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Sep
17
9:45 AM09:45

Politico AI Summit

  • 555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest (The Newseum) Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
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The U.S. government and industries have reached a critical moment in the current technological revolution as artificial intelligence takes deeper root in everyday life. What must government and industry leaders do to maximize the short-and long-term upsides, while minimizing disruptions of this major societal and economic transition? Is the U.S. poised to maintain global leadership or will the competition edge the U.S. out? Join POLITICO on Tuesday, September 17, for the AI Summit – a launching point for solutions-driven conversations centered on issues at the intersection of innovation and governance. RSVP

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Sep
17
10:00 AM10:00

Countering Mass Shootings in the U.S.

  • 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
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Mass shootings have unfortunately become an all too common occurrence in the United States, claiming thousands of victims killed or injured in the last decade alone. Mass public attacks in particular appear to have increased in regularity and severity, leading to a heightened sense of national fear and insecurity. Addressing this urgent problem requires evidence-based policy responses based on careful analysis and evaluation. To respond to this need, George Mason University’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy and Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, with the support of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, have organized a congressional briefing to bring the most up-to-date research on the subject to the U.S. Capitol. Registration is free but required for this event, as space is limited.

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Sep
17
11:30 AM11:30

Congressional Federal Real Property Forum

  • 2167 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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In recent years, Congress has played an important leadership role in all aspects of Federal real property, including leasing, space utilization, and disposition of underutilized Federal property. At the Congressional Federal Real Property Forum, members of Congress and key committee staff will discuss the priorities for managing Federal real estate that have been established under this Congress. The discussion will focus on the implementation of recent real property legislation, such as FASTA, and describe the latest efforts between the Administration and the Congress to reform Federal real property management. RSVP

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Sep
17
12:00 PM12:00

2019 National Estuaries Week Hill Exposition

  • 2325 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Representatives from several government agencies will be in attendance to showcase their research and resources for coastal habitats. This will be an informal setting for staffers to interact with these agencies and learn more about exciting projects going on in their home districts.

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Sep
17
12:00 PM12:00

The Effects of Sleep, and Lack Thereof, on the Brain

  • CVC-268, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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Join us at a Congressional Neuroscience Caucus Briefing highlighting the cutting-edge neuroscience research and projects that are being made possible by the Department of Defense (DoD).  It will feature sleep research being done at Washington State University and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. RSVP

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Sep
17
12:00 PM12:00

Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-Cell Therapy and Medicaid Briefing

In partnership with the American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy (ASTCT), the Caucus will welcome some of the nation’s leading scientists to provide an overview of CAR-T cell therapy and the promise that it holds in fighting blood cancer. Additionally, we will hear about issues related to access to these life-saving therapies within the Medicaid program. RSVP

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Sep
17
12:00 PM12:00

Rising Temperatures and Implications for Health, Safety, and Infrastructure

  • 2261 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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This briefing will bring together policy experts to discuss the risks of increasingly hot temperatures on people and places. The event will feature findings from a new Union of Concerned Scientists analysis that examines how heat is poised to rise steeply in frequency and severity over the coming decades, bringing unprecedented health risks for people and communities across the country. RSVP is required

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Sep
17
12:30 PM12:30

Provider Insights on Successful Risk-based Payment Models

  • CVC-201AB, Capitol Vistor Center (map)
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In conjunction with the bipartisan Health Care Innovation Caucus, join us for a briefing that will highlight how healthcare providers are successfully delivering improved patient care at lower costs through two-sided risk-based payment models. Hear directly from some of the nation’s leading health systems on the barriers they face transitioning to alternative payment models and key actions Congress can take to ensure the success of the MACRA program. RSVP

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Sep
17
2:00 PM14:00

Trends in International Exchange: A Briefing on the Impact of the Camp Counselor Program

  • 1539 Longworth House Office Building (map)
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The Congressional Caucus on International Exchange and Study, in conjunction with the Alliance for International Exchange, invites you to an off-the-record discussion about international exchange programs, including a briefing on a recently released report on the impact of the Camp Counselor program, a category within the State Department’s Exchange Visitor Program. The panel will discuss the benefits of international educational and cultural exchange programs, particularly the Camp Counselor program, to the U.S. economy and public diplomacy efforts.

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Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

Feed the Future Innovation Labs Reception

  • 485 Russell Senate Office Building (map)
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Enjoy meeting these guests and learning about international agricultural innovations being fostered at the U.S. universities that operate the USAID-funded labs. At a time when global hunger is rising, these centers of research and development play a vital role in helping impoverished nations to build resilience and improve their ability to nourish their populations, which in turn enhances regional security. RSVP

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Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

Celebration of U.S.-Armenia Relations Reception

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Please join the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues and the Armenian Assembly of America to celebrate U.S.-Armenia relations on Capitol Hill with community members from around the United States. This reception concludes the Armenian Assembly of America's 2019 National Advocacy Conference & Gala. Go to www.aimhye.com for more information on the two-day event.

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Sep
18
9:00 AM09:00

India on the Hill: Charting a Future for Indo-U.S. Relations (Day 1)

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast (The Heritage Foundation) Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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On September 18 and 19, 2019, The Heritage Foundation is partnering with the prominent independent Indian think tank, the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) to host a two-day event at Heritage entitled India on the Hill: Charting a Future for Indo-U.S. Relations. India on the Hill will feature participation and keynote addresses from Members of India’s Parliament, Members of the U.S. Congress, and key Indian and American leaders from government, industry, and academia to formulate a roadmap for joint leadership of the international order in the 21st century.

