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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Arizona Newsletter for Sunday March 01, 2020 ( 38 items )  

Chair Grijalva Cheers House Passage of Bipartisan Bills to Establish First Outdoor Women's Suffrage Monument, Promote Conservation
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release on Feb. 26: Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed seven bipartisan Natural Resources Bills under suspension of the rules, including Rep. Joe Neguse's (D-Colo.) bill to establish the first outdoor monument honoring the women's suffrage movement in Washington, D.C. "I'm proud of the work that members on and off our Committee are doing to preserve   more

Civil Rights Subcommittee Seeks Information on State Compliance With the National Voter Registration Act
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 -- Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-New York, chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, issued the following news release: Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, sent letters to officials in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas seeking information about their compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) through the annual Medicaid renewal p  more

Following Year-Long Collaborative Effort, Chair Grijalva, Rep. McEachin Introduce Landmark Environmental Justice Legislation
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release on Feb. 27: Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) introduced their landmark Environmental Justice for All Act at a press conference today on Capitol Hill. The event marked the culmination of a yearlong process with advocates and stakeholders in which Members of Congress met with and gathered feedback from the public and the   more

Following Year-Long Collaborative Effort, Reps. Grijalva, McEachin Introduce Landmark Environmental Justice Legislation
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on Feb. 27: Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) introduced their landmark Environmental Justice for All Act at a press conference on Capitol Hill. The event marked the culmination of a yearlong process with advocates and stakeholders in which Members of Congress met with and gathered feedback from the public and the environmental justice community to craft the legislation. "  more

Following Year-Long Collaborative Effort, Reps. Grijalva, McEachin Introducing Landmark Environmental Justice Bill at Thursday Press Conference
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.) will introduce their landmark Environmental Justice for All Act at a press conference this Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time in Longworth 1334 in Washington, D.C. The event, part of a yearlong process with advocates and stakeholders, will be livestreamed at http://facebook.com/nrdems. Among other key features, the bill creates a Federal  more

GAO Issues Report on Examples of Certain Federal Requirements That Apply to Cultural Resources, Factors That Impact Tribal Consultation
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on Native American issues. The report (GAO-20-466T) is entitled "Examples of Certain Federal Requirements That Apply to Cultural Resources and Factors That Impact Tribal Consultation". The report was sent to Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, chairman, Rep. Paul Cook, R-California, ranking member of the House Natural Resources subcommittee on Indigenous Peoples of the U.S. on Feb. 26, 2020. Here are excerpts of summarie  more

House Homeland Security Subcommittee Sets Hearing on Examining Effect of Border Wall on Private, Tribal
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 -- The House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation and Operations issued the following hearing information: "Examining the Effect of the Border Wall on Private and Tribal Landowners" at 310 Cannon House Office Building at 11 a.m. on Feb. 27: Witnesses: * Ned Norris Jr., Chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation * Reynaldo Anzaldua, Private Landowner from Hidaldo, Texas * Nayda Alvarez, Private Landowner from Roma, Texas * Jim Chilton, Private Landow  more

House Natural Resources Committee Issues Report on Bill to Amend Nutria Eradication & Control Act of 2003
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- The House Natural Resources Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-405) on a bill (H.R. 3399), which amends the Nutria Eradication and Control Act of 2003 to include California in the program. The report was advanced by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, on Feb. 25. Excerpts of the report follow: Purpose of the Bill The purpose of H.R. 3399 is to amend the Nutria Eradication and Control Act of 2003 to include all affected states in the program, and for other purposes. Backg  more

House Natural Resources Committee Issues Report on Community Reclamation Partnerships Act
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- The House Natural Resources Committee issued a report (H.Rpt. 116-404) on the Community Reclamation Partnerships Act (H.R. 315), which amends the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to authorize partnerships between states and nongovernmental entities for the purpose of reclaiming and restoring land and water resources adversely affected by coal mining activities before Aug. 3, 1977. The report was advanced by Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, on Feb. 25. Exce  more

