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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Alabama Newsletter for Sunday November 17, 2019 ( 25 items )  

Durbin, Duckworth Urge Trump Administration To Improve Trade Assistance to Illinois Farmers
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - New Data Shows How Payments Create Deep Inequities, Benefiting Farms That Have Experienced Less Trade Damage * * * U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with 15 other Senators, sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging USDA to improve its trade assistance program to better support farmers based on harm and pursue a focu  more

Election Subcommittee Chairperson Marcia L. Fudge Releases Report on Voting Rights and Elections Administration
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, chairman of the House Administration subcommittee on Elections, issued the following news release: * * * - Report details an array of tactics used to suppress the votes of targeted communities * * * Today, Chairperson Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio) of the Subcommittee on Elections of the Committee on House Administration released a report on Voting Rights and Elections Administration in the United States of America. At the outset of the 116th C  more

House Oversight & Reform Committee Issues Testimony From In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- The House Oversight and Reform Committee issued the following testimony by Marcela Howell, founder and president of the In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda, at a hearing entitled "Examining State Efforts to Undermine Access to Reproductive Health Care": "We would also like to take a moment to mourn the passing of Chairman Cummings, a magnanimous and unflappable champion of human and civil rights. As I said in my statement at the time of hi  more

House Oversight & Reform Committee Issues Testimony From National Women's Law Center
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- The House Oversight and Reform Committee issued the following testimony by Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women's Law Center at a hearing entitled "Examining State Efforts to Undermine Access to Reproductive Health Care": "My name is Fatima Goss Graves, and I am the President and CEO of the National Women's Law Center, which is dedicated to the advancement and protection of women's legal rights and opportunities. We fight for gender justice -in the   more

On Day of Supreme Court Oral Arguments, Durbin Calls on Senate to Pass Dream & Promise Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Following today's oral argument in the Supreme Court on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, today came to the Senate floor to make a unanimous consent (UC) request to immediately pass the bipartisan House-passed American Dream and Promise Act, which will establish a path to citize  more

Rep. Aderholt: USDA Designates Two Alabama Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated two Alabama counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in DeKalb and Marshall counties who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural  more

Rep. Beyer Issues Statement on FBI's Release of Hate Crime Statistics for 2018
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 -- Rep. Don Beyer, D-Virginia, issued the following statement on the FBI's release of hate crime statistics for 2018: "This report on hate crime statistics unfortunately underscores again the dire need for a stronger and more comprehensive national strategy to fight hate. The rise in bias crimes against large groups of Americans sadly reflects what we keep reading in the news. The FBI data also shows huge gaps in the reporting, including an entire state which did not partici  more

Rep. Bishop Issues Statement on Finalization of USDA's Disaster Relief Block Grants Plan
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 -- Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr., D-Georgia, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies, issued the following statement announcing the finalization of the plan for the block grants authorized in the Disaster Relief Act: Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and North Carolina are the states designated to receive the block grants: "I am very pleased the block grant money will be released to the stat  more

Rep. Brooks Recognizes Alabama A&M University's 50th Anniversary in House Floor Speech
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Wednesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) congratulated Alabama A&M University on its 50th anniversary as a fully accredited university in a House Floor speech. Full text of Congressman Brooks' speech follows: Mister Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 50th anniversary of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University. The school was originally established not long after the Civil War in 1873 by the legisl  more

Rep. Byrne Introduces Full Choice for Veterans Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today introduced the Full Choice for Veterans Act to allow every veteran the option of receiving care from doctors, specialists, and hospitals in their local community instead of forcing them to stay in the VA system. The bill, H.R. 5033, amends the Community Care Program which limits conditions under which veterans are eligible to use the program. The bill will allow all ve  more

Rep. Byrne Refutes Democrat Impeachment Spectacle: 'The Facts Are on Our Side'
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) gave a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives last night refuting the process and the substance behind the Democrats' sham impeachment. Byrne's remarks as prepared can be seen in full here. Excerpts of his prepared remarks are below: Congressman Byrne said: "Democrats made a big spectacle about holding their first public hearing today. The truth is that today's  more

Rep. Casten Urges NOAA to Disregard Political Pressure by Administration When Reporting Natural Disasters
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Congressman expresses concerns in a productive meeting with Dr. Jacobs, as well as the Administration's cuts to the NWS in the FY2020 Budget * * * U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06), wrote a letter to Dr. Neil Jacobs, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), urging NOAA and the National Weather   more

Rep. Davis: Another Partisan Turn in the Standoff Over Voting Rights Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, issued the following news release: Committee on House Administration's Subcommittee on Elections Ranking Member Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) was mentioned in The Fulcrum yesterday after the majority released a report based on the Subcommittee's efforts this Congress under Chairwoman Marcia Fudge to create a record of voter discrimination to reauthorize Section 4(b) of the Voting Right  more

