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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Alabama Newsletter for Sunday December 22, 2019 ( 39 items )  

Brooks, Colleagues to Chief Justice Roberts, Senate Leaders McConnell, Schumer: Use Federal Rules of Evidence in Senate Impeachment Trial
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) and 8 conservative House colleagues sent a letter to United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urging them to adopt the Federal Rules of Evidence for the Senate's President Trump impeachment trial. Signers of the letter: Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) Jeff Duncan (SC-03) Jody Hice (GA-  more

Demings Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Close Pensacola Loophole
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Val Demings, D-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) joined Reps. Charlie Crist (D-FL) and John Rutherford (R-FL) to introduce the Foreign National Firearms Background Check Enhancement Act. The bill would close the 'Pensacola loophole,' an exception in federal law that allows foreign nationals to purchase guns if they first acquire a valid state hunting license. The Pensacola loophole allowed a Saudi foreign national to purchase a  more

Rep. Aderholt Issues Statement on 2020 Federal Budget for Rural Broadband
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Alabama, issued the following statement on his efforts to secure funding in the 2020 federal budget to continue to expand rural broadband access: "Two years ago, I led the effort in Congress to create the ReConnect Program, which provides loans and grants to help expand broadband infrastructure to rural America. "As a result, USDA is investing millions of dollars to improve internet connectivity in rural Alabama, bringing new economic development   more

Rep. Aderholt Issues Statement on 2020 Funding for NASA
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Alabama, issued the following statement regarding the NASA and Space Launch System program, which is funded a $22.6 billion, an increase of $1.1 billion above the fiscal 2019 level: "Today is a significant day for Marshall Space Flight Center's continued leadership in our nation's focus on space. There are four main ways that this bill is important: "First, the funding bill that passed the House includes $2.586 billion for The Space Launch System.  more

Rep. Aderholt Issues Statement on Clearing Rape Kit Backlogs
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Alabama, issued the following statement on his efforts to secure $102 million to assure clearing rape kit backlogs are made a priority in 2020 federal spending. The $102 million will go to the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant program: "There is an old legal saying - 'justice delayed is justice denied.' For thousands of victims of sexual assault across our country, including Alabama, justice has been delayed because of the wait time for DNA evidence t  more

Rep. Aderholt Issues Statement on House Impeachment of President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Alabama, issued the following statement after House Democrats voted to impeach President Trump: "Today is a sad day for the United States. Our duly-elected President, Donald Trump, was impeached by House Democrats compelled by partisanship, not by facts. I was proud to stand with President Trump, joining my Republican colleagues and several Democrats to vote no. "Let's be clear about what has happened. It isn't the President who has abused his pow  more

Rep. Aderholt Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Alabama, issued the following statement after the House passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "I was proud to cast a vote in support of legislation to implement the upcoming USMCA Trade Agreement. This agreement has been a signature priority of the Trump administration, modernizing the 25-year-old NAFTA to make improvements supporting continued economic growth and American jobs. "This agreement made significant improvements for the state of Ala  more

Rep. Brooks Issues Statement on Impeachment Vote Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, issued the following statement: Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted "No", against Impeaching President Donald Trump. The vote against impeachment was bipartisan, as 3 very courageous Democrats joined every Republican in voting against impeachment. "Socialist Democrats have brazenly abused their majority party power in these impeachment proceedings. The Constitution imposes a very high bar that must be cleared before an impeachment can trash the  more

Rep. Brooks Issues Statement on NDAA Conference Report
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, issued the following statement: Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted "Yes" on the House-Senate Conference Report and compromise FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The compromise FY20 NDAA Conference Report passed the House 377-48. "The FY20 NDAA House-Senate compromise bill is vastly superior to the original House version opposed by a bipartisan Senate and the White House. This compromise NDAA enhances America's national security  more

Rep. Byrne Issues Remarks on Impeachment Articles Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following floor remarks: Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) gave an impassioned speech on the floor of the House of Representatives today on his amendment to the articles of impeachment saying, based upon the Democrat majority's standard in pursuing impeachment against President Donald Trump, they should have written articles of impeachment against President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder for their actions during the House i  more

Rep. Byrne Issues Remarks on Impeachment Articles Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following floor remarks after voting against the two articles of impeachment of President Trump: "Madam Speaker, in three months, we have gone from receiving an unsubstantiated, hearsay, and discredited whistleblower complaint to the production of articles of impeachment against the President of the United States. Not since Andrew Johnson has the House engaged in such a partisan political stunt! "From the beginning, this has been  more

Rep. Byrne Issues Statement on Congressional App Challenge
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following statement: Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) announced the winners of the Congressional App Challenge for Alabama's First Congressional District. Isabelle Stabler, JaMiyah Peebles, and Hannah Vaccaro of the Alabama School of Mathematics and Science won the Congressional App Challenge for their application entitled "Cumulative Testing App." The students' app will be displayed in the United States Capitol and will be featu  more

