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Mar
22
12:00 PM12:00

Drones, Driverless Cars & AI: The legal challenges surrounding emerging tech

Admission is dependent on registration, RSVP here. From tech companies to automobile manufacturers, driverless cars are the next big thing. But who’s responsible when a driverless car is involved in an accident? Should it be the occupants of the vehicle or its owner? The car’s manufacturer or the software developer? A number of the companies working in this field have announced that they would accept responsibility because they all seem to anticipate fewer accidents. But will that change as the technology evolves? How will courts respond? And what role is there for legislative action?

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Mar
25
6:00 PM18:00

Beyond Poverty: Rocket Science Solutions 2 Move One Million Moms OFF Welfare

The 1MMOW takes the position that all Americans are created equal and possessed of inalienable rights to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness—and to justice under the law. Yet the entitlements provided to millions of moms living at or below poverty are structured to keep them poor while entitlements offered to wealthier Americans and corporations assist in wealth creation and enhanced prosperity. During the event, attendees will learn what we're calling Rocket Science Solutions to Move One Million Moms OFF Welfare by 2030. Solutions to help bring about greater enforcement and accountability to the nations federal Section 3 program will be highlighted.

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Mar
26
9:00 AM09:00

Advancing Health Equity: The Pathway to Reduce Health Disparities and Improve Patient Care

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and those who have low-incomes are statistically more likely to receive lower quality of care. As U.S. minority populations grow, their leading causes of death such as cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and mental illness have also seen a steady growth. Addressing the health and health care disparities that are associated with these leading causes of death is imperative for the promotion of health equity. Join us and our panel of experts as we discuss how the advancement of health equity can reduce health disparities and improve patient care among people of color.

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Mar
26
1:00 PM13:00

Food Insecurity and Food Waste: We are Feeding Landfills Instead of People

While 40 million people struggle with food insecurity in the United States, edible food is filling the landfills and using up valuable resources. Reducing food waste and feeding hungry Americans are timely social, economic and environmental issues. This briefing will shed light on food Insecurity and food waste issues by engaging in rich conversations with experts that work on the matter at community, federal, policy and research levels. The information presented will describe the problems highlighted while also suggesting potential solutions and ways in which we can all actively participate in being models for using food responsibly, and rescuing it when possible

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Mar
26
3:00 PM15:00

An Inside Look at Ending Diaper Need in America

The Lee-DeLauro End Diaper Need Act of 2019 would help address a basic necessity of all babies and toddlers, clean diapers. The bill would create a demonstration program for distributing diapers in states, communities and nonprofits around the nation. Eligible entities would have discretion on how to implement the program, and how to best distribute diapers to eligible families. Currently, there is no federal assistance for purchasing diapers even though more than 5 million children under the age of 3 live in low-income families. It is past time to address this fundamental need of American families and close the diaper gap.

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Mar
26
4:00 PM16:00

Beyond the Beltway: The growing role of State Attorneys General

  • 1101 K Street Northwest, Suite 810 Washington, DC, 20005 United States (map)
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Recently there has been a trend in the role of state Attorneys General continuing to expand, with AGs often taking the lead as a top actor in state policy. Join GAIN and Crowdskout for a networking reception and moderated discussion as our panelists explain this increased role, and provide strategies and tools to communicate effectively with state officials about your policy priorities.

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Mar
27
9:00 AM09:00

Breaking Down Barriers to a Cancer Cure

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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AACI will host a briefing targeted toward new members of Congress and staff at 9:00 am on Wednesday, March 27. "Breaking Down Barriers to a Cure" will examine financial and structural barriers to cancer research and treatment, focusing on cancer-related legislation and breakthroughs in CAR T-cell therapy. RSVP Today

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Mar
27
10:00 AM10:00

A Budget Conversation with the Secretary of the Air Force

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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During this engagement, the secretary will discuss the capacity and capability priorities actualized in the 2020 budget, and how it feeds her service’s quest to not just expand the capacity of the Air Force, but to give it the capabilities it needs to win a war against a near peer competitor.

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Mar
27
12:00 PM12:00

A Hospice Primer: Understanding Medicare's Hospice Benefit

  • 2060 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Learn from the nation’s largest and oldest hospice and palliative care organization about the history of America’s first successful Medicare demo and first person-centered care model. Leaders from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization will explain the Medicare Hospice Benefit to new and returning healthcare staffers, address some concerns with the current design of the Medicare Hospice Benefit, and discuss NHPCO’s vision for the future.

