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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Arizona Newsletter for Sunday May 17, 2020 ( 34 items )  

Chair Grijalva Joins Colleagues in Unveiling Bill to Provide Nutrition Assistance to Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release on May 12: Today, Natural Resources Committee Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) joined Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) and Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez (D-N.Y.) introduced the Equitable Nutrition Assistance for the Territories Act of 2020 today to ensure that in the face of the economic, public-health, and food-security crises posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the   more

Chair Grijalva: I'm Proud to Push for More Tribal Funding Through Heroes Act
TUCSON, Arizona, May 14 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Arizona, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release: Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said he's pleased the Heroes Act, the newly unveiled House Democratic plan to improve public health and support the American people through the coronavirus pandemic, includes $24 billion in funding for tribal governments and tribal organizations. Grijalva is an original cosponsor of the measure and has committed to vo  more

CMS Heeds Rep. O'Halleran's Call, Makes Cancer Treatment More Affordable
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced they would establish a new, separate hospital payment under the Medicare Severity Diagnostic Related Group (MS-DRG) category for Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, heeding the call of Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) to implement an important rule change that would assist many families in rural Arizona struggling to obt  more

Rep. Biggs Introduces Legislation to Protect Businesses From Frivolous Lawsuits Over COVID-19
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, issued the following statement: Congressman Andy Biggs introduced H.R. 6601 to protect businesses taking reasonable steps to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 from frivolous negligence claims. "As President Trump leads the great American comeback, and governors around the nation reopen their societies and economies, many businesses and churches are fearful of potential lawsuits from people who may contract COVID-19 around the time they freq  more

Rep. Biggs Issues Statement on Fourth Amendment Restoration Act
WASHINGTON, May 13 -- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, issued the following statement on introducing the Fourth Amendment Restoration Act: The bill fully repeals the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), prohibits warrantless surveillance of American citizens, and holds accountable any federal officials who violate the law. * * * "Under the Obama administration, the FISA system was weaponized against a political opponent in a brazen attempt to undermine the will of the American people. Bu  more

Rep. Biggs Issues Statement on House Speaker Pelosi $3.5 Trillion Spending Package
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, issued the following statement: The Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives passed Speaker Pelosi's $3.5 trillion spending package. Congressman Biggs voted no on the partisan legislation. * * * "Before the coronavirus outbreak, the United States racked up over $23 trillion in national debt, and a trillion-dollar structural deficit. If Speaker Pelosi's legislation, with its historic price tag, were to become law, our national debt cou  more

Rep. Biggs' Letter to Department of Defense on Draft Guidance for Applicants With History of Confirmed COVID-19
WASHINGTON, May 12 -- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congressman Andy Biggs sent a letter to U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper, expressing concerns about reports detailing the recent Military Entrance Processing Command draft guidance for the purpose of "rendering a medical qualification determination for an applicant with a history of confirmed COVID-19." * * * To: The Honorable Mark Esper, Secretary, Department of Defense, 1000 Defense Pentagon,  more

Rep. Grijalva Issues Statement on DHS Acting Secretary Wolf Visit to Nogales
TUCSON, Arizona, May 13 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following statement on visiting of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf to Nogales for a tour of border wall construction in the surrounding area: "Instead of focusing on the public health emergency raging across the country, the Trump Administration remains hellbent on constructing the President's useless vanity wall. This shameful publicity stunt it nothing more than a pathetic attempt to deflect from Trump's failure  more

Rep. Grijalva Joins Leadership in Introducing the HEROES Act
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: This week, Rep. Raul M. Grijalva joined House Democratic Leadership in introducing the Heroes Act, the fifth relief package to address the economic fallout and health consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak. The bill includes numerous provisions to increase testing, provide hazard pay to essential workers, and put money in the pockets of workers and their families. "A crisis of this magnitude merits a bold re  more

Rep. Grijalva: I'm Proud to Push for More Tribal Funding Through the HEROES Act
TUCSON, Arizona, May 14 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Chair Raul M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) said he's pleased the Heroes Act, the newly unveiled House Democratic plan to improve public health and support the American people through the coronavirus pandemic, includes $24 billion in funding for tribal governments and tribal organizations. Grijalva is an original cosponsor of the measure and has committed to voting for it later this week. The money, Grijalva said  more

Rep. Kirkpatrick Issues Statement on Protections for Essential Frontline Blue-Collar Workers
TUCSON, Arizona, May 13 -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, issued the following statement sharing support for hazard pay and required workplace protections for essential frontline blue-collar workers keeping the economy afloat during the COVID-19 crisis: In a letter, led by Rep. Grijalva and 41 House Democrats, lawmakers urge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to require that employers protect workers on the job while providing them with hazard pay in future CO  more

