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
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
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
This event is a fantastic opportunity to network with government affairs professionals in all sectors of the industry while grabbing a drink and unwinding after a long workday. Admittance is first-come-first-serve: if you are unable to attend, please release your ticket so others can enjoy the evening. RSVP
According to The Commonwealth Fund’s latest Health Insurance in America Survey, 30 million people in the United States remain uninsured, about 44 million are underinsured, and health care costs are growing faster than median wages in many parts of the country. This briefing will orient the audience to both current coverage and affordability trends as well as the facets of reform proposals designed to increase access to health care coverage in the United States. Panelists will explore design elements of different proposals and discuss effects and tradeoffs policymakers must consider as they weigh proposals to increase access to coverage. 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.
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.
Courts apply widely varying standards from state to state for evaluating expert testimony. In cases involving the herbicide Roundup, for example, a court in Delaware tossed out much of the plaintiff’s expert evidence, while California courts have permitted juries to decide what was valid. Both choices had a significant impact on the resolution of those cases. Should judges act as protective gatekeepers to screen out possibly suspect science? Or should they take a lighter hand and trust juries to determine who is telling the truth? Join us as two of the leading attorneys in the Roundup litigation discuss and debate these questions and examine the use of science in the courts through the lens of that ongoing dispute. RSVP
GAIN's Government Affairs Career Workshop is back for a third year to help put you on the right career path for success! Join us on October 25th from 1pm to 5pm at Hillsdale College for this essential workshop on how to get the government affairs job that's perfect for you! Join GAIN, Time On The Hill, Tom Manatos Jobs, and other experienced government affairs professionals from all areas, including: lobbying (corporate, trade association, contract), communications, Congress, federal government, grassroots, PAC, and more! 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
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
As we near the end of President Trump’s first term, conservatism has been turned on its head. A national conversation has unleashed new approaches to everything from Washington politics and the economy, to government and American culture. Thankfully, this landscape has also created new opportunities for challenging the predominance of U.S interventionist foreign policies. The people have spoken. Americans clearly want change in our militaristic approach to the world. Yet there is still one obstacle standing in the way of real success : A fully entrenched establishment devoted to American military primacy, global hegemony, and maintaining the status quo, at all costs. We call it ‘The Blob.’ Join us at TAC's 6th annual Foreign Policy Conference where we discuss how to defeat these vested interests whose broad tentacles are working directly in conflict with real American goals and values. RSVP
US Capitol Historic Society Art and History Lecture: “A Really Close Look at the L’Enfant Manuscript Plan of Washington”
The Library of Congress holds a copy Peter L’Enfant’s manuscript plan for the city of Washington. As a U.S. Capitol Historical Society Capitol Fellow in 2012, Hawkins used high resolution scans of the plan to inspect the manuscript more carefully than had previously been possible. Hawkins will discuss which versions of the plan were drafts as well as who modified the drafts and contributed to the final plan. 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.
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
Join us at NIHCM's upcoming Capitol Hill Briefing Friday, October 11 at 12 pm in Dirksen G50 to hear Don Berwick and other health care leaders share their insights on how to build healthier communities. 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
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
The Foreign Minister of Estonia, Mr. Urmas Reinsalu will discuss challenges facing Europe today and Estonia’s evolving role in the Euro-Atlantic community. While geopolitical changes, the emergence of new great powers and the revanchism of the old ones are testing the stability of the international order, fast developments in technology are changing the way our economies and function, the way we get our news and even the way we communicate with each other, in process creating tensions and putting domestic institutions under stress. As our institutions cope with these factors, we need to make sure no one will miscalculate the strength and commitment of the Euro-Atlantic relationship.
