Support Torres Amendment #87 to Increase Funding for MEP Program

Later today the House will vote on the Torres amendment (#87) to H.R. 3354 – the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018.  We write to ask for your support on our amendment to increase funding
for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program, which is cut in the underlying legislation by $30 million, by $5 million. Strengthening U.S. manufacturing is essential to ensure that American innovation remains competitive around the world.  Through
federal, state, and local collaborations, MEP has worked to provide manufacturers around the nation with comprehensive services that have helped improved their businesses.  This increase is offset by an equal reduction in Department of Justice Salaries and
Expenses.

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Don’t Dismantle Progress: Vote No on Anti-Section 1502 Huizenga Amendment 207

As the Ranking Member of the Monetary Policy and Trade Subcommittee, I urge you to vote NO on Huizenga Amendment 207 to the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act (H.R. 3354). The amendment prohibits funds from being spent to implement or
enforce Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank. Section 1502 is working as intended to reduce the horrific violence in the Great Lakes Region of Africa and increase the transparency of corporate supply chains and is currently being imitated and implemented by China and
the European Union.  

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Strengthen Our Nursing Workforce

Please join us in securing the future of the Nursing Workforce Development Programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 296 et seq]) by cosponsoring H.R. 959, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017. Administered
through the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Title VIII programs have supported the recruitment, retention, and distribution of highly-educated professionals who comprise our nation’s nursing workforce for more than 50 years.

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Oppose Career and Technical Education Amendment (Amendment 167)

We urge you to oppose Congressman Jason Lewis’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Amendment, which proposes transferring funding from college access programs, such as TRIO and GEAR UP, and grants to Minority Serving Institutions to increase Career and
Technical Education funding. Career and technical education is critical, but not at the expense of programs that support low-income students and students of color. By taking funds away from college access programs and giving it to CTE, this amendment insinuates
that students of color and low-income students need direct-to-workforce training but not better access to a college degree, which is offensive and misguided. All students need access to both high quality CTE and college, and robbing one option to fund the
other shortchanges millions of students.   

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Support Jason Lewis Career and Technical Education Amendment

I urge you to support my amendment increasing funding for Career and Technical Education (CTE) State Grants and hope to address misinformation you may have received. My amendment does not cut funding to TRIO and GEAR UP, but continues funding these programs
at FY17 levels, the highest funding levels in program history. It does not touch funding for grants to Minority Serving Institutions, and claims to the contrary are disingenuous. My amendment simply reallocates a proposed
increase in funding to TRIO and GEAR UP over to CTE State Grants, a program of critical importance to our nation that has been woefully defunded over the past decade.

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