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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Illinois Newsletter for Sunday November 03, 2019 ( 83 items )  

Bustos Introduces Bill to Build on Rural Green Partnership, Invest in Carbon Capture
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) introduced legislation that would establish a program to provide secured loans to private entities to construct transportation infrastructure for anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2). These pipelines would allow CO2 to be captured at industrial sources, such as manufacturing plants or ethanol refineries, and moved to areas where it can permanently be stored or benefic  more

Bustos Reminds Interested High School Students to Submit Military Academy Nominations
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) reminded interested students that she is accepting applications from high school students for nominations to the United States Service Academies for the class entering in the fall of 2020. The deadline for submitting a completed nomination packet to Congresswoman Bustos' office is Friday, November 1, 2019. "Our military academies provide students with the opportuni  more

Bustos Urges Illinoisans to Review Their Health Care Options During Health Exchange Open Enrollment Period
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) urged Illinoisans who receive their coverage through the individual market--or considering doing so--to review their health insurance options during the annual health exchange's open enrollment period. Open enrollment lasts from November 1st until December 15th. Illinois residents should visit GetCovered.Illinois.Gov to find the coverage that is best for them. "Ov  more

Duckworth Presses FAA to Publish Advisory Circular on Best Practices for Manufacturing, Testing, Operating Angle of Attack Sensors
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Duckworth's Call Follows Last Week's FAA Order Shutting down the Company that Supplied the Faulty Angle of Attack Sensor that led to the Fatal Crash of Lion Air Flight 610 * * * Ahead of today's Senate hearing with Boeing executives and on the one year anniversary of the deadly Lion Air Flight 610 crash, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is once again calling on the Federal Aviation Administ  more

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $1 Million in Federal Funding for Firefighter Resources in Metro East
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $1,139,969.68 in federal funding to communities in the Metro East area through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The AFG program provides first-responder organizations access to much-needed emergency response equipment  more

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $11 Million in Federal Funding for Firefighter Resources in Chicagoland
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $11,194,763.84 in federal funding to communities in the Chicagoland area through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The AFG program provides first-responder organizations access to much-needed emergency response equipme  more

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $3 Million in Federal Funding for Firefighter Resources in Central Illinois
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $3,219,693.36 in federal funding to communities in Central Illinois through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The AFG program provides first-responder organizations access to much-needed emergency response equipment, p  more

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $3 Million in Funding to Prevent Lead Hazards in Winnebago County
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a $3.4 million federal grant to help the Winnebago County Health Department identify and eliminate lead-based paint hazards in Rockford-area low- and very low-income private housing where children under the age of 6 reside or are likely to reside. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD  more

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $500,000 in Federal Funding for Firefighter Resources in Southern Illinois
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $589,517.12 in federal funding to communities in Southern Illinois through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The AFG program provides first-responder organizations access to much-needed emergency response equipment, pe  more

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $800,000 in Federal Funding for Firefighter Resources in Northwest Illinois
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced a total of $872,016.85 in federal funding to communities in Northwest Illinois through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The AFG program provides first-responder organizations access to much-needed emergency response equipment, p  more

Duckworth, Risch Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Promote Small Business Contracting Throughout the Federal Government
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Jim Risch (R-ID) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would strengthen the Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) which exist within each federal agency to maximize contracting opportunities for small businesses. Since many federal agencies have failed to fully empower their OSDBUs and comply with the Small Business Act, the Small B  more

Durbin Calls on Congress to Pass Legislation to Increase Number of Green Cards Available, Eliminating Backlog
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, today made a unanimous consent (UC) request to immediately pass his Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families (RELIEF) Act, which would eliminate the family and employment green card backlog by increasing the number of green cards. Senator  more

Durbin Calls on FTC to Scrutinize Unsubstantiated Claim in E-Cigarette Advertisement
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Vapor Technology Association Airing Unsubstantiated And Misleading Commercial Claiming "Vaping Is At Least 95 Percent Safer Than Smoking" * * * Amidst a youth e-cigarette epidemic, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today pressed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to closely examine the unsubstantiated claims made in an e-cigarette advertisement being run by the Vapor Technology Association. On  more

