H.R. 1861 Award a Congressional Gold Medal to Larry Doby: A Pioneer of American Civil Rights

Lawrence Eugene “Larry” Doby was an extraordinary individual and a sports legend that broke through racial barriers by becoming the first African American to play professional baseball in the American League. Upon his honorable discharge from the United
States Navy in 1946, Larry Doby played baseball in the Negro League for the Newark Eagles. In 1947, his contract was purchased by the Cleveland Indians where he began his illustrious 13 year career in the American League. After appearing in 1,533 games and
batting .283, with 253 home runs and 969 runs batted in, and being voted to seven All-Star teams, Larry Doby was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.

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Protect the National Flood Insurance Program Expiring this Friday

In light of the fast approaching expiration of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on Friday, January 19th, I invite you to sign the letter below to send a strong message to Congressional leadership about the need to pass a comprehensive,
multi-year reauthorization of this critical program. Specifically, this letter urges Congressional leadership to ensure that a reauthorization of the NFIP, at a minimum, preserve the affordability of flood insurance premiums, provide increased funding and
capabilities for flood mapping and mitigation, and provide reforms to address the administrative issues that were brought to light in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Congress must stop passing short-term stop gap extensions, and provide a multi-year reauthorization
that protects families and communities from future floods.

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H. Con. Res. 8, The Fiscal State of the Nation Resolution

We invite you to become a co-sponsor of the Fiscal State of the Nation Resolution. This resolution will provide Members of Congress and the American people an annual update on the long-term financial health of the country. The Budget Committee has
included our resolution in their plan for budget process reform plan.

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Cosponsor H.R. 3544, the Aircraft Ownership Transparency Act

I invite you to join me as a cosponsor of H.R. 3544, the Aircraft Ownership Transparency Act.
While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is required to collect ownership information when registering aircraft in the U.S., foreign agents have been able to shield their identities by using a U.S.-based trustee. This bipartisan bill would require
disclosure of beneficial ownership information, giving regulators the full picture so they can better identify individuals and aircraft that pose a danger to national security and public safety.

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LAST CALL: Letter to FinCEN urging continuation of Marijuana Banking Guidance

On January 4, 2018, the Department of Justice announced that they would be rescinding the guidance put in place nearly five years ago, meant to protect individuals and businesses operating in accordance with their local state laws. This announcement was
done without consultation with other agencies or Congress. We should act to minimize the consequences of this ill-advised decision.

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Letter to FinCEN urging continuation of Marijuana Banking Guidance

On January 4, 2018, the Department of Justice announced that they would be rescinding the guidance put in place nearly five years ago, meant to protect individuals and businesses operating in accordance with their local state laws. This announcement was
done without consultation with other agencies or Congress. We should act to minimize the consequences of this ill-advised decision.

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Support Passage of H.R. 4550:The Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act of 2018

I am writing to ask your support for my amendment to H.R. 4550 (the Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act), a bill that Representative Alex Mooney (R-WV) and I have jointly sponsored. The bill will soon come before the Committee for markup.  Our goal
is to restore traditional state court regulation and oversight of the legal profession by amending the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) to exclude law firms and licensed attorneys
only while engaged in litigation activities from the definition of a “debt collector.” The amendment preserves liability for attorneys and firms who engage in debt collection in a prohibited manner pre-litigation.  It would also amend the Consumer
Financial Protection Act of 2010 to further clarify that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) shall no longer exercise supervisory or enforcement authority with respect to creditor attorneys when they are engaged in litigation activities. This is
a very narrowly tailored exception meant to keep the Federal Government out of a position of oversight for the practice of law, and courtroom conduct.

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Support Passage of H.R. 4550:The Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act of 2018

I am writing to ask your support for my amendment to H.R. 4550 (the Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act), a bill that Representative Alex Mooney (R-WV) and I have jointly sponsored. The bill will soon come before the Committee for markup.  Our goal
is to restore traditional state court regulation and oversight of the legal profession by amending the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) to exclude law firms and licensed attorneys
only while engaged in litigation activities from the definition of a “debt collector.” The amendment preserves liability for attorneys and firms who engage in debt collection in a prohibited manner pre-litigation.  It would also amend the Consumer
Financial Protection Act of 2010 to further clarify that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) shall no longer exercise supervisory or enforcement authority with respect to creditor attorneys when they are engaged in litigation activities. This is
a very narrowly tailored exception meant to keep the Federal Government out of a position of oversight for the practice of law, and courtroom conduct.

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Letter to FinCEN urging continuation of Marijuana Guidance

On January 4, 2018, the Department of Justice announced that they would be rescinding the guidance put in place nearly five years ago, meant to protect individuals and businesses operating in accordance with their local state laws. This announcement was
done without consultation with other agencies or Congress. We should act to minimize the consequences of this ill-advised decision.

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