Congressional Cut Flowers Caucus Briefing on American Grown Flowers

As Co-Chairs of the Congressional Cut Flower Caucus (CCFC), we invite you to join cut-flower industry leaders for a special staff-level briefing on the importance of buying American Grown cut-flowers at 10:00AM on February 23, 2016, in 2261 RHOB. Whether you’re buying cut-flowers for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, a wedding, or any day, it’s important that these flowers are American Grown.

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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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Briefing on the TPP: Is it a Gold Standard for Working People?

We have all heard that the TPP contains the “highest labor standards ever” – but what does that really mean? Has there ever been a trade agreement that successfully secured for workers the right to form a union and negotiate a collective bargaining agreement? How do any potential benefits of labor provisions measure up against potential losses caused by other provisions in the agreement? Just what is the right measuring stick by which to judge the TPP’s impact on workers?

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Join Letter to USDA Opposing $10 Billion Taxpayer Giveaway to Cotton Growers

Please join me in writing to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to oppose the recent request that cottonseed be added as an “other oilseed” for purposes of the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs – a move which could cost taxpayers an additional $10 billion over 10 years through the PLC program alone.

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Co-sponsor H.R. 1401, the Jobs Originating Through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act

In light of the recent attacks in Paris and concerns with the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), Congress passed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. This bill contained a number of the same security provisions originally included in our bipartisan bill, H.R. 1401, the Jobs Originating Through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act of 2015. These provisions include the requirement of travelers to have electronic, machine-readable passports; an assessment on how to strengthen the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA); and to grant U.S. officials greater authority to terminate non-compliant countries.

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