Monday - February 24, 2020
Congressional Tipoffs Involving Illinois Newsletter for Sunday November 24, 2019 ( 74 items )  

Bipartisan Crapo, Duckworth Bill to Help National Labs Find Qualified Employees Passes Senate Committee
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation would address looming workforce shortages by improving workforce training * * * Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee unanimously today and will now be considered by the full Senate. With many employees of our National Laboratories and the National Nuclear Secur  more

Bipartisan Duckworth Bill to Help National Labs Find Qualified Employees Passes Senate Committee
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation would address looming workforce shortages by improving workforce training * * * Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee unanimously today and will now be considered by the full Senate. With many employees of our National Laboratories and the National Nuclear Securi  more

Bost Announces Cairo Rural Education and Healthcare Funding
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) announced a $212,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program for the Community Health and Emergency Services, Inc. in Cairo. "Over 2,000 Illinoisans were victims of opioid-related deaths last year alone," said Bost. "We need to fight back against this crisis that has devastated our communities, and we need to do  more

Bustos Introduces Legislation to Honor Senior Airman Miller by Renaming Post Office in Galesburg, Illinois, in His Memory
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) introduced legislation to rename the U.S. Post Office on East Main Street in Galesburg, Illinois, as the "Senior Airman Daniel Miller Post Office Building." Senior Airman Miller was killed in action protecting our nation on January 7, 2007 by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device while performing duties in Al-Mahmudiyah, Iraq. Also killed were members of Team   more

Bustos Raises Local Business Succession Planning Concerns to Small Business Administration
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Bustos Raises Questions After Hearing Concerns from Local Business Leaders * * * Yesterday, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) requested information from the Small Business Administration (SBA) regarding services they offer for business succession planning. Congresswoman Bustos raised these questions after listening to the experiences of community business leaders at economic roundtable discussio  more

Bustos, McKinley Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Create Jobs, Improve Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Representatives Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and David B. McKinley, P.E. (WV-01) introduced the Buy America for Drinking Water Extension Act. This bipartisan legislation would create jobs and grow the economy by ensuring that all iron and steel products used for projects in the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) are made entirely in the United States. "We must continue to work to create jobs and st  more

Duckworth Hosts Chicago Roundtable on Deported Veterans and Supporting Immigrant Military Families
CHICAGO, Illinois, Nov. 22 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hosted a roundtable today with members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Green Card Veterans to discuss issues facing immigrant Veterans and their families. Duckworth highlighted her legislation to protect and support Veterans and servicemembers, as well as discussed her recent Veterans Day visit to Tijuana, Mexico, wh  more

Duckworth Leads Hearing, Advocates for Every American's Access to Clean Water
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, as Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works' Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) led a hearing about maintaining state's authority to protect their waterways. This is a key policy within the Clean Water Act, a landmark law that regulates the discharge of pollutants into the nation's waterways. Duckworth is Ranking Member of the s  more

Duckworth Meets With McDonald's Workers, Urges New CEO to Address Harassment
CHICAGO, Illinois, Nov. 22 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with McDonald's workers and representatives from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to hear directly from the company's employees about harassment and retaliation they have experienced. Following the meeting, Duckworth reiterated her call for the company to improve its protections against harassment in a letter to the new CEO, Chris Kempc  more

Duckworth Visits National Runaway Safeline, Recognizes National Runaway Prevention Month
CHICAGO, Illinois, Nov. 22 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U. S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with staff and volunteers at the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) the Chicago-based federally-designated national hotline and online service for runaway and homeless youth. Earlier today, Duckworth introduced a resolution to recognize November as National Runaway Prevention Month. Photos from today's visit are available here. "Every child should have   more

Duckworth, Sullivan, Durbin, Scott Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Support At-Risk Youth and Help Eliminate Homelessness
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tim Scott (R-SC) introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize November as National Runaway Prevention Month. If passed, the resolution would help raise awareness of the nationwide runaway and homeless youth crisis and educate the public on how to help end youth homelessness. U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Maria C  more

