Cosponsor the STEM Opportunities Act of 2017 (v. 4)

I hope you will join me in becoming a cosponsor the
STEM Opportunities Act of 2017. Many reports over the past decade have found that it is critical to our Nation’s economic leadership and global competitiveness that we educate and train more scientists and engineers. In the meantime, research shows that
women and underrepresented minorities, who by 2050 will comprise more than 50 percent of our population, are disproportionately lost at every transition point in their STEM studies and research careers. As a Nation, we cannot afford to continue hemorrhaging
so much talent.

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Cosponsor National Brain Tumor Awareness Month Resolution (v. 2)

Please join me as an original cosponsor on a resolution designating May 2017 as “National Brain Tumor Awareness Month,” when brain tumor advocates nationwide unite in awareness, outreach, and advocacy activities. To read a draft of the resolution, please
follow this link: https://quigley.house.gov/sites/quigley.house.gov/files/QUIGLE_014_xml.pdf

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COSPONSOR H.R. 664, the STOP OD Act of 2017 (v. 20)

We invite you to join us in cosponsoring the Stem the Tide of Overdose Prevalence from Opiate Drugs Act of 2017, or the STOP OD Act, H.R. 664, which would help state and local governments raise awareness that Fentanyl-laced drugs are rising in popularity,
and equip our first responders with the training and tools they need to fight this epidemic.

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LAST CALL– Support Protection of Wireless Microphones Used in the Performing Arts

As co-chairs of the Congressional Arts Caucus, we invite you to join us in sending the below letter to the FCC Chairman and Commissioners in support of protecting wireless microphones used in the performing arts.
The letter urges the Commission to preserve the quality and integrity of wireless microphones and in-ear monitors used in the performing arts. The FCC should recognize the importance of this reliable technology to performing artists and audiences across the
country.
The Commission ruled in 2014 that performing arts entities regularly using 50 or more wireless devices would be eligible to apply for a Part 74 license and would have access to a database which protects against interference from new “White Space” devices sharing
the same radio frequencies. This decision protects some large events and performances against this interference.
However, the Commission also made database registration unavailable to performing arts entities utilizing fewer than 50 devices on a regular basis. Unfortunately, this would leave major not-for-profit regional theatres, and our nation’s symphony orchestras,
opera companies, dance companies, presenting organizations and educational entities without interference protection against White Space devices.
There are more than 26,000 school theater programs in the United States which impact approximately 600,000 enrolled students. Performances by opera and dance companies, symphony orchestras and other musical ensembles of all kinds, community theaters, and regional
theaters reach a combined audience of 190 million Americans annually and collectively represent an annual $7.8 billion industry. Given the thousands of performances held by arts organizations each year, the use of wireless microphones and wireless in-ear monitors
is both essential to producing high-quality performances and also mitigates against significant public safety concerns. Professional wireless capability, with interference protection that works successfully, is essential to the performing arts.
For 35 years, wireless microphone technology has allowed users unrestricted on-stage movement and helped to create sophisticated sound. Nonprofit performing arts organizations, commercial theaters and music venues, schools, and performers have all relied on
this equipment operating within the “white space” radio frequencies between broadcast channels of the television band. Wireless systems are also integral to backstage communications used by stagehands to execute complex technical activity. Interference to
these backstage communications could very likely compromise the safety of performers, technicians, and audiences.
The American public wants and needs access to high-quality, safe performances.  We urge you to join us in communicating with the FCC. The deadline to sign onto the letter is COB, Tuesday, May 9.  
To sign onto the letter, please contact Jack Spasiano (jack.spasiano@mail.house.gov) with Rep. Slaughter and Bri Hearn (Bri.Hearn@mail.house.gov) with Rep. Lance.
Sincerely,
Louise M. Slaughter                                         Leonard Lance

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Sign on to H. Res. 69 to Support Awareness and Funding for Most Deadly Childhood Cancers

May 17 is National Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) Awareness Day, which helps advocacy for increased attention and funding for a disease that only effects children and has a 100% mortality rate. To help their cause, Congresswoman Jackie Speier and
I introduced H. Res. 69 to formally recognize DIPG advocates’ nationwide effort. As we near the 17th, we are reaching out for new signatories to show support on the day of their annual rallies, walkathons, and other engagement activities.

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Tell Administrator Pruitt to Maintain the Scientific Integrity of the EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors

Sending Office: Honorable Bill Foster Sent By: Gary.Timmins@mail.house.gov   Request for Signature(s) Dear colleague, We invite you to join us in sending a letter to Administrator Pruitt expressing concerns over recent reports that several members of the EPA’s Board of Scientific Counselors will be removed to make room for more industry input. The EPA’s Board of Scientific […]

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Cosponsor National Brain Tumor Awareness Month Resolution

Please join me as an original cosponsor on a resolution designating May 2017 as “National Brain Tumor Awareness Month,” when brain tumor advocates nationwide unite in awareness, outreach, and advocacy activities. To read a draft of the resolution, please
follow this link: https://quigley.house.gov/sites/quigley.house.gov/files/QUIGLE_014_xml.pdf

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Prevent the Unnecessary Death of Millions of Migratory Birds

The Federal Bird Safe Buildings Act is a cost-neutral, bipartisan bill that requires each public building constructed, acquired, or significantly altered by the General Services Administration (GSA) to incorporate, to the maximum
extent possible, bird-safe building materials and design features. Many buildings constructed by GSA are already, in fact, bird-friendly.  The legislation would require GSA to take similar actions on existing buildings, where practicable.
This bill is unchanged from last Congress.

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