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Sep
18
9:00 AM09:00

Eliminating Debtor’s Prison for Kids: Congressional Briefing on HR 2300

  • CVC-217, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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In almost every state, young people and their families face harmful juvenile justice costs, fees, or fines which hinder rehabilitation, create economic and racial disparities, and undermine public safety. New federal legislation, HR 2300: the Eliminating Debtor’s Fees for Kids Act, incentivizes states to end costs, fines, and fees in the juvenile justice system. This panel will present perspectives from the judiciary, a district attorney’s office, national advocates, and impacted young people and their families on the harms of these costs and fees, reform efforts around the country, and the positive changes that will result from the passage of HR 2300. RSVP

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Sep
18
10:00 AM10:00

How to Hold a Public Conversation to Address Sex Trafficking

  • CVC-268, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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By now, you should have received an invitation from ECPAT-USA, the nation’s leader in combatting child exploitation and human trafficking, to a briefing they will be hosting to discuss how members of Congress and their staff should address child exploitation and trafficking if it should happen in their respective districts. This important event will highlight the steps that should be taken, including addressing the issue with local media, legislative efforts, and preventative measures. RSVP

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Sep
18
11:30 AM11:30

Safe to Breathe? New Discoveries About Indoor Air

  • 2325 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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The quality of air that we breathe and the surfaces that we touch while inside buildings have a dominant impact on our lifetime exposure to harmful chemical and biological agents. Now, new science is showing that the chemicals from building materials and from products we bring indoors (such as building materials, cooking appliances, personal care products, and cleaners) also react, sometimes producing additional chemical exposures. Yet, relative to other environmental issues and despite growing public demands, indoor air quality receives little attention by regulators, educators, architects, engineers, or others. This briefing will involve a discussion of the importance of indoor air quality and of the complexity of building systems that make the subject worthy of significantly greater study. RSVP

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Sep
18
12:00 PM12:00

Briefing on Preventing Human Trafficking.

  • CVC-268, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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This will be a hospitality-focused human trafficking awareness training session, followed by a panel discussion on the key role businesses play in preventing human trafficking. Through nonprofit partnerships, training, advocacy and accountability, learn about how the private sector has joined the fight against human trafficking. This briefing will equip you and your staff with the tools to identify key indicators of all forms of human trafficking. RSVP

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Sep
18
12:00 PM12:00

Realistic Solutions to Big College Problems

  • 2045 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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American higher education is in a bad place: public confidence is dropping, prices are daunting, and presidential candidates are clamoring to fundamentally change how it’s funded. Join Rep. Virginia Foxx, ranking member of the House Education and Labor Committee, as she discusses her reform ideas, many of which were in the PROSPER Act she introduced in the last Congress. Then hear from the authors and editors of three new books tackling higher education’s myriad ailments and how to fix them. Many things must change in the ivory tower, and you’ll hear clear, grounded ideas about what those should be. RSVP

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Sep
18
12:00 PM12:00

The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant

  • 200 Maryland Avenue Northeast (Ketchum Hall) Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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Charles W. Calhoun, Thomas Harriot Distinguished Professor of History, emeritus, East Carolina University. Free and open to the public; pre-registration here is requested. Light refreshments will be provided; please feel free to bring your own bag lunch.

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Sep
18
3:00 PM15:00

Congress and North Korea: Perspectives from Past Senate Staff Travel to North Korea

  • 385 Russell Senate Office Building (map)
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During past rounds of negotiations and times of tension between the U.S. and North Korea, Members of Congress and their staff had opportunities to travel to North Korea to assess first-hand Pyongyang’s intentions. Should current US-North Korea negotiations move forward, Congressional input will again be vital to the sustainability and viability of any deal that emerges. Please join the National Committee on North Korea (NCNK) for a panel discussion by current and former Senate staff members on their past experience traveling to North Korea on official delegations and the lessons learned from their observations. RSVP

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Sep
18
4:00 PM16:00

Ukraine: Where Does U.S. Policy Go From Here?

  • CVC-268, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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In April 2019, President Volodymyr Zelensky won Ukraine's presidential election campaigning on a promise of reform. He faces an array of challenges, including widespread corruption, the activities of extremist groups, and Russia’s ongoing human rights violations in occupied Crimea and backing for separatists in the Donbas region. Join us for a briefing to learn more about what the U.S. can do to support a free and open Ukraine. RSVP

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Sep
18
4:00 PM16:00

Hong Kong Human Rights Forum

  • HVC-215, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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Join us on September 18 for the Hong Kong Human Rights Forum to mobilize support from the United States for Hong Kong in their struggle for freedom and human rights. The Forum will feature a diverse group of voices from Hong Kong including student leaders, journalists, social workers, and artists sharing their experiences of being on the frontline of the struggle for Hong Kong's freedom as well as American observers and Members of Congress. RSVP

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Sep
18
5:00 PM17:00

Peacebuilding Champion Award Reception

  • 2255 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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The Alliance for Peacebuilding will present its Peacebuilding Champion Award to Reps. Engel and McCaul in recognition of their joint efforts to place violence reduction and conflict prevention at the center of U.S. foreign policy, in particular for their work on the Global Fragility Act and the United States-Northern Triangle Enhanced Engagement Act. RSVP

