Domestic violence and trauma can occur at any point in a person’s lifetime. This trauma has lifelong impacts for victims and their families, often triggering cycles of abuse across generations. In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we invite you to join YWCA to hear from local service providers who are effectively helping victims and their children heal and thrive through programs supported by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Family Violence Prevention & Services Act (FVPSA), and other federal programs. These YWCAs provide trauma-informed services that meet the housing, economic, justice, and other needs of survivors of violence and abuse. RSVP
Join Audubon on October 16 for a rich discussion on how to advance policies in the United States that respond to the scale of the climate challenge. Audubon’s president and CEO, David Yarnold, will moderate a conversation with leading members of Congress on addressing our climate crisis. The moderated conversation will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Brooke Bateman, Senior Scientist, Climate at Audubon to highlight the findings from this report. RSVP
The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies cordially invites you to attend a panel discussion on the exciting work being done in the exploration of deep space. The Institute’s Center for Enterprise, Exploration, and Defense in Space (CEEDS) has called together a group of experts from across relevant government organizations and private industry to discuss what is being done today – and what more can be done tomorrow – to explore the cosmos. RSVP is required. Please send your name and affiliation to Luke Koslosky at email@example.com.
Please join representatives of the Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers, the Great Lakes States, Lake Carriers' Association, and the American Great Lakes Ports Association for this important conversation. The Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, are a vital component of the nation's infrastructure. In 2018, Congress re-authorized construction of a new lock at full federal expense after the US Army Corps of Engineers benefit-cost analysis favorably rated this project. The Great Lakes Governors and a coalition of regional stakeholders have called on Congress to appropriate needed funds to efficiently fund this crucial national infrastructure. RSVP
The 2019 Legislative Data and Transparency conference brings Legislative Branch agencies, data users, and transparency advocates together to foster a conversation about the use of legislative data. The conference addresses how agencies and outside groups use technology well, and how they can use it better in the future. RSVP
The Office of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is here to help you and your team maximize your productivity. On Thursday, October 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., stop by the Productivity Fair in Rayburn 2168 and learn about the tools that will help you collaborate, share important files and documents with your teams, and access the resources to keep you secure and connected no matter where you are. CAO team members will be available to answer your questions and show you how to use resources and services available for you and your office. They’ll help you explore tools you already have at your disposal like Office 365 and OneDrive, as well as new tools like Microsoft Teams.
The Green New Deal offers a bold and transformative vision for rethinking sustainable development in the US. It has also spurred discussions about how these policies can be scaled up to a global context. Fundamental to crafting a ‘Global Green New Deal’ is reassessing the role of international financial institutions, whose undemocratic market fundamentalism presents a major barrier to sustainable development. RSVP
At this briefing, you’ll hear about how automation impacts the labor market and ideas to update policies to meet the needs of a 21st century economy. RSVP
The Blessing of the Animals is a religious event customarily held on the Feast of St. Francis and is performed by congregations across the country every year. During this time, companion animals, pets, and those who care for them go to places of worship for a blessing of health and well-being. This event will feature a blessing of several threatened and endangered species. We invite all Congressional offices to bring their beloved pets to be blessed. The event will be staffed by senior religious leaders from a variety of faith traditions.
On the 15th anniversary of the signing of the North Korean Human Rights Act into law, HRNK highlights the health and human rights status of the children of North Korea. After 61 interviews conducted in China and South Korea, HRNK's latest report, "Lost Generation: The Health and Human Rights of North Korean Children, 1990–2018," applies a public health perspective that treats health as a human right that must be guaranteed to every child in North Korea without discrimination. The report also comprehensively lays out recommendations for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, the United States, and the international community. RSVP
Join Engine and the Charles Koch Institute at noon next Friday, October 18th, for the final panel in our three-part series on the Nuts and Bolts of Encryption. We’ll be looking at the communities that would be impacted by law enforcement's request for "backdoor" access to encrypted services, including a "game" where attendees will wade through the costs and benefits of building intentional vulnerabilities. RSVP
Audiology: Treating Hearing Loss & Balance Disorders Critical Interventions - Improving Quality of Life
This luncheon briefing will provide information about how hearing and balance conditions impact overall health, the role of audiologists in the continuum of care, and barriers that prevent patients from receiving optimal hearing and balance care. Learn how H.R.4056, the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act of 2019, can effectively address these challenges. RSVP
In 2013, FinCEN issued its initial guidance on the application of the Bank Secrecy Act to virtual currencies. Since then, in only a few short years, the industry has evolved considerably – to the point where central bank officials are discussing augmenting the global financial system with blockchain technology. Hear from experts who have examined the technology through multiple lenses – from law enforcement to compliance. Join us to learn about blockchain, virtual currencies, and how emerging technology is being used to combat illicit finance.
