President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law that makes animal cruelty a felony across the country.

The U.S. Senate unanimously voted to pass the PACT Act.

The “Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act,” introduced by Congressmen Vern Buchanan and Ted Deutch, "revises and expands criminal provisions with respect to animal crushing."

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TO THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES:

I am returning herewith without my approval S.J. Res. 54, a joint resolution that would terminate the national emergency I declared in Proclamation 9844 of February 15, 2019, pursuant to the National Emergencies Act, regarding the ongoing crisis on our southern border. I am doing so for the same reasons I returned an identical resolution, H.J. Res. 46, to the House of Representatives without my approval on March 15, 2019.

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Bipartisan group of 31 Senators request two-year reauthorization for PILT and SRS programs

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Martha McSally, R-Ariz., and 30 of her Senate colleagues today requested that any end-of-year legislation include at least a two-year re-authorization of the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS) programs.

In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the senators wrote, “Congress has an obligation to ensure counties with large swaths of federally-owned, tax-exempt forests and rangelands can adequately provide essential services for their residents.   more...
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing the Western Area Power Administration Transparency Act:

"The Western Area Power Administration has shown a complete disregard for transparency and accountability. Arizona consumers deserve to know the factors increasing their rates. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and both sides of the Capitol to rid this agency of waste, fraud, and abuse."

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Paul A. Gosar has released the following statement after Western Caucus spearheaded an Amicus Brief in support of President Trump's 2018 Venting and Flaring Rule:

"For too long President Obama weaponized federal agencies against American energy producers under the guise of environmental stewardship. The 2016 venting and flaring rule was among the most egregious acts of federal overreach. Thankfully, President Trump has revised this rule to provide certainty to energy producers, create jobs, and keep energy costs low for all Americans."

Background:

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President Donald Trump has signed into law H.R. 1327, The Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) (VCF Permanent Authorization Act). The Act extends the VCF’s claim filing deadline from Dec. 18, 2020, to Oct. 1, 2090, and appropriates such funds as may be necessary to pay all approved claims.

Attorney General William P. Barr noted the Department’s strong support for the VCF and its continuing commitment to providing compensation to those who have suffered as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. “The VCF is an extraordinarily successful program, having awarded over $5.2 billion in compensation on more than 23,000 claims from individuals who have suffered physical health conditions, or from families of those who have died, as a result of exposure at the sites in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville. With 20,000 claims currently awaiting consideration, and more certain to be filed in the months and years ahead, today’s action ensures that the VCF can continue in its successful effort to compensate every deserving individual impacted by the tragic events of September 11,” said Attorney General Barr.

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