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Sep
18
5:30 PM17:30

Film Screening & Discussion: Seeking Asylum in America

  • B-208 Longworth House Office Building (map)
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In partnership with the Immigration Film Fest, Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service is pleased to invite you to our film screening focusing on the experience of asylum seekers in America. Following the film screening, a group of panelists whose collective knowledge of root causes of Central American migration, impact on mental health of migrant children, and response of faith and activist communities, will shed light on the importance of maintaining humanitarian standards and protections for asylum seekers. ***RSVP is required***

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Sep
18
5:30 PM17:30

Pet Night On Capitol Hill Reception

Hosted by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), the Pet Food Institute (PFI), and the Pet Leadership Council (PLC), Pet Night brings the power of pets to Capitol Hill, delivering the message to our elected representatives that pets are important for human health and quality of life. Pet Night convenes elected representatives, industry leaders, the veterinary community, animal welfare advocates and research organizations to learn about the importance of pet ownership in America and the growing scientific evidence that pet ownership leads to improved wellbeing for both people and animals.

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Sep
18
7:00 PM19:00

"Generation Columbine" Screening and Discussion

  • CVC-249, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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NowThis' film Generation Columbine examines the epidemic of mass school shootings through the eyes of people directly impacted by the events; touching on the grief, trauma, and anger they experienced as well as their move towards activism, healing, and acceptance. The film covers those impacted by the shootings at Columbine High School, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Sandy Hook Elementary School, and Red Lake Senior High School on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. RSVP

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Sep
19
8:00 AM08:00

Pathways to Climate Neutrality

  • 2044 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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U.S. speakers will discuss the current state of play in the U.S. when it comes to clean energy investments, energy transition and climate action. Ultimately, the event should trigger a much-needed debate on the future transatlantic collaboration in climate action going beyond the Paris agreement, and the stance of other major economies such as China. RSVP

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Sep
19
8:30 AM08:30

Active Efficiency Policy Briefing

  • 325 Russell Senate Office Building (map)
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In this morning briefing, thought leaders from across the energy industry will discuss the trends and technologies that are re-shaping our energy system and re-defining energy efficiency—which we call Active Efficiency. This evolution of our energy system brings great promise, but enormous complexity. The discussion will explore opportunities for energy efficiency in a broader, more digitalized space, including utilizing integrated and time-dependent tools such as demand response, optimized city design, and  grid-connected building loads to improve energy optimization. RSVP

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Sep
19
9:00 AM09:00

India on the Hill: Charting a Future for Indo-U.S. Relations (Day 2)

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast (The Heritage Foundation) Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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On September 18 and 19, 2019, The Heritage Foundation is partnering with the prominent independent Indian think tank, the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) to host a two-day event at Heritage entitled India on the Hill: Charting a Future for Indo-U.S. Relations. India on the Hill will feature participation and keynote addresses from Members of India’s Parliament, Members of the U.S. Congress, and key Indian and American leaders from government, industry, and academia to formulate a roadmap for joint leadership of the international order in the 21st century.

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Sep
19
9:30 AM09:30

Black Health Innovations: Diversity In Clinical Trials

  • CVC-200, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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This briefing will bring together representatives from health equity-minded organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and congressional staff to discuss the barriers to participation in clinical trails by communities who are historically underrepresented in biomedical research (HUBR). RSVP

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Sep
19
10:00 AM10:00

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI): A Driver for the Region's Prosperity through Economic, Environmental, and Societal Revitalization

  • SVC-203, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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The briefing will not only focus on the GLRI's success stories, but also discuss the continued need for increased federal support for the Great Lakes. This summer, bipartisan and bicameral legislation (S. 2295 and H.R. 4031) was introduced in Congress that would reauthorize the GLRI for five years starting in FY 2022 at $375 million and increase the authorized amount by $25 million each year through FY 2026. The briefing will provide an overview of the continued resources needed in the Great Lakes to continue the progress being made, which would be supported by the GLRI Act of 2019. RSVP

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Sep
19
10:30 AM10:30

Parliamentarians at Risk Around the World

In the face of growing authoritarianism across the globe, parliamentarians who carry out their duties and raise their voices on behalf of their constituencies are suffering reprisals. In 2018, the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) processed 564 cases of requests for redress for members of parliament who had been intimidated, attacked, jailed or killed – the highest caseload in the Committee’s 40-year history. Panelists will describe their first-hand experiences as parliamentarians at risk or their family members and share their recommendations for responding to a growing threat that targets the legislative heart of democratic political systems.

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Sep
19
11:30 AM11:30

Rare Cancer Isn’t Rare but Treatments Are

  • 2045 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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In 2018, over 1.7 million people were diagnosed with cancer, and over 550,000 of those diagnoses were for rare cancers.Overall, as assessed by the incidence metric of fewer than 6 diagnoses per 100,000 Americans per year, at least 380 forms of rare cancer exist, and those cancers compose 95 percent of all forms of cancer – or almost one-third of all new cancer diagnoses. Fortunately, next generation therapies hold new promise for extending life and avoiding some side effects. While science is quickly progressing, rare cancers persistently lack adequate data, research, and funding. As a result, rare cancer patients are frequently misdiagnosed and suffer from adequate treatment and clinical trial options. We hope you will join us to discuss the challenges facing rare cancer patients, researchers, and drug developers. RSVP

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Sep
19
1:00 PM13:00

Students Engaging Students About the Opioid Epidemic

  • HVC-201AB, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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We have seen the devastating impact of the opioid epidemic firsthand in communities across the nation. And while some progress has been made, there is still a lot of work to be done. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in 2017 an estimated 1.7 million Americans were fighting opioid addiction. Unfortunately, students have not been immune from this crisis either. Over 5,000 adolescents and young adults died from overdose in 2017. On behalf of the Addiction, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus, I would like to invite you to a briefing to hear from leaders in my district and how they are taking an active role in their communities by engaging students in conversations about drug use and addiction.