Rep. Kirkpatrick Supports Legislation to Provide $250 Billion to Local Communities in Coronavirus Stabilization Funds
TUCSON, Arizona, May 13 -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Kirkpatrick released the following statement sharing her overwhelming support for the Coronavirus Community Relief Act, new legislation led by Rep. Joe Neguse to provide $250 billion in stabilization funds for local communities, cities and towns across the United States that are struggling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or the CARES Act, sig  more

Rep. Lesko Offers Amendments to HEROES Act in Rules Committee
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) offered amendments to H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act during a meeting of the House Committee on Rules. "I've taken the last few days to review Speaker Pelosi's massive wish list legislation and I introduced amendments to address some of my key concerns," said Congresswoman Lesko following the introduction of the ame  more

Rep. O'Halleran Issues Statement on HEROES Act
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following statement regarding House leadership's introduction of the HEROES Act, a $3 trillion legislative package to address the negative effects of the coronavirus: "While I recognize the many merits of this bill--funding for state and local governments, testing operations, tribal communities, veterans programs, and support for our doctors, nurses, and frontline heroes--I am concerned about the haste by which this legislation ha  more

Rep. O'Halleran Joins Bipartisan Group to Cosponsor Legislation to Expand PPP Loan Eligibility to Local Chambers of Commerce
WASHINGTON, May 12 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Friday, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers as a cosponsor of H.R. 6697, the Local Chamber, Tourism, and 501(c)(6) Protection Act, legislation to expand Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) eligibility to local chambers of commerce, destination marketing organizations (DMOs), and other 501(c)(6) organizations. "Local chambers of commerce and tourism agencies provide criti  more

Rep. O'Halleran Secures $23.2 Million for AZ-01 Hospitals
WASHINGTON, May 12 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) announced over $23.2 million in secured funding for hospitals in Arizona's First Congressional District, with $14.5 million going to Flagstaff Medical Center and $8.7 million for Tuba City Regional Hospital. "I am fighting to ensure that hospitals in rural and medically underserved communities can access the funding and resources they need to better serve patients during   more

Rep. O'Halleran Visits Gila River Indian Community Testing Facility
SACATON, Arizona, May 13 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Saturday, Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) visited the Gila River Indian Community to see the Community's new testing site and meet with tribal leadership to discuss concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. The Gila River Indian Community's testing site that O'Halleran visited is one of three key components announced this week that encompass the Community's comprehensive response to the corona  more

Rep. O'Halleran Votes in Favor of New Coronavirus Relief Package
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release on May 15: Congressman Tom O'Halleran (AZ-01) voted in favor of H.R. 6800, the Heroes Act, new legislation to address the public health crisis and economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic. "After spending this week reviewing this legislation, I voted in favor of the Heroes Act today to provide much-needed funding for testing, tracing, and treatment operations, small businesses, state, local, and   more

Rep. O'Halleran, Smith Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Aid Rural Health Clinics During Pandemic
WASHINGTON, May 12 -- Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Friday, Representatives Tom O'Halleran (D-AZ-01) and Adrian Smith (R-NE-03) introduced H.R. 6792, the Improving Telehealth for Underserved Communities Act, to improve the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) telehealth fix created by the CARES Act. While the CARES Act allowed RHCs to begin providing telehealth services to their Medicare patients, the reimbursement provision required RHCs that provide telehealth servi  more

Rep. Schweikert Joins ALIGN Act, Gives Businesses Certainty for Investing in Innovation
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Rep. David Schweikert, R-Arizona, has issued the following news release: Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) helped introduce the ALIGN Act with Rep. Jodey Arrington (TX-19), Rep. Drew Ferguson (GA-3), Rep. Jason Smith (MO-3), Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14), Rep. Tom Rice (SC-7), and Rep. Brad Wenstrup (OH-2). "As we drafted the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, I was a strong supporter of full expensing, a pro-growth policy that gives business owners certainty around planning inve  more

Reps. Grijalva, O'Halleran, Kirkpatrick Send Letter to SBA, Urging Release of County Level Data for PPP Loans
WASHINGTON, May 12 -- Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Reps. Raul M. Grijalva, Tom O'Halleran, and Ann Kirkpatrick sent a letter to Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza urging SBA to release data for small businesses that have received loans under the Paycheck Protection Program for Pima County. With the data, local officials will be able to ascertain the extent of COVID-19's impact on area small businesses. The lawmakers wrote, "For the   more

Reps. Kirkpatrick, Schweikert Lead Delegation Letter Urging LIHEAP Funding in COVID-19 Legislation
WASHINGTON, May 12 -- Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02) and Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) sent a letter to House and Senate Leadership requesting that Arizona receive its fair share of any future funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in COVID-19 legislation. LIHEAP is America's primary heating and cooling assistance program. The program affords eligible households, especially those shelt  more

