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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday October 27, 2019 ( 33 items )  

Bipartisan Task Force Issues Statement on 1st Anniversary of Tree of Life Shooting
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- Rep. Nita Lowey, D-New York, issued the following joint statement - with seven congressmen - Reps. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, Eliot Engel, D-New York, Kay Granger, R-Texas, Ted Deutch, D-Florida, Randy Weber, R-Texas, Marc Veasey, D-Texas, and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, co-chairs of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism, remembering the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue and honoring the memories of the 11 victims: "It is with the deepest  more

Casey, Houlahan Press ICE on Berks Residential Center, Condemn Family Detention
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Berks County Residential Center Must Ensure Families Have Adequate Access to Medical, Mental Health Care * * * U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and U.S. Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA-6) are calling on U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) to provide more information on the Berks County Residential Center. The letter follows a visit to the center, concerning reports of migran  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

GAO Dismisses Protest by Team Wendy of Cleveland, Ohio
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a decision dismissing a bid protest filed by Team Wendy of Cleveland, Ohio. According to the GAO, Team Wendy "challenges the actions of the U.S. Marine Corps in connection with contract No. M67854-17-D-1221, which was awarded to Gentex, Inc., of Simpson, Pennsylvania, to provide enhanced combat helmets (ECHs). The protester contends that the agency intends to award an improper sole-source contract to Gentex for a component o  more

House Technology Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Carnegie Mellon University
LIVONIA, Michigan, Oct. 25 -- The House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee on Research and Technology issued the following testimony by Raj Rajkumar, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, at a field hearing entitled "Smart Mobility: It's a Community Issue": "My name is Raj Rajkumar. I am from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where I am the George Westinghouse Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, director of the  more

Rep. Doyle: Bipartisan Energy & Commerce Members Introduce Bill to Require Public Auction of C-Band
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Communications and Technology Subcommittee Will Hold Hearing on C-Band Next Week * * * Today, U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee's Communications and Technology Subcommittee, Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA), Subcommittee Vice-Chair, Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), and Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) introduced the Clearing Broad Airwaves for New Deployment (C-BAND) Act   more

Rep. Evans to Host 3rd Annual National Service Opportunity Fair on Saturday, Oct. 26
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Dwight Evans (D-PA-3rd), will host his third annual National Service Opportunity Fair on Saturday. The unique event is intended to introduce middle and high school students and college freshmen to rewarding careers in American service. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at Temple University - Liacouras Hall, 1776 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, 19121  more

Rep. Evans: Helping Seniors Afford Health Care Act Approved by Key Committee, Headed to House Floor
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted late Thursday to pass the Helping Seniors Afford Health Care Act, H.R. 4671. The bill now goes to the full House for final passage. The bill, introduced by Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03), Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-03) and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-AL), would increase access to affordable health care for senior citizens. "Lowering the cost of   more

Rep. Finkenauer Chairs Field Hearing in Gettysburg, PA on Rural Broadband Access
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Hearing held in Ranking Member John Joyce's (PA-13) district * * * Monday, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) chaired a Rural, Agricultural, Trade and Entrepreneurial (RATE) subcommittee hearing in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to hear how a lack of access to reliable and affordable broadband impacts rural communities. The hearing was held in Ranking Member John Joyce's (PA-13) district. "Field hea  more

Rep. Fitzpatrick Forms Joint Federal-State Task Force to Address Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment, Retention, Budget Crisis
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1), Member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, along with State Representative Frank Farry (R-142) and State Representative Jennifer O'Mara (D-165), Co-Chairs of the Pennsylvania House Fire and Emergency Services Caucus, launched a Joint Federal / State Task Force to address the immense budgetary and manpower challenges faced by volunteer Fire Co  more

Rep. Houlahan Issues Statement on Russia-Turkey Agreement
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's agreement: "We abandoned the Kurds, brave men and women who fought alongside us against ISIS, and left them to die. "And now, Russia has predictably stepped in to increase its influence in the Middle East. "The Administration's willingness to seemingly be an enabler for Russia is unacceptable and dangerous. "The Ameri  more

