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SUPPORT FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE BLOCK GRANTS

March 2, 2020

Please join us in requesting support for the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) Program, an initiative that provides critical assistance for local governments to tackle the
serious challenges facing their communities. Specifically, this bipartisan letter requests a funding level of $775 million for the program to maintain the federal commitment to targeted, innovative approaches to improving economic conditions.

Cosponsor H.R. 5955 to Award the Congressional Gold Medal to Humanitarian Muhammad Ali

February 27, 2020

The Smithsonian’s “History of America in 101 Objects” devoted a chapter on the important role Ali played in helping our nation grow past the legacy of Jim Crow and segregation in sports, and to march into a new era of Civil Rights.  We should recognize Ali
as an American civil rights activist and sports legend for his contributions to the United States and the world by bestowing the Congressional Medal of Honor.  Over the course of his illustrious career, Muhammad Ali produced some of our nation’s most lasting
sports memories.  From winning a Gold Medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, to lighting the Olympic torch at the 1996 Summer Olympics, his influence as an athlete and a humanitarian has spanned over fifty years.
 
Despite being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the 1980s, Ali continued working tirelessly to devote his life to charitable organizations.  Ali and his wife, Lonnie, were the founding directors of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and Movement Disorders
Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona and they helped raise over $50 million for Parkinson’s research.  In addition to helping families cope with illness, Ali led efforts to provide meals for the hungry and helped countless organizations such as the Make-A-Wish-Foundation
and the Special Olympics. 
 
Muhammad Ali’s humanitarian efforts went beyond his charitable activities in the United States.  In 1990, Muhammad Ali traveled to the Middle East to seek the release of American and British hostages that were being held as human shields in the first Gulf War.
 After his intervention, 15 hostages were freed.  Ali’s devotion to diplomatic causes and racial harmony, earned him many accolades, including being chosen as a “U.N. Messenger of Peace” and receiving an Amnesty international Lifetime achievement award in
1998, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 from President George W. Bush.
 
Through his unyielding dedication to his sport and to struggling populations around the world, Muhammad Ali serves as an example of service and self-sacrifice for all generations.  The Congressional Gold Medal is a fitting commemoration of his life and work,
for which he is deservingly known as “the Greatest”.  Please join me in recognizing one of our nation’s most lasting and influential figures. To cosponsor H.R. 5955, please contact Omair Mirza at 5-4011 or
omair.mirza@mail.house.gov.
  
Sincerely,

Support HUD-VASH in FY2021!

February 27, 2020

We invite you to sign on to the letter below requesting funding for the Housing and Urban Development – Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) for Fiscal Year 2021. This letter requests $47 million for HUD-VASH, which is consistent with FY17
enacted levels.

Improve Diabetes Care and Research: Sign the Diabetes Appropriations Letter

February 27, 2020

As Co-Chairs of the Congressional Diabetes Caucus we ask that you join us in requesting level funding for federal diabetes programs in the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill.

Support HUD-VASH in FY2021!

February 26, 2020

We invite you to sign on to the letter below requesting funding for the Housing and Urban Development – Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) for Fiscal Year 2021. This letter requests $47 million for HUD-VASH, which is consistent with FY17
enacted levels.

Cosponsor the Women Who Worked on the Home Front World War II Memorial Act

February 25, 2020

Please become a cosponsor of the Women Who Worked on the Home Front World War II Memorial Act (H.R. 5068), which would authorize the establishment of a memorial on federal land in the District of Columbia commemorating the efforts of the 18 million American
women who kept the home front running during World War II.   Women are dramatically underrepresented in our memorials. 

Support HUD-VASH in FY2021!

February 25, 2020

We invite you to sign on to the letter below requesting funding for the Housing and Urban Development – Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) for Fiscal Year 2021. This letter requests $47 million for HUD-VASH, which is consistent with FY17
enacted levels.

Restore Funding for the Office of Technology Assessment in FY21 Appropriations

February 21, 2020

Please join us in support funding for the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) in the Fiscal Year 2021 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill.

TODAY! Briefing Invite: Building a Modern Congressional Technology Assessment Office

February 21, 2020

RSVP Here: https://ash.harvard.edu/os_events/nojs/registration/1273427
In their paper, Graves, a 2019 Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center and head of policy at the Lincoln Network, and Schuman, policy director at Demand Progress, make the case that reviving Congress’s technical assessment capabilities presents “a
rare opportunity for institution-building.” The pair calls for restoring and modernizing Congress’s technical assessment capacity by improving and expanding upon the work being done at the Government Accountability Office (GAO)’s recently established Science,
Technology Assessment, and Analytics (STAA) team with new authorizing legislation. They also argue for the creation of a smaller, emerging-technologies-focused version of Office of Technical Assistance they call the Technology Assessment Service (TAS).
Graves and Shulman will be joined by Teresa Acuña, Associate Director of the Ash Center’s Democratic Governance program and Diane Katz, Senior Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy at the Heritage Foundation. I hope you can
join us next month for a lively discussion on the future of Congress’s science and technology capabilities.
For more information please contact Matthew Ceja matthew.ceja@mail.house.gov – in the Office of Congressman Mark Takano.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Become an Original Cosponsor of the National Black History Month Resolution!

February 21, 2020

I would like to invite you to become an original co-sponsor of my resolution below, commemorating National Black History Month. As you know, Black History Month is celebrated each year in the United States during the month of February. This month-long celebration
is a time when all Americans of every race and ethnicity are given the opportunity to study the untold and “under told” history of African Americans and their contributions to American society and human civilization.