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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Missouri Newsletter for Sunday December 22, 2019 ( 45 items )  

Blunt Announces Missouri Priorities Included in Defense, Military Construction Funding Bills
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, announced that several key Missouri and national defense priorities were included in the FY2020 funding bills for defense and military construction. Both bills passed as part of a larger government funding package that is headed to the president's desk. "Congress's top priority is making sure our nation's military ha  more

Blunt Highlights Missouri Ag, Infrastructure Priorities in FY2020 Legislative Package
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Appropriations Committee, announced that several Missouri priorities were included in the following FY2020 funding bills: Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies; Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Ag  more

Blunt Highlights Priorities in Senate-Passed Health, Education, and Labor Funding Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: * * * - Blunt-Led Bill Continues Efforts to Prevent Waste, Fraud, and Abuse of Taxpayer Dollars * * * U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), praised Senate passage of the fiscal year 2020 Labor/HHS appropriations bill. The bill includes several national and Missouri priorities, including the   more

Blunt Touts Key Investments in Closing the Skills Gap, Strengthening U.S. Workforce
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), announced that the fiscal year 2020 Senate Labor/HHS appropriations bill includes several investments in key workforce development programs. The bill was filed today and is expected to be considered by the Senate later this week. "There are over a million   more

Blunt, Brown Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Reporting of Child Abuse Deaths, Prevent Future Fatalities
WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 -- Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators' Bill Would Provide Clearer Picture of the Number of Child Abuse Fatalities, Better Assess When and Why Child Abuse Fatalities Occur * * * Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) introduced bipartisan legislation, the Child Abuse Deaths Disclosure Act, which would require states to report data on all child-abuse related deaths and develop recommendations to prevent chi  more

Blunt, Van Hollen Secure Key Provisions of Valor Medals Review Act in Defense Authorization Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 -- Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Will Ensure WWI Minority Veterans Receive the Recognition They're Owed * * * Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Chris Van Hollen (Md.) announced that key provisions of the World War I Valor Medals Review Act have been included in the House and Senate-negotiated National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The senators' provisions would require the Department of Defense (DOD) to under  more

Blunt-Backed Funding Bills Prioritize Resources for Missouri Law Enforcement, First Responders
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced several Missouri priorities he worked to include in the following FY2020 funding bills: Homeland Security; Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies; and Financial Services and General Government. The bill has passed the Senate and is headed to the president's desk. "This legislation provides vital resources for pr  more

Blunt-Led Bill Invests in Education, From Early Childhood Through Career
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), announced that the fiscal year 2020 Labor/HHS appropriations bill includes several new investments in high-quality early childhood care and education, elementary and secondary education programs, and higher education. The bill was filed today and is expecte  more

Blunt-Led Funding Bill Provides 5th Consecutive Increase for Life-Saving, Cost-Saving NIH Research
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: * * * - Funding for NIH Research Up More Than 38% Under Blunt's Subcommittee Chairmanship * * * U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), today announced that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has received nearly $41.7 billion in the fiscal year 2020 Labor/HHS appropriations bill, a $2.6 b  more

Following Cleaver's Efforts, TRIA Reauthorization Included in Appropriations Bills Passed by House
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, issued the following news release: After a year-long effort to reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), United States Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on National Security, applauded the inclusion of the seven-year reauthorization of TRIA in the House FY2020 appropriations legislation, which was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support yesterday. "It's always a good   more

GAO Issues Report on Federal Real Property
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on federal real property. The report (GAO-20-130) is titled "Measuring Actual Office Space Costs Would Provide More Accurate Information". The report was sent to Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, chairman, Rep. Sam Graves, R-Missouri, ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Dec. 10, 2019. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report. What GAO Found: "The Office of Management an  more

IG Horowitz to Sen. Hawley: There Was Potential Bias In FBI Counterintelligence Investigation Against Trump Campaign
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: During a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) questioned Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz about his report detailing widespread FISA application abuse by the FBI during its 2016 counterintelligence investigation against the Trump campaign. Under questioning from Senator Hawley, IG Horowitz left the door open to the possibility tha  more

On Sino-British Joint Declaration Anniversary, Hawley Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging U.N. to Raise Issue of China's Human Rights Violations
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: On the 35th anniversary of the signing of the Sino-British Joint Declaration, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter with his colleagues to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, urging him to raise the issue of China's violations of human rights and its destruction of its documentary record in both his discussions with member states and at the U.N. Human Rights Council and the U.N. Security C  more