Please join a panel discussion with experts from the Natural Capital Project’s Stanford University team who will discuss pragmatic finance and policy tools that can make investment in natural capital – green growth - both attractive and commonplace. The panel will be followed by an off-the-record question and answer session. RSVP
Collective Impact Approaches to Community Health: Working Across Sectors to Reduce Health Disparities in the West Side Neighborhood of Stamford, CT
Come learn about the Vita Health & Wellness District’s multi-sector and forward-thinking approach to comprehensive community development. Vin Tufo, CEO of Charter Oak Communities, and Pam Koprowski, long time consultant to Stamford Hospital, will share their practitioners’ perspective on how federal programs and policies that support collaboration, impact accountability, and integrated solutions to complex challenges can reverse the decades long effects of disinvestment and siloed programming, building healthy, vibrant communities.
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
On October 25, 1994, President Clinton signed into law the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), creating a new category of products called dietary supplements and giving FDA new authority to oversee their manufacturing and marketing. Since then, dietary supplements have become a $46 billion industry with products used by more than 77% of American adults. This anniversary briefing will highlight the lasting legacy of this landmark law and how the law balances consumer access to a wide range of products along with protection of public health. This comprehensive piece of legislation established a new regulatory framework for supplements covering the safety of the ingredients, requirements for manufacturing and labeling, and a range of enforcement tools for FDA.
Join U.S. Representatives David Scott, Madeleine Dean, and Steve Stivers for a briefing on the need to improve financial literacy education in the U.S. Sponsored by FS Investments, in collaboration with the House Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus. RSVP
This briefing is sponsored by FS Investments.
The Northeast faces a diverse set of coastal challenges, including coastal erosion, threats from storms such as Hurricane Sandy, and heavy property development. However, inventive collaborative projects developed in the Northeast can prove a model for other regions experiencing similar issues. The briefing will provide specific project examples to protect both homes and industry and the legislation and policies developed at the federal level to help those projects succeed, along with suggestions for further Congressional opportunities to support long-term sustainability of the country’s coastal infrastructure. RSVP
This open event will feature two panel sessions covering everything you need to know about encryption: the Technology of Encryption and The Human Side of Encryption. Experts will cover how encryption technology works, the implications of 'exceptional access' proposals, and the day-to-day impact of encryption on people and society. You'll also get to hear perspectives from marginalized communities that are sometimes left out of the recurring narrative. RSVP
Learn more about competitive integrated employment (CIE), community jobs where people with disabilities work alongside co-workers without disabilities and are paid competitive wages. Hear success stories about transitioning to CIE from people with disabilities and their families and about states efforts to expand opportunities for CIE. RSVP
Many believe that expanding Pell Grants to short-term programs should be a top priority for the Higher Education Act. Several bills to expand Pell have garnered significant bipartisan support, but there remains healthy debate over the best methods for expanding access to short-term programs while protecting a vital source of federal student aid. What are the benefits of expanding Pell to short-term programs? Will expanding Pell endanger traditional college access or expand opportunity? What are the appropriate safeguards to make sure Pell continues to work for those who need it most? RSVP
The recent attacks on oil tankers in the Persian gulf and Saudi oil refineries serve as a stark reminder of the global economy's dependence on petroleum from this politically unstable region. This briefing, which brings together several leading historians of the subject, will explain how the Middle East oil industry assumed such importance in international affairs and American foreign policy. RSVP
US Capitol Historic Society Art and History Lecture: "Elisabet Ney's Sam Houston, ‘The Greatest of Wild Men’”
Elisabet Ney was first contracted to complete the Statue of Sam Houston in 1892 for the Texas Pavilion at the Colombian Exposition of 1893. The famed Texan, Houston, remains the only person to be Governor of two states--Texas and Tennessee—and was a two-term president of the Republic of Texas; he also served in both houses of the U.S. Congress and in the Texas House of Representatives. Consequently, Ney surprised many when she depicted Houston as a young man in Cherokee garb rather than as a senior statesman. Today, marble statues of Ney’s Sam Houston adorn the United States Capitol as well as the entrance of the Texas State Capitol, thus aggrandizing the unique legacy of “the greatest of wild men.” RSVP
s policy makers continue to explore solutions to addressing the nation’s opioid crisis, it is imperative to ensure that pain patients who could benefit from opioid analgesics do not suffer unintended consequences of well-intentioned policies aimed at restricting access to these medications when their use is appropriate. This briefing will bring lawmakers, regulators, physicians and other scientists, and the public into this critical conversation. Speakers will address the science of addiction and dependence, how the distinction between them affects clinical practice and policy, and specific strategies suggested by the medical and prevention sciences for ensuring that patients’ differential needs are met. RSVP
Strengthening the Generic Drug Sector: New Approaches for Ensuring Availability and Affordability of Prescription Drugs
Prescription drug prices in the United States continue to rise, creating significant burdens for patients across the nation. Please join us for a discussion about reforming the generic drug sector in ways that can improve drug safety, spur economic growth, and reduce our reliance on overseas suppliers. RSVP is required
Help us kick off the national celebration of Nuclear Science Week with the welcome event and award ceremony. Nuclear scientist George Alcorn will be receiving the Nuclear Visionary Award. Enjoy live music, food and drinks.
