Sen. Cruz Issues Statement on IRS Granting Texas Christian Nonprofit Tax-Exempt Status

Source: United States Senator for Texas Ted Cruz

HOUSTON, Texas – Last month, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and his Congressional colleagues sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig expressing concerns regarding the IRS’s denial of tax-exempt status for a Texas nonprofit, Christians Engaged. Today he issued the following statement after the IRS announced the reversal of its prior decision:”Sadly following in the footsteps of the Obama IRS, the Biden IRS was likewise politically weaponized when it indefensibly denied tax-exempt status to the Texas nonprofit organization Christians Engaged. I was proud to stand with 14 of my colleagues in calling out this brazen politicization and demanding the reversal of this open discrimination against Christians. Thankfully, under public scrutiny, the Biden administration was forced to change course; today’s reversal is a victory for our religious freedoms and for Americans of faith across our country. But the initial denial stands as a warning that if we don’t stand up for our liberties and fight to hold this administration accountable, the Biden administration is more than willing to use the IRS as a political weapon.”
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Sen. Cruz Issues Statement in Celebration of Independence Day

Source: United States Senator for Texas Ted Cruz

HOUSTON, Texas. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released the following statement and video in commemoration of Independence Day:
“Today, all across Texas and the country, Americans are blessed to celebrate Independence Day surrounded by loved ones again after an incredibly difficult year.”As we reflect on the resiliency of our country and the many freedoms we enjoy, it’s critical to remember why we are still a beacon of hope and liberty all across the globe.”The sacrifices of our brave servicemen and women have secured our way of life for over two centuries, from those who sacrificed at the very birth of our country, to those who fight every single day to preserve the gift of liberty.”May God bless those serving in our Armed Forces and all of your families, and may God bless our veterans as all of us together commemorate our great nation’s founding, and may God continue to bless the United States of America for centuries to come.”
WATCH: Sen. Cruz Commemorates Independence Day 2021
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Hoeven Meets With Ecuadorian President as Part of Bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Quito

Source: United States Senator for North Dakota John Hoeven

07.08.21

QUITO, ECUADOR – Senator John Hoeven met with Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso in Quito this week as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation to review bilateral relations. During meetings in Ecuador, the leaders discussed the importance of working together to stop the flow of illegal migration and curb drug trafficking for the good of both nations.

“We had a good meeting with President Lasso, who was just recently sworn in as president of Ecuador,”said Hoeven. “We have an opportunity to build a strong relationship with his government and the people of Ecuador to advance our democratic values and address our common interests, including limiting Chinese influence in the region and working together to stem the flow of illegal migrants and illicit drugs coming through Ecuador to the United States. We need to do all we can together to prevent drug trafficking and stop these harmful substances from infiltrating our communities.”

In Quito, the delegation also met with members of the Ecuadorian government, including the President of the National Assembly Guadalupe Llori, members of the National Assembly Legislative Administrative Council, as well as Ecuador’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Government and Commerce to discuss issues including security, migration and drug trafficking. Additionally, the senators visited the Hogar de la Madre San Francisco migrant shelter.

Hoeven traveled to Mexico City earlier this week and to Quito as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation led by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio).

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Warren Asks SEC Chair Gensler About Risks Posed by Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Source: United States Senator for Massachusetts – Elizabeth Warren

July 08, 2021

“The harms to consumers as a result of this under-regulated market are real and continue to proliferate in the absence of effective SEC regulations.”

Text of Letter (PDF)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), chair of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Policy, sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler requesting information about the agency’s authority to regulate cryptocurrency exchanges and protect consumers from risks posed by the highly volatile cryptocurrency market. While trading on cryptocurrency exchanges has gained popularity, these platforms lack the same types of basic regulatory protections – such as against fraud and manipulation – as traditional securities exchanges like the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq. During the six-month period from October 2020 to March 2021, nearly 7,000 people reported losses from cryptocurrency scams, resulting in a cumulative $80 million in losses. 