Durbin Meets With National Biodiesel Board To Discuss Biodiesel Tax Credit
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, met with members of the National Biodiesel Board to discuss the biodiesel market, and its impact on energy, the environment, and agriculture. The group discussed the importance of extending the biodiesel tax credit, which expired in 2017. This is the longest lapse ever in the tax credit's history,  more

Durbin Shares Illinois Constituent Story To Highlight Stakes In Fight Against Republicans' Attacks On Families' Health Care
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Durbin's Senate Floor Speech Is Part Of Democrat's "Patient Of The Day" Campaign To Show Harmful Impact Of Republicans' Health Care Policies * * * In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called out President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans for their continued efforts to destabilize and undermine America's health care system. Durbin also shared the story of   more

Durbin Statement On Senate Passage of Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- 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 spoke in support of the bipartisan Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019, of which Durbin is a cosponsor. The legislation passed the Senate by unanimous consent. "With the situation deteriorating by the hour in Hong Kong, the passage of the legislation couldn't be more timely. I urge my colleagues in the H  more

Durbin to BOP Director: Why Is DOJ Undermining The First Step Act?
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: In today's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Director Dr. Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) discussed the Trump Administration's implementation of the recently-enacted Grassley-Durbin First Step Act. Durbin pressed Dr. Hawk Sawyer on his concerns that DOJ is actively undermining the First Step Act an  more

Durbin To Trump On E-Cigarette Flavor Ban Inaction: You Broke Your Promise
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today sent a letter to President Donald Trump slamming his Administration for seemingly reversing course on a planned e-cigarette flavor ban. For years, e-cigarette use among children has skyrocketed nationwide, leading the Trump Administration to finally announce--on September 11, 2019--that it would soon ban all non-tobacco e-cigarette flavors "within we  more

Durbin To Trump: You Should Care More About Children Than Lobbying Pressure From Big Vape
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today in a speech on the Senate floor slammed President Donald Trump for seemingly reversing course on a planned e-cigarette flavor ban. Durbin called out the President for caving to lobbying pressure from Big Tobacco and Big Vape, breaking his promise to protect our nation's children from a lifetime of nicotine addiction. For years, e-cigarette use among   more

Durbin, Duckworth Announce $25 Million For Public Transportation Improvement in Illinois
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced more than $25 million in federal funding awarded to Illinois communities to replace and rehabilitate buses and their facilities. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program. "This funding will help our public transit systems continue to provide safe and relia  more

Durbin, Duckworth Announce $9 Million Grant for Runway Reconstruction at Quincy Regional Airport
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that QuincyRegional Airport has been awarded $9 million in federal grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The funding will be used for runway reconstruction. "Today's funding will help improve service, safety, and efficiency at Quincy Regional Airport, which is a criti  more

Durbin, Duckworth Introduce Bill to Address Public Housing Crisis in East St. Louis, Across Illinois
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Amid Shortage Of Affordable Housing Options And Backlog In Public Housing Capital Repairs, This New Legislation Proposes More Than $100 Billion Investment In Affordable Housing * * * U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), introduced the Housing is Infrastructure Act, comprehensive legislation to address the nation's affordable ho  more

Durbin, Duckworth Introduce Bill To Support NPS Management Of Pullman Historic Park
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today introduced a bill that would ensure protections for National Park Service (NPS) to acquire land and enter into cooperative agreements at Pullman National Historic Park in order to advance park management. The legislation, the Pullman National Historic Park Act 2019, would ensure protections for the Pullman area and provide NPS more flexi  more

Durbin, Top Senate Democrats Demand Answers From Pentagon on Continued Delay of Ukraine Military Aid
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - On Friday, Congressional Defense Oversight Committees Were Informed That More Than $35 Million Of Ukraine Military Funding Remains Unspent - Despite Claims By Republicans That All The Aid Has Been Provided * * * U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee; Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriati  more

