Friday - September 18, 2020
U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday November 03, 2019 ( 50 items )  

Blue Collar Caucus Co-Chairs Boyle, Veasey Introduce Legislation to Empower Women in Nontraditional Occupations
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) and Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33), both co-chairs of the Blue Collar Caucus, introduced the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations Amendment Act to support more women in apprenticeship programs. "Working class Americans are the backbone to a strong economy, but--for too long--women have been severely underrepresented in apprenticeship programs. By  more

Casey Warns Consumers: Beware of Deceptive 'Junk Plans' That Don't Cover Pre-Existing Conditions
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Ahead of HealthCare.Gov Open Enrollment on November 1, Casey Releases New Investigative Report About Misleading Online Ads for Health Insurance Plans and Demands Reversal of Trump 2018 Rule Allowing Junk Plans to Flourish * * * Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released a report detailing his investigation into the consumer experience of shopping online for health insurance. Senator Ca  more

Casey, Colleagues Introduce The Creating Early Childhood Leaders Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill Would Invest in School Leadership Programs * * * Monday, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Doug Jones (D-AL) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) introduced the Creating Early Childhood Leaders Act, which would ensure that school leaders are able to effectively support early education teachers and provide children with high-quality early learning programs. Specifically, this legislation would amend T  more

Casey, Isakson Reintroduce Over-the-Counter Drug Reform
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Will Protect Consumers, Encourage Innovation * * * U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), today reintroduced legislation to overhaul the way over-the-counter medications are regulated and brought to market. The current system used by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate these medications, called the "over-the-counter monograph system," was imp  more

Casey, Murkowski Introduce Bill to Diversify Allied Health Workforce
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Yesterday, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act, which would make the fields of allied health workers more representative of the populations they serve. The legislation would create a $5 million per year grant program to recruit a more diverse body of professionals in the allied health fields. Allied health professionals includ  more

Casey, Senate Democrats Urge CMS to Increase Childhood Lead Screenings
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators Demand CMS Address Gaps in Key Data used to Inform Prevention * * * Following National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week last week, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) joined a group of Democrats in urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to do more to address prevention, screening and treatment of children affected by lead exposure. In a letter to CMS Administrator Seem  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

Evans: House Vote for Impeachment Inquiry Will Let American People See for Themselves; Vote Upholds Constitution, Rule of Law
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Dwight Evans (D-PA-3rd) today voted "YES" for rules for the impeachment inquiry into President Trump's conduct in office. Evans said the successful House vote will let the American people see evidence and testimony from the investigation. "The House vote for the impeachment inquiry is a vote to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law. Under the Constitution, which was dr  more

GAO Dismisses Protest by Quasar Global Technologies of Lancaster, Pennsylvania
WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a decision dismissing a bid protest filed by Quasar Global Technologies of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. According to the GAO, Quasar Global Technologies "protests the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) evaluation of its technical quotation under request for quotations (RFQ) No. 36C24419Q0681 (RFQ 0681), for triennial breaker testing at the VA Pittsburgh Medical Center, and the VA's decision to cancel the RFQ, a set-aside for SD  more

Harris, Senate Democrats Demand CFPB Investigate Mismanagement of Student Loan Forgiveness Program
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Kamala D. Harris, D-California, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and 21 Senate Democrats in demanding Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger 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 Protectio  more

House Judiciary Committee Sets Hearing on Antitrust, Economic Opportunity
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- The House Judiciary Committee issued the following hearing information: Antitrust and Economic Opportunity: Competition in Labor Markets at 2141 Rayburn House Office Building at 10 a.m. on Oct. 29: Witnesses Panel One: * Noah Phillips, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission * Doha Mekki, Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, United States Department of Justice * Rahul Rao, Assistant Attorney General, Washington State Office of the Attorney General Panel Two: *   more

House Judiciary Subcommittee Issues Testimony From University of Pennsylvania
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- The House Judiciary subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law issued the following testimony by Ioana Marinescu, assistant professor at the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, at a hearing entitled "Antitrust and Economic Opportunity: Competition in Labor Markets": "My name is Ioana Marinescu and I am an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania. I am a faculty researc  more

House Passes Dignity in Aging Act of 2019 With Rep. Keller Amendment
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Language in reauthorization of the Older Americans Act would help seniors with fall-related traumatic brain injuries * * * In a unanimous vote, the United States House of Representatives on Monday passed the bipartisan Dignity in Aging Act of 2019, which is the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. The reauthorization bill includes an amendment sponsored by Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA  more