“While demand for cryptocurrencies and the use of cryptocurrency exchanges have skyrocketed, the lack of common-sense regulations has left ordinary investors at the mercy of manipulators and fraudsters,” said Senator Warren. “These regulatory gaps endanger consumers and investors and undermine the safety of our financial markets. The SEC must use its full authority to address these risks, and Congress must also step up to close these regulatory gaps and ensure that every investor has access to a safe cryptocurrency marketplace.”

Cryptocurrency exchanges are platforms where individuals buy and sell cryptocurrencies. These exchanges vary in the type of cryptocurrencies they allow individuals to trade, the fees charged to consumers for using the platform, the disclosures they provide, and whether or not the exchange simultaneously keeps crypto assets in custody. As demand for cryptocurrencies has grown in recent years, the amount of trading activity on cryptocurrency exchanges has also increased, particularly amongst the largest exchanges. The volume of trading on Coinbase, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the United States, grew from $30 billion in the first quarter of 2020 to $335 billion in the first quarter of 2021, a more than 10-fold increase. 

To better understand the SEC’s existing tools to protect individuals who participate in crypto exchanges and evaluate the potential need for Congress to take action, the letter asks Chair Gensler to outline the ways in which cryptocurrency exchanges may be undermining the SEC’s mission to ensure that markets are operating in a “fair, orderly, and efficient manner,” whether the characteristics of assets traded on cryptocurrency exchanges may warrant additional protections for investors and consumers relative to those provided for traditional exchanges, the extent to which the SEC’s authority to regulate crypto exchanges may differ from the SEC’s authority to regulate traditional exchanges, the extent to which international regulatory coordination may be needed, and the concerns decentralized finance (DeFi) may raise for the SEC’s jurisdiction.

Senator Warren has actively called on regulators and led oversight to protect consumers from market-related risks. 

  • Earlier that month, Senator Warren released Robinhood’s response to her February 2, 2021 letter requesting answers on the company’s decision to abruptly halt customers’ trading and other controversial actions during the market volatility related to the trading of GameStop shares.

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Sens. Marshall and Moran Announce Over $1.5 Million in USDA Funding for City of Caldwell

Source: United States Senator for Kansas Roger Marshall

Sens. Marshall and Moran Announce Over $1.5 Million in USDA Funding for City of Caldwell

(Washington, D.C., July 7, 2021) – U.S. Senators Roger Marshall, M.D. and Jerry Moran announced a $1,558,000 USDA Rural Development low-interest loan awarded to the city of Caldwell to construct new water storage tanks and update the city’s water pump system that is over 100 years old.
“Through this USDA loan, the City of Caldwell will be able to construct new tanks for elevated water storage within the community,” said Senator Marshall. “Residents must have confidence that their water supply is both safe and reliable. This vital update to the city’s aging infrastructure will provide Caldwell residents with peace of mind for years to come.”
“This federal investment will update Caldwell’s aged water service system and help make certain they have reliable access to safe water,” said Senator Moran. “As a member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee with jurisdiction over USDA, I will continue to advocate for programs that are important to improve the quality of life in our rural communities.”
Background:
This USDA Rural Development investment will be used to construct a 150,000-gallon elevated storage tank and two, 20,000- gallon above-ground storage tanks. The project will relocate the high service pump station, which allows the city to abandon 2,200 feet of old transmission line. The project will install approximately 650 feet of 8-inch waterline, a new telemetry system, and generators at the wells and high service pump stations for emergency power. This project will replace a 1918 stand pipe and cast-iron transmission line to the city to an underground clear well that is in poor condition and leaking. It will also replace waterlines that are cast iron, service lines that are copper, lead and steel and water meters. Most of the city’s mains are assumed to be over 100 years old and need to be replaced. The city currently does not have a backup power supply for their water service. Once the project is completed, the city will have a safe and reliable system to deliver water to residents of their community.
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Sens. Marshall, Moran and Rep. Mann Announce Almost $2 Million in USDA Funding for City of Alden

