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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Arizona Newsletter for Sunday March 08, 2020 ( 33 items )  

Addressing Coronavirus, Sen. Sinema Introduces Bipartisan Bill Ensuring Arizona Communities Have Access to Life-Saving Respirators
WASHINGTON, March 4 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: * * * - Sinema also launches web page with resources for Arizonans * * * Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema introduced bipartisan legislation with Republican Senator Deb Fischer (NE) to address coronavirus, ensuring critical respirators used to treat patients and keep health workers safe have liability coverage and are available for use by Arizona communities. "Equipping Arizona communities with res  more

Air Force Chief to McSally: You Saved the A-10
WASHINGTON, March 4 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein credited Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) with saving the A-10 attack jet from retirement. During a U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Fiscal Year 2021 funding for the Air Force, McSally told Gen. Goldfein that plans to mothball 44 A-10s were premature. McSally crafted language in the FY 2017 defense bill that prohibits the Air Force from retiring ev  more

Boosting Childcare at Luke Air Force Base Goal of Sen. Sinema Request to Defense Department
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: * * * - Sinema's letter comes after feedback from Arizona servicemembers on the need to expand childcare at Luke Air Force Base * * * Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema asked the Secretary of Defense to expand childcare facilities and resources serving Arizona families at Luke Air Force Base and other military bases. "Servicemembers cannot protect and defend our nation if they are worried about thei  more

Democrats Holding March 19 Field Hearing in Santa Barbara, California, on Public Health, Environmental Impacts of Expanded Oil, Gas Drilling
WASHINGTON, March 3 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release: The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a field hearing in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Thursday, March 19, to explore the environmental and public health impacts of oil and gas development, and how the Trump administration's efforts to open new drilling in California have impacted local communities. The hearing is at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time at th  more

GAO Dismisses Protest by Tasi of Tucson, Arizona
WASHINGTON, March 4 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a decision dismissing a bid protest filed by Tasi of Tucson, Arizona. According to the GAO, Tasi LLC, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business "protests the terms of request for quotations (RFQ) No. 36C24C19Q0045, issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for surgical supplies. Tasi argues that the RFQ violates the requirements of the Veterans Benefits, Health Care and Information Technology Act of 2006, 38 U.  more

GAO Issues Report on BLM Reorganization Efforts Did Not Substantially Address Key Practices for Effective Reforms
WASHINGTON, March 7 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on the Bureau of Land Management. The report (GAO-20-397R) is entitled "Agency's Reorganization Efforts Did Not Substantially Address Key Practices for Effective Reforms". The report was sent to Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman, House Committee on Natural Resources on March 6, 2020. Here are excerpts of summaries associated with the report. What GAO Found: "According to the Department of the Interior's (Inte  more

Grijalva Says 'Maintaining Status Quo Isn't Enough' as Center for American Progress Releases Report on House Dem Conservation Successes
WASHINGTON, March 3 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release on March 2: The Center for American Progress (CAP) released a new report today highlighting the efforts of House Democrats "to reverse a decade of legislative obstruction and stagnation in U.S. land, water, and wildlife conservation." The report contrasts the actions taken by the Democratic majority in the 116th Congress with the efforts by Republicans in  more

Natural Resources Committee Hearing on March 4 Will Focus on Interior Department Budget Request, Severe Costs of Admin Attacks on Agency Missions
WASHINGTON, March 3 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release: The House Natural Resources Committee is holding a hearing at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, March 4, examining the Interior Department's budget request for fiscal year 2021 and assess the impacts of the Trump administration's ongoing attacks on agency missions and career staff morale. The administration witness will be Assistant Secretary for Pol  more

Rep. Biggs Issues Statement Introducing Resolution to Condemn Senate Minority Leader Schumer
WASHINGTON, March 6 -- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, issued the following statement: Congressman Andy Biggs introduced a resolution to condemn Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, for his recent threats towards U.S. Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Congressman Biggs issued the following statement: "Threats towards any elected or appointed member of the three branches of our constitutional government are wrong and cannot be tolerated. Minority Leader Schumer is the leade  more

Rep. Biggs Issues Statement on Afghanistan Peace Agreement
GILBERT, Arizona, March 2 -- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, issued the following statement: Negotiators for the United States and the Taliban signed a peace agreement in Doha, Qatar to pave the way for the end of the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Among other measures, this deal commits the Taliban to preventing terrorist activity on Afghan soil, carried out by al-Qaeda or any other related group, and to releasing 1,000 Afghan security force prisoners. In exchange, the U.S. will reduce its military pres  more