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Sep
19
1:00 PM13:00

TPRC on the Hill Briefing

  • 303 Cannon House Office Building (map)
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TPRC:Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy, the world’s foremost conference on communications and technology policy research, will be bringing this year’s conference highlights to Capitol Hill. Please join us to hear from leading researchers in the areas of broadband access and adoption, as well as artificial intelligence and other emerging technology policy issues. RSVP

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Sep
19
3:00 PM15:00

Transparency, Resiliency and Accountability in Puerto Rico

  • 2360 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Puerto Rico is still struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria two years ago. Recurring accusations of corruption have tarnished the Island’s reputation and called into question the government’s ability to manage Federal disaster and recovery funding efficiently and effectively. Federal funding appropriated by Congress is being withheld as Puerto Rican communities continue to struggle. In recognition of the need to grow Puerto Rico’s capacity for self-governance, Oxfam America has been working with Puerto Rican partners to promote resiliency and empower communities to advocate for the fair and transparent use of federal and local funds. To mark Hurricane Maria’s second anniversary, Oxfam America is hosting a panel that will provide a recovery update and discuss how the civic sector can ensure transparency, accountability and resiliency in the new Puerto Rico. RSVP

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Sep
19
4:30 PM16:30

Securing U.S. Global Leadership In Advanced Manufacturing

  • 2060 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Manufacturing USA institutes, with a vision of U.S. global leadership in advanced manufacturing, assist manufacturers with technology and workforce development. Federal support for these institutes creates a framework that allows industry, academia, and federal laboratories to work together to take the most promising new technologies and transform them into products to be manufactured here in America. RSVP

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Sep
19
5:00 PM17:00

Auto Care Association Reception

  • 101 Constitution Avenue Northwest (Rooftop) Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
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Join NASCAR drivers Chase Elliott, Justin Allgaier and Ken Schrader; NHRA drag racers Clay Millican and Blake Alexander; and more than 300 executives from the auto care industry for networking, refreshments and hors d’oeuvres on Thursday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the rooftop of 101 Constitution Ave NW. RSVP

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Sep
19
5:30 PM17:30

National Marine Manufacturers Association Reception

Recreational boating is taking over the halls of Congress this September. Join NMMA in the Rayburn Foyer on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 5:30pm for a happy hour featuring top industry products, boating simulators, and more! Attendees will have the opportunity to experience the latest equipment and innovations that are taking the recreational boating industry by storm. Like every proper boat outing, cocktails and canapés will be served. RSVP

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Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

Manufacturing USA Institute Expo and Reception

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Please join us for a cocktail reception to celebrate the release of the new Manufacturing USA Annual Report. Come meet the Institute Directors and Members while they showcase what the instititues and their partners are doing together to secure America’s manufacturing future through some recent innovations! Attendees must register in advance for drink tickets. RSVP

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Sep
20
8:00 AM08:00

Briefing with the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Chief of Naval Operations:

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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This informational breakfast will update Members of Congress, staff and industry on the Navy and Marine Corps from top leadership. It will be a great opportunity for Members to speak about the importance of naval services in our national defense. RSVP

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Sep
20
10:00 AM10:00

The Rippling Impact of Suicide

  • 121 Cannon house Office Building (map)
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On Friday, September 20th, Congresswoman Susan Wild will host this roundtable discussion in the Cannon House Office Building, Room 121, from 10 to 11 AM featuring five mental health experts. They will talk about their own personal and professional experiences with the growing suicide crisis in America while also addressing the needs of those who have lost a loved one to suicide, or are caring for someone who struggles with suicide. They will also discuss the existing and potential mental health resources that are available to individuals thinking about taking their own life. RSVP

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Sep
20
12:00 PM12:00

The Nuts and Bolts of Encryption: Encryption 101

  • 2237 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Encryption has become a part of our everyday lives, protecting and securing our personal information and data from harm. But how does it work, and what makes it so important?Join Engine and the Charles Koch Institute at noon on Friday, September 20th, for the first panel in our three-part series on the Nuts and Bolts of Encryption. We'll be discussing what encryption is, how it works, and the various ways that it's used every day. We’ll also do a hands-on activity to demonstrate the simple principle behind encryption. RSVP

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Sep
20
12:00 PM12:00

Hong Kong and South Korea: Frontlines in the Battle for Freedom

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Gordon G. Chang has lived and worked in China for nearly two decades and recently returned from a visit to Hong Kong. His insights and commentary on Asia have led him to be a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. Recently, he published Losing South Korea, which follows his earlier publications: Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World and The Coming Collapse of China. He also serves as a columnist for The Daily Beast and regularly co-hosts The John Batchelor Show.

