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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Alabama Newsletter for Sunday January 19, 2020 ( 29 items )  

3 Trump Nominees, Including Army Under Secretary, Received by Senate
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- The U.S. Senate received the nominations of three individuals for positions in the federal government on Dec. 9: James E. McPherson, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of the Army. Finch Fulton, of Alabama, to be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation. J. Brett Blanton, of Virginia, to be Architect of the Capitol for the term of ten years.  more

6 Trump Nominees, Including Government Publishing Office Director, Confirmed by Senate
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- The U.S. Senate confirmed the nominations of six individuals for positions in the federal government on Dec. 4: Hugh Nathanial Halpern, of Virginia, to be Director of the Government Publishing Office. John L. Sinatra, Jr., of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of New York. Sarah E. Pitlyk, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri. Douglas Russell Cole, of Ohio, to be United States District J  more

9 Trump Judicial Nominees Received by Senate
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- The U.S. Senate received the nominations of nine individuals for positions in the judicial branch on Nov. 21: Jason Myung-lk Chung, of Virginia, to be United States Director of the Asian Development Bank, with the rank of Ambassador. Andrew Lynn Brasher, of Alabama, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit. John W. Holcomb, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California. Knut Sveinbjorn Johnson, of California,  more

Appropriations Committee Advances U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to Full Senate
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release: The Senate Committee on Appropriations marked up and approved H.R. 5430, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. The full committee advanced the legislation by a vote of 29-2. The measure is designed to boost economic growth by modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby  more

Chairman Shelby Issues Statement at Markup of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- The Senate Appropriations Committee issued the following opening statement on Jan. 15 by Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, at the markup of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act (H.R. 5430): Today, we meet to consider H.R. 5430, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act, or "USMCA." The Appropriations Committee shares jurisdiction over the USMCA with the Finance, Budget, Environment and Public Works, Commerce, HELP, and Foreign Relations Committees.  more

House Financial Services Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Southern Poverty Law Center
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- The House Financial Services subcommittee on National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy issued the following testimony by Lecia J. Brooks, member of the senior leadership team at the Southern Poverty Law Center, at a hearing entitled "A Persistent and Evolving Threat: An Examination of the Financing of Domestic Terrorism and Extremism": My name is Lecia Brooks. I am a member of the senior leadership team at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). We   more

House Publishes Executive Communications 3392 to 3422 from Executive Branch on Jan. 7
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- The House on Jan. 7 published 31 executive communications from the Executive Branch: 3392. A letter from the Secretary, Department of Defense, transmitting a letter on the approved retirement of Lieutenant General Gary J. Volesky, United States Army, and his advancement to the grade of lieutenant general on the retired list, pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 1370(c)(1); Public Law 96-513, Sec. 112 (as amended by Public Law 104-106, Sec. 502(b)); (110 Stat. 293); to the Committee on A  more

House Publishes Executive Communications 3455 to 3483 from Executive Branch on Jan. 9
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- The House on Jan. 9 published 29 executive communications from the Executive Branch: 3455. A letter from the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, transmitting a notice to Congress of the anticipated use of Selected Reserve units that will be ordered to active duty under the authority of Title 10 U.S.C. 12304b, pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 12304b(d); Public Law 112-81, Sec. 516(a)(1); (125 Stat. 1396); to th  more

Rep. Brooks Discusses Impeachment of President Trump on 'Varney & Co.'
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, issued the following transcript of Fox Business Network's 'Varney & Co.': Thursday, on Fox Business Network's "Varney & Co.", Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) slammed Socialist Democrats' sham impeachment of President Trump and outlined what he expects from the Senate impeachment trial. Click on the image above or HERE (https://video.foxbusiness.com/v/6123397343001/#sp=show-clips) for video of Congressman Brooks on Fox Business Full transcript of  more

