Prohibit Members of Congress from Flying First-Class on Taxpayers’ Dime

June 30, 2017

I ask you to support and become an original cosponsor of a bill that would prohibit members of Congress and other employees in the Legislative Branch from flying first-class on the taxpayer dime by becoming an original cosponsor of the Coach-Only Airfare
for Capitol Hill (COACH) Act.

Administrative:Audit of the U.S. House of Representatives’ FY 2016 Financial Statements

June 29, 2017

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released the report for the annual audit of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Financial Statements for the fiscal year that ended September 30, 2016.   We are pleased to report that the House received, for the nineteenth
consecutive year, an unmodified or “clean” opinion on its financial statements. We are confident that with the dedicated professionalism of the entire House operations team, especially the House Inspector General and the Chief Administrative Officer, the House
will continue making improvements where necessary, and maintain its good financial standing in the years to come.

Cosponsor the Educating Student Loan Borrowers Act

June 29, 2017

Total private and federal student loan debt has now topped $1.3 trillion in the United States, shared by 42.4 million Americans. About 70% of students are borrowing in order to get a college education, and of those borrowing federal dollars, one in six will
not be able to pay their loans back on time.

Deadline Extended! Let Americans 50+ Buy Into Medicare!

June 29, 2017

One thing we can all agree on is that our constituents age 50 and above deserve good health care coverage at a reasonable cost but face challenges to purchase such coverage. The Medicare Buy In Act would provide this age group with another option for insurance

Administrative:Update to the Members’ Congressional Handbook

June 29, 2017

We write to notify you that the Committee on House Administration has approved an update to the Members’ Congressional Handbook that provides clarity and additional guidance for updating security equipment and measures.

Co-sponsor H.R. 59, the “Frank Lautenberg Memorial Secure Chemical Facilities Act of 2017”

June 29, 2017

I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor of H.R. 59, the “Frank Lautenberg Memorial Secure Chemical Facilities Act of 2017.”

Make College for All a Reality – Co-sponsor HR 1880

June 29, 2017

According to the Seattle Times, America’s student debt currently totals $1.3 trillion and stands higher than all other consumer debt with
the exception only of mortgages. Statistics from The Guardian reveal that nearly two-thirds of such debt is accrued by women, who “borrow more to get ahead” only to face income inequality and job discrimination
in the working world. This leads to greater financial hardship and rapidly accumulating interest, and offsets the gains of having a college degree.

Cosponsor the Flexibility to Innovate for College Affordability Act

June 29, 2017

Higher education is the gateway to America’s middle class, yet an affordable college degree is increasingly out of reach for struggling families. We need to work to make education more affordable for anyone who wants it.

Sign-On Letter – OCR Title IX List May Stop Being Published

June 29, 2017

Please see the below article from Politico Morning Education regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights weekly list of colleges and universities under investigation for Title IX sexual violence claims.

Cosponsor the Water Rights Protection Act (v. 2)

June 29, 2017

For example, the USFS attempted to implement a permit condition that requires the transfer of privately held water rights to the federal government as a permit condition on National Forest System lands while offering no compensation for the transfer of these
privately held rights – despite the fact that many stakeholders have invested millions of their own capital in developing the rights.