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VIDEO: Senator Doug Jones Introduces Legislation to Permanently Extend and Increase Funding for Minority-Serving Institutions

September 18, 2018

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today introduced legislation to permanently extend and increase mandatory funding levels for minority-serving institutions, like Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The Strengthening Minority-Serving Institutions Act will increase mandatory funding levels from $255 million to $300 million for HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions of higher education. A majority of this funding is currently set to expire in Fiscal Year 2019 and... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Applauds Passage of Comprehensive Opioids Legislation

September 18, 2018

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today applauded the passage of the Opioid Crisis Response Act (OCRA; H.R. 6), a comprehensive effort by Congress to respond to the nationwide opioid epidemic. This legislation combines three major bills that, together, aim to improve federal coordination of the opioid response, increase access to treatment, improve coordination of care, invest in non-opioid pain-killer research, and stop the flow of synthetic drugs into our country. It also reauthorizes... Continue Reading »


Senator Jones Congratulates New Marshall Director Jody Singer

September 13, 2018

Birmingham, Ala. – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today released the following statement congratulating Jody Singer on being named the new Director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center:“A proud Hartselle, Alabama native and University of Alabama graduate, Jody has served at NASA for more than three decades and has gained the skills needed to take the Marshall Space Flight Center to the next level. I am confident she is the right person for the job, which comes at a time when space travel and security... Continue Reading »


SEPTEMBER 17-20: Office of Senator Doug Jones to Host Informational Sessions for Alabamians Interested in Military Academy Nominations Process

September 10, 2018

Birmingham,Ala.– During the week of September 17-20, 2018, the Office of U.S. Senator Doug Jones will host informational sessions across Alabama for constituents who are interested in applying for a nomination to one of the five U.S. military service academies. Senator Jones has the privilege of nominating young adults from Alabama to attend these prestigious institutions. Applicants must first apply to the academy of their choice and then secure a nomination from their U.S. Senator(s), U.S.... Continue Reading »


Senator Jones Statement on Decision by the International Trade Commission to Reverse Harmful Newsprint Tariffs

August 29, 2018

Birmingham, Ala. – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today praised the decision by the International Trade Commission (ITC) to halt harmful tariffs on newsprint from Canada imposed by the Trump Administration earlier this year. Senator Jones has consistently fought against these tariffs due to the significant impacts they have had on small community newspapers throughout Alabama and the United States. The tariffs were initially imposed in response to a complaint to the U.S. Department of Commerce made by... Continue Reading »


Senators Jones, Portman, Ernst Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Reform National Security Tariff Process & Increase Congressional Oversight

August 1, 2018

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) today introduced the Trade Security Act, legislation that will reform Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to better align the statute with its original intent as a powerful trade remedy tool for the president and Congress to respond to genuine threats to national security. This legislation addresses the Trump Administration’s efforts to justify... Continue Reading »


Senators Jones and Alexander Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Delay Auto Tariffs

July 25, 2018

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today introduced the Automotive Jobs Act of 2018, a bipartisan bill to delay President Trump’s recently proposed 25-percent tariff on imported cars, trucks, and auto parts. At the President’s direction, the U.S. Commerce Department initiated a Section 232 investigation in May to determine whether imported automobiles, trucks, and parts are a threat to U.S. national security and to... Continue Reading »


VIDEO: Senator Doug Jones: Auto Tariffs Threaten Alabama Jobs

July 18, 2018

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today spoke on the Senate floor about the negative impact that the President’s proposed 25-percent auto tariffs would have on Alabama and other leading auto-making states in the U.S. In his remarks, he announced his intention to introduce a bipartisan solution with U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) as early as next week. Since the tariff proposal was made public, Senator Jones has consistently spoken out against it to... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Testifies to the International Trade Commission on the Negative Impact of Newsprint Tariffs

July 17, 2018

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today testified at a hearing held by the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) on the negative impacts recently imposed newsprint tariffs have had on Alabama’s newspapers. Senator Jones has consistently advocated to put a stop to these tariffs, which are already hurting newspapers, particularly those that serve smaller or more rural communities and are less able to absorb the additional financial burden. In... Continue Reading »


Senator Jones Urges FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to Follow Through on Funding Commitment for Internet in Alabama Schools

