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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Arizona Newsletter for Sunday April 19, 2020 ( 32 items )  

Following Sen. Sinema's Request, Arizonans Receiving Supplemental Security Income Will Receive Rebate Checks Automatically
PHOENIX, Arizona, April 17 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Following Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema's request, Arizona recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will automatically receive their rebate check under the CARES Act and will not be required to file a tax return. The IRS and the Treasury Department project that these automatic payments will go out no later than early May. "The CARES Act intended for Arizonans receiving Supplemental   more

Pandemic Is No Time for Profit on PPE Sold to First Responders, Stanton and Gallego Say
PHOENIX, Arizona, April 17 -- Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Reps. Greg Stanton and Ruben Gallego urged companies who supply essential personal protective equipment (PPE) to forgo profit on life-saving goods sold to first responders, doctors and nurses who are on the front lines battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The pair sent letters to executives at two suppliers who in recent weeks have raised prices for N95 masks to about 600 percent higher than normal.  more

Rep. Gallego & House Dems Urge New PPP Rules Requiring Equitable Lending From Banks
PHOENIX, Arizona, April 18 -- Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) joined Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), chair of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations; Oversight and Regulations Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velazquez, and Democratic Members of the House of Representatives in a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza urging new rules for the Paycheck Pr  more

Rep. Gallego Announces More Than $147 Million in COVID-19 Relief for Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport
PHOENIX, Arizona, April 15 -- Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) announced the release of more than $147 million in CARES Act relief funding for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration will award $225 million to airports throughout Arizona under the Coronavirus Aird, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Airport Grant Program. "Sky Harbor is an economic powerh  more

Rep. Gallego Congratulates Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association on Grant Award to Help Fight COVID-19
PHOENIX, Arizona, April 14 -- Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, issued the following statement: The Department of Health and Human Services announced it will award $856,230 to the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association to enhance Arizona hospitals' COVID-19 response capacity. "This critical funding will provide necessary resources to Arizona hospitals as they deal with this pandemic. "The money will help health care workers who are risking their lives to fight coronavirus and allow them to   more

Rep. Gosar: It's Time to Slowly Reopen America
WASHINGTON, April 15 -- Rep. Paul A. Gosar, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: America is at a standstill; our economy is paused, and while there is light at the end of the tunnel, it is time to craft a plan to reach it. America is at her best when she is tested and we are rising to the occasion like never before. Let's continue that American spirit as we chart a path back toward economic prosperity. In January, as the Wuhan coronavirus spread around the world, President Trump made   more

Rep. Grijalva Demands HHS and DHS Comply With Court Order and Release Migrant Children From Detention
WASHINGTON, April 16 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Raul M. Grijalva led 30 Members of Congress in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Homeland Security demanding that they comply with a court order to release unaccompanied migrant children from detention. At the end of March, U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee directed the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) t  more

Rep. O'Halleran Announces Deadline Extension, Online Submissions for Congressional Art Competition
WASHINGTON, April 18 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) announced that, due to uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, his office would be extending the deadline for students to participate in the 2020 Congressional Art Competition to May 25th and expanding online submissions. "Each year, the Congressional Art Competition encourages students across Arizona--and across America--to pursue their creative passions in and   more

Rep. O'Halleran Announces Over 2 Million in HHS Grant Funding to Arizona Community Health Center
WASHINGTON, April 17 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) announced that Arizona's Canyonlands Community HealthCare cluster was awarded $2,051,157 in a new Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grant to fight the coronavirus in Arizona's First Congressional District. "Community health centers provide critical care to hundreds of thousands of Arizonans every year and are working around the clock to keep our communities   more

Rep. O'Halleran Calls for Increased Availability of Coronavirus Test Kits
WASHINGTON, April 15 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on April 14: Yesterday, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence urging the White House Coronavirus Task Force to amend the current federal approach that requires that states bid for testing kits against each other, as well as against the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "The current competitive bidding approach employed by the administration is driving up t  more

Rep. O'Halleran Calls on USDA Secretary to Support AZ-01 Dairy Farmers
WASHINGTON, April 16 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on April 15: Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) joined a bipartisan group of 14 lawmakers on a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging the agency to support dairy farmers facing economic crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Dairy farms are the backbone of rural economies across the country and Arizona is home to some of the finest dairy producers in the world," said  more