Following Duckworth's Request, Federal Government Announces Preliminary Investigation Into Toxic Pollution in Sauget
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Following a letter sent by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), co-founder of the Senate's Environmental Justice Caucus, a federal agency within the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced it will conduct a preliminary investigation into potential health hazards in Sauget, Illinois, emanating from pollution near the Veolia North America-Trade Waste Incineration facility. The Agency for Toxic Substanc  more

Garcia, Meng, Jayapal, Torres Call on Trump Administration to Abandon Fee Hikes for Immigrants Applying for Citizenship
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Congressmembers send letter to heads of Homeland Security and USCIS * * * Today, U.S. Reps. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (D-IL), Grace Meng (D-NY), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Norma Torres (D-CA), along with 80 other Members of Congress, sent a letter to the heads of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) demanding that they abandon plans to hi  more

LaHood, Davis Announce $500,000 to Connect Transit for Better Bus Stop Campaign
NORMAL, Illinois, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressmen Darin LaHood (IL-18) and Rodney Davis (IL-13) announced today that Connect Transit was awarded a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Buses and Bus Facilities Grant Program for the Better Bus Stop Campaign. This funding will allow Connect Transit to continue improving bus stop infrastructure through the Better Bus Stop Campaign. The Connect Transit Board of Trustees  more

Rep. Bost Pipeline Safety Provisions Advance in House
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Yesterday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved three amendments to the SAFER Pipelines Act offered by U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12). The amendments close loopholes in current law to make it illegal to sabotage pipelines by turning valves or causing structural damage that could put human lives and environmental safety at risk. All three provisions, which now head to the full House for a  more

Rep. Bustos Announces More Than $1.3 Million in Grants for Local Health Centers
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, on National Rural Health Day, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that health centers in the district will receive a total of $1,341,622 in federal funding. These federal grants were awarded through the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Health Center Cluster Program that helps community-based health care organizations provide primary care for underserved communities. Congresswom  more

Rep. Bustos Delivers Key Rural Health Priorities to Secretary of HHS
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Yesterday evening, on National Rural Health Day, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) hand-delivered key rural health priorities for Illinois' 17th Congressional District to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar II. She was part of a small bipartisan, bicameral group of members invited by Secretary Azar to discuss rural health issues. As a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, C  more

Rep. Bustos Issues Statement on Legislation to Keep Government Open
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after helping to pass legislation to keep the government open and address critical priorities: "With the threat of a government shutdown looming, I was pleased to help pass legislation to ensure the government is funded. Not only does this bill keep the government open, it also extends crucial public health programs, prevents severe cuts to transportation funding,  more

Rep. Davis Announces $17.275 Million to C-U MTD for Illinois Terminal Expansion Project
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) announced today that the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District was awarded a $17,275,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Buses and Bus Facilities Grant Program for the Illinois Terminal Expansion Project. This follows several supportive actions from Davis including a site visit in May of 2018, a letter of support for the project in May of 2019, and approp  more

Rep. Davis Announces $681k in USDA Support to Village of Mt. Auburn for Water Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded $681,000 to improve rural water and wastewater infrastructure to the Village of Mt. Auburn. The Village will receive $430,000 in a low-interest loan and a grant of $251,000. "This is great news for Mt. Auburn," said Davis. "This grant is a great example of the kind of investments we have  more

Rep. Davis Announces Upcoming Open Government Night
NORMAL, Illinois, Nov. 18 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced he will be hosting his third Open Government Night following two events held in Decatur and Champaign recently with a combined 500 constituents in attendance. The series is in conjunction with state lawmakers to allow constituents an opportunity to hear directly from their elected officials at the state and federal level on important issues. The third ev  more