House Natural Resources Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Hodapp
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- The House Natural Resources subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the U.S. issued the following testimony on Feb. 26 by Steve Hodapp, retired independent contractor and environmental specialist, at a hearing entitled "Destroying Sacred Sites and Erasing Tribal Culture: The Trump Administration's Construction of the Border Wall": My name is Steve Hodapp, for the last 10 years, until my retirement last March, I was working as a Contractor supporting the environmental compl  more

House Natural Resources Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Norris
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- The House Natural Resources subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the U.S. issued the following testimony on Feb. 26 by Ned Norris Jr., chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation, at a hearing entitled "Destroying Sacred Sites and Erasing Tribal Culture: The Trump Administration's Construction of the Border Wall": I am Ned Norris, Jr. and I am the Chairman of the Tohono O'odham Nation, a federally recognized tribe with more than 34,000 enrolled Tribal citizens. Our ancestors   more

House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Rep. Grijalva
WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 -- The House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment issued the following testimony on Feb. 27 by Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, at the Member's Day hearing on proposals for the Water Resources Development Act: Thank you for your long-standing commitment to improving transportation and infrastructure of our nation, and your work on the reauthorization of WRDA. International Outfall Interceptor There is perhaps no more pressing t  more

Rep. Grijalva Applauds Court Ruling Halting Remain in Mexico Policy
WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: A federal appeals court in California upheld an injunction on Trump's Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the 'remain in Mexico' policy. The policy forced asylum-seeking families to await their asylum hearings in Mexican border towns, exposing them to numerous dangers. "Trump's 'remain in Mexico' policy has helped create a humanitarian crisis at the border and subjected thousands of families and th  more

Rep. Grijalva Cheers House Passage of Bipartisan Bills to Establish First Outdoor Women's Suffrage Monument, Promote Conservation
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on Feb. 26: The U.S. House of Representatives passed seven bipartisan Natural Resources Bills under suspension of the rules, including Rep. Joe Neguse's (D-Colo.) bill to establish the first outdoor monument honoring the women's suffrage movement in Washington, D.C. "I'm proud of the work that members on and off our Committee are doing to preserve the environment, history, and culture of our nation," said C  more

Rep. Grijalva Testifies Before House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security at Member Day Hearing
WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following testimony: This week, Rep. Raul M. Grijalva submitted testimony to the House Homeland Security Appropriations Committee as part of Member Day. Member Day allows Members of Congress to highlight their priorities for inclusion in upcoming appropriations bills. In his testimony, Rep. Grijalva highlighted the ongoing destruction of Tohono O'odham sacred sites at the border and DHS usage of the waiver authority under the REAL  more

Rep. Grijalva Testifies Before House Oversight & Government Reform Committee on LGBTQ Data Inclusion Act
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following testimony: This week, Rep. Raul M. Grijalva submitted testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee calling for the passage of the LGBTQ Data Inclusion Act. The Committee held a hearing examining the impacts of the Trump Administration's 'religious liberty' agenda on LGBTQ rights. In June 2019, Rep. Grijalva introduced the LGBTQ Data Inclusion Act which calls for the inclusion of voluntary questions co  more

Rep. Grijalva Testifies Before House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee on Water Resources Development Act
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following testimony: This week, Rep. Raul M. Grijalva submitted testimony to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee urging them to fund critical water infrastructure projects in Arizona. In his comments, he highlighted the need for funding the Nogales international outfall interceptor, extending the Reclamation Water Settlements Fund, and the need to prohibit U.S. Army Corps of Engineer funds from being redirected to the   more

Rep. Grijalva: As Blasting Continues, Dems Highlight Cultural Destruction of Trump's Racist Border Wall
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release on Feb. 26: Democrats at today's hearing of the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States highlighted the environmental, cultural and historical damage the Trump administration's racist border wall has done to Native American communities, questioning the administration's repeated and seemingly intentional failures to consult with tribal lea  more

