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

GAO Issues Report on Aviation Consumer Protection, Few U.S. Aircraft Have Lavatories Designed to Accommodate Passengers with Reduced Mobility
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on aviation consumer protection. The report (GAO-20-258) is titled "Few U.S. Aircraft Have Lavatories Designed to Accommodate Passengers with Reduced Mobility". The report was sent to Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, chairman, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, chairman, and Rep. Sam Graves, R-Missouri, ranking  more

GAO Issues Report on Leveraging Test Site Program to Advance Drone Integration
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report (GAO-20-97) entitled "Unmanned Aircraft Systems: FAA Could Better Leverage Test Site Program to Advance Drone Integration". The report was sent to Rep. Sam Graves, R-Missouri, ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Jan. 9, 2020. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report. What GAO Found: "The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) seven designated test sites for u  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. Clay Issues Floor Remarks in Support of War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. William 'Lacy' Clay Jr., D-Missouri, issued the following floor remarks in support of the War Powers Resolution (H.Con.Res. 83), limiting President Trump's military actions regarding Iran: The following are his remarks with video link attached below: "Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of Congresswoman Slotkins's War Powers resolution, which I am proud to cosponsor; And to also express my support for legislation introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Con  more

Rep. Cleaver Urges HUD to Combat Inequality by Assisting First-Time Homebuyers
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, issued the following news release: Yesterday, United States Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) led a of group of 16 lawmakers in calling for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to reconsider proposed actions related to down payment assistance programs that could have severe consequences for low to moderate-income and minority Americans. In a letter to HUD Secretary Ben Carson, the lawmakers wrote: "Homeownership   more

Rep. Luetkemeyer Bulletin: Iran
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Missouri, issued the following column: This week, President Trump took decisive action to eliminate a major threat to not only our country, but the rest of the world. General Qassem Soleimani was the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force and oversaw Iran's military activity throughout the Middle East - specifically a campaign that killed hundreds of American troops. He had a history of terrorizing the entire region and s  more

Rep. Smith: Weekly Capitol Report
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Jason Smith, R-Missouri, issued the following Capitol Report column: Every year, I crisscross Southern Missouri, visiting farms, farmers, and families in each of the 30 counties which make up our congressional district. The places I visit are diverse - some plant row crops, some raise bison, some harvest timber, and some are in agri-tourism, but at each I see the humble, honest Missouri values, the fulfillment that comes from working on one's own land, and the pride   more

Reps. Cleaver, Meeks Call For Financial Regulators to Harden Cyber Infrastructure Against Possible Attacks From Iran
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, issued the following edited news release: Reps. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-MO) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY) sent a letter to nine federal financial regulators calling for them to strengthen their cyber infrastructure against possible attacks in the wake of recent threats against the United States from Iran and its allies. They call for increased information sharing with law enforcement and regulated entities to protect consumers and our national fi  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

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. 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. Hawley, Tester Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Ensure VA Infrastructure Better Serves Veterans
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced a bipartisan bill to ensure U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) infrastructure is better suited to provide timely and quality health care to veterans across the country. The Build, Utilize, Invest, Lease, and Deliver (BUILD) for Veterans Act would cut red tape, expedite Congress' approval process of VA medical leases and provide the   more