Rep. Davis: Members Discuss Ways to Improve Congress at House Administration Member Day
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, issued the following news release: The Committee on House Administration Republicans issued the following release after six Members of Congress came before the Committee during this morning's Member Day Hearing to discuss potential legislation that is before the Committee, as well as administrative ways to improve the functionality of the House of Representatives. "I'm gratef  more

Rep. Foster Leads Letter to Demand Stephen Miller's Removal
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) joined U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ), Norma J. Torres (D-CA), and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) to lead a letter demanding that the White House fire Senior Advisor to the President Stephen Miller. Over 100 Members of Congress signed the letter. Their letter quoted from emails Miller  more

Rep. Kelly: U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee Takes Major Action on America's Maternal Mortality Crisis
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Passes bipartisan legislation to incentivize state-level Medicaid expansion to the entire postpartum period and invest in maternal-specific public health * * * Today, the U.S. House of Representative Committee on Energy and Commerce approved bipartisan legislation aimed at reducing and ending America's growing maternal mortality crisis. The Helping Medicaid Offer Maternity Services (MOMS) Act of   more

Rep. Krishnamoorthi Issues Statement on President Trump E-Cigarette Flavor Ban
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois,chairman of the House Oversight and Reform subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, issued the following statement in response to press reports that President Trump is planning to reverse course on his pledge to ban flavored e-cigarettes: "I am extremely troubled by new reports that President Trump may be abandoning his promise to ban all flavored vaping products. "The American people expect those in the highest levels of governm  more

Rep. LaHood Announces $9 Million Grant Award for Quincy Regional Airport
QUINCY, Illinois, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded the Quincy Regional-Baldwin Field Airport $9,000,000 in grant funding to support runway reconstruction. "This investment grant is phenomenal news for Quincy and will strengthen our infrastructure system in west-central Illinois. The Quincy airport plays an important role in connecting the Tri Sta  more

Rep. LaHood Issues Statement on Beatification of Archbishop Sheen
PEORIA, Illinois, Nov. 18 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following statement after the Vatican announced that Pope Francis approved the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen: "The announced beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen is welcome news for central Illinois and wonderful for our catholic community in Peoria. "Archbishop Fulton Sheen's legacy runs deep in central Illinois, and it is fitting that 100 years after his ordination he will be beatified in the Catholic Dioce  more

Rep. Lee, Eight Colleagues Issue Statement on Secretary Pompeo, Trump Administration Announcement for Israeli Settlements
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Rep. Barbara Lee, D-California, issued the following statement with eight congressmen - Reps. David Price, D-North Carolina, Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, John Yarmuth, D-Kentucky, Gerry Connolly, D-Virginia, Peter Welch, D-Vermont, Alan Lowenthal, D-California, Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, and Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon - issued the following joint statement on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement that the Trump administration would no longer consider Israeli settlements  more

Rep. Lipinski, Top House Democrats Urge GAO to Conduct Review After Third Major Keystone Pipeline Spill
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Dan Lipinski (D-IL), and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) officially requested the U.S. Government Accountability Office (G  more

Rep. Quigley Questions Vice President Aide Williams and Lt. Col. Vindman During Impeachment Hearings
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) questioned Jennifer Williams, Aide to Vice President Mike Pence, and Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, Director for European Affairs on the National Security Council. Quigley's questions focused on the President's decision to withhold military assistance from Ukraine. Later today, Quigley will question Ambassador Kurt Volker, Former U.S. Special Envoy to   more

Rep. Quigley Questions Volker During Impeachment Hearing
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) questioned Ambassador Kurt Volker, Former U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine, during a House impeachment hearing. Under Quigley's questioning, Volker, who was called as a witness by Republicans, testified that when he pressed Ukrainian President Zelensky's aides not to prosecute their political opponents, Zelensky's aide replied, "What, you mean like asking us to investig  more