Rep. Houlahan, Sen. Casey Press ICE on Berks Residential Center, Condemn Family Detention
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) are calling on U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) to provide more information on the Berks County Residential Center. The letter follows a visit to the center, concerning reports of migrant families being denied access to medical care, mental health services, adequate sleep and information about the length of thei  more

Rep. Joyce Hosts Bipartisan Field Hearing on Rural Broadband Access in Gettysburg
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- Rep. John Joyce, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman John Joyce (PA-13), Republican Leader of the Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship, today hosted a field hearing on "Harvesting the Digital Age: Connecting our Communities for a Better Future" with Chairwoman Abby Finkenauer (Iowa-1). This afternoon's hearing, which examined the need for broadband access in rural communities, wa  more

Rep. Joyce Issues Statement After Joining President Trump at Marcellus Shale Coalition's 9th Annual Shale Insight Conference
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. John Joyce, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after joining President Trump at the Marcellus Shale Coalition' 9th Annual Shale Insight Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: "Optimizing energy resources, including clean natural gas, is a critical priority for Pennsylvania and our nation. "Clean natural gas drives the creation of good, high-paying jobs and lowers energy costs for families in PA-13 and across the country. "Today it was a privilege to jo  more

Rep. Lamb: House Passes Shield Act to Protect American Elections From Foreign Interference
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, the House passed the broad election protection package H.R. 4617, the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act. Included within the SHIELD Act is H.R. 4703, the DEFEND Act (Defending Elections from Foreign Efforts to Negate Democracy), a bill introduced by Representative Conor Lamb (PA-17). The DEFEND Act would prohibit foreign nationals from paying to promot  more

Rep. Meuser Joins President Trump in Pittsburgh to Promote Domestic Energy Production
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Dan Meuser (PA-09) joined President Donald J. Trump on Wednesday in Pittsburgh, Pa. for the ninth annual SHALE INSIGHT Conference to highlight the importance of domestic energy production for America's continued economic growth, environmental progress, and national security. "I enjoyed accompanying President Trump and fellow Members of Congress from Pennsylvania to promote domestic energy pro  more

Rep. Meuser Joins Vice President Pence in Pennsylvania to Promote Passage of the USMCA
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Dan Meuser (PA-09) today joined Vice President Mike Pence in Duryea, Pa. for a tour of SCHOTT North America Inc. at a National Association of Manufacturer's event to discuss the importance of passing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) for Pennsylvania farmers, workers, and businesses. "Today's event with the Vice President reaffirmed the Administration's commitment to passing t  more

Rep. Reschenthaler Issues Statement After Joining President Trump at Shale Insight Conference
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after joining President Trump at the Shale Insight Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Congressman Reschenthaler is traveling on Air Force One to attend the event with the president. "I'm honored to join President Trump as he visits the hardworking men and women who are driving innovation in the American shale energy industry. The president has been a tireless supporter of Pennsylvania energy, an  more

Rep. Roe, Kelly Issue Statements on Retirement Plan Disclosures
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tennessee, and Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statements after the Labor Department announced a rule to allow electronic retirement plan disclosures based on a Trump Executive Order (No. 13847) entitled "Strengthening Retirement Security in America": "I applaud Secretary Scalia and the Department of Labor for introducing this commonsense rule to help modernize America's retirement plans. By giving employers the option to deliver ret  more

Rep. Takano and Rep. Evans Introduce Bill to Ensure People Released From Prison Can Obtain Proper State ID Cards
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Penn.), introduced the Restoring Access Through Identification Act to ensure people who are released from prison would be able to obtain proper state ID cards by requiring the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to cover the costs associated with obtaining identification cards. Covering the cost of obtaining a state-issued ID prior to release helps remove   more

Rep. Thompson, Pennsylvania's Republican Congressmen Call Upon Intelligence Committee to Provide Transparency
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 -- Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Delegation requests Volker Transcript Access * * * Today, Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson, Dean of the Pennsylvania Republicans, requested that the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence provide increased transparency and unrestricted access of Ambassador Kurt Volker's testimony transcript to all members of Congress. The entirety of the Pennsylvania Republican delegation joined T  more

