Co-Sponsor the Diverse Small Businesses Empowerment Act

While women, veterans, and minorities represent the largest share of new small business start-ups in the country, they still face tremendous institutional barriers. To help address this problem, I am introducing legislation to cut the upfront fees for certain
small business loans, making it easier for small business start-ups to access the loans without paying high guarantee fees.

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Cosponsor H. Res. 993 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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Cosponsor H.R. 2315 – To Posthumously Award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Benghazi Heroes in Recognition of Their Contributions to the Nation

In recognition of distinguished acts of bravery, leadership, and achievement that have an enduring impact on American history, Congress is authorized to bestow its highest civilian honor – the Congressional Gold Medal – on individuals whose contributions
and service to our nation stand as a testament to our founding principles.    

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Over 180 Cosponsors – Support the Bipartisan Preventing Maternal Deaths Act

In September 2016, a
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology study highlighted an alarming trend – unlike in almost any other industrialized country, maternal deaths in the United States are on the rise. The maternal mortality rate — maternal deaths per 100,000 live births
— increased to 35.8 in 2014, up from 17.7 in 2000. The United States is ranked 47th globally for its maternal mortality rate.

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Over 170 Cosponsors – Support the Bipartisan Preventing Maternal Deaths Act

In September 2016, a
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology study highlighted an alarming trend – unlike in almost any other industrialized country, maternal deaths in the United States are on the rise. The maternal mortality rate — maternal deaths per 100,000 live births
— increased to 35.8 in 2014, up from 17.7 in 2000. The United States is ranked 47th globally for its maternal mortality rate.

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Keep Girls in School Worldwide

As co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, we urge you to
cosponsor the Keeping Girls in School Act (H.R.7055), bipartisan legislation we introduced to support increased access to education for girls worldwide.

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LAST CALL: Restore Fairness for Chinese International Students

Recently, the State Department implemented a policy that decreases the validity period of entry visas for Chinese graduate students studying in the fields of aviation, high-tech manufacturing, and robotics at U.S. colleges and universities from 60 months
to 12 months. This change is one among numerous other visa and immigration policy changes applied over the past year and a half that are making it increasingly difficult for U.S. higher education institutions to attract the best and brightest students and
scholars from around the world.

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DEADLINE TODAY: Restore Fairness for Chinese International Students

Recently, the State Department implemented a policy that decreases the validity period of entry visas for Chinese graduate students studying in the fields of aviation, high-tech manufacturing, and robotics at U.S. colleges and universities from 60 months
to 12 months. This change is one among numerous other visa and immigration policy changes applied over the past year and a half that are making it increasingly difficult for U.S. higher education institutions to attract the best and brightest students and
scholars from around the world.

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