In Advance of Sham Impeachment Vote, Rep. Keller Supports Measures Holding Speaker Pelosi Accountable
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Signs on to resolution condemning Speaker's actions, calls for roll call vote on sham transparency resolution * * * Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) today announced he has signed on to two measures aimed at holding Speaker Pelosi and the current impeachment process accountable in advance of the sham impeachment-related resolution coming to a Floor vote later this week. The first measure is a re  more

Rep Kelly: Pelosi Impeachment Resolution a Mirage of Fairness, Transparency, and Due Process
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: On Thursday, the House of Representatives considered a resolution to authorize its impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The measure passed the chamber on a mostly party-line vote, with two Democrats joining Republicans in opposition. Representative Mike Kelly, R-Pa., issued the following statement after voting against the resolution: "After more than a month of Adam Schiff's secret hearings a  more

Rep. Boyle Issues Statement on House Vote on Impeachment Process Resolution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after a House vote on a resolution outlining the next steps of the impeachment process: "Today, I voted in support of a resolution that outlines the next phase of the impeachment inquiry into the conduct of President Donald Trump. "It is time for the American people to see and hear firsthand about the President's misconduct. "I supported this resolution because there is simply too much at stake when a   more

Rep. Doyle Votes for Impeachment Bill Setting Ground Rules for Inquiry Going Forward
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) announced that he had voted earlier today for H.Res. 660, legislation laying out the process for the next stage of the impeachment inquiry into allegations of wrongdoing by President Trump. "The impeachment inquiry so far has uncovered substantial evidence that the President abused the power of his office, undermined our democracy, and endangered our national sec  more

Rep. Fitzpatrick Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry Procedural Vote
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after a vote on a resolution related to the process to begin a formal impeachment inquiry: "Second only to declaring war, impeaching a president and overturning the results of an election is the most significant action that Congress can take. "Historical precedent demands that this only occurs in the most extreme circumstances, and should happen only after a formal law enforcement investigation where   more

Rep. Houlahan Issues Statement on House Passage of Impeachment Inquiry Resolution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement: Today, Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) voted for H.Res.660 - Directing certain committees to continue their ongoing investigations as part of the existing House of Representatives inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House of Representatives to exercise its Constitutional power to impeach Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America, and for other purposes. She i  more

Rep. Joyce Congratulates Halpern on His Appointment to be Director of Government Publishing Office
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. John Joyce, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 28, congratulating Hugh Halpern on his appointment to be the director of the Government Publishing Office: It is with great pride that I congratulate Hollidaysburg native, Hugh Halpern, on his appointment to be the Director of the Government Publishing Office. Mr. Halpern previously served as the Director of Floor Operations in the Office of the Speaker o  more

Rep. Joyce Issues Statement on Appointment to House Homeland Security Committee
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Rep. John Joyce, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on the appointment to the House Homeland Security Committee's subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation. "In the 21st century, cybersecurity is a critical component of our national security strategy. "As our nation is increasingly targeted by bad actors, it is an honor to join this group of Members who are committed to identifying, preventing, and combating threats to our natio  more

Rep. Joyce Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry Resolution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. John Joyce, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after voting no on the impeachment inquiry resolution (H.Res. 660): "Facing mounting criticism for this Soviet-style process, House Democrats produced their impeachment inquiry resolution under the guise of transparency. "From the beginning, this unprecedented inquisition has been a breathless political tactic that denies President Trump due process and robs elected Members of Congress from fulfilling their   more

Rep. Keller Goes to House Floor to Blast Democrats Sham 'Impeachment Inquiry' Resolution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Says resolution is too little too late * * * Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) Thursday went to the House Floor to blast House Democrats led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Impeachment Czar Adam Schiff over the sham "impeachment inquiry" resolution. Just prior to Congressman Keller's remarks, Republicans were united in a bipartisan vote opposing the resolution. "House Democrats' vote today to  more

Rep. Keller Votes Against Democrats' Higher Education Giveaway
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Keller-sponsored amendments to bring sanity to legislation defeated by Democrats * * * Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) on Friday voted against the Democrats' College Affordability Act (CAA) as it went through markup in the House Education and Labor Committee. The legislation, as introduced by House Democrats, would cost taxpayers at least $300 billion while stifling choice, doubling-down on fa  more

Rep. Kelly: House of Representatives Passes Bill to Dedicate Funds for Investment in America's Aging Ports and Harbors
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: This evening, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2440, the Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act, legislation to require that money in the fund be used for its intended purpose: dredging and maintenance of America's aging ports and harbors. Representative Mike Kelly, R-Pa., a co-author of the legislation, issued the following statement after passage of the bill: "Our nation's po  more

