Eliminate Food Deserts! Cosponsor the Health Food Access for All Americans Act (HFAAA)

Currently an estimated 37 million Americans live in what the United States Department of Agricultures (USDA) classifies as a food desert—not living within a mile of a grocery store in urban communities or 10 miles of a grocery store in rural areas. The lack
of healthy foods has devastating effects on the health of communities, leading to higher incidents of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

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Support Our Community Broadcasters

We write today to urge you to join 214 of your colleagues and support for the Local Radio Freedom Act (H.Con.Res 13). This resolution highlights the vital role broadcasters play in our communities and expresses the sense of the House that
Congress should not impose any new fees, taxes or royalties on local radio stations. Imposing additional fees on free, local radio broadcasters would devastate their ability to serve local listeners and provide them with vital emergency information during
times of crisis.

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SIGN-ON: Protect and Preserve the Johnson Amendment — Due TUESDAY, 11/14

We hope you will join us in signing onto the attached (below) letter to Chairman Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Lowey expressing opposition to the inclusion of any riders which would undermine or eliminate the Johnson Amendment in any year-end
funding agreement. The Johnson Amendment prohibits tax-exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code from endorsing, opposing, or contributing to political candidates, and has protected our country’s charitable community
from partisan politics. Thousands of faith leaders and national organizations support the Johnson Amendment, as noted in the letter.

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SIGN ON – Protect and Preserve the Johnson Amendment – Due TUESDAY, 11/14

We hope you will join us in signing onto the attached (below) letter to Chairman Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Lowey expressing opposition to the inclusion of any riders which would undermine or eliminate the Johnson Amendment in any year-end
funding agreement. The Johnson Amendment prohibits tax-exempt organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code from endorsing, opposing, or contributing to political candidates, and has protected our country’s charitable community
from partisan politics. Thousands of faith leaders and national organizations support the Johnson Amendment, as noted in the letter.

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Cosponsor the Tax Pollution, Not Profits Act

To accomplish anything in Congress, we have to come together, setting aside ideology, and forge compromises for the good of the nation.  That has been my guiding principle since coming to Congress, and it’s the guiding principle behind my new legislation,
the Tax Pollution, Not Profits Act.  Currently we have two huge forces working against economic growth: our extremely high corporate tax rate and the existential threat of climate change.  This legislation seeks to solve both problems at the same time.

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Protect Public Funds for Public Schools

Please join me in introducing the Public Funds for Public Schools Act, H.R. 4269, which would close a current tax shelter that allows the wealthy to

turn a profit on donations to private and often unaccredited schools. As stewards of taxpayer funds, we must ensure our tax code doesn’t incentivize the diversion of limited federal dollars from public schools, which are already fighting for scarce resources.
While Congress is debating offsets for vital K-12 education programs, savings from this bill could be used to address the greatest unfunded mandate in public education: the right to a free and appropriate public education for all students with disabilities.

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TODAY: Briefing on H.R. 1 and Education

I would like to invite you and your staff to a briefing on how H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, could negatively impact public education in your districts. The briefing will be
TODAY: Monday, November 13 at 10:30am in Cannon 421.

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