Join the Congressional Cambodia Caucus

It is our pleasure to invite you to join the bipartisan Congressional Cambodia Caucus. The Caucus provides an opportunity for Members of Congress and the public to study and discuss Cambodia’s economic development, encourage and foster a greater respect for human rights and rule of law, as well as work to improve the United States-Cambodia bilateral relationship.

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Briefing Invite: Cuba Agricultural Trade

The Cuba Working Group, a bipartisan group of House Members seeking greater U.S. engagement with Cuba, will host a briefing to highlight the opportunity that agricultural trade with Cuba presents America’s farmers and ranchers.

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Help Create Middle-Class Jobs (v. 2)

Recreational boating is a multi-billion dollar per year business in the United States that supports hundreds of thousands of middle-class jobs. Yachts are the floating economic engines at the center of this industry. At least thirteen percent of the value of every yacht sold in the U.S. immediately goes towards upgrades that boost the local economy where the sale takes place. And, an additional ten percent of the boat’s value goes to maintenance every year. This means jobs for carpenters, painters, mechanics, welders, and others involved in boat maintenance and retrofitting. Plus, each yacht docked in the U.S. requires the support of crew members who spend their dollars in the local economy.

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Migration from Central America: Economic Development & Labor Rights in El Salvador

The people of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and the nations themselves, are at a cross roads. As the United Nations High Commission on Refugees documented, violence is not the only force driving migration and displacement from the region; poverty and economic inequality are a significant factor, too. Entrenched poverty and economic insecurity are root problems of the escalating threats of drug trafficking and gang violence, and are particularly poignant this year, the tenth anniversary of the United States-Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA).

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Cosponsor HR 4792: Efforts to Modernize the SEC Industry Guides for Oil, Gas, and Mining Companies

According to the SEC, “The laws and rules that govern the securities industry in the United States derive from a simple and straightforward concept: all investors, whether large institutions or private individuals, should have access to certain basic facts about an investment prior to buying it, and so long as they hold it. To achieve this, the SEC requires public companies to disclose meaningful financial and other information to the public. This provides a common pool of knowledge for all investors to use to judge for themselves whether to buy, sell, or hold a particular security. Only through the steady flow of timely, comprehensive, and accurate information can people make sound investment decisions.” For certain industries with complex financial and non-financial data, the SEC has established industry guides, which require specific disclosure to better ensure that investors receive the material information necessary to make investment decisions

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Support Funding for the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (Deadline Today)

Please join me in requesting $80.7 million in funding for the U.S. Trade Development Agency in the Fiscal Year 2017 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations budget. USTDA helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries. The top five exporting states that have directly benefited from USTDA’s program over the last 10 years are Washington, Texas, California, New York and South Carolina.

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