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We are hopeful that the Conference Committee will reach a deal to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year. However, President Trump’s past and recent threats
of declaring a national emergency to be able to use disaster relief funds to build a border wall are unacceptable. This is why we are introducing the ‘‘Protecting Disaster Relief Funds Act of 2019,” and hope we can count on your support.
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Please cosponsor the Low-Wage Federal Contractor Employee Back Pay Act (H.R. 339) to grant back pay to low-wage federally contracted retail, food, custodial and security service workers who are furloughed during the current and any other federal government
shutdown this fiscal year (fiscal year 2019). After previous government shutdowns, federal workers have received back pay, but not federal contract workers, who often perform the same jobs as civil servants. While I believe that all federal employees and
federal contract workers should receive back pay after a shutdown, we know that we cannot get Congress to make whole all who are hurt by a shutdown. Therefore, our bill focuses specifically on low-wage federal contract workers, because these are the workers
most likely to be irretrievably hurt by lost wages during a shutdown.
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.
We write to invite you to join the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus (CTTC) for the 116th Congress. Travel and tourism is the economic backbone of many communities in the United States. In 2017, the travelers spent over $1 trillion dollars,
generating $2.4 trillion dollars in economic output, and supported 15.6 million American jobs.
I am writing to request you co-sponsor the H.R. 654, Investing in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act.
I am writing to request you co-sponsor H.R. 653, the Expanding Access to the Workforce Through Dual Enrollment Act.
Please join us for an important briefing with experts and stakeholders on the current state of the 2020 census. This event is open to staff and interns.
As co-chairs of the National Heritage Area Caucus, we encourage you to become a cosponsor of the National Heritage Area Act. In the last congress the identical version of the bill had over 60 cosponsors with strong bipartisan support.