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Sep
20
12:00 PM12:00

“Letter from Masanjia” Screening and Discussion

  • 2044 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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An Oregon woman finds an SOS message from a Falun Gong practitioner in a package of Halloween decorations from Kmart, making international headlines and setting off a chain of events that would shut down the labor camp system in China and ignite the letter-writer’s dangerous quest to expose a deadly persecution. With a good portion of footage secretly shot in China, this award-winning documentary is directed by Peabody Award winning director Leon Lee. RSVP

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Sep
23
3:00 PM15:00

America’s Indo-Pacific Policy: Prospects during a Critical Time of Change

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast (The Heritage Foundation) Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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The Heritage Foundation is honored to host Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) for our signature event on U.S. policy in the Indo-Pacific. Attendance will be limited for this function, so your prompt RSVP is very much appreciated.

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Sep
24
9:00 AM09:00

National Women’s Business Council Public Meeting

  • SVC-203/202, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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At this meeting, each of the Council’s three subcommittees: Rural Women’s Entrepreneurship, Women in S.T.E.M., and Access to Capital & Opportunity will present their current priorities and initiatives to the full body and the public. The Council will vote on these policy recommendations and present them to the President, Congress, and the Administrator of the Small Business Administration in its 2019 Annual Report.

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Sep
24
9:30 AM09:30

Climate and National Security Forum 2019: A Climate Security Plan for America

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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The Center for Climate and Security, in partnership with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, invites you to join us for the 2019 Climate and National Security Forum: A Climate Security Plan for America. This year’s forum will focus on the risks that climate change presents to U.S. military bases and operations, and on the launch of the Climate and Security Advisory Group’s 2020 Climate Security Plan for America, which outlines steps that would help U.S. leadership manage the impacts of climate change on national security. RSVP

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Sep
24
9:30 AM09:30

Climate and National Security Forum 2019: A Climate Security Plan for America

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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The Center for Climate and Security, in partnership with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, invites you to join us for the 2019 Climate and National Security Forum: A Climate Security Plan for America. This year’s forum will focus on the risks that climate change presents to U.S. military bases and operations, and on the launch of the Climate and Security Advisory Group’s 2020 Climate Security Plan for America, which outlines steps that would help U.S. leadership manage the impacts of climate change on national security. Please RSVP to expedite check-in

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Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

New Classrooms Presents: A Discussion on The Iceberg Problem

  • 600 New Jersey Avenue Northwest (Georgetown Law Hart Auditorium) Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
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Join New Classrooms on Tuesday, Sept. 24 in Washington, DC for a provocative conversation about the hidden truths of students' unfinished learning in middle school mathematics. In this lively panel at Georgetown University, leading experts will discuss and debate the takeaways from The Iceberg Problem, New Classrooms' forthcoming report examining how education policies can unintentionally force educators to measure just a small portion of students’ knowledge. RSVP

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Sep
24
12:00 PM12:00

Behind the Bumper Sticker: Income Share Agreements

  • Capitol Visitor Center, Room ??? (map)
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As national student loan debt figures continue to rise, some policymakers and institutions of higher education have started to think about whether there might be different ways to finance a college education. One idea that’s grabbed a lot of headlines is Income Share Agreements. But what exactly are “ISAs”? How would they work? And what are the possible upsides and downsides of experimenting with them in different ways and for different kinds of students? RSVP

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Sep
24
12:00 PM12:00

A Healthy Start for Every Child: How the Environment Influences Health and Development

  • 902 Hart Senate Office Building (map)
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This event will highlight the unique situation of children as it relates to environmental exposures. Cutting-edge research on childhood exposures and how the environment can affect the pathogenesis of childhood asthma and neurodevelopmental disorders will be featured. RSVP

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Sep
24
12:00 PM12:00

Day Without Space: Enabling American Commerce

  • 2325 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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The global space economy is on track to reach $1 trillion, and in the balance sheet of national priorities, space is a critical investment. It yields cascading dividends for job creation, technology transfer, expanded entrepreneurship, international partnerships, shared research and development, and much more. Indeed, space exploration and operation delivers wider opportunity than any effort on the planet—or beyond it. RSVP

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Sep
24
3:00 PM15:00

Simple Solutions to Addressing Diaper Need in the United States.

  • 2358-C Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Given the drastic need to create dedicated Federal policy solutions, it is more important than ever to discuss the economic, social, and health impacts plaguing families with diaper need and debate bold new programs that could help close the gap, including the Lee-DeLauro bill, H.R. 1846, the End Diaper Need Act, which would create an innovative and first ever federally funded $100 million grant program for distributing diaper in states, communities and nonprofits. RSVP

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Sep
24
5:00 PM17:00

Pre-International Astronautical Congress Reception

Attendees will hear more about programming specifically for lawmakers and staff at IAC 2019, including a VIP reception in the exhibition hall the evening of October 23. Remarks will be made by NASA’s Deputy Administrator, James Morhard, and Lockheed Martin Space’s Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Robert Lightfoot. RSVP

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Sep
24
5:30 PM17:30

Reception Honoring the Retirement of Dr. Linda Birnbaum

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Later in the evening, a Capitol Hill Reception in honor of Dr. Birnbaum’s upcoming retirement from the NIEHS and NTP will take place, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at 2043 Rayburn House Office Building. Melissa J. Perry of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University will deliver remarks, as will Dr. Birnbaum herself. SOT is serving a supporter of the reception, the honorary host of which is Representative David E. Price of North Carolina. RSVP