Rep. Grijalva: Dems Highlight Cultural Destruction of Trump's Racist Border Wall - Republicans, Trump Admin Dismiss Lack of Tribal Consultation
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on Feb. 26: Democrats at today's hearing of the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States highlighted the environmental, cultural and historical damage the Trump administration's racist border wall has done to Native American communities, questioning the administration's repeated and seemingly intentional failures to consult with tribal leaders before destroying sacred sites or bulldozing sens  more

Rep. Grijalva: Dems Push Big Climate Solutions as Republicans Repeat Climate Denial Talking Points
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release on Feb. 26: Republicans at today's recently concluded hearing on the ways to address climate change with public lands repeated the same years-old climate denial talking points they've used to reject action in previous congresses, calling their recent attempted pivot on the issue into question and underscoring Republican leadership's inability to produce s  more

Rep. Lesko Announces Veterans' Event in Peoria
PEORIA, Arizona, Feb. 25 -- Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) announced the Veteran Resource Rally Point on Saturday, March 14 from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Rio Vista Recreation Center in Peoria. Congresswoman Lesko's Veteran Resource Rally Point will feature accredited Veteran Benefit Counselors and is open to all Active Duty U.S. Military, Reservists and National Guard service members, veterans and their family members in Arizon  more

Rep. Lesko Introduces Legislation to Honor Fallen Navy SEAL in Surprise
WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 -- Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) introduced H.R. 6016, legislation to designate the United States Postal Service facility located at 14955 W. Bell Road in Surprise, Arizona as the "Marc Lee Memorial Post Office Building". In 2006, Marc Alan Lee, a Navy SEAL, was killed in action in Iraq. He was the first SEAL to lose his life in Operation Iraqi Freedom after a fierce firefight while on patrol in Ramadi. In  more

Rep. O'Halleran Issues Statement on Mohave County Vote to Expand Uranium Mining
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following statement on reports that the Mohave County Board of Supervisors voted in support of expanded uranium mining on lands adjacent to the Grand Canyon: "I am extremely displeased to see this vote in Mohave County. Expanding uranium mine operations on lands near the Grand Canyon puts more than just the natural beauty and cultural significance of the area at risk--it threatens the health of Arizonans, our water supply, and ou  more

Rep. Raskin's Subcommittee Seeks Information on State Compliance With the National Voter Registration Act
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 -- Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, sent letters to officials in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas seeking information about their compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) through the annual Medicaid renewal process. Under regulations implementing the Affordable Care  more

Rep. Schweikert Hosts First Annual Women's Leadership Summit
WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 -- Rep. David Schweikert, R-Arizona, has issued the following news release: This week, Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) hosted the first annual Women's Leadership Summit, an event to bring Arizona women together to develop their careers and to learn directly from powerful female leaders who influence innovation in Arizona. Attendees were divided into career-focused breakout sessions where they discussed technology innovation in healthcare, STEM, and public policy. "It w  more

Reps. Gallego, DeSaulnier Introduce Bill to Protect Veterans Unfairly Forced to Return Separation Pay
WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 -- Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) introduced the Restore Veterans' Compensation Act, legislation that would prevent the federal government from forcing veterans to return separation pay if they later qualify for VA disability benefits. The bill also makes other changes to the Department of Defense's recoupment policies to make them fairer to veterans. Many service members qualify fo  more

Reps. Stanton, Gosar Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Bring Justice to Downwinders in Mohave County
WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 -- Rep. Paul A. Gosar, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Paul Gosar and Rep. Greg Stanton introduced the Downwinders Parity Act to bring justice to victims of radiation exposure in Mohave County, Arizona and Clark County, Nevada. Specifically, Gosar and Stanton are pushing for a change to the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA), which makes it possible for victims of illnesses resulting from atmospheric nuclear testing and uranium industry employment  more

Reps. Stanton, Gosar Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Bring Justice to Victims of Radiation Exposure in Mohave County
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 -- Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Paul Gosar and Rep. Greg Stanton introduced H.R. 5992, the Downwinders Parity Act, to bring justice to victims of radiation exposure in Mohave County in northwestern Arizona and Clark County in southern Nevada. Specifically, Gosar and Stanton are pushing for a change to the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act, which makes it possible for victims of illnesses resulting from atmospheric nuclear testing   more

