PROTECT OUR SOCIAL SAFETY NET! OPPOSE THE USE OF CHAINED CPI

Please join us in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget for the Notice of Proposed Rule Making comment period opposing the use of chained CPI to calculate annual adjustments to the Federal Poverty Level. OMB is currently considering updates to
the calculation, including the use of chained CPI, which would have devastating consequences to the millions of individuals and families that benefit from safety net programs. A shift to the chained CPI would be a mirage – while the federal government’s definition
of poor would change, the individuals and families that fail to meet the definition would nevertheless remain poor.

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Cosponsor H. Res. 33 and Oppose the Privatization of the U.S. Postal Service!

            For over 240 years, the United States Postal Service and our dedicated postal workforce have performed the essential government function of “providing postal services to bind the Nation together through the personal, educational, literary,
and business correspondence of the people.” In furtherance of this mission, the Postal Service and its more than 500,000 clerks, letter carriers, mail handlers, and other employees deliver the mail to over 157 million residential and business customers
six days a week nationwide.  Given the effectiveness of the Postal Service in fulfilling its critical public service mission, it is not surprising that the American people have consistently ranked the Postal Service as our most trusted government agency. 
In a
recent Gallup poll, an overwhelming majority of Americans also rated the Postal Service as “doing an excellent or good job.”

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Support Timely Access to Care for Diabetes Patients

Please join me in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget for the Notice of Proposed Rule Making comment period opposing the use of chained CPI to calculate annual adjustments to the Federal Poverty Level. OMB is currently considering updates to
the calculation, including the use of chained CPI, which would have devastating consequences to the millions of individuals and families that benefit from safety net programs. A shift to the chained CPI would be a mirage – while the federal government’s definition
of poor would change, the individuals and families that fail to meet the definition would nevertheless remain poor.

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Co-Sign Letter: Urge USDA to Provide Tariff Assistance to U.S. Hardwood Lumber Industry

            For over 240 years, the United States Postal Service and our dedicated postal workforce have performed the essential government function of “providing postal services to bind the Nation together through the personal, educational, literary,
and business correspondence of the people.” In furtherance of this mission, the Postal Service and its more than 500,000 clerks, letter carriers, mail handlers, and other employees deliver the mail to over 157 million residential and business customers
six days a week nationwide.  Given the effectiveness of the Postal Service in fulfilling its critical public service mission, it is not surprising that the American people have consistently ranked the Postal Service as our most trusted government agency. 
In a
recent Gallup poll, an overwhelming majority of Americans also rated the Postal Service as “doing an excellent or good job.”

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Sign Letter to Administration on DIR Fees in Part D Rule

As Members of Congress, it is our duty to uphold the government-to-government relationship and fulfill the trust responsibility that the federal government has with Tribal Nations. As part of this, it is Congress’ responsibility to support Tribal
governments in exercising greater control over their planning and budgeting processes to meet local needs and be more involved in internal governance and identification of needs within their communities.

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Become an Original Cosponsor of the No Shame at School Act!

Please join me in introducing the No Shame at School Act. This bill prohibits the stigmatization of any child who is unable to pay school meal fees. All too often, students whose families are struggling to afford school meals are being singled out and humiliated
at lunchtime. These students are subjected to various shaming practices by the schools, such as being branded with stamps, being given cheaper, less appetizing meals than the other students, or even having their lunches thrown away after employees discovered
that they did not have enough money to pay.

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Become an Original Cosponsor of the Student Debt Cancellation Act!

Please join me in introducing the Student Debt Cancellation Act of 2019. This straightforward bill will forgive all existing federal and private student loans. In the U.S., student loan debt has surpassed $1.5 trillion and it plagues nearly 44 million Americans.
Over the last few decades, our system of robust public investments that helped previous generations succeed was replaced with a student loan trap – one that imprisons students with unexpectedly high interest rates, unfair penalties, and predatory debt collection
practices. These deceptive practices are designed to solely benefit private corporate lenders like Navient and Sallie Mae.

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Become a Co-Sponsor of the FRIENDS Act of 2019

I invite you to join me as an co-sponsor of H.R. 42, the “First Responders Identification of Emergency Needs in Disaster Situations” or “FRIENDS Act of 2019,” which directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a study
and report to Congress regarding the impact of first responder concerns over training, equipment and the safety of family members could play in their availability or readiness to respond during a terrorist event or threat.  

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