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Support Civil Rights Initiative Funding

March 21, 2016

Please join me in sending a letter to Chairman Calver and Ranking Member McCollum of the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies requesting that the Civil Rights Initiative be funded at the amount requested in the President’s FY2017 budget. I appreciate and fully support President Obama’s request of $4.5 million for the Civil Rights Initiative under the National Park Service Construction Account, and $25 million for the Civil Rights Competitive Grants Initiative under the Historic Preservation Fund Account, and believe this funding level is essential.

Support Funding for the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (Deadline Today)

March 21, 2016

Please join me in requesting $80.7 million in funding for the U.S. Trade Development Agency in the Fiscal Year 2017 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations budget. USTDA helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries. The top five exporting states that have directly benefited from USTDA’s program over the last 10 years are Washington, Texas, California, New York and South Carolina.

Closing at Noon – Increase Appropriated Funding to the DOJ Civil Rights Division

March 21, 2016

Section 14141 of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 allows DOJ to investigate a pattern or practice of unlawful conduct by law enforcement officers. As a result, a court can order a governmental authority to take actions to eliminate the unlawful pattern or practice through a consent decree.

CLOSING TOMORROW: Stop the State Department from Wasting Millions on Opinion Polls of Foreign Nations

March 21, 2016

Please join me in sending a letter to House Appropriators asking the Committee to include language in fiscal year (FY) 2017 State, Foreign Operations and Related Agencies bill that ensures that State Department resources are not used to conduct opinion polls of foreign nations.

Sign Fair Pay Letter to EEOC

March 21, 2016

On February 1st, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced proposed to update the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) to include and gather data about compensation from employers. By doing so, the EEOC will be able to better determine pay disparity within industries. Please join me in writing to the EEOC in support of their proposal to update the EEO-1 to include and gather data about compensation from employers.

Closing today: Sustain our aviation manufacturers’ technological edge and support NASA Aeronautics

March 21, 2016

We invite you to join us in requesting the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science provide full funding for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) for Fiscal Year 2017.

Support Education Innovation and Research in FY2017

March 21, 2016

We are writing to ask you to join us in sending the attached letter to the Labor-HHS Subcommittee in support of FY 2017 funding for the federal Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program.

CLOSING TODAY: Support Psoriasis Research in FY17

March 21, 2016

Psoriasis is America’s most prevalent chronic autoimmune disease, affecting 7.5 million Americans. It starts below the skin surface and can cause severe pain, disability, adverse mental health effects, and is associated with a variety of other serious health conditions. Yet, until FY 2010, the federal government had not established or funded a process to systematically collect data to learn about the onset, care, and cure for this disease. Thanks to a $1.5 million congressional appropriation in FY 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been able to focus on identifying and prioritizing issues in psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis care and management. The CDC used this funding to develop a psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis public health agenda, resulting in a recent report entitled Developing and Addressing the Public Health Agenda for Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis, which identified a number of key areas needing study.

Film & Panel Discussion: Florida Wildlife Corridor

March 21, 2016

By now, you should have received an invitation to attend a film and panel discussion about the importance of land conservation and the preservation of open space. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 pm in the CVC North Orientation Theater.

Sign Letter to Treasury Secretary Lew on Russia Sanctions Strategy

March 21, 2016

On March 3, 2016, the White House announced that it would extend the sanctions imposed to punish Russia and President Vladimir Putin for the 2014 annexation of Crimea.