Rep. Quigley Reintroduces Bill to Promote Accountability and Accessibility in Government
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), co-founder and chair of the Transparency Caucus, re-introduced the Transparency in Government Act (TGA) to increase access, accountability, and transparency in every branch of the federal government. This is the sixth time Quigley has introduced TGA, which would increase oversight of federal spending, expand financial disclosure requirements of both lawmakers and lo  more

Rep. Rush Issues Remarks at Markup of Safer Pipelines Act, Other Bills
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Energy, issued the following opening remarks at a committee markup of the Safer Pipelines Act and other bills: "Today's markup presents an opportunity to reaffirm our Committee's role in fortifying public health, safety, and the environment. I am proud of the Energy Subcommittee's contribution to achieving these objectives and, specifically, how the SAFER Pipeline Act of 2019 advances t  more

Rep. Rush Praises $565,000 Awarded to Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced that the U.S. Department of the Treasury has awarded $565,000 to Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS) for use as loan capital to originate low-interest mortgages for first-time homebuyers, purchase-rehab loans, and home improvement loans on the Southside. "It is estimated that between three and four billion dollars have been extracted from  more

Rep. Rush, Top House Democrats Urge GAO to Conduct Review After Third Major Keystone Pipeline Spill
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Energy Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), along with Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.); Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.); and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Dan Lipinski (D-IL), officially req  more

Rep. Schakowsky, Eight Colleagues Issue Statement on Secretary Pompeo, Trump Administration Announcement for Israeli Settlements
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following statement with eight congressmen - Reps. David Price, D-North Carolina, Barbara Lee, D-California, John Yarmuth, D-Kentucky, Gerry Connolly, D-Virginia, Peter Welch, D-Vermont, Alan Lowenthal, D-California, Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, and Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon - issued the following joint statement on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement that the Trump administration would no longer consider Israeli settlements  more

Rep. Schneider Announces Introduction of 100% Clean Economy Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation would make it a national goal to achieve net-zero carbon emissions across all sectors in the country's economy by 2050 * * * Today, U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL-10) announced the introduction of the 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019 (H.R. 5221), with more than 150 of his Democratic colleagues. This legislation would focus on a whole-of-government approach to achieving th  more

Rep. Underwood Urges Senate Action on Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Gun Violence
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Yesterday, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), joined Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) and 132 other members of Congress in a letter pressing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a vote on important gun violence prevention legislation that would save lives and make communities safer. The Bipartisan Background Check Act of 2019 (H.R. 8) and the Enhanced Back  more

Rep. Underwood Works to Present Loss of $7.6 Billion in Highway Funding for States
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Illinois was set to lose hundreds of millions in badly-needed highway funding * * * Following a letter by Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) in which she called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to take immediate action to protect states, including Illinois, from a provision in the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act which would rescind $7.6 billion  more

Reps. Casten, Schatz Introduce Legislation to Ensure U.S. Financial System is Prepared for Climate Change
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill Requires Federal Reserve to Take Action to Identify and Manage Climate-Related Financial Risks * * * Today, U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) and U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (HI), introduced the Climate Change Financial Risk Act of 2019. The legislation will direct the Federal Reserve (Fed) to conduct stress tests on large financial institutions to measure their resilience to climate-rela  more

Reps. Davis, LaHood Announce $500,000 to Connect Transit for Better Bus Stop Campaign
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) announced today that Connect Transit was awarded a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Buses and Bus Facilities Grant Program for the Better Bus Stop Campaign. This funding will allow Connect Transit to continue improving bus stop infrastructure through the Better Bus Stop Campaign. The Connect Transit Board of Trustees appr  more

Reps. Davis, LaHood Announce Distance Learning Grant for McLean County Unit District 5 Schools
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved a grant of $326,327 for the McLean County Unit District 5 Schools to create interactive Distance Learning network. This program, which will be made available to six school districts across central Illinois, will support over 17,000 students. "The announced funding is great news  more

