SUPPORT RURAL BROADBAND!

Please join me in co-sponsoring the Rural Broadband Infrastructure Investment Act (H.R. 4160), which would unlock new opportunities for broadband deployment in rural communities across the nation. The legislation builds on the successful legacy of the Rural Electrification Act, which brought power and telephone service to rural communities during the New Deal.

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Time to Restore Patent Property Rights

I write to you today to bring to your attention this recent article by Jim Edwards about the harms being inflicted on property rights by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). The PTAB is, according to Randal Rader, Retired Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit, a “death squad” for patents. Some quotes from this important article:

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Cosponsor the Bipartisan ENCRYPT Act to Prevent Patchwork System of State Encryption Laws

The recent broad adoption of strong encryption technology has triggered an intense debate in America over how the U.S. government should adapt. Concerns over the privacy, security and technological feasibility of a “backdoor” into encrypted devices for the government and law enforcement have been the subject of several hearings and mobilized coalitions of tech, law enforcement, and privacy groups.

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Support the Cooperative Research and Development Fund Authorization Act of 2016

The Department of Energy National Laboratories play a vital role in supporting basic and applied energy research and development. The Laboratories license to and collaborate with industry and academia on a broad range of technologies. Frequently, the Labs rely on Cooperative Research and Development Agreements to partner with industry to transfer commercially relevant technologies to industry through mutually beneficial joint research. Industry benefits from access to the technical capabilities and resources of the Labs, while lab researchers benefit from the new competencies and skills they develop.

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Invite: Mobility Air Forces Caucus Breakfast

To learn more about the Mobility Air Forces Caucus, please contact either Mary Doocy in Representative Pompeo’s office at mary.doocy@mail.house.gov (x56216) or Joy Woellhart in Representative Garamendi’s office at joy.woellhart@mail.house.gov (x51880).

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Support the development of cures for the Zika virus (v. 3)

We write to encourage you to cosponsor H.R. 4400, a bipartisan bill that seeks to add Zika virus to the list of diseases included in the Tropical Disease Priority Review Voucher (PRV) Program at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA’s PRV Program was created to encourage private sector development of innovative treatments and cures for neglected diseases that disproportionately impact vulnerable populations.

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