In recent years digital learning has become a necessary component of effective learning and teaching inside and outside of the classroom. The days when homework only required paper, pencil, and textbooks are over. The Internet has replaced these tools as the critical platform for students to complete homework assignments, communicate with teachers and students outside of the school day, or apply to college or a job.
Please join me in sending a letter to the Treasury Department urging the rejection of an application by the Central States Pension Plan to cut retiree benefits by as much as 70 percent.
As we mourn those lost in the horrific attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, we’re reminded that the work of protecting our nation and all innocent civilians is never done.
In light of North Korea’s recent nuclear test, it is imperative that we fully understand the threat to the United States as well as our allies — the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and Japan — and the need to improve our deterrent capabilities.
Every day we see the impact of fifteen years of military deployments on service members, veterans, their families and their caregivers. Fortunately, groups like Blue Star Families have been providing critical support to the families of service members, many of whom are frontline caregivers.
I have been alarmed by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) pronouncements this week that the Zika virus is “spreading explosively” in Latin America, with early estimates suggesting up to 4 million people could be infected by this disease in the coming year.
At this week’s White House summit on child hunger in America, the Administration announced a bold initiative to stop child summer hunger in America by increasing access to summer meals. The initiative, modeled after the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act (HR 2715), will permanently expand the successful Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (Summer EBT) program. Please consider cosponsoring the Stop Child Summer Hunger Act (HR 2715) to help make this proposal a reality.
Earlier this year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a factsheet highlighting an issue among student loan borrowers regarding servicing company transfers. A borrower’s loan might be transferred from one student loan servicing company to another, possibly without notice to the borrower. Problems arise when the borrower, unaware of the transfer, submits their loan payments to the wrong servicer, which can then lead to added late fees.
As Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education 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.
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.