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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Michigan Newsletter for Sunday December 08, 2019 ( 33 items )  

Chairwoman Stevens Issues Statement at Hearing on Reauthorizing National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- The House Science, Space and Technology subcommittees on Research and Technology and Environment issued the following statement by Chairwoman Haley Stevens, D-Michigan, at a joint hearing entitled "Calm Before the Storm: Reauthorizing the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program": "Welcome to this joint hearing of the Subcommittees on Research and Technology and Environment to review the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program, known as "NWIRP." Welcome to our disti  more

Dingell Attends UN Climate Conference With Congressional Delegation
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 -- Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) is joining a Congressional Delegation - led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi - to Madrid, Spain for the 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, also known as COP25. On the visit, Dingell said: "Look around us: devastating hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, melting glaciers and rising sea levels. This week, countries from every corner of the globe are coming   more

House Passes Walberg-Backed Bill to Stop Illegal Robocalls
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: Congressman Tim Walberg (MI-07) today voted for the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, a bipartisan agreement between the House and Senate to crack down on illegal robocallers. The legislation, which passed by a 417-3 vote, includes a provision Walberg championed to combat one-ring scams, a robocall scheme that tricks consumers into paying huge hidden fees on return pho  more

Houses Passes Kildee Bill to Protect the Right to Vote
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Rep. Daniel Kildee, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill Seeks to Reverse Voter Suppression Laws, Ensure Every American Has the Right to Vote * * * Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which combats voter suppression and restores the full strength of the Voting Rights Act. Congressman Kildee co-spons  more

Peters Testifies Before ITC in Support of Michigan Cherry Growers, Tariffs Against Turkish Cherry Exporters
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Michigan Cherry Growers Have Been Unfairly Targeted by Foreign Competitors Using Abusive Trade Practices - Peters Introduced Bipartisan Bill to Self-Initiate Trade Investigations to Protect Small and Medium-Sized Industries * * * U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today testified at a U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) hearing in Washington, DC in support of Michigan cherry growers' efforts to e  more

Ranking Member Stabenow Applauds $24 Million for Farm Bill Climate-Smart Agriculture Projects
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - New grants, funded in the 2018 Farm Bill, will power innovative on-farm conservation work to address the climate crisis * * * U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today applauded more than $24 million for 16 projects that integrate   more

Rep. Andy Levin Votes in Strong Support of a Two-State Solution
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Rep. Andy Levin, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * Following a visit to Israel and the West Bank, and after leading a letter signed by 107 Democrats rebuking the State Department's policy reversal on Israeli settlements, Rep. Levin affirms his support for a two-state solution. * * * Congressman Andy Levin today affirmed his strong support for a two-state solution for democratic, Jewish Israel and a democratic Palestine by voting for H.Res. 326. Last   more

Rep. Bergman Leads Testimony Letter in Support of Michigan Cherry Growers
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 -- Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: On December 3rd, the International Trade Commission (ITC) will hold the final injury hearing on Turkey's product dumping and unfair trade practices, which have severely impacted Michigan's tart cherry growers and producers. In support of the tart cherry industry, Congressman Bergman led eight Members of the Michigan Congressional delegation in sending written testimony to the ITC panel. The Members of Congr  more

Rep. Dingell Issues Statement on Medicare for All Hearing
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and co-chair of the Medicare for All Caucus, issued the following statement after the Subcommittee on Health announced a legislative hearing entitled "Proposals to Achieve Universal Healthcare Coverage" including Dingell and Jayapal's Medicare for All Act": "Every American has the right to quality, affordable healthcare. Thank you to Chairman Pallone and Chairwoman Eshoo for s  more

Rep. Dingell Issues Statement Upon Return From 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 -- Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, issued the following statement upon her return from the 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Madrid, Spain: "Countries from every corner of the globe are experiencing the harsh realities of climate change: devastating hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and rising sea levels. It is of upmost urgency that we all must come to the table and work together to address the crisis of our lifetimes. "If one thing was clear fr  more

Rep. Dingell: Recovering America's Wildlife Act Advances to House Floor
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: Today, the House Natural Resources Committee passed Recovering America's Wildlife Act (RAWA). Led by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), RAWA has broad support of conservation and sportsmen's leaders. This bipartisan legislation would help promote and enhance our nation's conservation efforts, and ensure the long-term health of fish and wildlife throughout the count  more