Source: United States Senator for Kansas Roger Marshall

Sens. Marshall, Moran and Rep. Mann Announce Almost $2 Million in USDA Funding for City of Alden

(Washington, D.C., July 7, 2021) – U.S. Senators Roger Marshall, M.D. and Jerry Moran and U.S. Representative Tracey Mann (KS-01) announced a $512,000 USDA Rural Development low-interest loan as well as a $1,431,000 grant awarded to the city of Alden to rehabilitate the wastewater collection system, in turn bringing the facility in compliance with the city’s Water Pollution Control Permit and protecting citizens’ private water wells from contamination.
“Through this USDA grant and loan, the City of Alden will be able to rehabilitate a 60-year old wastewater collection system,” said Senator Marshall. “Residents must have confidence that their water supply is both safe and reliable. This vital update to the city’s aging infrastructure will provide Alden residents with confidence in the safety of the water they are consuming for years to come.”
“This federal investment will bring Alden’s wastewater system up to code and help make certain they have reliable access to safe water,” said Senator Moran. “As a member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee with jurisdiction over USDA, I will continue to advocate for programs that are important to improve the quality of life in our rural communities.”
“I am pleased to hear the City of Alden is a recipient of a $1.43 million USDA Rural Development grant, which will assist in the revitalization of the city’s wastewater system,” said Representative Mann. “Modernized wastewater collection is vital to the health and safety of a community and I will continue to advocate for quality water supply systems in rural Kansas.”
Background:
This USDA Rural Development investment will be used to rehabilitate the wastewater collection system, via pipe lining, manhole rehabilitation via cementitious liner, replacement of the lift station, and improvements to the gates, valves and weir plates at the lagoon treatment facility. The current facility is not in compliance with the city’s Water Pollution Control Permit, and they have set forth a schedule of compliance. The excessive inflow and infiltration is contributing to health, safety, and compliance issues. This wastewater system consists of vitrified clay tile pipe that is 60 years old. This is also of critical concern, because the properties in the City are all on private wells, which are susceptible to contamination due to the shallow groundwater issue.
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Shaheen & Hassan Welcome Deputy Secretary of Defense Hicks to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard & Pease Air National Guard Base

Source: United States Senator for New Hampshire Jeanne Shaheen

July 07, 2021

Left: Senators Shaheen and Hassan with Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks. Right: Shaheen visits the Pease Air National Guard Base.

(Manchester, NH) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Deputy Secretary of Defense (DSD) Kathleen Hicks on Wednesday for a tour of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, followed by a visit to the Pease Air National Guard Base. The Senators and DSD Hicks discussed New Hampshire’s important role in support of our national security through updates on the status of ongoing projects, including construction of the superflood basin and the Paint, Blast and Rubber Facility.

“New Hampshire has long played a critical role in support of our national defense, so I was glad to welcome Deputy Secretary Hicks to New Hampshire to see that important work up-close,” said Senator Shaheen. “From maintaining our submarines at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to serving as a KC-46 main operating base at Pease, our shipyard workers and service members are hard at work in support of our national security at home and abroad. As a senior member of the Senate Armed Services and Appropriations Committees, bolstering our state’s capabilities to safeguard our defense priorities will continue to be top of mind, especially as the Senate Armed Services Committee gets to work on the annual defense bill at the end of the month.”

“Thanks to the ingenuity and dedication of their workers, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Pease Air National Guard Base continue to be models of excellence,” Senator Hassan said. “I am really grateful for the resilience that all who serve at the Shipyard and Pease have shown throughout the pandemic. Even during the toughest months of the pandemic, they never lost sight of their shared mission of keeping America safe, secure, and free. I was glad to join Deputy Secretary Hicks to show her the vital work being done in New Hampshire to strengthen our national security, and I will keep working to ensure that the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Pease Air National Guard Base have the support that they need.”

