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Senator Doug Jones Congratulates Wen Zhang of Dothan for Appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy

January 17, 2019

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today announced Wen Zhang, a high school senior attending Northview High School in Dothan, Ala., has earned an offer of appointment to the United States Air Force Academy. Senator Jones nominated Zhang to the Academy following an intensive application and interview process this fall. Zhang is the first student Senator Jones has nominated that has gone on to earn an appointment to a U.S. military service academy. “Attending a military service... Continue Reading »


Senators Jones and Alexander Re-introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Delay Auto Tariffs

January 15, 2019

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today re-introduced their Automotive Jobs Act legislation, a which would delay President Trump’s proposed 25-percent tariff on imported cars, trucks, and auto parts. In May 2018, the President directed the U.S. Commerce Department to initiate a Section 232 investigation to determine whether imported automobiles, trucks, and parts are a threat to U.S. national security and to subsequently levy... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Joins Colleagues to Urge the Trump Administration to Ensure Federal Contractor Employees Receive Back Pay

January 10, 2019

Washington, DC – Today, Senator Doug Jones joined an effort led by Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and cosigned by 32 of their Senate colleagues, in writing to the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget urging him to direct federal agencies to work with contractors to provide back pay to compensate low- and middle-income contractor employees for the wages they have lost during the shutdown. Under their existing authority, federal contracting officers should use provisions... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Urges USDA to Resume Home Loan Program for Rural Communities During the Government Shutdown

January 10, 2019

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to resume its vital home loan programs that serve residents in rural communities. The programs have been suspended during the ongoing government shutdown. In a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue yesterday, Senator Jones pointed to examples where the agency has already announced temporary relief in other cases, like the extension of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Re-Introduces Legislation Mandating Annual Medicaid Expansion Review

January 9, 2019

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today re-introduced his Smart Choices Act legislation that would 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... Continue Reading »


Senators Jones, Cruz Announce Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act is Signed Into Law

January 9, 2019

Washington, DC – Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced that their bipartisan Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act  was signed into law by the President late yesterday evening. Their legislation requires the review, declassification, and release of government records related to unsolved criminal civil rights cases. Senators Jones and Cruz have led a months-long bipartisan effort to provide public access to unsolved civil rights crime documents through... Continue Reading »


VIDEO: Senator Jones Delivers Remarks on the Senate Floor Urging a Vote on Republican Funding Bills to Re-open the Government

January 8, 2019

Washington, D.C – This evening on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Senator Doug Jones delivered a speech shedding light on stories from Alabamians who have been hurt by the costly and prolonged government shutdown. In his remarks, he also repeated his call for the Senate to vote on a package of funding bills that were negotiated in the Senate by Republicans last year and received overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate. The legislation would re-open the government and provide a... Continue Reading »


Senators Jones, Manchin, Kaine, Warner, Brown, and Casey Introduce Legislation to Secure Miners Pensions and Health Care

January 4, 2019

The American Miners Act of 2019 ensures the promise of lifetime health care and pensions to retired miners and their families  Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) have introduced the American Miners Act of 2019, legislation to secure our nation’s retired miners pensions by: 1) shoring up the 1974 Pension Plan which is headed for insolvency due to coal... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Leads Effort to Examine and Address Disproportionate Student Debt Burden Among Borrowers of Color

January 3, 2019

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today led a letter to over 100 key stakeholders nationwide to solicit feedback that can help improve federal policies for student borrowers of color and make access to higher education more equitable. Stakeholders receiving the letter include experts in education policy and leaders in business, advocacy, academia, civil rights, consumer protection, and women’s issues. Senators Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-N.M.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.),... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Urges House Colleagues to Pass Bill to End Shutdown

January 3, 2019

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today urged his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to support bipartisan legislation to end the partial federal government shutdown. House leadership has indicated it will vote on the remaining six bipartisan appropriations bills that were negotiated over several months by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy. These bills would provide funding for a number of agencies for the rest... Continue Reading »


