ICYMI: Report on the Impact of Globalization and Trade Agreements on American Workers

I wanted to bring to your attention a newly released report by the Economic Policy Institute:

Adding Insult to Injury: How bad policy decisions have amplified globalization’s costs for American workers. The report, by economist Josh Bivens, details how policy failures have amplified the effects of globalization and depressed economic opportunity
for the American worker. Notably, trade agreements have consistently undercut workers and their economic interests while simultaneously carving out protections and incentives for corporate interests. The report recommends that the United States can:

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Cosponsor H.R. 3151, The Food Stamp Integrity Act of 2017

I invite you to cosponsor H.R. 3151, The Food Stamp Integrity Act of 2017.  My legislation implements common sense and necessary reforms to our Nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  These important changes to the SNAP program will help
curb the drug epidemic, increase employment, and preserve precious resources for truly needy families and the disabled. 

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End the Arms Embargo Against Cyprus (v. 4)

I ask that you join me as an original cosponsor of legislation to repeal the existing U.S. arms embargo against the Republic of Cyprus.  Cyprus is a critical and strategic U.S. partner in the Eastern Mediterranean region, and ensuring their security will
help safeguard American interests, strengthen our alliances, and preserve our national security.

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TODAY: NAFTA 101: How NAFTA Impacts American Jobs

On January 1, 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect, and slowly over the past 23 years since implementation the many original promises have been broken and communities across the country have been trying to pick up the pieces
ever since. We have seen a $181 billion U.S. trade deficit with NAFTA partners which has created a loss of 1 million net U.S. jobs under the agreement. This has led to growing income inequality and stagnate wages.

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Become an Original Cosponsor of the Make Identifiable Criminal Rounds Obvious (MICRO) Act (v. 7)

When a firearm is used in a crime, you are more likely to find the bullet cartridges at the scene than the gun itself.[1] In 2014, there were over 10,000
homicides involving a firearm[2] and nearly 40% of murders in 2012 had no arrest due to a lack of evidence[3].
We need to do more to ensure firearms don’t end up in the wrong hands, but when they do, we should ensure that law enforcement has every tool possible at their disposal to track down criminals. If law enforcement has the capability to use that bullet cartridge
as evidence and to immediately identify the gun used in a crime, that could provide a substantial lead in the investigation.

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Become an Original Cosponsor of the Make Identifiable Criminal Rounds Obvious (MICRO) Act (v. 6)

When a firearm is used in a crime, you are more likely to find the bullet cartridges at the scene than the gun itself.[1] In 2014, there were over 10,000
homicides involving a firearm[2] and nearly 40% of murders in 2012 had no arrest due to a lack of evidence[3].
We need to do more to ensure firearms don’t end up in the wrong hands, but when they do, we should ensure that law enforcement has every tool possible at their disposal to track down criminals. If law enforcement has the capability to use that bullet cartridge
as evidence and to immediately identify the gun used in a crime, that could provide a substantial lead in the investigation.

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