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TOMORROW: Briefing on STEAM and CTE

July 19, 2017

As co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional STEAM and Career and Technical Education Caucuses, we invite you and your staff to a briefing entitled
STEAM and CTE: Adding “Art and Design” to STEM Career and Technical Education
on Thursday, July 20, from 10am to 11am in 2212 Rayburn.

Briefing at 11am Today on Employment of People with Disabilities

July 19, 2017

As co-chairs of the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, we would like to remind you of today’s policy briefing about employment of people with disabilities. Please see the invitation below:

DEADLINE TODAY 2PM: Original Cosponsors for Employ Young Americans Now Act

July 19, 2017

Despite the nation’s progress on job creation, America’s youngest workers continue to struggle with an unemployment rate that is twice as high
as the rate for the general population.  For young high school graduates, the unemployment rate is 17.9 percent, while the underemployment rate is a shocking 33.7 percent—more than 10 points higher than before the Great Recession.  Unemployment and underemployment
means anxiety, poverty, and broken dreams for young people.  The consequences of this crisis ripple throughout our economy—causing lasting
scars for wages and productivity, eroding our tax base and reducing government revenue, while forcing increased spending on social services and criminal justice. 
The Employ Young Americans Now Act will provide $5.5 billion in immediate funding to states and localities to employ 1 million young Americans between the ages
of 16 and 24, and provide job training to hundreds of thousands of young Americans.
Under this bill, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) would provide $4 billion in grants to states and local governments to:

DEADLINE WEDS 2PM: Original Cosponsors for Employ Young Americans Now Act

July 19, 2017

Despite the nation’s progress on job creation, America’s youngest workers continue to struggle with an unemployment rate that is twice as high as the rate for the general population.  For young high school graduates, the unemployment rate is 17.9 percent,
while the underemployment rate is a shocking 33.7 percent—more than 10 points higher than before the Great Recession.  Unemployment and underemployment means anxiety, poverty, and broken dreams for young people.  The consequences of this crisis ripple throughout
our economy—causing lasting scars for wages and productivity, eroding our tax base and reducing government revenue, while forcing increased spending on social services and criminal justice. 

Cosponsor H.R. 122: Original Living American Wage (LAW) Act of 2017

July 18, 2017

I am writing to invite you to cosponsor H.R. 122 the Original Living American Wage Act (LAW) Act of 2017.  H.R. 122 would link the minimum wage to fifteen percent over the federal poverty threshold for a family of four ($24,600) and increases the minimum
wage automatically every four years to ensure that inflation does not erode its purchasing power. Under current poverty guidelines, this legislation would cause the national minimum wage to be increased from $7.25 to approximately $13.00.

STEAM and CTE: Adding “Art and Design” to STEM Career and Technical Education

July 18, 2017

As co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional STEAM and Career and Technical Education Caucuses, we invite you and your staff to a briefing entitled
STEAM and CTE: Adding “Art and Design” to STEM Career and Technical Education
on Thursday, July 20, from 10am to 11am in 2212 Rayburn.

Become an Original Cosponsor of the Bicameral Equal Employment for All Act

July 17, 2017

I invite you to become an original cosponsor of the Equal Employment for All Act before our bicameral introduction with Senator Elizabeth Warren. This legislation would prohibit employers from using credit checks to hire or fire employees.