Support Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs in FY 2017

The continuing crisis in Flint, Michigan is a terrible reminder that lead poisoning remains a national health concern. Hundreds of thousands of children aged one to five years old in the U.S. have blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter, which can have significant long term consequences on development. At the same time, government efforts to prevent lead poisoning and promote healthy housing have been consistently underfunded for the last several years. For instance, there is no national surveillance system for lead poisoning.

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Cosponsor the Coral Reef Sustainability Through Innovation Act

Congressman Mark Takai invites your boss to join him in introducing the Coral Reef Sustainability Through Innovation Act of 2016. This legislation would establish a budget-neutral prize competition to encourage the development of innovative solutions that address communities, environments, and industries that are in distress due to the decline or degradation of coral reef ecosystems.

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Sign Letter to EPA Regarding Methane Emmissions

As the Obama Administration enters its final stretch, there is work left to do in order to achieve the goals of the Climate Action Plan (CAP). Importantly, action to curb methane emissions, a greenhouse gas considered twenty-five times more powerful over the short-term than carbon dioxide, is necessary to meet CAP targets.

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SUPPORT THE GREAT LAKES! (v. 2)

We invite you to join our bipartisan letter to Chairman Calvert and Ranking Member McCollum urging them to provide $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in the Fiscal Year 2017 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. This amount represents level funding from the current FY 2016 level.

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6/28/13 CRS Report: Wilderness: Legislation and Issues in the 113th Congress

The Wilderness Act of 1964 established the National Wilderness Preservation System and directed that only Congress can designate federal lands as part of the system. Free-standing bills to designate wilderness areas are typically introduced and considered in each Congress; such bills are not amendments to the Wilderness Act, but typically refer to the act for management guidance and sometimes include special provisions.

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