Prohibit Members of Congress from Flying First-Class on the Taxpayer Dime

Efficient travel to and from congressional districts contributes to effective execution of the constitutional and official duties of members of Congress. As with all federal spending, Member’s Representational Allowance funds are taxpayer dollars. As such, the use of these funds must be exercised with the utmost efficiency and transparency. A loophole currently exists that allows members of Congress to fly first-class at the expense of the taxpayer.

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Support the Inclusion of Children in NIH-Sponsored Clinical Trials

The inclusion of children in human subjects’ research is essential to ensure that children benefit from important scientific advances, as well as for understanding how diseases develop and persist later into adulthood. While the National Institutes of Health (NIH) formally encourages the inclusion of children as research participants in its clinical trials, we are concerned that the NIH is not adequately tracking whether children are appropriately included in all of its clinical trials relevant to child health. Consequently we are seeking your support for a letter to NIH Director Collins encouraging him to formally respond to report language accompanying the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 that directs NIH to collect data and report publicly on the actual numbers of children in the various pediatric age groups that are enrolled in its clinical studies.

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Support Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs in FY 2017

The continuing crisis in Flint, Michigan is a terrible reminder that lead poisoning remains a national health concern. Hundreds of thousands of children aged one to five years old in the U.S. have blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter, which can have significant long term consequences on development. At the same time, government efforts to prevent lead poisoning and promote healthy housing have been consistently underfunded for the last several years. For instance, there is no national surveillance system for lead poisoning.

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Protect Mass Transit from Terrorism – Support the Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP)

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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New York Times Editorial: Don’t Privatize Air Traffic Control

I write to draw your attention to an editorial on Republican plans to privatize our air traffic control (ATC) system that was published over the weekend in the New York Times. The editorial, titled “Don’t Privatize Air Traffic Control,” reiterated many of the concerns I have regarding Chairman Shuster’s proposal. The ATC privatization plan would disrupt work on the air traffic control modernization program, known as “NextGen”, and give away public assets to a private corporation for free, all without regard to the impact on the flying public – consumers aren’t even guaranteed a seat on the new corporate board.

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2/12/16 CRS Report: Department of Housing and Urban Development: FY2016 Appropriations

Most of the funding for the activities of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) comes from discretionary appropriations provided each year in the annual appropriations acts, typically as a part of the Transportation, HUD, and Related Agencies appropriations bill (THUD). HUD’s programs are primarily designed to address housing problems faced by households with very low incomes or other special housing needs.

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Support Students and Empower Local School Districts (v. 2)

Please join us in encouraging the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee to fully fund the Student Support and Academic Enrichment formula grant program, Title IV, Part A, of the Every Student Succeeds Act, at the authorized amount of $1.65 billion.

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