Cosponsor the Bipartisan PACE Act to Make Child Care More Affordable for More Families

We respectfully invite you to cosponsor H.R. 3632, the Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone (PACE) Act.  This bipartisan bill would make the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) fully refundable and enhance the value of Dependent Care
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) in order to put affordable child care within reach for more families.  A
Bloomberg editorial in support of the bill can be found
here, describing the PACE Act as legislation that “would measurably improve the lives of millions of American families.”

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Join the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus for a Special Order

I write to invite you to join me for a Special Order on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and public-private partnerships. On Thursday, October 12th, after last votes are called, leaders of the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus will lead
a discussion on the impact of HBCUs and highlight examples of effective investments in these institutions and their students by the private sector.

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Urge Secretary DeVos to Assist Federal Student Loan Borrowers in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands Affected by Hurricanes Maria and Irma

Please join us in sending the letter below to Secretary DeVos urging her to do more to help federal student loan borrowers in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as they cope with the aftermath of Hurricanes Maria and Irma. To date, the Department has
only provided guidance on its website urging those affected to contact their student loan servicers to ask that they be placed in forbearance, even though interest will continue to accrue on the loan during the temporary forbearance. Given that both Puerto
Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands continue to experience widespread power outages and little-to-no ability to communicate, this is not an option. The Department should provide immediate assistance in proportion to the devastation caused by these two storms.
That is why we are calling on Secretary DeVos to:

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COSPONSOR H.R. 1592, the Holding Health Insurers Harmless Act

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order to allow the formation of association health plans that would allow individuals and small businesses to band together to form a large group insurance market. This would exempt them from the ACA’s requirement
that individual and small group plans cover essential health benefits. The underlying idea of the executive order is to return to the pre-ACA days when insurers could sell a much wider variety of products on the individual market. However, the President does
not need to bypass Congress to fix our health care system when I have already introduced a bill that allows insurance companies to offer plans outside of the ACA’s burdensome regulations. 

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Urge the Senate to Act to Improve Career and Technical Education (Deadline: COB Thursday)

Please join us in sending a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate HELP Committee, calling for a timely reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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Cosponsor H.R. 3969: The Prioritizing Our Workers Act

According to the PBGC, over 146,000 individual pensioners experienced cuts in pension benefits due in 2016 as a result of employer bankruptcies. These individuals chose to plan for their retirement but found their pension benefits taken away due to unbalanced
and unfair bankruptcy laws.

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Urge the Senate to Act to Improve Career and Technical Education (Deadline: COB Thursday)

Please join us in sending a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate HELP Committee, calling for a timely reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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COSPONSOR H.R. 1592, the Holding Health Insurers Harmless Act

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order to allow the formation of association health plans that would allow individuals and small businesses to band together to form a large group insurance market. This would exempt them from the ACA’s requirement
that individual and small group plans cover essential health benefits. The underlying idea of the executive order is to return to the pre-ACA days when insurers could sell a much wider variety of products on the individual market. However, the President does
not need to bypass Congress to fix our health care system when I have already introduced a bill that allows insurance companies to offer plans outside of the ACA’s burdensome regulations. 

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