Rep. Kildee Issues Statement on Per-, Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Provisions
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Rep. Daniel Kildee, D-Michigan, chief deputy whip of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances provisions within the National Defense Authorization Act: "PFAS chemicals are harmful to human health and have affected communities across the country, including in my district. These dangerous chemicals present a danger to our service members and American families, and we must get serious about this growing public h  more

Rep. Kildee, Sen. Durbin Fight for Navy Veteran to Receive Benefits Denied by Bureaucratic Failures
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Rep. Daniel Kildee, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Flint-Native and Decorated Navy Veteran Earned Benefits Through Service to Country Currently Being Denied to His Family * * * Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, along with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Navy regarding bureaucratic failures at the department that have resulted in a Flint-native   more

Rep. Kildee: House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Stop Surge in Robocalls
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Rep. Daniel Kildee, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Congressman Dan Kildee Supports Bill to Limit Number of Robocalls * * * Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing legislation, supported by Republicans and Democrats, to stop the surge of abusive robocalls currently defrauding Michigan families. S. 151, the TRACED Act, would require telephone ca  more

Rep. Mitchell: Problem Solvers Caucus Endorses College Transparency Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Rep. Paul Mitchell, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: The Problem Solvers Caucus announced today that they are formally endorsing the College Transparency Act (H.R. 1766). This endorsement demonstrates the overwhelming bipartisan support for this legislation as members in both chambers continue their work to reform and reauthorize the Higher Education Act. "I'm thrilled to see bipartisan, bicameral excitement for the College Transparency Act continue to grow.  more

Rep. Moolenaar Supports Legislation to Get More Doctors in Rural Communities
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: This week, Congressman John Moolenaar co-sponsored the Rural America Health Corps Act, a bill that aims to address the shortage of doctors in America's rural communities and encourage more medical professionals to work in small towns. The legislation would allow eligible doctors to participate in a sliding scale loan repayment program for their school loans that would incentivize them to work in the place  more

Rep. Moolenaar: Rep. Pelosi, House Democrats Push Impeachment Instead of Michigan Priorities
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that House Democrats will continue their partisan push for the impeachment of President Donald Trump despite opposition from independents and unmoved public opinion following months of House hearings on the topic. Today's announcement also contradicts Pelosi's March 2019 statement to The Washington Post when she said, "impeachment is so divisive to the country t  more

Rep. Slotkin Issues Statement on Cyber Attacks in Michigan
FOWLERVILLE, Michigan, Nov. 25 -- Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Michigan, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, issued the following statement on reports that a wave of cyber attacks targeted over a dozen U.S. utilities including Cloverland Electric Cooperative in Michigan, which sits next to the Sault Ste. Marie Locks: "Cyberattacks on our businesses and our critical infrastructure are becoming a daily threat. "Countering these attacks is a major undertaking that will require significa  more

Rep. Slotkin Issues Statement on Firing of Navy Secretary Spencer
FOWLERVILLE, Michigan, Dec. 2 -- Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Michigan, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement: U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), a former senior Pentagon official who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in response to Navy Secretary Spencer's termination following President Trump's intervention in the case of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL convicted of violating the Uniform Code of M  more

Rep. Stevens Spends Thanksgiving With US Troops in Afghanistan, Kuwait
WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 -- Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Haley Stevens (MI-11) has returned from a Congressional delegation trip to Afghanistan and Kuwait with Members of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Congresswoman Stevens spent Thanksgiving with deployed troops and received in-country updates on critical national security matters as well as issues related to health care, benefits, and transition training for military personnel and veter  more

Rep. Stevens to Convene Subcommittee Hearing on Reauthorizing National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Haley Stevens (MI-11) will convene a hearing as Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Research & Technology tomorrow, Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 2 p.m. ET in Washington, D.C. The hearing, called "Calm Before the Storm: Reauthorizing the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program," will examine the activities of the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP), an interagency effo  more

Rep. Stevens Votes to Crack Down on Illegal Robocallers
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Haley Stevens (MI-11) voted today to pass S. 151, the Pallone-Thune TRACED Act, a bipartisan bill to create civil penalties for scammers who violate the prohibition on robocalls to mobile phones, hotel or hospital rooms, or emergency lines. "My constituents are fed up with the endless onslaught of unwanted phone calls," said Congresswoman Stevens. "We need to do everything we can to stop this  more