Rep. Lamb Issues Statement on House Passage of Impeachment Inquiry Resolution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on House passage of a resolution (H.Res. 660) directing committees to continue ongoing investigations as part of the existing House inquiry into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House to exercise its Constitutional power to impeach President Trump: "This resolution sets the rules for the upcoming hearings. I believe everyone benefits from clear rules, so I voted yes. "I have not made any decision ab  more

Rep. Lee Issues Statement on Passage of Newborn Care Improvement Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nevada, member of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, issued the following statement after the committee passed her bipartisan Newborn Care Improvement Act, a bill she introduced with Reps. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pennsylvania, Doug Collins, R-Georgia, and Jackie Walorski, R-Indiana: The bill was included as a provision of the Deborah Sampson Act, which passed the committee today. The Newborn Care Improvement Act would extend coverage of newborn health ca  more

Rep. Meuser: Pennsylvania Congressional Republicans Blast Sham Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Eight Members of the Pennsylvania Republican Congressional Delegation offered the following statement after voting to block Speaker Pelosi and Intelligence Committee Chairman Schiff's last-minute vote to legitimize the baseless push to impeach President Trump: "House Democrats have disenfranchised millions of Americans - including about 10 million Pennsylvanians - by conducting these impeachment investig  more

Rep. Perry: Pennsylvania Congressional Republicans Blast Sham Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Eight Members of the Pennsylvania Republican Congressional Delegation (Congressmen Scott Perry, Lloyd Smucker, John Joyce, MD, Mike Kelly, Fred Keller, Guy Reschenthaler, Glenn "GT" Thompson and Dan Meuser) offered the following statement after voting to block Speaker Pelosi and Intelligence Committee Chairman Schiff's last-minute vote to legitimize the baseless push to impeach President Trump: "House D  more

Rep. Reschenthaler Issues Statement on Impeachment Resolution
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on his vote against impeachment resolution (H.Res. 660): "In voting for the impeachment resolution today, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats admitted that their impeachment inquiry into President Trump was illegitimate and nothing more than a partisan attempt to undo the 2016 election. "This long overdue resolution does not even address the concerns of the American people. "Rather, it empowers Chairm  more

Rep. Reschenthaler Leads Congressional Delegation Trip to Naval Station Norfolk
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 -- Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: This week, Congressman Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14) led a congressional delegation visit to Naval Station Norfolk, the world's largest naval base. During the trip, the group of lawmakers toured the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69), USS Delaware (SSN-791), and USS McFaul (DDG-74). They also received a briefing from Admiral Christopher W. Grady, Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces, met with command leadershi  more

Rep. Smucker Issues Statement at Markup of College Affordability Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-Pennsylvania, ranking Republican member of the House Education and Labor subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment, issued the following statement at a committee markup of the College Affordability Act (H.R. 4674): "Our debate today on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) comes at a time when college costs are skyrocketing and current federal overreach is causing more harm than good. Unfortunately, the Democrats' so-c  more

Rep. Thompson: Pennsylvania Congressional Republicans Blast Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Eight Members of the Pennsylvania Republican Congressional Delegation offered the following statement after voting to block Speaker Pelosi and Intelligence Committee Chairman Schiff's last-minute vote to legitimize the baseless push to impeach President Trump. "House Democrats have disenfranchised millions of Americans - including about 10 million Pennsylvanians - by conducting these impeachment inve  more

Rep. Wild's Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize Older Americans Act Passes House
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Wild also included amendment to add suicide prevention to disease prevention and health promotion services * * * Yesterday, U.S. Representative Susan Wild's (PA-07) bill, H.R. 4334, the Dignity in Aging Act, unanimously passed the House of Representatives. This bipartisan proposal reauthorizes the Older Americans Act (OAA) and increases funding for vital programs that help seniors live independ  more

Rep. Wild's Landmark Legislation to Simplify Student Loans, Expand Mental Health Access Passes Committee
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Wild's bills are included in the College Affordability Act, the 2019 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act * * * This morning, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) voted to pass H.R. 4670, the Simplifying Student Loans Act and H.R. 4327, the Enhancing Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Through Campus Planning Act, through the House Education and Labor Committee. Both bills are include  more

Reps. Fitzpatrick, Boyle, Community Leaders Call for Federal Infrastructure Investment
BENSALEM, Pennsylvania, Nov. 1 -- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Members Gathered at Cornwells Heights Station with SEPTA, Local Business, Labor, and Environment Leaders Highlighting Infrastructure Needs and Benefits of Bold, Bipartisan Action * * * Today, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) stood together in a bipartisan call for passage of a comprehensive federal infrastructure package that suppo  more

Reps. Fitzpatrick, Schneider, Crow Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Enhance Cybersecurity of Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, 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 Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Brad Schneider (D-IL), 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 Cybe  more

