TSA Needs Full Funding to Ensure Aviation Security: Cosponsor H.R. 2514, the FASTER Act

Today, the threats to aviation are diverse and significant. Presently, there is great interest in system-wide deployment of Computed Tomography (CT) screening equipment to passenger security checkpoints, a technology widely-viewed as significantly enhancing
the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) threat detection capability. Last November 8, TSA Administrator David Pekoske testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security that TSA could “hypothetically” deploy CT throughout the aviation security
system. When probed about why TSA views such deployment as hypothetical, Administrator Pekoske explained that it is “hypothetical due to funding.” 

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Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 4492)

I invite my colleagues to become a cosponsor of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Reauthorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 4492) that extends and doubles the funding authorization for a critical credit assistance program designed to accelerate
investment in our nation’s water infrastructure. This bill would increase the credit assistance from the current $45 million to $90 million, and offer financial flexibility to utilities, municipalities, nonprofits and other eligible entities to construct $5
billion in new water resources infrastructure.  

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Protect the National Flood Insurance Program Expiring this Friday

In light of the fast approaching expiration of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on Friday, January 19th, I invite you to sign the letter below to send a strong message to Congressional leadership about the need to pass a comprehensive,
multi-year reauthorization of this critical program. Specifically, this letter urges Congressional leadership to ensure that a reauthorization of the NFIP, at a minimum, preserve the affordability of flood insurance premiums, provide increased funding and
capabilities for flood mapping and mitigation, and provide reforms to address the administrative issues that were brought to light in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Congress must stop passing short-term stop gap extensions, and provide a multi-year reauthorization
that protects families and communities from future floods.

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TSA Needs Full Funding to Ensure Aviation Security: Cosponsor H.R. 2514, the FASTER Act

Today, the threats to aviation are diverse and significant. Presently, there is great interest in system-wide deployment of Computed Tomography (CT) screening equipment to passenger security checkpoints, a technology widely-viewed as significantly enhancing
the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) threat detection capability. On November 8, TSA Administrator David Pekoske testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security that TSA could “hypothetically” deploy CT throughout the aviation security
system. When probed about why TSA views such deployment as hypothetical, Administrator Pekoske explained that it is “hypothetical due to funding.” 

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Cosponsor H.R. 3544, the Aircraft Ownership Transparency Act

I invite you to join me as a cosponsor of H.R. 3544, the Aircraft Ownership Transparency Act.
While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is required to collect ownership information when registering aircraft in the U.S., foreign agents have been able to shield their identities by using a U.S.-based trustee. This bipartisan bill would require
disclosure of beneficial ownership information, giving regulators the full picture so they can better identify individuals and aircraft that pose a danger to national security and public safety.

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2018 Congressional Space Studies Series

Happy New Year and welcome to the first legislative week of 2018! Space Advocates is excited to kick-off the New Year by sharing with you the following invitation to participate in a professional development opportunity for congressional staffers. As part
of our ongoing effort to promote space education, we encourage you to attend the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration’s nine-part series designed to establish or build upon an existing foundation of space, science, and space technology. The course description,
curriculum, and registration can be found below. This series will begin on Friday, January 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2325.  We hope you will join Space Advocates and the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration to
learn about space issues from a diverse group of experts and guest speakers, and to network with other staffers who share a passion for space exploration!

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State of the Boating Industry

As co-chairs of the Congressional Boating Caucus, we would like to remind you of the following briefing to learn about boating safety and infrastructure. Please see the invitation below.

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TODAY: Briefing: Energy Efficiency Means Business in Your District

Rep. Kaptur and Rep. Fortenberry invite you to join us on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 1:00pm to hear from a panel of experts about how federal energy efficiency programs create jobs, deliver direct meaningful savings to constituent homeowners, consumers,
and businesses—all while reducing the stresses and strains on our energy system. 

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