Oppose Rider to NFIP Extension

The Senate unanimously passed a Continuing Resolution to keep the government open that also extends a number of critical programs that needed to be reauthorized, including the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), until February 8, 2019.

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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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Boost Mitigation and Bring Down the Cost of Flood Insurance by Co-sponsoring the Bipartisan State Flood Mitigation Revolving Fund Act

Flooding is the costliest and most common natural disaster in the United States.  Unfortunately, current federal programs designed to reduce flood losses have been insufficient to meet the nation’s needs.  In addition, the vast majority of federal mitigation
dollars are spent after a disaster occurs – when costs are higher and families and communities are grappling with the emotional toll wrought by the destruction.  A recent study from the National Institute of Building Sciences shows that for every
$1 spent on mitigation, $6 is saved in post-disaster costs.[i]  Given this, there is clear need for a robust and stable federal program to support flood mitigation activities.

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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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TODAY: Rethinking State and Federal Support for America’s Cities and Towns

Many American cities and towns struggle to fund basic services of government. They do not have the resources to pick up the trash, police local communities, or even respond to fires and emergencies. Despite a strong economy, many
communities continue to struggle to meet their basic obligations, impacting the basic standard of living for millions of American families.

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