Support the Shutdown Relief Act

More than 800,000 federal workers are struggling after missing their first paycheck this week because of the partial government shutdown. For those living paycheck to paycheck, this shutdown presents a
serious financial crisis. To help pay the bills in the interim, some
federal workers have been considering
withdrawing money from their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). The TSP is a version of a 401(k) retirement savings plan for federal employees. The program includes both Roth and traditional account options.

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Reintroducing the FAMILY Act

People across the country are working hard to make ends meet, yet the nation fails to provide the support they need to manage the demands of job and family, and that businesses and our economy need to thrive. A mere 17 percent of the workforce has paid family
leave through their employers, and less than 40 percent has personal medical leave through an employer-provided disability program. When people have to forgo pay or lose a job when a serious medical or caregiving need arises, they often jeopardize their ability
to afford even the most basic necessities. This hurts workers, their families and the businesses that suffer from increased turnover.

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Co-Sponsor H.R. 720, Unemployment Compensation Act

During the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, more than 420,000 federal workers have been required to work without pay. In an attempt to ease the impact of the shutdown on the American people, President Trump has designated an additional 50,000
employees as “essential” – requiring them to come back to work without pay. Yet the Trump administration has refused to allow states to offer unemployment benefits to federal workers who are required to work without pay during the shutdown.

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Bipartisan Bill: Help Federal Employees & Contractors, Allow Penalty-Free Retirement Fund Withdrawals

Many in our communities who are federal employees, contractors and their families have been placed in an impossible situation as they work (or remain furloughed) without pay.
This makes it harder to pay a mortgage, pay tuition or just make ends meet. That is why I, along with Representatives Beyer, Perlmutter and
over a dozen bipartisan cosponsors, have introduced the H.R. 545, the
Financial Relief for Feds Act of 2019. This bill is designed to allow federal employees or contractors who work solely for the feds to
make early withdrawals from their TSP or other retirement accounts as they make ends meet during this partial shutdown, while removing the otherwise serious conditions and penalties they would face
for doing so. We have passed similar laws after natural disasters to help individuals trying to recover and awaiting payments and likewise
we will allow these employees to re-up their retirement accounts once they receive a paycheck and the  government is back up and running. It is also important to note that this bill
is written to cover these same employees in the future too, meaning that if we ever again fail to agree on future appropriations bills, we will have provided some measure of relief without having to enact the same changes into law again.

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COSPONSOR H.R. 510, the Building Rail Access for Customers and the Economy Act (‘BRACE Act’)

As the freight rail industry has evolved, many short line railroads and smaller communities have been abandoned, removing critical first- and last-mile links between producers, consumers, and export opportunities in large and small communities across America.
Since it was first enacted in 2005, the Short Line Railroad Maintenance Credit has been extended for one- or two-year increments, providing limited certainty for short line railroads to make investments in their infrastructure. Our legislation provides
certainty by making the Short Line Railroad Maintenance Credit permanent while also applying it retroactively to tax year 2018.

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