Help Improve Our Nation’s Water Efficiency! Cosponsor the WATER Use Act (v. 2)

Conserving our precious drinking water supply is critical to Americans’ wellbeing. Drought is a common occurrence in the West, harming businesses, damaging our environment, and threatening the availability of water for such basic needs as drinking and washing.
Around 40 states will face some form of water shortage in the next decade, putting pressure on one of our most critical natural resources. Water utility bills are increasing more steeply than those for any other utility, placing financial strain on hard-working
Americans. In just the last 7 years, the median water bills for a household have
increased by 50%.

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Cosponsor H.R. 2000 and H.R. 2001-The FRESHER and CLEANER Acts

Recent technological developments have led to an oil and gas boom that has brought us closer to energy independence, created jobs, lowered fuel prices, and generated incredible profits for oil and gas companies.  However, unnecessary exemptions in our most
vital environmental and public health laws still exist which allow oil and gas companies to play by their own set of rules. 

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Cosponsor H.R. 1819-The Bicameral Coal Cleanup Taxpayer Protection Act

Peabody Energy, Alpha Natural Resources, and Patriot Coal are three of over 50 coal companies that have declared bankruptcy in the last 2 years. In fact, since 2012, more than 44% of the coal produced in the United States came from a company that has filed
for bankruptcy.[1] Instead of posting sureties or collateral, these companies often opted to “self-bond.” Now that they are in the bankruptcy process, much of the cleanup costs may be shouldered by the taxpayer.

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Cosponsor H.R. 1464 – The NIST SUCCESS Act of 2017

Climate change is on course to affect virtually every American in the coming years.  Even with aggressive, coordinated global action, the average global temperature will likely rise by 1.5 to 2.0 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.  It is never too
early to start thinking about how to plan for inevitable changes in climate and weather—doing so will save time, effort, and lives in the long run.

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Cosponsor H.R. 3038 – the Time Off To Vote Act

The right to vote is essential to our democracy.  As President Johnson said in 1957, “This right to vote is the basic right without which all others are meaningless. It gives people, people as individuals, control over their own destinies.”  While the days
of poll taxes and literacy tests are behind us, impediments to voting still remain.

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Help Distressed Communities: Cosponsor H.R. 2931

Our small towns are searching for ways to invigorate their economies and build on local assets. Many of these communities are impacted by substantial job loss (250 jobs or more) due to foreign competition or a transition away from an energy-based economy.
Hard-working Americans in coal, oil, and manufacturing face high unemployment rates and limited resources for securing good jobs.

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