Results for the tag Doug Lamborn

Letter Supporting Christians in Algeria

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom recently recommended the inclusion of Algeria on the U.S. Department of State’s Special Watch List for engaging in or tolerating severe violations of religious freedom pursuant to the International
Religious Freedom Act (IRFA). You can read USCIRF’s recommendation’s
here.

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Letter: Support American Students during COVID-19

Secretary of Education Betsy Devos recently issued guidance explaining how important it is that limited funding from the CARES Act being used for students meets the following criteria: “U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number;
registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.”

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Join us in supporting religious liberty in Algeria

Please join me in sending a letter to the government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria regarding the recent closings of churches on the basis of Ordinance 06-03. 13 Churches have been closed since 2017 under this ordinance. While the Algerian
constitution clearly outlines freedom of religion for all, we’re concerned these closures are an obstruction to the free practice and exercise of religion in Algeria. We are asking for the Algerian government to create a viable means by which churches may
obtain full authorization to operate.

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Join us in supporting religious liberty in Algeria

Please join me in sending a letter to the government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria regarding the recent closings of churches on the basis of Ordinance 06-03. 13 Churches have been closed since 2017 under this ordinance. While the Algerian
constitution clearly outlines freedom of religion for all, we’re concerned these closures are an obstruction to the free practice and exercise of religion in Algeria. We are asking for the Algerian government to create a viable means by which churches may
obtain full authorization to operate.

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CLOSING TODAY: Letter to SecDef on Protecting the Defense Industrial Base

Re: Mitigating Impacts of COVID-19 on the Defense Industrial Base
Dear Secretary Esper,
We greatly appreciate the actions you and your colleagues in the Department have taken both to combat the spread and effects of COVID-19 as well as provide guidance for protecting the Defense Industrial Base.  As Congress acts to bring relief to individual
Americans and many of the industries hardest hit, we encourage you to continue taking additional action within your existing authority to mitigate damage to the only sector charged with protecting our national security.  There is much you can do to avoid both
short term and long term damage to the defense industrial base—an industry comprised of approximately 300,000 companies, the majority of which are small businesses.
First, we appreciate the memorandum Under Secretary Lord released on  March 20, 2020, and thank all of you for getting this guidance out expeditiously.  The designation of the Defense Industrial Base as Essential Critical Infrastructure will ensure vital parts,
equipment, and services continue to flow to our warfighters even in the midst of the disruption caused by COVID-19.  This, of course, comes with the understanding that the defense industry will do everything recommended by the CDC and federal and state governments
to ensure the safety of our workforce and their families as we cope with the spread of this virus.  As these measures continue, we encourage you to work closely with state and local authorities to ensure these workers maintain access to their facilities, installations,
and work areas even as measures are taken to limit movement around the nation.  It is particularly important for the small business in the supply chain to avoid ruinous work stoppages.
We were pleased to learn the Department has taken action to increase progress payment rates, and appreciate your acknowledgement of how vulnerable the defense-industrial base is to adversarial capital during this crisis.  As Ms. Herrington’s memo states, it
is imperative that we “ensure companies stay in business without losing their technology.”  We applaud these efforts and proactive measures.  
We were also pleased with the guidance from the Office of Management and Budget released on March 20, 2020 regarding the management of federal contract performance.  In accordance with this guidance, we ask you to direct your contracting authorities to exercise
both their judgment and what authorities they currently have to excuse delays, entitle vendors to an equitable adjustment of the contract price, and still make payments in a timely manner when vendors run into challenges to their contract fulfillment presented
by COVID-19 and mitigation efforts by the federal, state, and local governments.  These extraordinary circumstances have the potential to cripple our supply chain, which relies so heavily on specialized small businesses for parts and services.  Allowing thousands
of companies to shutter their doors and close down lines during this economic hardship will have devastating long-term implications for our entire national security enterprise.
Oversight will remain tremendously important throughout this disruptive pandemic, and we encourage you and your colleagues to maintain strict oversight of where these dollars are going.  For our part, we will do the same, and ask the Department to provide an
overview on how they plan to achieve this.  As we move forward, oversight and accountability will remain very important.
Finally, we ask that you work closely with the Congressional Defense Committees to inform us of any gaps in your authority needed to adequately protect and preserve our defense industrial base.  To this end, we request you provide recurring weekly updates on
the impact to the defense industrial base.  Included in this briefing should be a detailed list of companies with any impacts to their operations as well as the resulting impact to weapon system availability and readiness.  Congress is moving forward quickly
to provide the American people and companies relief from the second and third order effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We urge you to let us know immediately if there is anything we as lawmakers can to do support the Department of Defense and the thousands
of individuals, small business, and companies which make up the industrial base that supports it.
We thank you for your time and attention to these matters, and stand ready to assist however we are able.  We intend to work closely with you on this and look forward to your reply.   
Sincerely, 

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Letter to SecDef on Protecting the Defense Industrial Base (CLOSING TOMORROW)

