Albuquerque, NM — The U.S. Department of Justice, in coordination with USDA Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) filed biological opinions related to the recent court-ordered injunction on select timber management activities on five national forests in New Mexico and on the Tonto National Forest in Arizona. The submission of these biological opinions is in adherence with the court direction on formal consultation requirements between the Forest Service and USFWS related to potential effects of timber activities to the Mexican spotted owl.

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Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State

Today, the President signed into law the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019” (the Caesar Act), an important step in promoting accountability for the large-scale atrocities Bashar al Assad and his regime have carried out in Syria. The Caesar Act is named after a former photographer for the Syrian military who risked his life to smuggle thousands of photographs out of Syria that document the torture and murder of prisoners inside Assad regime jails. Caesar has dedicated his life to seeking justice for those suffering under the Assad regime’s brutality. This new law brings us closer to doing just that.

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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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