Newsletter: Honoring the Paris Climate Agreement
The shooting last week that injured Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others stunned all of us. Yet in this tragedy, we also saw the best in people – from the heroism of the Capitol police officers on the scene to the spirit of bipartisanship in the halls of Congress. Read on for an update my work last week, including a resolution condemning the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, and a new bipartisan bill to encourage cooperation between the US and Israel on anti-tunnel technology.
HONORING THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT
Last Friday, I was joined by 170 of my Democratic colleagues as I introduced a resolution strongly condemning President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and further urging the Administration to reverse course and maintain U.S. participation.
The devastating consequences of global climate change on our economy, our national security, public health, economy, and the legacy we will leave to our children cannot be overstated. Withdrawal from the international Paris Agreement will make addressing these problems harder and may very well cede U.S. leadership on clean energy technologies, as well as the jobs they create, to countries overseas.
The resolution also commends the cities and States across the country, including Chicago, that have demonstrated leadership by committing to continue honoring the goals of the agreement.
PROMOTING US-ISRAEL COOPERATION
Foreign terrorist organizations, including Hamas, Hizballah, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, have long used underground tunnels to launch rockets, cache weapons, and smuggle terrorist trainers, among other actions that threaten the security of Israel and the safety of her citizens.
Last week, I joined with Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) to introduce bipartisan legislation authorizing the Department of Defense to jointly carry out research, development, testing, and evaluation of anti-tunnel capabilities with Israel.
Our hope is that the technology and strategies developed in partnership could be used to both defend Israel, improve the United States’ own border security, and help other allies who face similar threats from tunnels.
SUPPORTING INNOVATIVE SMALL BUSINESSES
I was very pleased to have a bipartisan amendment I introduced with my colleague Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) pass the House Small Business Committee.
The Schneider-Fitzpatrick Amendment helps innovative small businesses commercialize their research by removing hurdles and streamlining the processes of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant programs.
When our small businesses develop and grow, it advances not just technological innovation, but also boosts our economy and creates jobs.
NEIGHBORHOOD OFFICE HOURS
As a reminder, our office hosts frequent Neighborhood Office Hours for constituents to more easily meet with caseworkers and staff to discuss any federal issues that they may have. We’re here to help if you have issues with Medicare, Social Security, the Veterans Administration, immigration and more.
This Thursday, we’ll be at Waukegan Township Park Place. Check the schedule on our website for details and to find out when our team will be in your community.
?Julie and I were honored to meet and thank Capitol Police Special Agent David Bailey, who was wounded in the line of duty during last week's shooting and whose bravery under fire saved countless lives. David threw out the first pitch at the Congressional Baseball Game.
An additional moment of bipartisanship with Speaker Ryan and Republican colleagues during the Congressional Baseball Game. We can’t forget that whatever our party affiliation or political differences, more unites us than divides us.
Visiting with the team from Oakton Community College competing in the finals at the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Community College Innovation Challenge. STEM education is so important to ensuring our young people have the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.
Making follow up calls to some of the people who have written in concerned about how the GOP health care repeal bill would effect them. I'd love to hear from you too - take a moment and share your health care story here:https://schneider.house.gov/contact/aca-share-your-story
As always, thank you for reading!
Member of Congress