DEADLINE TODAY: SUPPORT FUNDING FOR CENSUS BUREAU DECENNIAL PLANNING

Please join us in supporting the Administration’s FY17 request for increased funding for the Census Bureau to help improve accuracy and reduce costs as it undergoes planning for the 2020 decennial. Beyond saving money in the long term, fully funding Census planning ensures the Census Bureau has the tools it needs to create a Census that counts everyone. Failing to adequately fund the Census means that many U.S. counties and nearly all rural and small communities are at risk of being underrepresented, leaving these areas without sufficient data to guide planning decisions, resource allocation, and initiatives to attract new business investment. Our most vulnerable communities cannot afford further cuts to the Census budget.

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Support FY17 Funding to Combat Human Trafficking

Please join me in sending the letter below asking the Appropriations Committee to include sufficient funding for the programs that fight slavery and human trafficking though the Departments of State, Justice, Homeland Security, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury for Fiscal Year 2017.

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Support FDA Proposed Rule on Tanning Beds (v. 2)

We commend your agency for its proposal to restrict the use of dangerous indoor tanning devices to only adults age 18 and older. We strongly supported the 2013 rule to ensure that consumers know about the harmful effects of these devices, and believe this new rule is a tremendous step to protect young Americans from harmful ultraviolet radiation and curb the spread of skin cancer.

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Grant Paid Parental Leave to Federal Employees

I wanted to make sure that you saw the announcement from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter about expanded paid maternity and paternity leave for military service members. As you may know, the new policy will grant new mothers up to 12 weeks of paid maternity leave.

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