This Earth Day, Delaware is already acting on climate change
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx =Sen_Carper%2501397960%2501403070%2b-%2b04-21-2017%2beNewsletter%2501178 61.19980878.11931210.15290910%2501carper%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%25 01carper%2540unityfeed.com%2501%2501> Click here to open a plain text version of this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx n_text=Y&link=Sen_Carper%2501397960%2501403070%2b-%2b04-21-2017%2beNewsl etter%250117861.19980878.11931210.15290910%2501carper%2540unityfeed.com% 2501Friend%2501carper%2540unityfeed.com%2501%2501> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=17861.19980878.11931210.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc arper.senate.gov%2fpublic%2f&redir_log=721925607444223> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=17861.19980878.11931210.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc arper.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fabout&redir_log=569962336048330> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=17861.19980878.11931210.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc arper.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fnewsroom&redir_log=4694079650333 55> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=17861.19980878.11931210.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc arper.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fconstituent-services&redir_log=3 61590577447443> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=17861.19980878.11931210.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc arper.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fissues&redir_log=65202781511339> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=17861.19980878.11931210.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc arper.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2flegislation&redir_log=3196779323 63376> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=17861.19980878.11931210.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc arper.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fcontact&redir_log=52351584075345 > e-Newsletter Header <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=17861.19980878.11931210.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc arper.senate.gov%2fpublic%2f&redir_log=721925607444223> Carper's Connection April 22, 2017 Dear Friends, On the forty-seventh anniversary of Earth Day, I'm rallying with thousands of Delawareans who are more committed than ever to leave a better world for our children and grandchildren. Today, we're also showing our support for the incredible scientists who selflessly perform the medical and environmental research that is crucial to ensuring our families have clean water to drink and clear air to breathe. Our scientists work incredibly hard, not for fame or fortune or to advance a political agenda, but for the pursuit of knowledge and with the hope that their work may save a life, lead to an important breakthrough, or help protect our shared planet. For decades now, thousands of climate scientists have produced overwhelming evidence that concludes our climate is changing and humans are directly contributing to these changes. In Delaware, we're already seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the true threat climate change poses to our low-lying state. Yesterday, I visited locations in each of our counties where climate change is challenging communities, and where we're taking action to protect our state for future generations of Delawareans. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/Sen_Carper/Southbridge 1.jpg> In Wilmington, I was joined by Mayor Mike Purzycki and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Secretary Shawn Garvin for a briefing by state officials on the currently measurable impacts that climate change is having on Delaware. After our briefing, we toured the Southbridge Wilmington Wetlands Project. Southbridge sits right along the Christina River and is already suffering from increased flooding due to climate-change caused sea-level rise. The Southbridge Wilmington Wetlands Project will create a high functioning wetland to handle excess storm water runoff and reduce chronic flooding in the Southbridge neighborhood. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/Sen_Carper/Odessa2.jpg > I then met up with DelDOT officials in Odessa to view sections of Route 9 that are being considered for permanent closure due to frequent flooding. Twice a day now, the incoming tide "overtops" � or covers up � entire sections of the road. Climate change isn't just an environmental issue. All along Delaware's coast, from Claymont to Fenwick, it's a transportation issue and it's a safety issue for many families. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/Sen_Carper/Reserve2.jp g> Just outside of Dover Air Force Base, I next visited St. Jones Reserve, a component of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR), which is conducting research on long-term weather changes and water quality, and measuring impacts of climate change on plant and animal life in Delaware's wetlands and marshes. Ongoing research conducted at the reserve continues to show that warmer waters and sea level rise are threatening the long-term viability of Delaware's marshes. Tidal marshes like St. Jones Reserve act as natural buffers between Delaware's coastal communities and incoming tidewaters and storm surges. Without healthy tidal marshes like St. Jones Reserve and the marsh at Prime Hook Wildlife Reserve, which bore the brunt of the storm surge from Superstorm Sandy, Delaware's coastal communities are more vulnerable to massive flooding as we see larger, more unpredictable storms due to climate change. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/Sen_Carper/Dewey2.jpg> I finished out the day in Dewey Beach, first visiting the Dewey Lions Club that has taken on the project of preserving the marsh next to their property because it's an important part of the community and should be protected for the generations to come. I next joined Chris Bason, Executive Director of the Center for the Inland Bays who showed me the living shoreline being built around Dewey to keep up with rising seas. While the Center for the Inland Bays has worked with local officials, the state and the Army Corps of Engineers to help mitigate the immediate threats from rising ocean water on the coast, Dewey residents also face rising waters from the Delaware Bay. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/Sen_Carper/Dewey11.jpg > Clearly, there is far more work to do to insulate Delaware from the threat of climate change, but I'm heartened to see that Delaware is taking this threat seriously and leading the way. Unfortunately, President Trump's budget blueprint released last month proposed short-sighted budget cuts to a number of programs that Delaware relies on to combat climate change, build and maintain resilient coast lines, and fund cutting-edge scientific research to help combat this unprecedented challenge. 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· Sat, Apr 22 · carper