Re: Mitigating Impacts of COVID-19 on the Defense Industrial Base
Dear Secretary Esper,
We greatly appreciate the actions you and your colleagues in the Department have taken both to combat the spread and effects of COVID-19 as well as provide guidance for protecting the Defense Industrial Base.  As Congress acts to bring relief to individual
Americans and many of the industries hardest hit, we encourage you to continue taking additional action within your existing authority to mitigate damage to the only sector charged with protecting our national security.  There is much you can do to avoid both
short term and long term damage to the defense industrial base—an industry comprised of approximately 300,000 companies, the majority of which are small businesses.
First, we appreciate the memorandum Under Secretary Lord released on  March 20, 2020, and thank all of you for getting this guidance out expeditiously.  The designation of the Defense Industrial Base as Essential Critical Infrastructure will ensure vital parts,
equipment, and services continue to flow to our warfighters even in the midst of the disruption caused by COVID-19.  This, of course, comes with the understanding that the defense industry will do everything recommended by the CDC and federal and state governments
to ensure the safety of our workforce and their families as we cope with the spread of this virus.  As these measures continue, we encourage you to work closely with state and local authorities to ensure these workers maintain access to their facilities, installations,
and work areas even as measures are taken to limit movement around the nation.  It is particularly important for the small business in the supply chain to avoid ruinous work stoppages.
We were pleased to learn the Department has taken action to increase progress payment rates, and appreciate your acknowledgement of how vulnerable the defense-industrial base is to adversarial capital during this crisis.  As Ms. Herrington’s memo states, it
is imperative that we “ensure companies stay in business without losing their technology.”  We applaud these efforts and proactive measures.  
We were also pleased with the guidance from the Office of Management and Budget released on March 20, 2020 regarding the management of federal contract performance.  In accordance with this guidance, we ask you to direct your contracting authorities to exercise
both their judgment and what authorities they currently have to excuse delays, entitle vendors to an equitable adjustment of the contract price, and still make payments in a timely manner when vendors run into challenges to their contract fulfillment presented
by COVID-19 and mitigation efforts by the federal, state, and local governments.  These extraordinary circumstances have the potential to cripple our supply chain, which relies so heavily on specialized small businesses for parts and services.  Allowing thousands
of companies to shutter their doors and close down lines during this economic hardship will have devastating long-term implications for our entire national security enterprise.
Oversight will remain tremendously important throughout this disruptive pandemic, and we encourage you and your colleagues to maintain strict oversight of where these dollars are going.  For our part, we will do the same, and ask the Department to provide an
overview on how they plan to achieve this.  As we move forward, oversight and accountability will remain very important.
Finally, we ask that you work closely with the Congressional Defense Committees to inform us of any gaps in your authority needed to adequately protect and preserve our defense industrial base.  To this end, we request you provide recurring weekly updates on
the impact to the defense industrial base.  Included in this briefing should be a detailed list of companies with any impacts to their operations as well as the resulting impact to weapon system availability and readiness.  Congress is moving forward quickly
to provide the American people and companies relief from the second and third order effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We urge you to let us know immediately if there is anything we as lawmakers can to do support the Department of Defense and the thousands
of individuals, small business, and companies which make up the industrial base that supports it.
We thank you for your time and attention to these matters, and stand ready to assist however we are able.  We intend to work closely with you on this and look forward to your reply.   
Sincerely, 

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POSTPONED: Missile Defense Day 2020

The NDIA Missile Defense Day on the Hill has been postponed until further notice.
The NDIA team values your support and is grateful for your involvement in our events. While keeping the health and safety of our event participants, members, and partners in mind, we are diligently examining each event and determining the best course of action.
For this event, that course requires postponement. We are already developing plans to hold this event at a later date. Please keep an eye out for more information on a new date for this event as it becomes available.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time as we agree that this situation is not ideal. The well-being of our event participants is our priority. The NDIA team recognizes the importance of convening the national security and defense
communities to promote the best policies, practices, products, and technology for warfighters and others who ensure the safety and security of our nation. During this challenging time, we will plan for bringing these communities together again. We hope to
see you very soon.
As soon as more details related to this event are available, we will share them with you. We encourage you to monitor the

NDIA Coronavirus Information Page, the
https://www.ndia.org/events/2020/3/24/2020-missile-defense-day-on-the-hill, and your email for forthcoming updates.
We appreciate your interest and understanding, and will provide you with the new date at our earliest opportunity.  
Sincerely,
Congressman Norcross       Congressman Lamborn
Co-Chairs of the Missile Defense Caucus  

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Join us in support of nonprofit organizations during the COVID-19 Pandemic: CLOSING AT NOON TODAY

As Congress considers further legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please join me in asking Leader McConnell and Speaker Pelosi to include financial relief for nonprofit organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 response effort. Nonprofits
are the backbone of our nation’s food banks, shelters, domestic violence services, houses of worship, early care and education centers, after-school facilities, and more that are being called on to feed, house, and care for people whose lives have been disrupted
by closures, job loss, and sickness.

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Join us in support of nonprofit organizations during the COVID-19 Pandemic: CLOSING TODAY

As Congress considers further legislation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please join me in asking Leader McConnell and Speaker Pelosi to include financial relief for nonprofit organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 response effort. Nonprofits
are the backbone of our nation’s food banks, shelters, domestic violence services, houses of worship, early care and education centers, after-school facilities, and more that are being called on to feed, house, and care for people whose lives have been disrupted
by closures, job loss, and sickness.

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Missile Defense Day 2020

Sending Office: Honorable Doug Lamborn Sent By: Andrew.Braun@mail.house.gov Dear Colleague, The bipartisan Congressional Missile Defense Caucus cordially invite you to the 2020 Missile Defense Day on the Hill sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).  The event will take place on Tuesday, March 24, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm in 106 Dirksen Senate Office […]

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