Rep. Brooks Issues Statement Recognizing Baseball Coach Walker
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 15, entitled "Recognizing Ray Walker for an Outstanding Coaching Career": I rise today to congratulate Mr. Ray Walker for his induction into the Alabama Baseball Coaching Association Hall of Fame. Ray was born in 1946 in Anniston, Alabama. At two years old, his family moved to Huntsville. Ray was a part of the first graduating class at Lee High School, in 19  more

Rep. Byrne Issues Floor Remarks on Senate Impeachment Trial Witnesses
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following floor remarks on the Senate impeachment trial witnesses: Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives regarding House Democrats' insincere claims that witnesses are needed in a Senate trial to get the facts. His prepared remarks are below. Congressman Byrne said: "Thank you, Mr. Speaker. After a long, embarrassing month, the House will finally transmit the articles of impeachment a  more

Rep. Byrne Issues Statement on House Vote to Send Articles of Impeachment to Senate
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following statement after the House voted to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate: Congressman Byrne said: "After a month of playing games, Speaker Pelosi has finally given up and sent her impeachment articles to the Senate. I am proud to have fought against this sham every step of the way, and I hope that the Senate will move quickly to dismiss these articles. It's time to finally address the issues the American people  more

Rep. Byrne Issues Statement on Labor Department Joint Employer Rule
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following statement on Jan. 13: Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, issued the following statement after the Department of Labor released a new rule to modernize the joint employer standard under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Congressman Byrne said: "I applaud the Department of Labor for taking action to protect American workers and provide much needed clarity for   more

Rep. Byrne Issues Statement Thanking Payne for Service as Deputy District Director
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Alabama, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 13, entitled "Thanking Frazier Payne for Seventeen Years of Service to Alabama's First Congressional District": I rise today to share my deepest appreciation for my Deputy District Director, Frazier Payne, for his 17 years of service to Alabama's First Congressional District. Today marks Frazier's final day serving the people of Southwest Alabama. After   more

Rep. DeLauro Urges Comprehensive OSHA Investigation Into Worker Fatality at JBS-Pilgrim's Pride Poultry Processing Plant
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-Connecticut, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) sent a letter to Deputy Assistant Secretary for Labor Lauren Sweatt urging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to conduct a comprehensive investigation into a worker fatality that occurred at a poultry processing plant in Guntersville, Alabama owned by Pilgrim's Pride--a subsidiary of the Brazilian meatpacking conglomerate JBS SA. "This tragic f  more

Rep. Palmer Issues Statement on Impeachment Articles
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Alabama, issued the following statement on Jan. 15: Speaker Nancy Pelosi transmitted the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the U.S. Senate and appointed impeachment managers for the impending Senate trial. Congressman Gary Palmer (AL-06) released the following statement: "Today's vote to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate and to confirm managers for the Senate trial is a simple continuation of the Democrats' abuse o  more

Rep. Pressley Hosts CBC Delegation for Historic Visit to Greater Boston
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: This past weekend, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) welcomed Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-CA), and Congresswomen Barbara Lee (D-CA), Gwen Moore (D-WI), Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D-NJ), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Jahana Hayes (D-CT) to the Massachusetts 7th Congressional District for the Congressional Black Caucus's (CBC) first ever visit to the Commonwealth Massachusetts. The m  more

Rep. Rogers Column: Report From Washington - The Situation With Iran and Democrats
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, issued the following column: In this new year and decade, the world remains a very dangerous place. Recently, President Trump had the opportunity to take out a very bad actor who wished harm on Americans and was responsible for the deaths of 600 U.S. soldiers. In Baghdad, Qassem Soleimani, an Iranian commander, was killed by some of our brave men and women serving in uniform. A known terrorist is now eliminated and I strongly stand with Pre  more

Rep. Rogers Issues Floor Remarks on Articles of Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, issued the following floor remarks on the articles of impeachment: "Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats continue to be obsessed with trying to undo the 2016 election. Pelosi's sham of a witch hunt is baseless, useless and downright shameful. Meanwhile, President Trump continues to put America first with the best economy in generations, historic low unemployment, rebuilding our military, a record number of conservative federal judges and fixing   more

