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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Missouri Newsletter for Sunday January 19, 2020 ( 30 items )  

4 Trump Nominees, Including OMB Administrator, Confirmed by Senate
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- The U.S. Senate confirmed the nominations of four individuals for positions in the federal government on Jan. 9: Paul J. Ray, of Tennessee, to be Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Cynthia L. Attwood, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission for a term expiring April 27, 2025. Amanda Wood Laihow, of Maine, to be a Member of Occupational Safety and Health Review Co  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

8 Trump Nominees, Including Assistant Navy Secretary, Received by Senate
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- The U.S. Senate received the nominations of eight individuals for positions in the Trump Administration on Dec. 2: Charles Williams, of Missouri, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Navy. John Peter Cronan, of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. William Scott Hardy, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania. John F. Heil III, of Oklahoma, to be United States District Judg  more

GAO Issues Report on GSA Leasing, Improving Stakeholder Outreach and Lease Model Evaluation Could Enhance Competition
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the General Services Administration leasing. The report (GAO-20-181) is entitled "Improving Stakeholder Outreach and Lease Model Evaluation Could Enhance Competition". The report was sent to Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, chairman, and Rep. Sam Graves, R-Missouri, ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Jan. 17, 2020. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report. Wh  more

GAO Issues Report on National Maritime Strategy, DOT Is Taking Steps to Obtain Interagency Input and Finalize Strategy
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the national maritime strategy. The report (GAO-20-178) is entitled "DOT Is Taking Steps to Obtain Interagency Input and Finalize Strategy". 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, Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, chairman, Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Armed   more

Rep. Clay Issues Joint Statement on HUD Approval of Wellston, MO Affordable Housing Voucher Application
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- Rep. William 'Lacy' Clay Jr., D-Missouri, issued the following joint statement on Jan. 13: The following is a joint, first-person statement by Senator Roy Blunt (R) Missouri and Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay, (D) Missouri, Chairman of the U.S. House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development and Insurance regarding a just-approved agreement with HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson to address the ongoing housing crisis affecting low-income residents in Wellston  more

Rep. Cleaver Holds Hearing on Domestic Terror Threats
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, issued the following news release on Jan. 17: This week, United States Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO), chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy, held a subcommittee hearing entitled "A Persistent and Evolving Threat: An Examination of the Financing of Domestic Terrorism and Extremism." "According to the FBI, domestic terrorism continues to trend upward  more

Rep. Cleaver Issues Statement on IG Inquiry Into Opportunity Zones Program
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, issued the following statement after the Treasury Department Inspector General announced an inquiry into the Opportunity Zone program: * * * - Following A Push From Lawmakers, Treasury Inspector General Announces Inquiry Into Potential Misconduct In Treasury's Implementation Of Opportunity Zones * * * "I'm pleased that the Inspector General saw the validity of our request to investigate the Opportunity Zone program. It's critical that  more

Rep. Graves Issues Statement on Confirmation of Gaynor as FEMA Administrator
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Sam Graves, R-Missouri, issued the following statement: U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), the Republican leader of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, released the following statement upon the U.S. Senate's confirmation of Peter Gaynor as the next Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA): "I want to congratulate Peter Gaynor and ensure him that Committee Republicans and I stand ready to work with him to better help our comm  more

Rep. Graves Issues Statement on U.S.-China Trade Deal
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Sam Graves, R-Missouri, issued the following statement on Jan. 15 on the signing of the phase one of a trade deal with China: "Today's signing of a 'phase one' trade deal with China is a much-needed win for North Missouri farmers. We have waited patiently for a trade breakthrough and this is an excellent start--ensuring China will quit cheating American businesses and leveling the playing field for American farmers. "President Trump promised to get better trade dea  more

Rep. Hartzler Issues Statement Congratulating Men Soccer Team of Central Methodist University
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 16, entitled "Congratulating the Central Methodist University Men's Soccer Team": A Year Ago I Stood On The House Floor To Pay Tribute To The Central Methodist University Eagles Men's Soccer Team Of Fayette, Missouri--Located In Missouri's Fourth Congressional District--For Winning The Naia Men's Soccer National Championship. I Have The Distinct Honor   more

Rep. Long Issues Statement on Appointment of Impeachment Trial Managers
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Billy Long, R-Missouri, issued the following statement on the appointment of the impeachment trial managers: "After 28 days, the House finally voted on a resolution appointing and authorizing managers for the impeachment trial of President Trump. I voted against this resolution because I believe that the managers named by Speaker Pelosi have repeatedly demonstrated their hatred for President Trump and are therefore unable to be objective. In the months leading up to  more

Rep. Long: Bringing Broadband Access to Rural Missourians Washington, Jan. 14
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Rep. Billy Long, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced a proposal called the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund would allocate $20.4 billion through a reverse-auction format to connect millions of rural homes and small businesses to high-speed broadband networks. The $20.4 Billion Fund would target areas that lack access to 25/3 Mbps broadband services (the FCC's minim  more