Rep. Byrne Issues Statement on Holding Articles of Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following statement after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi withheld articles of impeachment from the Senate: "So for weeks, we were told that we couldn't wait. We had to go forward with impeachment before Christmas, that the Republic was at stake. And then this House passed a purely partisan impeachment yesterday, and the speaker has decided to hold the articles of impeachment. "That underscores the word 'sham.' That puts an exclamatio  more

Rep. Byrne Issues Statement on Spending Bills
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following statement after voting against the omnibus spending bills: "Yesterday at 5 pm, 2,313 pages containing $1.4 trillion in new spending and unrelated measures were dumped on me. As I slept, hundreds more pages were added to these bills last night. "Voting on these bills less than 24 hours later is the definition of the swamp. "During a time of remarkable economic growth, we should be taking steps to reduce the deficit, not  more

Rep. Crist Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Close Pensacola Loophole
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Tougher Background Checks For Foreign Nationals * * * U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) announced introduction of the Foreign National Firearms Background Check Enhancement Act. The bill, co-led by Representatives John Rutherford (R-FL) and Val Demings (D-FL) would close the 'Pensacola loophole', an exception in federal law that allows foreign nationals to purchase guns if they  more

Rep. Palmer Issues Statement on Impeachment Articles Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Alabama, issued the following statement after voting against articles of impeachment against President Trump: "The vote today to impeach President Trump is not supported by law, facts, or logic. It does, however, circumvent the vision of America's Founders. They imagined that impeachment would occur only under grave circumstances, not due to political differences. Today, my Democratic colleagues have not proven that President Trump is guilty of 'treaso  more

Rep. Palmer Issues Statement Opposing FY 2020 Appropriations Bills
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Alabama, issued the following statement: Congressman Gary Palmer (AL-06) has voted "no" on the Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 1158) and the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 1865). These two "minibus" bills authorize continued funding of the federal government through fiscal year 2020, once the current funding resolution expires on December 20. Following their passage in the House of Representatives, Palmer released the following sta  more

Rep. Roby Issues Remarks at House Judiciary Committee Markup of Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 -- Rep. Martha Roby, R-Alabama, issued the following remarks at the House Judiciary Committee's markup of the articles of impeachment against President Trump (H.Res. 755): "The articles of impeachment before us in this Committee do not meet the necessary requirements nor have they followed an exhaustive pursuit to even find all of the facts of the case. "The American people deserve a process that puts politics aside. "The American people deserve a process that is led by ou  more

Rep. Rogers Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, issued the following statement after the House passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: Republicans have asked Democrat leadership for months to bring this bipartisan legislation to the House Floor, but House Democrats have been focused on a sham impeachment instead. "I was thrilled to see this important piece of legislation finally be brought to the House Floor. The USMCA is a win for all Americans and I want to thank President Trump for his  more

Rep. Rutherford Introduces Bill to Close Pensacola Loophole
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. John Rutherford, R-Florida, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation would prevent foreign nationals from easily purchasing firearms in the U.S. * * * Representatives John Rutherford (R-FL), Charlie Crist (D-FL), and Val B. Demings (D-FL) introduced the Foreign National Firearms Background Check Enhancement Act. On December 6, 2019, three servicemembers were killed and eight were injured in a shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The shooter, who   more

Rep. Sewell Announces 2019 Congressional App Challenge Winners
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) is thrilled to announce Jada Wells, Alexis Perry and Ashton Young (all from RB Hudson Middle School), as this year's winners of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge. The annual challenge is open to middle and high school registrants throughout Alabama's 7th Congressional District, and is meant to encourage engagement in computer science and STEM programs. "Every year,  more

Rep. Sewell Applauds FUTURE Act Becoming Law
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, issued the following news release: * * * - Alabama HBCUs to receive over $9.5 million annually as result of the law * * * U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) applauded Congress' passage of the FUTURE Act, legislation that permanently reauthorizes crucial mandatory funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and all Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). The bill provides these institutions with $255 million in annual fundin  more

Rep. Sewell Applauds House Passage of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, issued the following news release: * * * - Sewell played a key role in Democrats' negotiations that made U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement "infinitely" better * * * U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) praised the House passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) on Thursday. As a member of the Democrat Working Group tasked with improving the deal, she worked for six months to make transformative changes to the labor, environment,  more

Rep. Sewell Issues Statement on Appropriations Bills for FY 2020
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, issued the following statement on the House passage of 12 appropriations bills for fiscal 2020 and accompanying tax package: * * * - The House-passed measures are expected to be signed into law * * * The appropriations package contains nearly $1.2 billion that Sewell directly worked with House appropriators to secure. "The legislation the House passed today reflects a bipartisan commitment to historic preservation, rural wastewater infras  more

Rep. Sewell Issues Statement on House Impeachment Vote
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama, a senior member of the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement after the House voted to impeach President Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress: "No one comes to Congress to impeach a president. However, the President has given this Congress no choice - he has put us in an untenable position. "The evidence is clear and direct: The President, by his own admission, has endangered o  more

