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Protecting the Internet and Consumers through Congressional Action

The committee will convene its first hearing of the 114th Congress entitled, “Protecting the Internet and Consumers through Congressional Action” on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.

GSA SmartPay Program Begins Roll Out of Secure, Chip & PIN Charge Cards

GSA news releases - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 1:00am
SmartPay Program will begin issuing Chip & PIN enabled charge cards in January.

Small Business Committee Announces Majority Members

House Small Business Committee News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:00am
SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES MAJORITY MEMBERS
 
WASHINGTON – The House Small Business Committee today announced its Republican Members for the 114th Congress.

Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) said, “With half of all working Americans going to work at a small business every day, and 7 out of every ten new jobs coming from our small businesses, the work of the Small Business Committee helps all American families. Each of these members understands the challenges and the unlimited potential of American small business, and we’re ready to get to work.”

House Committee on Small Business Majority Members for the 114th Congress:

Chairman Steve Chabot (OH-01)
Rep. Steve King (IA-04)
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03)
Rep. Richard Hanna (NY-22)
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (KS-01)
Rep. Tom Rice (SC-07)
Rep. Chris Gibson (NY-19)
Rep. Dave Brat (VA-07)
Del. Amata Radewagen (American Samoa)
Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25)
Rep. Will Hurd (TX-23)
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)
Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12)
Rep. Cresent Hardy (NV-04)
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Committee Requests Public Feedback to Reform Head Start Program

Education & the Workforce Committee - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:00am

The House Education and the Workforce Committee today released a white paper outlining goals to reform the Head Start Act and requesting public feedback on ways to strengthen the law. The paper is the latest effort by the committee to improve federal early learning and child care programs for the nation’s most vulnerable families.

“Our country has long invested in early learning and child care programs,” said Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN). “Congress has a responsibility to ensure this investment is meeting the needs of the vulnerable families we aim to serve, while balancing the interests of taxpayers. That is precisely what Congress did when it reauthorized with bipartisan support the Child Care and Development Block Grant program. It is my hope we can build on this progress by reforming the Head Start program, and the feedback from concerned citizens and stakeholders will help us move forward in that important effort.”

The white paper released today discusses a number of goals for strengthening the Head Start program, including reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens, strengthening coordination between Head Start and programs at the state and local levels, and improving the quality of eligible providers. The public and stakeholders should provide feedback by June 1.

To read the white paper, click here.

To submit comments to the committee, email headstart.reform@mail.house.gov.

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***MEDIA ADVISORY*** TOMORROW: Kline to Speak on Education Reform at the American Enterprise Institute

Education & the Workforce Committee - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:00am

On Thursday, January 22 at 8:30 a.m., U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline (R-MN) will speak at the American Enterprise Institute about committee priorities for improving education.

The nation’s education system faces many challenges. No Child Left Behind is no longer meeting the needs of students, career and technical education programs often fail to connect students with in-demand jobs, and too many Americans are having difficulty pursuing a postsecondary education.

At Thursday’s event, Chairman Kline will discuss the urgent need to strengthen the nation’s education system, outline his policy priorities, and urge the administration to work in good faith with Congress to improve education for all Americans.

To watch Chairman Kline deliver his remarks at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday, visit www.aei.org.
 

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Kline Statement: Organizational Meeting to Adopt the Committee Rules and Oversight Plan for the 114th Congress

Education & the Workforce Committee - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:00am

Today marks the beginning of what promises to be a very busy two years. We all know the challenges that our country continues to face: An anemic economy that isn’t creating enough good-paying jobs; a broken education system that is failing to meet the needs of many students; and a lack of retirement security for millions of hard-working Americans.

These are just a few of the problems that continue to plague workers, students, teachers, and job creators, and they are the problems this committee must work to address. The American people are looking for solutions that will move the country in a better direction and help make their lives a little easier; they want less bickering and more results. That is precisely what the committee will aim to do.

We will continue to have our differences and engage in lively discussions about important issues. Debate is a good thing and the committee will remain a forum for members, stakeholders, and concerned citizens to share their views and offer ideas. We will also move forward with bold reforms to strengthen our nation’s classrooms and workplaces, just as we did during the last congress.

Our record for the 113th Congress speaks for itself: the committee issued more than 200 oversight letters, convened 70 hearings, moved 29 legislative proposals through the House, and sent to the president’s desk 12 bills that are now the law of the land. A number of these legislative achievements required a lot of hard work on some very tough issues.

But thanks to our leadership, workers have a stronger, more accountable job training system, students enjoy low interest rates on federal Stafford loans, low-income families have access to safe and affordable child care services, and retirees in multiemployer pension plans have greater income security. It is our responsibility to build on this progress in the weeks and months ahead.