Rep. Biggs Issues Statement on Coronavirus Funding
WASHINGTON, March 5 -- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, issued the following statement: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $8.3 billion supplemental appropriations bill to respond to coronavirus cases in the United States. Congressman Biggs voted against the package and issued the following statement: "Last month, when coronavirus spread from China, President Donald Trump took decisive action to prevent a wave of cases in the United States. He also asked Congress for $2.5 billion that effic  more

Rep. Biggs Issues Statement on February Jobs Report
GILBERT, ARIZONA, March 7 -- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, issued the following statement: The U.S. Department of Labor released the Employment Situation Summary for February, showing that 273,000 jobs were created, the unemployment rate fell to 3.5%, and wages increased 3% from the previous year. Congressman Biggs issued the following statement: "Every month, economists and pundits warn of a sustained economic slowdown, but President Trump's economy continues to prove them wrong. February's inc  more

Rep. Gallego to Introduce Bill to Cover Costs of Coronavirus Treatment & Testing
WASHINGTON, March 4 -- Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) announced that he plans to introduce a bill to cover medical testing and treatment costs associated with the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Under Rep. Gallego's plan, all Americans will be automatically eligible for emergency Medicaid to cover testing and treatment costs for COVID-19 and any other illness that rises to the level of a national emergency. "Coronavirus c  more

Rep. Grijalva Says 'Maintaining Status Quo Isn't Enough' as Center for American Progress Releases Report on House Dem Conservation Successes
WASHINGTON, March 3 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on March 2: The Center for American Progress (CAP) released a new report highlighting the efforts of House Democrats "to reverse a decade of legislative obstruction and stagnation in U.S. land, water, and wildlife conservation." The report contrasts the actions taken by the Democratic majority in the 116th Congress with the efforts by Republicans in previous Congresses, underscoring the many ways in which De  more

Rep. Grijalva: GAO Contradicts Trump Admin on Forced BLM Move
WASHINGTON, March 7 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release on March 6: * * * - Finds Interior Officials Failed to Follow Basic Practices, Resulting in Damaging Staff Attrition * * * The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released a highly anticipated report finding that the Trump administration's attempt to move Washington, D.C.-based Bureau of Land Management (BLM) employees to Grand Junction, Colo.  more

Rep. O'Halleran Votes for House Funding Package to Address Coronavirus Spread
WASHINGTON, March 5 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on March 4: Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) voted to pass H.R. 6074, an $8.3 billion funding package to address the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). "Arizonans I talk to are concerned for the health of their loved ones and troubled by reports of community viral spread as health officials work to understand the Coronavirus," said O'Halleran. "I am pleased to see this funding package that will   more

Rep. Schweikert Hosts Coronavirus Briefing to Hear From Local Health Officials
WASHINGTON, March 7 -- Rep. David Schweikert, R-Arizona, has issued the following news release: Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) hosted local health officials for a Coronavirus roundtable. The group shared plans for how Arizona is working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 from every angle and the information services being provided to the Arizona community to stay healthy. During the roundtable, Congressman Schweikert received a presentation from the Arizona Department of Health Services a  more

Reps. Kirkpatrick, Gallego Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Affirming A-10 Warthog Support
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Kirkpatrick introduced a bipartisan resolution that recognizes the A-10 aircraft as a critical component of America's national security and the most effective and cost-efficient Close Air Support attack aircraft in the Department of Defense (DoD) inventory. Cosponsored by Rep. Gallego (AZ-07), Rep. Simpson (ID-02), Rep. Fulcher (ID-01), Rep. Ruppersberger (MD-02), Rep. Mitchell (MI-10), and Rep. Hart  more

Sen. Fischer Issues Statement on Burial of Pearl Harbor Survivor Stratton
WASHINGTON, March 3 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, issued the following statement: U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after burial services with full military honors were held for Pearl Harbor survivor Donald G. Stratton in his hometown of Red Cloud, Nebraska. A representative from Senator Fischer's office attended the services. "Donald Stratton was an American hero who answered our nation's call to serv  more

Sen. McSally Backs $8B Emergency Funding Package to Combat Coronavirus
WASHINGTON, March 6 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) voted to provide over $8 billion in emergency funding to combat the spread of coronavirus in Arizona and across the United States. This legislation now heads to President Trump's desk for a signature into law. "The passage of this bill ensures that much-needed funding flows quickly to the states and localities on the frontlines of addressing the spread of COVID-19," McSa  more

Sen. McSally Checks Progress on Military Sexual Assault Reforms
WASHINGTON, March 6 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) yesterday pressed top defense officials on the status of military sexual assault reforms she successfully included in last year's annual defense bill. During a U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Fiscal Year 2021 funding for the Department of Defense, McSally questioned Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. McSally's provisions in the FY 2020 NDAA mandate access   more

