Become an Original Cosponsor of the AG RESEARCH Act

Agriculture plays a vital role in our economy. In 2015, agriculture and related industries contributed $992 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product (5.5 percent total
GDP) and provided 21 million jobs (11 percent of total U.S. employment).
 However, when it comes to schools of agriculture, recent reports have shed light on the critical infrastructure needs all across the nation. One study, supported by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and published by Sightlines,
LLC in October 2015 estimated that the deferred maintenance backlog at schools of agriculture totaled $8.4 billion. Each year USDA provides over $1.5 billion in research funding to schools of agriculture. Despite investing in agricultural research and development,
federal funds have not recently been made available for infrastructure needs. According to the Sightlines study, 80 percent of schools of agriculture are making infrastructure investments below what is required to stabilize or reduce the maintenance backlog.

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Areawide Integrated Pest Management Act of 2018

In support of our nation’s farmers, ranchers, dairymen, and land managers in their battle to protect crops, livestock, and forest areas from invasive species and other pests, we invite
you to be an original cosponsor of the Areawide Integrated Pest Management (AIPM) Act of 2018.

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COSPONSOR THE TITLE VIII NURSING WORKFORCE REAUTHORIZATION ACT

Please join us in securing the future of the Nursing Workforce Development Programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act [42 U.S.C. 296 et seq]) by cosponsoring H.R. 959, the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017. Administered
through the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Title VIII programs have supported the recruitment, retention, and distribution of highly-educated professionals who comprise our nation’s nursing workforce for more than 50 years. Between FY 2006
and 2012 alone, these programs have provided loans, scholarships, and programmatic support to over 450,000 nursing students and nurses.
An estimated 10,000 people are turning 65 years old per day, and that trend will continue until 2019. In addition to an aging population, America faces rising healthcare costs, prevalent chronic diseases, substance abuse issues, and provider shortages. In order
to meet this increased need for care, we need to grow the largest group of our health care providers—nurses. Title VIII programs bolster nursing education at all levels, from entry level preparation through graduate study, and provide support for institutions
that educate nurses for practice in rural and medically underserved communities. These programs are designed to address specific needs within the nursing workforce and America’s patient population, and are, therefore, a direct investment in the nation’s health.
The Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017 would ensure that these critical programs are available for years to come.
As our nation continues to explore avenues that will increase access to health care, lower costs, and improve the quality of health care, Title VIII programs present a viable solution to ensure that these goals are met. Therefore, we urge you to cosponsor this
bill. If you have any questions, please contact Anna Alburger in Representative David Joyce’s office at
Anna.Alburger@mail.house.gov or Patrick Koetzle in Representative Tulsi Gabbard’s office at
Patrick.Koetzle@mail.house.gov.

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Areawide Integrated Pest Management Act of 2018

In support of our nation’s farmers, ranchers, dairymen, and land managers in their battle to protect crops, livestock, and forest areas from invasive species and other pests, we
invite you to be an original cosponsor of the Areawide Integrated Pest Management (AIPM) Act of 2018.

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Areawide Integrated Pest Management and Biological Controls (closing at 8:00 PM)

The areawide integrated pest management (AIPM) and biological control team –
Tulsi Gabbard, Bruce Westerman, Ted Yoho, Darren Soto, John Garamendi, Frank Pallone, Jr., Jerry McNerney, Mark DeSaulnier,
Colleen Hanabusa, and Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon – crafted a letter to House Agriculture Appropriations
Chairman Aderholt and Ranking Member Bishop to request the inclusion of four report languages. Simply, the language supports AIPM and biological control programs in the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, and Animal Plant
Health Inspection Service. To add your name, please contact Dave Chun at
Dave.Chun@mail.house.gov.

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