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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday January 12, 2020 ( 34 items )  

House Rules Committee Issues Report on Resolution to Require EPA Administrator to Designate PFAS as Hazardous Substances
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- The House Rules Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-366) on a resolution (H.Res. 779) providing for the consideration of the PFAS Action Act (H.R. 535) to require the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to designate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act. The report was advanced by Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, R-Pennsylvania, on Jan. 7. Excerpts of the report fo  more

Rep. Boyle Issues Statement on Death of Ex-Rep. Fitzpatrick
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Jan. 7 -- Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after the death of ex-Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick: "I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my friend and former colleague, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick. "While Mike and I came from opposite sides of the political aisle, we often found many opportunities to work together to help the people of Pennsylvania. "Whether it was fighting for safe drinking water in the Philadelphia region or wo  more

Rep. Boyle Legislation to Set National PFAS Standard Passes the House of Representatives
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) announced that his legislation, the Protect Drinking Water from PFAS Act of 2019, was included in a package of bills that successfully passed the House of Representatives. The package, titled the PFAS Action Act of 2019 (H.R. 535), creates meaningful regulations for the first time to protect American families from harmful contaminants. "No family should have to wor  more

Rep. Cartwright Issues Statement on War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after voting in favor of the War Powers Resolution (H.Con. Res. 83), which would require Congress to authorize future military actions against Iran: "Out of all of Congress' duties, our most important responsibility is to keep the American people safe," said Rep. Cartwright. "Qasem Soleimani was certainly an evil man with the blood of hundreds of American servicemen and women on his hands, but since t  more

Rep. Doyle Issues Statement on Vote to Limit Military Action Against Iran
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after the House voted with his support to approve the War Powers Resolution (H.Con.Res. 83), a resolution directing President Trump to terminate the use of military force against Iran: "I voted to prevent the President from dragging our country into a war with Iran without the explicit authorization of Congress. "This resolution directs the President not to take further military action against Iran withou  more

Rep. Doyle Supports CLEAN Future Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) joined several colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to announce the framework of their plan to achieve a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050. The CLEAN Future Act would employ proven effective policies and invest heavily in innovative solutions to decarbonize the economy. "We already see the effects of climate change every day. We must tackl  more

Rep. Doyle Votes to Protect Americans From PFAS
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Michael Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on Jan. 10: U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) voted with a majority of members of the U.S. House of Representatives to approve H.R. 535, legislation to address the threat that PFAS chemicals pose to Americans. "The American people expect that Congress will protect them from toxic chemicals, and that means getting - and keeping - harmful 'forever chemicals' like PFAS out of their drinking water and  more

Rep. Evans: House Votes to Restrict Military Action Against Iran
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Would Return War Powers to Congress As Constitution Specifies * * * Congressman Dwight Evans (D-PA-3rd) voted for legislation that would sharply limit President Trump's ability to use military force against Iran without first securing congressional approval. "The American people do not want a war with Iran! The recent crisis was caused by President Trump's unnecessary, reckless provocation a  more

Rep. Fred Keller Supports Trump Administration's NEPA Review Process Update
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA), a member of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT), stated his support for changes to the National Energy Policy Act (NEPA) review process announced by President Donald Trump. According to today's announcement, the changes to the review process will cut down on bureaucratic red tape and streamline project reviews that will allow critical projects affecting the national and lo  more

Rep. Houlahan Announces Funds Secured By Critical Education Programs In Chester And Berks Counties
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: This week, Representative Chrissy Houlahan announced Federal grants totaling $4,730,485 to the Head Start Programs at the Berks County Intermediate Unit and the Chester County Intermediate Unit. This money helps fund early childhood education, particularly among English Language learners, in both Chester and Berks counties. Studies indicate that Head Start participation improves a student's chance of  more

Rep. Houlahan Issues Statement on War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on Jan. 9: Representative Chrissy Houlahan voted to pass a bipartisan War Powers Resolution, of which she was an original cosponsor. This legislation reasserts Congress' authority as the sole body to declare war and makes clear that the President does not have authorization for the use of military force against Iran. This resolution passed the House 224-194. "Qaesm Soleimani had the blood of thousands   more