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Sep
25
10:00 AM10:00

Protecting Civil Rights in a Modern Age: The Role of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

  • CVC-268, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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The USCCR, authorized by Congress in 1957, is a bipartisan organization committed to advancing civil rights policy through independent research and analysis. The Commission has long sought to highlight crucial areas of inequity within our nation and our government—ranging from workplace sexual harassment to the rise of white nationalist violence—and its work can serve as a valuable resource for both Congressional offices and members of the public. RSVP

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Sep
25
3:00 PM15:00

Religious Freedom in India: Opportunities and Challenges

  • 122 Cannon House Office Building (map)
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Over the last 5 years, the conditions for India's religious minorities have deteriorated as Hindu Nationalism has taken root in country and is now moving to the top tiers of national leadership. The BJP and the Modi administration continue to press this agenda forward and the results are seen clearly not only in Kashmir, but at other levels of society, in terms of religious freedom and human rights. It is imperative that the United States take a proactive approach to this issue and challenge India consistently to afford religious freedom and safeguard human rights for all Indians. Come hear experts on religious freedom discuss the state of religious freedom in India. Members of Congress will also deliver brief remarks. RSVP

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Sep
25
6:00 PM18:00

"Eat Up" Screening and Discussion

  • CVC-200, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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With 2 out of 3 children in our public schools on free or reduced lunches nationwide, the food they are served in school is paramount to the welfare of our nation’s future. How kids eat in school effects their classroom behavior, academic performance, life-long food choices, and near and long-term health outcomes. Improving meal programs in schools is a cornerstone of long-term public health goals of improved overall wellness and life-long achievement. You are cordially invited to a screening of EAT UP, which chronicles the successful implementation of a model for providing fresh and healthy meals, followed by a panel discussion on best practices with USDA funding to create quality, cooked from scratch meals for the 20 million plus students nationwide that depend on them. RSVP

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Sep
26
8:15 AM08:15

A New Portrait of Rural America

  • 444 North Capitol Street Northwest, Room 231 Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
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As part of the briefing, the American Communities Project at The George Washington University will release a new report that uses its unique community typology as well as data and on-the-ground reporting to explore those differences and blow up the mythology of rural America. The report and event are funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The event is co-sponsored by the National Association of Counties. RSVP

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Sep
26
2:00 PM14:00

Integrating Social Determinants of Health into Future Health Care Policy

  • B208 Longworth House Office Building (map)
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Evidence has shown that health outcomes are greatly affected by housing, transportation, nutrition, education, and other socioeconomic factors. Our nation’s health policies need to do more to address the social needs of individuals and communities. Failure to address these social determinants of health leads to disparities in health outcomes for vulnerable populations. But how can we leverage federal health programs and social needs care to ensure a healthier future for all? Our panel of experts will explore the history and context of the issue, examine what is currently happening at the federal level, and provide new ideas for future policy solutions. RSVP

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Sep
26
4:30 PM16:30

Carbontech on the Hill

  • HVC-201, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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Please join us for a briefing where we’ll explore the tremendous opportunity for carbontech in the United States, and what it could mean for American businesses, workers, and climate efforts. Immediately following the briefing will be an informal reception and carbontech innovator showcase. You’ll have a chance to meet some of the rising stars in the carbontech sector, learn more about their technologies and business models, and to discuss how federal policy can help them get over the finish line and into the market. Please join us for good food, drinks, and conversation. All non-congressional attendees must be registered. RSVP

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Sep
27
11:30 AM11:30

Challenges and Opportunities of Securing IoT Connections

  • 2044 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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From rural to urban America, our nation is continuously and increasingly connected. By next year, there are projected to be over 31 billion connected Internet of Things devices. The security of these devices ranges broadly from very secure to nothing at all and the strength, or lack thereof, of the device is often unknown to the user. From consumer devices and payment systems to critical infrastructure, these vulnerabilities put both the public and private sectors at increased risk of cyberattacks. In honor of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, experts from industry and government will discuss the challenges and opportunities these continuously connected devices pose to our economy, how you can help educate your constituents and best practices for helping house staffers and members stay protected while connected. RSVP

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Sep
27
12:00 PM12:00

Child Nutrition Reauthorization & Local School Wellness Policies: Addressing Eating Disorders Prevention in Schools

  • 2075 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Eating disorders affect 30 million Americans during their lifetime and have the second highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. Specifically, 2/3 of youth in higher weight bodies are at risk of an eating disorder. For those in food insecure households, the rate of a clinically significant eating disorder increases as the level of food insecurity increases—regardless of gender or ethnicity. At the briefing, you will hear from a panel of experts, including a personal story from a current student, about how schools can play a critical role in the prevention of eating disorders. Space is limited, so please RSVP for this briefing by filling out the form here.

