Thursday Briefing: Advancing Gas Turbine Technology

We invite you to a lunch briefing on H.R. 2961, a bill that will enhance research and development of efficient gas turbine engines. The lunch will be held on Thursday, February 25th, from 11:45am to 1:15pm in Rayburn B-354. A panel of speakers from the Gas Turbine Association will be there to expand on the importance of this legislation and answer any questions you may have relating to the gas turbine industry.

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Sharing Economy Caucus Briefing – Thursday 10:30 AM

As co-chairs of the Sharing Economy Caucus, we invite you to a briefing on Thursday, February 25 at 10:30AM in 2237 Rayburn. Panelists from leading sharing economy companies Uber, Task Rabbit, and Lyft will discuss how this new sector is creating opportunities for both workers and users.

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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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