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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Arizona Newsletter for Sunday April 12, 2020 ( 35 items )  

After White House Meeting With Big Oil, Chair Grijalva, 15 House Democrats Urge Secretary Bernhardt to Reject Calls for Royalty Cuts
WASHINGTON, April 6 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release on April 6: Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and 15 other House Democrats wrote to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt today urging him to reject Republican and fossil fuel industry calls for royalty cuts on oil and gas taken from federal lands and waters. Such a move, the authors write, would be illegal, unnecessary, and disconnected from the realities th  more

Rep. Gallego Statement on Acting Secretary Modly's Comments to the USS Theodore Roosevelt Crew
WASHINGTON, April 7 -- Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, issued the following statement on April 6: "The speech that Acting Secretary of the Navy Modly gave aboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT today was an outrage. In it, he called CAPT Brett Crozier, the ship's former commanding officer who he removed for "going outside the chain of command" either naive or stupid for asking the Navy for help within the chain of command. In fact, he criticized CAPT Crozier for not going directly to him, which itsel  more

Rep. Gallego Welcomes $24.4M in CARES Act Supplemental Grant Funding for Arizona Health Centers
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, issued the following statement: The Department of Health and Human Services announced it will award more than $24.4 million to Arizona health centers as part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic. The funding was made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act that Congress passed on March 27, and will be made available to the receiving health centers immediately. The funding will support health centers'  more

Rep. Grijalva and 15 House Democrats Urge Sec. Bernhardt to Reject Calls for Royalty Cuts
WASHINGTON, April 7 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on April 6: Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and 15 other House Democrats wrote to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt today urging him to reject Republican and fossil fuel industry calls for royalty cuts on oil and gas taken from federal lands and waters. Such a move, the authors write, would be illegal, unnecessary, and disconnected from the realities the country faces during the COVID-19 pandemic. Regardl  more

Rep. Grijalva Leads 41 Members of Congress in Urging Hazard Pay, Protections for Essential Workers
WASHINGTON, April 8 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Raul M. Grijalva led 41 Members of Congress in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy supporting hazard pay and required workplace protections for essential frontline blue-collar workers keeping the economy afloat during the COVID-19 crisis. The lawmakers urged Pelosi and McCarthy to require that employers protect workers on the job while providing them with haz  more

Rep. O'Halleran Announces Newly Allocated HHS Grants Under CARES Act
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) announced over $6 million in new Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grants to fight the coronavirus in Arizona's First Congressional District, with over $24 million in grants going to communities statewide. Grants allocated are part of monies secured for Arizona by O'Halleran within the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law  more

Rep. O'Halleran Calls on HHS to Quickly Disperse Funding for Rural, Tribal, Medically Underserved Areas
WASHINGTON, April 11 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar urging him to ensure that funding for rural, tribal, and medically underserved communities allocated under the CARES Act is quickly and efficiently dispersed. "In Arizona's First District, the Flagstaff Medical Center is quickly running out of N95 masks and may need additional personnel to meet  more

Rep. O'Halleran Lauds New CDC Grants to Fight Coronavirus
WASHINGTON, April 7 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) applauded over $4.5 million in new grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Arizona to support the COVID-19 response. This is in addition to the $11.7 million O'Halleran secured for Arizona previously in the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, the first in a series of three packages to address the spread of the coron  more

Rep. O'Halleran Mourns Passing of Ak Chin Indian Community Chairman
WASHINGTON, April 7 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following statement on April 6: Following reports that Ak Chin Indian Community Chairman Louis J. Manuel Jr. had passed away at the age of 57, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) issued the following statement: "Today, my heart and my thoughts are with the Manuel family. Taken from us far too soon, Louis was a champion for the Ak Chin Indian Community, working to expand the Tribe's economic development opportunities and collabora  more

Rep. O'Halleran Sends Well Wishes to Navajo Nation President, Vice President
WASHINGTON, April 10 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Following an announcement from the Navajo Nation that both President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer would be self-quarantining after being exposed to a first responder that later tested positive for COVID-19, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) issued the following statement: "I am wishing good health to my friends Jonathan and Myron today. None of us are immune to this virus. I encourage al  more

Rep. Stanton Offers COVID-19 Resources in Spanish, Including Webinar for Small Businesses
PHOENIX, Arizona, April 11 -- Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Over the last few weeks, Rep. Greg Stanton has been making coronavirus resources available in both English and Spanish. The resources are available on his website, including a guide of free meals provided by local schools in Maricopa County which was created by his office. The site also links to a Spanish-language "Small Business Solutions Webinar" that Stanton's team held this week with representati  more

Rep. Stanton: CARES Act Delivers $707 Million to Arizona Hospitals on Coronavirus Frontlines
PHOENIX, Arizona, April 11 -- Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on April 10: The House Appropriations Committee announced that Arizona hospitals and health care providers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic will receive more than $707 million in initial funding under the CARES Act. "Our health care workers are fighting COVID-19 every day to keep Arizonans safe, and they need our help," said Rep. Greg Stanton. "It was a top priority when we passed the CARES  more

