Dear Colleague: Support Civil Rights Enforcement at the Department of Education-Urge DeVos to Appoint a Qualified Nominee for the Office for Civil Rights

We ask that you join us in sending a letter to Secretary DeVos in strong support of civil rights enforcement by the Department of Education and urging her to appoint a qualified candidate to run the Office for Civil Rights (OCR). We are very concerned about
the collective actions by the Department of Education signals an abandonment of their responsibility to protect students from discrimination within the education system.

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VOTE YES FOR FISCAL SECURITY

We write to urge you to support the Polis-Lee amendment to H.R. 3219 – the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018. Our important amendment is a 1% reduction in the total amount of overall funds appropriated to the DoD.

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Move us to Clean and Renewable Energy: Cosponsor the 100% by ’50 Act

Climate change is the challenge of our time, and the urgency to act has never been greater.  As the devastating impacts of climate change to vulnerable populations, species and our economy become more apparent, our responses must be proportional. We invite
you to join us in cosponsoring the House version of the 100 by ’50 Act, which lays out a bold, but realistic roadmap for the United States to transition away from fossil fuels and towards 100% clean and renewable energy by 2050.

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VOTE YES ON POLIS AMENDMENT TO H.R. 806

America’s energy and economic future requires exploration for oil and natural gas. That development can and should be done responsibly and with consideration for environmental and public health. Today, however, oil and gas operators are exempted from basic
protections afforded us by the Clean Air Act – which aims to keep toxic substances out of our lungs. Unchecked hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), and other industry procedures used by oil and natural gas operators to extract mineral resources, may pose a significant
threat to our atmosphere and the health of American families.

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Support Worker Cooperatives by Asking the IRS to Clarify the Tax Treatment of Patronage Dividends (v. 2)

Please join myself and Rep. Pocan in sending a letter to IRS Commissioner Koskinen asking him to clarify the IRS’ position on the tax treatment of patronage dividends received by cooperative employee-owners. Cooperatives are a type of employee-owned business
structure. A member of a cooperative will receive patronage dividends or distributions based on the earnings of a cooperative and the members’ ownership share. Worker cooperatives are cooperatives where the members are also the employees receiving W-2 income. 

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Support Worker Cooperatives by Asking the IRS to Clarify the Tax Treatment of Patronage Dividends

Please join myself and Rep. Pocan in sending a letter to IRS Commissioner Koskinen asking him to clarify the IRS’ position on the tax treatment of patronage dividends received by cooperative employee-owners. Cooperatives are a type of employee-owned business
structure. A member of a cooperative will receive patronage dividends or distributions based on the earnings of a cooperative and the members’ ownership share. Worker cooperatives are cooperatives where the members are also the employees receiving W-2 income. 

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Startup Day Across America: August 1, 2017

Please join us in participating in Startup Day Across America this year on August 1, 2017.  On that day, we encourage you to
visit at least one startup company in your district. Your visit(s) will raise awareness of startup activity and job creation in your districts and help generate support for your local entrepreneurial community. It is also an opportunity for
you to discuss the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation to the American economy.

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STOP USING LEGAL MARIJUANA USE TO TARGET CONSTITUENTS-Sign-on Letter

Please join us in sending the letter below to the various government agencies that can use the Controlled Substance Act to target immigrants for legal use of marijuana under state law. We seek to 1) obtain more information regarding how the federal government
is targeting these types of individuals; and 2) encourage the federal government to exercise its discretion by not penalizing immigrants for the use, purchase or ancillary connections to marijuana, in states where such use/possession is lawful.

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Climate Adaptation Science Center Funding Letter: Deadline Monday

Rep. Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Young (R-AK) are leading the below letter asking to support stable and full funding for the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers under the U.S. Geological Survey (formerly the National Climate Change and Wildlife
Science Center/Climate Science Centers). The FY2017 and FY2016 enacted appropriations for this program were $25.335M and $26.435M, respectively, but the President’s FY2018 budget request proposes $17.435M for the program, a decrease of $7.9M. The budget request
also stated that this funding level would consolidate the current eight centers to four.

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Climate Adaptation Science Centers Funding Letter: Deadline Monday

Rep. Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Young (R-AK) are leading the below letter asking to support stable and full funding for the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers under the U.S. Geological Survey (formerly the National Climate Change and Wildlife
Science Center/Climate Science Centers). The FY2017 and FY2016 enacted appropriations for this program were $25.335M and $26.435M, respectively, but the President’s FY2018 budget request proposes $17.435M for the program, a decrease of $7.9M. The budget request
also stated that this funding level would consolidate the current eight centers to four.

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