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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday December 22, 2019 ( 61 items )  

Cartwright Announces $70,000 EDA Grant to Economic Development Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania
SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, Dec. 13 -- Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced that the Economic Development Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania received a $70,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, distributed via the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) for economic development district planning. This EDA investment supports the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic dev  more

Cartwright Bills to Make U.S. Communities More Resilient Against Extreme Weather Risks Included in Federal Funding Legislation
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Language from legislation sponsored by U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) to help communities prepare for natural disasters and extreme weather incidents was included in the fiscal year 2020 funding legislation, which is expected to be signed into law by President Trump. "Hurricanes, floods and other extreme weather events are growing more intense every year. Yet, many communities are still  more

Doyle Supports Legislation to Fix Broadband Mapping
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Important bills from the Subcommittee on Communications & Technology * * * U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives approved two bills to improve broadband mapping. "I'm pleased to see these bills move through the House to  more

Four Congressmen Issue Statement on Senate Passage of TRACED Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, ranking Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement with 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 Senate passed the Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act, otherwise known as the TRACED Act: The Hous  more

GAO Denies Protest by Tapestry Technologies of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a decision denying a bid protest filed by Tapestry Technologies Inc. of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. According to the GAO, Tapestry Technologies Inc., a woman-owned small business, "protests the issuance of a task order to IPKeys Technologies, LLC, a woman-owned small business of Stafford, Virginia, under request for quotations (RFQ) No. 831711853, issued by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), for technical assessm  more

Lamb Introduces Bipartisan Grid Modernization Research and Development Act of 2019
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Representatives Conor Lamb (PA-17) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3) recently introduced H.R. 5428, the Grid Modernization Research and Development Act of 2019. This bill would refine and expand vital research programs at the Department of Energy focused on modernizing and improving our nation's electric grid. "The electric grid powers the lives of all Americans--we need to invest in the research to ensur  more

Rep. Boyle Leads Successful Effort to Increase Funding for Northern Ireland Peace Programs
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: The U.S. House of Representatives increased funding for peace programs in the north of Ireland to $2 million as part of a Fiscal Year 2020 government spending package, expected to be signed by the President on Friday. This substantial increase is a result of an amendment offered by Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) in June to the Fiscal Year 2020 State, Foreign Operations Appropriations. "I am hap  more

Rep. Cartwright Announces $4.6 Million Grant to Invest in Children, Communities in Luzerne County
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced a $4,687,441 federal grant awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to Luzerne County Head Start to provide high-quality, comprehensive, early childhood education for children in Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. "Early education programs set the foundation for a child's future academic and economic success. "With thes  more

Rep. Cartwright Announces $97,000 Grant to Provide Job Training, Enhance Employment for Area Companies
ASHLEY, Pennsylvania, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced a $97,546 federal grant awarded through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to the Earth Conservancy to support one 18-month cycle of its Environmental Workforce Training (EWT) Program. The EWT program will help at least 20 unemployed, underemployed or dislocated residents obtain new or enhanced employment. Local companies will al  more

Rep. Cartwright Issues Statement on House Passage of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after voting to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "This is an important win for Northeastern Pennsylvania's manufacturing workers and farmers. "We passed a modern trade deal with fair, enforceable labor standards that empowers hardworking Americans and puts their interests first. It also opens Canadian markets for dairy farmers in our area, helping them reach new customers and grow their businesse  more

Rep. Cartwright Prevails in Fight to Increase Federal Funding for Stormwater Infrastructure Improvements, Saving Money for Local Communities
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Rep. Cartwright Fought Successfully to Double Funding Available for Local Grants * * * House and Senate leaders reached an agreement on two fiscal year 2020 federal spending packages, one of which includes funding secured by Rep. Cartwright to offset the costs of improving stormwater infrastructure in Northeastern Pennsylvania. This increased funding doubles the money available for sedime  more

Rep. Cartwright Priorities Included in FY2020 Funding Bills Cartwright
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: The legislation that will fully fund the federal government through September 30, 2020, includes priorities fought for by U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) that will improve the lives of Northeastern Pennsylvanians and boost the regional economy. Rep. Cartwright voted Tuesday to pass the funding packages in the full House of Representatives. The U.S. Senate passed the bills Thursday, and Pr  more

Rep. Doyle Issues Statement After House Voted to Implement U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after the House voted to implement the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement as a replacement for North American Free Trade Agreement: "I voted in favor of H.R. 5430, legislation to implement the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, because I believe that the revised trade agreement we had before us today was a clear improvement over NAFTA. "Democrats and Labor were able to substantially improve the USMCA   more