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Mar
28
11:30 AM11:30

Strategies to Outpace the Threat: Lessons Learned & New Ideas

This event, featuring Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and other defense and congressional leaders, will focus on the need for urgent change in defense space, lessons learned for new models of defense space acquisition, and how better acquisition might meet new space systems and on-the-ground special operations needs. 

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Mar
28
11:45 AM11:45

Achieving Energy and Climate Goals - The Role of Carbon Capture

Please join the Carbon Utilization Research Council (CURC), the Global CCS Institute, and the Carbon Capture Coalition for Carbon Lunches - A Carbon Capture 101 Briefings Series. The briefings will provide an introduction to Carbon Capture, Use, and Storage, and how this suite of technologies can deliver steep emissions reductions alongside other clean and renewable sources of energy in the transition to a zero-carbon economy, while supporting clean energy production and creating high-wage energy, industrial, and manufacturing jobs,

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Mar
28
12:00 PM12:00

New Arrivals: Who are the new immigrants and how are they doing?

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Population Science offers a valuable window into the study of immigration. In fact, a wealth of data exists that enables researchers to evaluate not only who is arriving in the country and where they settle, but also how they fare once they make the U.S. their home. Join us for a fascinating exploration of the immigrant experience as revealed by empirical evidence and scholarly analysis by some of the nation’s foremost experts on the topic. RSVP: CRDFellow3@dc-crd.com

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Mar
28
12:00 PM12:00

Assessing Your PAC: Existing Resources, Priorities for Growth & How You Stack Up

  • 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Suite 500 Washington, DC, 20006 United States (map)
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When it comes to running an effective PAC program, it’s important to understand both the causes of common problems and the solutions to getting things back on track so you can grow participation and receipts and get your voice heard. The first session of this four-part series, Assessing Your PAC: Existing Resources, Priorities for Growth and How You Stack Up, will tell you where to start in building a successful PAC program – from understanding the resources you already have, to prioritizing what you need, to understanding how you stack up against industry best practices and finally, to measuring your own factors for success.

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Mar
29
8:45 AM08:45

FOSI Briefs the Hill on Online Safety Across the Generations

Join us for a discussion of FOSI’s latest research report, Online Safety Across the Generations! This event will explore attitudes toward intergenerational technology use from the perspective of both parents and seniors, particularly the benefits and challenges that technology brings to families in terms of communication, safety, and privacy.

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Mar
29
12:00 PM12:00

The State of the National Violent Death Reporting System

The National Violent Death Reporting System achieved nationwide funding in 2018. As we move toward a program that makes national data on violent deaths available, this briefing will highlight the successes that North Carolina, Kentucky, and Illinois have had in the program, and the evidence-based policies to prevent violent deaths that have come from the investment in this data collection.

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Mar
29
12:00 PM12:00

Great Lakes Orientation Briefing

This comprehensive orientation briefing will focus on providing new and existing Congressional staff a broad overview on the key issues impacting the Great Lakes. Because of the large amount of content that might be presented at such an event, we are looking to hold several orientation briefings over the spring that will touch upon economic and infrastructure needs in the region. RSVP

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Apr
2
9:00 AM09:00

Democracy Beyond 2020: Gerrymandering, Technology, and Fair Representation For All

Gerrymandering allows political parties to draw district lines that determine election results years before they happen. Despite rules in place, unfair redistricting practices have steadily grown worse with the rise in political parties’ uses of database technologies to sort voters based on any number of factors. Recently, cases of gerrymandering have become so extreme that the courts have decided to step in. However, is there another way? This briefing will explore gerrymandering and its discriminatory effects on the African-American and Hispanic communities. It will also discuss tangible solutions, including the use of technology and artificial intelligence, to end the practice of gerrymandering once and for all.

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Apr
2
11:00 AM11:00

Breaking Generational Poverty One Housing Voucher at a Time: Upward Mobility through Education and Workforce Development

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program is the major form of federal housing assistance to approximately 2.2 million households. Join us for a conversation on existing and potential resources used to help voucher holders climb the socioeconomic ladder. Hear from national and local experts that will discuss vouchers, partnerships, education, and workforce development as components of upward mobility for HCV families.

