Briefing 1/17: Expanding Apprenticeships in the US

By now, your office should have received an invitation to a lunch briefing on Wednesday, January 17th entitled, Expanding Apprenticeships in the US: Learning from German Experiences. As co-chairs of the Congressional Career and
Technical Education Caucus, we hope you and your staff will join us for this important discussion. For additional information or to register, please see the full invitation below.

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Best Apprenticeship Practices for a 21st Century Workforce

We invite you to join our panel discussion, “Best Apprenticeship Practices for a 21st Century Workforce”
on Thursday, January 18 from Noon until 1pm in Rayburn 2358-C. The purpose of the discussion is to hear testimony from representatives of some of the most successful apprenticeship programs across the country.  The panelists will discuss the reasons behind
their success, provide lessons for Congress, and offer tips for other programs moving forward.

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H. Con. Res. 8, The Fiscal State of the Nation Resolution

We invite you to become a co-sponsor of the Fiscal State of the Nation Resolution. This resolution will provide Members of Congress and the American people an annual update on the long-term financial health of the country. The Budget Committee has
included our resolution in their plan for budget process reform plan.

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Join the Bipartisan Effort to Expand Access to Addiction Treatment – Cosponsor the Medicaid CARE Act!

Many of our states have been hard hit by drastic
increases in drug overdose deaths in recent years. The number of deaths from heroin overdoses has more than tripled since 2010. Yet according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in 2014, less than 12 percent of the 21.5 million
Americans suffering with a substance use disorder received specialty treatment. We would not accept treatment rates this low for other diseases. 

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Consumer Data Breaches Underscore the Need for Streamlined Notification: Cosponsor HR 3806, The Personal Data Notification and Protection Act

The number of cybersecurity incidents continues to rise and companies continue to have consumer data stolen from their networks.  Often, the notification to consumers about such breaches is slow and inconsistently executed across states. The breach of Uber in
which hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers is the most recent example.  The ride sharing service concealed the details of the breach for more than a year, even paying the attackers a significant sum to remain silent. This breach
follows Equifax losing control of the highly sensitive personal and financial information of as many as 143 million Americans, throwing in stark relief the scope and damage
that can be caused by these incidents. In the weeks since the Equifax breach was first revealed, confusion has abounded among people wondering whether or not their data have been exposed and what Equifax knew when.

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Promote a clean-energy economy

We invite you to cosponsor the United States Green Bank Act of 2017, a bill to create a National Green Bank to provide financing support for clean energy and energy efficiency projects across the United States. The concept of creating a National Green Bank
is not new to Congress. A version of the Green Bank – the Clean Energy Deployment Administration (CEDA) – passed the House in the American Clean Energy and Security Act (Waxman-Markey) in 2009.

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H. Con. Res. 8, The Fiscal State of the Nation Resolution

We invite you to become a co-sponsor of the Fiscal State of the Nation Resolution. This resolution will provide Members of Congress and the American people an annual update on the long-term financial health of the country. The Budget Committee has
included our resolution in their plan for budget process reform plan.

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