Join us for a networking cocktail reception and exclusive screening of the NatGeo documentary on period-related barriers to girls’ education. An expert panel will feature perspectives from education, health, non-profit, and corporate stakeholders. Moderated by YouTube Creator and advocate Ingrid Nilsen, there will also be a special message from actress and advocate, Sophia Bush!
Recently, the Senate has held various hearings on the subject of patents, and during the course of conversation, Members have begun to address related national security concerns. As a result, it has become necessary to correct the record on the intersection between patents and national security. In July of this year, Chinese telecommunications company, Huawei, asserted more than 200 patents against Verizon Communications Inc.. Aside from obvious business concerns, these patents present serious national security implications, but perhaps not in the way that the Senate has portrayed thus far. The event will zoom-in on one integral factor-- if foreign companies beat the U.S. in emerging technology areas such as 5G or AI we have could have a major security problem. RSVP
For those of you new to the group, Space Advocates is a non-partisan, staff-led group that promotes awareness of space and aeronautical issues through monthly events and other efforts. Dragonfly will investigate Titan in an innovative way: an octocopter rotorcraft, with the capability to fly autonomously to explore dozens of different places on the surface, studying a world in a way never done before. This is all happening, right now, up the road at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Come learn how this bold mission, shining new light on a compelling alien ocean world, will revolutionize our understanding of the origins of life itself. RSVP
Join us for an examination of the fiscal and human implications of high incarceration rates— drawn from analysis of state and federal statistics as well as the lived experiences of the recently incarcerated. RSVP
The Pass USMCA Coalition is a group of trade associations and businesses advocating for the swift passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The provisions outlined in USMCA will defend American jobs, cultivate innovation, and encourage business development, spurring growth for local, state, and national economies. RSVP
Join us for a briefing that offers a quick overview of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This briefing is ideal for staffers old and new whose portfolios include the arts and humanities! RSVP
Pipelines provide a critical part of the country’s energy infrastructure. Yet, as with most forms of infrastructure, the process of building pipelines can be the source of controversy and conflict. From regulatory permitting delays to disputes over eminent domain, pipeline construction raises difficult political issues on how best to balance environmental protection, property rights, and our growing affordable energy needs. RSVP
You're invited to join the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group on Tuesday, Oct. 8 for a lunch discussion titled Time for an Upgrade: Getting Better Tech for Congress. Over lunch, panelists Lorelei Kelly, author of “Modernizing Congress, Bringing Democracy into the 21st Century,” and Daniel Schuman, policy director at Demand Progress and long-time congressional modernization advocate, will discuss key insights into the struggles Congress has faced and concrete steps toward the institution's much needed tech improvements. RSVP
This documentary film provides insight into the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, which owns 1.5% of the world's stock market. In a world characterized by climate crises, increasing inequality, migration and water and food shortages, the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund faces a number of ethical dilemmas in its quest to ensure the welfare of future generations. This thought-provoking documentary asks the question: ‘Can the financial sector help change the world for the better?’ RSVP
Yesterday, the D.C. Circuit issued the long-awaited decision on so-called net neutrality in Mozilla v. FCC (2019). The case was brought as a challenge to the FCC's 2018 Restoring Internet Freedom Order. On Monday, October 7, 2019, a panel of Academy experts will discuss the D.C. Circuit's decision, as well as next steps for Congress and any broader implications for the Internet ecosystem. These panelists represent diverse perspectives on the decision and what it means for Congress and for the Internet. RSVP
The use of telemedicine has expanded, and lessons have been learned regarding staffing, remote patient monitoring, and how to effectively use telemedicine technologies to increase access to quality care. Experts will present real-world examples of how far telehealth has come across the healthcare industry. RSVP
Law enforcement agencies around the world are increasingly pushing tech companies to provide greater access to their users’ encrypted data. Join Engine and the Charles Koch Institute at noon on Friday, October 4th, for the second panel in our three-part series on the Nuts and Bolts of Encryption, where we’ll be looking at the evolving global policy landscape around encryption. RSVP