Rep. Luetkemeyer Issues Statement on Articles of Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Missouri, issued the following statement regarding House Democrats' articles of impeachment being sent to the Senate: "Nearly a month after passing the articles of impeachment Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats continually called 'urgent' and a 'national security concern,' they finally agreed to release the articles to the Senate. This on again off again strategy has, once again, shown the American people that this process has been nothing more   more

Rep. Luetkemeyer Issues Statement on Trade Agreement Between U.S., China
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Missouri, issued the following statement regarding the signing of a trade agreement between the U.S. and China: "The President's trade deal with China is great news for American farmers, manufacturers and energy producers. With Missouri being made up of two-thirds farmland and home to a thriving auto industry, our already strong economy will continue to approve. I'm extremely grateful that we have a President willing to address China's hostile t  more

Rep. Luetkemeyer Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Missouri, issued the following statement regarding passage of the historic U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "From farmers to small businesses to manufactures, Americans across the country are going to benefit from greater productivity and more jobs. Under the USMCA, U.S. agricultural and food exports are expected to increase by more than $2 billion annually. Missouri's 1.1 million small business employees will see a multitude of benefits from incre  more

Rep. Luetkemeyer: House Financial Services Subcommittee Unanimously Expresses Concern Over CECL
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: In the Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets at a hearing entitled "An Examination of the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board," members from both sides of the aisle expressed serious concern with FASB's CECL accounting standard. During his questioning, Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) raised concerns regarding  more

Rep. Smith Column: Jury of Political Opponents
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- Rep. Jason Smith, R-Missouri, issued the following Capitol Report column: After unconstitutionally delaying the transmission for almost four weeks, Speaker Pelosi finally sent the Articles of Impeachment to the United States Senate this week. The Speaker supposedly delayed sending the Articles because she was worried about "fairness" - a stunning word for someone who blocked Republican requests for witnesses, held weeks of closed-door meetings and depositions, and denied   more

Reps. Cleaver and Clay Urge GAO to Investigate U.S. Practices to Count Homeless Population
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, issued the following news release: United States Representatives Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) and Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO) sent a letter to the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), urging the agency to "initiate an investigation into best practices in counting the United States homeless populations." In the letter, the lawmakers wrote: "Though the [Point-in-Time] count is a helpful tool in determining the population of those   more

Reps. Graves, Graves Issue Statements on FAA Certification Process
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Sam Graves, R-Missouri, ranking Republican member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Rep. Garret Graves, R-Louisiana, ranking member of the Subcommittee on Aviation, issued the following statements on Jan. 16 regarding a report on the Federal Aviation Administration's certification process: Ranking Member Sam Graves: "Today, the Special Committee released a completely consensus-based report that confirms aviation in the United States is saf  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. Hawley Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, issued the following statement on the passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "The USMCA is a welcome improvement over NAFTA. This deal will provide better market access for Missouri ag and has enforceable labor protections that will help level the playing field for American workers."  more

Sen. Hawley Issues Statement on University of Missouri Decision to Shut Down Confucius Institute
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, issued the following statement: Senator Hawley tweeted the following statement in response to the University of Missouri's decision to shut down its Confucius Institute: Pleased Mizzou is shutting down the #China Communist Party funded "Confucius Institute." As the State Department warned Mizzou in July 2019, and as I have repeatedly stated, this program presented security risks for students & university as a whole https://www.columbiatribun  more

Sen. Hawley, Senate Colleagues Celebrate Religious Freedom Day
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, issued the following news release on Jan. 16: U.S. Senators Josh Hawley (Mo.), Steve Daines (Mont.), James Lankford (Okla.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Roy Blunt (Mo.) Mike Rounds (S.D.), James Risch (Idaho), Thom Tillis (N.C.), Jim Inhofe (Okla.), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Mike Braun (Ind.), Rick Scott (Fla.), Kevin Cramer (N.D.), Bill Cassidy (La.) and Tim Scott (S.C.) introduced a resolution designating January 16th as Religious Freedom Day. This   more

Senate Armed Services Committee Issues Testimony From Navy Assistant Secretary Nominee Williams
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- The Senate Armed Services Committee issued the following testimony on Jan. 16 by Charles A. Williams, nominee to be assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment Missouri is proud of the work Senator Blunt does for the state and I am personally appreciative for his help. Chairman Inhofe, Ranking Member Reed, Distinguished Senators of the Armed Services committee I am appreciative of your time and the opportunity to be considered for an Assist  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 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

Senator Hawley Congratulates Taiwan President Tsai on Her Reelection
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to President Tsai Ing-wen to congratulate her on her landslide reelection and to express his support for Taiwan in our shared fight against Chinese imperialism. Senator Hawley wrote, "The Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 articulates the United States' commitment to promoting commercial and cultural ties with the people of Taiwan. It likewise enshrines our nation's   more

Sens. Cornyn, Lee, Moran Back Sen. Hawley's Resolution to Allow Dismissal of Articles of Impeachment for Failure to Prosecute
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced they have cosponsored Senator Josh Hawley's (R-Mo.) resolution to allow for the dismissal of articles of impeachment against President Trump for failure to prosecute. Senator Cornyn said, "It's been three weeks and counting since the House passed articles of impeachment, and Speaker Pelosi is still playing games after insi  more