Rep. O'Halleran Seeks Wounded Warrior for Fellowship in Flagstaff Office
WASHINGTON, April 16 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) announced he is seeking a wounded warrior or medically retired veteran for a Wounded Warrior Fellowship position in his Flagstaff District Office. If chosen for the fellowship, the veteran would work closely with both active duty and veteran constituents to handle veterans-related casework and act as a facilitator between these constituents and federal, state, and local   more

Rep. O'Halleran Urges Immediate Action for Paycheck Protection Program, Health Care Facilities, Arizona Families
WASHINGTON, April 17 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following statement on April 16: Following reports that the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), established under the CARES Act, had run out of available funding, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) issued the following statement: "Many Arizona businesses have been asked to close their doors to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, putting countless out of work. Congressional leadership from bot  more

Rep. O'Halleran Urges Prioritization of Tribal Governments, Not Corporations, in CARES Act Funding Distribution
WASHINGTON, April 16 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Following reports that officials within the Department of the Interior were considering allocating a portion of the $8 billion for Tribal communities set aside under the CARES Act to for-profit Alaska Natives Corporations (ANC), Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Interior Secretary David Bernhardt urging both agencies to adhere to congressional intent   more

Rep. Stanton Statement on the Passing of Governor Jane Dee Hull and Dr. Terry Hull
PHOENIX, Arizona, April 18 -- Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, issued the following statement: Rep. Greg Stanton issued the following statement on the passing of Arizona's 20th Governor Jane Dee Hull and Dr. Terry Hull. "Arizona has lost a pair of extraordinary leaders in former Governor Jane Dee Hull and Dr. Terry Hull. The Hulls were dedicated to making their community better--and did so through decades of public service. I saw Governor Hull's tenacity and results-oriented leadership first-han  more

Rep. Stanton: CARES Act Provides $224 Million in Relief to Arizona's Airports
PHOENIX, Arizona, April 15 -- Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona's airports will see hundreds of millions of dollars in COVID-19 aid after Rep. Greg Stanton advocated for much-needed funds in the CARES Act. Specifically, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport was awarded $147,883,988, and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport was awarded $20,530,276. In total, airports in the state will get more than $224 million in emergency funds provided by the CARES Act. A fu  more

Rep. Stanton: In Arizona, 6,800 DACA Recipients on Frontlines of COVID-19 Fight
PHOENIX, Arizona, April 14 -- Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on April 13: As the country battles the COVID-19 pandemic, 6,800 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients in Arizona continue to work in what the Department of Homeland Security deems "essential critical infrastructure," providing services that Arizonans depend on daily. This figure includes 1,000 health care professionals in the state, according to a new report from the Center for Amer  more

Reps. Biggs and Hice Express Great Concern for the Right to Religious Freedom
GILBERT, Arizona, April 13 -- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congressman Andy Biggs and Congressman Jody Hice sent a letter to President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Attorney General William Barr, expressing great concern for the right to religious freedom enshrined in the First Amendment in the U.S. Constitution. Read the letter below: The Honorable Donald J. Trump President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Wash  more

Sen. McSally Advocates for Relief for Senior Communities and Health Care Workers
WASHINGTON, April 17 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) and a bipartisan group of 25 Senators sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to ensure that as HHS sets guidelines for the CARES Act's Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF), they do not overlook the providers within nursing homes, skilled nursing centers, senior living communities, independent living, assisted living, memory ca  more

Sen. McSally Announces $225 Million in COVID-19 Relief for Arizona Airports
WASHINGTON, April 15 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) announced the release of $225 million in CARES Act relief funding for Arizona airports. McSally spoke with Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Monday who relayed the good news. "Our airports have seen a huge decrease in travelers as Arizonans stay home to save lives," McSally said. "As one of the fastest growing states in the nation, Arizona's airp  more

Sen. McSally Announces $288 Million From CARES Act to Help Arizona College Students, Institutions
WASHINGTON, April 15 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) announced that the CARES Act will provide more than $288 million to Arizona colleges and universities to first support their students and then cover costs related to the dramatic changes to the delivery of instruction after the COVID-19 outbreak disrupted the academic semester. The funding will be made available to institutions through the Department of Education, as pa  more