Sen. McSally Introduces Legislation to Lower the Cost of Prescription Drugs
WASHINGTON, March 4 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs for Arizonans. Her bill will significantly lower patients' out-of-pocket expenses by promoting a more competitive and transparent marketplace for prescription drugs. "I hear constantly from constituents all across Arizona who are overwhelmed by the rising cost of prescription drugs. From seniors who can't aff  more

Sen. McSally Joins Senator Hawley to Introduce Resolution to Censure Senator Schumer for Threatening Supreme Court Justices
WASHINGTON, March 6 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced a resolution to censure Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for threatening two U.S. Supreme Court Justices. The resolution, cosponsored by 13 other senators upon introduction, condemns the Senate Minority Leader's remarks at a pro-abortion rally in front of the Supreme Court yesterday, noting that political violence has increase  more

Sen. McSally Speaks to Over 19,400 Arizonans
WASHINGTON, March 4 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: * * * - Addresses concerns about rising prescription drug prices * * * U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) spoke to over 19,400 Arizonans during her fifth telephone town hall as a U.S. Senator. During the one-hour event, McSally addressed Arizonans' concerns about the rising cost of prescription drugs and discussed the legislation she introduced today to lower Arizonans' out-of-pocket costs and enforce   more

Sen. McSally: China Will Use All Means Necessary to Supplant U.S. as Dominant Global Power
WASHINGTON, March 7 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release on March 6: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) urged local and state officials to turn down any transportation project bids from companies owned by or affiliated with the Chinese government. During a U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs hearing on the threats posed by state-owned and state-supported enterprises to public transportation, McSally asked what obstacles state and local go  more

Sen. Sinema Introduces Bipartisan Bill Improving Infrastructure in Tribal Communities
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators' bill aims to improve the high percentage of tribal roads that remain unpaved * * * Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema introduced the bipartisan Tribal Transportation Improvement Act with Republican Senator John Thune (SD). The bipartisan bill improves critical transportation funding for tribal communities, helping improve communities' roads, economies, and safety. "Tribal communiti  more

Sen. Sinema Meets With Mohave Health Coalition to Address Rural Health Challenges
WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema met with the Mohave Health Coalition to address health challenges in northern Arizona, including the area's provider shortage. "We're partnering with the Mohave Health Coalition to make health care more affordable and ensure every Arizonan has access to affordable healthcare," said Sinema. Sinema's roundtable focused on identifying solutions to health care concerns a  more

Sen. Sinema Meets With Student Veterans, Continues Work to Ensure Arizona Veterans Can Access Earned Benefits
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona, Feb. 26 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema hosted a roundtable discussion with student veterans from Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College to hear their stories, discuss their transitions out of military service, and highlight the importance of ensuring Arizona veterans get the care and benefits they've earned. "Arizona veterans should have the opportunity to succeed as they transi  more

Sen. Sinema Welcomes Arizona Disabled American Veterans to the Senate, Discusses Improving Services and Care for Arizona Veterans
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema welcomed the Arizona Disabled American Veterans to a recent Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing and discussed with them how to ensure Arizona veterans receive the care they've earned. "I'm thrilled that the Arizona DAV Commander, Glenn Hohman, and delegation are here. Thank you for all you do to support Arizona's veteran community. You are important partners in  more

Senate Judiciary Committee Sets Executive Business Meeting
WASHINGTON, March 3 -- The Senate Judiciary Committee issued the following hearing information: Executive business meeting at 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 10 a.m. on March 5: Agenda I. Nominees * Fernando L. Aenlle-Rocha, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California * Stanley Blumenfeld, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California * John C. Hinderaker, to be United States District Judge for the District of Arizona * Mark C  more

Senate Natural Resources Subcommittee Issues Testimony From Buckeye Mayor Meck
WASHINGTON, March 6 -- The Senate Energy and Natural Resources subcommittee on Water and Power issued the following testimony on March 4 by Buckeye Mayor Jackie A. Meck, at a hearing to examine the impact of invasive species on Bureau of Reclamation facilities and management of water resources in the West: My name is Jackie Meck. I am the Mayor of the City of Buckeye, which is in central Arizona. Thank you for having me here today to testify on a matter that is very important to our community.   more

Sens. Sinema, Fischer Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Naming February 'American Heart Month'
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators' bill underscores bipartisan commitment to advance heart disease research, prevention, and treatment * * * 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. "T  more

Sinema-Backed Bipartisan Bill Addresses Shortage of Pain and Addiction Specialists
WASHINGTON, March 4 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema cosponsored the bipartisan Opioid Workforce Act, legislation that addresses Arizona's shortage of pain and addiction specialists by increasing the number of medical resident training positions. "Increasing the number of residency positions dedicated to training new pain and addiction specialists ensures Arizonans struggling with addiction will be able to get help quic  more