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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Alabama Newsletter for Sunday January 12, 2020 ( 21 items )  

Amid Nationwide Addiction Crisis, Gillibrand Visits Newburgh to Announce New, Bipartisan Legislation to Support Families Struggling With Substance Use Disorder in New York
NEWBURGH, New York, Jan. 11 -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, issued the following news release: * * * - The Family Support Services for Addiction Act Would Create a Grant Program to Fund Services for Families Helping Loved Ones With Substance Use Disorder - Only One in Five People Who Need Treatment for Substance Use Disorder Receive It * * * U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Cornerstone Family Healthcare's Center for Recovery to announce her new, bipartisan legislation that w  more

GAO Issues Report on Action Needed to Help Social Security Disability Staff Understand and Follow Policies Related to Prescription Opioid Misuse
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-20-120) entitled "Social Security Disability: Action Needed to Help Agency Staff Understand and Follow Policies Related to Prescription Opioid Misuse". The report was sent to Rep. John B. Larson, D-Connecticut, chairman, and Rep. Tom Reed, R-New York, ranking member of the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Social Security on Jan. 9, 2020. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report. What GAO F  more

Rep. Brooks Protects Social Security Solvency & America's Borders, Introduces No Social Security for Illegal Aliens Act of 2020
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: Friday morning, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) introduced the "No Social Security for Illegal Aliens Act of 2020." The bill would prohibit the distribution of Social Security benefits to illegal aliens who perform unauthorized work in the United States. Demonstrating their contempt for American law, illegal aliens often use fraudulent Social Security numbers to flout current law which forbids illegal aliens from  more

Rep. Brooks: Bipartisan Space Weather Research Bill Beneficial to Marshall Space Flight Center Passes House Science Committee
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, issued the following news release on Jan. 9: Thursday, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee passed by voice vote H.R. 5260, the Promoting Research and Observations of Space Weather to Improve the Forecasting of Tomorrow Act (the PROSWIFT Act). Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) teamed with Democrat sponsor Congressman Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) to pass the PROSWIFT Act which seeks to enhance America's scientific understanding of the potentia  more

Rep. Byrne Issues Statement on Airbus Expansion Announcement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following statement on Jan. 9 regarding the announcement that Airbus will be expanding its operations in Mobile and adding an additional 275 jobs: Congressman Byrne said: "Today's announcement that Airbus will be expanding its Southwest Alabama footprint is exciting news and a further testament to the workers and pro-jobs culture of our community. This investment is yet another demonstration of Airbus' long-term commitment to our   more

Rep. Byrne Issues Statement on Speaker Pelosi Withholding Articles of Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following statement on the introduction of a resolution of censure against Speaker Nancy Pelosi for abusing her power by holding the articles of impeachment: Congressman Byrne said: "Speaker Pelosi's decision to hold the articles of impeachment against President Trump in a pathetic and unconstitutional attempt to extract concessions from the Senate is an unprecedented abuse of power. House Democrats made the misguided decision to  more

Rep. Byrne Issues Statement on War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following statement: Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) released the following statement following the House's adoption of a politically motivated war powers resolution designed to discredit President Trump for using his Constitutional powers to eliminate Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Congressman Byrne said: "Instead of thanking the brave men and women who successfully executed a surgical strike against a ruthless terrorist, Hou  more

Rep. Jayapal Presses Mckinsey on Contracting Relationship With Ice
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington, issued the following news: U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee on Immigration and Citizenship, wrote to Kevin Sneader, Global Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company, to request information on its work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Jayapal's letter follows an investigation by ProPublica that found the consulting firm proposed a number of "detention savings opport  more

Rep. Meuser and Trone Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Families Struggling With Substance Use Disorder
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressmen Dan Meuser (R-PA) and David Trone (D-MD) introduced the Family Support Services for Addiction Act. This legislation would create a $25 million grant program over five years to help national and local nonprofit organizations provide family support services for addiction treatment. The legislation comes as the country is facing a nationwide addiction epidemic. Nearly 50,000 Americans died from   more

Rep. Rogers Issues Statement Recognizing Betty Carr
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 7, entitled "In Recognition of Betty Carr": Mr. ROGERS of Alabama. Madam Speaker, I rise to recognize Betty Carr. Betty has been an iconic fixture in Anniston for decades and an inspiration and advocate for local youth. Betty grew up in Anniston in a family that placed an importance on their community and grew up in church at First United Methodist Church.   more