Rep. Doyle: Senate Approves Bill to Stop Spam Robocalls
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Includes provisions of Doyle bill to stop robocalls * * * U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, announced that the Senate approved bipartisan legislation to stop unwanted robocalls by unanimous consent. "Stopping bad robocalls has been a top priority for us this year," Congressman Doyle said. "I'm glad that we passed this stron  more

Rep. Evans Issues Statement on Voting Yes on Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on voting yes on articles of impeachment against President Trump: "Impeachment is a solemn and historic task. With the outrageous, ongoing conduct of President Trump, impeachment is necessary for upholding our oath of office and the Constitution. Benjamin Franklin said after the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia that we have 'a republic, if you can keep it.' House Democrats intend to  more

Rep. Evans: Budget Deal Has Wins for Philly, Would Avoid Shutdown
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Includes First Federal Funding for Gun Violence Research in Over 20 Years Congressman Dwight Evans (D-PA-3rd) said the bipartisan budget deal the House passed today would make real progress in several areas and avoid a new government shutdown if President Trump signs it into law. Evans said, "For the first time in over 20 years, Democrats have secured federal funding for gun v  more

Rep. Evans: House Passes Drug Bill to Lower Costs for Most Americans Price of Insulin Up 197% in 10 Years
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Dec. 16 -- Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Dwight Evans (D-PA-3rd) voted today for landmark legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs for most Americans. The bill includes two other health-care bills Evans authored or co-sponsored. "Philadelphians and people across the country pay too much for insulin and other life-saving prescription medications. The price of insulin has gone up 197 percent over the past   more

Rep. Fitzpatrick Issues Statement on Impeachment Articles Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on articles of impeachment against President Trump: "Second only to declaring war, impeaching a President and overturning the results of an election is the most significant action that Congress can take. Impeachment is a constitutional nuclear option of last resort. Historical precedent demands that this only occurs in the most extreme of circumstances, and should happen only after a formal law enforce  more

Rep. Houlahan Lauds Passage Of Government Funding Bills That Include Key Pennsylvania Priorities
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Rep. Chrissy Houlahan voted to pass two bipartisan legislative packages that together comprise all 12 fiscal year 2020 funding bills. These bills both passed the House. "We were successful today in working across party lines to fund the government and elevate key issues that affect our community, commonwealth, and country," said Houlahan. "These bills, among other things, fund research on our count  more

Rep. Houlahan: Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort to Help the Military Recruit and Retain Tech Talent Heads to the President's Desk
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Representatives Houlahan, Meadows' and Senators Heinrich, Portman's Armed Forces Digital Advantage Act included in the FY20 NDAA * * * Representatives Houlahan and Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Rob Portman (R-OH) laud the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2020 that included their Armed Forces Digital Advantage Act. The bipartisan, b  more

Rep. Johnstown Redevelopment Authority Receives ARC Grant
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - $1,396,497 awarded for the Johnstown Urban Industrial Park Connector Street * * * U.S. Representatives Glenn "GT" Thompson (PA-15) and John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13) announced the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority (JRA) as the recipient of a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). The $1,396,497 grant will be used for the Johnstown Urban Industrial Park Connector Street project. "W  more

Rep. Joyce Issues Remarks on Impeachment Process Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. John Joyce, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following floor remarks in opposition to the impeachment process against President Trump: Madam Speaker, I rise today, on this dark day in the United States House of Representatives, to voice my opposition to the shameful impeachment process that has occurred in the People's House. Some of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle do not like President Trump. We know this because they proudly boasted about their intention to  more

Rep. Joyce Issues Statement on Impeachment Articles Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. John Joyce, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after voting against the articles of impeachment against President Trump: "The path to today's vote on the Articles of Impeachment began on November 8, 2016. Since he was elected, Democrats have sought to sabotage President Trump, to obstruct his work to serve the American people, and ultimately, to remove him from the office to which he was democratically-elected. "On this dark day for our nation, House Dem  more

Rep. Joyce Issues Statement on Lower Costs, More Cures Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 -- Rep. John Joyce, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on the Lower Costs, More Cures Act (H.R. 19): "As a physician serving in Congress, I am working to improve Americans' access to quality and affordable health care. Lowering prescription drug costs is a bipartisan priority, and Speaker Pelosi's politically-driven H.R. 3 is not the answer. This innovation-stifling legislation would prevent 100 new cures from reaching American patients and lacks the support need  more