Rep. Blaine's Bulletin: Christmas
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Missouri, issued the following column: It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. The lights, the tree, the music, the cookies - everything about this season is cheerful. Spirits are higher, people are more hopeful, and there is a general sense of excitement that comes around Christmas time. Children are anxiously awaiting Santa's arrival, adults embrace the season of giving and charity, and all across our state Missourians are wondering i  more

Rep. Clay Issues Statement on Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. William 'Lacy' Clay Jr., D-Missouri, issued the following floor statement on the articles of impeachment against President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress: "I rise today to hold Donald John Trump accountable for his repeated Abuse of Power; "His deliberate Obstruction of the House's constitutionally-mandated oversight responsibilities; "And his unprecedented misuse of the presidency to undermine the rule of law; "Weaken the Separation of Power  more

Rep. Clay Issues Statement Opposing U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. William 'Lacy' Clay Jr., D-Missouri, issued the following statement opposing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement: "Today, I voted to defend millions of skilled manufacturing jobs by opposing the inadequate and highly disappointing United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. "Just like the original NAFTA, which was a slap in the face to working Americans, NAFTA 2.0 is a deeply-flawed agreement that fails to protect key skilled manufacturing sectors like aerospace  more

Rep. Cleaver Calls for Investigation Into JPMorgan Chase Following Allegations of Racial Discrimination
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, issued the following news release: On Dec. 20, U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO), along with Rep. Al Green (D-TX), sent a letter to JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and federal regulators calling for an investigation into allegations of race-based discrimination practices against both clients and employees from the banking giant. "The allegations of racial discrimination within JPMorgan Chase purported in media reports are ext  more

Rep. Cleaver Issues Statement Following Votes to Pass Articles of Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, issued the following statement after voting to support both articles of impeachment against President Trump: "Impeachment, at least for me, is a stomach-churning experience. I do not hate this President. In fact, in my faith tradition, we are taught to pray for "kings and all those in authority." Therefore, I pray for President Trump. When the day is spent, I kneel beside my bed and pray for our leaders and for the reconciliation of our n  more

Rep. Cleaver Votes in Support of Appropriations Bills
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, issued the following news release: Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two "minibus" appropriations bills, H.R. 1865 and H.R. 1158, to fund the federal government through Fiscal Year 2020. Congressman Cleaver voted in favor of both appropriations bills, which passed with significant bipartisan support by a vote of 297-120 and 289-138, respectively. "Although no bill is perfect, I'm proud to have supported these bipartisan  more

Rep. Graves Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Sam Graves, R-Missouri, issued the following statement after the House passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "Today's approval of the USMCA is a huge victory for America and I was proud to support it. "After more than a year of delay by Speaker Pelosi, we were finally able to get this common-sense trade agreement approved. "President Trump promised to get a much better trade deal with Canada and Mexico and he kept his promise. This agreement is a good deal for t  more

Rep. Hartzler Issues Statement on Impeachment Articles Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, issued the following statement announcing a no vote on the articles of impeachment against President Trump: "Today's vote is a gross abuse of power by Congress. This entire process to impeach President Trump is nothing more than a political calculation being made to undo the voice of nearly 63 million Americans. House Democrats fear they cannot beat him fairly at the ballot box, so they are intent in removing him at all costs," Hartzler sa  more

Rep. Hartzler Issues Statement on U.S-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, issued the following statement joining 158 colleagues on a letter to urge Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to a vote in the House: "I sent Speaker Pelosi a letter urging her to bring this important agreement to a vote nearly two months ago, highlighting the importance the USMCA has on my district. I've heard nothing but radio silence from her office. "I'm pleased to have joined over 150 colleagues on this sec  more

Rep. Hartzler Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, issued the following statement in support of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "Today, I am pleased to finally vote for USMCA. This agreement, which has been held up for well over a year, is a win for Missourians and a win for all Americans, bringing 176,000 new jobs to the U.S. and spurring over $60 billion in new economic activity," Hartzler said. "At a time when many of our exporting businesses are facing uncertainty, the USMCA will ex  more

Rep. Long Issues Statement on Impeachment Articles Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Billy Long, R-Missouri, issued the following statement on articles of impeachment against President Trump: "House Democrats have wanted to impeach President Trump from the moment he was sworn in. "In March of this year, Speaker Pelosi said that because an impeachment would be so divisive for this country, it must have bipartisan support and there must be overwhelming evidence, yet she has ignored her own standard. "This impeachment marks the first in modern history  more

