2018 Congressional Space Studies Series

Happy New Year and welcome to the first legislative week of 2018! Space Advocates is excited to kick-off the New Year by sharing with you the following invitation to participate in a professional development opportunity for congressional staffers. As part
of our ongoing effort to promote space education, we encourage you to attend the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration’s nine-part series designed to establish or build upon an existing foundation of space, science, and space technology. The course description,
curriculum, and registration can be found below. This series will begin on Friday, January 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2325.  We hope you will join Space Advocates and the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration to
learn about space issues from a diverse group of experts and guest speakers, and to network with other staffers who share a passion for space exploration!

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TODAY: Briefing: Energy Efficiency Means Business in Your District

Rep. Kaptur and Rep. Fortenberry invite you to join us on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 1:00pm to hear from a panel of experts about how federal energy efficiency programs create jobs, deliver direct meaningful savings to constituent homeowners, consumers,
and businesses—all while reducing the stresses and strains on our energy system. 

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Protect Voter Information

In June of last year, President Trump’s so-called “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity” requested personally identifiable information of voters from all 50 states.  It was reported recently that the commission’s intent is to store this
information in a centralized federal database.  While this commission was recently dissolved by President Trump, the panel’s leadership has indicated that its work will now move to the Department of Homeland Security.  Please join me in asking Congressional
appropriators to prohibit any federal funding for Fiscal Year 2018 from being used to create a centralized voter information database.

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Cosponsor H.Res. 252–Bipartisan House Resolution in Support of US – Lebanon Relationship

We invite you to join us in cosponsoring H.Res.252 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on the challenges posed to long-term stability in Lebanon by the conflict in Syria and supporting the establishment of safe areas
in Syria, a House Resolution recognizing the challenges posed to long-term stability in Lebanon by the conflict in Syria. Lebanon has faced tremendous hardship in accepting a refugee population of more than 1.5 million, totaling over one third of their
population, as the Syrian conflict continues to devastate the region. Despite this, Lebanon has not only taken in these refugees during a time of political uncertainty, but has accomplished a transition to a new government through a democratic election, protected
the multi-party system, and worked to maintain a fragile infrastructure system to support the growing population.

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Protect Voter Information

In June of last year, President Trump’s so-called “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity” requested personally identifiable information of voters from all 50 states.  It was reported recently that the commission’s intent is to store this
information in a centralized federal database.  While this commission was recently dissolved by President Trump, the panel’s leadership has indicated that its work will now move to the Department of Homeland Security.  Please join me in asking Congressional
appropriators to prohibit any federal funding for Fiscal Year 2018 from being used to create a centralized voter information database.

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