Rep. Joyce Issues Statement Saluting Senior Master Sergeant Christopher Santay
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. John Joyce, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 18, entitled "Saluting Senior Master Sergeant Christopher Santay": I rise today to salute the many accomplishments of Senior Master Sergeant Christopher Santay, who has served our nation and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania admirably for more than 30 years, including 16 years in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. After enlisting in the Army Reserves   more

Rep. Joyce, Industry Leaders Praise Passage of USMCA
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. John Joyce, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13) voted to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), which will have important benefits for Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District. "With the potential to create jobs, promote economic growth, and help Americans succeed, the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement is a win for PA-13 and our nation," said Congressman Joyce. "Over the past year  more

Rep. Keller Bill Naming Laceyville Post Office After Hunts for Healing Founder Advances From Committee
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Bill would name Laceyville Post Office for Melinda "Mindy" Gene Piccotti, an Air Force veteran and community leader * * * Congressman Fred Keller announced on Thursday that his bill, H.R. 4279 to name the Post Office in Laceyville, Wyoming County, after Melinda "Mindy" Gene Piccotti, an Air Force veteran and community leader who founded Hunts for Healing, advanced from the House Oversight and   more

Rep. Keller Co-Sponsored Rural Broadband Expansion Bills Clear House
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Two co-sponsored bills will help improve broadband access to places like PA-12 * * * Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) announced two bills he co-sponsored that will help with rural broadband expansion unanimously passed the United States House of Representatives Monday: H.R. 4229 - The Broadband DATA Act would help the Federal Communications Commission better determine where rural broadband is n  more

Rep. Keller Issues Statement on Impeachment Articles Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following after voting against the two articles of impeachment against President Trump: "I was proud to stand up for the Constitution and the rule of law by voting to oppose both articles of impeachment. "Today's vote to impeach the President is the culmination of years of unwarranted investigations, baseless accusations, and a blind partisan disdain for President Trump that has caused House Democrats to abandon all respect fo  more

Rep. Keller Votes to Support U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Says trade agreement will help PA-12 farmers and manufacturers * * * Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) voted in support of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Thursday as the President's America-first trade deal made its way through the US House of Representatives. With its elimination of Canada's Class 7 milk pricing program and provisions for increasing U.S. corn and soybean expo  more

Rep. Kelly Issues Statement on Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 -- Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement: Today, the House Committee on the Judiciary passed two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, formally accusing him of an "abuse of power" and "obstruction of Congress." The articles will now be considered by the whole House of Representatives. Following the vote, Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) released this statement: "Democrats have made it crystal clear all along that this impeachment  more

Rep. Kelly Issues Statement on Impeachment Articles Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after the House passed two articles of impeachment against President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress: "I was proud to stand with President Trump against this charade by voting against both articles of impeachment. "It's ironic that House Democrats accuse President Trump of abusing his power as they blatantly abuse theirs by pursuing a purely partisan impeachment of a duly-elected preside  more

Rep. Kelly Issues Statement on U.S.-China Trade Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 -- Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement: Today, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer unveiled the Phase One trade agreement between the United States and China. U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) issued the following statement after the announcement: "Another promise made, another promise kept despite the Do-Nothing-Democrats' impeachment charade. "President Trump and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer continue to deli  more

Rep. Kelly Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after the House passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a trade deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement: "Western Pennsylvanians know that NAFTA was a raw deal for our region, so I was proud to vote in favor of USMCA, President Trump's new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico that puts our workers and farmers first. "USMCA is a major victory for Americans, and now it will finally move forw  more

Rep. Meuser Issues Statement on Impeachment of President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement opposing the impeachment of President Trump: "Tonight marks the culmination of a nearly three-year effort to nullify the lawful election of President Donald J. Trump. Since the day he was sworn in, the priority of House Democrats has been to scrutinize, delegitimize, charge with crimes, and remove from office the duly-elected President of the United States. "The process, players, and underlying proof at the   more

Rep. Meuser Issues Statement on Passage of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after House passage of the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement: "America continues to thrive under President Trump's successful policies. Today's House passage of the USMCA is a historic trade deal for our country, and a big win for workers, farmers, and manufacturers in Pennsylvania and across the nation. "The agreement will continue to drive growth by adding $68 billion to the U.S. economy and creating 176,000 jo  more

