Become an Original Cosponsor of the WATER Act of 2018!

Our water infrastructure is in a state of emergency. People in Flint, Michigan, still do not have access to safe drinking water. They are not alone. Families in communities across the country, from Detroit to Philadelphia to San Diego, have lost running
water or access to safe drinking water in their homes because they can not afford the increasing costs of water rates. We need a major federal investment in our public water infrastructure to renovate our nation’s old and lead-ridden water pipes, stop sewage
overflows and stem our water affordability crisis.

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Join an Inequality Special Order

Over the last thirty years inequality has grown in the United States at a rapid rate. America’s top 10% now average more than 9 times as much income as the bottom 90% of Americans.

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Deadline extended: Join Us in Telling Secretary Zinke that Diversity Matters

Press reports came out this week indicating that Secretary Zinke made some unsettling comments about diversity at the Department of Interior. According to CNN, “three high-ranking Interior officials from three different divisions said that Zinke has made
several comments with a similar theme, saying ‘diversity isn’t important,’ or ‘I don’t care about diversity,’ or ‘I don’t really think that’s important anymore.’” The United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force stands in opposition to this position,
and we invite you to join us in sending the letter below to Secretary Zinke.

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Become an Original Cosponsor of the WATER Act of 2018!

Our water infrastructure is in a state of emergency. People in Flint, Michigan, still do not have access to safe drinking water. They are not alone. Families in communities across the country, from Detroit to Philadelphia to San Diego, have lost running
water or access to safe drinking water in their homes because they can not afford the increasing costs of water rates. We need a major federal investment in our public water infrastructure to renovate our nation’s old and lead-ridden water pipes, stop sewage
overflows and stem our water affordability crisis.

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Join an Inequality Special Order

Over the last thirty years inequality has grown in the United States at a rapid rate. America’s top 10% now average more than 9 times as much income as the bottom 90% of Americans.

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Cosponsor H.Res. 805, National Public Health Week Resolution

 For the last two decades, communities around the country have recognized National
Public Health Week during the first week of April to help improve our nation’s health. We hope you will join me in sponsoring a resolution to recognize April 2 – 8 as National Public Health Week 2018.

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Become an Original Cosponsor of the WATER Act of 2018!

We are in a state of emergency with our water infrastructure. People in Flint, Michigan, still do not have access to safe drinking water. They are not alone. Families in communities across the country, from Detroit to Philadelphia to San Diego, have lost
running water or access to safe drinking water in their homes because they can not afford the increasing costs of water rates. We need a major federal investment in our public water infrastructure to renovate our nation’s old and lead-ridden water pipes, stop
sewage overflows and stop a water affordability crisis.

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COSPONSOR THE TITLE VIII NURSING WORKFORCE REAUTHORIZATION ACT

Please join us in securing the future of the Nursing Workforce Development Programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 296 et seq]) by cosponsoring H.R. 959, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017. Administered
through the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Title VIII programs have supported the recruitment, retention, and distribution of highly-educated professionals who comprise our nation’s nursing workforce for more than 50 years. Between FY 2006
and 2012 alone, these programs have provided loans, scholarships, and programmatic support to over 450,000 nursing students and nurses.
An estimated 10,000 people are turning 65 years old per day, and that trend will continue until 2019. In addition to an aging population, America faces rising healthcare costs, prevalent chronic diseases, substance abuse issues, and provider shortages. In order
to meet this increased need for care, we need to grow the largest group of our health care providers—nurses. Title VIII programs bolster nursing education at all levels, from entry level preparation through graduate study, and provide support for institutions
that educate nurses for practice in rural and medically underserved communities. These programs are designed to address specific needs within the nursing workforce and America’s patient population, and are, therefore, a direct investment in the nation’s health.
The Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017 would ensure that these critical programs are available for years to come.
As our nation continues to explore avenues that will increase access to health care, lower costs, and improve the quality of health care, Title VIII programs present a viable solution to ensure that these goals are met. Therefore, we urge you to cosponsor this
bill. If you have any questions, please contact Anna Alburger in Representative David Joyce’s office at
Anna.Alburger@mail.house.gov or Patrick Koetzle in Representative Tulsi Gabbard’s office at
Patrick.Koetzle@mail.house.gov.

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Protect Small Businesses, Cosponsor H.R. 3956 – the STARS Act

With all small employers do to keep their businesses running, the last thing they need is confusion stemming from regulations and the tax code. The complex rules implementing the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) shared responsibility provision, also known as
the employer mandate, exemplify the difficulty imposed on small businesses. Largely designed with traditional jobs in mind, the ACA’s employer provisions fail to account for the exceptional circumstances of employers with highly seasonal workforces. Though
the Treasury Department attempted to remedy these issues through regulation, the resulting rules are confusing and create unnecessary obstacles to compliance for small, seasonal employers.

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