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Senator Doug Jones Calls on Birmingham-based For-Profit Corporation CEO to Assist Students After Abrupt Nationwide Closure Announced

December 6, 2018

Washington, DC – In response to news that Education Corporation of America (ECA) would be abruptly closing its campuses in Alabama and across the country, U.S. Senator Doug Jones wrote to CEO Stu Reed today calling for ECA to help students navigate their options and understand the resources available to them. ECA represents Brightwood Career Institute, Brightwood College, Ecotech Institute, Golf Academy of America, and Virginia College throughout the country. Based in Birmingham, ECA... Continue Reading »

Jones, Gardner to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Ensure Veterans are Repaid their Full GI Benefits

December 4, 2018

Washington, DC — Today, U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) will introduce the Fix Immediately Outstanding Underpayments (IOUs) for Student Veterans Act, legislation that will force the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to pay student veterans money they are entitled to, but did not receive because of the VA’s own error. When the VA failed to implement the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, many student veterans did... Continue Reading »

Senator Doug Jones Statement on the Passing of Giles Perkins

December 3, 2018

Birmingham, Ala. – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today released the following statement on the passing of Giles Perkins, his friend and 2017 Senate campaign chairman: “It is with great sadness today that Louise and I mourn the loss of our dear friend Giles Perkins, who had fought fiercely against cancer for several years. Giles was more than just an accomplished attorney, community activist and brilliant political advisor and strategist. He understood Alabama’s complicated history,... Continue Reading »

Senator Doug Jones Statement on the Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush

December 1, 2018

Birmingham, Ala. – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today issued the following statement regarding the passing of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush: “I was deeply saddened this morning by the news of President George H.W. Bush’s passing. President Bush served the United States of America throughout his life with honor and dignity, both at war and here at home, as a Navy pilot, a diplomat, and a statesman. He made the most of his 94 years of life and he set an example we... Continue Reading »

Senator Doug Jones Calls for Answers from VA on Failure to Pay Full GI Benefits to Veterans and Their Families

November 30, 2018

Birmingham, Ala. – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today wrote to the senior leader overseeing GI Bill benefits at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) seeking answers on behalf of Alabama veterans about the department’s failure to pay thousands of veterans the GI Bill benefits they have earned. This follows a report this week that the VA did not plan to reimburse veterans who were underpaid as a result of technical errors. An estimated total of 360,000 veterans may be... Continue Reading »

Senator Jones Leads Bipartisan Call for Additional Funds for Hurricane Michael Recovery

November 30, 2018

Birmingham, Ala. – U.S. Senator Doug Jones today announced his continued efforts to support Alabamians recovering from Hurricane Michael with a direct appeal to Senate leadership urging support for disaster assistance for Alabama farmers and the state’s agriculture community.  Senator Jones and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) led the letter and were joined by Senators David Perdue (R-Ga.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Richard... Continue Reading »

Senators Jones, Toomey and Carper Request Government Accountability Office Review of Commerce Department Tariff Exclusion Process

November 25, 2018

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), and Tom Carper (D-Del.) today wrote to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to request a formal review of the tariff exclusion process administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Commerce Department exclusion process for the Trump Administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminum has generated a large backlog of petitions and has placed significant burdens on... Continue Reading »

VIDEO: Senator Doug Jones Hears from Alabama Manufacturing and Agriculture Leaders About the Impacts of Tariffs on their Businesses

November 20, 2018

Mobile, Ala. – On Monday in Mobile, U.S. Senator Doug Jones led a field roundtable on behalf of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) to examine the effects of the Administration’s tariffs and trade policies on Alabama manufacturers and farmers. Participating speakers included leaders from all four major automakers in Alabama, the steel industry, the Port of Mobile, and farmers of soy, peanuts, sweet potatoes, and cotton. Highlights from the roundtable... Continue Reading »

Senators Jones, Barrasso, and Bennet Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Tackle Chronic Wasting Disease

November 15, 2018

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) joined Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) in introducing legislation to increase wildlife managers’ ability to keep wildlife healthy.The bill authorizes a special resource study to determine how chronic wasting disease (CWD) spreads and could be prevented in deer and elk. CWD can affect both wild and domestic herds of deer and elk in 25 states. However, state recommendations for preventing the spread of the disease... Continue Reading »

Senators Jones and Alexander Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Delay Auto Tariffs

November 13, 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 subsequently levy... Continue Reading »

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 »