Rep. Stanton: CARES Act Dollars Reach Local Community Health Centers to Help With Coronavirus Response
PHOENIX, Arizona, April 9 -- Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on April 8: Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that community health centers in Arizona's 9th district will receive $5.88 million in CARES Act funds for coronavirus response efforts. Native Health, Mountain Park Health Center, Valle del Sol, Adelante Healthcare and Terros will all receive grant funding. "Community health centers are often on the front lines of serving our   more

Reps. Davids, Gallego Lead 38 Bipartisan Members in Effort to Ensure Tribal Small Businesses Can Access Relief During Coronavirus
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Representative Sharice Davids (KS-03) and Representative Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) led a letter signed by 38 bipartisan members of Congress calling for tribal small businesses to have access to critical relief programs that would help them pay their workers and keep their businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. While the CARES Act provides for tribal small businesses to access Paycheck Protection Pr  more

Reps. Gallego, Cisneros Introduce Legislation to Cover All Coronavirus Treatment and Testing Through Medicaid
WASHINGTON, April 8 -- Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Rep. Gil Cisneros (D-CA) introduced the Emergency Medicaid for Coronavirus Treatment Act, which would ensure that every American is automatically eligible for Medicaid if they are diagnosed with COVID-19 or any other illness that rises to the level of a presidential national emergency declaration. Rep. Gallego announced his plan to introduce this legislation on March 3, 2020.   more

Reps. Grijalva, Vela, Thompson, Kirkpatrick Express COVID-19 Concerns, Demand Halt to Border Wall Construction in Letter to DOJ, DOD, DHS
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Reps. Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Filemon Vela (D-TX), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson sent a letter to the Department of Justice, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security demanding an immediate halt to border wall construction to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The lawmakers highlighted the wasteful spending of federal funds on a bor  more

Sen. McSally Announces $707 Million in Grants to AZ Hospitals, Health Providers
WASHINGTON, April 11 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) announced the release of $707 million in grant funding for Arizona's hospitals and health care providers as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This is a first payment to be released to state health care providers from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund in the CARES Act. "We designed the CARES Act to support our fro  more

Sen. McSally Helps to Secure 100 Ventilators for Arizona's Coronavirus Response
WASHINGTON, April 11 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release on April 10: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) secured 100 ventilators from the Strategic National Stockpile to help Arizona deal with the coronavirus pandemic. McSally spoke with President Trump on Wednesday to appeal for the additional ventilators. She followed up on the request Friday. "This is potentially life-saving news for Arizona," McSally said. "On Wednesday, I asked President Trump for more ve  more

Sen. McSally Leads Letter Urging SBA to Include Small Tribal Gaming Enterprises in Payment Protection Program
WASHINGTON, April 10 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ), Steve Daines (R-MT), and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) are requesting that the Small Business Administration (SBA) issue updated guidance to allow small tribal gaming enterprises under 500 employees to apply for assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza, the senators expressed  more

Sen. McSally, Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Urge International Organizations to Shut Down Live Wildlife Markets, Ban International Wildlife Trade
WASHINGTON, April 10 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: * * * - Wet markets linked to deadly diseases, including SARS, and suspected to be COVID-19 source * * * U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) and a bipartisan group of more than 60 lawmakers urged leading international health and wildlife organizations to take aggressive action toward a permanent global ban of live wildlife markets, also known as wet markets, as well as a ban on the international trade o  more

Sen. McSally, Bipartisan Group of Senators Request Relief for Farmers During COVID-19
WASHINGTON, April 8 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: * * * - In letter to Agriculture Secretary Perdue, the senators urge the Administration to take emergency measures to provide financial assistance to farmers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. * * * U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) and a bipartisan group of senators are requesting the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take additional steps to provide relief for farmers to ensure the continuity of food  more

Sen. McSally, Group of Senators Encourage President Trump to Defend Against Chinese Attacks on National Security
WASHINGTON, April 11 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) and a group of senators sent a letter to President Trump encouraging the administration to continue to aggressively use the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) authorities to scrutinize any transaction or investment by the Chinese government or privately owned enterprises that could threaten or undermine the national security of the United States  more

Sen. McSally, Group of Senators Oppose Appointment of Chinese Official to UN Human Rights Group
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ), along with Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), James M. Inhofe (R-OK), Marsha Blackburn, (R-TN), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Kevin Cramer (R-ND), sent a letter to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressing opposition to the appointment of Minister of the Chinese Mission in Geneva Jiang Duan to the United Nations Human Rights Council Consultative G  more

Sen. McSally, Group of Senators Request Flexibility for States Using Coronavirus Relief Fund
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: In letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, the senators urge the Administration to give states funding flexibility to help address the challenges their communities face. U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) and 15 other senators sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urging flexibility for how state and local governments can use funds included in the Coronavirus Relief Fund. The Coronavirus Relie  more