There is no question we have plenty of work to do, whether it’s replacing No Child Left Behind, modernizing multiemployer pension plans, reforming our juvenile justice system, conducting aggressive oversight, or tackling one of the many other important issues before the committee. I am eager to work closely with members on both sides of the aisle and help lead these efforts.

Each congress, we are privileged to serve alongside a dedicated and principled group of men and women, and this congress is no different. I would like to take a moment to introduce to the committee our new Republican members:

• Representative Dave Brat of Virginia;
• Representative Buddy Carter of Georgia;
• Representative Mike Bishop of Michigan;
• Representative Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin;
• Representative Steve Russell of Oklahoma;
• Representative Carlos Curbelo of Florida;
• Representative Elise Stefanik of New York, and last, but certainly not least,
• Representative Rick Allen of Georgia.

On behalf of the committee veterans, we are pleased to have you with us. Speaking of committee veterans, I also want to recognize the members who will serve as subcommittee chairs. The committee’s success is due in no small part to those who lead our subcommittees, and I am pleased to announced Representatives Todd Rokita, Virginia Foxx, Phil Roe, and Tim Walberg will continue to serve in their previous capacities as subcommittee chairs. Thank you for your service. The committee continues to work through subcommittee member assignments and those will be announced at a later time.

Finally, I’d like to congratulate the committee’s new ranking member, Congressman Bobby Scott. Congressman Scott has served the people of Virginia’s 3rd congressional district for more than 20 years and he is no stranger to the committee. He is a dedicated public servant and I look forward to working with him and his staff.

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Executive Session

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will meet in Executive Session on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. to consider committee rules, subcommittee memberships, and a committee budget resolution for the 114th Congress.

Chairman Chabot Responds to State of the Union

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:00am
 CHAIRMAN CHABOT RESPONDS TO STATE OF THE UNION
Innovation and Job Creation, Not Tax Hikes, Help American Families

WASHINGTON – House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) released the following statement in response to tonight’s State of the Union Address:

“American families need innovation and job creation to succeed, not another combination of tax hikes,” said Chabot. “President Obama’s efforts to raise taxes on anybody would have a devastating effect on American small businesses, and as a result, half of America’s workers. That’s not what the American people sent their new Congress to Washington to do.

“Since seven out of every 10 new American jobs are coming from our small businesses, the New American Congress is working on the reforms and solutions that can help them, not the tax hikes that will hurt them. I wish President Obama would join us in this effort, but he proved tonight he’s still putting politics over people.”

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Kline Statement on State of the Union Address

Education & the Workforce Committee - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:00am
House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:


Tonight the president had an opportunity to present an agenda that would help us tackle the tough challenges confronting our country, one that would unite us as a nation and place more faith in the people rather than the government. Unfortunately, the president missed that opportunity. Instead, the president described the same tired agenda we’ve heard about countless times before.

The president still believes more mandates, more spending, and more programs will solve the problems we face. After six years of pulling our country down this path, it should be clear to the president his approach isn’t working. Working families are being squeezed and more government isn’t the answer.

The American people deserve better. In fact, last fall, they demanded better. In the coming weeks and months, Congress will work to advance bold solutions to help strengthen our nation’s classrooms and workplaces. We need reforms that will improve K-12 education, support working families, modernize an outdated pension system, and strengthen higher education. It’s time to get to work and move forward on behalf of the American people.

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Monday Morning Mojo: Making It Your Best Year Yet!

InteroMojo - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:52am

“…but Tom, you just don’t understand…I have no more band width. I want to create a plan to be the best I can be in my F5 (Faith, Family, Friends, Fitness and Finance)…I want to take time every day to focus on being the best I can be…I want to have an awesome life, but I’m maxed out.” And so it goes…a life that every minute actually starts to lose purpose…a body and soul which when is not stretched and used does not stay the same, but actually minute by minute starts to crumble and deteriorate. It is so sad to see…people dying right in front of you. It’s a disease…it’s not cancer, heart disease, or some other one we hear about all of the time. I’m not even sure what to call it…maybe the purposeless epidemic. And the purposeless epidemic is what leads to all of the diseases we hear about all of the time. The purposeless epidemic is the #1 killer in the world!!!!

Do you ever look around and see those people who just look like they have given in? I am at that funny age (50…soon to be 51) where it’s like we are at that tipping point…where everything is magnified and starts to show, good or bad. You know what I am talking about…you know the kind of people I am talking about…heck; you may be one of them. They just don’t seem to care about much of anything anymore…they certainly don’t care about themselves anymore…they just say to themselves “screw it”…they let gravity take control mentally and physically. It’s like they are getting sucked into their grave a tiny bit every day. You can see it in their eyes…their posture, with their shoulders slumped forward over their belly…their skin starts to get this dull color…the way they dress…the way they take care of themselves…the way they talk. Their smile has turned into a frown…they just act and look like they have given in and aren’t going for it anymore. On the other hand, there are those few who are also at that tipping point, but when you see them, they inspire you. You know the ones…every time you are around them they put a smile on your face…they almost seem to be like an electrical outlet you can plug into and get charged up…they have that glow, they are fired up and loving life…the ones that are going for it and make the right turn at the Y’s in their life.