The Scoop: Work Visas, Prescription Drug Prices, Medicare Fraud, Hearing Aids
<outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenGrassley/Scoop.jpg> About Grassley <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14223.8965717.5533788.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww grassley.senate.gov%2fabout&redir_log=928978509833256> Constituent Services <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14223.8965717.5533788.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww grassley.senate.gov%2fconstituents&redir_log=449195868256312> News Center <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14223.8965717.5533788.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww grassley.senate.gov%2fnews&redir_log=1069771078250> Contact Grassley <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14223.8965717.5533788.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww grassley.senate.gov%2fcontact&redir_log=704803046076271> Grassley Direct I spoke with <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14223.8965717.5533788.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww w.grassley.senate.gov%2fnews%2faudio%2fcapitol-hill-report-130&redir_log =969712645451453> Tom Williamson of KIIC Radio in Albia and Kyle Ocker of The Knoxville Journal Express about my inquiry into health insurers' gaming of Medicare Advantage, mental health care, the pending nominations of the secretary of Agriculture and the associate attorney general, my voting record and Veterans Affairs whistleblower protections. Q&A: Skilled Foreign Work Visas Q: What's happening with your efforts to improve the skilled foreign worker visa programs? Q: How would your bipartisan legislation fix what's broken? <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14223.8965717.5533788.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww w.grassley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fcommentary%2fqa-skilled-foreign-work-visa s&redir_log=277859701069546> Quick Links A health insurer reportedly is charging customers more for a brand name prescription drug than a generic drug when the insurer's own doctors explicitly prescribed the brand name drug for medical reasons. I wrote a letter <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14223.8965717.5533788.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fou treach.senate.gov%2fiqextranet%2fiqClickTrk.aspx%3f%26cid%3dSenGrassley% 26crop%3d14394.8945455.5534524.7338375%26report_id%3d%26redirect%3dhttps %253a%252f%252fwww.grassley.senate.gov%252fnews%252fnews-releases%252fgr assley-seeks-answers-reported-%2525E2%252580%25259Cbrand-penalty%2525E2% 252580%25259D-charged-patients-over-name-brand%26redir_log%3d26078068073 9994&redir_log=659987598472241> seeking answers from CareFirst <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14223.8965717.5533788.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fou treach.senate.gov%2fiqextranet%2fiqClickTrk.aspx%3f%26cid%3dSenGrassley% 26crop%3d14394.8945455.5534524.7338375%26report_id%3d%26redirect%3dhttps %253a%252f%252fwww.grassley.senate.gov%252fsites%252fdefault%252ffiles%2 52fconstituents%252f2017-04-17%252520CEG%252520to%252520CareFirst%252520 %252528Brand%252520Penalty%252529.pdf%26redir_log%3d280112895878804&redi r_log=374905799712073> on this practice. After an employee was charged with violating resident privacy on social media at a Florida assisted living facility, I sought an explanation <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14223.8965717.5533788.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fou treach.senate.gov%2fiqextranet%2fiqClickTrk.aspx%3f%26cid%3dSenGrassley% 26crop%3d14394.8945455.5534524.7338375%26report_id%3d%26redirect%3dhttps %253a%252f%252fwww.grassley.senate.gov%252fsites%252fdefault%252ffiles%2 52fconstituents%252f2017-03-28%252520CEG%252520to%252520Bristol%252520Co urt%252520Assisted%252520Living%252520Facility%252520%252528Social%25252 0Media%252520P....pdf%26redir_log%3d812542587491054&redir_log=8103481643 72360> . I'm evaluating the response <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14223.8965717.5533788.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww w.grassley.senate.gov%2fsites%2fdefault%2ffiles%2fconstituents%2f2017-04 -11%2520Bristol%2520Court%2520Assisted%2520Living%2520Facility%2520to%25 20CEG%2520%2528Social%2520Media%2520Policies%2529.pdf&redir_log=09778249 2541107> I received <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14223.8965717.5533788.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww w.grassley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fnews-releases%2fgrassley-receives-respons e-florida-assisted-living-facility-snapchat-incident&redir_log=416571214 671909> from the facility. This is just the latest incident to come to light. After I pressed on numerous such incidents around the country, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made clear <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14223.8965717.5533788.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww w.cms.gov%2fMedicare%2fProvider-Enrollment-and-Certification%2fSurveyCer tificationGenInfo%2fDownloads%2fSurvey-and-Cert-Letter-16-33.pdf&redir_l og=643822688949932> that social media exploitation is a prohibited form of abuse. After reports of a large psychiatric services company's inability to properly care for its patients, I sought answers <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14223.8965717.5533788.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fou treach.senate.gov%2fiqextranet%2fiqClickTrk.aspx%3f%26cid%3dSenGrassley% 26crop%3d14394.8945455.5534524.7338375%26report_id%3d%26redirect%3dhttps %253a%252f%252fwww.grassley.senate.gov%252fnews%252fnews-releases%252fgr assley-continues-inquiries-psychiatric-services-company-amid-reported-pr oblems%26redir_log%3d082081958508935&redir_log=195047318772134> from a government watchdog and an accrediting organization. This work continues as reports of new problems arise. I am continuing my inquiry <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14223.8965717.5533788.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fou treach.senate.gov%2fiqextranet%2fiqClickTrk.aspx%3f%26cid%3dSenGrassley% 26crop%3d14394.8945455.5534524.7338375%26report_id%3d%26redirect%3dhttps %253a%252f%252fwww.grassley.senate.gov%252fnews%252fnews-releases%252fgr assley-continues-oversight-medicare-advantage-payments-seeks-updates-ans wers%26redir_log%3d26682742273919&redir_log=487993814962113> into the Medicare Advantage program. The federal government is doing a poor job of monitoring insurers' gaming to boost their payments at taxpayer expense. I requested information <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14223.8965717.5533788.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fou treach.senate.gov%2fiqextranet%2fiqClickTrk.aspx%3f%26cid%3dSenGrassley% 26crop%3d14394.8945455.5534524.7338375%26report_id%3d%26redirect%3dhttps %253a%252f%252fwww.grassley.senate.gov%252fsites%252fdefault%252ffiles%2 52fconstituents%252f2017-04-17%252520CEG%252520to%252520CMS%252520%25252 8Risk%252520Score%252520Follow%252520Up%252529.pdf%26redir_log%3d7701142 56629818&redir_log=470598511652104> on what the agency in charge is doing to protect taxpayers. Hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic health condition facing older adults, yet hearing aids are too expensive for many people. There is growing support <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14223.8965717.5533788.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww w.grassley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fnews-releases%2fsupport-over-counter-hear ing-aids-grows-among-consumer-advocates-and-hearing&redir_log=9428632860 87896> for the bipartisan Over-the-Counter <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14223.8965717.5533788.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fou treach.senate.gov%2fiqextranet%2fiqClickTrk.aspx%3f%26cid%3dSenGrassley% 26crop%3d14394.8945455.5534524.7338375%26report_id%3d%26redirect%3dhttps %253a%252f%252fwww.warren.senate.gov%252ffiles%252fdocuments%252f3_21_17 _Hearing_Aids_Bill_Text.pdf%26redir_log%3d923454837344551&redir_log=7783 88376081733> Hearing Aid Act of 2017 <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14223.8965717.5533788.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fou treach.senate.gov%2fiqextranet%2fiqClickTrk.aspx%3f%26cid%3dSenGrassley% 26crop%3d14394.8945455.5534524.7338375%26report_id%3d%26redirect%3dhttps %253a%252f%252fwww.warren.senate.gov%252ffiles%252fdocuments%252f3_21_17 _Hearing_Aids_One_Pager.pdf%26redir_log%3d341257766113550&redir_log=4324 99406191731> I'm helping to lead. This bill will help with affordability. I have long advocated for reforms to EB-5 visa programs that address widespread fraud and national security vulnerabilities. I raised questions to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14223.8965717.5533788.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww w.grassley.senate.gov%2fsites%2fdefault%2ffiles%2fjudiciary%2fupload%2f2 017-04-20%2520CEG%2520to%2520DHS%2520%2528California%2520Investment%2520 Immigration%2520Fund%2520EB-5%2529.pdf&redir_log=850628783521015> after hearing about an elaborate EB-5 investor visa scheme <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14223.8965717.5533788.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww latimes.com%2flocal%2flanow%2fla-me-ln-green-card-fraud-20170405-story. html&redir_log=329635403435533> that allowed fraudsters to pocket $50 million from Chinese investors that should have gone to U.S. job-creating development projects. While the projects never materialized, more than 100 Chinese investors, including several Chinese fugitives, obtained visas. 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· Sat, Apr 22 · grassley

April Recess Round-Up
The Lonestar Weekly The Lonestar Weekly About For Texans Issues Newsroom Contact April Recess Round-Up There's no place like Texas, and the Senate's April recess was a great opportunity for me to visit many parts of our great state. In just a few weeks, I was able to visit with hundreds of Texans in ten cities. Here are a few highlights of my travels in Texas over the past two weeks. In East Texas, I visited Texarkana College to learn about their partnership with the Red River Army Depot. This state-of-the-art facility trains East Texans and partners with the U.S. Army, one of the largest employers in the region. Heading towards our state's Big Country, I spent time with the men and women of Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene. After getting a look at the C-130J and B-1 aircraft, I had the honor of presenting a local veteran's son with a long overdue POW medal that my office was able to help secure. In Midland, I spoke with staff and volunteers at the West Texas Food Bank about my new bill to reduce hunger, which was modeled after the great work they've done at the food bank to more efficiently coordinate with other groups to serve almost 20 counties in the Permian Basin. Looking towards our Oklahoma border, I was honored to present Veterans Affairs Police Officer Brandon Holloway the Congressional Badge of Bravery and visit with the Dallas Police Department and others in the North Texas law enforcement community. I also discussed a bill with the Fort Worth Police Department that I've introduced to encourage police departments to hire veterans. I also had terrific visits with Texans in Laredo, Mission, Corsicana, San Angelo and Austin. From one part of our state to the next, I heard stories about economic opportunity and challenge, the importance of trade, and our charitable spirit. I am truly blessed to work on behalf of the almost 28 million people who call Texas home. 517 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510 Main: 202-224-2934 Fax: 202-228-2856 Get Assistance This message was intended for: xxx You were added to the system October 8, 2015. For more information please follow the URL below: newsletter.senate.gov/p/isC9NkY2SN Follow the URL below to update your preferences or opt-out: newsletter.senate.gov/p/osC9NkY2SN To unsubscribe from future mailings, send an email to mailto:xxx?Subject=Unsubscribe&body=Please%20remove%20me%20from%20further%20mailings with "Unsubscribe" as the subject line.
· Sat, Apr 22 · cornyn

FW: Live from your living room!
Hi there, The State of the Revolution livestream is happening this Sunday, and it's going to be the spark that ignites the next political revolution. Don't miss out on this incredible moment -- sign up for an email reminder and let us know you'll be watching! In solidarity, Basi Alonso and the entire team at Our Revolution
· Fri, Apr 21 · sanders

We won't get fooled again.
Dear Friend,  In the parting shot of his presidency, President Barack Obama defied the entire Utah congressional delegation and the will of his own constituents when he declared the Bears Ears area a national monument. With the stroke of a pen, he locked away an astonishing 1.35 million acres of land—a geographic area larger than the total acreage of all five of Utah’s national parks combined. Without a doubt, Bears Ears was the most egregious example of executive abuse I’ve seen in my lifetime. That’s why I’ve been fighting tooth and nail to clean up the monumental mess left behind by the reckless and overreaching Obama administration.   (Video Via Facebook) In my first meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office, we discussed the public lands issue at length. He listened intently as I relayed the fears and frustrations of thousands in our state who have been personally hurt by the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase monument designations. Our president assured me that he stands ready to work with us to undo the damage wrought by previous administrations. My ultimate goal is to return control of these lands to those who know it best: the men and women of southern Utah. To that end, I traveled to San Juan County on Thursday to meet with the very people President Obama ignored in making his midnight monument designation. I spoke with tribal leaders, small business owners, and county commissioners in an effort to find a grassroots alternative to the Bears Ears debacle. I believe we can protect these lands without killing small businesses and without ignoring the needs of our local communities. You can read more about this in an op-ed I wrote in the Deseret News this morning, titled "Working with the President to fix monumental messes."  In the months to come, I look forward to working with the Trump administration to fix this disaster. We will win in the fight for local control.   Sincerely,   Orrin 
· Fri, Apr 21 · hatch