Reps. Garcia, Tlaib Introduce Bill to Protect Consumers From Market Manipulation
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today Congressman Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (IL-04) and Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) introduced the Protecting Consumers from Market Manipulation Act, a bill to limit the revenue that large non-financial companies can derive from financial activity. The Protecting Consumers from Market Manipulation Act restricts big tech's involvement in banking, and guards against banks' ability to manipulate the pri  more

Reps. Kelly, Sensenbrenner Introduce Bill to Assist Law Enforcement and Reduce Violence
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced the Gunfire Detection and Location Technology Act. The legislation would direct the U.S. Attorney General to provide grants to states and localities for gunfire detection and location technology. Specifically, it would authorize $40 million in grants to be distributed in equal parts over the coming four fiscal years.  more

Reps. LaHood, Davis Announce $326,327 in Grant Funding for McLean County Unit District 5 Schools
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressmen Darin LaHood (IL-18) and Rodney Davis (IL-13) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved a grant of $326,327 for the McLean County Unit District 5 Schools to create an interactive Distance Learning network. This program, which will be made available to six school districts across central Illinois, will support over 17,000 students. "The announced funding is great ne  more

Reps. Walden, Shimkus Issue Statement on Full Committee Passage of Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, ranking Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement with Rep. John Shimkus, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, on passage of the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act after at the full committee markup: "We are once again acting in a bipartisan way at the Energy and Commerce Committee for the 121 communities in 39 states across America  more

Rush, Bucshon Introduce Legislation to Waive Cost-Sharing for Prostate Cancer Screenings for African-American Men
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) introduced H.R. 5200, the Prostate-Specific Antigen Screening for High-risk Insured Men (PSA Screening for HIM) Act, which would waive deductibles, copayments, and coinsurances for prostate cancer screenings for men who have a family history of prostate cancer or who are African-American. "I am pleased to introduce the PSA Screening for H  more

Schakowsky, Blumenthal Introduce Bill to Improve Quality Of Care at Nursing Homes
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a member of the Senate Aging Committee, have introduced the Quality Care for Nursing Home Residents Act of 2019. This legislation is vital to guarantee the human right to high quality, long term c  more

Schneider Introduces Clean Energy Bill to Support Converting Waste Heat to Electricity
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill would grow jobs and accelerate transition to clean energy economy * * * Today, Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL) introduced legislation to support technologies that convert industrial wasted heat to electric power. Expanding the use of waste heat to power technology would reduce emissions, save energy, and grow jobs throughout the country. H.R. 5155, The Waste Heat to Power Investment   more

Schneider, Hice Launch Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Ethylene Oxide
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan group includes ten representatives from six communities in three states * * * Today, U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider (D-IL-10) and Jody Hice (R-GA-10) announced the formation of a bipartisan congressional task force focused on addressing the threat of ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions and urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to act. Ethylene oxide is an industri  more

Sen. Duckworth Chairs Climate Crisis Committee Hearing on Environmental Justice
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Committee members listen to environmental leaders from low-income communities and communities of color * * * Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) led a hearing of the Senate Democrats' Special Committee on the Climate Crisis--which is chaired by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and is affiliated with the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee-- entitled, "Perspectives from the front l  more

Sen. Duckworth Leads Colleagues in Sending Letter to FDA About Heavy Metals in Baby Food
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) led 8 of her Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Admiral Brett Giroir, the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Acting Commissioner, requesting that the FDA take immediate action to ensure the safety of our nation's baby and toddler food. The letter comes on the heels of a recent report (https://www.healthybabyfood.org/) by Healthy Babies Bright Futures, wh  more

