Cosponsor the Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act HR 4056

The Government Accountability Office confirmed that the federal government spent $975 million on repair and maintenance on the 588,000 vehicles used by federal agencies in fiscal year 2011. We have introduced legislation, the Federal Vehicle Repair Cost Savings Act (HR 4056), which aims to save taxpayer dollars by reducing spending on vehicle repair and maintenance by federal agencies without sacrificing safety, performance, or quality.

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H.Res.345: Recognize National Nonprofit Day

From: The Honorable Alcee L. Hastings Sent By: Evan.Polisar@mail.house.gov Date: 2/10/2014 Cosponsors (22): Rooney, Bordallo, Buchanan, Carson, Cartwright, Castro, Conyers, Deutch, Grijalva, Honda, Horsford, Lee, Lowenthal, McCollum, McGovern, Meng, Moran, Norton, Peters, Price, Smith, and Wilson Dear Colleague, We write to ask for your support in recognizing the importance of nonprofit organizations and designating May […]

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Closing COB Tomorrow, Feb. 11: Support Expansion of AmeriCorps to Combat Unemployment

Please join me as an original cosponsor of a bill that will address one of the greatest workforce tragedies resulting from today’s economy—our unemployed young people—by expanding
the AmeriCorps program.  With justifiable energy, we are focused on an extension of unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed, but our young people often have not had the opportunity to be employed at all.  The high unemployment rate for young people
who heeded our advice to graduate from high school and college, only to try to enter the workforce in the worst economy in generations, deserves greater attention.  By significantly expanding AmeriCorps, my bill, without the expense of a new administrative
structure or bureaucracy, would allow unemployed young people to earn a stipend sufficient to support themselves and to obtain work experience and secure a good work history to help them obtain future employment.   My bill would increase the number of participants
in the AmeriCorps State and National program from approximately 78,000 to 500,000 full-time participants.  Without significant targeting, large numbers of young graduates will continue to face their first years as adults without jobs and with no way to acquire
work experience.  

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Common Core Resolution

The federal government’s overreach into setting education standards by tying federal dollars to the adoption of the Common Core Standards is well known. The actions of the Department of Education have not only been blatantly unconstitutional, states, education reformers, and grassroots organizations have also started raising concerns over its content.

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Oppose H.R. 3964: Oppose egregious federal overreach into state affairs

I urge you to read this letter from California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris. As Attorney General Harris makes clear in her letter, the State of California opposes H.R. 3964 in the strongest possible terms. The poorly-drafted bill violates the Supreme Court’s state sovereignty principles, and it is inconsistent with a century of federal deference to western states’ water law.

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