VIDEO: Senator Jones Statement on Vote to Continue Debate on Government Funding

December 21, 2018

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today released the statement below on his vote to proceed to debate on the continuing resolution bill passed by the House of Representatives. Senator Jones has been working with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle today to find common ground to fund the government.  “On Wednesday, the Senate passed with unanimous bipartisan support a bill that would have funded the federal government. Unfortunately, the House sent us a bill that clearly could... Continue Reading »


Jones, Cruz Announce House Passage of Civil Rights Cold Case Legislation

December 21, 2018

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation led by Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to require the review, declassification, and release of government records related to unsolved criminal civil rights cases. Senators Jones and Cruz have led a months-long bipartisan effort to provide public access to unsolved civil rights crime documents through their Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act. Congressman Bobby... Continue Reading »


Senator Jones Urges Secretary DeVos to Assist Students Impacted by Recent For-Profit Campus Closures

December 20, 2018

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today wrote to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on behalf of the students impacted by the Education Corporation of America’s (ECA) sudden closure of its campuses nationwide. ECA represents Brightwood Career Institute, Brightwood College, Ecotech Institute, Golf Academy of America, and Virginia College throughout the country. Based in Birmingham, Alabama, ECA operates for-profit Virginia College campuses in Birmingham,... Continue Reading »


Bipartisan Jones-Cruz Bill to Release Civil Rights Cold Case Records Passes Full Senate

December 17, 2018

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today announced that their bipartisan Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act has passed the Senate with unanimous bipartisan support. Senator Jones introduced the legislation in July to require the review, declassification, and release of government records related to unsolved criminal civil rights cases. Despite being nearly 50 years old, many of these documents are not publicly available and some... Continue Reading »


Senator Jones Applauds Passage of the Modern Fish Act

December 17, 2018

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today released the statement below on the Senate’s passage of the Modern Recreational Fisheries Management Act (“Modern Fish Act,” S.1520), a bill that will expand recreational fishing opportunities through improved data collection for fishery managers. The legislation, introduced by Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), recognizes that recreational anglers should not be subjected to the same regulations that... Continue Reading »


Senators Jones, Hoeven Urge President Trump to Deliver on Aid for Farmers Hurt by China’s Retaliatory Tariffs

December 17, 2018

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) on Friday wrote to President Donald Trump calling on his administration to announce the second round of the agriculture tariff trade assistance. The first round of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments was announced on August 27, 2018. The second round of assistance was anticipated on December 3, 2018, but has not been made publicly available. In their letter, Jones and Hoeven urged President Trump to act,... Continue Reading »


Senator Jones Secures Senate Armed Services Committee Assignment

December 13, 2018

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) today announced he has been appointed to a position on the influential Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) when the 116th Congress convenes in January. The committee is key for Alabama, which is home to five military installations across the state that employ 8500 active duty service members and more than 23,000 civilians. More than 375,000 veterans, including 65,000 retirees, live in Alabama. In 2017, the Department of Defense spent... Continue Reading »


Senator Jones Leads Effort to Increase Financial Literacy Among School-Age Children

December 13, 2018

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) today introduced legislation that would establish a competitive grant program at the U.S. Department of Education to help states build in-school financial literacy programs, and to encourage community partnerships to promote financial literacy among school-age youth. The Youth Financial Learning Act of 2018 creates a grant for local school districts to implement, expand, or sustain... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Champions Rural Alabama Priorities in Final Farm Bill Legislation

December 11, 2018

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today supported passage of a final Farm Bill that includes several key priorities for Alabama that he championed. The bill is the result of months of bipartisan negotiations in the Senate and House, and is undertaken only once every five years. It strengthens important commodity safety net programs and other protections for farmers who take on this risky and costly venture. It also provides increased funding for communities across the country and... Continue Reading »


Senators Jones, Cotton, Merkley Lead Bipartisan Effort to Stop Predatory Unsolicited Loans

December 10, 2018

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) today introduced legislation that would halt the predatory practice of mailing high-interest loans to consumers in the form of “live” checks. When consumers receive these loan checks, many unknowingly believe they have received money from their bank or financial institution, not realizing that the check is often a high-interest loan. The Unsolicited Loan Act of 2018 would prohibit... Continue Reading »