Rep. Luetkemeyer Introduces Bill to Stop Illicit Fentanyl Trafficking
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Last week, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) introduced the bipartisan Stopping Illicit Fentanyl Trafficking Act to permanently schedule all illicitly manufactured fentanyl. This legislation would permanently codify the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) emergency scheduling of illicit fentanyl which is set to expire in February 2020. "In 2018 alone, we lost 1,132 Missourians to opioid over  more

Rep. Luetkemeyer Issues Statement on Impeachment Articles Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Missouri, issued the following statement after voting in opposition of the articles of impeachment against President Trump: "As Speaker Pelosi stated herself, this has been a two-and-a half year process with the sole mission of overturning the 2016 election results. Democrats' obsession with impeachment has rendered them completely incapable of governing and brought this Congress to a standstill," said Congressman Luetkemeyer. "House Democrats   more

Rep. Luetkemeyer Issues Statement on Passage of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Missouri, issued the following statement after House passage of the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement: "There are over 234,000 jobs in Missouri that depend on trade with Canada and Mexico, and thanks to USMCA, U.S. agriculture and food exports will increase by at least $2 billion each year. "This is a major victory for Missouri farmers, manufacturers and small businesses. ""This bill is also an example of the success that can be achieved when Congr  more

Rep. Smith Issues Column: The Party of Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Rep. Jason Smith, R-Missouri, issued the following Capitol Report column: For the first time in our nation's history, the U.S. House of Representatives has impeached a duly elected President of the United States with an entirely partisan vote. The politically motivated impeachment of President Donald Trump had no due process and was rife with bias. Throughout this entire circus the Left has not been motivated by facts or fairness, but by their blind hatred of President Tr  more

Rep. Smith Issues Statement on Impeachment Articles Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Jason Smith, R-Missouri, issued the following statement after voting against the two articles of impeachment against President Trump: "Tonight, for the first time in our nation's history, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached a duly elected President of the United States with an entirely partisan vote. The politically motivated impeachment of President Donald Trump has had no due process, it has been rife with bias, and it is shaking the foundations of our repu  more

Rep. Wagner Issues Statement on Impeachment Vote Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Missouri, issued the following statement on the impeachment vote against President Trump: "Today I chose the Constitution over partisanship and cast my vote against the articles of impeachment. These impeachment articles do not come close to the constitutional standards of treason, bribery, or high crimes and misdemeanors. "Our Republic relies on robust political disagreements, but political disagreements are not cause for impeachment of a duly elected  more

Rep. Wagner Issues Statement on Senate Passage of Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Missouri, issued the following statement: Congresswoman Ann Wagner's (R-MO) H.R. 777, the Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2019, passed the Senate by unanimous consent. This bipartisan bill to combat the rape kit backlog was introduced with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) in January and passed the House in October. "I am thrilled that the Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act has finally passed the Senate," said Rep. Wagner. "Survivors of sexual ass  more

Rep. Wagner: Suburban Caucus Legislative Platform Released
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: * * * - This first set of caucus-endorsed legislation aims to address common issues in suburban America * * * Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO), Chair of the Suburban Caucus, and Representatives French Hill (R-AR), Rob Wittman (R-VA), and Steve Stivers (R-OH), Suburban Caucus Task Force Chairs, released the following statement announcing the first installment of the Suburban Caucus Legislative Platform: "I   more

Reps. Loebsack, Latta, Long, McEachin Praise House Passage of Legislation to Improve Broadband Data Maps
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Rep. Billy Long, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Representatives Dave Loebsack (IA-02) and Bob Latta (OH-05) authors of the "Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act (HR 4229), along with its cosponsors, Reps. Billy Long (MO-07) and Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued the following statements praising the House passage of the bill. The Broadband DATA Act is bipartisan legislation that would improve the accuracy of the Federal Commu  more

Reps. Loebsack, Three Representatives Issue Statements on House Passage of Broadband Deployment Accuracy & Technological Availability Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. David Loebsack, D-Iowa, issued the following statements with Reps. Robert Latta, R-Ohio, Billy Long, R-Missouri, and Donald McEachin, D-Virginia, on House passage of the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act (H.R. 4229): The Broadband DATA Act is bipartisan legislation that would improve the accuracy of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) broadband availability maps by changing the way broadband data is collected. The bill now hea  more

