Support Career and Technical Education in FY20

As co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Career & Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, we invite you to join us in sending a letter to appropriators requesting robust funding for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins) in the FY2020
Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill.

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Co-Sponsor HR 1585: The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019

We write to invite you to join us as a co-sponsor of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2019.  In celebration of Women’s History Month this March, and in celebration of VAWA’s 25th Anniversary since enactment, we call on
all who care about these issues to stand with us as we seek to reauthorize VAWA in this 116th Congress.  VAWA 2013 expired on September 30, 2018.  We must act to address the urgent need to reauthorize these important provisions, while making the
modest enhancements that are reflected in VAWA 2019.

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Support FY20 Appropriations for the Corporation for National and Community Service

As Co-Chairs of the National Service Caucus, we are writing to ask that you join us in sending the attached letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee to support
at least level funding for national service programs administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in fiscal year (FY) 2020.  The deadline to sign on is COB March 22, 2019.

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Co-Sponsor HR 1585: The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019

We write to invite you to join us as a co-sponsor of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2019.  In celebration of Women’s History Month this March, and in celebration of VAWA’s 25th Anniversary since enactment, we call on
all who care about these issues to stand with us as we seek to reauthorize VAWA in this 116th Congress.  VAWA 2013 expired on September 30, 2018.  We must act to address the urgent need to reauthorize these important provisions, while making the
modest enhancements that are reflected in VAWA 2019.

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Become An Original Cosponsor of the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act

In the spirit of the FDA clarification, our bill will clarify that the small subset of traditional premium cigars can be removed from regulation consistent with the intent of the Tobacco Control Act. This is necessary to avoid crippling traditional handcrafted
premium cigar businesses. Such regulation ignores the distinction of the traditional handcrafted premium cigar market, with its established artisan traditions and cultural niche. And, such regulations do not reflect the latest focus on flavored cigar products
as the indicator of cigars marketed to children. To be consistent with the recent guidance, we specifically have language that precludes flavored cigars from the definition of traditional handcrafted premium cigars.  Studies, along with the new FDA guidance
and established industry practices, underscore that traditional handcrafted premium cigars are not marketed or accessible to children.  They are sold in family-owned small businesses who take great pride in their record of age-verification compliance.  These
refined products are enjoyed by adults only in moderation, often at celebratory occasions.

FDA regulations on traditional handcrafted premium cigars are imposing considerable costs and unwarranted burdens on American mom and pop small businesses across our communities.  Since the regulations took effect, manufacturers have been forced to raise prices
and reduce production of new blends while retailers have had to pass along increased costs to consumers, cease having events for customers to sample products – including charity events and events for military personnel – and in many cases delay opening new
locations due to compliance costs and anticipated inventory reductions.

The intent of the Tobacco Control Act was never to regulate traditional handcrafted premium cigars but rather to regulate products that are marketed to youth.  Our bipartisan legislation narrowly focuses and reinforces that the FDA does not have authority to
regulate traditional handcrafted premium cigars.  Moreover, this common sense legislation strictly applies only to traditional non-flavored handcrafted premium cigars.

To co-sponsor this legislation, please contact Jake Barr with Rep. Kathy Castor’s office at 5-3376 (Jake.Barr@mail.house.gov) or Rick Podliska with Rep. Bill Posey’s office at 5-3671 (Rick.Podliska@mail.house.gov).

Sincerely,

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JOIN THE COPPER CAUCUS

We would like to invite you to join the Copper Caucus. This bipartisan caucus seeks to work together to advance policy positions and legislation relating to copper and improve Congress and the public’s awareness of the benefits of copper and copper alloys
in their daily life.

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Cosponsor H.R. 1168: The WORKER Act.

For being the wealthiest nation on earth, far too many Americans are struggling with the realities of everyday life—paying the bills, caring for a family, putting food on the table, and keeping a roof over their head.
The future of our economy rests in our ability to alleviate this struggle by innovating and creating new, livable-wage jobs where they are needed most.
We need to encourage and expand STEM education and create a pipeline into the workforce through apprenticeships. We need to make it easier for Americans to get the skills necessary to compete in our shifting economy and to provide the income support services
necessary to succeed.

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Co-Sponsor HR 1585: The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019

We write to invite you to join us as a co-sponsor of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2019.  In celebration of Women’s History Month this March, and in celebration of VAWA’s 25th Anniversary since enactment, we call on
all who care about these issues to stand with us as we seek to reauthorize VAWA in this 116th Congress.  VAWA 2013 expired on September 30, 2018.  We must act to address the urgent need to reauthorize these important provisions, while making the
modest enhancements that are reflected in VAWA 2019.

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