Sen. McSally, Kudlow Share Economic Relief and Outlook With Arizonans
WASHINGTON, April 10 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: * * * - Provide updates on COVID-19 financial relief programs * * * U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) and top White House economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, spoke with over 31,000 Arizonans about the United States' economic forecast and the financial relief available to Arizonans during McSally's fourth telephone town hall since the coronavirus outbreak. During the hour-long call, Kudlow announced that  more

Sen. McSally: China to Blame for Deaths of Thousands of Americans
WASHINGTON, April 8 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) spoke with Fox Business's Neil Cavuto this afternoon about the devastation facing the U.S. as a result of the reckless response to the COVID-19 outbreak by both the Chinese government and the World Health Organization. See excerpts below: NEIL CAVUTO: Let me ask you about it, how are the virus cases in Arizona and where do things stand now? SEN. MARTHA MCSALLY: Well, t  more

Sen. McSally: Treasury, IRS Launch New Tool to Help Non-Filers Receive One-Time Coronavirus Relief Check
WASHINGTON, April 11 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) shared the following information regarding a new web tool launched Friday by the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to help the millions of people who don't normally file a tax return quickly register for their one-time relief check as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act established Economic Impact Pa  more

Sen. Sinema Announces Arizona Health Centers Awarded Over $20 Million in CARES Act Funding
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on April 8: * * * - Senator helped secure a $55 billion increase in health care funding during CARES Act negotiations * * * Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema announced the Department of Health and Human Services is awarding health centers across Arizona over $20 million in CARES Act funding for their coronavirus response efforts. "Today's funding will help health centers across Arizona keep their do  more

Sen. Sinema Hosts Call With Arizona Defense Leaders, Answers Coronavirus-Related Questions
PHOENIX, Arizona, April 7 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: * * * - Sinema discusses coronavirus response and Arizona's need with leaders from the Southern Arizona Defense Alliance, West Valley Defense Alliance, Mesa Industry and Defense Council, Northern Arizona Defense Council, Huachuca 50, and Davis-Monthan 50 * * * Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema hosted a call with leaders from the Southern Arizona Defense Alliance, West Valley Defense Alliance,   more

Sen. Sinema Hosts Call With Arizona Mayors and County Leaders to Answer Coronavirus-Related Questions
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: * * * - Sinema is holding regular calls on coronavirus with Arizona mayors and county leaders, non-profit leaders, small business owners, and first responders * * * Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema hosted her weekly call with over 220 Arizona mayors and county leaders about their coronavirus-related concerns and how to access coronavirus-relief assistance. "During this public health crisis, Arizon  more

Sen. Sinema Hosts Call With Rural Arizona Health Providers to Discuss Coronavirus Relief, Thank Them for Their Service
PHOENIX, Arizona, April 9 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema hosted a called with rural Arizona health care providers to discuss available coronavirus relief and thank them for their service during this public health crisis. "Rural Arizona providers are critical to the health and safety of Arizonans in their communities, and I am thankful for their service. In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, rural hospitals and heal  more

Sen. Sinema Urges Congressional Leaders to Include Dedicated Broadband Funding for Rural Arizona Communities in Future Coronavirus Relief Packages
WASHINGTON, April 10 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: * * * - Sinema's letter follows bipartisan legislation she supports that helps students in rural Arizona access online education resources during the coronavirus pandemic. * * * Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema wrote Congressional leaders urging them to include broadband funding in future coronavirus relief packages to help students in rural Arizona continue accessing educational resources during   more

Sen. Sinema Urges FEMA to Waive Tribes' Portion of Costs for Federal Coronavirus Response Efforts
WASHINGTON, April 7 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema urged the Director of FEMA to waive tribal governments' portion of costs of FEMA's coronavirus response efforts to protect the health and safety of tribal communities. Sinema's letter follows the request of Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez that the non-federal cost-share portion of the FEMA-Tribal Agreement be waived. "Tribal communities in Arizona need every avai  more

Sen. Sinema, Bipartisan Group of Senators Push for Immediate Implementation of CARES Act to Provide Relief to Rural Arizona Hospitals
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema urged immediate implementation of the CARES Act law to ensure that rural providers and hospitals receive the relief they need to keep their doors open and continue serving rural and underserved communities in Arizona. "Quick and effective implementation of our bipartisan CARES Act ensures Arizona's rural health care facilities can keep their doors open, continue cari  more

Sen. Sinema: Allow Arizona Seniors to Receive Treatments for Chronic Conditions at Home During Coronavirus Outbreak
WASHINGTON, April 7 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema and a bipartisan group of senators wrote the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging them to allow Arizona seniors to receive certain Medicare Part B injections and infusions at home instead of a doctor's office to protect them during the coronavirus outbreak. "Staying home is key to slowing the spr  more