TOMORROW: Bernie in Salt Lake City, UT
Brothers and Sisters -- Just in case you didn't get the chance to RSVP for a rally with Bernie, we wanted to bump it to the top of your inbox. It's important because in order to revitalize American politics and create a political revolution, we need to start with an unprecedented wave of grassroots support in all 50 states. To accomplish that, we are focusing on building strong relationships with folks in Utah. This is a movement that requires your participation. RSVP and tell us that you'll attend this event in person. We can fight for a government which represents all of us, but only if we stand together and fight back. go.berniesanders.com/page/event/detail/ cometogetherfightbackperezapril2017/gpghqf In solidarity, Team Bernie Sisters and Brothers - During the presidential campaign, Bernie spoke a lot about the need to revitalize American politics and create a political revolution. He talked about the need to bring people together - black, white, Latino, Asian American and Native American - to fight for a government which represents all of us, and not just the 1 percent. Bernie also made it clear that the Democratic Party needed a 50-state strategy, and that we could not rest easy when some of the poorest states in the country were led by Republican right wing extremists who represented the wealthy and the powerful. That is why Bernie is hitting the road again, this time with DNC Chair Tom Perez and other leaders. The purpose of this nine-state tour across the country is to visit some of our more conservative states and help build strong, grassroots movements in those regions. He will also discuss how the president has turned his back on the working class people who voted for him. One of the states that Bernie will be visiting is Utah. Signup and RSVP to tell us that you'll attend the event in person. Please get the word out to your friends. Let's have a HUGE turnout. Senator Bernie Sanders rallies with DNC Chair Tom Perez DATE: Friday, April 21, 2017 TIME: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Doors open at 10:30 AM) WHERE: The Rail Center (Salt Lake City, UT) 235 North 500 West Salt Lake City, UT 84116 RSVP NOW: go.berniesanders.com/page/event/detail/ cometogetherfightbackperezapril2017/gpghqf In solidarity, - Team Bernie
· Thu, Apr 20 · sanders

What happened in Georgia
Greg for Montana
· Thu, Apr 20 · rubio

Live from your living room!
Friends, Our Revolution is thrilled to host an energizing national livestream event to kick off our summer of organizing -- and you're invited! Join us on April 23 for our State of the Revolution livestream and help grow our movement for the next phase of the political revolution. In a showcase of our grassroots organizing efforts since our work officially began last August, we will present our vision to transform American politics and implement our progressive agenda. To be a part of this, all you have to do is head to our website on Sunday, April 23 at 5 p.m. EDT. SIGN UP FOR AN EMAIL REMINDER » go.ourrevolution.com/page/signup/state-of-the-revolution-livestream-rsvp/ Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, former NAACP President Ben Jealous, former Nevada State Assemblywoman Lucy Flores, Massachusetts State Representative Mike Connolly and Our Revolution Board Chairman Larry Cohen will lead the livestream. Together, we will: **Celebrate our victories at the local, state, and national levels **Outline the integral role you and your community will continue to play in building our movement **Give local leaders like you the resources and tools you need to take immediate action after the livestream Our movement has the potential to be the largest force for progressive political action this country has ever seen -- but it will take all of us getting involved at the grassroots for it to be successful. Need a reminder to join us on April 23? No problem! Sign up and we'll send you a reminder when it's time to log on to the livestream. SIGN UP FOR AN EMAIL REMINDER » go.ourrevolution.com/page/signup/state-of-the-revolution-livestream-rsvp/ Our political revolution relies on people like you. Your dedication makes our work possible. In solidarity, The Team at Our Revolution
· Wed, Apr 19 · sanders

Job Fair Friday in Huntington & Other Updates
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· Wed, Apr 19 · manchin

Re: Bernie in Salt Lake City, UT
Brothers and Sisters -- Just in case you didn't get the chance to RSVP for a rally with Bernie, we wanted to bump it to the top of your inbox. It's important because in order to revitalize American politics and create a political revolution, we need to start with an unprecedented wave of grassroots support in all 50 states. To accomplish that, we are focusing on building strong relationships with folks in Utah. This is a movement that requires your participation. RSVP and tell us that you'll attend this event in person. We can fight for a government which represents all of us, but only if we stand together and fight back. go.berniesanders.com/page/event/detail/ cometogetherfightbackperezapril2017/gpghqf In solidarity, Team Bernie Sisters and Brothers - During the presidential campaign, Bernie spoke a lot about the need to revitalize American politics and create a political revolution. He talked about the need to bring people together - black, white, Latino, Asian American and Native American - to fight for a government which represents all of us, and not just the 1 percent. Bernie also made it clear that the Democratic Party needed a 50-state strategy, and that we could not rest easy when some of the poorest states in the country were led by Republican right wing extremists who represented the wealthy and the powerful. That is why Bernie is hitting the road again, this time with DNC Chair Tom Perez and other leaders. The purpose of this nine-state tour across the country is to visit some of our more conservative states and help build strong, grassroots movements in those regions. He will also discuss how the president has turned his back on the working class people who voted for him. One of the states that Bernie will be visiting is Utah. Signup and RSVP to tell us that you'll attend the event in person. Please get the word out to your friends. Let's have a HUGE turnout. Senator Bernie Sanders rallies with DNC Chair Tom Perez DATE: Friday, April 21, 2017 TIME: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Doors open at 10:30 AM) WHERE: The Rail Center (Salt Lake City, UT) 235 North 500 West Salt Lake City, UT 84116 RSVP NOW: go.berniesanders.com/page/event/detail/ cometogetherfightbackperezapril2017/gpghqf In solidarity, - Team Bernie
· Tue, Apr 18 · sanders

Ribbon Cutting at Seitz VA Clinic
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· Mon, Apr 17 · moran

Bumping Bernie's note
Sisters and Brothers - We're not sure if you had a chance to read the email Bernie wrote last week, but he's going on the road again and he needs your help. Please see his message below and chip in $27 to help him fund this important national tour. secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/national-tour We've got to revitalize American democracy. We've got to rebuild the Democratic Party. We've got to transform America. Thanks for continuing to stand with Bernie. It means a lot to him. - Team Bernie Dear Sisters and Brothers, With Trump's election, we live in a pivotal moment in American history. This country will either move in the direction of an authoritarian government where the rich get richer and everyone else gets poorer, or we will successfully fight back and build a strong grassroots movement to create a government which represents all of us, not just Donald Trump and others in the billionaire class. That's the struggle we now face. No one can sit on the sidelines. Not now. The only way we win is when we stand together and fight back. I need your help to do that. The bad news is that Trump's agenda - huge tax breaks for billionaires, enormous increases in military spending, massive cuts in health care and programs that protect the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor, horrific attacks on environmental protection and scapegoating the immigrant community - constitutes the most reactionary set of policies in the modern history of our country. The good news is that the resistance to this extremist Trump/Republican agenda is growing rapidly. We saw that as millions participated in the Women's March in January. We saw that as hundreds of thousands attended rallies and town meetings in February and March to successfully defeat the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and throw 24 million Americans off of their health insurance. We are seeing that now as people across the country are mobilizing for Green Day events to take on the fossil fuel industry, combat climate change and transform our energy system to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. When we launched our presidential campaign two years ago, I told you that victory would require the active participation of millions of Americans in every community across the country. That it would require nothing short of a political revolution to combat the demoralization so many feel about the political process. That's what I believed then. That's what I believe now. And that's what I am attempting to do. During the last several months I have visited a number of states where Donald Trump won. My message: working people must not support a president and a party beholden to powerful special interests and the top 1 percent. We cannot support a party which wants to divide us up by race, gender, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. I was in Wisconsin where progressives are determined to overcome the Trump victory in that state and elect candidates who, in 2018, will stand with working people and not the 1 percent. I was in Kansas where, in one of the most conservative states in the country, over 5,000 people attended a progressive rally in Topeka. I was in Mississippi, a state today heavily dominated by the Republican Party, where brave workers in the auto industry are fighting for a union. I was in West Virginia, where Trump won a landslide victory, but where many people are beginning to rethink the wisdom of that decision. And next week I am going back on the road, visiting areas of the country often ignored by Democrats. I will be in Maine, Kentucky, Florida, Nevada, Nebraska, Utah and Arizona. I will be talking about the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality that we face and the need for the rich to start paying their fair share of taxes. I will discuss the Medicare-for-all, single-payer legislation that I will soon be introducing. I will urge people to join the Fight for $15 minimum wage struggle to make sure all Americans enjoy a living wage. I will ask people across the country to help us create millions of jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. I will explain the need to aggressively move forward for comprehensive immigration reform and why we must immediately fix our broken criminal justice system. But I can't do it alone. Please make a $27 contribution to my re-election campaign to help fund this national tour. secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/national-tour Please attend the rallies in your area. Please work with me to revitalize American democracy and advance the political revolution. Like I said from the beginning, our political revolution was never about one candidate. It was about creating a mass movement for real change in this country. That's the struggle we began. That's the struggle we'll continue. No turning back now. In solidarity, Bernie Sanders CONTRIBUTE: secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/national-tour
· Mon, Apr 17 · sanders

