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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Indiana Newsletter for Sunday January 19, 2020 ( 28 items )  

11 Trump Nominees, Including Assistant Secretary of Labor, Confirmed by Senate
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- The U.S. Senate confirmed the nominations of 11 individuals for positions in the federal government on Nov. 21: John Lowry III, of Illinois, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans' Employment and Training. Ian Paul Steff, of Indiana, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service. John E. Kramer, of Florida, to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of Transportation. Joshua A. Deahl, of the Distr  more

2 Trump Nominees, Including Fish & Wildlife Service Director, Confirmed by Senate
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- The U.S. Senate confirmed the nominations of two individuals for positions in the federal government on Dec. 12: Aurelia Skipwith, of Indiana, to be Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. John Joseph Sullivan, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Russian Federation.  more

Ranking Member Phil Roe to Join Rep. Jim Banks at Allen County March for Life
FORT WAYNE, Indiana, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Jim Banks, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03) announced that the Ranking Member of the House Veteran's Affairs Committee Dr. Phil Roe will join him at Allen County Right to Life's 46th Annual Rally and March for Life in Fort Wayne on Saturday, January 18, 2020. The rally will take place at the University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Auditorium. The rally will begin shortly before noon. The march will take place after th  more

Rep. Banks Welcomes Phase One Deal With China
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Jim Banks, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: Rep. Banks released the following statement after the U.S. and China reached a phase one trade agreement: "President Trump's greatest foreign policy achievement is bringing clarity to the relationship between China and the U.S. With that clarity, he's negotiated a first-step deal with Beijing that begins to right the many wrongs for which China is responsible," said Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03). "Hoosiers are glad t  more

Rep. Brooks Introduces Bill to Address Maternal Health Crisis Using Technology
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- Rep. Susan W. Brooks, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Susan Brooks (IN-05), along with Representatives Greg Gianforte (MT- At Large), Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE- At Large), Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), and Robin Kelly (IL-02), introduced the Data Mapping to Save Moms' Lives Act. The bill will use data mapping to identify areas of the country where high rates of poor maternal health overlap with a lack of broadband access. The United St  more

Rep. Brooks Issues Statement on Partnering with U.S. Census Bureau
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Indiana, issued the following statement after announcing her Congressional partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau to support the 2020 Census: "As a partner of the 2020 Census, my staff and I will be working to ensure that all residents in the 5th District of Indiana are accurately counted and represented. This confidential count affects the allocation of funding for our community's public resources like schools, transportation, and hospitals, how we   more

Rep. Bucshon Issues Statement on Appointing Impeachment Managers for Senate Trial
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Indiana, issued the following statement after voting against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's resolution appointing the House's impeachment managers for the Senate trial: "Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed these sham articles of impeachment through the House at breakneck speed; justifying her actions by suggesting President Trump was an imminent threat to American Democracy. Now, more than a month after the partisan vote in the House to adopt the articles of   more

Rep. Bucshon Issues Statement Phase One Trade Deal With China
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Indiana, issued the following statement: Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08) released the following statement after the White House signed the first phase of a trade deal with China that includes a commitment purchase an additional $200 billion of American goods and services, including agriculture: "I applaud the Trump Administration for working diligently on achieving a strong and enforceable deal with China to end unfair trade practices, prote  more

Rep. Carson Issues Statement on Support for Airline Ground Workers
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indiana, issued the following statement on Jan. 15 regarding the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Aviation subcommittee hearing on the issues facing airline ground workers: "Today's hearing in Transportation and Infrastructure, the committee on which I serve, highlights the intolerable conditions for airline workers -- from baggage handlers to food prep workers -- at a time of record profits for airlines. These workers deserve living wag  more

Rep. Carson Issues Statement on Transmission of Articles of Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indiana, issued the following statement on Jan. 15: Congressman Andre Carson, a senior member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on his vote to transmit the House's Articles of Impeachment against President Trump to the Senate, and approve the appointment of House impeachment managers who will prosecute the case in the Senate trial. "Over several months of intensive investigations, my House collea  more

Rep. Hollingsworth: HUD Awards Funds to Combat Homelessness in Indiana
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced $23,770,934 in FY2019 Continuum of Care Grants (CoC) Tier 1 grants to aid in combating the homelessness crisis. This $23 million investment in ending homelessness includes $1,658,493 combined for Centerstone Indiana Inc., Indiana University Health Bloomington, Inc., and Shalom Community Center, Inc in Bloomington; $220,191 f  more

Rep. Pence Issues Floor Remarks on Return of Pvt. 1st Class Wiesehan to 6th District of Indiana
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Greg Pence, R-Indiana, issued the following floor remarks in the House honoring the return of Pvt. 1st Class Louis Wiesehan Jr. to the 6th District of Indiana: "I rise today to honor American hero, Pfc. Louis Wiesehan, Jr. of Richmond, Indiana and celebrate his return home to the sixth district of Indiana. Pfc. Wiesehan is a fellow marine who gave the ultimate sacrifice while fighting on the island of Betio in the Pacific during World War II. "After 77 years, Pfc. W  more

Rep. Pence Issues Statement on Senate Passage of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Greg Pence, R-Indiana, issued the following statement on the Senate passage of President Trump's U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "Signing USMCA into law will bring billions to our nation and tens of thousands of new jobs for Americans. This is a huge win for American workers, farmers and manufacturers, and it's about time Congress got to the People's work instead of a partisan impeachment circus. "I applaud the Trump Administration's dedication to our nation's farmers  more