Rep. Perry Again Demands Overhaul of Federal Spending Process
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Scott Perry blasted Congressional leadership for continued fiscal mismanagement, after the House of Representatives passed a 2,300 page, year-long spending package only 12 hours after the text was made available to Members of Congress and the public. "At a time while when the United States economy is experiencing the longest sustained period of growth in history, we keep jeopardizing that su  more

Rep. Perry Issues Statement on Impeachment Articles Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after voting to reject the articles of impeachment against President Trump: "The Framers of our Constitution insisted that impeachment is for "High Crimes and Misdemeanors," not political games. "I've sat in on every impeachment hearing except one, to include the interviews held in secret. "This process has nothing to do with fact-finding or getting to the bottom of wrongdoing; it's about personal and poli  more

Rep. Reschenthaler Votes Against Democrats Partisan Impeachment Scam
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Less than three months after Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched the Democrats' partisan impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach a president with votes from a single political party for the first time in our nation's history. Congressman Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14) spoke on the House floor in opposition to H.Res. 755, the Democrats' sham articl  more

Rep. Reschenthaler Votes for Trump's Trade Deal to Create Jobs, Grow U.S. Economy
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14) voted for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) negotiated by President Donald Trump which will create 176,000 American jobs and generate more than $68 billion in new economic activity. This agreement passed the House by a strong bipartisan vote of 385 to 41 and now heads to the Senate for ratification. "Over a year ago, President Trump signed a de  more

Rep. Smucker Issues Statement at Hearing on Future of Work, Ensuring Workers are Competitive in Changing Economy
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- 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 future of work and ensuring workers are competitive in a changing economy: "Today, we are here to discuss the future of work and how we can ensure workers are competitive in a rapidly changing economy. "Here's the good news. American workers are benefitting from  more

Rep. Smucker Issues Statement on Appropriations Bills
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after voting against the Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 1158) and Further Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 1865): "This process is becoming too familiar - taking government funding down to the wire, massively increasing spending levels, and then spending above those increased levels without implementing any meaningful spending reforms. "We were given less than 24 hours to review a two-part 2,3  more

Rep. Stevens Issues Statement to Welcome Eloise Holst Wagner
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Haley M. Stevens, R-Michigan, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 17, entitled "Welcome Eloise Holst Wagner": I am happy to congratulate Lindsay Holst and Dan Wagner of Chicago, Illinois, on the birth of their new baby girl, Eloise Holst Wagner. Eloise Holst Wagner was born on November 25, 2019, at Northwestern Prentice Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Eloise weighed seven pounds and four ounces and measured 20 inche  more

Rep. Thompson Issues Statement on Impeachment Vote Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement: The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.Res. 755, a resolution impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress by a vote of 230-197-1 and 229-198-1 respectively. Three Democrats joined House Republicans in their bipartisan opposition. The resolution, including two articles of impeachment, will now make its way to the Senate for a trial. Upon  more

Rep. Thompson Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement: The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5430, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, with strong bipartisan support by a vote of 385-41. The agreement is the first major overhaul of U.S. trade policy with Mexico and Canada since the passage of NAFTA in 1993. After the vote, Congressman Glenn 'GT' Thompson issued the following statement: "Today's vote is a major win for farmers, ranchers, manuf  more

Rep. Thompson Votes in Favor of Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Final bills to fund federal government through September 2020 receive bipartisan support * * * The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1158 and H.R. 1865, a pair of bills to fund government operations through Fiscal Year 2020 by a vote of 280-138 and 297-120 respectively. Congressman Thompson voted in support of H.R. 1158, which funds defense and homeland security operations, and in   more

Rep. Wild Issues Statement on Voting for Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after casting her vote in favor of the articles of impeachment against President Trump: "I took a vote I never wanted to take - a vote to impeach the President of the United States. My votes were grounded in fact and law, in accordance with the Constitution and my conscience. "I voted to impeach the President of the United States for abusing the power of his office in leveraging foreign aid to a vital ally i  more

Rep. Wild Votes to Pass USMCA Through House
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) voted in favor of passing the revised United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) through the House of Representatives. Wild was a leader throughout the renegotiation process, helping to secure transformational changes from the original draft of the trade agreement to prioritize American workers. "For the past 6 months, I have worked to secure a North American tra  more

Reps. Cicilline, Cartwright, Dingell, Lieu Issue Statement on 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Decision on Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. David Cicilline, D-Rhode Island, chairman of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, issued the following joint statement with Reps. Matt Cartwright, D-Pennsylvania, Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, and Ted Lieu, D-California, after a lawsuit supported by President Trump and Republicans resulted in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding a previous district court decision that struck down part of the Affordable Care Act: * * * - Jeopardy DPCC Chair   more

