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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday November 24, 2019 ( 30 items )  

Casey Applauds Senate Committee Passage of Bill to Strengthen Investigations Into Sudden Unexpected Infant and Child Deaths
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Scarlett's Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act Would Increase Federal and State Efforts to Investigate and Collect Information When an Infant or Young Child Dies * * * Recently, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) along with Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Doug Jones (D-AL) applauded the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) passage of   more

Casey Secures $2 Million Federal Grant to Improve SEPTA Buses, Bus Facilities
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Funding Will Support Capital Improvement Projects to Enhance Facilities, Improve Bus Service * * * Today U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that he successfully worked to secure a $2 million grant for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)'s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program. SEPTA will use this   more

Casey, Cardin, Van Hollen Call on USDA to Target Unspent Funds Toward Helping Farmers in Chesapeake Bay Watershed Reduce Runoff Pollution
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) have written to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue (https://www.casey.senate.gov/download/letter-to-perdue-re-nrcs) urging him to use his authority to transfer unspent funds to conservation programs that will help agricultural producers and landowners voluntarily improve their farms and private forests by reducing   more

Casey, Colleagues Introduce Senate Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Protect Americans Affected by Intimate Partner Violence * * * Last week, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and his Senate Democratic colleagues introduced a companion bill to the House-passed Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. The bill, which would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) through 2024, includes a number of additional improv  more

Chairman Lamb Issues Statement at Hearing on Water, Geothermal Power
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 -- The House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee on Energy issued the following statement by Chairman Conor Lamb, D-Pennsylvania, at a hearing entitled "Water and Geothermal Power: Unearthing the Next Wave of Energy Innovation": "Good afternoon and thank you to this distinguished panel of witnesses for joining us today. This afternoon we'll be holding another hearing on clean energy technology research and development. I believe this will be our eighth hearing this Su  more

During HealthCare.gov Open Enrollment, Casey Releases New Report on the Triple Threat to Americans' Health Care
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Trump and Republicans are Destroying, Dismantling and Defunding the ACA and Threatening to Gut Protections for Over 130 Million Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions. Despite Trump's Sabotage, ACA Still Provides High-Quality, Affordable Care and Most People Who Enroll Now Can Receive Financial Assistance. * * * Recently, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) released a report detailing the numer  more

Fitzpatrick, Kuster, Murphy, Reintroduce Bipartisan Road to Recovery Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02), the Co-Chairs of the Bipartisan Opioid Taskforce, and Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07) re-introduced the Road to Recovery Act - bipartisan legislation that would remove barriers to substance use disorder treatment services under Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This bill will specifically end Medicaid's Inst  more

House Administration Committee Issues Testimony From Rep. Fitzpatrick at Member Day Hearing
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- The House Administration Committee issued the following testimony by Rep. Brian K. Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, at the Member Day hearing to consider the Citizen Legislature Anti-Corruption Reform of Public Service Act (H.R. 164): "I am here today to thank Chair Lofgren's and Ranking Member Davis' leadership in government reform and transparency efforts. You have worked with CAO to make more information on legislation and proceedings in Congress available online through a  more

House Science Committee Sets Hearing on Vaccine Science, Innovation
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- The House Science, Space and Technology Committee issued the following hearing information: Fighting Flu, Saving Lives: Vaccine Science and Innovation at 2318 Rayburn House Office Building at 10 a.m. on Nov. 20: Opening Statement: Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) Witnesses: Panel 1: * Daniel B. Jernigan, MD, MPH, Director, Influenza Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention * Anthony S. Fauc  more

Rep. Boyle Introduces New Legislation to Create Clean Energy Jobs
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) introduced the Innovative Energy Manufacturing Act ( H.R. 5165 ) a bill that will revive the Advanced Manufacturing Tax Credit (Section 48C)--a program that invests in U.S. manufacturing capacity to supply clean energy projects with American-made equipment. "The manufacturing sector is the bedrock of our nation that supports hundreds of thousands of middle-class f  more