I often talk about how life is a continuous series of Y’s in the road…the key is when you get to the Y’s, 99% of the time you don’t want to go with the flow…you don’t want to follow the pack because they will lead you right off the cliff…you need to break away and go the hard way, up the mountain…in the end it is where all of the rewards are. Unfortunately, because most people don’t ever have a breakthrough and take the right turn at the “Y” is why I think so many people struggle with one or more of their F5.

Here are a few ideas to consider implementing this week:

  • You aren’t going to find more time in one big chunk…you need to find all of the little places you can save time. Let me share a story about when I was working out during lunch years ago. I was a member of 24 Hour Fitness which was about a 7 minute drive from my office, but I worked out at this little, dark, old gym we called “The Stinky Shoe”. It was right around the corner from my office. Everyone always asked “why don’t you just drive the extra 5 minutes to 24 Hour Fitness? …It is so much nicer.” Here was my rational: I was working out 5 times a week and it took me an extra 5 minutes each way if I went to 24 Hour Fitness, which was 10 minutes a day…doesn’t sound like much, does it? Well 10 minutes a day = 50 minutes a week = 43 hours a year. Basically those 5 extra minutes each way equaled a week per year. How many “Stinky Shoes” do you have in your life? Find all of your “Stinky Shoes”…I will bet you have at least half a dozen of them every day…there is at least an extra hour.
  • Another easy one to do is spend a few hours and clean up your personal spaces that clutter your mind, distract you, drain you and take your time. Those personal spaces are your bedroom and bathroom (including closets and drawers), your car and your office at home or your place of employment. What do your personal spaces say about you?
  • Write down everything…get it out of your head. People spend too much time every day taking time trying to figure out what to do next. Have a list or journal where you write things down and keep a schedule…then put everything in them. Once you start doing this, all you have to do is take action and create efficiencies in everything you do.
  • Take action…don’t procrastinate. Assess the situation, make a decision and take action. If you make a mistake, fix it quickly and move on…speed is the key. You are better off making 10 decisions and only getting 7 or 8 of them right than taking that same amount of time to make 1 or 2 decisions you know are right. You will make 6 or 7 more right decisions in the same amount of time. Procrastination is probably one of the biggest time killers. Take action…massive action all of the time!!!!
  • Speed up…walk 10% faster. As crazy as it sounds, it will rub off on everything you do and you will find you are doing everything 10% faster.
  • Don’t just make small changes…make Radical Changes. Dr. Dean Ornish, a professor of medicine at the University of California at S.F. and founder of the Preventative Medicine Research Institute found that radical, sweeping changes are often easier for people than small incremental ones. For example, he says that people who make moderate changes in their diets get the worst of both worlds: They feel deprived and hungry because they aren’t eating everything they want, but they aren’t making big enough changes to quickly see an improvement in how they feel, or in measurements such as weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol.
  • Another thing Dr. Ornish discovered is that joy is a more powerful motivator than fear. So, you need to focus on being joyful and feeling good, which is the reason we are doing all of this “stuff” to begin with. The better you feel, the more attractive you are and feel…the more attractive you are and feel, the more productive you are…the more productive you are, the better your results…the better your results, the better you feel. Not sure what to call it, but let’s call it the success cycle.

The funny thing is all this stuff we are doing to have a better life, even though it takes time, gives us more energy, makes us feel better and gives us clarity which makes us more effective, efficient and positive…which gives us more time. So, make the commitment to give a little time to making an awesome life and watch how much time it makes.

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Weekend Wellness: Homeopathic cold elixirs…a fighting chance

InteroMojo - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 8:00am

Seems like half the people I know right now have a cold or the flu. I am a strong believer in Ginger (#5 but is #1 on my list) as a powerful cold elixir, but in some fun research I found homeopathic remedies I thought I’d pass along. Since every person is different and have a variety of health variables, please do your own research and check with your doctor to ensure these are right for you!

