Oppose H.R. 3281, a De Facto Privatization Scheme from the Trump Infrastructure Plan

Please join me in opposing H.R. 3281, an initiative from President Trump’s infrastructure plan that will authorize the de facto privatization of public water infrastructure owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation)
owns much of the public water infrastructure in the American West, including hundreds of dams, canals, and other associated infrastructure. Reclamation’s infrastructure helps deliver water to millions of Americans and serves numerous stakeholders including
municipal water users, farmers, tribes, fishermen, and environmental and recreational interests.

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Urge Secretary Mattis to Comply with Congressional Intent In Regard To Climate Change Reporting

On May 10, 2018,
The Washington Post reported that during revision of the Department of Defense’s January 2018 Screening Level Vulnerability Assessment Survey Report, defense officials removed information relating to the term climate change and its associated potential
risks to the missions of the Department. This came despite language the President signed into law (in the FY18 NDAA) confirming that climate change is a direct threat to our national security. Altering these reports, many of which have been mandated by Congress,
is a significant step backwards when it comes to pragmatically addressing this issue.

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TODAY: Support H.R. 200 to Reauthorize MSA

The Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) has enabled the U.S. to have the best managed fisheries in the world and has been instrumental in providing a framework for allowing regions to address their own unique challenges.  Yet, many fishermen and coastal communities
that depend on healthy fisheries are currently facing challenges – including sudden severe cuts to quotas, rising costs, and restrictive fishing seasons. 

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Join us at PAWS FOR CELEBRATION

By now, you should have received an invitation to PAWS FOR CELEBRATION, one of the twice annual adoption events hosted by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). This event will feature dozens of adoptable dogs and cats from
six local shelters and rescues.  

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CLOSING COB TODAY: Protect Our Communities From Dangerous Coal Ash Waste

I invite you to join me in sending a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging him to reverse his decision to revise the 2015 Coal Ash Rule, which established the first consistent set of federal regulations
for the safe and appropriate disposal of coal combustion residuals (coal ash) from electric utilities and power producers. This decision ignores years of robust scientific assessment and stakeholder input, represents a severe threat to human health and the
environment across the country, and undermines public input by issuing an only 45-day comment period.

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Save the North Atlantic Right Whale: Cosponsor H.R. 6060

There are fewer than 450 North Atlantic right whales remaining in the world, with a population that has struggled for decades to recover from overexploitation by the whaling industry. The past year was one of the worst years on record for the species, with
18 confirmed deaths between 2017 and 2018 and no new calves observed this year – the first time no calves were observed since surveys began nearly 30 years ago.

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Create Sustainable and Resilient Coastal Communities: Cosponsor H.R. 6288

Over forty percent of the American population lives near the coast, and according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), that number is expected to increase by an additional 10 million people, or eight percent, by 2020. Despite
the growing number of Americans residing in our coastal communities, these areas are facing unprecedented threats from sea-level rise, coastal ecosystem degradation, and extreme weather events.

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Protect Pets During & After Disasters – Cosponsor the PET AID Act

When disasters strike our communities, the federal government steps up to help in the recovery and rebuilding efforts. Our pets are no less at risk than people or buildings when hurricanes, floods, fires, and other disasters occur. Federal Emergency Management
Administration (FEMA) grants are often used to fund pet shelters to house rescued animals during and following these disasters; yet there are no requirements to keep track of how these shelters are using taxpayer dollars to carry out their mission.

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