rule that blocked states' workarounds of harmful cap on state and local tax deductions (SALT) * * * U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, a senior member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee who has led the fight in the Senate against the Trump tax scheme that has harmed New Jersey middle class families, spoke today on   more

Sen. Schumer Joins Raynor Mother to Expose Gaping Loopholes in Fed Grease Trap Regs
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-New York, issued the following news release: Following a tragic and fatal accident outside of a Rochester Tim Horton's location, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today sounded the alarm on the dangerous lack of federal safety standards related to grease traps and their lids. Grease traps, which are also known as grease interceptors, that are stored outdoors and underground present unique safety threats to workers, passersby, and especially childr  more

Sen. Shelby Releases Substitute Text for FY20 Minibus, Urges Bipartisanship in Moving Domestic & Defense Packages
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release: The Senate Committee on Appropriations today released the text of the Senate substitute to H.R.3055 (https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/download/hr3055am_01), a package of Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020) domestic spending bills passed by the House of Representatives, which includes measures for the Appropriations Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Science, and  more

Sen. Sullivan Issues Remarks on Honors for Ex-Alaska Sen. Stevens
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, issued the following remarks on the honoring of ex-Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska: "I want to thank the Senators from Alabama and Mississippi and, of course, my good friend Senator Murkowski. Many other Senators--the Senators from California, Iowa--all came to the floor already today to talk about this great American, this great Alaskan. "I try to come to the floor about once a week, and I do a speech that I call the ``Alaskan of the Week'' to t  more

Senate Appropriations Committee Issues Report on Further Revised Allocation to Subcommittees of Budget Totals for FY 2020
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- The Senate Appropriations Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-139) on further revised allocation to subcommittees of budget totals for fiscal 2020. The report was advanced by Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Alabama, on Oct. 22. 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 116-106 (September 18, 2019), Senate Rep  more

Senate Appropriations Committee Schedule for the Week of Oct. 21, 2019
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 -- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release: The following is the hearing schedule for the Senate Committee on Appropriations for the week of October 21, 2019. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2019 STATE, FOREIGN OPERATIONS, AND RELATED PROGRAMS SUBCOMMITTEE (Lindsey Graham, Chairman) Hearing to review U.S. policy and assistance in Syria 2:30 p.m., Room 124, Dirksen Senate Office Building Witness: The Hono  more

Senate Finance Committee Issues Testimony From Deputy HHS IG Cantrell
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- The Senate Finance Committee issued the following testimony by Gary Cantrell, deputy inspector general for investigations with the Health and Human Services Department, at a hearing entitled "Treating Substance Misuse in America: Scams, Shortfalls, and Solutions": "I am Gary Cantrell, Deputy Inspector General for Investigations with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG). "I appreciate the opportunity to appear before you to d  more

Sens. Alexander, Jones Introduce Bill to Simplify the FAFSA
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation will help 400,000 Tennessee families, 260,000 Alabama families who fill out the burdensome form every year * * * U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today introduced legislation to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that nearly 20 million families fill out  more

Sens. Alexander, Jones Spoke About Legislation to Amend Federal Pell Grant Program
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen,. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, and Doug Jones, D-Alabama, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 22, on legislation (S. 2667) to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to make it easier to apply for Federal student aid, to make that aid predictable, to amend the Federal Pell Grant program: ALEXANDER: About 20 million Americans know what this is. This is the FAFSA. This is the form that about 20 million Americans fill o  more

Sens. Cruz, Cotton, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Honoring Beirut Bombing Victims
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) introduced a resolution that would designate today as a national day of remembrance for members of the United States Armed Forces who were killed or injured by the terrorist attack on the United States Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983. Text of the resolution may be found h  more

Sens. Whitehouse, Cotton, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Honoring Beirut Bombing Victims
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), along with Senators John Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Doug Jones (D-Alabama), Jacky Rosen (D-Nevada), Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), Chris Coons (D-Delaware), Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), and Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) introduced a resolution that would designat  more

Shelby Urges Members to Support Domestic Package Without Delay, Pave Pathway to Advance Essential Funding for Military
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- 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 delivered remarks on the Senate floor prior to the procedural vote on whether to consider H.R. 3055, a package of Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020) domestic spending bills passed by the House of Representatives, which includes measures for the Appropriations Subcommittees on Commerce, Justice, Sc  more