Support Our At-Risk Youth: Cosponsor H.R. 2208 and H.R. 2209

Our young people are the future of this nation. Unfortunately, many of our underserved and at-risk youth face employment barriers including discrimination, homelessness, and involvement with the juvenile or criminal justice system. The resulting unemployment
makes it harder for these young people to find and maintain jobs later in life. According to the Brookings Institution, in 2016, 3 million youth in the United States between the ages of 16-24 were out of school and out of work. We must do more to break down
employment barriers and facilitate youth employment.

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Cosponsor the Promoting Transparency in Trade Act (v. 4)

One of the things that has become clear to a number of us on both sides of the aisle is that working men and women in this country have become increasingly concerned bad trade deals that they believe have shipped U.S. jobs overseas. They worry that something
could happen to their own job at any moment. They have witnessed the decline of the American manufacturing base, increasing trade deficits with many countries, and the impact all of this is having in small town after small town in many of our districts.

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Become an Original Co-sponsor of the Raise the Wage Act of 2017 (v. 8)

Please join us as an original co-sponsor of the Raise the Wage Act—a bill that will help working families by raising the federal minimum wage. For millions of people across the country, working 40 hours or more a week is not enough to pay the bills, support
their families, and achieve economic mobility. People who work hard and play by the rules should not have to live in poverty, but sadly, that is the reality for many people working in jobs paying the federal minimum wage.

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Inspire a Generation of Inventors and Entrepreneurs (v. 2)

In each of our districts, there are creative, ambitious people who, if given access to the proper resources, have the potential to create an innovative product. While incubators that foster this type of activity have emerged in the larger cities and around
major research universities, access to these facilities remains limited for much of America. That is why I reintroduced, and ask you to cosponsor, legislation to support the proliferation of Fab Labs.

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Cosponsor H.R. 2079, the Young Fishermen’s Development Act

Currently, there is no single federal program dedicated to training, educating and assisting the next generation of commercial fishermen. However, the need for such a program is very real. Daunting challenges, including the high
cost of entry, financial risks, and limited entry-level opportunities, have made it harder than ever for young men and women to start a career in commercial fishing.                   

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Cosponsor the Promoting Transparency in Trade Act (v. 3)

One of the things that has become clear to a number of us on both sides of the aisle is that working men and women in this country have become increasingly concerned bad trade deals that they believe have shipped U.S. jobs overseas. They worry that something
could happen to their own job at any moment. They have witnessed the decline of the American manufacturing base, increasing trade deficits with many countries, and the impact all of this is having in small town after small town in many of our districts.

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