Correction: Victory for Veterans' Care in Oregon
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx =quorum_merkley-iq%2501250200%2501210252%2b-%2b04-17-2017%2bPortland%2bV A%2bProactive%2bCORRECTION%250118457.120422654.20271198.7791867%2501merk ley%2540unityfeed.com%2501Unity%2501Unity%2bFeed%250190210%2501> Click here to open a plain text version of this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx n_text=Y&link=quorum_merkley-iq%2501250200%2501210252%2b-%2b04-17-2017%2 bPortland%2bVA%2bProactive%2bCORRECTION%250118457.120422654.20271198.779 1867%2501merkley%2540unityfeed.com%2501Unity%2501Unity%2bFeed%250190210% 2501> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18457.120422654.20271198.7791867&report_id=&redirect=http%3a %2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2f%3futm_source%3dproactive%26utm_medium%3d email%26utm_campaign%3dlogo&redir_log=028068272374668> Dear Unity, Great news for Oregon veterans: The Portland VA has temporarily stopped removing vets <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18457.120422654.20271198.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2foutreach.senate.gov%2fiqextranet%2fiqClickTrk.aspx%3f%26cid%3dquo rum_merkley-iq%26crop%3d18685.120255292.20178676.7868957%26report_id%3d% 26redirect%3dhttp%253a%252f%252fwww.oregonlive.com%252fwatchdog%252finde x.ssf%252f2017%252f04%252fportland_va_to_temporarily_sto.html%26redir_lo g%3d92123893083618&redir_log=517633667561878> from a program supporting spouses who take care of disabled veterans. In many cases, a disabled vet will find no better and more dedicated caregiver than the person he or she is married to. That's why I joined other members of Congress from Oregon to urge the Portland VA to put the brakes on this misguided move, and they listened. For those who serve our country overseas, their service away from home is challenging, but their return to civilian life can sometimes be even harder. Many veterans face tremendous hurdles -- especially when it comes to accessing quality health care. This caregiver program at the Portland VA is exactly the kind of support we should be providing those who served. Our veterans have kept their promise to their nation and now we must keep our promises to them. Please know that I will continue to push to uphold those promises. This means ensuring that the VA does right by our veterans and caregivers here in Oregon, and all across the nation. All my best, Jeff Correction: A previous version of this email inaccurately described the VA policy that had led some veterans to be cut off from the VA's veteran caregiver program. Veterans faced an ongoing challenge in being removed from the program by the VA without explanation. Following concerns raised by the Oregon congressional delegation, the Portland VA has agreed to temporarily stop removing veterans from the program while they evaluate their procedures going forward. Facebook <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18457.120422654.20271198.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.facebook.com%2fjeffmerkley&redir_log=892419427405257> Twitter <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18457.120422654.20271198.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2ftwitter.com%2fintent%2ffollow%3fscreen_name%3dSenJeffMerkley&redi r_log=590341330714427> This email was sent to xxx Visit merkley.senate.gov <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18457.120422654.20271198.7791867&report_id=&redirect=http%3a %2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2f%3futm_source%3dproactive%26utm_medium%3d email%26utm_content%3dfooter%26utm_campaign%3dproactive&redir_log=602377 66723870> | Contact Jeff <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18457.120422654.20271198.7791867&report_id=&redirect=http%3a %2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fcontact%2f%3futm_source%3dproactive%26utm _medium%3demail%26utm_content%3dfooter%26utm_campaign%3dproactive&redir_ log=196041837892927> | Unsubscribe <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//EsurveyForm.aspx erkley-iq&__sid=100011&__crop=18457.120422654.20271198.7791867> Please note that any reply to this email address will be sent to an unmonitored email address. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_merkley-iq/iqtr k.gif?crop=18457.120422654.20271198.7791867> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_merkley-iq/iqtr k.gif?crop=18457.120422654.20271198.7791867>
· Mon, Apr 17 · merkley

The Scoop: Pentagon Bookkeeping, College Costs, Foreign Agent Registration
<outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenGrassley/Scoop.jpg> About Grassley <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14068.8929967.5528005.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww grassley.senate.gov%2fabout&redir_log=928978509833256> Constituent Services <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14068.8929967.5528005.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww grassley.senate.gov%2fconstituents&redir_log=449195868256312> News Center <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14068.8929967.5528005.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww grassley.senate.gov%2fnews&redir_log=1069771078250> Contact Grassley <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14068.8929967.5528005.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww grassley.senate.gov%2fcontact&redir_log=704803046076271> Grassley Direct I spoke with <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14068.8929967.5528005.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww w.grassley.senate.gov%2fnews%2faudio%2fcapitol-hill-report-129&redir_log =551977225262454> Darin Svenson of KDEC Radio and Rick Patrie of Eldora Newspapers about insurance companies pulling out of Iowa health care exchanges and future changes to Obamacare, President Trump's actions with respect to North Korea and Syria, Americans working as agents of foreign governments, Governor Branstad's expected timeline for confirmation and President Trump's first 100 days. Q&A: Pentagon's Books Q. Why do you keep bookkeepers at the Pentagon on a short leash? Q. Why is it critical for the Pentagon to achieve compliance with federal bookkeeping laws? <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14068.8929967.5528005.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fme dium.com%2f%40ChuckGrassley%2fq-a-pentagons-books-483975f99f11&redir_log =861667666082431> Quick Links I re-introduced two bipartisan bills alongside my colleague, Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, that would give students and families better information about the costs of college <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14068.8929967.5528005.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww w.grassley.senate.gov%2fnews%2fnews-releases%2fgrassley-franken-re-intro duce-bipartisan-bills-help-students-understand-cost-0&redir_log=04977861 4928909> . The two bills are the Net Price Calculator Improvement Act and the True Cost of College Act. Students and families are flying blind when making one of the most expensive commitments in their lives. Our legislation would help take the mystery out of college costs for students and families and help them avoid sticker shock and insurmountable debt. We ought to know when people or organizations are trying to influence U.S. policies on behalf of a foreign government. Unfortunately, the Justice Department has a poor track record <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=14068.8929967.5528005.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2foi g.justice.gov%2freports%2f2016%2fa1624.pdf&redir_log=945281152239296> of enforcing a law requiring such disclosure by foreign agents. 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· Sat, Apr 15 · grassley