Rep. Wild Defends Vital Worker Protections in Changing Economy
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today in a House Education and Labor Committee's Subcommittee Hearing, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) defended preserving worker protections as the American economy changes. Wild also highlighted the importance of having an impartial National Labor Relations Board that upholds the right to bargain rather than the interests of big employers. Wild has co-sponsored legislation that protects the right  more

Rep. Wild Votes to Strengthen Our Democracy, Prevent Foreign Interference in Our Elections
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) voted to pass H.R. 4617, the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act. This comprehensive legislation would close loopholes that allow foreign spending in our elections, boost disclosure and transparency requirements, and create a duty to report illicit offers of campaign assistance from foreign nations or governments. "  more

Reps. Cartwright, McKinley Introduce Bill to Improve Educational Services for Students With Hearing and Vision Disabilities
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, Representatives Matt Cartwright (PA-08) and David B. McKinley (WV-01) re-introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to improve educational services for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. Senators Ed Markey (MA) and Shelley Moore Capito (WV) introduced companion legislation in the Senate earlier this afternoon. The Alice Cogswell and Anne Sulliva  more

Sen. Casey Introduces Bill to Expand Access to School Meals
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill Would Strengthen School Nutrition Programs Through Improvements to Direct Certification and Community Eligibility * * * Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced The School Modernization and Efficient Access to Lunches for Students Act of 2019 (S. 2692), which would improve school nutrition programs and expand access to school meals for vulnerable children. According to the U.S  more

Sen. Casey Visits York County to Talk Immigration With Local Latino Leaders
YORK, Pennsylvania, Oct. 25 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Following Disturbing Reports About the Berks County Residential Center, Local Leaders Engage in Conversation on Supporting Immigrants in Pennsylvania * * * Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) hosted a roundtable discussion with local immigration advocacy organization We Are CASA on the priorities of the immigration advocacy community. Senator Casey was joined by CASA members, loc  more

Sen. Casey, Gun Sense Advocates Discuss Gun Reform in Gettysburg
GETTYSBURG, Pennsylvania, Oct. 25 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) hosted a roundtable discussion with local gun reform advocates to discuss how gun violence has affected the Gettysburg community. Senator Casey was joined by board members of Gettysburg for Gun Sense, members of the Gettysburg College community and local advocates. "While we grieve for the communities impacted by mass shootings, we must also recogn  more

Sen. Toomey Issues Statement on President Trump Visit to Pittsburgh
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on President Trump's visit to Pittsburgh and speech at the Shale Insight Conference: "I wanted to give my welcome to the President of the United States. He's going to be in Pittsburgh today. It is always the case that I welcome a sitting American president to visit our great state. "I am delighted that President Trump is going to be here but I am equally pleased that he is going to be stressing just how trem  more

Sen. Toomey Issues Statement on Prevent Animal Cruelty & Torture Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement: Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today applauded House passage of his bipartisan legislation with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) to outlaw a heinous form of animal abuse known as "crushing." The Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act would ensure that individuals found guilty of torturing animals face felony charges, fines, and up to seven years in prison. "People who intentionally harm animals are a  more

Sen. Toomey-Supported POW/MIA Legislation Heading to President for Signature
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: In case you missed it, bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action is on the verge on becoming law. The National POW/MIA Flag Act requires the POW/MIA flag to be flown with the American flag at certain memorials and federal buildings, including the White House and U.S. Capitol. "Over 82,000 American service members have bee  more

Senate Conducted Seven Committee Hearings for Oct. 22
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 -- The Senate conducted seven committee hearings for Oct. 22: CONSOLIDATED AUDIT TRAIL OVERSIGHT Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Committee concluded an oversight hearing to examine the status of the Consolidated Audit Trail, after receiving testimony from Shelly Bohlin, FINRA CAT, LLC, Rockville, Maryland; Judy McDonald, Susquehanna International Group, LLP, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, on behalf of the CAT NMS LLC Advisory Committee; and Michael J. Simon, C  more

Senate Energy Committee Sets Hearing to Consider Pending Nominations
WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 -- The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee issued the following hearing information: To consider pending nominations at 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 10 a.m. on Nov. 5: The purpose of the hearing is to consider the nominations of: * James P. Danly, of Tennessee, to be a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2023; and * Katharine MacGregor, of Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior.  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