DEADLINE NEXT WEEK- Urge the Senate to Act to Improve Career and Technical Education

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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Support Parental Rights, Cosponsor H.J. Res. ____, the Parental Rights Amendment

I invite you to become an original cosponsor of the Parental Rights Amendment and help preserve the longstanding traditional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children.  The liberty of parents to guide and care for their children
was once “established beyond debate as an enduring American tradition” (Wisconsin v. Yoder, 1972).  Today, however, the role of the parent has been gradually eroded and commandeered by a faceless bureaucracy and impersonal judicial system.

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Tell House leadership: Repeal the Cadillac Tax

For many large employers and labor unions, the looming impact of the Cadillac Tax is already impacting their ability to plan for the future. While last year we succeeded in delaying the tax until 2020, the private sector is already negotiating contracts
that last into that year and is considering reducing the value of coverage they offer employees to avoid the tax’s reach. If you have any questions and to sign on, contact Maria Costigan (Courtney) at maria.costigan@mail.house.gov or Lori Prater (Kelly) at
lori.prater@mail.house.gov. 

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LAST CALL – Help Sexual Assault Victims Get Compensation!

Every 98 seconds, someone in this country is sexually assaulted. For many victims of sexual assault, stepping out of the shadows
and reporting the crime is traumatic enough. On top of this, the evidence kits for many victims lay untested in police labs’ shelves for years on end before any justice is ever achieved. Countless victims are forced to lose work hours in order to attend doctor’s
visits and attend to legal matters; medical bills rack up and lost wages can turn into lost jobs.

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Criminal Justice Reform Briefing

Our nation’s criminal justice system is in serious need of reform.  Since 1980, Congress has steadily increased the size and scope of the federal criminal code, and today there are more than 4,500 federal crimes on the books.  During the same time-period,
we have increased federal prison spending annually by almost 6-fold (adjusted for inflation) causing prisons to increasingly compete for resources with other law enforcement and national security programs.  We simply cannot continue this trend, and we must
learn from reforms that have worked at the state-level, where 33 states have reduced crime and saved money while effectively reducing incarceration.  

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