July 13, 2018

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Doug Jones yesterday sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Ajit Pai addressing why the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) has failed to fund $32 million for internet services through the E-Rate program, requested by the State of Alabama. The Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Program, or E-Rate program, provides discounts to assist eligible schools and libraries to obtain affordable internet... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Introduces Legislation to Mandate Release of Civil Rights Cold Case Records

July 10, 2018

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today introduced legislation mandating the review, declassification, and release of government records related to unsolved criminal civil rights cases. Legislation is necessary because the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), as implemented, has prevented the timely and adequate disclosure of executive branch records, and congressional records are not subject to public disclosure under FOIA. In addition, some of these records, although... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Statement on the Passing of the Alexander City Outlook Editor Mitch Sneed

July 2, 2018

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today released the following statement after news that Alex City Outlook Editor Mitch Sneed died Sunday from injuries sustained in car accident the previous evening: “I was shocked and saddened to learn of Mitch’s untimely passing last night. Those who had the pleasure to know him will remember a man of integrity, character, and a passion for good journalism. My prayers are with his family, friends, and the entire Outlook... Continue Reading »


Senator Jones Applauds Passage of Farm Bill that Protects Alabama Priorities

June 28, 2018

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today announced that the Senate has approved his bipartisan Rural Health Liaison Act, the first original legislation he introduced in the Senate, as a part of the Farm Bill package. Communities across Alabama stand to benefit from increased federal support as part of the Farm Bill that passed in the Senate this afternoon. The legislation, which is undertaken only once every five years, is a comprehensive bill that encompasses a... Continue Reading »


Senators Jones, Cassidy Applaud Passage of Bipartisan Legislation Requiring the VA to Release Detailed Nursing Home Quality Data

June 25, 2018

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today applauded the passage of a bipartisan amendment he introduced with Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) requiring the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to release detailed information about the quality of its 133 nursing homes nationwide. The senators filed the amendment in response to a story first published by USA Today and TheBoston Globe revealing that the VA shielded data from the public about... Continue Reading »


Senators Jones, Tester, Brown, Gillibrand, and Nelson Propose Amendment to Require VA to Release Secret Nursing Home Quality Data

June 19, 2018

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today filed an amendment that would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to submit an annual report on or before November 11 (Veteran’s Day) to the U.S. Congress on the ratings given to VA-run nursing homes. Senator Jones proposed the amendment to H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill that is currently being... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Statement on Support for the “Keep Families Together Act”

June 18, 2018

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today released the following statement announcing he will cosponsor S.3036, the Keep Families Together Act which was introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein. The legislation will halt the separation of immigrant families by preventing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from taking children from their parents at the border. “The Administration’s new policy of ripping apart families by separating innocent... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Urges OMB Director Mulvaney to Reverse Decision to Stop Collecting Wage Discrimination Data

June 14, 2018

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today led a letter with 15 of his Senate colleagues to U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney urging him to revisit his agency’s decision to eliminate the requirement for large employers to provide pay data based on gender, race, and ethnicity. The letter also asks Director Mulvaney to justify and explain why the agency decided to halt pay data collection, and what actions they will take in the future... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Introduces Legislation Mandating Annual Medicaid Expansion Review

June 13, 2018

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today introduced the Smart Choices Act to quantify the impact of Medicaid expansion both for states that expanded and those that did not. The bill would require the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) to publish an annual report on the estimated impact in each state, including the amount of federal funding that has been passed up by states that have not yet expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Calls for Additional Littoral Combat Ship to be Included in Annual Defense Bill

June 13, 2018

Washington, D.C. – Today on the floor of the U.S. Senate, U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) spoke out in defense of the approximately 4,000 South Alabama jobs that support production of the U.S. Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships (LCS). The Senate is currently debating the National Defense Authorization Act, which funds our nation’s defense programs for the coming fiscal year. Because the current bill includes resources for just one new LCS, Senator Jones has sponsored an... Continue Reading »


Senators Jones and Alexander Urge Commerce Secretary to Reconsider Proposed Auto Tariffs

June 7, 2018

Jones and Alexander warn that tariffs will threaten jobs and businesses in auto-producing states across the country Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross urging his agency to reconsider a 25-percent tariff on imported cars, trucks, and auto parts recently proposed by President Trump. The letter argues that rather than helping the United States economy or improving national... Continue Reading »