Rubio Applauds Senate Confirmation of Raag Singhal to Be U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Florida
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) applauded the Senate confirmation of Anuraag "Raag" Singhal to serve as a federal district court judge for the Southern District of Florida. Rubio also submitted a statement for the record at Judge Singhal's confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, which took place on September 11, 2019. "Today's confirmation of Judge Singhal is further proof tha  more

Sen. Cruz: Final 2020 National Defense Authorization Act Reinforces America's Defense & National Security Interests
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued the following news release: * * * - Defense bill halts construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2, expands Texas-based F-35 fleet, and provides $343M for military construction in Texas * * * U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) this week voted in favor of final passage of the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which enhances America's national security and ensures that the men and women of our Armed Forces have the resources they need to  more

Sen. Jones Announces Funding for Alabama Priorities in Appropriations Package Passed by Congress
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) announced that dozens of his requests to fund priorities for Alabama were included in a year-end appropriations package that passed the Senate on Dec. 19. The two funding bills now head to the President's desk for his signature. "From increased resources for our HBCUs to additional funding to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in our deer population, there are dozen  more

Sen. Jones Issues Statement on FUTURE Act Being Signed Into Law
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, issued the following statement: * * * - Jones first proposed permanent funding for HBCUs last year * * * U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) released the following statement on the President's signing of his bipartisan FUTURE Act legislation to permanently renew funding for Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs). The bill also includes a first step toward simplifying the Free Application for  more

Sen. Jones' Bill to Crack Down on Robocalls Passes Congress, Set to Become Law
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, issued the following news release: The Senate passed broad, bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) to decrease and deter robocalls. The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month. The bill now heads to the President to be signed into law. "Most people in this day and age know what it's like to have their phone go off all day  more

Sen. Shelby Applauds Bipartisan Cooperation, Encourages Colleagues to Support FY20 Spending Packages to Fully Fund Govt
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release: Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) delivered remarks on the Senate floor ahead of procedural votes on two comprehensive appropriations packages containing all 12 FY2020 bills - H.R. 1158 and H.R. 1865. The legislation was passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Chairman Shelby thanked his colleagues for their bipartis  more

Sen. Shelby Issues Statement on Passage of FY 2020 NDAA
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its subcommittee on defense, issued the following statement regarding Senate passage of the conference report to accompany the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2020 (S. 1790): Following passage in the House of Representatives last week, the authorizing legislation will now move to the President's desk for his signature. "This legislation contains major victories for Alabam  more

Sen. Shelby: Congress Works to Fully Fund Government Ahead of Deadline, Files Two FY20 Packages
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Packages Include $22 Billion Increase to Rebuild Military, $1.375 Billion for Border Wall, Maintains Critical Transfer Authorities * * * Two comprehensive appropriations packages containing all 12 appropriations measures were filed in the U.S. House of Representatives in an effort to complete funding for the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020) process. The   more

Sen. Shelby: National Security Appropriations Package Passed by Senate, FY20 Process Complete
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release: The United States Senate passed the second of two FY2020 comprehensive appropriations packages, H.R. 1158. The legislation includes spending measures for the Appropriations Subcommittees on Department of Defense; Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; Financial Services and General Government; and Homeland Security. Senate Appropriations Committe  more

Sen. Shelby: Senate Passes FY20 Domestic Appropriations Package
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release: * * * - Bills Include Increases for NIH & Nuclear Security, Funds to Implement VA MISSION Act * * * The United States Senate passed H.R. 1865 by a vote of 71-23. The legislation is the first of two FY2020 comprehensive appropriations packages and contains measures for the Appropriations Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Rel  more

Sens. Jones, Cotton, Merkley Legislation to Stop Predatory Unsolicited Loans
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 -- Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) have reintroduced bipartisan legislation--the Unsolicited Loan Act --that would halt the predatory practice of mailing high-interest loans to consumers in the form of "live" checks. Often times, when consumers receive these checks in the mail they believe them to be from their bank or another trusted financial institution and ar  more

Shelby Announces Critical Funding for Port of Mobile in FY2020 Appropriations Measure
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, voted to approve two comprehensive appropriations packages that together contain the 12 annual appropriations measures, completing funding for the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020) process. One of the packages, H.R. 1865, contains crucial funding to deepen and widen the Port of Mobile. "The deepening and widening of the Port  more

Shelby Applauds Senate Passage of National Security Appropriations Package, Contains Funding for Alabama Priorities
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its subcommittee on defense, voted to approve the second of two comprehensive appropriations packages together containing all 12 appropriations measures. The package, H.R. 1158, was passed in the Senate by a vote of 81-11 and completes funding for the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020) process. This measure contains funding  more

Shelby Touts Alabama Priorities in First FY2020 Appropriations Package
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, voted to approve the first of two comprehensive appropriations packages that together contain all 12 Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020) appropriations measures, H.R. 1865. The legislation, which passed the Senate by a vote of 71-23, contains funding for various Alabama priorities. "Completing the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriatio  more