Rep. Fudge Releases Report on Voting Rights and Elections Administration
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Rep. Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, Chairperson of the Subcommittee on Elections of the Committee on House Administration, released a report on Voting Rights and Elections Administration in the United States of America. At the outset of the 116th Congress, the Committee on House Administration reconstituted the Subcommittee on Elections, which House Republicans had eliminated six years earlier. The Subcom  more

Rep. Johnson's Votes to Move Equal Rights Amendment Forward
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Rep. Henry C. 'Hank' Johnson Jr., D-Georgia, issued the following news release: This week, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) attended an historic markup in House Judiciary Committee of Rep. Jackie Speier's H.J. Res.79 that facilitates the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). "This landmark legislation will ensure equal Constitutional protection for all American citizens regardless of gender," said Johnson. "Despite years of progress towards true gender equality, the  more

Rep. Roby Expresses Concerns With Staffing of Alabama VA Facilities
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- Rep. Martha Roby, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL), a member of the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, today participated in a hearing regarding the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection's failures at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Representative Roby has long been a vocal advocate for improving the services veterans in Alabama receive at   more

Rep. Rogers Issues Remarks on Veterans Day
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 -- Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, issued the following remarks on Veterans Day: "Today, as we honor our Veterans, we must remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in fighting to protect our freedoms and pray for their families and friends they left behind. "All of our brave men and women who serve our country in uniform are nothing less than true American heroes. "God bless our Veterans and God bless America."  more

Rep. Rogers Reminds College Students About Available Spring and Summer Internships
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Congressman Mike Rogers announced today that the deadline for applying for spring and summer internships in his D.C. and district offices will be December 2nd for spring and February 15, 2020, for summer. The internship program is designed to offer select college students a hands-on opportunity to learn about the legislative process, as well as the day-to-day operations of a Congressional office. To be cons  more

Rep. Rogers: Report From Washington - The Witch Hunt Continues As Work in Washington Stops
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, issued the following column: What a waste of time. Any and all work on behalf of the American people has come to a screeching halt as House Democrats continue to push their impeachment hoax. After holding secret meetings behind closed doors, that all Americans and most Members of Congress were denied entry, Democrats are set to hold public hearings. Chairman Adam Schiff, who is running the show for Nancy Pelosi, has demonstrated time and aga  more

Reps. Kind, Mike Kelly, Sewell Introduce Bill to Increase Transparency and Enforceability of Opportunity Zones
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin, Nov. 6 -- Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, issued the following news release: Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI), Mike Kelly (R-PA), and Terri Sewell (D-AL) introduced the bipartisan Opportunity Zone Accountability and Transparency Act, which implements mandatory reporting requirements, institutes penalties for not following these requirements, and makes these reports available to the public. "Opportunity Zones were created to bring capital to communities in rural and underserved areas, bu  more

Sen. Durbin Meets With DACA Students From Loyola Chicago
WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, today met with Cesar Montelongo and Fernanda Herrera Vera, who have temporary protection from deportation under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Cesar and Fernanda are students enrolled in the MD-PhD program at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and the Loyola University School of Law  more

Sen. Shelby Announces New Southwest Alabama Regional Airport
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has authorized a new regional airport in Thomasville, Alabama, for residents across the southwest region of the state. Local airports will merge to become the Southwest Alabama Regional Airport. "The recent growth and economic investment in Thomasville and the surrounding areas have created an ideal envi  more

Senate Appropriations Committee Schedule for the Week of Nov. 18, 2019
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release: The following is the hearing schedule for the Senate Committee on Appropriations for the week of November 18, 2019. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2019 FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT SUBCOMMITTEE (John Kennedy, Chairman) Hearing to conduct oversight of the Federal Communications Commission Spectrum Auctions Program 11:00 a.m., Room 138, Dirksen Senate  more

Senate Energy Committee Issues Issues Testimony From Louisiana Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee issued the following testimony by Kyle R. 'Chip' Kline Jr., director of coastal activities for Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, and board chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, at a hearing on Conservation of America's Shoreline Terrain and Aquatic Life Act (S. 2418): "I appreciate the opportunity to offer a state's perspective on federal revenue sharing, and to speak in support of the Conse  more

Senate Special Committee on Aging Sets Hearing on Fighting Pancreatic Cancer
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 -- The Senate Special Committee on Aging issued the following hearing information: Pancreatic Cancer: Fighting the World's Toughest Cancer in Alabama and Nationally at University of Alabama at Birmingham 615 18th Street South West Pavilion, Conference Room E (2nd Floor) at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 15: Witnesses: * Hillery Head, Lost Loved One to Pancreatic Cancer, Birmingham, AL * Lynette F. Nall, Lost Loved One to Pancreatic Cancer, Pleasant Grove, AL * Steve Cook, PanCAN Advoc  more