Sen. Durbin Introduces Bill to Improve Amtrak On-Time Performance
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Durbin's Bill Empowers Amtrak To Hold Freight Railroads Accountable * * * U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a bill today that helps improve Amtrak on-time performance (OTP) in Illinois and around the country by providing Amtrak with the ability to take the freight railroads to court in order to enforce current law, which requires freight railroads to provide preference to passenger   more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on FERC Approval of Emergency Propane Shipments to Midwest
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, issued the following statement after the Federal Emergency Regulatory Commission approved temporary emergency shipments of propane to help alleviate a shortage of the fuel that Midwestern farmers need to dry the annual corn harvest: "Today's decision by FERC to deliver emergency shipments of propane to Monee, Illinois, will hopefully assist our farmers who are struggl  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on Senate Passage of Continuing Resolution
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following statement on Senate passage of the continuing resolution, which will fund the federal government through Dec. 20: "The CR that passed the Senate today is essential to keeping the government funded through the end of the year. "Now it is time for Senators on both sides of the aisle to put the appropriations process back on track "We owe it to the American taxpayers to complete the government funding process before  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on Trump Administration Delay of E-Cigarette Flavor Ban
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after it was reported that President Trump was reversing course on a planned e-cigarette flavor ban: For years, e-cigarette use among children has skyrocketed nationwide, leading the Trump Administration to finally announce--on September 11, 2019--that it would soon ban all non-tobacco e-cigarette flavors "within weeks." Now, more than two months later, it appears that President Trump is planning to cave t  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on USDA Second Round of Trade Aid Payments
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Agriculture Department's announcement of the second tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments to assist farmers affected by the Trump administration's trade policies: "Illinois soybean farmers have been badly hurt by the President's nearly two-year trade war with China. Worse yet, when you look at trade aid payme  more

Sen. Durbin Meets With FDA Commissioner Nominee Dr. Stephen Hahn
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Dr. Stephen Hahn, President Trump's nominee to be Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to discuss the youth vaping epidemic and the Trump Administration's apparent reversal of a planned e-cigarette flavor ban. For years, e-cigarette use among children has skyrocketed nationwide, leading the Trump Administration to finally   more

Sen. Durbin: Senate Must Stand With Defrauded Student Borrowers, Overturn DeVos Borrower Defense Rule
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - DeVos Rule Eliminates More Than $11 Billion In Relief To Defrauded Student Borrowers And Guts Critical Borrower Protections * * * U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today, in a speech on the Senate floor, slammed Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' rewritten borrower defense rule that guts essential protections for student borrowers and taxpayers. The DeVos borrower de  more

Senate Committee Passes Bipartisan Duckworth Bill to Train Veterans for Careers in Innovative Sectors of the American Energy Industry
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) passed the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee unanimously today and will now be considered by the full Senate. The Energy Jobs for our Heroes Act would help ease the transition back to civilian life for servicemembers and strengthen the economy b  more

Senate Unanimously Approves Rep. Krishnamoorthi's Bill to Rename Elgin Post Office After Corporal Alex Martinez
SCHAUMBURG, Illinois, Nov. 22 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator Durbin Led the Push for the Senate to Pass the Bill * * * Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi today hailed the unanimous Senate passage of his bill, H.R.1844, to rename the Elgin Post office in honor of Corporal Alex Martinez, an Elgin native and the only individual from the city to lose his life in combat since the terror attack on September 11, 2001. This important bill pas  more

Underwood Helps Address Propane Shortages for Illinois Farmers
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: This week, following a bipartisan letter Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to address propane supply shortages, the FERC announced that farmers in the Midwest will receive temporary emergency shipments of propane. In the letter sent on Thursday, November 14, Underwood and 30 other bipartisan Members of Congress highlighted the challenges farm  more

Underwood's Bipartisan Legislation to Address America's Maternal Mortality Crisis Passes Energy & Commerce Committee
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - The Helping MOMS Act would incentivize state-level Medicaid extension to the entire postpartum period and invest in maternal-specific public health * * * Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed legislation championed by Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) to address America's maternal mortality crisis. The Helping Medicaid Offer Maternity Services (MOMS) Act (H.R. 4996) was i  more