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Apr
2
1:00 PM13:00

Workforce Ready: Preparing Hispanic Students for an Increasingly Automated Economy

This briefing will bring together experts in education equity, student performance data and front-line educators. These experts will address best practices to provide more equitable and adequate funding to prepared Hispanic students for post-secondary options that include meaningful career paths through credentials or degree.

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Apr
2
3:30 PM15:30

GPS 101 Briefing

Thanks to our mobile devices and the app economy, the Global Positioning System, or GPS, has become a household name. But GPS is much more than just a tool for navigation. Nearly every sector of our economy depends on it, from agriculture and banking, to aviation, defense and public safety. GPS is also driving new and emerging technologies, including drones, autonomous vehicles and wearables. Join us for a discussion of the policy issues associated with protecting, promoting and enhancing GPS.

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Apr
10
12:30 PM12:30

Closing the Rural Cancer Care Gap

  • 529 14th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20045 United States (map)
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Today, Americans diagnosed with cancer in rural areas face greater challenges in accessing cancer care, and as a result, they generally have worse outcomes than their urban and suburban counterparts. On April 10, 2019, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) will convene some of the nation’s top physicians advocates, and rural health experts for a discussion on the challenges facing Americans living with cancer in rural areas and promising opportunities to improve outcomes.

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Mar
22
10:00 AM10:00

3D Printing in Space

  • 2325 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Please join us for the next meeting of Space Advocates on Friday, March 22nd at 10:00 a.m. We'll be having a discussion of in-space additive manufacturing (more commonly known as 3D printing) with Justin Kugler of Made In Space, followed by a question and answer session. Justin is the Vice President of Advanced Programs & Concepts at Made In Space, a company pioneering in-space additive manufacturing.

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Mar
21
10:00 AM10:00

China, Huawei and the Challenge of 5G

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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The digital future will be shaped by the next, fifth generation of wireless technology, commonly known as a “5G.” With key aspects of this new digital infrastructure already rolling out, Huawei, a controversial government-connected Chinese firm has taken the global lead in critical areas of 5G technology. This has sparked an intense debate among members of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing alliance (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK, and the U.S.) and beyond about the national security implications of future digital technology infrastructure and the need to develop new tools and authorities to defend against new national security threats in a rapidly-evolving environment.

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Mar
20
3:00 PM15:00

"Intelligent Lives" Film Screening and Conversation with Director

INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities - Nicah, Naieer, and Naomie - who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Non-Hill staff should RSVP to info@nacdd.org by March 15

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Mar
20
11:00 AM11:00

Second Chances for Students: Reducing Recidivism Through College Education

  • 325 Russell Senate Office Building (map)
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College education in prison settings has shown to substantially reduce the risk of recidivism while increasing cost-savings at the state and federal level. Unfortunately, the 1994 ban on Pell Grant eligibility for people in state and federal prisons has significantly decreased access to college education for most prisoners. Join FAMM, Ed Trust, and our panel of experts as we discuss reinstating Pell Grant eligibility to those in our nation's prisons.

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Mar
20
10:30 AM10:30

The Present Situation and Prospects for Taiwan

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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On November 2014, Dr. Wen-Je Ko, an independent and a political novice, was elected as the mayor of Taipei City, Taiwan. As a surgeon who had served as the head of the Intensive Care Unit at National Taiwan University Hospital for 17 years, Mayor Ko brings a much different set of skills and new thinking to his task than other politicians. Mayor Ko says he aims to overcome the ideological obstacles of being associated with a political party and directly appeals to the needs of the people. What does that mean for how Taiwan addresses its domestic and international challenges? Join us as Mayor Ko shares his experiences in politics, including his governing concepts and values as well as his opinions on Taiwan’s domestic and international situations and its future development.

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Mar
19
2:00 PM14:00

Unpacking Privacy: Perspectives and Principles

Please join the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University for a discussion with some of today’s leading policy experts on where have we been and what the future may hold for internet privacy. Our panelists will discuss a number of issues at the center of the current debate, including (1) the economics of privacy, (2) understanding compliance costs and competitive effects, (3) the lessons we’ve learned so far, (4) and outline general principles for federal privacy rules.

