Cosponsor H. Res. 33 and Oppose the Privatization of the U.S. Postal Service!

            For over 240 years, the United States Postal Service and our dedicated postal workforce have performed the essential government function of “providing postal services to bind the Nation together through the personal, educational, literary,
and business correspondence of the people.” In furtherance of this mission, the Postal Service and its more than 500,000 clerks, letter carriers, mail handlers, and other employees deliver the mail to over 157 million residential and business customers
six days a week nationwide.  Given the effectiveness of the Postal Service in fulfilling its critical public service mission, it is not surprising that the American people have consistently ranked the Postal Service as our most trusted government agency. 
In a
recent Gallup poll, an overwhelming majority of Americans also rated the Postal Service as “doing an excellent or good job.”

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BECOME AN ORIGINAL CO-SPONSOR: Local Radio Freedom Act

We write today to urge you to join us in a bipartisan effort to support America’s local radio stations as we reintroduce the Local Radio Freedom Act (H.Con.Res. 13 in the 115th Congress). This resolution – which has gained majority bipartisan
support in the House in five prior Congresses – reaffirms Congress’s longstanding support for the local radio stations that serve each of our communities and expresses that Congress should not impose new performance fees or taxes on local radio stations. 
Any such tax or fee would significantly jeopardize the ability of the local radio stations to serve our communities and constituents, especially during times of local emergencies. This resolution attained 228 cosponsors in the 115th Congress; we
ask for your help achieving even greater support this Congress.

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Reintroducing the FAMILY Act

People across the country are working hard to make ends meet, yet the nation fails to provide the support they need to manage the demands of job and family, and that businesses and our economy need to thrive. A mere 17 percent of the workforce has paid family
leave through their employers, and less than 40 percent has personal medical leave through an employer-provided disability program. When people have to forgo pay or lose a job when a serious medical or caregiving need arises, they often jeopardize their ability
to afford even the most basic necessities. This hurts workers, their families and the businesses that suffer from increased turnover.

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Cosponsor the Ban Government Shutdowns Act to require a 90-day CR upon any lapse in appropriations

I hope you will consider cosponsoring my legislation to prevent any future government shutdown and instead trigger an automatic 90-day continuing resolution at current funding levels upon any lapse in appropriations, pending newly enacted legislation.  H.R.
696, the Ban Government Shutdowns Act, is a commonsense solution to harmful standoffs like that which our nation just experienced.  Federal employees and important government services should be held harmless amid appropriations disputes, period.  H.R. 696
is a rational guardrail to protect against such future collateral damage.

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Become an Original Co-Sponsor of Legislation to Bringing Reductions to Energy’s Airborne Toxic Health Effects (BREATHE) Bill

America’s energy and economic future requires exploration for oil and natural gas, however, oil and gas operators are exempted from basic protections afforded us by the Clean Air Act. The Bringing Reductions to Energy’s Airborne Toxic Health Effects (BREATHE)
bill aims to prevent toxic air pollution by: reversing the exemption of oil and gas exploration and production activities while also adding hydrogen sulfide to the Clean Air Act’s federal list of hazardous air pollutants. The BREATHE Act would ensure that
the oil and gas industry takes measures to avoid the release of Hydrogen Sulfide into our atmosphere, and protect the health of our homes and families. The H.R. 585 bill amends the Clean Air Act to eliminate the exemption for aggregation of emissions from
oil and gas sources, and for other purposes. 

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