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Bicameral letter to Demand the FCC Not Lower Broadband Internet Standards

October 2, 2017

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai recently demonstrated the FCC’s intention to lower the minimum standard for acceptable broadband speeds.
Please join us in signing the below letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai opposing any effort to lower broadband Internet standards for millions of Americans, a move that would immediately result in reduced connection reliability and Internet speeds for rural,
tribal, and low-income communities in every state. 
In a recent Notice of Inquiry (NOI), the FCC took steps to reduce advanced broadband standards from 25 Mbps download / 3 Mbps upload to a mere 10 Mbps download / 1 Mbps upload. Moreover, the Commission is contemplating finding that Internet access on a cellphone
at such speeds is sufficient and comparable to fixed broadband at home. Any student seeking to complete a report for school or rural resident hoping to take advantage of advances in telehealth is well aware that mobile broadband, particularly in rural areas,
is not yet a viable replacement to a fixed connection at home. 
The policy changes contemplated in this NOI would run counter to the intent of Congress by attempting to fulfill the FCC’s statutory obligation to support high-quality telecommunications access for all Americans through definitional changes, rather than concrete
action to connect more Americans online. Simply moving the goalposts is not a real solution, and weakening the definition of high-speed Internet is a disservice to the communities the FCC has an obligation to serve. 
Billions of dollars in annual, Federal investment are allocated as a result of the FCC definitions under review. Congress must act now to maintain the highest connectivity standards and ensure these funds continue to support genuine high-quality telecommunications
capability for all Americans.
To sign onto the letter or for any questions, please contact Scott Rasmussen (Rep. Huffman) at scott.rasmussen@mail.house.gov. 
Sincerely,
Jared Huffman                  Mark Pocan                  Rick Nolan                  Keith Ellison
Member of Congress         Member of Congress     Member of Congress    Member of Congress

Cosponsor House Concurrent Resolution Expressing Support for Designation of the first Friday of October as Manufacturing Day

October 2, 2017

This year, Friday October 6, 2017 is National Manufacturing Day.  The manufacturing industry significantly impacts every congressional district across the United States.  The most recent data shows that the manufacturing industry contributes $2.17 trillion
to the U.S. economy.  Manufacturers employ 12.3 million workers across the country, accounting for nine percent of the workforce; and support additional 18.5 million jobs in the U.S., which is about one in every six private sector jobs.
To recognize the importance of manufacturing please join us as an original cosponsor of a resolution to recognize the Manufacturing Day. 

Raise Cyber Security Standards to Protect Sensitive Information – Cosponsor the Data Protection Act

October 2, 2017

The recent Equifax data breach should serve as a wake up call  on enhancing data security.  Over 140 million Americans were impacted by this breach and their sensitive data has now fallen into the wrong hands.  We must raise the bar for companies which store
personally identifiable information. Many companies are good stewards of consumer information, but we have repeatedly seen what happens when some are not.

Urge the Senate to Act to Improve Career and Technical Education

October 2, 2017

Please join us in sending a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate HELP Committee, calling for a timely reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career
and Technical Education Act.

Oppose Yucca Mountain, Oppose H.R. 3053

September 29, 2017

As members of the Nevada delegation, we strongly urge you to oppose this reckless, controversial bill as it blatantly ignores the concerns of Nevadans who do not wish to see the federal government turn our state into a dumping ground for nuclear waste from
other states. It also threatens the health and safety of Americans from 329 congressional districts across the country, located in 44 states and D.C., where the radioactive waste will be forced to travel through by train or highway.

Raise cyber security standards to protect sensitive information – Cosponsor the Data Protection Act

September 29, 2017

The recent Equifax data breach should serve as a wake up call  on enhancing data security.  Over 140 million Americans were impacted by this breach and their sensitive data has now fallen into the wrong hands.  We must raise the bar for companies which store
personally identifiable information. Many companies are good stewards of consumer information, but we have repeatedly seen what happens when some are not.

Join the Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus

September 29, 2017

The Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus serves as an informal, bipartisan group of Members dedicated to celebrating automotive specialty products and the motorsports these products facilitate.

Original Cosponsor: Small Business Cybersecurity Enhancement Act

September 29, 2017

We invite you to join us as an original cosponsor of the Small Business Cybersecurity Enhancement Act. This legislation will ensure that our small companies can protect their businesses with the necessary cybersecurity services to keep their operational
data, and customer’s personal information, safe and also provide cybersecurity for their businesses to succeed well into the future.

Urge the Senate to Act to Improve Career and Technical Education

September 29, 2017

Please join us in sending a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate HELP Committee, calling for a timely reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

Original Cosponsor: Small Business Cybersecurity Enhancement Act

September 28, 2017

We invite you to join us as an original cosponsor of the Small Business Cybersecurity Enhancement Act. This legislation will ensure that our small companies can protect their businesses with the necessary cybersecurity services to keep their operational
data, and customer’s personal information, safe and also provide cybersecurity for their businesses to succeed well into the future.