Durbin Demands CFPB Investigation of Mismanagement of Student Loan Forgiveness Program
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), along 22 other Democratic Senators, demanded Consumer Financial Protect Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger to investigate student loan servicer Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for mismanagement of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. "We write to request that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) immediately open an enforce  more

Durbin Introduces New Legislation to Support Hospital-Led Efforts Under Chicago HEAL Initiative
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced new legislation to build upon the successful hospital-led efforts under the Chicago Hospital Engagement, Action, and Leadership (HEAL) Initiative. The Healing Communities through Health Care Act would support efforts to reduce violence and improve health by enabling Medicaid funding to pay for supportive housing efforts, increase funding for federal gran  more

Durbin Joins Colleagues to Introduce New Bipartisan Bill to Help Reduce Police Officer Suicides
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Chris Coons (D-DE), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to introduce a new bipartisan bill to track law enforcement suicides. The Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act requires the FBI to collect voluntary, anonymous data on police suicides and attempted suicides from local, state, and  more

Durbin Meets With Top Venezuelan Diplomat, Foreign Minister for Guiado Government
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Carlos Vecchio, the top Venezuelan diplomat to the United States under interim President Juan Guaido's government, and Julio Borges, President Guido's foreign minister. In today's meeting, Durbin offered his continued support for President Guaido and discussed plans for a managed transition and a timely, open, and fair election. "In today'  more

Durbin Urges Senate to Pass Bipartisan, House-Passed Venezuela TPS Legislation
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on Senate Republicans to support the bipartisan, House-passed legislation that would designate Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and protect approximately 200,000 Venezuelan nationals in the United States from deportation. Durbin and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) have repeatedly made unanimous consen  more

Durbin, Blumenthal, Brown Call On Devos To Immediately Cooperate With Investigation Into Department's Role In Dream Center Accreditation Misrepresentation
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos calling for her immediate and full cooperation with House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott's (D-VA-03) investigation into the Department's role in Dream Center Education Holding's (DCEH) accreditation misrepresentation at its Il  more

Durbin, Duckworth, Bustos Announce Multi-Year Extension for Quad Cities to Chicago Amtrak Rail Project Funding
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued an extension for $177 million in Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) funding for the Amtrak route between Chicago and Moline until December 31, 2024. In June, the members sent a letter to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao that  more

Durbin, Duckworth, Bustos Announce Multi-year Extension for Quad Cities to Chicago Amtrak Rail Project Funding
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued an extension for $177 million in Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) funding for the Amtrak route between Chicago and Moline until December 31, 2024. In June, the members sent a letter to DOT Secretary Elaine Chao that urge  more

Durbin, Judiciary Dems Call on Cornyn to Hold Hearing on Green-Card Backlog Legislation
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, along with Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chris Coons (D-DE), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) today called on Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Chairman of the Sen  more

Durbin, Kennedy Secure Amendment in Appropriations Bill to Ensure DEA Uses Authority to Reduce Opioid Production Quotas for Pharmaceutical Industry
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today secured an amendment in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Commerce, Justice, and Science funding bill to ensure the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is properly regulating the pharmaceutical industry by providing the tools necessary to limit the over-production of prescription painkillers that fueled the nation's opioid epidemic. The FY 2020 C  more

Durbin, Kennedy Urge DEA to Use Its New Authorities to Lower Opioid Quotas
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Letter Follows Recent Bipartisan Law And Amendment Yesterday Directing DEA To More Proactively Prevent Big Pharma's Excessive Opioid Production * * * U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today, in a letter to Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon, called on DEA to use its new authorities--passed into law by Durbin and Kennedy last year--t  more

GAO Issues Report on Agencies IT Workforce Planning Practices
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on government-wide review of information technology workforce planning. The report (GAO-20-129) is titled "Information Technology: Agencies Need to Fully Implement Key Workforce Planning Activities". The report was sent to Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Virginia, chairman, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, ranking member o  more

GAO Issues Report on DOD Space Command, Control Capabilities
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Department of Defense's newest efforts to develop space command and control capabilities. The report (GAO-20-146) is titled "Space Command and Control: Comprehensive Planning and Oversight Could Help DOD Acquire Critical Capabilities and Address Challenges". The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee,  more

