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Senator Marsha Blackburn Questions DHS-ICE $86.9 Million Hotel Contract After Questionable IRS Tax Filings

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) is demanding answers after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) awarded the Texas-based nonprofit Endeavors a $86.9 million contract to house about 1,200 illegal immigrant family members in hotel rooms.

Endeavors past IRS financial disclosures show that in 2018, it spent almost half of its funding on salaries.

In 2018, the nonprofit brought in over $38 million in contributions and grants. 

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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President Donald Trump Signs Legislation into law to End Surprise Medical Billing

 

The legislation also Finishes Simplifying the FAFSA, Strengthen Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Restore Pell Grants for Incarcerated Students

U.S. SenateMaryville, TN – President Donald J. Trump has signed into law the government funding legislation that included U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander’s (R-Tenn.) bipartisan, bicameral proposal that holds patients harmless from surprise bills and resolves payment disputes between providers and insurers.

The legislation signed into law also includes Alexander’s bipartisan higher education proposals, which significantly simplifies the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by reducing its 108 questions to a maximum of 36 questions, restores the ability for incarcerated individuals to get a Pell Grant, reinstates Pell Grant eligibility for students who have been defrauded, forgives the outstanding debt of Historically Black Colleges and Universities that received loans under the federal HBCU Capital Financing Loan Program, and removes certain unnecessary regulations and aid limitations on institutions of higher education and students.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Lamar Alexander reports Senate to vote on Higher Education Bill

 

Senate and House Education Committee Leaders Announce Funding Bill Will Simplify FAFSA, Forgive Debt for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Restore Pell Grants for Incarcerated Students

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senate Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.) today announced that important bipartisan higher education proposals will be included in broader government funding legislation that the Senate will consider this week.

The legislative package would significantly simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by reducing its 108 questions to a maximum of 36 questions, restore the ability for incarcerated individuals to get a Pell Grant, reinstate Pell Grant eligibility for students who have been defrauded, forgive outstanding debt of Historically Black Colleges and Universities that received loans under the federal HBCU Capital Financing Loan Program, and remove certain unnecessary regulations and aid limitations on institutions of higher education and students.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Marsha Blackburn Report: More COVID-19 Resources

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – This Easter Sunday, we’ll be praying from our living rooms rather than from the church pews, but that’s alright, because the Lord is always with us. Remember Matthew 18:20: For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

It’s a somber time, but glimmers of hope still shine through. According to researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, social distancing efforts are helping to slow Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection rates. New testing machines that can detect the coronavirus in as little as five minutes arrived in Tennessee this week.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance warns of COVID-19/Economic Impact Payment Scams

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will begin distributing Coronavirus (COVID-19) Economic Impact Payments in the next few weeks.

Ahead of the arrival of those payments, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) Securities Division joins the IRS – Criminal Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Tennessee to warn Tennessee taxpayers to be alert about possible scams relating to these payments as well as other malicious attempts to defraud people relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Senator Marsha Blackburn Releases Coronavirus Resource Guide for Tennesseans

 

U.S. SenateNashville, TN – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has released the following Coronavirus (COVID-19) resource guide for Tennesseans.

Our Tennessee Workforce: Have you recently been laid off, or has a reduction in compensation made it difficult to make ends meet?

Visit the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development website to file for Unemployment Insurance and other forms of assistance: https://www.tn.gov/workforce/unemployment/apply-for-benefits.html.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Lamar Alexander says President Donald Trump, Congress Give Christmas Present to Historically Black Colleges and 20 Million Students Who Fill Out FAFSA Each Year

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that President Donald Trump and Congress have delivered a Christmas present for millions of students and families after President Trump signed bipartisan legislation into law that included an amendment by Alexander and Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) that simplifies the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form that 20 million families, including 8 million minority students, fill out every year to qualify for federal student aid.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Internal Revenue Service Scam Letters

 

IRS - Internal Revenue ServiceWashington, D.C. – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reported complaints from people receiving fake letters supposedly from the IRS.

In the past, it was made clear to potential victims of IRS scams that the agency will never call or email regarding debt due. Mail was always the primary form of communication.

Scammers have obviously caught on and have started mailing fake correspondences.

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Tennessee Consumer Offers Tax Filing Tips Ahead of April 15th Deadline

 

Tennessee Consumer Affairs 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – With Tax Day (April 15th, 2019) less than two weeks away, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs and the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy is offering Tennesseans the following tips to help navigate the income tax filing process, make the most of their income tax refund and avoid fraudulent tax preparers and scammers.

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Fort Campbell’s Sgt. Brett T. Christian Tax Center Opens for Appointments

 

Fort Campbell

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Fort Campbell’s Sgt. Brett T. Christian Tax Center, located at 43 Michigan Avenue, is now open for appointments. The tax center offers free tax return preparation to active-duty Soldiers and their Families and retirees.

During the opening ceremony Wednesday, Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Osborne, garrison senior enlisted adviser, encouraged the Soldiers who are on staff for the duration of the tax season.

“I want to thank the brigades for sending their Soldiers to help at the tax center. To get those folks who are really invested plays a huge role in the success of the tax center. It can’t happen without you,” Osborn said.

Spc. Devoreh Edem, 129th CSSB, 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade assists Pfc. Charles McKenzie, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team with completing his 2018 tax return.

Spc. Devoreh Edem, 129th CSSB, 101st Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade assists Pfc. Charles McKenzie, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team with completing his 2018 tax return.

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