Defund EPA & USACE Implementation of WOTUS – DEADLINE COB March 9th

We invite you to cosign a letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting inclusion of specific language in the upcoming Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017 and the Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) from using appropriated funds for the “Waters of the United States (WOTUS)” rule, or any substantially similar rule.

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Animal Welfare Enforcement Funding

Recognizing the interest in reducing federal spending, we believe careful decision making can yield savings while providing proper funding levels for specific accounts that are vitally needed to implement key animal welfare laws.

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Lead Poisoning and Its Impacts on Childhood Development Briefing on February 25

By now, you are familiar with the crisis affecting residents living in and around Flint, Michigan. We invite you to join us for a briefing onThursday, February 25th at 2:15pm in House Visitor’s Center Room 215 during which time a panel of experts will discuss the effects of lead poisoning in young children and how the Federal Government might best be able to mitigate the consequences of such exposure for all children, including those in Flint.

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SUPPORT RURAL BROADBAND!

Please join me in co-sponsoring the Rural Broadband Infrastructure Investment Act (H.R. 4160), which would unlock new opportunities for broadband deployment in rural communities across the nation. The legislation builds on the successful legacy of the Rural Electrification Act, which brought power and telephone service to rural communities during the New Deal.

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Closing COB Today! Protect the Integrity of SNAP

Please join us in urging House Leadership and the Budget Committee to protect the integrity of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Budget Committee is set to mark-up the FY 2017 Budget, and for the past number of years they have proposed block granting this vital safety net program. Block granting will rob SNAP of its greatest strength: its ability to expand in times of economic or natural disaster, and then retract when conditions improve. Stand with us is sending a strong message that SNAP should be strengthened, not weakened.

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Congressional Cut Flowers Caucus Briefing on American Grown Flowers

As Co-Chairs of the Congressional Cut Flower Caucus (CCFC), we invite you to join cut-flower industry leaders for a special staff-level briefing on the importance of buying American Grown cut-flowers at 10:00AM on February 23, 2016, in 2261 RHOB. Whether you’re buying cut-flowers for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, a wedding, or any day, it’s important that these flowers are American Grown.

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