Protect Our Parks and Refuges! (v. 2)

The pictures above are the result of decades of poor oversight of oil and gas operations in national parks and wildlife refuges. Under current National Park Service regulations, most operations in national parks are needlessly exempt from oversight, while outdated 50-year-old Fish and Wildlife Service regulations have led to refuges that are “littered with orphaned or abandoned oil and gas infrastructure,” in the words of the Department of the Interior’s Office of Inspector General. Even worse, insufficient or nonexistent bonding requirements mean that the American taxpayer is on the hook for cleaning up industry’s trash on some of our most treasured lands.

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CALL FOR ORIGINALS: Right to Rent Act

While we have made great strides since the foreclosure crisis, steps must be taken to ensure families are protected in future or ongoing hard times. TheRight to Rent Act (HR. 2580 – 113th) is an alternative to having underwater homes vacated when homeowners are faced with foreclosure; instead it provides relief by allowing middle-income homeowners to stay in their homes at a fair market rent.

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National Council for Behavioral Health Briefing on Addiction, Employment and Vocational Training

By now you should have received the following invitation to attend the National Council for Behavioral Health briefing on January 26, 2016 at 3:00 PM in the Gold Room, 2168 RHOB. As co-chairs of the bipartisan Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus, we would encourage you to attend this important briefing. To RSVP, please contact Michael Petruzzelli (MichaelP@thenationalcouncil.org) with the National Council for Behavioral Health.

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