Welcoming the new VA Secretary to Delaware
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx =Sen_Carper%2501397928%2501403030%2b-%2b04-14-2017%2beNewsletter%2501180 28.19929552.11929704.15290910%2501carper%2540unityfeed.com%2501Friend%25 01carper%2540unityfeed.com%2501%2501> Click here to open a plain text version of this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx n_text=Y&link=Sen_Carper%2501397928%2501403030%2b-%2b04-14-2017%2beNewsl etter%250118028.19929552.11929704.15290910%2501carper%2540unityfeed.com% 2501Friend%2501carper%2540unityfeed.com%2501%2501> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=18028.19929552.11929704.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc arper.senate.gov%2fpublic%2f&redir_log=721925607444223> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=18028.19929552.11929704.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc arper.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fabout&redir_log=569962336048330> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=18028.19929552.11929704.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc arper.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fnewsroom&redir_log=4694079650333 55> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=18028.19929552.11929704.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc arper.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fconstituent-services&redir_log=3 61590577447443> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=18028.19929552.11929704.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc arper.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fissues&redir_log=65202781511339> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=18028.19929552.11929704.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc arper.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2flegislation&redir_log=3196779323 63376> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=18028.19929552.11929704.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc arper.senate.gov%2fpublic%2findex.cfm%2fcontact&redir_log=52351584075345 > e-Newsletter Header <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx crop=18028.19929552.11929704.15290910&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fc arper.senate.gov%2fpublic%2f&redir_log=721925607444223> Carper's Connection April 14, 2017 Dear Friends, As a 23-year veteran of the Navy and Naval Reserves, I believe we have a sacred obligation to take care of our veterans and their families. That's why every year for more than two decades, I've hosted a Veterans Summit that brings together the leaders of Delaware's Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs), our Congressional Delegation, and the leadership of the national and local VA. At this meeting, we aim to find out what is working, and what we can be doing better for our veteran community. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/Sen_Carper/-2.jpg> At this year's Veterans Summit, which took place last week at the Wilmington VA Medical Center, I was pleased that the new Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Dr. David Shulkin, could join us for a timely and robust discussion about the most pressing issues for Delaware's veteran community. Secretary Shulkin also outlined an ambitious and much-needed plan to provide more responsive health care to our nation's veterans. 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· Fri, Apr 14 · carper

[RSVP] Bernie in Salt Lake City, UT
Sisters and Brothers - During the presidential campaign, Bernie spoke a lot about the need to revitalize American politics and create a political revolution. He talked about the need to bring people together - black, white, Latino, Asian American and Native American - to fight for a government which represents all of us, and not just the 1 percent. Bernie also made it clear that the Democratic Party needed a 50-state strategy, and that we could not rest easy when some of the poorest states in the country were led by Republican right wing extremists who represented the wealthy and the powerful. That is why Bernie is hitting the road again, this time with DNC Chair Tom Perez and other leaders. The purpose of this nine-state tour across the country is to visit some of our more conservative states and help build strong, grassroots movements in those regions. He will also discuss how the president has turned his back on the working class people who voted for him. One of the states that Bernie will be visiting is Utah. Signup and RSVP to tell us that you'll attend the event in person. Please get the word out to your friends. Let's have a HUGE turnout. Senator Bernie Sanders rallies with DNC Chair Tom Perez DATE: Friday, April 21, 2017 TIME: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Doors open at 10:30 AM) WHERE: The Rail Center (Salt Lake City, UT) 235 North 500 West Salt Lake City, UT 84116 RSVP NOW: go.berniesanders.com/page/event/detail/ cometogetherfightbackperezapril2017/gpghqf In solidarity, - Team Bernie
· Thu, Apr 13 · sanders

Russia isn’t just stealing emails…
Dear Friend, Freedom of religion is critically important to many Utahns—as it should be. Our state was founded by an oppressed minority seeking sanctuary from religious persecution. Facing violence and discrimination at every turn, Utah’s early settlers crossed the continent in search of a place to practice their religion free from prejudice and abuse. In the cradle of the Rocky Mountains, they found a home.   Video Via YouTube  As a descendant of Utah pioneers, I have tremendous sympathy for religious minorities, especially those who have fled oppression. That’s why I was deeply touched by the story of six Jewish Rabbis who asked for my help in recovering holy texts that had been confiscated by the Soviet government. For the last 25 years, these rabbis—who are devout members of an Orthodox Jewish sect known as Chabad-Lubavitch—have sought to recover a collection of sacred books which are central to their religious life. Seized by the Soviets at the time of the Bolshevik Revolution, these texts are still held by the Russian government. Like many Utahns, our Jewish brothers and sisters are a record-keeping people who cherish the word of God and look to holy scripture as a source of identity and inspiration. As a person of faith myself, I was moved by the earnest entreaty of these six Rabbis and their sincere desire to reclaim these religious records for the benefit of future generations. That’s why I personally lobbied my Senate colleagues to join me in the effort to restore these texts to their rightful owners. Most recently, I drafted a letter signed by all 100 members of the Senate urging the State Department to request that the Russian government return these texts to Chabad without delay. I was humbled when my rabbi friends visited me recently and even blessed a Mezuzah for the door of my Capitol office as a token of their gratitude. This powerful spiritual experience only reinvigorated my commitment to protect religious liberty for people of all faiths—be they Mormon or Muslim, Jewish or Catholic, Buddhist or Hindu. Defending religious freedom has long been a hallmark of my career, and it will continue to be my top priority in the Senate. Sincerely,   Orrin  
· Thu, Apr 13 · hatch

Victory for Veterans Care in Oregon
Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx =quorum_merkley-iq%2501250160%2501210200%2b-%2b04-12-2017%2bPortland%2bV A%250118479.120272300.20178676.7791867%2501merkley%2540unityfeed.com%250 1Unity%2501Unity%2bFeed%250190210%2501> Click here to open a plain text version of this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//view_newsletter_setup.aspx n_text=Y&link=quorum_merkley-iq%2501250160%2501210200%2b-%2b04-12-2017%2 bPortland%2bVA%250118479.120272300.20178676.7791867%2501merkley%2540unit yfeed.com%2501Unity%2501Unity%2bFeed%250190210%2501> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18479.120272300.20178676.7791867&report_id=&redirect=http%3a %2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2f%3futm_source%3dproactive%26utm_medium%3d email%26utm_campaign%3dlogo&redir_log=028068272374668> Dear Unity, Great news for Oregon veterans: the Portland VA has temporarily stopped removing vets <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18479.120272300.20178676.7791867&report_id=&redirect=http%3a %2f%2fwww.oregonlive.com%2fwatchdog%2findex.ssf%2f2017%2f04%2fportland_v a_to_temporarily_sto.html&redir_log=92123893083618> from a program supporting spouses who take care of disabled veterans. In many cases, a disabled vet will find no better and more dedicated caregiver than the person he or she is married to. Nevertheless, the Portland VA recently announced that it would stop allowing spouse caregivers to receive payments under a key caregiver program. I joined other members of Congress from Oregon to urge the Portland VA to put the brakes on this misguided move and they listened. For those who serve our country overseas, their service away from home is challenging, but their return to civilian life can sometimes be even harder. Many veterans face tremendous hurdles -- especially when it comes to accessing quality health care. This caregiver program at the Portland VA is exactly the kind of support we should be providing those who served. Our veterans have kept their promise to their nation and now we must keep our promises to them. Please know that I will continue to push to uphold those promises. This means ensuring that the VA does right by our veterans and caregivers here in Oregon, and all across the nation. All my best, Jeff Facebook <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18479.120272300.20178676.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2fwww.facebook.com%2fjeffmerkley&redir_log=892419427405257> Twitter <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18479.120272300.20178676.7791867&report_id=&redirect=https%3 a%2f%2ftwitter.com%2fintent%2ffollow%3fscreen_name%3dSenJeffMerkley&redi r_log=590341330714427> This email was sent to xxx Visit merkley.senate.gov <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18479.120272300.20178676.7791867&report_id=&redirect=http%3a %2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2f%3futm_source%3dproactive%26utm_medium%3d email%26utm_content%3dfooter%26utm_campaign%3dproactive&redir_log=602377 66723870> | Contact Jeff <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx ley-iq&crop=18479.120272300.20178676.7791867&report_id=&redirect=http%3a %2f%2fwww.merkley.senate.gov%2fcontact%2f%3futm_source%3dproactive%26utm _medium%3demail%26utm_content%3dfooter%26utm_campaign%3dproactive&redir_ log=196041837892927> | Unsubscribe <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet//EsurveyForm.aspx erkley-iq&__sid=100011&__crop=18479.120272300.20178676.7791867> Please note that any reply to this email address will be sent to an unmonitored email address. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_merkley-iq/iqtr k.gif?crop=18479.120272300.20178676.7791867> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_merkley-iq/iqtr k.gif?crop=18479.120272300.20178676.7791867>
· Thu, Apr 13 · merkley