Sen. McSally Calls on SBA to Allow Farmers to Apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans
WASHINGTON, April 18 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release on April 17: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) sent a letter requesting that the Small Business Administration (SBA) issue updated guidance to allow farmers to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) co-signed the letter. In the letter to SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza, the senators stressed that Congress intended for farmers to be included in the expanded   more

Sen. McSally Discusses Funding for Payment Protection Program
WASHINGTON, April 16 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following transcript of an interview with Stuart Varney on Fox Business: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) spoke with Fox Business's Stuart Varney this morning about the urgent need to increase funding for the Payment Protection Program and the letter she sent to the World Health Organization on Tuesday requesting information about its role in the Chinese government's coronavirus cover-up. STUART VARNEY: Good morning. What's t  more

Sen. McSally Named to President Trump's Economic Recovery Task Force
WASHINGTON, April 17 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) announced that she will serve on President Donald Trump's bipartisan congressional task force to provide counsel on the re-opening of America in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. "The coronavirus pandemic has given way to unprecedented challenges unlike any we have seen in our nation's history. Americans have been asked to stay home and not work in order to save liv  more

Sen. McSally Requests Information on World Health Organization's Role in Helping China Cover Up Coronavirus
WASHINGTON, April 15 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release on April 14: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) joined Senators Rick Scott (R-FL), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Steve Daines (R-MT), Todd Young (R-IN), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) to send a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) requesting information ahead of a congressional hearing to investigate the WHO's role in helping Communist China cover up information regarding the threat of the Coron  more

Sen. McSally Urges USDA to Provide Relief to Specialty Crop Producers, Dairy Farmers
WASHINGTON, April 17 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) sent a letter requesting that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) use CARES Act funding to provide relief to specialty crop producers and dairy farmers through a direct purchase program. U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) co-signed the letter. In the letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, the senators write that a direct purchase program would provide reli  more

Sen. McSally, Brnovich Update Arizonans on COVID-19 Scams, Resources
WASHINGTON, April 18 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich spoke with over 16,000 Arizonans this afternoon about how to identify and report coronavirus scams during McSally's fifth telephone town hall since the coronavirus outbreak. During the over hour-long call, Brnovich shared scams Arizonans should avoid including people selling "miracle cures and treatments," people posing as gove  more

Sen. McSally: Treasury Launches New Tool for State, Local, Tribal Governments to Collect Coronavirus Relief Funding
WASHINGTON, April 14 -- 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 Monday by the Treasury Department to allow state, local, and tribal governments receive funding to help offset the costs of their coronavirus response as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Once registered through this portal, states and territories will receive prompt  more

Sen. Sinema Raises Concerns Over Federal Government's Distribution of Medical Supplies
WASHINGTON, April 15 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema joined a group of her colleagues on a letter to the Vice President raising concerns about the federal government's current distribution process of critical medical supplies during the coronavirus outbreak. "The federal government must immediately provide our front-line health care workers and first responders the personal protection equipment needed to care for Arizo  more

Sen. Sinema to Serve on White House Task Force for Coronavirus Economic Recovery
WASHINGTON, April 17 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema will serve on the White House task force focused on economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The task force is comprised of a bipartisan group of Senators and members of the House of Representatives, and will provide counsel to the administration on the re-opening of American businesses and employers. "I will work with anyone to support Arizona's state and lo  more

Sen. Sinema, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Federal Government to Provide Relief for Arizona Health Providers During Coronavirus Outbreak
WASHINGTON, April 14 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema joined a bipartisan group of Senators urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to delay or waive the onerous 10.25% interest rate on the Accelerated and Advance Payment Program, which has been expanded to provide Arizona health providers immediate relief during the coronavirus outbreak. Health providers in Arizona will need more time than currently   more

Sen. Sinema: Veterans Shouldn't Have to File Taxes to Access Coronavirus Rebate Checks
PHOENIX, Arizona, April 17 -- Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema and a bipartisan group of Senators are urging the Treasury Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow veterans receiving benefits through the VA access to coronavirus-related rebate checks without having to file their taxes or take additional steps that may become barriers. "Arizona veterans should be able to receive their direct cash assistance  more