Support our Future Manufacturing Sector- Seeking Original Cosponsors for MADE HERE

Our economy and national security is currently vulnerable to aging manufacturing workforce and outdated equipment.  Manufacturing competitiveness requires a new, wider set of skills than the manufacturing jobs of the past.[1] To ensure the longevity of our
manufacturing industry and the sufficiency of our defense industrial base, we need an entrepreneurial workforce fluent in advanced manufacturing techniques to rapidly address areas of national need, as identified in the 2018 Strategy for American Leadership
in Advanced Manufacturing.[2]

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SIGN ON: Letter for Funding the National Violent Death Reporting System

We invite you to sign a letter urging the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to provide funding for National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) within the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention budget. This requests maintains level funding from previous years.

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Ensure Consumer Data Transparency and Be An Original Cosponsor of the DASHBOARD Act

User data is quickly becoming the most valuable asset in our increasingly digital economy. This is particularly the case with social media platforms, where user data allows for targeted ads and customized services. Unfortunately, there is currently little
transparency into the data collected by platforms – what, exactly, a provider has collected; how it was collected; and what the commercial value is. This serves as a major obstacle for agencies like the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) seeking to address competitive
and consumer harms. Customers have consistently been told that these services are ‘free’, when nothing could be further from the truth.

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Briefing Invite: Building a Modern Congressional Technology Assessment Office

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.

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Briefing: What We Know about the Coronavirus

The Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus will be hosting a briefing on “What We Know about the Coronavirus”. This briefing, sponsored by The Coalition for the Life Sciences (CLS) will be held in Cannon 121 on Wednesday, February 26 from 2:30pm to
3:30pm.

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Join roundtable with Venture Capitalists on the state of the American entrepreneurial economy

Please join me at a roundtable discussion about the state of the American entrepreneurial economy from 2:30-3:30PM on Weds., Feb. 26 in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center – Congressional Meeting Room North (CVC 268). From 21st century jobs to climate
change and market competition, entrepreneurial activity affects a broad range of critical policy priorities, often in ways we may not even appreciate. This panel will provide an overview of the mechanics of the startup ecosystem, explore how startups affect
these and other issues, and discuss ways policy can improve these efforts to effect positive change.

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Briefing Invite: Building a Modern Congressional Technology Assessment Office

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.

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SIGN ON: Letter for Funding the National Violent Death Reporting System

We invite you to sign a letter urging the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies to provide funding for National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) within the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention budget. This requests maintains level funding from previous years.

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