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Join Us in Urging CMS to Protect Medicare Advantage Choices

January 29, 2016

We write to ask you to join us in signing a bipartisan letter that urges the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to protect the Medicare Advantage (MA) program and the high quality health plan choices it provides to millions of seniors and individuals with disabilities. The deadline for signing this letter is February 12, 2016.

Help Promote Voluntary Efforts to Address Online Content Theft Problem

January 29, 2016

As co-chairs of the Creative Rights Caucus, we’d like to bring to your attention to a recent article in The Hill about how industry efforts to fight digital content theft can complement government efforts.

State Department Briefing on International Parental Child Abduction

January 29, 2016

An introduction to international parental child abduction, the Office of Children’s Issues, and the Hague Abduction Convention

Member Submissions for FY 2017 Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and Related Agencies Appropriations

January 29, 2016

As Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, I want to make you aware of the subcommittee’s procedures for receiving Members’ programmatic and language submissions for consideration in the fiscal year 2017 Appropriations bill. Members must transmit submissions to the Subcommittee via electronic form, and in addition must upload a letter to the appropriations submissions system confirming those entries.

Member Submissions for FY 2017 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations

January 29, 2016

As Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, I want to make you aware of the subcommittee’s procedures for receiving Members’ programmatic and language submissions for consideration in the fiscal year 2017 Appropriations bill. Members must transmit submissions to the subcommittee via electronic form, and in addition must upload a letter to the appropriations submissions system confirming those entries.

Protect Americans from Zika Outbreak – Letter to FDA

January 29, 2016

Please join me in sending a letter to Acting Administrator Ostroff of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) encouraging FDA to exercise their authority and add the Zika virus to the FDA Tropical Disease Priority Review Voucher (PRV) Program.

Help Families, Reduce waste, and Increase Oversight (v. 2)

January 29, 2016

In 2014, more than 17 million American households were food insecure at some point during the year. In that same year, approximately 61 percent of food insecure households participated in at least one of three federal food assistance programs.

Improve Retirement Coverage for Part-time Workers

January 29, 2016

I wanted to share an important article that appeared in Money magazine about how women are unfairly left behind when it comes to saving for retirement through a 401(k) plan. Women are more likely than men to take unpaid maternity leave and work part-time to care for children or family members. More time off from work means that women contribute less to their savings and in some cases, may be ineligible to participate in a 401(k).

Join the call for bold, evidence-based reform of the federal corrections system!

January 29, 2016

Congress established the bipartisan Colson Task Force in 2014 in response to growing concerns about the scale and cost of the federal Bureau of Prisons, which currently houses 197,000 people with a budget of almost $7.5 billion this year.

Cosponsor the Early Pell Promise Act

January 29, 2016

Education is a key component to investing in our nation’s future and our economy. Whether working towards a degree or a certificate, students who pursue post-secondary education statistically prove to have higher earnings and lower unemployment rates than those with a high school diploma. Yet, for far too many students and their hard-working families college seems like an unattainable goal. A 2015 study by the Pell Institute and University of Pennsylvania Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy found that in 2013, students from upper-income families were eight times more likely to receive a bachelor’s degree than students from families with the lowest incomes.