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Letter to Science Agencies on Job Loss in the President’s Budget Request

May 26, 2017

The recently released President’s Budget Request (PBR) drastically cut the budgets of our most important science agencies. If these funding levels were enacted, it could have a profound effect on our research ecosystem. We cannot properly evaluate the full
impact of the FY18 PBR until we know how many university researchers and National Laboratory employees would lose their federal funding or their jobs if these funding levels were enacted.

Join the Distributed Generation Caucus

May 25, 2017

Since the first power plant came online in 1882, our country’s energy sector has grown and changed dramatically. Throughout the twentieth century we saw a greater variety of fuel for power plants, and widespread adoption of electricity in commercial and
residential use. Electric lighting became commonplace in the United States, and electricity came from just a few primary sources – coal, hydroelectric dams, and nuclear power. However, as our energy sector continued to evolve into the twenty-first century,
energy is increasingly decentralized, and there are more and more sources from which to generate power. For these reasons, we are pleased to launch the Distributed Generation Caucus in the 115th Congress.

Last Call for Originals: Support Ambitious STEM goals with National Moonshot Day

May 25, 2017

As you may know, on May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy addressed a joint session of Congress challenging the United States to land a man on the moon by 1970. The resulting Apollo program united our nation in the pursuit of new heights in scientific
understanding. Just eight years later Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon proving the awesome power of setting ambitious goals and supporting those goals with investments in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Join Letter to Oppose Re-Opening Arctic Ocean to Drilling!

May 23, 2017

As you may know, President Trump signed an executive order directing review of the five-year planning process for offshore leasing. Under the existing 2017-2022 Program, BOEM decided not to include any new lease sales in the Arctic Ocean.
The Arctic Ocean is a vulnerable region that would pose unique threats for drilling. BOEM itself identified a 75% likelihood of such a spill occurring.
Worse, compared to the Deepwater Horizon disaster – which took place in the infrastructure-rich Gulf of Mexico region and still took 87 days to stop,
any development in the Arctic Ocean would take place approximately 1,000 miles from the nearest U.S. Coast Guard station, throwing one of the world’s most fragile ecosystems into jeopardy.

Ocean Acidification Education Event

May 23, 2017

By now, you should have received the following invitation from the Ocean Caucus Foundation to attend a bicameral ocean acidification education reception. Please email Carolyn Weis at
cweis@iccfoundation.us to RSVP, and we hope to see you there.

Help Stressed Out Teachers

May 23, 2017

Stress is contributing to the high turnover rate among teachers. This high turnover rate is estimated to cost over $7 billion per year. According to the

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “Basic research is needed on additional ways to reduce teacher stress and support teacher health and wellness.” That is why I introduced H.R. 2544, the
Teacher Health and Wellness Act which provides this support by creating a pilot study at the National Institute of Health to increase the well-being of educators and boost student achievement through evidence based interventions.  

SUPPORT THE FUNCTIONAL GASTROINTESTINAL AND MOTILITY DISORDERS RESEARCH ENHANCEMENT ACT (v. 2)

May 23, 2017

Functional gastrointestinal (GI) and motility disorders refer to medical conditions where normal movement of the digestive tract, sensitivity of the nerves of the digestive tract, or the way in which the brain controls some of these functions is impaired.
These conditions affect two in five Americans, cause considerable suffering and disability, and cost society over $30 billion annually. They can affect any area of the digestive tract and are characterized by persistent recurring symptoms that cause tremendous
personal and societal burden.

Stop the profiting by abortion clinics; support the Safe RESEARCH Act (v. 5)

May 23, 2017

Although I support efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, those efforts do not get to the root of the problem – abortion clinics can still profit by selling fetal tissue.  Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics have used an outdated section of federal
law to sell fetal tissue to research institutions.  This morally bankrupt practice further victimizes the defenseless and increases profits for Planned Parenthood. 

Support Recognizing Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) as a Serious Mental Illness

May 23, 2017

In honor of BPD Awareness Month, I write today to invite you to sign a letter to Secretary Price to recognize Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) as a serious mental illness as described in the 21st Century Cures Act.  This disorder given its
scope warrants more attention with potentially up to 6 of  every 100 Americans (1.6 to 5.9% of the population) having BPD.

Join the Artificial Intelligence Caucus

May 22, 2017

We invite you to join the Congressional Artificial Intelligence (AI) Caucus in the 115th Congress. The goal of the AI Caucus is to inform policymakers of the technological, economic and social impacts of advances in AI and to ensure that rapid innovation
in AI and related fields benefits Americans as fully as possible. The AI Caucus is a bipartisan caucus that brings experts together from academia, government and the private sector to discuss the latest technologies and the policy implications created by these
new changes.