Reps. Lesko, Johnson Call for Member's Representational Allowance Deductions for Proxy Voting
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) proposed an amendment to H. Res. 965, a proposal from Congressional Democrats to allow proxy voting in the U.S. House of Representatives. The amendment, proposed to the Rules Committee, would require members who utilize proxy voting to give back portions of their Member's Representational Allowance (MRA) allocated for travel. Congressman Mike Johnson (R-LA-4) introduced  more

Reps. Schweikert, Kirkpatrick Lead Delegation Letter Urging LIHEAP Funding in COVID-19 Legislation
WASHINGTON, May 12 -- Rep. David Schweikert, R-Arizona, has issued the following news release: Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) and Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02) sent a letter to House and Senate Leadership requesting that Arizona receive its fair share of any future funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in COVID-19 legislation. LIHEAP is America's primary heating and cooling assistance program. The program affords eligible households, especially those   more

Sen. McSally Appears on Fox Business
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- 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 Stuart Varney on Fox Business about China's continuing threat to national security in the wake of the FBI's announcement that Chinese state-linked hackers are attempting to steal coronavirus information from the U.S. STUARY VARNEY: All right, Blake Burman. Look, that's good stuff. Now it is official, it is a warn  more

Sen. McSally Issues Statement on CARES Act Funds for States, Tribes, Local Governments
WASHINGTON, May 12 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following statement after attending a meeting at the White House with President Trump on increasing flexibility of CARES Act funds for states, tribes and local governments: McSally has been a relentless advocate for this flexibility for states in discussions with the White House and Senate leadership. * * * "It was great to meet with the President and his team today to share the importance of giving Arizona more flexibility with  more

Sen. McSally Joins Bipartisan Effort to Support Child Care Providers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) and a group of senators sent a bipartisan letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) asking to provide additional support to child care workers and providers across the country during the coronavirus pandemic. "As Congress considers additional relief for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical we provid  more

Sen. McSally Secures Expanded Breast Cancer Screening Coverage for U.S. Service Members, Veterans
WASHINGTON, May 13 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) announced that the Department of Defense will implement a new policy allowing female service members and veterans on TRICARE to receive expanded breast cancer screening coverage starting on May 29. This follows several calls by the Senator for change. Last year, McSally introduced a bill that would grant female TRICARE users access to the most effective breast imaging opt  more

Sen. McSally Welcomes Cutting-Edge Semiconductor Manufacturing Plant to Arizona
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) on Thursday lauded the announcement that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) plans to build an advanced chip manufacturing facility in Arizona, which will bring an estimated 1,600 jobs to the state along with an estimated $12 billion in investment. "This announcement is fantastic news for Arizona and America, and bad news for China," McSally said. "Communist C  more

Sen. McSally Welcomes Decision to Halt Investment of Federal Retirement Savings in Chinese Firms
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) issued the following statement Wednesday in response to the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) announcement that it would not allow the retirement savings of federal employees and military personnel to be invested in Chinese entities due to the Chinese Communist Party's handling of coronavirus. This announcement comes one day after McSally called on the FR  more

Sen. McSally, Maricopa County Attorney Share Coronavirus Safety Tips With Thousands of Arizonans
WASHINGTON, May 11 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel spoke with thousands of Arizonans tonight to update them on safety tips, including how to identify and report domestic violence, during McSally's eighth telephone town hall since the coronavirus outbreak. "As Arizona gradually reopens, it is critical that we continue to take steps to protect ourselves and our families," McSally s  more

Sen. McSally, Senators Urge FCC to Reconsider 'Harmful,' 'Hurried' Ligado Order
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), along with a group of 31 bipartisan Senators, sent a letter to the five Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioners, expressing concern over the FCC's order granting Ligado Network's application to deploy a terrestrial nationwide network that would interfere with the Global Positioning System (GPS) -- devastating our military and countless industries that rely on i  more

Sen. McSally-Supported Resolution to Include Taiwan in WHO Passes Senate
WASHINGTON, May 13 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) and a group of senators praised the Senate passage of S. 249, a resolution that calls for the Secretary of State to develop a strategy for Taiwan to regain observer status in the World Health Organization. "For the past three years, China has blocked Taiwan from participating in the WHO's annual global health summit as part of the Communist Party's broader attempt to isol  more

Sens. McSally, Cramer Introduce Legislation to Diversify U.S. Medical Supply Chain, Reduce Dependence on China
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) on Wednesday introduced the Securing America's Vaccines for Emergencies (SAVE) Act to diversify the country's medical supply chain and reduce U.S. dependence on China. Rep. French Hill (R-AR) is introducing companion legislation in the House. "The United States should never be dependent on a communist adversary to secure lifesaving medicines for A  more