Invitation to Members’ Day Hearing on FY 2020 Budget Priorities

We are writing to invite you to testify before the Committee on the Budget about your interests and priorities regarding the Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2020. The Committee plans to hold several hearings with Administration witnesses and with budget
experts in the weeks ahead. This annual Members’ Day hearing is the one chance provided to all Members of the House to highlight the issues of importance to you and your constituents. Furthermore, this is an opportunity for Members to actively engage in the
budget process. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. in room 210 of the Cannon House Office Building.

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DEADLINE 10am Thurs (Feb 28): Support Expansion of the EITC – Be an Original Cosponsor of the Cost-of-Living Refund Act

Please join me in cosponsoring the Cost-of-Living Refund Act of 2019, a bicameral expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to compensate for the loss of wages of the bottom twenty percent of wage earners since 1979. While the Trump Administration
and Republicans have proposed devastating budget cuts to programs that help working families and dramatically cut taxes for the very wealthy and big corporations, this legislation will help both our working- and middle-class and grow our economy. Senator
Brown (D-OH) has introduced companion legislation as S. 527.

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COSPONSOR H.R. 510, the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy Act (‘BRACE Act’)

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.

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Support Paid Sick Days

No one should face the impossible choice of caring for their health or keeping their paycheck or job. But millions of hard-working people must make this decision every time they get sick or a family member needs care.  In fact, over 34 million private sector
workers still cannot earn a single paid sick day to recover from the flu, care for a sick child or seek preventive care. In addition, while 92 percent of the highest-wage workers have paid sick days, less than one in three (31 percent) of our nation’s lowest-wage
workers have access to a single paid sick day. And only 52 percent of service workers — who frequently interact with the public — have access to paid sick days.

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Invitation to Members’ Day Hearing on FY 2020 Budget Priorities

We are writing to invite you to testify before the Committee on the Budget about your interests and priorities regarding the Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2020. The Committee plans to hold several hearings with Administration witnesses and with budget
experts in the weeks ahead. This annual Members’ Day hearing is the one chance provided to all Members of the House to highlight the issues of importance to you and your constituents. Furthermore, this is an opportunity for Members to actively engage in the
budget process. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. in room 210 of the Cannon House Office Building.

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Support Paid Sick Days

No one should face the impossible choice of caring for their health or keeping their paycheck or job. But millions of hard-working people must make this decision every time they get sick or a family member needs care.  In fact, over 34 million private sector
workers still cannot earn a single paid sick day to recover from the flu, care for a sick child or seek preventive care. In addition, while 92 percent of the highest-wage workers have paid sick days, less than one in three (31 percent) of our nation’s lowest-wage
workers have access to a single paid sick day. And only 52 percent of service workers — who frequently interact with the public — have access to paid sick days.

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SPECIAL ORDER TODAY (February 27, 2019): Commemorating Black History Month

I invite you to become an original cosponsor of a resolution commemorating Black History Month. As you know, Black History Month is celebrated each year in the United States during the month of February. This month-long celebration is a time when all Americans
of every race and ethnicity are given the opportunity to study the untold and “under told” history of African Americans and their contributions to American society and human civilization. The theme for Black History Month 2019 is ‘‘Black Migrations,’’ which
emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and to new social realities.

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Recognize the Creation of the Oldest Civil Rights Organization in America The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

I invite you to become an original cosponsor of a resolution recognizing the 110th anniversary of the NAACP.  As you know, the mission of the NAACP is to ensure equal political, educational, social, and economic rights for all persons. The NAACP
also campaigned to eliminate racial hatred and invidious discrimination. Please join me in honoring the NAACP for its 110 years of faithful service and leadership in the struggle for civil and human rights for all.

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