Reps. Trone, Meuser, Sens. Gillibrand, Capito Introduce Family Support Services for Addiction Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Representatives David Trone (D-MD) and Dan Meuser (R-PA), and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced the Family Support Services for Addiction Act (FSSAA). The new legislation would create a $25 million grant program over five years to help national and local nonprofit organizations provide family support services for addiction treatment. The legislation comes as   more

Sen. Bennet Issues Floor Statement on Judicial Nominations
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Michael F. Bennet, D-Colorado, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 19, on judicial nominations: I rise to discuss the President's nominees for the Federal bench. I strongly believe that women should be in charge of their own healthcare decisions. Family planning choices are deeply personal, and women should be free to make the choice that is right for them, their family, faith, personal beliefs, or medical need  more

Sen. Collins Ending the Unfair 'Widow's Tax to Help Fulfill Our Obligation to Military Families
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: Military commanders often say that you 'recruit the soldier,' but you 'retain the family.' We have an obligation to make sure that we take care of our military families who have sacrificed so much for our country. The National Defense Authorization Act that was signed into law in December 2019 includes a provision I co-authored with Senator Doug Jones of Alabama that helps fulfill our profound obligation   more

Sen. Cruz Attends NASA Graduation for Artemis Era Astronauts
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 11 -- Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Jan. 10: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, joined Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and NASA Administrator Bridenstine at Johnson Space Center for the graduation of eleven new NASA astronauts and two new Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronauts following their successful completion of more than two years of required basic training. Still photos of Sen. Cruz at the gradu  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Floor Statement on Recognizing Jesse White Tumblers
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 18, recognizing the Jesse White Tumblers: Every year, 250 Chicago kids form 8 teams to perform 1,500 shows of acrobatic wonder at major sporting events, community businesses, and charities. They are called the Jesse White Tumblers, and for 60 years the troupe has delighted audiences in Illinois and across the world, including Hong Kong, Israel,   more

Sen. Gillibrand Visits Hauppauge to Announce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Families Struggling with Substance Use Disorder
HAUPPAUGE, New York, Jan. 11 -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, issued the following news release: * * * - The Family Support Services for Addiction Act Would Create a Grant Program to Fund Services for Families Helping Loved Ones With Substance Use Disorder - Only One in Five People Who Need Treatment for Substance Use Disorder Receive It * * * U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today visited Thrive Suffolk to announce her new, bipartisan legislation that would provide families with the  more

Sen. Gillibrand Visits Utica to Announce Legislation to Support Families Struggling with Substance Use Disorder
UTICA, New York, Jan. 11 -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, issued the following news release: * * * - The Family Support Services for Addiction Act Would Create a Grant Program to Fund Services for Families Helping Loved Ones With Substance Use Disorder - Only One in Five People Who Need Treatment For Substance Use Disorder Receive It * * * U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the Center for Family Life and Recovery to announce her new, bipartisan legislation that would provide fam  more

Sen. Shelby Cosponsors Resolution Commending Successful Mission to Eliminate Soleimani
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) became an original cosponsor of a resolution honoring the members of the Armed Forces and the intelligence community who carried out the successful mission to eliminate Qasem Soleimani, terrorist leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF). The resolution also commends President Trump for ordering the operation to eliminate Soleimani. There w  more

Sen. Shelby: Airbus Announces New Jobs and Production at Mobile Facility
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) applauded an announcement that Airbus will again increase production rates in Mobile, Alabama - resulting in 275 new jobs. The company will begin hiring the additional workers this year in order to reach a production rate of seven A320 Family aircraft per month by the beginning of 2021. This growth is in addition to the 600 new jobs the company added in 2019 for incr  more

Senate Schedules 2 Committee Hearings for Jan. 9
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- The U.S. Senate has scheduled two committee hearings for Jan. 9, 2020. Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider the nominations of Andrew Lynn Brasher, of Alabama, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, John Charles Hinderaker, and Scott H. Rash, both to be a United States District Judge for the District of Arizona, Joshua M. Kindred, to be United States District Judge for the District of Alaska, Matthew Thomas Schelp, to be United Stat  more

Sens. Gillibrand, Capito, Reps. Trone, Meuser Introduce Family Support Services for Addiction Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, issued the following news release: * * * - The Family Support Services for Addiction Act Would Create a Grant Program to Fund Services for Families Helping Loved Ones With Substance Use Disorder - Only One in Five People Who Need Treatment For Substance Use Disorder Receive It * * * U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Congressman David Trone (D-MD-06), and Congressman Dan Meuser (R-PA-0  more