Sen. Crapo Announces Staff Changes
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 -- Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) announced recent staff promotions and hires in his Washington, D.C., and Idaho Falls offices. Molly Carpenter has been promoted to Legislative Director. Previously, Carpenter served the Crapo office as legislative assistant for defense, military, intelligence, veterans and foreign affairs. Carpenter has served a decade in the U.S. Senate, having previously worked for the late S  more

Sen. McSally Leads Letter Pressing CBP on Coronavirus Preparedness
WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Ted Cruz (R-TX) sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan requesting information on the agency's readiness to prevent the transmission of coronavirus across American ports of entry. "As southern border Senators, we are concerned about the possible spread of the coronavirus across our borders," the   more

Sen. McSally Office Hosts Federal Grant Workshop for Rural Arizona Educators
PRESCOTT, Arizona, Feb. 27 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release on Feb. 26: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ), in conjunction with the Arizona Department of Education, hosted a federal grant workshop for rural Arizona school district officials. The three-hour workshop, which was held at the Yavapai County Education Service Agency in Prescott, Arizona was open to educators, school administrators, and staff members, provided a training opportunity for school dist  more

Sen. McSally Pushes Forest Service to Keep 4FRI on Schedule
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) urged the U.S. Forest Service Chief to keep forest restoration projects in Arizona on schedule. During a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing to examine the President's fiscal year 2021 budget request for the U.S. Forest Service, McSally asked for a specific timeline on Phase 2 of the Four Forests Restoration Initiative (4FRI). "The Phase 2 RFP (R  more

Sen. McSally Tied at #1 of All 100 Senators for Most Bills Signed Into Law in Her First Year
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) tied for first as the most productive member of the U.S. Senate according to GovTrack, a wholly independent entity. McSally passed seven bills into law in her first year as a Senator, continuing her record of getting things done, just as she did during her time in the House. Six of her bills had bipartisan cosponsors and one passed with strong bipartisan support. McSally  more

Sen. Sinema Highlighted Importance of Affordable Transportation in Ensuring Arizonans Have Access to Health Care
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema in a Senate Banking Committee hearing highlighted the importance of public transportation in ensuring Arizonans have access to affordable health care. "Having a great doctor doesn't matter if you can't get to your appointment. Good public transit can make it easier for Arizonans of all ages and from all corners of our state to see a doctor and access essential health   more

Sen. Sinema Tours Flagstaff Medical Center, Highlights Work Making Health Care More Affordable
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema visited the Flagstaff Medical Center to hear directly from the organization's leaders and medical personnel and discuss her work making health care more affordable and accessible for Arizonans. "I'm proud to partner with the dedicated team at Flagstaff Medical Center to make health care more affordable and accessible for Arizona," said Sinema. Sinema highlighted her   more

Sen. Sinema Tours Rio De Flag Flood Control Project With Flagstaff Leaders
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona, Feb. 24 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: * * * - Sinema helped secure $52 million for the completion of Flagstaff's Rio de Flag Flood Control Project * * * Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema toured the Rio de Flag flood control project with leaders from the city of Flagstaff to directly see the progress of the project. Following a request from Sinema, the Army Corps of Engineers recently announced it would provide $52 for the projec  more

Sen. Sinema, Fischer Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Naming February 'American Heart Month'
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release: Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Senator Deb Fischer (NE) introduced a bipartisan resolution designating the month of February as "American Heart Month", underscoring their bipartisan commitment to advancing the research, prevention, and treatment of heart disease. "Too many Arizona women, veterans, and underserved communities suffer from heart disease. We're working across the aisle and raisin  more

Sens. McSally, Sinema Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Arizona's Federal Courts
WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) earlier this month introduced bipartisan legislation to bolster the judicial system in Arizona and alleviate the backlog of cases in Arizona's federal courts. "Arizona's expanding population means it is overdue for more new federal judgeships than nearly anywhere in the country. Although Arizonans should be proud of the growing number of Americ  more