Appropriations: Support Full Funding for Head Start

Created in 1965, Head Start is the most successful, longest-running, national school readiness program in the United States. It provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. Over 32 million pre-school aged children have directly benefited from Head Start and our country as a whole is better off because of this program.

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Cosponsor HR3366: Teach our Teachers- Teacher Student Loan Forgiveness (v. 3)

As it stands, the Higher Education Act does not allow hard working and underpaid teachers to qualify for both teacher and public service loan forgiveness. This provision greatly restricts young educators and places undue financial burdens on them. H.R. 3366 will help alleviate the financial struggle that these highly skilled teachers face while entering the workforce.

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Support the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 2017)

We are writing to urge you to support H.R. 2017, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, in the upcoming vote scheduled for Friday, February 12. This pragmatic, bipartisan legislation ensures that individuals continue to have access to important nutrition information at restaurants and other food establishments while also preserving the ability for job creators to use and leverage 21st century technology and innovation.

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2/1/16 CRS Report: Legislative Branch: FY2016 Appropriations

The legislative branch appropriations bill provides funding for the Senate; House of Representatives; Joint Items; Capitol Police; Office of Compliance; Congressional Budget Office (CBO); Architect of the Capitol (AOC); Library of Congress (LOC), including the Congressional Research Service (CRS); Government Publishing Office (GPO); Government Accountability Office (GAO); the Open World Leadership Center; and the John […]

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Cosponsor H.R. 4396 the Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Reduction Act

We are in the midst of an opioid epidemic. According to the CDC, in 2014, more people died from drug overdoses in the United States than any previous year on record. The sharpest of these increased deaths were from prescription pain pill use. Sadly, there is some evidence that prescription pills lead to heroin use, a cheaper alternative for someone struggling with addiction. Overall, overdoses from heroin alone have quadrupled between 2002 and 2013.

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Support Safe Drinking Water for Flint

For the past two years, the residents of Flint, Michigan have been dealing with a serious contaminated water crisis. Thousands of adults and children have been exposed to toxic amounts of lead. Two weeks ago, President Obama declared a state of emergency in response to this water crisis. Efforts at all levels of government are working to ensure Flint residents have safe drinking water. But, more needs to be done.

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White House Requests Quadrupling of European Reassurance Initiative Budget – Support H. Res. 469

The White House FY17 budget request would increase funding for the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) to $3.4 billion. This funding would go toward increasing U.S. force presence in NATO countries, expanding NATO training and prepositioning equipment. While the United States is considering expanding commitments to NATO, the majority of alliance members are failing to meet spending commitments.

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