According to Guinness, you only live once -- if then. Life is short, and it can be as easily wasted as lived to the full. In the midst of our harried modern world, how do we make the most of life and the time we have? In these fast and superficial times, Os Guinness calls us to consequential living. In strong contrast to both Eastern and secularist views of time, he reorients our very notion of history, not as cyclical nor as meaningless, but as linear and purposeful. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, time and history are meaningful, and human beings have agency to live with freedom and consequence in partnership with God. Thus we can seek to serve God's purpose for our generation, read the times, and discern our call for this moment in history. Our time on earth has significance. Live rightly, discern the times, and redeem the day. Register
Are you interested in your next job after being a scheduler, executive assistant or staff assistant? Come learn from those that have made the move to other careers and from those that help people like you find jobs in the private sector. RSVP
Formed at the height of the epidemic, AIDS United’s Public Policy Council (PPC) is the nation’s largest and longest-running policy coalition of community-based HIV organization. Over the decades, the PPC has led initiatives to shape and inform federal policies that impact people living with and affected by HIV. Formed at the height of the epidemic, AIDS United’s Public Policy Council (PPC) is the nation’s largest and longest-running policy coalition of community-based HIV organization. Over the decades, the PPC has led initiatives to shape and inform federal policies that impact people living with and affected by HIV. RSVP
On October 2, the Cato Institute will hold a two-part Capitol Hill Briefing to discuss how naloxone can save even more lives. First, Cato senior fellow Jeffrey A. Singer and Cato adjunct scholar David A. Hyman will discuss the effectiveness of naloxone and the effect of, and reasons for, the FDA’s prescription requirement. Second, the Washington, DC, Department of Health will conduct naloxone training for all willing adult attendees and will distribute easy-to-use Narcan, a nasal-spray version of naloxone, to those who complete the training. RSVP
The Financial Services Innovation Coalition (FSIC) invites you to join us for a lunchtime briefing with leaders in technology to discuss how Artificial Intelligence and Innovation will affect the workforce in the foreseeable future. With Congress already examining the impact of AI in various sectors of the economy, it is important to have a thoughtful and sober conversation about effective regulation. Covering everything from coding to agricultural issues to the service industry, AI is poised to fundamentally change the landscape of the workforce. RSVP
This fall, we will ask what it looks like for Christians in Washington to seek first the Kingdom of God. Our series will consider the Kingdom that is to come, the Kingdom that has already come in Christ, and what this means for Christians engaging in the public square. Following his teaching, there will be time for open Q&A with Dr. Moore. The ERLC offers the Academy as a time of equipping and connection for Capitol Hill and US Government staff, NGO partners, and local church leaders to examine and critically apply the gospel to complex moral and ethical issues facing Christians in the public square. RSVP
Antitrust has become a hot topic, taking an especially prominent role in the policy debate over the role of large technology companies in our economy, our society, and our daily lives. Proposals are coming from across the political spectrum for ways to regulate how tech platforms handle data and privacy, how they manage controversial content, and how they behave in the marketplace. Antitrust enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad are pursuing investigations and launching policy initiatives to probe large tech firms' competitive behavior. Join us for this second in a series of Georgetown on the Hill programs on antitrust policy, where we will explore these issues in depth and consider the path forward in this key policy sector, in a panel discussion featuring respected experts from the economic, legal, and policy communities. RSVP
This is for Members, Congressional staff, and interns, and is not open to the public. Representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Foundation (NSF), and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will discuss the federal response to HABs through the Interagency Working Group on Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act (IWG-HABHRCA) and how it coordinates to research, monitor, and address HAB events in the United States. NOAA and EPA, co-chairs of the IWG-HABHRCA, will provide a brief background on HABs and why they occur. Each panelist will share how HABHRCA is being implemented at their respective agency and describe any coordinated efforts with state and local officials. The briefing will conclude with audience Q&A. RSVP
Child Nutrition Reauthorization & Local School Wellness Policies: Addressing Eating Disorders Prevention in Schools
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.
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
The Tech Accountability Caucus would like to invite you to join a discussion on Autonomous vehicles (AVs) and legislative considerations for the 116th Congress. RSVP
September was declared Gospel Music Heritage Month after the passing of a resolution in both chambers of Congress in 2008. The mission of Gospel Music Heritage month is to educate and celebrate the art form and rich heritage of all genres of gospel music through word and song. Come out to see performances by Kathy Taylor, V. Michael McKay, the Recording Academy, and many local artists. There will also be a presentation of the Gospel Music Heritage Award. RSVP