The Senate and Cybersecurity Initiatives — join the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, FireEye and 50 IT Singapore Executives in a conversation about cybersecurity, IT, and governance from a global perspective. RSVP
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
While pharmaceutical innovation has resulted in treatments—and in some cases, cures—for debilitating diseases, high prescription drug prices have precluded access for many people in the U.S. This fall, Congress and the administration are poised to consider many policies to reform the prescription drug market and reduce prices paid by consumers as well as public and private payers. During this briefing, panelists will discuss components of policy proposals under consideration and explore evidence about their implications for the health care system. RSVP
Come immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of Latin America and Spain. Join the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association (CHSA) as we honor Hispanic Heritage Month with our first annual Embassy Night on September 26th from 6:00pm - 8:30pm in the Kennedy Caucus Room (Russell Senate Office Building). 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
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
This panel brings together experts with direct and up-to-the minute perspectives from all along the border on how these policies are playing out for an important discussion of these urgent issues. RSVP
DEF CON Voting Village Report Release & Discussion: Can We Protect Our Elections from a Teenage Hacker?
What happens when over 100 voting machines are made available for hackers, cybersecurity professionals, teenagers, and the general public to break into? Dozens of vulnerabilities are exposed, revealing the fragility of our election infrastructure and urgent need for reinforcing it. This frightening experiment happened last month at the annual Voting Village within DEF CON, the world's largest and best known hacking conference. Over two-and-a-half days, patriotic hackers identified dozens of vulnerabilities in voting systems, with the goal of fixing them so that future elections can be more secure. Another goal of the Voting Village is to connect cyber experts with lawmakers and government officials tasked with overseeing election administration, so that hackers' findings can be translated into public policy strengthening our elections. Voting Village's report summarizing its results will be introduced and discussed at this event. RSVP
The Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN): The Interface of Research and Clinical Care to Solve Medical Mysteries
The ACMG and ASHG are co-hosting this congressional briefing on Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN), a research study of the NIH which serves patients at core facilities and clinical sites nationwide. Speakers will describe the UDN’s research goals and infrastructure, the cases they receive, the role that genomic sequencing has played in successes of the program to date, and how findings from this NIH-funded program impact the broader healthcare system. The parent of two patients will speak about their experience participating in the program. RSVP
Small businesses can play a critical role in driving innovation by developing and commercializing high-risk, high-reward technologies. But they often lack early-stage capital to bring ideas to fruition. The federal government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs address this need, channeling over $3.1 billion to nearly 3,600 firms in fiscal 2018 for technology development and commercialization. Please join ITIF for an expert panel discussion and the release of a new report discussing the future of these programs and how they can more effectively drive growth among innovative small businesses. RSVP
At this special event, patients and caregivers tell their personal stories about the impact of serious illness on their lives. Their stories are powerful. Their voices are strong. Their messages are important in understanding what health care means to the individuals who confront disease and disability. RSVP
Please join the Charles Koch Institute and Laurel Miller (International Crisis Group), Jason Dempsey (Center for a New American Security), and William Ruger (Charles Koch Institute) to discuss the current state of affairs in Afghanistan and the prospects for bringing the conflict to a swift conclusion. RSVP
Please join us for an event to launch the Youth Workforce Readiness Act of 2019. We are proud to announce this legislation soon to be introduced by Senator Tina Smith (D-MN), Congressman Josh Harder (D-CA) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). This bill focuses on the critical issue of youth workforce readiness by creating new investments starting at a younger age, with a four-pillar spectrum of development, including essential skills development, career exposure, job-readiness and certification, and work-based learning. You will hear more about why this legislation is important for youth and why it is a central piece of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Agenda for America’s Youth, which focuses on the top issues and solutions impacting our youth. RSVP
A briefing on federal efforts to advance research in women who are pregnant and breastfeeding. The event is hosted by March of Dimes and cosponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Coalition to Advance Maternal Therapeutics, and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) are honorary cosponsors. Details below. RSVP
DiGiacomantonio spent his previous career on the editorial team that recently completed the 22-volume Documentary History of the First Federal Congress. His new book details over 200 letters and other writings by George Thatcher, a country lawyer and state supreme court justice who served as a U.S. representative from Maine throughout the Federalist Era (1789-1801). Light refreshments will be provided; please feel free to bring your own bag lunch. Free and open to the public; pre-registration here is requested.
Speakers will draw from the Academy’s issue brief to be released at the briefing, Telehealth—A Digital Communication Approach to Improving Health, which provides an actuarial perspective on telehealth issues. They will share insights on the effects that telehealth could have on access to care, outcomes, and costs, as well as barriers to further adoption of telehealth. RSVP