Lessons from last night
Sisters and Brothers, Let me be blunt. What happened last night in Kansas is proof that voters across the spectrum are fighting back. No Democratic candidate has come as close as James Thompson did. Just five months ago Trump won this district by 27 points; last night Thompson ended up within seven. It is clear that a progressive message is powerful and it is important to build on this success. With an unabashedly and authentically progressive candidate we can succeed in red, purple and blue states. Despite a large GOTV operation run in support, we missed a huge opportunity to help more in Kansas. A lot of people pitched in financially for James Thompson, but the forces of reaction invested more. There is so much more that Our Revolution does than just raise money for candidates, but the truth is no candidate can win without the resources she or he needs to communicate to voters. Encouraging great candidates to run and then not helping them with the resources they need hurts our movement. I get it. You are asked by many, many groups and candidates for support. And in our political environment there is no shortage of real crises vying for your attention. But if our political revolution is to succeed, we need to show that we will help candidates that are running to continue what Bernie started. Rob Quist is one of those candidates. We know that progressive candidates can succeed where establishment Democrats have failed so many times before, and where frankly the establishment has surrendered millions of working families to far right Republican rule. I need your help to demonstrate that the political revolution is still a force that the establishment should reckon with. Will you split a $5 contribution between Our Revolution and Rob Quist's campaign? DONATE »secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/or-quist-mfa While Montana's special election began with a presidential appointment, Rob's grassroots campaign had its beginning well beforehand. When Bernie Sanders called for a Medicare for All system during the 2016 presidential primaries, Rob started organizing in his own community to bring this right to his fellow Montanans. Running for Congress in Montana's at-large congressional district, his campaign is building momentum all across Big Sky Country with unwavering support for health care as a human right. It's clear that Medicare for All is a winning issue with voters of all parties, and that's got Republicans, and special interests who will fight Medicare for All, worried. Rob's campaign for Congress is special for another reason. In a state that went for Donald Trump by more than 20 points, a Democratic challenger with support from the grassroots is poised to win back a seat in Congress in a nominally "conservative" state. It turns out that when you get down to the issues, progressives do pretty well. We saw this in Kansas, and we will see this in Montana. I know you have been generous in the past and honestly this will not be the last time I ask you to support a progressive champion this year. But we have come so far in changing politics in America that we cannot let up now. I want to let you know that I will be sending a personal donation to help Rob Quist win. Together we can create the America we all know is possible. As Bernie said in the final email of his campaign: "Forever committed, forever fighting, forever forward!" Split a $5 contribution between Rob Quist's grassroots campaign and Our Revolution and help us demonstrate the strength of the political revolution. In solidarity, Jeff Weaver President Our Revolution
· Wed, Apr 12 · sanders

Public Job Fair in Huntington April 21st
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· Wed, Apr 12 · manchin

Update from Senator Bob Corker - April 11, 2017
Bob Corker - U.S. Senator, Tennessee *Justice Neil Gorsuch Takes His Seat on the Supreme Court* Senator Corker released the following statement after voting to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court last Friday. Gorsuch was sworn in by President Donald J. Trump on Monday.� �Our next Supreme Court justice will have a lasting impact on the direction of our country, and as I said on February 2 after meeting with Judge Gorsuch in my Capitol Hill office, I have full confidence in his dedication to upholding the Constitution and applying the rule of law in a fair an independent manner,� *said Corker*. �I am pleased President Trump nominated such a well-respected and qualified individual, and I was proud to cast a vote to confirm Judge Gorsuch.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Corker_meeting_with_Gorsuch_2.jpg] *Mark Green is Well-Suited to Serve our Nation as Secretary of the Army* On Friday, Senator Corker released the following statement after President Trump announced his intent to nominate Mark E. Green, of Tennessee, to serve as Secretary of the Army. �As a West Point graduate and former military officer, Mark Green is well-suited to serve our nation as Secretary of the Army,��*said Corker*. �He is respected in both the military and business communities, and I know the people of Tennessee State Senate District 22 have greatly valued his leadership and dedication over the past four years. Mark has a true sense of duty, and I was proud to recommend him to President Trump for this distinguished position.� *Rescuing Americans With Zero Options for Insurance on the Affordable Care Act Exchanges* On Wednesday, Senator Corker joined News Channel 3 Memphis "Live at 9" to discuss how the Health Care Options Act of 2017 would rescue Americans left with zero options on the Affordable Care Act exchanges next year. The legislation would allow people in places like Knoxville, where more than 34,000 individuals receiving subsidies under current law will have zero options in 2018, to use their subsidy to purchase health insurance off the exchange in the individual market. �All across Tennessee, people have one choice, but in some cases they have no choice,��*said Corker*.��What this bill does is offer them the opportunity to buy something off the exchange -- not the plans that were laid out by the government, but other private health insurance plans that many Tennesseans are already able to purchase. It's not something to replace reforming Obamacare. It's something to, until that occurs, give people an option so that they can go ahead while this is being worked out and provide health care insurance for their families.� � A full summary of the Health Care Options Act of 2017 is available here [link 1]. � [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/wreg_1.PNG] [link 2] � **Click here [link 3] or on the image above to watch the video.** *Welcoming Tennesseans to Washington* Last Tuesday, Senators Corker and Alexander hosted more than 100 Tennesseans at �Tennessee Tuesday,� a regular breakfast held on Capitol Hill every week the Senate is in session for visitors from the Volunteer State. For more information, click here [link 4]. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/tnt_5.jpg] On Wednesday, Senator Corker met students, parents and teachers from the University School of Jackson on the Capitol steps.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/C8rJI_tWsAE755-.jpg] [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/hat.jpg] Senator Corker was glad to meet the Renfro family of Chattanooga during their trip to the nation's capital last week.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/renfro.jpg] On Thursday, Senator Corker met with Nashville singer-songwriter Rory Feek as part of GRAMMYs On The Hill advocacy day. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/feek.jpg] Senator Corker was proud to congratulate Jackson Police Capt. Mike Holt for receiving the Allied Professional Award from the U.S. Department of Justice for his important work. [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/jacksonpolice.jpg] *Proud of Our Nation After U.S. Missile Strikes in Syria* In an appearance on MSNBC�s �Andrea Mitchell Reports,� Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called the U.S. missile strikes in Syria �very successful� in sending a message to the Bashar al-Assad regime against the use of chemical weapons. Corker received a call Thursday evening from President Trump in which the senator expressed support for the president�s decision to take military action after the deadly chemical weapons attack in Syria on Tuesday.� �Very successful,� *said Corker* of the strikes. �I had a nice conversation with the president and told him I was really proud of our nation and I thanked him for taking the steps that he had taken. I felt like they were proportionate. They were the right steps. They weren�t over the top. They sent the right message and did an appropriate amount of destruction to the air base there in Syria.� Corker also said the United States should hold Assad accountable for war crimes and pressure Russia to end its support for his regime. �Assad is not a legitimate leader,� *added Corker*. �How we move beyond him, a big part of that is making sure he's held responsible for these crimes against humanity, these war crimes that have taken place. I don't think it's time to get into the details of that now, when you have a meeting getting ready to take place with Russia with Tillerson. I think those conversations will begin. The pressure ought to be on the Russians. If Putin wants to be truly a world leader and at the table of world leaders, they should immediately withdraw support for this war criminal if they have any degree of moral clarity. So, we'll see how they react to this in the very near future.� [image = corker.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Syria.jpg] [link 5] **Click here [link 6] or on the image above to watch the video.** *Holding the Assad Regime Accountable* On Friday, Senator Corker, as well as Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), introduced the Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act to instruct the Secretary of State to report on war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in Syria, as well as to authorize assistance for investigations and other credible transitional justice efforts, including a potential hybrid tribunal, to hold Assad and his regime accountable for their heinous acts. The Syrian civil war has lasted for six years and hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been killed, many at the hands of dictator Bashar al-Assad and his regime. Millions more have fled the country as refugees. �Bashar al-Assad continues to demonstrate that he is a brutal dictator who belongs behind bars,��*said Corker*.��The U.S. should contribute to a legitimate process that will pursue accountability for Assad and all those guilty of war crimes in Syria.� A section-by-section summary of the bill is available online here [link 7].
· Tue, Apr 11 · corker