House Natural Resources Subcommittee Issues Testimony From National Park Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- The House Natural Resources subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Land issued the following testimony by David Vela, deputy director of the National Park Service, at a legislative hearing on the Springfield Race Riot National Historic Monument Act (H.R. 139): "Thank you for the opportunity to present the Department of the Interior's views on H.R. 139, a bill to establish the Springfield Race Riot National Historic Monument in the State of Illinois, and for ot  more

House Passes Schakowsky, Burgess EMPOWER for Health Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce subcommittee, and Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26) today announced that the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 2781, the Educating Medical Professionals and Optimizing Workforce Efficiency and Readiness (EMPOWER) for Health Act of 2019. Thi  more

Lipinski Honors Area Seniors at 2019 Awards Banquet
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) announced the winners of the 2019 Senior Citizen of the Year Award during a special program this week at Prime Time in Hickory Hills. The winners were chosen based on their contributions to their communities in the Third Congressional District. "These men and women dedicate countless hours to make their communities great places to live," Rep. Lipinski said. "We owe  more

Lipinski Introduces Legislation to Help First Responders With Mounting Healthcare Costs in Retirement
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) this week introduced legislation to help public safety employees with the mounting healthcare costs they face in retirement. Lipinski's bill, H.R. 4897, would double from $3,000 to $6,000 the amount of money retired public service employees are allowed to allocate from their pensions toward health or long-term care insurance premiums on an annual pre-tax basis. In 2006, C  more

Quigley, Kuster, Watson Coleman, Malinowski, Huffman Introduce Legislation to Protect Conservation Land From Pipeline Development
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-05), Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Congressman Tom Malinowski (NJ-07), and Congressman Jared Huffman (CA-02) introduced the Protecting Our Conserved Lands Act. This legislation will prevent the use of eminent domain to seize conservation land protected by local governments and nonprofits, like land trusts, for the purpose of con  more

Ranking Member Davis Talks Election Security With C-SPAN Newsmakers
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, issued the following news release: Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) appeared on C-SPAN Newsmakers this weekend to discuss election security, his bipartisan bill to prevent foreign interference in elections: the Honest Elections Act, the current state of impeachment and how it affects Congress' ability to legislate, and more. You can watch t  more

Rep. Bost Announces Randolph County Drug-Free Communities Grant
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced that the Human Services Center of Southern Metro East was awarded a $125,000 grant through the Drug-Free Communities Support Program. Serving 47,000 residents, including those in Randolph County, the Human Service Center of Southern Metro East and Southern Illinois Substance Abuse Alliance aim to strengthen community involvement in local efforts to prevent y  more

Rep. Bost Introduces Bill to Reform VA
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mike Bost (R-IL) today introduced bipartisan legislation to reform hiring for human resources positions at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities. The VA Hospitals Establishing Leadership Performance (HELP) Act, introduced with Representative Joe Cunningham (D-SC), instructs the VA to establish qualifications for each HR position within the VHA and establish standardized performanc  more

Rep. Bost Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry Into President Trump
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following statement after voting against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's resolution to establish the procedures for the impeachment inquiry into President Trump: "Since day one, Speaker Pelosi and the Washington Democrats have sought to remove this president from office by any means necessary." "With this resolution, they are simply seeking to legitimize a process that has been illegitimate from the start. "It has skirted Due Process,  more

Rep. Bustos Issues Statement on Format for House Intelligence Hearings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after the House passed a resolution to provide clear procedures for the House Intelligence Committee's inquiry into President Trump: "Today's vote provides a transparent and public path forward for the next steps of this critical fact-finding mission. "This search for the truth must be fair, evenhanded and unrushed. "I call on my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to join us in upholding the rule of la  more

Rep. Casten Issues Statement on House Impeachment Inquiry Vote
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following statement: Today, U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) voted on H.Res 660, a resolution to formalize the process of pursuing an impeachment inquiry into the President. The resolution provides the path forward for public hearings and provides rules for the format for open hearings in the House Intelligence Committee, including staff-led questioning of witnesses. It also authorizes the public release of deposition transc  more

Rep. Davis Bill Recognizing 1908 Springfield Race Riot Site Gets Hearing
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today testified before the House Natural Resources Committee subcommittee hearing on the importance of his bill to make the site of the 1908 Springfield Race Riots a national monument. The hearing follows Davis' announcement last month that the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) recently found the site to be suitable for designation as a National Historic Monument. "This hear  more