Rep. Boyle Legislation to Set National PFAS Standard Passes Energy & Commerce Committee
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) today announced that his legislation (Protect Drinking Water from PFAS Act of 2019, H.R. 2377) was successfully voted on and passed out of the Energy and Commerce Committee. "I am pleased to see this legislation passing out of the Energy & Commerce Committee. Too many families in Philadelphia and across America are at risk of drinking and consuming unsafe water. Pu  more

Rep. Cartwright Announces $2.8 Million in Grants and Loans to Improve Pike County Water Systems
MILFORD, Pennsylvania, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-o8) announced new federal funding to improve the infrastructure that supplies water to thousands of Pennsylvania families in Pike County. Through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Rural Development, the Municipal Authority of the Borough of Milford will receive $413,300 in grants and $2,428,000 in loans that will go toward upgrading and   more

Rep. Fitzpatrick: Local Update - Progress on Mercer County Firing Range Noise Abatement Issue Affecting Bucks County Residents
LANGHORNE, Pennsylvania, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: I am pleased to inform Upper Makefield residents that after months of working with officials on the federal, state, and local level, our office has gained traction with the Mercer County Prosecutor's office who has graciously agreed to assist in limiting the amount of noise pollution coming from the Mercer County Firing Range. My District Office was notified that Upper Makefield resid  more

Rep. Houlahan Secures Protections for Health Care and Social Service Workers From Workplace Violence
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: oday, Representative Chrissy Houlahan voted to pass H.R. 1309, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act. She is a cosponsor of the bill, which would require the Department of Labor to address workplace violence in the health care and social service sectors. Specifically, the Department of Labor must promulgate an occupational safety and health standard that re  more

Rep. Joyce Commemorates 156th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. John Joyce, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Today on the House Floor, Congressman John Joyce (PA-13) commemorated the 156th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, which he delivered on November 19, 1863. Watch Congressman Joyce's remarks (https://youtu.be/VQnv-AIhYVc): Full Remarks: Mr. Speaker, I rise to remember President Lincoln's remarks in Gettysburg 156 years ago today. In the Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln   more

Rep. Keller Applauds Trump Administration Standing Up for Israeli Settlements
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Says new rule on settlement expansion is in support of Israeli sovereignty * * * On Monday, November 18, 2019, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the Trump administration is returning to the Regan-era policy of not viewing Israeli settlements in the West Bank--the areas of Judea and Samaria--as illegal. In response, Congressman Fed Keller (R-PA) made the following statement: "Israel is  more

Rep. Keller Slams Hollywood Liberals for Promoting Movie During PFAS Hearing
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 -- Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Argues PFAS hearings continue to be a rush to judgement when more research is needed by real scientists * * * The House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on the Environment held its fourth hearing on PFAS chemicals Tuesday, calling as their star witness Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo. Mr. Ruffalo is starring in the movie "Dark Waters" dealing with PFAS chemicals, which is set to premiere just t  more

Rep. Reschenthaler Supports Legislation to Make Prescription Drugs More Affordable
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Yesterday, Congressman Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14) supported two pieces of legislation aimed at making prescription drugs more affordable for hardworking Americans. The bills, H.R. 3991, the Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Through Improvements to Patent Litigation Act of 2019, and H.R. 5133, the Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Through Promoting Competition Act of 2019, passed the House Ju  more

Rep. Smucker Issues Statement After Voting Against Further Continuing Appropriations Act & Further Health Extenders Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after voting against the Further Continuing Appropriations Act and Further Health Extenders Act (H.R. 4378): "This bill once again kicks the can down the road on government funding, rather than enacting much-needed reforms to spending and the budget process." "While this CR avoids a government shutdown, for the time being, it continues to provide a cloud of uncertainty for our men and women in uniform. Ea  more

