Sign Bipartisan Letter to Prevent the Sale of Power Marketing Administration Transmission Assets

Please join us in sending a letter to the House Committee on the Budget requesting that the Committee reject provisions in the fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request that aim to sell transmission assets of Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs) within the
Department of Energy (DOE).
There are four federal PMAs that help provide affordable electricity service throughout the country by marketing and delivering power. We are troubled that the budget request seeks to divest the transmission assets of three of these PMA’s: Bonneville Power
Administration (BPA), Southwestern Power Administration (SWPA), and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA).
The aforementioned PMAs are essential not just for states and industry, but for rural and local communities as well as tens of millions of Americans who rely on affordable and sustainable power. Combined, the four PMAs furnish electric power service through
more than 1,200 public power utilities and 600 rural electric cooperatives in 34 states.

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Prevent the Sale of Power Marketing Administration Transmission Assets

Please join us in sending a letter to the House Committee on the Budget requesting that the Committee reject provisions in the fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request that aim to sell transmission assets of Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs) within the
Department of Energy (DOE).
There are four federal PMAs that help provide affordable electricity service throughout the country by marketing and delivering power. We are troubled that the budget request seeks to divest the transmission assets of three of these PMA’s: Bonneville Power
Administration (BPA), Southwestern Power Administration (SWPA), and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA).
The aforementioned PMAs are essential not just for states and industry, but for rural and local communities as well as tens of millions of Americans who rely on affordable and sustainable power. Combined, the four PMAs furnish electric power service through
more than 1,200 public power utilities and 600 rural electric cooperatives in 34 states.

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H.R. 1144: Invest in America: Enact a Financial Transaction Tax

Please cosponsor my bill, The Inclusive Prosperity Act (H.R. 1144). The bill enacts a financial transaction tax (FTT) which economists estimate would raise between $100 billion to $300
billion annually which could be used to upgrade infrastructure; expand research and development; meet human needs, such as health care, education, affordable housing, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment; climate change mitigation; international development and
more.

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H. Res. 43: Fix the Dysfunction in Congress

The American public has signaled time and time again that it is frustrated with Washington. For far too long, Congress has failed to fund the federal government in a responsible, long-term manner, and I have consistently argued that Congress should return
to doing business on time and end the current cycle of government by crisis as a result of repeated stop-gap budget measures.

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LAST DAY – Urge Trump to Pursue Bipartisan Principles in Nuclear Posture Review

As you likely saw this week, the New York Times reported the latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate of overhauling
the U.S. nuclear arsenal: $1.2 trillion dollars, 20 percent higher than previous estimates. In addition, the
Boston Globe highlighted the dangers posed by Trump engaging in a new arms race. In light of these recent stories, we strongly urge you to join us in sending a message to the White House affirming support for common-sense policy and planning for our nuclear
weapons arsenal.

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Restore Congress’ Article I Power: Co-Sponsor H.Res. 313, the Responsible Environmental Preservation and American Infrastructure Restoration (REPAIR) Resolution

Restoring order to the budget process and passing stand-alone authorization and appropriations bills is the most effective way to prove to our constituents that we are spending their tax dollars wisely. We took an important step in that direction when Congress
passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act last year and authorized new Army Corps of Engineers projects across the country. Historically, the annual appropriations process allowed Members to directly influence the level of Corps’
funding for these newly-authorized projects, but since 2011 this practice has been banned under the earmark moratorium. As a result, the Executive Branch retains complete discretion over the distribution of project-specific funding allocations for both the
Army Corps and the Bureau of Reclamation.

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