Cosponsor H.R. 1299, the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act

Since the assassination of the renowned feminist, indigenous human rights defender Berta Cáceres in March of 2016, we have been calling for the passage of the Berta Cáceres Human Rights Act in Honduras. With the support of US financing and training for police
and military forces, the Honduran government has become one of the most repressive in the world, engaged in targeted campaigns of violence, arbitrary detention, and assassinations against journalists, human rights activists, and Black and Indigenous community
leaders. The Berta Cáceres Act would cut all security funding to Honduras until very specific human rights improvements have been made, and until emblematic cases have been addressed according to international standards for justice.

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Save Energy to Create Jobs!

Energy is the lifeblood of manufacturing, and the potential for energy savings in the industrial sector are huge.[1] The manufacturing sector consumes more than 40% of all energy used in the United States,[2]
and has the largest potential for cost-effective savings.[3] Manufacturing and commercial sectors combine to account for 55% of total energy saved in existing energy efficiency programs.[4]
And the manufacturing sector alone accounts for 40% of the $1.2 trillion in wasted energy that could be saved across all sectors of the economy by 2020.[5] With investments in cost-effective energy efficiency measures,
the manufacturing sector could reduce its $200 billion annual energy bill by 25% by 2020.[6]

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Close the Skills Gap – Cosponsor the PARTNERS Act

We invite you to cosponsor the Promoting Apprenticeships through Regional Training Networks for Employers’ Required Skills (PARTNERS) Act to invest in industry partnerships that help workers and businesses access the skills they need to stay competitive
in today’s economy.

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Cosponsor the Bipartisan ‘Dig Once’ Act to Expand Broadband Infrastructure Deployment

Ensuring that all Americans have access to quality and affordable broadband must be a top priority for our country. Despite the gains we’ve made in recent years connecting more Americans to broadband, far too many still lack access to this vital resource.
That’s why we’ve introduced the Broadband Conduit Deployment Act of 2017 to help lower broadband deployment costs and spur build-out in areas that need it.

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CLOSING THURSDAY – Sign the Yoder-Gabbard letter to Leadership in support of H.R. 392 – The Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act

As Congress continues to debate needed reforms to our immigration system, we must support common-sense, bipartisan solutions that address the needs of all of our constituents. With over 300 cosponsors, the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act (H.R. 392),
has broad support from a majority of members in both the Republican Conference and the Democratic Caucus – making it one of the most bipartisan bills in the entire Congress.

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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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BRIEFING: Impact of FMLA on LGBTQ Community

I hope you and your staff will join me to learn the results of a groundbreaking nationwide survey of LGBTQ people and the urgent need for inclusive workplace paid leave policies. The briefing is being sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign. 

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A Vision for the Future on Infrastructure

The United States has the opportunity to improve the lives of its citizens and create millions of jobs by making the robust, public investments in our infrastructure. There are examples all around the country of infrastructure that is crumbling and needs
to be rebuilt, whether it is our highways, bridges, transit, airports, high-speed rail, waterways, ports, public schools or harbors. We also need serious investment in drinking water and wastewater systems, as well as energy and telecommunication projects.
By broadening the scope of investments, we can address every facet of Americans’ lives.

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