Rep. Smucker Issues Statement at Hearing on Labor Department's Apprenticeship Programs
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-Pennsylvania, ranking Republican member of the House Education and Labor subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment, issued the following opening statement at a hearing on the Labor Department's apprenticeship programs: "On the heels of National Apprenticeship week, today we will hear from the Labor Department on their apprenticeship programs, which can help energize the U.S. workforce. By supporting apprenticeships and other earn as y  more

Rep. Smucker Issues Statement at Hearing on Labor Department's Apprenticeship Programs
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-Pennsylvania, Republican leader of the House Education and Labor Committee's subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment, issued the following statement at a hearing on the Labor Department's apprenticeship programs: "On the heels of National Apprenticeship Week, today we will hear from the Labor Department on their apprenticeship programs, which can help energize the U.S. workforce. By supporting apprenticeships and other earn-as-you-l  more

Rep. Wild's Bill to Provide Improved Legal Services for Women Veterans Passes House
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 -- Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Wild's bill included as key component of Deborah Sampson Act * * * Yesterday, the House passed U.S. Representative Susan Wild's (PA-07) Improving Legal Services for Female Veterans Act to require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide legal assistance to women veterans to help address some of their unique, unmet needs. Included as a key component of H.R. 3224, the Deborah Sampson Ac  more

Rep. Wild, 18 Lawmakers Call on Highest-Ranking U.S. Official in Chile to Support Human Rights
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Last week, following massive protests across Chile and the repressive measures taken by the Chilean government in response over recent weeks, U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) led 18 fellow Members of Congress in calling for the defense of the fundamental rights of the Chilean people and encouraging the pursuit of peaceful, democratic dialogue. Wild is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee  more

Reps. Fitzpatrick, Boyle Honored by Holocaust Awareness Museum
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Nov. 16 -- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) were honored by the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center (HAMEC) for their continued advocacy for Holocaust education and for supporting HAMEC's mission to use the lessons of the Holocaust to teach about the terrible consequences of hatred and bigotry. "I am honored to be recognized by the Hol  more

Reps. Fitzpatrick, Kuster Introduce Bipartisan Extend Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 -- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the Co-Chairs of the Bipartisan Heroin & Opioid Taskforce, introduced the Extend Act - a bipartisan bill that will help the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continue to treat fentanyl-related substances as Schedule I substances. Currently, this provision is set to expire in February of 2020. This legislation will extend th  more

Reps. Pallone, Walden, Doyle, Latta Issue Statement on Passage of Television Viewer Protection Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement - with three congressmen - Ranking Member Greg Walden, R-Oregon, Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and Ranking Member Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, after the full committee voted to advanced the Television Viewer Protection Act (H.R. 5035) to the House: "This legislation will ensure that  more

Reps. Walden, Pallone, Doyle, Latta Issue Statement on Passage of Television Viewer Protection Act
WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, ranking Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement - with three congressmen - Chairman Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and Ranking Member Robert E. Latta, R-Ohio, after the full committee voted to advanced the Television Viewer Protection Act (H.R. 5035), as amended, to the House: "This legi  more

Sen. Casey Issues Statement on Transgender Day of Remembrance
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on Transgender Day of Remembrance: "On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, we remember transgender people, gender-variant individuals and those perceived to be transgender who have been murdered because of hate. "Transgender people, particularly transgender women of color, are disproportionately affected by fatal violence. According to a report published by the Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwi  more

Sen. Toomey Issues Statement on Trump Decision to Not Levy Tariffs on Imported Automobiles
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration's decision not to levy national security tariffs on imported automobiles: This decision comes about 18 months after the Commerce Department initially began examining whether imported automobiles threaten our national security: "Volkswagen Beetles and Toyota Corollas do not threaten American security. I am pleased President Trump chose not to levy new 'national security' tar  more

Toomey Announces $2 Million DoT Grant to Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority
WASHINGTON, Nov. 20 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced today that the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority has been awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) to upgrade the city's public transportation system. The awarded funds will be used to expand transportation to popular locations, upgrade the aging bus fleet, and improve mobility options for urban and rural areas. Senator Toomey  more