Support the Cooperative Research and Development Fund Authorization Act of 2016

The Department of Energy National Laboratories play a vital role in supporting basic and applied energy research and development. The Laboratories license to and collaborate with industry and academia on a broad range of technologies. Frequently, the Labs rely on Cooperative Research and Development Agreements to partner with industry to transfer commercially relevant technologies to industry through mutually beneficial joint research. Industry benefits from access to the technical capabilities and resources of the Labs, while lab researchers benefit from the new competencies and skills they develop.

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FINANCIAL and ECONOMIC LITERACY CAUCUS

Even if you can correctly answer all of these questions, many cannot. These questions come from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation National Financial Capability Study, which found that a majority of Americans do not have an emergency savings fund and more than one in five use non-bank borrowing methods.

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Help ALL Americans Save for Retirement

The U.S. is facing a retirement security crisis. One-third of all workers – and nearly two-thirds of workers earning less than $35,000 a year – report that they are not saving any money for their retirement. While many of them say they recognize the importance of saving for retirement security or other potential needs, they are not able to meet the minimum contributions required by traditional IRA accounts or face other barriers.

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Cosponsor the Community College to Career Fund Act

Across the country, employers from every sector are struggling to find qualified applicants to fill available jobs. The shortage of skilled workers in relation to open jobs – known as the “skills gap” – harms the competitiveness of local businesses and hinders our nation’s economic growth. However, despite widespread consensus on the need to bridge the skills gap, there has not been sustained national action to address this growing economic challenge.

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