And now there are nine
A message from US Senator Todd Young <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenYoung/Todd_Young_Ba nner_logo2.png> Congratulations Justice Gorsuch Justice Neil Gorsuch was formally sworn-in today. I was proud to vote on behalf of Hoosiers to confirm him last Friday: <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenYoung/17.04.07_-_Go rsuch_Quote_Final.png> On Syria The international community has looked the other way for too long and has failed to act as Assad and Putin have deliberately and barbarically murdered innocent men, women, and children in Syria. I applaud the Trump administration's decision to take action. Our men and women in uniform conducted these strikes with professionalism and precision, and I join all Americans in expressing our gratitude to our service members. After attending a briefing with General Dunford, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I am confident that the President will continue to receive sound advice from his impressive national security team. Following these strikes, the administration should submit to Congress without delay a comprehensive, whole-of-government strategy�working with our international partners. Our national security interests require that this strategy seeks to eliminate ISIS's remaining safe haven in Syria, end the Syrian regime's war on its own people, address the humanitarian crisis, and begin a political process that includes the departure of Assad and the establishment of an inclusive Syrian government. Simultaneously, Congress finally should fulfill its Constitutional responsibility to consider and pass an appropriately crafted authorization for use of military force. They look out for us, let's look out for them U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly and I introduced bipartisan legislation that would support mental health services for law enforcement officers. 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· Tue, Apr 11 · coats

Kansas Common Sense - Military Action in Syria
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· Mon, Apr 10 · moran

News Alert: Editorial on Keeping My Promises
<outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenGrassley/news2015_2 png> About Grassley <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=13935.8890217.5523222.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww grassley.senate.gov%2fabout&redir_log=928978509833256> Constituent Services <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=13935.8890217.5523222.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww grassley.senate.gov%2fconstituents&redir_log=449195868256312> News Center <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=13935.8890217.5523222.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww grassley.senate.gov%2fnews&redir_log=1069771078250> Contact Grassley <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=13935.8890217.5523222.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww grassley.senate.gov%2fcontact&redir_log=704803046076271> Editorial: Charles Grassley Keeps His Promises <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=13935.8890217.5523222.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww messengernews.net%2fopinion%2feditorial%2f2017%2f04%2fcharles-grassley- keeps-his-promises-2%2f&redir_log=444332730799635> In this morning's Fort Dodge Messenger, the editorial board wrote about my commitment to staying in touch with Iowans. "Grassley takes opportunities to meet with his fellow Iowans very seriously," the Fort Dodge Messenger editorial board wrote. "He keeps faith with our Founding Fathers' belief in representative government by spending congressional recesses listening carefully to what Iowans tell him. "He shows up where we live and listens to what we say. That's an important reason why even Iowans who disagree with Grassley's political views respect his service as their senator." Over Easter Recess, which begins today, I will spend 22 hours taking questions from and listening to Iowans all over the state. Every year when I visit each of Iowa's 99 counties, the audience sets the agenda and I take questions on any subject raised. This is how I've done it since I was first elected to the U.S. Senate, and this is how I plan to continue listening. Read the full editorial from The Fort Dodge Messenger... <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=13935.8890217.5523222.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww messengernews.net%2fopinion%2feditorial%2f2017%2f04%2fcharles-grassley- keeps-his-promises-2%2f&redir_log=444332730799635> Keep in Touch <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=13935.8890217.5523222.7038002&report_id=&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww grassley.senate.gov%2f&redir_log=241838329353218> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=13935.8890217.5523222.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww w.facebook.com%2fgrassley&redir_log=42863616272236> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=13935.8890217.5523222.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2ftw itter.com%2fchuckgrassley&redir_log=876009633785239> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=13935.8890217.5523222.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fme dium.com%2f%40ChuckGrassley&redir_log=285082746902234> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=13935.8890217.5523222.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww w.flickr.com%2fphotos%2fchuckgrassley&redir_log=664610148476310> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=13935.8890217.5523222.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fin stagram.com%2fsenatorchuckgrassley%2f&redir_log=805584195472309> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx &crop=13935.8890217.5523222.7038002&report_id=&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fww w.youtube.com%2fuser%2fSenChuckGrassley&redir_log=206319985751321> Unsubscribe <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/EsurveyForm.aspx ey&__sid=100003&__crop=13935.8890217.5523222.7038002> Open a plain text version of this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx _text=Y&link=SenGrassley%2501103665%2501News%2bAlert_FDM%2bEditorial%2b9 9%2bcounties%250113935.8890217.5523222.7038002%2501grassley%2540unityfee d.com%2501Unity%2501Unity%2bFeed%2501Beverly%2bHills%252c%2bCA%2b90210%2 501> Forward this email <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx rd=Y&link=SenGrassley%2501103665%2501News%2bAlert_FDM%2bEditorial%2b99%2 bcounties%250113935.8890217.5523222.7038002%2501grassley%2540unityfeed.c om%2501Unity%2501Unity%2bFeed%2501Beverly%2bHills%252c%2bCA%2b90210%2501 > Open in its own browser window <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/view_newsletter_setup.aspx SenGrassley%2501103665%2501News%2bAlert_FDM%2bEditorial%2b99%2bcounties% 250113935.8890217.5523222.7038002%2501grassley%2540unityfeed.com%2501Uni ty%2501Unity%2bFeed%2501Beverly%2bHills%252c%2bCA%2b90210%2501> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenGrassley/iqtrk.gif crop=13935.8890217.5523222.7038002> <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/SenGrassley/iqtrk.gif crop=13935.8890217.5523222.7038002>
· Mon, Apr 10 · grassley