Rep. Rogers Issues Statement Recognizing Talladega County Deputy Rogers, Three Individuals
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 15, entitled "In Recognition of Talladega County Deputy Chris Rogers and Three Brave Citizens: Michael Oakes, Ronnie Ragland and Paul Wright": I rise to recognize Talladega County Deputy Chris Rogers and three other brave individuals, Michael Oakes, Ronnie Ragland and Paul Wright, who helped save Sylacauga Police Officer Blake McGhee's life. On November 14  more

Sen. Feinstein Issues Remarks on Brasher 11th Circuit Nomination
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following remarks: Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) highlighted concerns with Judge Andrew Brasher, President Trump's nominee to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. "I'm happy to support Judge Scott Rash. He has experience. I think he has the necessary judicial experience, received a ranking of 'well qualified' from the ABA. I will also be supporting [judicial nominee] Matthew Schelp, n  more

Sen. Feinstein Issues Remarks on Brasher 11th Circuit Nomination
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following remarks: Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today highlighted concerns with Judge Andrew Brasher, President Trump's nominee to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. "I'm happy to support Judge Scott Rash. He has experience. I think he has the necessary judicial experience, received a ranking of 'well qualified' from the ABA. I will   more

Sen. Harris Demands Senate Judiciary Committee Halt Nominations During Impeachment Trial
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Kamala D. Harris, D-California, issued the following news release on Jan. 16: U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Thursday pressed her colleagues to halt all judicial nominations during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Harris pointed to the inappropriateness of moving forward with judicial nominees while the president is charged with high crimes and misdemeanors. "In light of the fact that the Senate i  more

Sen. Shelby Applauds Senate Passage of USMCA
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) applauded passage of H.R. 5430, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Implementation Act. The measure was approved by a vote of 89-10 and is designed to boost economic growth by modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The trade agreement will now move to President Trump's desk for a signature. "Passage of this important trade pact is  more

Sen. Shelby: Appropriations Schedule for January 15, 2020
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following news release: The following is the schedule for the Senate Committee on Appropriations for Wednesday, January 15, 2020. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020 COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS (Richard Shelby, Chairman) Markup of H.R. 5430, United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act 10:15 a.m., Room 106, Dirksen Senate Office Building NOTE: The markup webcast will be au  more

Senate Appropriations Committee Sets Markup of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- The Senate Appropriations Committee issued the following hearing information: Markup of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act (H.R. 5430) at 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 10:15 a.m. on Jan. 15: Agenda Markup of H.R. 5430, United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act Member Statements Chairman Richard Shelby (Republican - Alabama)  more

Senate Conducted 3 Committee Hearings on Jan. 16
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- The U.S. Senate conducted three committee hearings on Jan. 16, 2020: NOMINATIONS Committee on Armed Services: Committee concluded a hearing to examine the nominations of James E. McPherson, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of the Army, and Charles Williams, of Missouri, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Navy, who was introduced by Senator Blunt, both of the Department of Defense, after the nominees testified and answered questions in their own behalf. BUSINESS MEETI  more

Senate Publishes Executive Communications 3589-3650 from Executive Branch on Jan. 7
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- The Senate on Jan. 7 published 62 executive communications from the Executive Branch: EC-3589. A communication from the Acting Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting, Department of Defense, transmitting, pursuant to law, the report of a rule entitled "Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Review of Defense Solicitations by Procurement Center Representatives" ((RIN0750-AK43) (DFARS Case 2019-D008)) received during adjournment of the Senate in the   more

Senate Scheduled 2 Committee Hearings for Jan. 16
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- The U.S. Senate scheduled two committee hearings for Jan. 16, 2020. Committee on Armed Services: to hold hearings to examine the nominations of James E. McPherson, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of the Army, and Charles Williams, of Missouri, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Navy, both of the Department of Defense, 9 a.m., SD-G50. Committee on the Judiciary: business meeting to consider the nominations of Andrew Lynn Brasher, of Alabama, to be United States Circui  more