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Oct
2
5:30 PM17:30

Eco Peace Reception with Gidon Bromberg

  • 616 North Carolina Avenue Southeast Washington, DC, 20003 United States (map)
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This reception will share stories of successful peacebuilding efforts and EcoPeace’s vision for a peaceful, resilient, and interconnected Middle East. One focus area is the Water Energy Nexus, which would build healthy interdependencies and healthy economies in the region by exchanging solar energy and desalinated water between Israel, Jordan, and Palestine. RSVP

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Oct
23
10:00 AM10:00

Improving Health Outcomes for Minority Women and Their Children

  • 122 Cannon House Office Building (map)
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Despite being one of the most developed nations in the world, the U.S. maternal mortality rate for women of color continues to rise. The congressional briefing is hosted by Wayne State University in conjunction with Rep. Brenda Lawrence and Rep. Rashida Tlaib. Special guest presenters include Stacey D. Stewart, president and CEO of the March of Dimes and member of the board of directors for the Women’s Congressional Policy Institute. The event will be moderated by James Williams, Jr., Wayne State’s director of Federal Affairs. RSVP

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Sep
16
3:00 PM15:00

Nature-Based Solutions to Protect Communities and Wildlife

  • 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
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The National Hurricane Center estimates that hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Florence, and Michael combined caused over 3,000 deaths, $314 billion in damages, evacuations of millions of people, and extreme habitat loss. Our coasts are home to over 123 million people, support more than 55.8 million jobs, and generate almost half of our nation’s GDP. By helping to protecting our coastal communities from storm and flood damages, natural infrastructure (such as wetlands, oyster reefs, barrier islands, and more) strengthens our ability to bounce back from natural disasters, safeguarding our national economy. Join the National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab or Ornithology, Association of State Floodplain Managers, University of Maryland, and R Street for a discussion on how incorporating natural infrastructure reduces flooding, saves taxpayer dollars, and provides important habitat.RSVP

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Sep
16
1:30 PM13:30

How the U.S. Should Respond to China’s Rising Influence in the United Nations

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast (The Heritage Foundation) Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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As highlighted in a recent Heritage Foundation paper, Chinese influence in the international system has been rising for over a decade and there is growing bi-partisan concern about how that influence will affect U.S. interests. China seeks to use its expanding influence within the U.N., not because it supports the founding principles of the U.N., but in order to shift the values, programs, and policies of the U.N. in ways that benefit Chinese priorities and ideology. This shift would harm U.S. interests and undermine the system of values and practices established in the postwar era. The U.S. cannot reverse this trend entirely, but it must take strategic steps to ensure that Chinese influence is reasonably contained and its leadership is restricted and channeled in the U.N. and other international organizations in ways that do not directly undermine U.S. interests. Please join us as the panelists discuss strategies for the U.S. going forward.

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Sep
16
12:00 PM12:00

How Do Communities Ensure Federal Energy Programs Help Those Most in Need?

  • HVC-201AB, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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The Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) coalition and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) invite you to a briefing with EEFA partners in Ohio, Virginia, New York and California. These state leaders will discuss how they are building successful campaigns to deliver energy/cost savings and healthy home environments for low-and-moderate-income (LMI) households. Speakers will discuss how their state coalitions are using and leveraging federal energy services, such as the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Low-Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), to ensure that all LMI residents have access to housing that is healthy, safe, energy efficient and affordable. RSVP

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Sep
16
12:00 PM12:00

The Whole Patient and the Impact of Social Determinants of Health

  • 2045 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Hear from experts about identifying patients who need innovative assistance in attaining and maintaining health and well-being and determining the path forward to optimizing care. The panel will highlight strategic approaches to creating a highly functioning healthcare ecosystem that addresses the diverse and holistic needs of patients. RSVP

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Sep
16
8:30 AM08:30

Straight from the Mouth: Impacts of the Mississippi River

  • 122 Cannon House Office Building (map)
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LSU in Washington invites you to join us on Monday, Sept. 16, for an engaging discussion with our distinguished panel of faculty experts in river, coastal studies, flood-resilient construction, and environmental health about the future of the Mississippi River and its greater implications for the nation. Our experts will provide the latest and most critical information, straight from the mouth of the Mississippi River, on the management and engineering of the river, the connection between the Midwest and the Deep South in terms of heavy rain events, agricultural practices, flooding, and fisheries as well as how we can build smarter, stronger homes and communities to protect industry and our way of life. RSVP

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Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust Reception & Awards Ceremony

  • 2325 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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The Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust cordially invites all military service members to join us for our annual reception and awards ceremony. The event will include an awards ceremony to honor veterans who have served our community. RSVP

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Sep
13
12:30 PM12:30

Putting Opportunity Back in Opportunity Zones

  • 1000 Maine Avenue Southwest (top floor conference center) Washington, DC, 20024 United States (map)
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The Financial Services Innovation Coalition (FSIC) invites you to join us for a roundtable discussion titled: "Putting Opportunity in Opportunity Zones”. This discussion will be held Friday, September 13, 2019 at The DC Wharf, 1000 Maine Ave. SW (top floor conference center, Washington, DC In specific, this panel will discuss problems with the current Opportunity Zone rules and solutions being introduced through legislation to ensure individuals and business owners living in target communities actually benefit from Opportunity Zone projects. RSVP to Brady Buckner at bbuckner@fsicoalition.org

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Sep
13
12:00 PM12:00

Congress, the Courts, and Consumer Arbitration

  • Reserve Officers Association Building (map)
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From credit cards to mobile apps to social media sites, mandatory arbitration clauses that require users to resolve disputes through private arbitration instead of lawsuits have become ubiquitous. Fans, including many businesses, say they reduce the cost and increase the speed of settling legal claims, which benefits both parties. That’s why Congress enacted the Federal Arbitration Act: to guarantee that arbitration agreements would be legally enforceable. The problem? Many consumers don’t even know they’ve agreed to an arbitration clause because they’re often hidden in the fine print. Critics hold that consumers shouldn’t be fooled into giving up their right to a day in court, where they have greater legal protections. Some Members of Congress raise the same concerns and want to restrict when and how arbitration agreements can be used. Who has the better argument? Join us as our panel of experts discuss and debate the topic. RSVP

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Sep
13
11:45 AM11:45

What’s Next on Social Determinants of Health?

