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Senator Doug Jones Statement on Impeachment Decision

February 5, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today issued the following statement about his decision to vote to convict the President on both articles of impeachment: “On the day I was sworn in as a United States Senator, I took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. At the beginning of the impeachment trial, I took a second oath to do ‘impartial justice’ according to the same Constitution I swore to protect. “These solemn oaths have been my guides during what has... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Urges Trump Administration to Address Unsafe Radon Levels in Public Housing

January 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson urging him to respond to media reports that found that tenants of public housing units, including Butler Terrace Addition in Huntsville, Alabama, were exposed to hazardous levels of radon. Radon is a radioactive gas that is created by natural processes and is the second-leading cause of fatal lung cancer in the United States. The tests... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Introduces Bill to Promote Workforce Development for In-Demand Industries

January 28, 2020

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced legislation to promote education and training for workers in high-demand industries, including expanding all-important registered apprentice programs. The Working On Rewarding and Keeping Employees Resilient (WORKER) Act  will ensure employees are prepared for and have access to well-paid skilled jobs throughout Alabama and the nation. “As our economy continues to evolve, we must... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Votes to Advance USMCA to Full Senate Vote

January 15, 2020

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today voted to advance the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) through the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. It is expected to go to the full Senate for a vote this week. “I have consistently supported the idea of a new strategic trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, especially as businesses and markets are desperately seeking stability and reassurance due to the numerous global trade... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Urges Trump Administration to Reconsider Airbus Tariffs That Could Impact Jobs in Mobile

January 13, 2020

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer urging him to reconsider Airbus tariffs that would impact the component facilities located in Mobile, Alabama. The tariffs in question could impact components crucial to Airbus assembly and lead to job losses in the Port City. Airbus’ Mobile facility is excluded from current tariffs impacting its sister production facilities in Europe, but under a new proposed... Continue Reading »


Senate Passes Jones Wetlands and Fish Habitat Conservation Bills

January 10, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Senate has unanimously passed America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, a legislative package which includes two bills Senator Doug Jones’ (D-Ala) cosponsored to expand federal nature conservation programs. The first bill reauthorizes the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) through 2025, and increases authorized annual funding for the program to $60 million. NAWCA was originally enacted in 1989 to provide federal cost-share funding to projects... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Help Children with Rare Diseases

January 6, 2020

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) has introduced bipartisan legislation to help thousands of children with rare diseases receive a diagnosis and proper treatment more quickly. Children with rare diseases face a “diagnostic odyssey” that typically lasts five to seven years and entails seeing an average of seven different physicians. Tragically, 30 percent of these children do not survive beyond the age of five years old.  The Ending the... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Calls on NOAA Nominee to Prioritize Fixing Weather Radar Gaps in Alabama

December 20, 2019

BIRMINGHAM – U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today wrote to Neil Jacobs, who has been nominated to serve as Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to call attention to the gaps in weather radar capabilities in Alabama and to request a meeting on the issue before the Senate votes to confirm him. Jacobs currently serves as the acting NOAA Administrator. Senator Jones’ office has worked with NOAA to bring attention to the need to expand radar... Continue Reading »


Senator Jones Announces Funding for Alabama Priorities in Appropriations Package Passed by Congress

December 19, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today announced that dozens of his requests to fund priorities for Alabama were included in a year-end appropriations package that passed the Senate today. The two funding bills now head to the President’s desk for his signature. “From increased resources for our HBCUs to additional funding to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in our deer population, there are dozens of Alabama priorities included in this... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones’ FUTURE Act Signed into Law by President Trump

December 19, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today released the following statement on the President’s signing of his bipartisan FUTURE Act legislation to permanently renew funding for Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs). The bill also includes a first step toward simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process. The legislation passed in Congress last week with overwhelming bipartisan... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones’ Bill to Crack Down on Robocalls Passes Congress, Set to Become Law