Rep. Stevens, Governor Whitmer Host Healthcare Roundtable
TROY, Michigan, Dec. 2 -- Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: On Monday, Congresswoman Haley Stevens (MI-11) and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer hosted a roundtable discussion to encourage Michiganders to sign up for health care coverage during the ACA open enrollment period ending on Sunday, December 15. "Healthcare is a right, and we must work together to make it more affordable for working families," said Congresswoman Haley Stevens. "I am proud to join Gov  more

Rep. Upton: House Votes to Send Legislation to Stop Illegal Robocalls to President's Desk
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today voted for and the House passed the bipartisan TRACED Act, an effort to put an end to illegal robocalls in southwest Michigan and across the country. The legislation - S. 151 - now heads to President Donald Trump's desk to be signed into law. "I have been part of the effort to stop illegal, pesky, and annoying robocalls all year because enough is enough," Upton said. "  more

Rep. Upton: Michigan Lawmakers Concerned About Nuclear Waste Storage on Great Lakes
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Dingell, Upton, Mitchell, Kildee Press Prime Minister Trudeau to Reconsider Permanent National Repository Near Great Lakes Shores * * * Today, Representatives Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Fred Upton (MI-6), Paul Mitchell (MI-10), and Dan Kildee (MI-5) pressed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in opposition to the placement of a national repository for nuclear waste storage anywhere near the Great La  more

Reps. Tlaib, Garcia to U.S. Financial Institutions: Stop Supporting Amazon Destruction
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: * * * - Lawmakers call on U.S. financial institutions to step up and stop aiding destructive efforts * * * This week, Representatives Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) and Chuy Garcia (IL-04) released a letter addressed to the US-based financial institutions providing the greatest financing to the companies driving current destruction in the Brazilian Amazon, including BlackRock and Vanguard. None of the banks or in  more

Sen. Peters Issues Statement at Hearing on Nomination of Ray
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued the following statement by Ranking Member Gary C. Peters, D-Michigan, at a hearing on the nomination of Paul J. Ray, to be administrator of the Office of Management and Budget's Information and Regulatory Affairs: "Thank you, Mr. Chairman. And thank you Mr. Ray for being here and for your willingness to serve. "The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, or OIRA, is a small, relatively unknown of  more

Sen. Peters Unveils New Report on Lowering Prescription Drug Costs With Michigan Patients & Health Care Providers
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Peters' Report Recommends Congressional Action to Address Skyrocketing Drug Costs and Shortages * * * U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, unveiled a new report on skyrocketing prescription drug prices and drug shortages. At St. J  more

Sen. Stabenow Issues Statement on USDA Rule That Would Make Changes to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, issued the following statement on the Agriculture Department's rule that would make changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: "This rule could cause one million people to lose their food assistance, while doing nothing to help them find jobs. "This Administration is out of touch with families who are struggling to make ends meet by worki  more

Senate Passes Peters Bill to Protect Retirement Benefits From Fraud
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, applauded Senate passage of his bipartisan bill to crack down on fraud and misuse of retirement benefits for federal workers. The Representative Payee Fraud Prevention Act makes it a federal crime to mi  more

Senate Unanimously Passes Peters Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Veterans Apprenticeship Opportunities
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: The U.S. Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) to expand apprenticeship opportunities for veterans. The Support for Veterans in Effective Apprenticeships Act would increase veterans' access to financial assistance they can use in connection with an apprenticeship program. In Michigan alone, only a few hundred of the 1,0  more

Sens. Peters, Romney Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Fight Spread of Opioids Through the Mail
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Mitt Romney (R-UT) introduced bipartisan legislation to combat the circulation of opioids, including fentanyl, through the mail. Illicit trafficking of drugs has fueled the deadly opioid epidemic, and man  more

Sens. Stabenow, Young Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Address Social Determinants of Health
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 -- Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) introduced legislation that would empower states and local governments to improve health outcomes by addressing the economic and social conditions in which people live, learn, work, and play. The Social Determinants Accelerator Act would establish a federal interagency council to better leverage existing programs and address the barriers to c  more