Rep. Pence Issues Statement on Trade Deal With China
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Greg Pence, R-Indiana, issued the following statement on Jan. 15 signing of the U.S. and China Phase One trade agreement: "In an historic victory for Hoosier farmers and workers, President Trump has delivered a fair trade deal with China," said Congressman Pence. "I have long maintained that Congress has the utmost responsibility on behalf of our farmers to pass USMCA. With that landmark trade deal moving forward, the Trump Administration has hit it out of the park  more

Rep. Walorski Issues Statement on Phase 1 Trade Agreement With China
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Indiana, issued the following statement on the signing of the Phase 1 trade agreement between the U.S. and China: "The days of simply letting China get away with unfair trade practices are over. "This Phase One agreement will go a long way toward ending China's most egregious abuses and providing relief to American manufacturers and farmers. With a strong agreement in place, the U.S. is now in the best possible position heading into the next phase  more

Rep. Walorski Issues Statement on Senate Approval of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Indiana, issued the following statement after the Senate approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, sending the deal to President Trump's desk for his signature: * * * - Hoosier Farmers, Manufacturers, and Workers Will Benefit from Historic Modernization of North American Trade * * * "With USMCA nearly across the finish line, American farmers, manufacturers, and workers are another step closer to a historic win. I was thrilled to cast my vote fo  more

Rep. Walorski Sends Gov. Holcomb Update on Family First Law to Transform Child Welfare Systems
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: * * * - Indiana Projected to Receive $11.6 Million for Family First Implementation Under Bipartisan Law Co-Authored by Walorski * * * U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) this week sent a letter to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb providing an update on the Family First Transition Act, which was recently signed into law. The bipartisan law co-authored by Walorski will provide resources and flexibility to h  more

Reps. Lowey, Visclosky, Wasserman Schultz Issue Statement on Trump Administration Plan on Border Wall Funding
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Nita M. Lowey, D-New York, chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following joint statement with Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Indiana, chairman of the Subcommittee on Defense, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida, chairman of the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, on reports that the Trump administration is planning to take $7.2 billion from counternarcotics and military construction funding to pay for  more

Sen. Braun Issues Statement on Transmission of Articles of Impeachment to Senate
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sen. Mike Braun, R-Indiana, issued the following statement on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi transmitting the articles of impeachment to the Senate: "Finally, Speaker Pelosi has decided to stop her senseless delay and deliver the partisan articles of impeachment for a trial in the Senate. "President Trump will for the first time in this sham process have a chance to fully exonerate himself. Pelosi, Schumer and Schiff spent weeks in a failed attempt to control the Senate tria  more

Sen. Coons Issues Joint Statement on Microsoft Commitment to Bold Climate Action
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Delaware, issued the following joint statement along with Sen. Mike Braun, R-Indiana: U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.), chairs of the bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus, released the following statement about Microsoft's new commitments to become carbon negative by 2030 and reverse the company's total carbon impact since its founding in 1975. "We applaud the ambitious commitments Microsoft announced today to eli  more

Sen. Young Applauds Recent Jobs Report
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) highlighted the latest jobs report during the Senate Republican leadership press conference. "Friday's Jobs Report provided some more good news for the people of Indiana and all across America. Let me read some brief numbers here. The unemployment rate held steady at 3.5 percent in December - 145,000 new jobs were added - wages continued to grow and are up nearly three percent  more

Sen. Young Helps Introduce Bill to Improve Maternal Health
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced the Data Mapping to Save Moms' Lives Act, bipartisan legislation that would utilize data mapping to show where high rates of poor maternal health outcomes overlap with lack of access to broadband services in order to help identify where improved access to telehealth services can be most effecti  more

Sen. Young Issues Floor Statement Recognizing Indiana Women Suffrage Centennial Commission
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 15, recognizing the Indiana Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission: I rise to formally recognize an important event that will be occurring in my home State of Indiana this week. On Thursday, January 16, the Indiana Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission will be hosting a celebration at the Indiana Statehouse to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ind  more

Sen. Young Issues Statement on Impeachment Process
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following statement regarding Articles of Impeachment being transmitted to the Senate: "The far-left has been desperate to get rid of President Trump since day one, and that has been made abundantly clear throughout this process. "Now that the articles are being delivered and a trial will be held in the Senate, I will uphold my duty as an impeachment juror and carefully evaluate the legal arguments. "I hope this process can be comp  more

Sen. Young Issues Statement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following statement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day: "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will forever be remembered as a great American hero, a custodian of hope, and a man of peace who challenged our nation to love one another and live up to our founding principles. Along with countless others who bravely led the Civil Rights Movement, his words helped us become a more perfect union," said Senator Young. "This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I   more

Sen. Young Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following statement: U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) voted to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Implementation Act. The trade agreement passed on an 89-10 vote. "House Democrats held up USMCA for over a year. During that time, tens of thousands of Hoosier jobs supported by exports to Canada and Mexico have been on the line. Today, the Senate passed this historic trade agreement and marked a win for American wor  more

Sen. Young Issues Statement on War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following statement on Jan. 14: U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) announced he will vote against moving forward on a politically charged version of Senator Tim Kaine's (D-Va.) war powers resolution in order to continue working on revisions. Senator Young and Senator Kaine are working together to develop a revised war powers resolution, which removes political language and addresses the need for more Congressional oversight of military  more

Sens. Cotton, Braun, and Cruz Urge DOJ Investigation of NIAC
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), along with Senators Mike Braun (R-Indiana) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), yesterday sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr urging the Department of Justice to investigate the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and its sister organization, NIAC Action, for potential violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The National Iranian American Council is a nonprofit or  more