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Closing WEDNESDAY 3/21 : Support the use of Technology within Medicaid Services

March 19, 2018

We are writing to encourage you to join this
letter (included below) to Administrator Seema Verma of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requesting additional guidance on the use of technology within Medicaid. 
While states currently have the authority to approve the use of technology in the Medicaid program, they have been slow to do so under the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
(ICFs/IID) programs. 

Support the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program in FY19

March 19, 2018

As we develop the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 National Defense authorization and appropriations bills, we urge you join us and support increased production and continued investment in the F-35 program. As we face increasingly advanced global threats, it’s critical
that we continue to increase F-35 production – our nation’s only 5th generation stealth aircraft – in order to reduce overall program costs and ensure the United States maintains its competitive edge.

Support the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program in FY19

March 19, 2018

As we develop the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 National Defense authorization and appropriations bills, we urge you join us and support increased production and continued investment in the F-35 program. As we face increasingly advanced global threats, it’s critical
that we continue to increase F-35 production – our nation’s only 5th generation stealth aircraft – in order to reduce overall program costs and ensure the United States maintains its competitive edge.

Sign-On Letter-Closing WEDNESDAY 3/21 : Support the use of Technology within Medicaid Services

March 16, 2018

We are writing to encourage you to join this
letter (included below) to Administrator Seema Verma of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requesting additional guidance on the use of technology within Medicaid.  While states currently have the authority to approve
the use of technology in the Medicaid program, they have been slow to do so under the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs/IID) programs. 

LAST CALL: SUPPORT CAMPUS-BASED AID PROGRAMS

March 15, 2018

We invite you to join us in expressing support for funding campus-based aid programs for qualified, low-income students.
The Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Work Study (FWS), and Perkins Loans programs work together with Pell Grants and Direct Student Loans to provide low-income students a manageable balance of grants, loans and work to help pay for
college. The campus-based aid programs are the original federal partnerships in higher education. They were created as an incentive for institutions to partner with the federal government to support qualified low-income students going college. Current federal
investment generates more than $3 billion in grant, work and loan opportunities to ensure students can go to the college that is the best fit for them.
The Budget Control Act’s sequester and subsequent reductions have had a severely negative impact on SEOG and FWS and the programs have yet to be made whole again. Furthermore, the president’s budget outline calls for eliminating SEOG and severely reducing FWS,
which would be devastating for those trying the hardest to make it into the middle class. Our letter contains two program requests asking that SEOG and FWS be restored to their pre-sequester high-water marks of $779 million and $1.01 billion, respectively.
While the Perkins program is not discretionary, the letter includes language expressing support as part of the trio of campus-based aid programs. These programs have a targeted impact in various states and congressional districts around the country. To see
the impact of the campus-based aid at colleges in your district, we recommend the information provided by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities at

http://www.naicu.edu/special_initiatives/page/federal-student-aid-awarded-by-state-and-congressional-district.
To sign on, please contact Todd Sloves in Rep. Crowley’s office at
todd.sloves@mail.house.gov or 5-3965 or Jennifer Wood in Rep. Katko’s office at
Jennifer.Wood@mail.house.gov or 5-3701 by
Thursday, March 15. Thank you for your continued bipartisan support of federal student aid programs.
Sincerely,

LAST CALL: Support the Maritime Industry and Future Mariners! Fully fund the State Maritime Academies

March 15, 2018

The maritime industry is an essential part of our nation’s economy and plays a critical role in national security. Each year, the industry generates over $100 billion, employs 1.5 million Americans and pays tens of billions in wages and benefits. Yet, often
overlooked is how much our national security depends on civilian mariners, who provide logistical support for our operational and deployed forces. The United States has long maintained a strong maritime industry because of concerted investments in the sector,
including in the nation’s six State Maritime Academies (SMAs) and the ships they use for training.