Rep. Joyce Issues Statement Congratulating Coach Gerry Eckenrode
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Rep. John Joyce, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 7, entitled "Congratulating Coach Gerry Eckenrode": Mr. JOYCE of Pennsylvania. Madam Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Altoona native Gerry Eckenrode upon his induction into the Adams County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Throughout his coaching career at Delone Catholic in McSherrystown, Coach Eckenrode has established a strong re  more

Rep. Joyce Issues Statement on War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. John Joyce, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on the H. Con. Res. 83, House Democrats' partisan War Powers Resolution: "The Iranian Regime is no friend of the United States. Attempting to strip our Commander-in-Chief of the ability to protect American lives - during the week of an attack on our troops - is the wrong move. "Congress should be standing together against Iranian threats and provocations. "Under President Trump's leadership, the United Stat  more

Rep. Kelly Issues Statement on President Trump Addressed Nation Regarding Iranian Missile Strikes
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after President Trump addressed the nation regarding the Jan. 7 Iranian missile strikes: "After years of Iranian aggression and the last administration's appeasement policy, America is leading again under President Trump. He has shown the resolve and restraint necessary to confront the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism. "It was the right decision to eliminate Iran's top terrorist, Qassam Soleimani,   more

Rep. Kildee Issues Statement on Death of Ex-Rep. Fitzpatrick
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Rep. Daniel Kildee, D-Michigan, issued the following statement: Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, issued the following statement after the death of former U.S. Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick: "Representative Michael Fitzpatrick was an exceptional leader who represented the people of Pennsylvania. It was an honor to serve with Mike in Congress. "While he was taken from us far too soon, I know that Mike helped to advance ma  more

Rep. Lamb Issues Statement After Security Briefing on Iran
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on Jan. 8 after top national security officials briefed members of Congress on the killing of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani and rising tensions with Iran: "I commend our troops for their unmatched professionalism and lethality. They have reminded true enemies like Soleimani what we are capable of. "We owe it to our troops to make policy that strengthens America now and in the future. My generation knows the c  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. Meuser Congressional Office Announces Hiring of Tom Gerhard as Director of Community Development
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 -- Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: The Office of Congressman Dan Meuser (PA-09) is pleased to announce that Tom Gerhard will join the office as Director of Community Development. Gerhard's role with Congressman Meuser's District Offices will include working with local chambers of commerce, business organizations, elected officials, associations, and community clubs to serve the constituents of Pennsylvania's Ninth District. Gerhard, a lif  more

Rep. Perry Issues Statement on U.S.-India Alliance
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 9, entitled "The U.S.-India Alliance": I rise today to recognize the strong relationship between the United States and India. Since our two countries established diplomatic relations in 1946 through the 2005 launch of our strategic partnership, the United States and India have had a long and storied history. I thank Ambassador Shringla for his friendsh  more

Rep. Reschenthaler Issues Statement on War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement in opposition to the House Democrats' Iran War Powers resolution (H.Con.Res. 83): "As a Navy JAG, I prosecuted terrorists in Iraq and was stationed across the street from our embassy in Baghdad. I witnessed Iranian attacks on our armed forces firsthand during Operation Iraqi Freedom. I applaud President Trump, our warfighters, and the intelligence community for reaching an incredible outcome against I  more

Rep. Smucker Cosponsors Medical Marijuana Research Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Lloyd Smucker (PA-11) signed on to H.R 3797- Medical Marijuana Research Act, legislation to remove the barriers that currently hinder medical research on marijuana. "Since coming to Congress, I have had numerous conversations with constituents, advocacy groups, and businesses regarding medical and recreational marijuana. These conversations have spanned topics ranging from decriminalization  more

Rep. Smucker Votes No on the Democrats' Resolution to Weaken America
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Lloyd Smucker, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Congressman Lloyd Smucker (PA-11) released the following statement after voting No to limit the President's war powers. "On the heels of the Democrats' partisan impeachment failure, they are once again working to weaken America and ignore the Constitution simply because they disagree with the President." Iran and its terrorist proxies have waged a decades-long campaign of violence and terror against   more

Rep. Wild Issues Statement on Death of Iranian Quds Force Leader Soleimani
WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 -- Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement: U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement after a U.S. strike on Iranian military leader, Major General Qassem Soleimani: "Qassem Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of US forces and thousands of civilians and I will waste no time mourning his death. At the same time, the airstrike that took his life was ordered  more

