Monday - October 23, 2017
U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate

News releases, reports, statements and associated documents from all members of the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate as well as the House and Senate leadership and House and Senate committees.

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Sen. Feinstein Speaks About Legislation to Adjust Boundary of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Oct. 19, on legislation (S. 1993) to adjust the boundary of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to include the Rim of the Valley Corridor:

Mr. President, I am pleased to introduce the Rim of the Valley Corridor Preservation Act. This legislation expands the boundary of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area to provide surrounding communities much-needed additional access to nature while maintaining private property rights and existing ... Show Full Article

Rep. Pelosi Issues Statement on Amicus Brief in California V. Trump
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., issued the following statement:

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Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement after joining an amicus brief to the United States District Court in the California v. Trump case in support of the motion filed by eighteen states and the District of Columbia to require President Trump to resume the cost-sharing reduction payments required by the Affordable Care Act. The House Democratic Leadership and Ranking Members of relevant House Committees filed the amicus brief.

"The White House's spiteful decision ... Show Full Article

Sens. Hirono, Schatz, Rep. Gabbard Announce Nearly $3 Million to Improve Drinking Water Infrastructure in Puna
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- The office of Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, issued the following news release:

Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Brian Schatz, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced that the Hawaiian Shores Community Association (HSCA) will receive nearly $3 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to improve its community drinking water system in Puna, Hawaii.

"Rural communities in Hawaii face unique challenges in maintaining and updating aging water infrastructure," said Senator Hirono. "This federal investment will help HSCA make needed improvements to their ... Show Full Article

Sen. Murray: 'Secretary DeVos Needs to Stop These Outrageous Delays and Start Providing Relief' to Defrauded Students
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- The office of Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., issued the following statement:

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Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released the following statement on Secretary DeVos' decision to further delay the effective date of the "borrower defense" rule for another two years, which provides relief to students who have been defrauded by predatory for-profit colleges, including Corinthian Colleges. In June, Secretary DeVos delayed implementation of the rule, which was set to go into effect July 1, 2017. ... Show Full Article

Sen. Donnelly Assists Lafayette Resident Replace Lost Service Medals for Her Brother
GRANGER, Ind., Oct. 20 -- The office of Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., issued the following news release:

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly today released the latest installment of his "Just Ask Joe" video series, which highlights the many services available to Hoosiers from his office. Susan Couk, a Lafayette resident, needed assistance in replacing medals for her brother's service in the Air Force. Susan wanted to have the medals replaced so her brother, Otis Walter Stair, who served in Thailand during the Vietnam War as an air traffic controller, could have the medals he earned during his service.

Susan ... Show Full Article

Sen. Cassidy Issues Statement on Passage of FY 2018 Budget
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., issued the following statement on the passage of the fiscal 2018 budget in the Senate:

"Pleased the Senate took this key step in moving tax reform forward.

"Next step will be working with colleagues on the Finance Committee to produce a bill that gives tax relief to working families and helps accelerate our country's economic growth."

Rep. Pittenger Calls for Hearings on Opioid Enforcement
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., issued the following news release:

This week, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) called on both the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee to hold hearings on the Drug Enforcement Agency's ability to crack down on suspicious shipments of opioids.

Congressman Pittenger's request follows recent media reports, as well as opioid concerns expressed by constituents at town hall meetings.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has responded by scheduling a hearing on Wednesday, October 25th. The ... Show Full Article