Rep. Davis Issues Statement Opposing Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following statement in opposition to the House resolution authorizing an impeachment inquiry of President Trump: "Today, I was asked to vote for an impeachment inquiry based on testimony and documents I cannot even see because I do not serve on the three committees that are privy to this information. "I voted no because we have seen no proof of a crime to even warrant these impeachment proceedings, the resolution allows Democrats  more

Rep. Davis Leads Bipartisan Letter Calling on Bicameral Prioritization of Rural Broadband Project
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.), and Antonio Delgado (D-N.Y.), members of the House Committee on Agriculture, led a bipartisan letter with 46 of their House colleagues calling on the Senate and House appropriators to prioritize funding to support high-speed broadband internet infrastructure projects across rural America. The bipartisan group of members urged appropriators to inc  more

Rep. Foster Issues Statement on House Resolution on Next Steps in Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after the House passed a resolution that establishes procedures for the next phase of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump: "Today, I voted in support of moving the impeachment inquiry into the next phase, including holding public hearings, allowing the President and his Counsel to participate in the process, and establishing procedures for the transfer of evidence to the Judiciary Committee as it consid  more

Rep. Garcia Issues Statement on Chicago Teachers Union Strike
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following statement regarding the Chicago Teachers Union strike: "I'm the proud grandfather of Chicago public school students. "As a union member early in my life, I learned first-hand the power of organizing and collective bargaining. Countless times I have stood with teachers, parents and students in Chicago, fighting for the resources the families in my district deserve, and I have been standing with you from day one duri  more

Rep. Garcia Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry Resolution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after voting to pass a resolution (H.Res 660) formally establishing the scope and parameters for the impeachment of President Trump and making transparent to the public how the impeachment process will be conducted: "Thanks to several courageous men and women serving in our government, we have learned the facts about President Trump's request for political favors from Ukraine in order to benefit his own re  more

Rep. Kelly Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, member of the House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on National Security, issued the following statement regarding her vote to formalize the impeachment investigation rules and processes: "Today, the U.S. House of Representatives formalized the process for our ongoing impeachment investigation into President Trump. "As a student of history, I firmly believe that our Founding Fathers were deeply and rightfully concerned about this exact sit  more

Rep. Kinzinger Issues Statement on House Vote on Impeachment Inquiry Resolution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, issued the following statement after the House voted on the resolution (H.Res. 660) directing committees to continue investigations into impeachment inquiry of President Trump: "As I have said countless times, we need answers to what happened with regards to Ukraine, but my colleagues across the aisle chose to start this impeachment process behind closed doors well before bringing this resolution to the House floor today. "The impeachment  more

Rep. Kinzinger Recognizes 1st Anniversary of SUPPORT for Patients, Communities Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 28, recognizing the 1st anniversary of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act: I rise today to recognize the one-year anniversary of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act being signed into law. The SUPPORT Act was the most comprehensive law ever enacted by Congress to take on a drug crisis--a bold response to an opioid epidemic that has affect  more

Rep. LaHood Announces $125,000 Grant to Prevent Youth Substance Use in Tazewell County
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18), today, announced that the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has awarded $125,000 to the Tazewell Health Department's Tazewell Teen Initiative (TTI) as part of their Drug-Free Communities Support Program. This funding will support efforts by the Tazewell Teen Initiative to prevent youth substance use, reduce teens' access to alcohol, and raise awaren  more

Rep. LaHood Issues Statement on Protect Against Conflict by Turkey Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following statement: Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18), today, voted in favor of H.R. 4695, the Protect Against Conflict by Turkey Act. This legislation would expand sanctions on the Turkish government in response to Ankara's military incursion into North-Eastern Syria. "President Erdogan and his regime must face consequences for ruthlessly attacking our Kurdish allies who stood with the United States and incurred thousands of cas  more

Rep. LaHood Issues Statement Opposing Democrats Impeachment Resolution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following statement: Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18), today, voted against H. Res. 660, Democrats' continuation of their ongoing impeachment obsession. The resolution, which fails to ensure transparency or fairness, received bipartisan opposition. Following the vote Congressman LaHood released this statement: "For over a month, House Democrats have held an impeachment inquiry behind closed doors that shielded testimony from Memb  more