Reps. Keller, Stefanik Partner on Introducing State Workforce Incentive Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 -- Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation would reform the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program * * * Last week Congressman Fred Keller partnered with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) to introduce the State Workforce Incentive Act. This legislation reforms the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, shifting it to a state-directed program of annual loan repayment benefits for workers in high-need occupations.  more

Reps. Smucker and Craig Introduce Bipartisan Bill Providing Regulatory Relief to Livestock Haulers
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Allows agriculture haulers within a short driving distance to finish their route while transporting animals and perishable goods * * * Today, U.S. Reps. Angie Craig (MN-2) and Lloyd Smucker (PA-11) introduced the Responsible & Efficient Agriculture Destination (TREAD) Act to give farmers and ranchers more flexibility when transporting live animals and perishable goods. "I've heard about the  more

Sen. Brown: Senate Democrats Demand CFPB Investigate Mismanagement of Student Loan Forgiveness Program
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) - ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs along with twenty-two Senators are demanding Consumer Financial Protect Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger 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  more

Sen. Casey Issues Floor Statement on American Miners Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 29, on the American Miners Act: I commend and salute the work of Senator Manchin, the senior Senator from West Virginia, for his work on behalf of American workers generally, but, in particular, his passionate advocacy and his hard work to make sure that we, in this body, the United States Senate, that we do everything we can to keep our pro  more

Sen. Casey Issues Statement on Anniversary of Tree of Life Shooting
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on the one year anniversary of the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh: "One year ago today, we witnessed the most deadly act of violence against the Jewish community in American history. "As three congregations--Tree of Life, Dor Hadash and New Light--were observing Shabbat morning services at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, a mass shooting claimed the lives of eleven innocent Pennsylvanians  more

Sen. Mark Warner Issues Floor Statement on American Miners Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 29, on the American Miners Act: First of all, I have done this a number of times. I know you care. I know my colleague from Pennsylvania cares, but nobody has kept this issue alive more often and more consistently than Joe Manchin from West Virginia. I am only going to take a minute or two, then I have to step off. I appreciate our leader on this is  more

Sen. Toomey Chairs Hearing on Improper Medicaid Payments
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Subcommittee on Health Care, convened a hearing today on improper Medicaid payments. Nearly 10 percent of Medicaid payments have been reported as improper in recent years. However, absent accurate and robust eligibility reporting, this estimate could be much larger. Below are select excerpts from today's hearing, which can be seen  more

Sen. Toomey Issues Statement in Support of Natural Gas, Manufacturing Sectors in Southwestern Pennsylvania
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement in support of the natural gas and manufacturing sectors in southwestern Pennsylvania: This statement comes on the heels of several Democratic presidential candidates promising to use executive powers to ban natural gas exploration and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's comments regarding the local petrochemical industry: Toomey said: "Natural gas exploration, the cracker plant, and the downstream manufacturing  more

Sen. Toomey Issues Statement on 1st Anniversary of Tree of Life Shooting
ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania, Oct. 27 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on the first anniversary of the Tree of Life shooting: "One year ago, our commonwealth and country were shaken when a coward brutally murdered eleven people and wounded another six at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. "It was a horrendous act of violence, fueled by anti-Semitism, a corrupt and repulsive ideology that betrays our most fundamental values and history. "In the aftermath of   more

Sen. Toomey Issues Statement on Raid Against ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on the U.S. raid against ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: "Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was a coward who killed thousands of defenseless men, women, and children. His death makes the world a safer place for Americans and our allies. "The precision with which the U.S. intelligence community and special forces identified and then neutralized Al-Baghdadi is another illustration of the fact that our military is the one  more

Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Issues Testimony From University of Pennsylvania Law School
WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 -- The Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Intellectual Property issued the following testimony by Polk Wagner, professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, at a hearing entitled "Promoting the Useful Arts: How can Congress prevent the issuance of poor quality patents?": "My name is Polk Wagner and I am a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. I hold undergraduate degrees in physics and engineering in addition to my J.D., and have spend the pa  more

Toomey, Casey Laud Senate Passage of Cyber-Stalking Legislation
WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Last night, the Senate passed U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Bob Casey's (D-Pa.) bipartisan legislation to increase criminal penalties for the stalking of children and to ensure law enforcement officials evaluate and update practices to combat online harassment of children. The bipartisan, bicameral Combat Online Predators Act enhances criminal penalties for stalkers under federal law by up to five   more

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Demand CFPB Investigate Mismanagement of Student Loan Forgiveness Program
WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) along with a group of Democratic Senators are demanding Consumer Financial Protect Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger 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 ope  more