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Mar
19
12:00 PM12:00

Managing the ICT Supply Chain: Industry Innovation & Government Partnership

  • 700 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast, 6th Floor Washington, DC, 20003 United States (map)
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TIA’s Policy Forums are exclusive events held in Washington, D.C. that bring together professionals from across the tech and telecommunications industries with members of Congress, policymakers and the news media to engage in an informed dialogue about the importance of accelerating investment and innovation throughout the connectivity supply chain.

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Mar
19
11:30 AM11:30

Approaches to Regulating Technology—From Privacy to A.I.

  • 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)
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There is new energy and momentum to legislate on technology issues—particularly when it comes to privacy, competition, and artificial intelligence. Many states and even some cities have enacted or are considering net-neutrality and privacy regulations, while for its part, Congress is considering a range of possible actions on technology. But what problems should policymakers address, and how should they address them?

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Mar
19
11:00 AM11:00

The Framers’ View of Property

  • 214 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)
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The Framers' generation believed that “property” and “liberty” were equally important institutions and that neither one could exist without the other. The Framers venerated property as a means of guaranteeing personal independence because (among other things) the concept of “property” embraced the legal rights to which everyone was entitled, such as the right to governance under “the rule of law.” Property was not immune from regulation, but that regulation had to be for the purpose of promoting “the general Welfare,” not the interests of specific groups or people. It is time for the Supreme Court to revisit Anglo-American legal history and to re-examine its precedents in light of what that history teaches.

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Mar
18
12:30 PM12:30

Ready or Not: Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism

One lesson from recent events is that emergencies happen. And happen often. From disease outbreaks to natural disasters to man-made crises, the stakes are high: Americans face serious health risks and even death with increasing regularity. This briefing will cover the latest information on state and federal preparedness efforts and recommendations for policymakers to prioritize to help protect the nation from major health threats.

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Mar
18
11:30 AM11:30

Looking Ahead to an Infrastructure Bill

  • 1000 H Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
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APTA will also release new information detailing critical public transit projects that are at varying stages of planning and development. This research shows the urgent needs of public transportation in the U.S. and specifically addresses the $90 billion backlog of maintenance and repairs needed nationwide. Federal funding in an infrastructure bill would greatly improve mobility, modernize public transportation, alleviate congestion and expand the reach of public transit systems for millions of Americans.

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Mar
18
9:30 AM09:30

Pending Legislation in Guatemala to Grant Amnesty to Perpetrators of Crimes Against Humanity

The staff of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission would like to bring to your attention a congressional staff briefing on legislation currently under consideration by the Guatemalan Congress. Initiative 5377 would amend the 1996 National Reconciliation Law to grant retroactive amnesty and free from prison within 24 hours people convicted for crimes such as executions, forced disappearance, torture and sexual violence, considered to be crimes against humanity. This meeting is open to congressional staff and interns only.

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Mar
15
12:00 PM12:00

Behind the Bumper Sticker: Free College

With Higher Education Act (HEA) negotiations underway in the Senate, and the 2020 presidential primary ramping up, discussions around free college are back in the news. But what does “free college” really mean if you dig beneath the headlines? Is it actually free? And which students benefit the most? To answer these questions and more, join Third Way on Friday, March 15th, from 12:00 to 1:30pm at the Capitol Visitors Center for the fifth event in our "Behind the Bumper Sticker" series, this time featuring a robust discussion with some of higher ed’s preeminent free college experts.

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Mar
15
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch and Learn: Tax Extenders 101

  • 1100 Longworth House Office Building (map)
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Please join us for a lunch briefing on the history of these tax credits, what they are, and how they impact businesses across the country. Hear from a panel of tax policy professionals impacted by these temporary tax provisions. The briefing will be nonpartisan and bicameral. Staff from House and Senate offices are invited to participate.

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Mar
15
12:00 PM12:00

Approaches to Counter Russian Social Media Influence

In testimony before Congress, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats predicted that Russia’s social media campaigns “will continue to focus on aggravating social and racial tensions, undermining trust in authorities, and criticizing perceived anti-Russian politicians” and may seek to influence U.S. policy and elections. The Russian “disinformation chain” starts from the very top—from Russian leadership, to Russian actors and proxies, through channels of amplification such as social media platforms, and finally to U.S. media consumers. So how can policymakers combat this threat in the United States?