Rep. Wild Issues Statement on Iranian Missile Attacks
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement: U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement in response to an Iranian missile attack on two Iraqi bases housing U.S. forces: "Like all Americans, I followed the events of last night with deep concern. "I condemn the Iranian missile attacks on Iraqi bases hosting U.S. forces in Anbar Province and Erbil. I am deeply thankful that no  more

Rep. Wild Votes to Protect Public Health Through PFAS Action Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Susan Wild (PA-07) voted to pass H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act of 2019, to prioritize public health in the Greater Lehigh Valley. This comprehensive legislation addresses the urgent threat of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (referred to as PFAS) to public health by regulating these chemicals to prevent or limit human and environmental exposure and facilitating the cleanup of PFAS-  more

Reps. Pallone, Doyle Issue Statement on House Passage of Bipartisan 5G Security Bills
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement with Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle, D-Pennsylvania, after the House passed three bipartisan 5G security bills that had advanced through the committee in 2019: "The House continues to pass legislation that will help keep the American people safe. "The whole-of-government approach of the Secure 5G and Beyond Act wi  more

Reps. Scanlon, Thompson Take Action to Support Kinship Caregivers
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 -- Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Representatives Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) and Glenn Thompson (R-PA) introduced the Help Grandfamilies Prevent Child Abuse Act, a bipartisan bill to better support kinship caregivers who have taken over responsibility as primary caregivers for children exposed to substance abuse and trauma. Due to the opioid epidemic, an increased number of grandparents are taking on the role as primary caregiver for   more

Sen. Toomey Issues Statement at Hearing on Nomination of Hardy
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- The Senate Judiciary Committee issued the following statement by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, at a hearing on the nomination of William Scott Hardy to be U.S. district judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania: I am grateful to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Ranking Member Diane Feinstein (D-CA) for holding a nomination hearing for my fellow Pennsylvanian Scott Hardy, who has been nominated to serve on the U.S. District Court for the  more

Sen. Toomey Issues Statement on Death of Ex-Rep. Fitzpatrick
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following statement on the death of ex-Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick from Bucks County, Pennsylvania: "Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick served our commonwealth and country with great integrity, competence, and dignity. "During his time as a Bucks County Commissioner, and then as a member of Congress, Mike proved time and again that it is possible to work across the aisle to make progress while remaining true to one's principles. "Kris an  more

Sen. Toomey Outlines Opposition to USMCA During Finance Committee Markup
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: This morning at the Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) outlined his opposition to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and detailed why the agreement's implementing bill is not eligible for expedited consideration in the Senate. You can view Senator Toomey's full remarks here (https://youtu.be/Op4qR4tPvLg). Excerpt: "NAFTA needed to be updated because it's an old agre  more

Senate Conducted 2 Committee Hearings for Jan. 8
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- The U.S. Senate conducted 2 committee hearings on Jan. 8, 2020: NONPOINT SOURCE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM Committee on Environment and Public Works: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the Nonpoint Source Management Program under the Clean Water Act, focusing on perspectives from states, after receiving testimony from Jennifer Zygmunt, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Cheyenne; and Ben Grumbles, Maryland Secretary of the Environment, Baltimore. NOMINATIONS Com  more

Senate Judiciary Committee Sets Nominations Hearing
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 -- The Senate Judiciary Committee issued the following hearing information: Nominations at 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 10 a.m. on Jan. 8: Witnesses: * William Scott Hardy, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania * John F. Heil III, to be United States District Judge for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma * David Cleveland Joseph, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana * Co  more

Senate Schedules 2 Committee Hearings for Jan. 8
WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 -- The U.S. Senate has scheduled two committee hearings for Jan. 8, 2020. Committee on Environment and Public Works: to hold hearings to examine the Nonpoint Source Management Program under the Clean Water Act, focusing on perspectives from states, 10 a.m., SD-406. Committee on the Judiciary: to hold hearings to examine the nominations of William Scott Hardy, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania, John F. Heil III, to be United States Di  more

Sens. Toomey, Blumenthal Announce Bipartisan Bill to Allow Food Banks to Help More Families in Need
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9 -- Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are working to help food banks collect and distribute more food to needy families with the introduction of the bipartisan Food Donation Improvement Act of 2019. New and innovative food assistance models repurpose items from donating entities and sell prepared dishes like microwavable dinners for a nominal cost. But federal law does not curr  more