Support Bipartisan Efforts to Tailor Regulations for Community Banks and Credit Unions

As it stands now, banks and credit unions are facing an ever-increasing regulatory burden that they can no longer shoulder. This growing burden has had a devastating impact on small banks, forcing consolidation or failure and stifling the creation of new banks in areas that need access to credit. A December 2015 report by the Dallas Federal Reserve highlighted this problem, noting that the regulatory environment is increasingly addressing big bank processes and tends to be “one-size-fits-all,” before concluding that regulatory oversight should match the level of risk an institution poses to the financial system and economy at large. For this reason, we have written a letter to express our concern with the current regulatory framework for banks and credit unions and taken the opportunity to promote the need for “tailored” regulations that better match the business model and risk profile of different classes of institutions. The letter text can be found below. An appropriate regulatory burden permits banks and credit unions to focus their time on the surrounding community as well as save the time and resources of bank examiners.

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DUE TODAY – Support Efforts Here to Defend Mass Transit From Attack

I urge you to sign the letter below asking for $105 million for the applicable account which funds the Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) in the Department of Homeland Security fiscal year (FY) 2017 appropriations legislation, a small increase from past appropriation levels and $20 million more than the President’s FY 2017 budget request. It also asks that TSGP be kept as a distinctly funded program.

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Cosponsor the Thin Blue Line Act (v. 6)

I invite you to sign on as a cosponsor of H.R. 814 the Thin Blue Line Act to ensure that those convicted of murdering our law enforcement officers, firefighters, and first responders face the harshest penalty available.

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Become an Original Cosponsor of a Resolution in Recognition of National Middle Level Education Month

Each day young adolescents enter school deserving what research and practice have shown to help middle grades students achieve: challenging and engaging instruction;teachers and administrators knowledgeable and prepared to provide young adolescents with a safe, challenging and supportive learning environment; and organizational structures that banish anonymity and promote personalization, collaboration and social equity.

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HEARING TOMORROW: Human Rights Threatened, Self-Determination Deferred: The Status of Western Sahara

The conflict over the Western Sahara has defied resolution for over forty years. While the United Nations continues to consider Western Sahara a Non-Sovereign Territory, awaiting formal decolonization, Morocco continues to occupy most of the territory, though neither the General Assembly nor any other UN body has ever recognized this as constituting sovereignty. The objective of this hearing is to examine the current human rights situation in Western Sahara and to inquire as to progress being made by the Polisario, Morocco and other international entities — pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 690 — toward the resolution of self-determination and sovereignty issues.

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TODAY: Panel Discussion on Countering Violent Extremism

Since the San Bernardino attacks and the Oregon militia standoff, there has been increased emphasis on countering violent extremism (CVE) initiatives at home and abroad. As demonstrated by these events, threats within the United States stem from a range of individuals, groups, and ideologies that include domestic terrorists and homegrown violent extremists.

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Lunch Briefing: Research & Development in the FY17 Budget

From: The Honorable Bill Foster Sent By: samantha.warren@mail.house.gov Date: 3/22/2016 Dear Colleague: On behalf of the Congressional Research and Development Caucus, I would like to draw your attention to an upcoming briefing sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Research & Development (R&D) Budget and Policy Program. Research & Development in […]

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