Senator Shaheen fought tirelessly to secure funding for the super flood basin and the Paint, Blast and Rubber Facility, which Senator Hassan supported as well. This afternoon, the Senators and DSD Hicks received updates on construction projects at the Shipyard and participated in a tour of a submarine. Later at Pease, they received a briefing on the KC-46 and the 157th Air Refueling Wing. Thanks to strong advocacy by Senator Shaheen, then-Governor Hassan and the New Hampshire National Guard, Pease was selected as the Air Force’s first Air National Guard KC-46 main operating base, an economic benefit to Pease and the surrounding community. In the most recent government funding legislation signed into law, Senator Shaheen – also a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee – fought to procure 12 KC-46 Pegasus refueling tankers, with the support of Senator Hassan.

Capito, Manchin Announce Infrastructure Project to Support Food Security in Wheeling

Source: United States Senator for West Virginia Shelley Moore Capito

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $48,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to Grow Ohio Valley for a project to support the Upper Ohio Valley local food chain. This project will be matched with $73,850 in local funds and will be used to create a feasibility study and two reports to inform the launch of a Food Enterprise Center in a historic Wheeling building.

“It’s important that we take steps to safeguard against future disruptions in food supply chains, ensuring access to markets for producers and quality choices for consumers, especially our schools,” Senator Capito said. “The conceptualization and eventual creation of a Food Enterprise Center in Wheeling will grow important initiatives like the Restaurants to School Meals program and help solve persistent food insecurity issues in the region.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the heartbreaking issue of food insecurity, especially among our students in the Mountain State. The Food Enterprise Center in Wheeling will not only create additional meals for West Virginia students, it will also support local food vendors and restaurant workers,” said Senator Manchin. “ARC remains a strong partner for West Virginia and this recent investment demonstrates their commitment to supporting our people and our economy. I look forward to seeing the results of this study and I will continue to work with ARC to make this project a reality to ensure a reliable food supply chain in the Wheeling area.

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Senator Coons joins anti-hunger advocates in Georgetown

Source: United States Senator for Delaware Christopher Coons

GEORGETOWN, Del. – Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) joined anti-hunger advocates for the Food Bank of Delaware’s drive-thru distribution event at Crossroad Community Church here.

Sen. Coons, who spoke to help raise awareness about food insecurity, joined Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, Hunger Free America CEO Joel Berg, Food Bank of Delaware officials, advocates, and volunteers at the July 6 event. 

“Food insecurity in Delaware and around the globe increased sharply amid COVID-19,” Sen. Coons said. “COVID relief funding and organizations like Hunger Free America and the Food Bank of Delaware have helped provide food to our neighbors who need it most. As the country continues to recover from the pandemic, we need to make sustained investments in a food system that is fair and resilient.”

Press Releases 07/7/2021 Tillis Leads Letter to DOJ Seeking Answers Over Open Border Policies Sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland seeking answers over actions taken by the Biden Administration and the DOJ to open our borders and encourage illegal immigration in the midst of an ongoing crisis at the southern border.

Source: United States Senator for North Carolina Thom Tillis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Mike Braun (R-IN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Tom Cotton (R-AR), James Inhofe (R-OK), and James Lankford (R-OK) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland seeking answers over actions taken by the Biden Administration and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to open our borders and encourage illegal immigration in the midst of an ongoing crisis at the southern border.
 
“In recent years, our asylum laws have been abused and misused by illegal immigrants who are primarily economic migrants and are not otherwise eligible to immigrate to the United States,” the Senators wrote. “The cartels and human smugglers have learned how to manipulate our asylum laws, and to profit from abusing asylum by bringing illegal immigrants to the border. Instead of doing more to secure our border and discourage illegal immigration, the Biden Administration is now making it easier for economic migrants to make dubious and fraudulent asylum claims, to the delight of the cartels.”
 
The Senators continued, “This misguided embrace of open borders comes from the very top. In his first month in office, President Biden issued an executive order which directed you to review our asylum laws and to issue regulations to allow more asylum claims, regardless of merit. In response, you vacated two immigration rulings, Matter of L-E-A- and Matter of A-B-, which prevented general economic migrants from abusing the asylum system and making fraudulent claims.”
 
Read the full letter here
 

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