December 19, 2019

WASHINGTON – Today the Senate passed broad, bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) to decrease and deter robocalls. The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act  was passed by the House of Representatives earlier this month. The bill now heads to the President to be signed into law. “Most people in this day and age know what it’s like to have their phone go off all day long because of annoying... Continue Reading »


Senators Jones, Cotton, Merkley Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Stop Predatory Unsolicited Loans

December 13, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) have reintroduced bipartisan legislation—the Unsolicited Loan Act —that would halt the predatory practice of mailing high-interest loans to consumers in the form of “live” checks.Often times, when consumers receive these checks in the mail they believe them to be from their bank or another trusted financial institution and are unaware the check is a high-interest loan. Under the Unsolicited Loan Act,... Continue Reading »


Senator Jones: Bill to Permanently Renew Funding for HBCUs Earns Final Approval, Heads to President’s Desk for Signature

December 10, 2019

WASHINGTON – Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today announced final passage of his bipartisan legislation, the FUTURE Act, to permanently renew annual funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs) that had expired in September. Last week, Senator Jones joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues to announce a compromise deal to permanently fund HBCUs and MSIs as well as take a first important step to simplify the Free Application for... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Champions Alabama Priorities in Final Defense Bill

December 9, 2019

WASHINGTON – The Senate and House Armed Services Committees today released the final text of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) with numerous provisions and Alabama priorities secured by Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.). The annual legislation authorizes national defense objectives for the next fiscal year. The bill will now be voted on by both houses and if it passes, it will go to the President for his signature.  “This bill is proof that Congress... Continue Reading »


Senators Doug Jones, Susan Collins Announce Military Widow’s Tax Repeal Included in Final Defense Bill

December 9, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) today announced the inclusion of their bipartisan Military Widow’s Tax Elimination Act in the final annual defense bill, known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This marks a significant step in the 18-year effort to pass legislation to repeal the law that penalizes our nation’s Gold Star families by preventing them from receiving the full... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Introduces Bipartisan Package of Bills to Protect Vulnerable Children

December 6, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) have introduced a bipartisan package of bills to protect vulnerable children. The first bill provides funding and resources for states to combat child abuse and neglect. The second piece of legislation removes barriers to adoption and helps children in need find loving, permanent families. “We can all agree that keeping our children safe should be one of our country’s top priorities,” said Senator Jones. “We need to... Continue Reading »


Senate Approves Jones Bill to Permanently Renew Federal Funding for HBCUs and Minority-Serving Schools

December 5, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today announced the Senate passage of his legislation to permanently renew funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and minority-serving institutions (MSIs). The legislation also includes a first step toward simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process. Annual funding for MSIs expired on September 30, 2019. “This is wonderful news for students and faculty at minority-serving institutions... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Votes to Confirm Montgomery’s Austin Huffaker to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama

December 4, 2019

WASHINGTON – Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today voted to confirm R. Austin Huffaker, Jr., to serve as the U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama. Mr. Huffaker’s nomination was confirmed by a vote of 89-4. Senator Jones released the following statement upon Mr. Huffaker’s confirmation by the full Senate today: “Throughout his confirmation process, I have been proud to support Montgomery’s Austin Huffaker for the U.S. District Court for the Middle... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Announces Bipartisan Solution to Permanently Fund HBCUs and Simplify Federal Student Aid Application

December 3, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today joined a bipartisan group of senators to introduce a solution to both permanently fund Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and to take a first step toward simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process. Annual funding for MSIs expired on September 30, 2019. The solution proposed today by Senator Jones and his colleagues amends his FUTURE Act... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Leads Push for EPA to Enforce Civil Rights Protections

November 22, 2019

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) is leading a group of his colleagues in urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fully enforce Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits anyone who receives federal financial aid from discriminating when implementing programs and activities.The EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently made an announcement that it plans to conduct an evaluation of EPA’s implementation of Title VI. Currently, OIG’s evaluation is limited to... Continue Reading »