Support American Victims of PLO Terrorism

On April 6, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of the plaintiffs’ appeal in
Sokolow v. PLO, a case about the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1992 (“ATA”).  On June 26, the Supreme Court asked the Solicitor General to offer the views of the Administration on the case before it decides whether to grant cert.  The request has now been
pending for almost four months without a response from the Administration.  

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President Xi Jinping Takes Charge: China’s Political Landscape After the 19th Party Congress.

As Co-Chairs of the US-China Working Group, we wanted to flag this invite (details below) by UC San Diego’s 21st Century China Center and the US Asia Institute on “Xi Takes Charge: China’s Political Landscape after the 19th Party Congress”. The briefing
will take place this Monday, October 23, 2017, from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm in U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC-201. To RSVP please email the US Asia Institute at   usai@usasiainstitute.org  If you have any questions or would like to join the US-China Working
Group, please contact Terra Sabag of Congressman Larsen’s staff at Terra.Sabag@mail.house.gov or Ashley Antoskiewicz of Congressman LaHood’s staff at Ashley.Antoskiewicz@mail.house.gov.

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State/USAID Redesign: Co-sign Letter to OMB Director Mulvaney

Sending Office: Honorable Adam Smith Sent By: Tyler.Jensen@mail.house.gov   Request for Signature(s) Endorsing Organizations: The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), InterAction, Alliance for Peacebuilding, CARE USA, Basic Education Coalition, RESULTS, Islamic Relief USA, Global Health Council, Action Against Hunger, Save the Children Dear Colleague, On September 11, 2017, the State Department and USAID forwarded their proposals […]

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Deadline Extended: Preserve the independence of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction!

Please join me in sending the letter below to the NDAA conferees (see below) to oppose section 1531(d) of the Senate NDAA, which would compromise the independence of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) and the oversight work
of the congressional defense committees. SIGAR’s mission is to “Conduct independent, objective, and strategic audits, inspections, investigations, and analysis in a transparent manner for the Congress and the American taxpayer to promote economy and efficiency,
and to detect and deter waste, fraud, and abuse in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.”  This provision—which was not included in the House NDAA—would require SIGAR to request a waiver from the Department of Defense Inspector General (DOD IG) to release products
such as Congressional testimony, Office of Special Projects reports, and Quarterly Reports to Congress—which frequently provide examples of blatant waste, fraud or other corruption, and are a source for legislation. The waiver process would amount to screening
of SIGAR products and would interfere with SIGAR’s independence, impeding the ability of Congress to do oversight and save taxpayer dollars by preventing waste and fraud.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Require an anticorruption strategy to prevent waste & fraud in contingency operations

Please join me in sending a letter to the NDAA conferees (see below) to retain Section 1281 of the House NDAA based on a recommendation of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which calls for an interagency (DOD, State, USAID)
anticorruption strategy to be developed for contingency operations.  The provision was not included in the Senate bill.

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Sign Letter to U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Urging Tbilisi to Honor Contractual Obligations to U.S. Companies

We invite you to join us on a bipartisan letter to our U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, Ian Kelly, asking him to meet with the Government of Georgia to address recent events in Georgia that are impacting U.S. business relationships in Georgia.  Since Georgia
gained its independence in 1991 following the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States has spent more than $3 billion in direct aid to develop the country’s economy and bolster its national defense. American aid continues as Georgia received more than $85
million in 2012, which ranked the country of about four million as one of the highest recipients of U.S. aid per capita.  However, certain individuals in Georgia, to include former government officials, are trying to undermine commitments made to U.S. companies
investing in Georgia.

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Stop Trump From Making Any Policy Changes to Benefit Putin

We urge you to cosponsor H. Con. Res. 47, to express the sense of Congress that until the FBI’s investigation into the Trump-Russia connection is complete, the Administration should not take any action or make any policy changes that could be seen as benefiting
Vladimir Putin or his inner circle.

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