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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Iowa Newsletter for Sunday January 12, 2020 ( 36 items )  

Chairman Grassley Issues Statement at Executive Session to Consider U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementing Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 -- The Senate Finance Committee issued the following opening statement by Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, at an executive session to consider the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementing Act (H.R. 5430): The committee will come to order. We are meeting today to consider H.R. 5430, the United States - Mexico - Canada Agreement Implementation Act. Before we start, I'd like to welcome Senator Sasse to the committee. He's joining us on a very important day, and I'm glad to hav  more

Feds Recover $3 Billion From Fraudsters in 2019 Thanks to Grassley Law
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release on Jan. 9: * * * - Total taxpayer savings from Grassley-championed 1986 False Claims Act top $62 Billion - Whistleblower claims make up more than two thirds of all recoveries * * * The federal government recovered more than $3 billion in taxpayer dollars lost to fraud in 2019, using a law championed by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Whistleblower claims account for more than two-thirds of those recover  more

GAO Denies Protest by Undercover Training of Brunswick, Georgia
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a decision denying a bid protest filed by Undercover Training of Brunswick, Georgia. According to the GAO, Undercover Training LLC, a small business "protests the award of a contract to Professional Law Enforcement Training, LLC (PLET), a small business, of Dallas, Texas, under request for proposals (RFP) No. W912LP-19-R-0010, which was issued by the Department of the Army, for the acquisition of technical instruction servic  more

Grassley Continues to Highlight USMCA
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following news: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) led a press conference (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs9H6zanTe8) with Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman James Risch (R-Idaho) and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) on the Uni  more

Leader McConnell Joins Sen. Hawley's Resolution to Allow Dismissal of Articles of Impeachment for Failure to Prosecute
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signed on to Senator Josh Hawley's (R-Mo.) resolution to allow for the dismissal of articles of impeachment against President Trump for failure to prosecute. The Hawley rule has gained momentum since its introduction on Monday. Leader McConnell joins 12 other cosponsors including Senators Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Ted Cruz (  more

Rep. Axne Issues Statement on War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Cynthia Axne, D-Iowa, issued the following statement on Jan. 9 after voting with a bipartisan majority to pass the House on War Powers Resolution (H.Con.Res. 83): "First and foremost, my priority is ensuring Americans at home and serving our country abroad remain safe. As I have monitored the ongoing tensions with Iran, I have prayed for a resolution that does not bring harm to our citizens. As we consider the future of Iran, I know the world is now a safer place w  more

Rep. Axne Issues Statement Recognizing Mike Wells
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Cynthia Axne, D-Iowa, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 9, entitled "Iowan of The Week--Mike Wells": I rise today to ask the House of Representatives to join me in recognizing Dr. Mike Wells, Superintendent for the Hamburg Community School District for his effort to create a unique and engaging learning environment for K-8 students in the Hamburg Makerspace Program. The Makerspace Program and Farm School serving   more

Rep. Axne Unveils Bill to Keep Manufactured Housing Communities Affordable
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 -- Rep. Cynthia Axne, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation creates grant program to help mobile home residents, like those in Waukee, avoid crippling rent hikes * * * Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) introduced legislation to keep manufactured housing communities (MHC) affordable by providing federal assistance for acquiring and preserving these communities. The legislation seeks to help MHC residents like those in Waukee, who last year faced rent hikes at  more

Rep. Finkenauer Calls for Federal Investigation to Protect Iowa Mobile and Manufactured Home Park Residents
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons calling for an investigation into the predatory and unfair business practices occurring at Table Mound Mobile Home Park and other mobile and manufactured home parks in Iowa. In recent months, media reports have documented how out-of-state investment companies are purchasing mobile and manufactured hom  more

Rep. King Issues Floor Remarks on 1st Anniversary of Disparaging Misquote Published by New York Times
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, issued the following floor remarks: Congressman King releases this video of remarks he delivered on the floor of the House of Representatives this afternoon. The speech was delivered on the one-year anniversary of the day a "disparaging misquote" was published by the New York Times that was subsequently used by House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy to improperly remove King from his committee assignments. King also used the occasion of this speech to an  more

Rep. King Issues Statement on War Power Resolution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, issued the following statement on Jan. 9: Congressman Steve King releases the following statement after voting AGAINST H. Con. Res 83, a resolution introduced by House Democrats that seeks to limit President Trump's ability to use military force in response to hostile provocations from Iran. The timing of the House Democrats' resolution follows a key military and policy victory for President Trump, in which he directed the killing of the "world's   more

