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Senator Jones Calls for President Trump to Approve Individual Assistance for Alabamians Impacted by Hurricane Michael

November 8, 2018

Birmingham, Ala. – Today, U.S. Senator Doug Jones wrote a letter to President Trump to request approval for Individual Assistance (IA) grants for Alabamians who were impacted by Hurricane Michael last month. A Major Disaster Declaration was approved earlier this week, but it only provided Public Assistance (PA) grants. PA funds can be directed to local governments and community organizations, but cannot go to individuals who are recovering from a natural disaster. IA grants are vital in... Continue Reading »


Senator Jones Backs Request for Agricultural Disaster Declaration to Aid Alabama Farmers Impacted by Hurricane Michael

October 18, 2018

Birmingham, Ala. – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to support a request by Governor Ivey to declare parts of southeast Alabama as agricultural disaster areas as a result of Hurricane Michael. By obtaining this declaration, farmers in the region whose crops were damaged or destroyed would be eligible to apply for additional support from USDA.“Due to the hurricane, a preliminary damage assessment has estimated that... Continue Reading »


Senator Doug Jones Applauds Passage of Water Resources Development Act

October 10, 2018

 WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today applauded the Senate’s passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which modernizes water infrastructure and addresses flood prevention, mitigation, and environmental restoration needs. The bipartisan bill passed overwhelmingly on a 99-1 vote.  “The Water Resources Development Act proactively addresses a number of concerns with our nation’s water infrastructure in... Continue Reading »


VIDEO: Senator Doug Jones Delivers Remarks on the Supreme Court Confirmation Process

October 5, 2018

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the confirmation process for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Before making his decision on this nominee, Senator Jones had called repeatedly for a complete disclosure of Judge Kavanaugh’s record, a full and fair investigation of the sexual assault allegations, and a postponement of the vote to gather the relevant facts. In his remarks this evening, Senator Jones reiterated these... Continue Reading »


Senator Jones Statement on Kavanaugh

September 27, 2018

Birmingham, Ala. – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today released the following statement on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court:“The Kavanaugh nomination process has been flawed from the beginning and incomplete at the end. Dr. Ford was credible and courageous and I am concerned about the message our vote will be sending to our sons and daughters, as well as victims of sexual assault. I will be voting no.” ###  Continue Reading »


Senator Jones Applauds United Launch Alliance on Selecting BE-4 to lead next Generation Rocket Propulsion from Alabama

September 27, 2018

Birmingham, Ala. – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today congratulated United Launch Alliance (ULA) for choosing Blue Origin and its BE-4 engine to power the Vulcan Centaur Rocket brig produced in Decatur, Alabama.  The engine will be manufactured in a new Huntsville facility. ULA previously selected Aerojet Rocketdyne’s RL10 engine for the rocket system, which is also manufactured in Alabama.  “Alabama has long been a leader in space technology assembly and continues to... Continue Reading »


Bipartisan Jones-Cruz Bill to Release Civil Rights Cold Case Records Earns Committee Approval

September 26, 2018

Washington, D.C. – 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 through the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. 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... Continue Reading »


Senators Jones, Toomey Introduce Bill to Keep Deadly Fentanyl Out of the U.S.

September 21, 2018

  Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) are proposing new penalties on foreign countries that turn a blind eye to drug kingpins who export deadly fentanyl to the United States. The bipartisan Blocking Deadly Fentanyl Imports Act would make American foreign aid contingent upon a recipient country cooperating with U.S. drug enforcement efforts relating to fentanyl. Under this measure, a fentanyl-producing nation, such as China, would lose access to... Continue Reading »


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... 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... 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 »