Let’s Balance Our Budget So States Don’t Have To: Cosponsor H.J.Res. 55

The American people are angry about Congress’ fiscal mismanagement. Our lack of leadership imposes serious burdens on our children. It undermines the nation’s stability and prosperity, and CBO’s just-released Budget and Economic Outlook: 2016-2026 projects a dark future. We can fix this. If Congress fails to act soon, however, state legislatures are poised to draft and ratify a balanced budget amendment (BBA) to the Constitution.

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Join the New Campaign Finance Reform Caucus

The growth of outside and dark money in politics has contributed significantly to the public distrust of Congress, and the gridlock in Washington that drives the perception that the needs of special interests are being put before the needs of the American people. We believe this represents a threat to our cherished democratic institutions carefully built by our Founding Fathers. We need reform that brings transparency to the campaign finance system and protects the best interests of the American public.

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Members’ Day Hearing

We invite you to testify before the Committee on the Budget about your thoughts and suggestions for the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2017. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in room 210 of the Cannon House Office Building.

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Deadline Extended: Join Letter to the President in Support of Service

I write today to invite you to join Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Chris Coons and me in sending a bicameral, bipartisan letter to the President requesting that he prioritize national service in his FY17 budget request to Congress. The Corporation for Community and National Service (CNCS) oversees a wide range of programs in every community in America. These programs include Social Innovation Fund grants that promote literacy by encouraging parents to read with their children, Veterans Corps that helped fight the forest fires in Washington State last summer, and YouthBuild programs that teach young people construction skills while building affordable housing. In addition, after the recent state of emergency was declared in Flint, Michigan due to water contamination, CNCS deployed an AmeriCorps team to support state and local efforts to protect public health. These are essential programs that strengthen our communities and keep us safe.

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Join Letter to USDA Opposing $10 Billion Taxpayer Giveaway to Cotton Growers

Please join me in writing to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to oppose the recent request that cottonseed be added as an “other oilseed” for purposes of the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs – a move which could cost taxpayers an additional $10 billion over 10 years through the PLC program alone.

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POSTPONED: Audit the Pentagon Briefing

The Department of Defense is responsible for more than half of the federal government’s discretionary spending. Yet, despite laws requiring ALL federal agencies to provide detailed financial assessment reports to the public, the Pentagon has failed to do so. In fact, in its 69 year history, the DoD has never received or undergone a qualified audit of its books.

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Cosponsor – Wildfire Prevention Act

Today, wildland fires affect every state in our nation, devastating millions of acres of land and threatening communities and the lives of the firefighters who risk everything to protect us. Even after the fires have been extinguished, the after-effects can still threaten a community, increasing the risk of flash floods, mudslides, and the remaining debris from the fire could become the next catalyst for tomorrow’s major disaster declaration.

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Briefing Next Week: Audit the Pentagon (Chick-fil-a lunch will be provided)

The Department of Defense is responsible for more than half of the federal government’s discretionary spending. Yet, despite laws requiring ALL federal agencies to provide detailed financial assessment reports to the public, the Pentagon has failed to do so. In fact, in its 69 year history, the DoD has never received or undergone a qualified audit of its books.

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