Co-Sign and Support a Flood-Ready Infrastructure Standard

The recent devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are the latest glaring examples of how vulnerable our nation’s infrastructure is to the increasingly costly impacts of flooding.  The magnitude of our exposure to flood risk has been amplified by
the recent rollback of our federal flood standard to a threshold last established in 1977. Now more than ever, we need a modernized disaster risk management strategy that will safeguard the nation’s infrastructure, protect businesses and communities, and conserve
taxpayer resources.

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Cosponsor Legislation to Create Jobs through Investments in Infrastructure

We urge you to cosponsor the Transportation Infrastructure for Job Creation Act and the
Drinking Water Infrastructure for Job Creation Act.  Together, these two bills will provide emergency supplemental appropriations totaling $15 billion over the next six years for job creation through investments in our nation’s infrastructure. 
These emergency supplemental appropriations will not be subject to sequestration and will not reduce the funds available for other domestic programs.

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Bipartisan Opposition for 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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Cosponsor Resolution Recognizing September as “National Campus Sexual Assault Awareness Month”

Please join me as a cosponsor of a resolution (H.Res. 507) recognizing September as “National Campus Sexual Assault Awareness Month.”  On college campuses across the country, students are victims of sexual assault in significant numbers.  One in five women
is sexually assaulted in college, as are six percent of male students.  Many victims are assaulted while drugged, intoxicated, passed out or otherwise incapacitated.  Furthermore, victims often know their attacker as an acquaintance, classmate, friend or (ex)partner.

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