I write to request your co-sponsorship of the National Multimodal Freight Network Improvement Act, which will require the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to include ports with annual cargo value of $1 billion or more on the National Multimodal Freight
As the freight rail industry has evolved, many short line railroads and smaller communities have been abandoned, removing critical first- and last-mile links between producers, consumers, and export opportunities in large and small communities across America.
Since it was first enacted in 2005, the Short Line Railroad Maintenance Credit has been extended for one- or two-year increments, providing limited certainty for short line railroads to make investments in their infrastructure. Our legislation provides
certainty by making the Short Line Railroad Maintenance Credit permanent while also applying it retroactively to tax year 2018.
As the United States faces a humanitarian crisis at its southern border, we must reaffirm and restore our commitment to provide aid to our southern neighbors in the Northern Triangle.
Please join me as a cosponsor of H.R. 3197, the Restoring Overtime Pay Act, a bill that would expand eligibility for overtime pay and ensure that workers are fairly compensated for their work.
I write to encourage you to vote in favor of amendment #506 to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, which calls for an extension of the New START Treaty to ensure that we maintain strong and verifiable limits on Russia’s nuclear forces.
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I invite you to join me in sending a letter to Postmaster General Brennan to urge her to implement postal banking pilot programs. Under its existing authority, the United States Postal Service can provide affordable financial services, including ATMs, pay-check
cashing, bill payment and electronic money transfers. This is crucial for both rural and urban communities that face limited banking options. There is a Post Office in every part of this country and they can be critical in providing much needed financial services
for communities that are underserved by financial institutions.
I recently introduced the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2019 (H.R. 3550), which expands and extends the work opportunity tax credit (WOTC) for hiring qualified veterans. Without action, the tax credit is current set to expire on December 31, 2019.
One in four women and one in nine men have suffered physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner, which has a devastating impact on a survivor’s physical and emotional health. Often forgotten when we talk about victims of intimate partner violence,
sexual assault, stalking, and revenge pornography, is the severe economic impact this abuse can have on victims. It can cost victims their jobs, their homes, their health, and their insurance – and, in cases of domestic violence, reinforce their dependency
on their abusers as a result. Abusers often use economic necessities like rent, health care, and child care to exert control over their victims. And victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and revenge pornography often find that abuse
and threats follow them from home into the workplace – each year, they lose nearly eight million days of paid work—the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs.
I invite you to cosponsor the bicameral “Made In America Act” (H.R.3459). Each year, the federal government spends billions funding infrastructure projects not subject to “Buy American” requirements under current law. The result is American
taxpayer dollars being used to buy foreign products made by workers in other countries: work that can and should be done domestically by U.S. workers.
Over the past several decades, the Olympic movement has strayed from its roots. The time is now to take a serious look at the USOC and if it is fulfilling its mission as outlined by the Ted Stevens Amateur Sports Act. As several Congressional and private
investigations revealed, United States Olympic Committee officials were more concerned with protecting the Olympics brand and producing medals than athlete’s health and well being. The time is right to take an Olympics wide accounting of the underlying culture
that lead to the multiple sexual abuse scandals plaguing the Olympics community. A Congressionally mandated Commission will allow experts in sports governance, coaching, child welfare and abuse to address these issues in a timely manner, free from politics