Reps. Doyle, Pallone Highlight 2019 Accomplishments of Communications & Technology Subcommittee
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: With the first year of the 116th Congress coming to a close, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) highlighted the Subcommittee's work to restore net neutrality, combat the robocall epidemic, secure America's telecommunications supply chain, fix faulty broadband maps, and more. The Subcommittee held 12   more

Reps. Fitzpatrick and Brindisi Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Classify Drug Dealers as Terrorists
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Thursday, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Rep. Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) introduced the bipartisan Identifying Drug Cartels as Terrorists Act. This bipartisan legislation would list seven Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs), as defined by section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The Gulf Cartel, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, the Beltran Leyva Cartel, the  more

Reps. Fitzpatrick, Castro Issue Statement on Global Child Thrive Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pennsylvania, and Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, issued the following statements at the markup of the Global Child Thrive Act: "As an FBI Agent, one of my greatest concerns has always been the welfare of children, not just children in the United States but children across the globe. I applaud my colleagues on the Foreign Affairs committee for marking up the Global Child Thrive Act today and passing it unanimously," said Congressman Fitzpatrick. "I enc  more

Reps. Pallone, Doyle Issue Statement on House Passage of Broadband Mapping Bills
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement with Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, after the House passed the Mapping Accuracy Promotes Services Act (H.R. 4227) and Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act (H.R. 4229) by voice vote: "The House passed two important bills designed to fix our nation's fau  more

Reschenthaler Votes to Fund National Security Programs, Eliminate Obamacare Taxes
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14) voted for two measures - H.R. 1158 and H.R. 1865 - to fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020. Federal government funding is currently set to expire at midnight on Friday. Both measures passed the House by strong, bipartisan votes and now head to the Senate for consideration. "While this was not a perfect deal, I supported today's fun  more

Sen. Casey Issues Statement on Court Decision on Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on the decision from the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on the Affordable Care Act: "The Fifth Circuit Court's 'decision' today could still lead to millions of Americans losing their health care once this case is finally decided. This continued uncertainty is only possible because the Trump Administration and Republican members of Congress aided and abetted this obscene lawsuit. "This is health care  more

Sen. Casey, Colleagues Secure Coal Miners' Health Care and Pensions in Must-Pass End of Year Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Sen. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Following extensive efforts to fulfill our Nation's promise to our retired coal miners who have kept the lights on for generations, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and a number of his colleagues announced an agreement on several key provisions in end-of-year spending legislation to shore up retired coal miners' pensions and health care. "Coal miners powered this country for decades and I am proud to   more

Sen. Toomey Issues Statement on Impeachment of President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement regarding the House impeaching President Trump: "Today marks the culmination of a highly partisan process that achieved a longstanding goal of many House Democrats: impeaching President Trump. "It is my hope that the process in the Senate will be fair, unlike the process in the House where the controversial tactics used by Speaker Pelosi and Chairmen Nadler and Schiff broke with bipartisan precedent and deni  more

Sen. Toomey Issues Statement on NDAA Passage
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement regarding his decision to support enactment of the Fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act: "Congress has an obligation to ensure that our military has the resources necessary to respond to any threat to American security. I am pleased that the NDAA builds on the progress we've made in recent years to achieve this goal. "Among the numerous positive provisions included in the NDAA are two that I led in  more

Sens. Toomey, Casey Issue Statements on Confirmation of Three U.S. District Court Judges for Pennsylvania
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, and and Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statements after the confirmations of Judge Robert Colville to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and Karen Marston and John Gallagher to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania: "I am pleased the Senate confirmed Judge Robert Colville, Karen Marston, and John Gallagher to the federal bench in Pennsylvania," said Senator Toomey.  more

Toomey, Durbin Introduce Bill to Add Ireland to E-3 Non-Immigrant Visa Program
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Dick Durbin (D-Il.) introduced bipartisan legislation to add Ireland to the E-3 non-immigrant visa program. The bill would allow Irish nationals annual access to any unused E-3 visas from the previous fiscal year. In exchange, Ireland intends to provide Americans expanded access to work visas in Ireland. A similar bipartisan bill sponsored by U.S. Representatives Jim Sensen  more

Toomey, Van Hollen Applaud North Korea Sanctions in NDAA
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: In case you missed it, U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) hosted a press conference on the North Korean sanctions they authored that are included in the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Senators Toomey and Van Hollen were joined by Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Fred and Cindy Warmbier, whose son Otto died after being imprisoned i  more