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Mar
14
3:00 PM15:00

The Impact of FOSTA on the LGBTQ Community

Last year, Congress passed the Allow States to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) which expanded civil liability for online platforms hosting information related to the sex trade. Come hear from leading experts on how this law, and laws around the sex trade more broadly, impact LGBTQ people. This is a great opportunity for any offices interested in LGBTQ equality or health—including HIV/AIDS—and criminal justice policy.

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Mar
14
2:00 PM14:00

Briefing on VA's Veteran Suicide Prevention Efforts

  • 1334 Longworth House Office Building (map)
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It is estimated that twenty veterans, servicemembers, national guardsmen, women, and reservists die by suicide every day. This alarming statistic has led to legislative and executive action; however, the needle by which we judge our efforts has not shifted in years. In an effort to make meaningful progress in this battle, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will host Dr. Keita Franklin, VA’s Director of Suicide Prevention, to discuss the agency's current efforts and shed light on where Congress may assist and better support these efforts.

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Mar
14
2:00 PM14:00

Cutting Child Poverty in Half Within a Decade

  • 2020 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Please join the U.S. Child Poverty Action GroupFirst Focusthe American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Prevention Science Coalition To Improve Lives for a Congressional briefing, Cutting Child Poverty in Half Within a Decade, to hear from leading experts on this new landmark study and learn how Members of Congress and other stakeholders can utilize its findings to reduce child poverty and its negative consequences in the United States.

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Mar
14
12:00 PM12:00

Briefing on Diagnostic Breast Imaging

  • 2168 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Women across the country now have access to screening mammography without out-of-pocket costs. However, as many as 10 percent will need follow-up imaging that could require patients to pay hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars. The difference in coverage is even more stark for those with a history of breast cancer, who often utilize diagnostic imaging as their standard of care for screening. Please join Susan G. Komen to learn about the uses of diagnostic imaging, the impact of out-of-costs on patients and potential solutions for eliminating barriers to breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment.

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Mar
14
12:00 PM12:00

Public Health and the Importance of Accurate Hormone Tests

Join the Public Health Caucus to learn why we need standardized hormone tests, why these tests are not standardized now, and what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is doing to improve accuracy. For more information please click here and to RSVP please contact gkranstover@endocrine.org

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Mar
14
12:00 PM12:00

NIH 101: An Introduction to the National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the world’s leading supporter of fundamental discovery that extends healthy lives and reduces the burden of illness. Thanks to the Congressional investment, NIH-supported research has met some of our nation’s biggest
health challenges.

As the appropriations process begins in earnest, please join the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus to hear from Dr. Yamamoto for a timely look at an overview of the NIH and how it sets research priorities and solicits input from the scientific community and the public. Furthermore, he will discuss the peer review process and the types of grants funded by the agency. We hope you will join us for this important and timely briefing.

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Mar
14
11:30 AM11:30

Moving Towards a Mine Impact-Free Sri Lanka

On behalf of the bipartisan Congressional UXO/Demining Caucus, we are pleased to invite your staff to a briefing on mine removal efforts in Sri Lanka. This briefing will shed light on an important U.S. foreign assistance program and post-conflict reconstruction. Come hear about the steps being taken to create a mine impact-free Sri Lanka.  This briefing will be held on Thursday, March 14th from 11:30-12:30 in Room HC-8 of the Capitol Building. This event will feature speakers from the HALO Trust, representatives from the Department of State’s Weapons Removal and Abatement Office, the Embassy of Sri Lanka, and MAG America.  A light lunch will be provided in accordance with Congressional Ethics rules. Please RSVP here

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Mar
13
3:00 PM15:00

An Update on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule

  • 2261 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA) and Chairwoman Alma Adams (D-NC) invite you to a Congressional staff briefing on an update to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rulemaking governing overtime exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). As you may know, DOL is expected to promulgate new rulemaking later this month that will propose a $35,000 salary threshold for overtime pay – a number that falls dramatically short of what is needed to bring overtime compensation up to date for our current
economy.

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Mar
13
2:30 PM14:30

Living Well with Brain Injury

  • 2043 Rayburn House Office Building (map)
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The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is pleased to announce that the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force, chaired by Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.), has scheduled Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill Wednesday, March 13, 2019. As in years past, there will be an awareness fair, congressional briefing, and reception.

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