Reps. McEachin, Long Issue Statements on House Passage of Mapping Accuracy Promotes Services Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Reps. Billy Long, R-Missouri, and Billy Long, R-Missouri, issued the following statements praising House passage of their bipartisan Mapping Accuracy Promotes Services Act: The MAPS Act would prohibit broadband providers from willfully, knowingly, or recklessly providing inaccurate broadband coverage data to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). "Too many Virginians do not have access to high-speed internet. Without these services, businesses and jobs relocate; co  more

Reps. McEachin, Long Issue Statements on House Passage of Mapping Accuracy Promotes Services Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Reps. A. Donald McEachin, D-Virginia, and Billy Long, R-Missouri, issued the following statement: Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) and Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) released the following statement praising House passage of their bipartisan Mapping Accuracy Promotes Services (MAPS) Act. The MAPS Act would prohibit broadband providers from willfully, knowingly, or recklessly providing inaccurate broadband coverage data to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  more

Sen. Blunt Discusses U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: At the weekly Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) welcomed the agreement reached between President Trump and House Democrats to move forward on the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade deal. Under USMCA, U.S. agriculture exports are estimated to increase by $2.2 billion. Following Are Blunt's Remarks: "Well any time in the last year, including any time in the last   more

Sen. Blunt Issues Statement on Blanton Nomination as Architect of the Capitol
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, chairman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, issued the following statement after the full committee approved the nomination of Brett Blanton as the Architect of the Capitol: "Brett Blanton has the right background and credentials to serve as Architect of the Capitol. "The leadership experience he gained over more than two decades in the U.S. Navy, combined with his significant background in facilities operations and construction  more

Sen. Blunt Issues Statement on GM's $1.5 Billion Investment in Wentzville Facility
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 -- Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, issued the following statement after attending General Motors' event where the company announced it will invest $1.5 billion in its Wentzville facility: "This historic investment is great news for the region and our state. I appreciate GM for making a long-term commitment to the Wentzville facility, which is home to thousands of hardworking employees. "This is another milestone in Governor Parson's efforts to make Missouri an even better plac  more

Sen. Blunt Issues Statement on Renewable Fuel Standard Final Rule
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency finalized its renewable fuel standard supplemental rule: "The Trump administration needs to live up to the commitments it made to Missouri farmers and the biofuels sector. In the wake of historic flooding and months of market instability, it's important for growers to be certain that EPA will uphold the 15 billion gallon blended fuel target. This rule falls short by ignor  more

Sen. Blunt Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 -- Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, issued the following statement after President Trump and House Democrats announced an agreement to move forward on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal: "This is great news for our state's ag industry. "For the last year, the question I've been asked the most in Missouri is, 'when will Congress vote on USMCA?' "This agreement with our two biggest trading partners will help our economy, increase jobs, and benefit families. The best economy in 5  more

Sen. Hawley Issues Statement on House Impeachment Vote
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, issued the following statement after the House approved articles of impeachment against President Trump: "With last night's vote, House Democrats have earned a place in history for the worst abuse of the impeachment process ever perpetrated. "They have ignored due process, ignored House procedures, and ignored the evidence on their way to adopting the first impeachment articles against a president in history that do not even bother to alleg  more

Sen. Hawley Issues Statement on Passage of Debbie Smith Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, issued the following statement: Last night the Senate unanimously passed the Debbie Smith Act of 2019, a bill that authorizes crucial grant funding to help state crime labs work through their backlogs of untested DNA samples, including rape kits. The bill now heads to the President's desk. U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), an original cosponsor of the Debbie Smith Act, issued the following statement: "Far too often, survivors of this horrend  more

Sen. Hawley Issues Statement on Passage of FY 2020 NDAA
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, issued the following statement: The Senate passed the Conference Report for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020, sending it to President Trump's desk. The FY'20 NDAA includes measures to implement the National Defense Strategy (NDS) to counter the growing threats posed by China and Russia. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, secured several Missouri priorities in the bil  more

Senator Hawley Praises Passage of Bill to Curb Robocalls
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: The United States Senate unanimously passed the conference report of the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (TRACED) Act, sending the bill to President Trump's desk. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) is a cosponsor of the TRACED Act, which will crack down on the illegal robocalls that inundate Missourians every day. The final version of the legislation includes a proposal from Senator  more