Rep. Lipinski Issues Statement Ahead of Committee Hearing on Boeing 737 Max
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following statement in advance of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on the Boeing 737 Max: "This is not court and this is not a criminal hearing, but 346 people died in two crashes of Boeing 737 Max planes that should not have been certified to fly by the FAA. "We know that Boeing manufactured planes with a safety critical component that had a single point of failure. We know that Boeing pushed hard an  more

Rep. Lipinski Issues Statement on Passage of Legislation Imposing Sanctions Against Turkey
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following statement today in support of the Protect Against Conflict by Turkey Act (H.R. 4695): "This week members on both sides of the aisle stood together in strong support of legislation authorizing sanctions against Turkey for its invasion of northern Syria. "The sanctions prevent arms sales for use in Syria, hold accountable those committing human rights abuses, and penalize Turkish financial institutions involved in per  more

Rep. Lipinski Issues Statement on Resolution for Open Hearings in Impeachment Investigation
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after the House voted to pass a resolution (H.Res. 660) that establishes procedures for open hearings as part of the impeachment investigation: "The resolution I supported today sets the rules for public hearings as the House moves forward with the impeachment inquiry. "It's imperative that this critical investigation and the allegations set forth are handled in a transparent manner. "This process is con  more

Rep. Quigley Issues Statement on House Passage of Impeachment Inquiry Resolution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after the House passed a resolution (H.Res. 660) establishing rules for the next steps in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump's abuses of power: "Today's vote was a critical next step in the House's ongoing investigation into the President of the United States. This resolution provides us with a path forward as we move toward the public phase of the inquiry and provides both Congressional Republicans a  more

Rep. Rush Issues Statement on Death of Ex-Rep. Conyers
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following statement on the death of ex-Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan: "When I was first elected to Congress, then-Congressman John Conyers welcomed me with the loving attentiveness of an older, wiser brother. His compassion, conviction, commitment, and considerable wisdom were essential to my career in public service. His dedication to justice and the African American community was unparalleled and something we should all strive to   more

Rep. Rush Legislation to Diversify Allied Healthcare Providers Passes House With Overwhelming, Bipartisan Support
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the Educating Medical Professionals and Optimizing Workforce Efficiency and Readiness (EMPOWER) for Health Act of 2019 (H.R. 2781), which included U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush's (D-Ill.) Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act of 2019. The legislation passed by voice vote. The EMPOWER for Health Act is designed to increase access to health care in und  more

Rep. Rush Votes in Favor of House Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) voted in favor of H. Res. 660, which directs certain House committees to continue their ongoing impeachment inquiry investigations of President Donald J. Trump. The Resolution passed 232-196. H. Res. 660 provides rules for the format of open hearings in the House Intelligence Committee, including staff-led questioning of witnesses, and it authorizes the publi  more

Rep. Schakowsky Issues Remarks at Consumer Protection & Commerce Hearing on Brand USA, U.S. SAFE WEB Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, issued the following opening remarks at a Subcommittee hearing entitled "Reauthorizing Brand USA and the U.S. SAFE WEB Act:" "When I talk to constituents about my role here in the Energy and Commerce Committee, I often tell them that Energy and Commerce has the broadest jurisdiction of any standing committee in the House, and that this subcommittee has  more

Rep. Schakowsky Issues Statement on EMPOWER for Health Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 31, on the Educating Medical Professionals and Optimizing Workforce Efficiency and Readiness for Health Act (H.R. 2781): I am grateful to Representatives Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Steve Stivers, Kenny Marchant, William Keating, Zoe Lofgren, and Lauren Underwood for their support of H.R. 2781, the Educating Medical Professionals and Optimizing Workforc  more

Rep. Schakowsky Issues Statement on House Vote Recognizing Armenian Genocide
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following statement: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, today voted in favor of H. Res. 296, affirming the United States record on the Armenian Genocide. It passed the U.S. House by a vote of 405-11, with 3 voting present. "As a Jewish American I have a greater obligation to speak out against genocide and oppression. We can never forget the genocide of the Armenian people that resulted in the death of 1.5  more