March In Review
United States Senator for Alaska, Lisa Murkowski *March Newsletter* Hello, Alaska! It�s been an extremely busy month in Washington, D.C. and I�m ready to be headed home for a state work period. Here�s a recap from the last month. I was proud to cast my vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He is an extremely well-qualified jurist with the right view of the role of the court under our Constitution. With Judge Gorsuch, western states like Alaska get an intellectual individual who understands our lives and lifestyles, and is respected by legal scholars across ideological boundaries. I respect the traditions and rules of the Senate.� But it is not tradition to conduct a purely partisan filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee, which is we saw prior to the Gorsuch confirmation. I believe that once a judicial nominee is passed out of committee, they deserve an up or down vote. I feel strongly that should be the case with Supreme Court nominees. But the Democrats� decision to filibuster prevented that, and there was no other way to get an exceptionally well-qualified individual to a vote without changing Senate rules. While it�s disheartening that we were unable to avoid this internal fight, it does not discourage me from my efforts to work cooperatively with all of my Senate colleagues on matters important to Alaska and the country.� [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Squibble_squat_1.PNG] [link 1] (Click image to watch video of my floor speech in support of Judge Gorsuch.) � Click here for [link 2] text of my floor speech.� [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/DSC_0771.JPG] � (I met with Judge Gorsuch in February to learn more about his background and beliefs as well as discuss areas of concern to Alaskans.) *Keep up with what I'm doing, and follow me on:* [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Facebook.png] [link 3] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Instagram.png] [link 4] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/twitterbird_RGB.png] [link 5] *U.S. MISSILE STRIKES AGAINST SYRIA * This past week the world witnessed a horrific attack in Syria, where evidence shows Bashar al-Assad and his regime used chemical weapons in a strike to kill their own people. President Trump has taken the strong, proportionate action to retaliate against the Assad regime. We as a nation cannot stand idle while innocent civilians are killed with these terrible chemical weapons. Syria continues to be in turmoil from years of civil war and solutions to solving the problem are hard to come by, but its past time to end this bloodshed and terrorism. I am praying for our troops oversees and the innocent lives caught in the middle of this humanitarian crisis. *ALASKA ARMY NEWS* The Army just announced its intent to keep the 4/25 Army Brigade Combat Team home-based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, intact. Keeping some of the Army�s best in Alaska is a victory for Anchorage, for our state, and for our national security as a whole. As General Milley, Chief of Staff of the Army, previously told me � it would be contrary to our national security interest to cut the only Arctic-trained military units that is also ready to deploy anywhere in the Pacific. The Alaska delegation has been working to reverse the proposed downsize of the 4/25 since it was first announced in 2014. As a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, I will work to ensure the 4/25 is adequately funded. *ALASKANS IN D.C.* Here in the Senate we have our own version of �March Madness� � and it doesn�t involving making brackets or betting on basketball teams! A higher than normal volume of Alaskan groups come to D.C. during March. Some days I had up to 15 meetings of groups of Alaskans. It�s busy, but I love it. I am always inspired by the passion Alaskans have for their advocacy and the issues they fight for. Below are just a few photos of the Alaskans I met with recently. Pictures of more of these meetings can be found here [link 6].� [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/AK_Broadcasters_Association_1.jpg] (Meeting with the Alaska Broadcasters Association) [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Alaska_Disability_Group_1.jpg] (Meeting with the Governor�s Council on Disabilities) [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/american_legion_1.jpg] (Meeting with the American Legion) *CLOSE UP MEETINGS* One of the best parts of my job as a U.S. Senator is the opportunity to meet with Alaskan students visiting Washington D.C. I hope they enjoyed the visits just as much as I did! [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Bethel_Regional___TriValley__2__2.JPG] (Bethel Regional High School & Tri-Valley School in Healy) [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Close_up_IDEA_Southcentral_Foundation.JPG] (Southcentral Foundation) [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Idea_Southcentral_Foundation_2.jpg] (IDEA Homeschool in Galena) [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Cook_Inlet_Elementary_School_1.JPG] (Inlet View Elementary School in Anchorage) [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Cordova_High__Juneau_Douglas_Honors_High__Ketchikan_High__Petersburg_High__West_Anchorage_High_1.JPG] (Cordova High School, Juneau Douglas Honors High, Ketchikan High, Petersburg High, and West Anchorage High) [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Anchorage_School_District_and_Eagle_River_High_School_2.JPG] (Anchorage School District and Eagle River High School) *FACEBOOK LIVE* With the busy Senate schedule preventing me from traveling back home as much as I would like, I�m trying out new ways to stay connected with Alaskans. Last month I held my first Facebook Live discussion on the status of healthcare reform in Congress and answered questions from Alaskans on the process. It was great to hear from so many about healthcare issues that face those in our state, whether it comes to Medicaid, insurance costs, or supporting Planned Parenthood. I found the Facebook Live discussion to be a great way to connect, and I plan on having more of these discussions on specific issues in the near future, so stay tuned!� [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/FB_Live_Thumb_1.PNG] [link 7] �(Click image to watch an archived video of the entire Facebook Live discussion.) *ENERGY COMMITTEE HEARINGS* Energy infrastructure is critical to our way of life. As the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, I know we have an obligation to make our energy cleaner, more affordable, reliable and diverse, and protect our energy infrastructure. An Alaska-specific hearing focused onthe potential for infrastructure improvements to create jobs and reduce the cost of living by boosting energy and mineral development. The committee received testimony from witnesses, including Steve Masterman (geologist with the State of Alaska), Bob Potruzki (Deputy Mayor, Sitka), Joy Baker (Executive Director, Port of Nome), Kara Moriarty (Executive Director, Alaska Oil and Gas Association), Chris Rose (Executive Director, Renewable Energy for Alaska Project), and Della Trumble (Business Manager, King Cove Native Coorperation). Click here [link 8]for more information. [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/ENR_HEaring_thumbnail_1.PNG] [link 9] �(Click image to watch the hearing) Another hearing focused on opportunities to improve American energy infrastructure, including ways to streamline the permitting process for projects. This hearing was crucial to understanding the unique challenges and opportunities in Alaska. Committee members heard first hand from Clay Koplin, the Chief Executive Officer of Cordova Electric Cooperation (and Mayor of Cordova), about the regulatory barriers that exist to the development of a small-scale hydro project in his community. More information on this hearing can be found here [link 10].� Click here [link 11] to watch archived video of the hearing *WHITE HOUSE VISIT* I started off March by meeting with President Donald Trump, the newly appointed Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, and Senator Dan Sullivan at the White House. We discussed everything from establishing a life-saving road for King Cove, protecting our fisheries, responsibly developing our resources, and reigniting economic growth in Alaska. We also discussed Alaska�s strategic location and how essential Alaska�s military forces are to Arctic issues and our national security. I look forward to building a productive relationship with the administration so that we can continue to make Alaska and the rest of the United States stronger and more secure.� [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Arctic_1_1.jpg] *PRESIDENT�S BUDGET OUTLINE* President Trump recently outlined his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which has caught the attention of many Alaskans. It�s important to note that his budget request is the first step in a long process through which Congress decides which programs to fund and at what level. The President�s budget expressed his priorities, and I am actively considering them, but in the end Congress decides what to fund. As an appropriator, I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, the administration, and Alaskans throughout the budget process. *FISH AND WILDLIFE RULE* My House and Senate colleagues voted to return the ability to manage fish and wildlife back to the states, which was explicitly promised to Alaska at statehood and in subsequent Laws. The authority to manage our fish and wildlife -- through decisions based on sound science and with the full input of our local communities -- is something that Alaskans take very seriously. We have done so responsibly for decades, yet despite this, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed regulations last fall to take that authority away from us. I appreciate the hard work of Senator Sullivan and Congressman Young in helping to restore that decision-making authority back to Alaska, and pleased that President Trump has signed this important resolution.� [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/LAM_3_21_2.PNG] [link 12] (Click image to watch floor statement up my support for repealing the FWS rule.) *BLM PLANNING 2.0 * At the end of March, I attended a bill signing ceremony at the White House where President Trump signed into law a resolution that I shepherded through the Senate which repeals a burdensome Obama administration land management rule known as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Planning 2.0. If left intact, this rule would have harmed grazing, timber, energy development, mineral production, and even recreation on federal lands. Decision-making authority will now be back to local and state entities in Alaska and other Western states with those who actually live near and have first-hand knowledge of these lands making the important land management planning decisions, instead of those who work thousands of miles away at BLM headquarters in Washington, D.C. [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/BLM_WH_1.jpg] *SPORTSMEN* I recently reintroduced bipartisan legislation with Senator Heinrich (D-NM), the Sportsmen�s Act, which expands and enhances sportsmen�s access by making federal lands throughout Alaska and the nation �open unless closed� for fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities. For too long, access to our federal lands has been restricted without reason or transparency. This bill will ensure that our federal lands are accessible, provide new opportunities for more Americans to enjoy those lands, and require federal agencies to expand and enhance access in accordance with their missions. I am proud to provide future generations of Americans with the access and ability to take full advantage of the great outdoors. *NATIVE YOUTH* During an Indian Affairs Committee hearing focused on health awareness and prevention efforts for Native youth, I was proud to welcome Martin Sensmeier from Yakutat, who testified about the importance of exercise and diet to overall health. Martin has truly been a role model to young Alaskans.� [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Martin_Sensmeier_1.png] [link 13] (Click image to watch video.) Last year Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and I shepherded into law the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act [link 14] to improve the lives of Native children. We have continued that work by strongly urging the President and key members of the Administration to appoint the members needed to the new Commission. The bill creating the Commission addresses complex problems facing Native children such as substance abuse, domestic violence, abuse, and poverty. More details can be found on the bill to create a Commission on Native Children can be found here [link 15]. [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/Native_Youth_1_1.jpg] *MATERNITY CARE* Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and I recently introduced the�Improving Access to Maternity Care Act. This legislation aims�to reduce maternity care shortages by identifying areas lacking maternal health professionals and help incentivize providers to practice in these underserved, often rural areas. This bill directs much-needed maternity care resources to where they are most needed in rural Alaska as many parts of our state lack any form of access to maternity care, a service many elsewhere in the U.S. take for granted. This is a critical step towards reducing Alaska�s devastatingly high rate of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and leads to healthier pregnancies and ultimately healthier Alaskan families. Text of the legislation can be found here [link 16]. *CARING FOR OUR MILITARY* I was proud to join Senator John Tester (D-Mont.) in introducing bipartisan legislation to support survivors of military sexual trauma. Our bill ensures the VA is providing appropriate benefits and care for survivors of military sexual trauma by expanding the definition of sexual trauma to include cyber harassment. This legislation provides the tools necessary for victims of sexual trauma to not only seek justice, but also cope with the aftermath of such suffering. Click here [link 17] to read the legislation. *DISASTER PREPAREDNESS * I worked with Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.-01) to introduce theNational Landslide Preparedness Act to help local communities prepare for and respond to landslides and other natural hazards. �More information on this bill, which will help communities like Sitka who have dealt with landslides in recent years, can be found by clicking here [link 18]. Click here [link 19]to find out more about the 2015 landslide in Sitka. *150TH ANNIVERSARY OF ALASKA PURCHASE * March 27th was the 150th anniversary of the Alaska Purchase � when the Alaska Territory was purchased from Russia in 1867. It was quite a bargain price for the United States with a total cost of $7.2 million dollars, averaging to about 2 cents an acre. It was an honor to join so many Alaskans in D.C. to commemorate this anniversary and recognize how cession changed Alaska forever.�� Click here [link 20] for a resolution that Senator Sullivan and I sponsored, which commemorates Alaska�s sesquicentennial and highlights important events from the past 150 years and recognizes the many characteristics that make us so unique.� [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/150th_1_1.JPG] [image = murkowski.enews.senate.gov//images/user_images/150th_2_1.JPG]
· Mon, Apr 10 · murkowski