Sen. Braun Joins Hawley Resolution to Force House to Send Articles of Impeachment to Senate or Dismiss Them
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 -- Sen. Mike Braun, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: In response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's unprecedented attempt to prevent an impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, Senator Braun is joining Senator Josh Hawley's (R-Mo.) resolution to update Senate rules to allow a motion to dismiss articles of impeachment for lack of prosecution after 25 days. Senators Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Steve Daines (R  more

Sen. Duckworth and Ernst Team Up to Tackle Sexual Misconduct in the U.S. Coast Guard
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - After an uptick in sexual assault and harassment claims at the USCG Academy, the Illinois Democrat Iowa Republican are working together to help address the issue * * * Following reports of an increase in sexual assault and harassment claims at the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) and a lack of leadership in regards to the Coast Guard's handling of harassment, discrimination, and retal  more

Sen. Ernst Issues Statement on President Trump Remarks to Nation
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following statement: U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a former company commander in Iraq and the first female combat veteran elected to the Senate, released the following statement after President Trump's remarks to the nation: "President Trump's decisive action took out a thug and known terrorist, Qassem Soleimani, and sent a clear, strong message to Iran: there are consequences for crossing a red line," said Senator Ernst, chairman of  more

Sen. Ernst on President Trump's Maximum Pressure Campaign Against the Iranian Regime
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, joined both Varney & Co. and Outnumbered Overtime to discuss her reactions to President Trump's maximum pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic of Iran. On the killing of Iranian Military Leader Qassem Soleimani, Senator Ernst, who served as a company commander in Iraq, said: "I do happ  more

Sen. Ernst Praises U.S. Servicemembers and Intelligence Personnel for Successful Mission to Kill Brutal Terrorist Soleimani
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Former company commander in Iraq and Kuwait, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) joined Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and 41 Senate colleagues in supporting a resolution honoring the members of the military and intelligence community who carried out the successful mission that killed Qasem Soleimani, a designated terrorist and head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF). "Qasem Soleimani was a terror  more

Sen. Ernst: House Speaker Pelosi Needs to Send Over Articles
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: As Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), continues her unprecedented obstruction of the articles of impeachment, Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) is joining her colleagues in putting forward a resolution to amend the rules of procedure and practice of the Senate trial, setting a 25 day timetable for when the articles must be sent to the Senate. Ernst helped put forward this resolution with U.S. Se  more

Sen. Grassley Continues to Highlight U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) led a press conference with Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman James Risch (R-Idaho) and Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Grassley also discussed detai  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Opening Statement at Committee Markup of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementing Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following opening statement at the committee markup of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementing Act: "The committee will come to order. We are meeting today to consider H.R. 5430, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. "Before we start, I'd like to welcome Senator Sasse to the committee. He's joining us on a very important day, and I'm glad to have him here. "On   more

Sen. Grassley Issues Remarks at Committee Markup on USMCA
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following remarks: The committee will come to order. We are meeting to consider H.R. 5430, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. Before we start, I'd like to welcome Senator Sasse to the committee. He's joining us on a very important day, and I'm glad to have him here. On December 13, 2019, the President submitted the bill to implement USMCA to Congress. Under fast track rules, the committee cannot ame  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Statement on Bipartisan Passage of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following statement: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released the following statements regarding the broad, bipartisan passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act, which was reported out of committee on a 25-3 basis and will update the North American Free Trade Agreement. "Today is years in the making. President Trump ran on updating the  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Statement on Death of Senate Finance Committee Senior Advisor Allen
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement on Jan. 10 regarding the death of Chris Allen, senior advisor for benefits and exempt organizations on the Senate Finance Committee majority staff: "Chris made brighter every room he entered with his positivity and sincerity. He had a way of injecting levity into difficult situations using humor and honesty. "Chris was a public servant who brought a deep well of knowled  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Statement on Death of Senior Advisor Allen
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following statement: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released the following statement regarding the passing of Chris Allen, Senior Advisor for Benefits and Exempt Organizations on the Senate Finance Committee majority staff. "Chris made brighter every room he entered with his positivity and sincerity. He had a way of injecting levity into difficult situations using humor and honesty. "Chris was a pu  more