Rep. Schakowsky Issues Statement on Passage of Protect Against Conflict by Turkey Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after the House passed the Protect Against Conflict by Turkey Act (H.R. 4695): "Tonight, the House passed the Protect Against Conflict by Turkey (PACT) Act. I voted yes. "This timely legislation holds the government of Turkey accountable for its brutal invasion of northern Syria. It imposes tough, but targeted sanctions against Turkey, and highlights the negative consequences of Turkey's invasion. "The bill  more

Rep. Schneider Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry Resolution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after his vote in favor of a resolution (H.Res. 660) for open hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump: "Today's vote outlines a path forward for the impeachment inquiry into President Trump's misconduct, and ensures the next phase of the inquiry will involve open hearings for the American people to hear firsthand the facts of this case. "The President has been accused of subordinating our  more

Rep. Schneider to Host Breakfast to Honor Tenth District Veterans on Veterans Day Weekend in Grayslake
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - All Tenth District veterans invited to join free breakfast and learn about ways Schneider's office and local veteran organizations can be of assistance * * * This Veterans Day weekend, Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) will host a Veterans Breakfast on Friday, November 8, 2019 at College of Lake County to honor those in our community who served our country. Schneider will also share some of  more

Rep. Underwood Issues Statement on Vote to Affirm Rules for Next Stage of Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following statement on the vote to affirm rules for the next stage of the impeachment inquiry: "Today's vote affirms the next steps in the House's deliberate and thorough impeachment inquiry. "With public hearings and unprecedented transparency, the investigation will uncover all the facts to guard against abuses of power at the highest levels of our government and to ensure foreign interference in our elections never happen  more

Reps. Bustos, Roe, Kustoff Introduce Bill to Support Rural Health Workforce
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Representatives Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Phil Roe (TN-01) and David Kustoff (TN-08) introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Rural America Health Corps Act in the House to help address workforce shortages in rural health care. Specifically, this legislation would improve the National Health Services Corps (NHSC) by creating a program to provide new dedicated student loan forgiveness funding for health care   more

Reps. Davis, Kelly Issue Statement on Passage of Congressional Gold Star Family Fellowship Program Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Reps. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, and Trent Kelly, R-Mississippi, issued the following statement after the House voted to pass the SFC Sean Cooley and SPC Christopher Horton Congressional Gold Star Family Fellowship Program Act (H.Res. 107): "Since being elected to Congress in 2013, my team has worked over one thousand cases on behalf of veteran constituents in central Illinois, including many cases in support  more

Reps. Garcia, Meng, Jayapal Joined by Immigration Advocacy Organizations, Unveil Sweeping Legislation to Strengthen Support for Immigrants, Refugees
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Reps. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (IL-04), Grace Meng (NY-06) and Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) introduced bold legislation that would ensure a more inclusive and welcoming system to help new Americans achieve their American Dream. The "New Deal for New Americans Act" would establish critical assistance programs for immigrants and refugees to overcome common challenges such as language barriers and empl  more

Reps. Kinzinger, Kaptur Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Supporting Three Seas Initiative, European Energy Security
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) introduced a bipartisan resolution in support of the Three Seas Initiative (3SI), a strategic partnership of twelve Central and Eastern European nations with the shared goal to foster energy autonomy and resilience through collective financing of new infrastructure projects, increasing connectivity between the Adriatic, Baltic, and Black   more

Reps. Quigley, Collins Introduce Legislation to Increase Access to Congressional Budget Justifications
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05) and Doug Collins (GA-09) introduced the Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act (H.R. 4894), which gives the public access to how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. This bill would improve government transparency by requiring federal agencies to post their congressional budget justifications on a centralized, searchable website, including ea  more

Reps. Rush, Fitzpatrick, Cohen, King Introduce Bill to Direct Funds to Diabetes Prevention
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), along with U.S. Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.); Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.); and Peter King (R-N.Y.), introduced the Diabetes Prevention Semipostal Stamp Act (H.R. 4914). Funds raised by this stamp will go toward the National Diabetes Prevention Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "More than 100 million adults suffer from di  more

Reps. Schneider, Fitzpatrick, Crow Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Enhance Cybersecurity of Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill would provide loan guarantees for the acquisition of cybersecurity technology and services by eligible small businesses. * * * Today, U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider (D-IL), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Jason Crow (D-CO) introduced legislation to better protect America's small businesses, and their operational and customer information, from cyberattack. October is National Cybersec  more