  • G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
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It has become increasingly clear that efforts to improve quality, lower costs, and enhance patient satisfaction cannot succeed without addressing socioeconomic status and nonmedical drivers of health—often called “social determinants of health”. However, the financing and oversight of holistic community initiatives is complicated, as they often involve a spectrum of municipal services, private entities, and all levels of government. This briefing will explore the economic, budgetary, and infrastructure issues that arise when creating outcome-oriented investments for social determinants of health. RSVP

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Sep
13
10:00 AM10:00

Preparing for the Future of Fentanyl: Considerations for Congress in Tackling the Synthetic Opioid Crisis

  • 2044 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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The rates of overdose fatalities involving heroin or prescription opioids have slowed in recent years but are now outnumbered by overdoses involving synthetic opioids. The introduction of illicitly manufactured synthetic opioids like fentanyl to U.S. drug markets has presented new challenges for policymakers working to reverse this public health crisis. What do policymakers need to consider in their efforts to address this threat in the United States? RSVP

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Sep
12
2:00 PM14:00

GPS: The Role of Precision Agriculture in Feeding the World

  • 385 Russell Senate Office Building (map)
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Our September 12th briefing will explore how GPS has become the single most significant technological advancement for American farm equipment in the past two decades. Speakers will share how farmers are using GPS for accurate mapping of field boundaries, roads and irrigation systems; for protecting animal health; for precision planting; and for targeting the application of fertilizer and chemicals that combat weeds and crop diseases. Speakers will also discuss the importance of ensuring GPS signals remain continuously available, accurate, reliable and resilient as well as the need for robust wireless broadband. RSVP

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Sep
12
12:00 PM12:00

Prioritizing Productivity in Federal R&D Policy to Drive Growth

  • 2167 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Please join ITIF for the release of a new report that lays out a productivity-focused agenda for federal science and engineering research and analyzes the effect it will have on GDP growth and the federal budget. This paper was prepared as part of a Concord Coalition project on fiscal responsibility and economic growth. RSVP

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Sep
12
12:00 PM12:00

Food Tank Live: Food Security is National Security

  • 2044 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Food Tank, the fastest-growing nonprofit research organization in the good food movement, in collaboration with The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, Planet Forward, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, and New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, present bi-monthly, bi-partisan conversations about food issues in the U.S. Congress, featuring special guest Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. Conversations will be held in collaboration with Facebook's Community Leadership Program. RSVP

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Sep
12
12:00 PM12:00

Discussion on Delivering Best Practices in Breast Health to our Servicewomen and Women Veterans

  • HVC-200, Capitol Visitor Center (map)
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Please join me and a panel of experts in Women's Health for an insightful discussion about personalized breast health, and the unique needs and risks facing Servicewomen and Women Veterans. The panel will feature respected leaders in Women's Health, breast care, clinical patient advocacy, and Servicewomen and Women Veteran advocacy to highlight how partners from various sectors can contribute to solutions and outcomes at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). RSVP for Lunch

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Sep
12
11:00 AM11:00

Dairy Economics and Policy Briefing (Senate Briefing)

  • 902 Hart Senate Office Building (map)
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At this informative event, Dr. Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin, will share encouraging results from recent analyses of federal dairy policies designed to reduce volatility in dairy markets and improve dairy farm profitability.  These policies also show promise for significantly reducing U.S. government expenditures on dairy programs and curbing farm loss. With important implications for the nation’s dairy farmers, dairy consumers, and taxpayers, this is a briefing you won't want to miss.

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Sep
12
9:00 AM09:00

Dairy Economics and Policy Briefing (House Briefing)

  • 2359 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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At this informative event, Dr. Mark Stephenson, Director of Dairy Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin, will share encouraging results from recent analyses of federal dairy policies designed to reduce volatility in dairy markets and improve dairy farm profitability.  These policies also show promise for significantly reducing U.S. government expenditures on dairy programs and curbing farm loss. With important implications for the nation’s dairy farmers, dairy consumers, and taxpayers, this is a briefing you won't want to miss.

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Sep
12
8:30 AM08:30

AI Future: Will the Fourth Industrial Revolution Empower or Destroy Our Communities?

  • 918 F Street Northwest (National Union Building) Washington, DC, 20004 United States (map)
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Dubbed by the World Economic Forum as the "Fourth Industrial Revolution", the sweeping changes brought about by artificial intelligence (AI) are already changing the way we work, live, and communicate. But what are the implications of this new era for American communities that have yet to realize the benefits of previous industrial revolutions? As AI has become more prevalent and embedded in our daily existence, how is it changing humanity? Will AI cause some communities to continue to thrive at the expense of others, or will it open new pathways for full economic participation? Join us as we delve into AI's opportunities, potential perils, and the policy implications they engender. Breakfast will be served. RSVP

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