Sen. Grassley Issues Statement Regarding Speaker Pelosi Announcement on Articles of Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following statement: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Senate president pro tempore and Senate Finance Committee Chairman, released the following statement regarding House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announcing that she will soon transmit articles of impeachment to the United States Senate. "Speaker Pelosi threw the United States Congress into unnecessary chaos with this pointless delay. From the beginning,   more

Sen. Grassley Supports Resolution Praising Successful Mission to Eliminate Qasem Soleimani
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) joined Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and 41 Senate colleagues in supporting a resolution honoring the members of the military and intelligence community who carried out the successful mission that killed Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF) and a designated terrorist. The resolution is modeled on a resolution unanimously supp  more

Sen. Grassley Touts Committee Approval of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following news: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) led the bipartisan passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act, which was reported out of committee (https://www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/grassley-wyden-hail-passage-historic-usmca) on a 25-3 basis and will update the North American Free Trade Agreement. Grassley held a press   more

Sen. Grassley Touts Committee Approval of USMCA
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) led the bipartisan passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act, which was reported out of committee on a 25-3 basis and will update the North American Free Trade Agreement. Grassley held a press conference immediately following the committee markup. He also provided updates on "Squawk Box" on CNBC and "After the Bell" o  more

Sen. Grassley: Congress Has the Answer to Skyrocketing Prescription Drug Prices
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: For over a decade, prescription drug prices have soared with no end in sight. Price hikes have forced 1 in 10 Americans to ration their prescription drugs. This dangerous practice has taken the lives of at least 10 Americans - many of them never saw their 30th birthday. Some parents found second jobs to pay for their children's prescription drugs and others dived deep into debt to cover their drug bills.   more

Sen. Grassley: Looking Ahead to the New Year
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: I want to wish all Iowans a happy New Year. As 2020 begins, I'm focused on passing the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. I'm leading a meeting of the Finance Committee tomorrow to report out the bill, so a Senate floor vote is imminent. I'm continuing to work in a bipartisan way to lower the cost of prescription drugs with the Grassley-Wyden Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act. And in t  more

Sen. Grassley: Q&A - New Year, New Tax Season
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Q: What's in store for 2020? A: Passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017 delivered across-the-board tax relief and more take-home pay for American workers, helping families make ends meet and small businesses to grow and invest in their operations. For U.S. households, the overhauled federal tax code increased tax credits for families with children, expanded the standard deduction and limited the al  more

Sen. Hawley Introduces Resolution to Allow Dismissal of 'Bogus Impeachment' Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 -- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: In response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's unprecedented attempt to prevent an impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced a resolution to update Senate rules to allow a motion to dismiss articles of impeachment for lack of prosecution. Senators Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), John Barrasso (R-W  more

Sen. Wicker: U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Trade Deal Will Soon Be Reality
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan Agreement to Receive 'Expedited Consideration' in Senate Commerce Committee * * * U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, joined Senators Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, James Risch, R-Idaho., and John Barrasso, R-Wy., to discuss their committees' plans to report the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) favorably next we  more

Sens. Cotton, Hawley, Colleagues Introduce Resolution to Allow Dismissal of 'Bogus Impeachment' Against
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: In response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's unprecedented attempt to prevent an impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) introduced a resolution to update Senate rules to allow a motion to dismiss articles of impeachment for lack of prosecution. Senators Rick Scott (R-Florida), Mike Braun (R-Indiana), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), Ted Cruz (R-Texas),  more

Sens. Ernst, Duckworth Team Up to Tackle Sexual Misconduct in the U.S. Coast Guard
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: * * * - After an uptick in sexual assault and harassment claims at the USCG Academy, the Iowa Republican and Illinois Democrat are working together to help address the issue * * * Following reports of an increase in sexual assault and harassment claims at the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) and a lack of leadership in regards to the Coast Guard's handling of harassment, discrimination, and retaliatio  more

Sens. Grassley, Wyden Issue Statements on Passage of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 -- Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, issued the following statements: * * * - Modernized Trade Agreement Will Open Market Access, Grow Economy, Protect Workers * * * Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) released the following statements regarding the broad, bipartisan passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act, which was re  more

Small Refinery Exemption Waivers to Be Investigated After Finkenauer-Led Bipartisan Request
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) announced the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will begin an investigation into the Environmental Protection Agency's granting of small refinery exemption waivers to the Renewable Fuel Standard. This investigation is a result of Finkenauer leading a bipartisan request to the GAO. "Granting more than 80 small refinery exemption waivers isn't just something this adm  more