Sen. Duckworth Issues Statement on Raid That Killed ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, a combat veteran and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: "Yet another terrorist leader being brought to justice proves, once again, the professionalism of our military and intelligence community is unparalleled. Thanks to the bravery of U.S. Armed Forces, the world is a safer place today. "I am, however, troubled by the poten  more

Sen. Duckworth to Boeing: 'You Haven't Told Us the Whole Truth'
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - On one year anniversary of the Lion Air Flight 610 crash, Duckworth condemns Boeing executives about removal of safety features leading to two tragic crashes * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a general aviation pilot and combat Veteran, today condemned Boeing for the company's decision to remove a critical safety function without adding an offsetting feature and its failure to inform   more

Sen. Durbin Issues Floor Statement on Health Care
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 30, on health care: I listened carefully to the Senator from Texas, my colleague--and we have worked together and will continue to. For the record, there is something that I think needs to be mentioned. It was a year ago, maybe even longer, that the attorney general from his State of Texas initiated a lawsuit with more than a dozen Republican a  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Floor Statement on RELIEF Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 30, on the Resolving Extended Limbo for Immigrant Employees and Families Act: The reason I came to the floor is because I wanted to respond to my friend--because it is a critical topic--but the reason I came to the floor is to discuss an issue which is not uniquely American, but is truly American. For 528 years now in this place called America,  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Floor Statement on Venezuela
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 29, on Venezuela: I want to comment on an incident that occurred late last week on the floor of the Senate regarding temporary protected status, known as TPS, for people from the country of Venezuela. TPS can be provided by the President to nationals of a country when that country is experiencing violence or a catastrophe that makes returning   more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on Motion to to Proceed to Four Senate Appropriations Committee Funding Bills
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Defense and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Immigration, issued the following statement after voting against the motion to proceed to four Senate Appropriations Committee funding bills, including the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee funding bill: "President Trump continues to divert funds from our men and women in uniform and their families in or  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on Senate Passage of Funding Bills
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate passed the fiscal 2020 funding bills for Interior and Environment; Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration; and Commerce, Justice, and Science: "As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I am proud to secure important federal funding for Illinois in the bills that  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on Senate Republicans Voting Against Resolution to Protect Individuals With Pre-existing Conditions
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after Senate Republicans voted against a resolution to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions: Durbin, along with every Senate Democrat, was a cosponsor of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to protect Americans with pre-existing conditions. "With their consistent efforts to dismantle and sabotage the Affordable Care Act, President Trump's and Senate Republican's claims that they care  more

Sen. Durbin Joins Colleagues to Introduce New Legislation to Help Break Cycle of Urban Gun Violence
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill Would Create Nationwide Strategy To Build Safer Communities And Save Lives By Investing In Evidence-Based Violence Reduction Initiatives * * * U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) to introduce new legislation to reduce urban gun violence in American cities. The Break the Cycle of Violence Act would provide federal grants to communities for evidence-based gun  more

Sen. Durbin: Top Defense Democrats Demand Answers From Pentagon on President Trump's Order to Withhold Ukraine Military Aid
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper demanding answers regarding the Trump Administration's improper withholding of military aid to Ukraine and the Defense Department's role in the process. The Senat  more

Underwood Questions FBI Director Wray, Acting Homeland Security Secretary McAleenan on Election Security
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Questions follow recent field hearing in Gurnee, Illinois on election security - Congresswoman commends intelligence officials for their commitment and diligence in serving our country * * * Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Vice Chair of the Homeland Security Committee, questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray and Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kevin K.  more

Underwood-Backed Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen the Nursing Workforce Passes the House
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - The Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act provide resources to support the future of nursing * * * Yesterday, bipartisan legislation supported by Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) passed the House of Representatives. The Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 728) amends Title VII of the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize funding for programs and   more

With Rep. Casten Support, World Relief DuPage/Aurora Awarded $997K to Help Local Refugee Resettlement Efforts
GLEN ELLYN, Illinois, Nov. 1 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) announced today that, with his support, World Relief DuPage/Aurora (WRDA) have been awarded grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)'s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The $996,940 award will be evenly divided between the next four fiscal years, FY2020-FY2023 to help local refugees build their future in the United States b  more