Become an Original Cosponsor of the Relief From Sequestration Act

For years, the automatic reductions in both discretionary and mandatory spending triggered by sequestration has negatively impacted our economy, government, and harmed our nation.  I ask for your support for the Relief from Sequestration Act of 2019 to repeal
these reductions in their entirety.  This bill repeals the draconian and automatic sequestration cuts imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Sequestration was originally intended to force Congress to make difficult decisions about deficit reduction.  Unfortunately, Congress failed to find a solution to reduce our deficit and the devastating mechanism of sequestration took effect.  Under sequestration,
automatic and indiscriminate cuts were applied through fiscal year 2021, decimating discretionary spending.  The sequester forestalled the sound planning needed for meaningful investments in national security, the workforce, transportation infrastructure,
education, health care, public safety, housing, innovation, small business development, and many other facets of enduring national strength.  These cuts have also had unacceptable and serious economic implications, by disrupting regular order in Congress.
The solution must be to permanently end this misguided and ineffective policy.

It is apparent that the mechanism of sequestration has not been effective or necessary to spur the creation of a comprehensive deficit reduction plan.  In fact, the author of the 1987 law that first employed sequestration as an enforcement mechanism never intended
for the sequester to be triggered; rather that only the threat of it be used to spur action and compromise.  Clearly, it failed in that regard.  In light of sequestration’s failure, the Relief from Sequestration Act of 2019 would end years of harmful cuts
to discretionary programs triggered by this mechanism and eliminate the automatic across-the-board reductions in discretionary caps that are in place for Fiscal Years 2020 through Fiscal Year 2021.

This bill does not deny the fact that we need a comprehensive, long-term deficit reduction deal.  We absolutely do.  This bill recognizes that discretionary spending accounts, and the economy, should no longer be held hostage by the threat of sequestration
while Congress debates the larger revenue and mandatory spending changes that are fundamentally necessary.  We have a deficit problem that must be addressed, but we should not damage our economy and undermine national security in the process.

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EXTENDED UNTIL MONDAY: Support the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program in FY20

As we develop the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 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.

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CLOSING TODAY: Support the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program in FY20

As we develop the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 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.

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CLOSING AT 1PM: Support the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program in FY20

As we develop the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 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.

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SHADOW DAY 2019 SIGN UP

The Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth is excited to announce the eighth annual Foster Youth Shadow Day.
We hope that you will participate by providing a foster youth the opportunity to shadow you for at least 4 hours Wednesday, June 4, 2019.

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Support the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program in FY20

As we develop the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 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.

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