1) Vitamin D. Vitamin D is perhaps the most overlooked, and yet arguably one of the most effective, remedies for treating the common cold. Although it works better as a preventive regimen, taking higher than normal doses of vitamin D3 daily — some experts recommend taking 10,000 international units (IU) or more of vitamin D3 every day — can help reduce cold and flu symptoms and get you back to normal health much more quickly than without them. (http://www.lef.org)

2) Apple cider vinegar. Cold viruses tend to put the body into an overly acidic state, which makes it that much more difficult for the immune system to fight disease. But taking apple cider vinegar, a powerful alkalizing food, will help not only kill a cold but also squash its miserable symptoms. Mixing a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with warm water, honey, and lemon, and drinking the concoction several times a day will have you back to health in no time. (http://www.rd.com/slideshows/8-health-benefits-of-apple-cider-vinegar/)

3) Vitamin C. A powerful immune booster, vitamin C is a go-to remedy for both preventing and treating colds. Some experts recommend taking up to 2,000 milligrams (mg) or more of non-genetically-modified (non-GMO) ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate every two hours while suffering cold symptoms. Other vitamin C options include camu camu and acerola cherry powders, as well as “liposomal” vitamin C preparations. (http://www.naturalnews.com/034591_vitamin_C_mega-dose_healing.html)

4) Honey. A powerful soothing and healing agent, raw honey or bee pollen from untainted bees can go a long way in boosting immunity and treating cold symptoms. Its diverse array of antioxidant, antiviral, and antibacterial nutrients make honey an excellent cold medicine that mixes well with other cold remedies such as apple cider vinegar and lemon. (http://www.naturalnews.com)

5) Ginger. Another powerful, soothing agent, ginger root is a powerful healer with amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Because it targets stomach upset, those suffering from cold symptoms that involve digestion can experience dramatic relief from taking ginger. Ginger also helps warm the body, which is highly effective at promoting perspiration and the expelling of toxins and other harmful invaders. (http://www.naturalnews.com/030318_cinnamon_colds.html)

6) Zinc. Often sold in syrup or lozenge form for such purposes, zinc has been scientifically shown to help combat the sniffling, sneezing, and coughing symptoms typically associated with colds. Zinc is also a powerful immune-boosting trace element that facilitates the proper function of more than 3,000 proteins in the body, as well as the promotion of healthy digestive function, which is where the bulk of immunity lies. (http://renegadehealth.com/blog/2011/03/16/zinc-keystone-to-immunity)

7) Echinacea. A 2007 study out of the University of Connecticut found that supplementing with Echinacea herb not only reduces your chances of developing a cold by more than 50 percent, but can also shorten the duration of cold symptoms by several days. Because it stimulates the immune system and promotes the activation of T-cells, Echinacea is an excellent cold remedy, especially when combined with many of the other remedies listed in this report. (http://natsci.edgewood.edu)

8) Neti pot. If stuffed-up sinuses are one of your primary ailments, using a neti pot to clear them out is an easy, natural way to help you get back on your feet. Just fill a sanitized neti pot with warm water and about one teaspoon of sea salt, and gently pour it down your sinuses. Besides clearing out your nasal passages, the cleansing salts will also help eliminate bacteria and other harmful pathogens. (http://www.naturalnews.com/029600_neti_pot_sinus_infections.html)

9) Oil of oregano. Rich in four specific groups of chemicals that synergistically promote healing and strong immunity, essential oil of oregano is unparalleled in its ability to both prevent harmful viruses from taking hold, and eradicating existing viruses such as the common cold. The natural terpene chemicals found in oil of oregano exhibit powerful antiviral and anti-inflammatory activity, while carvacrol, the primary active ingredient in oil of oregano, fight off harmful pathogens. (http://www.naturalnews.com/024685_oregano_oil_of.html)

10) Coconut oil. This elixir from the coconut palm is one of the most powerful, natural antiviral compounds known to man. Coconut oil has an amazing ability to target virtually any virus, including cold viruses. Rich in medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), coconut oil absorbs directly into viral cells where it breaks apart and disintegrates the protective coating of the virus, effectively killing it. Take a tablespoon or two daily of extra virgin coconut oil, particularly at the onset of cold symptoms, can effectively thwart the virus from taking hold and running its course. (http://www.naturalnews.com/026624_oil_coconut.html)

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/042226_common_cold_natural_remedies_apple_cider_vinegar.html##ixzz32K7i04jM

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Cool Apps: Better Sleep Means a Better You in 2015

InteroMojo - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 8:00am

It’s the beginning of a new year. That means, new goals, new commitments, a chance to start fresh. For most people this includes goals of losing weight, eating healthier, or being more productive; making the most of your day to be the best person you can. Why not start each day with a better night so you can accomplish these goals well rested and energized? Your standard alarm clock just won’t do when it comes to this, but Sleep Cycle does. The app tracks your sleep patterns, waking you up in the lightest sleep phase closest to when your alarm is set to go off.

So why is it important that you wake up in the lightest sleep phase? Well, our bodies go through a cycle when they are asleep, moving from light sleep to deep sleep and occasionally going into REM-sleep (a dream state). A normal alarm clock doesn’t take any of these phases into account. It just simply goes off at the specific time you set no matter what stage of sleep you’re in. Waking up in the middle of the deep sleep phase can cause a great disruption in your sleep pattern resulting in the sluggish, sleep deprived feeling so many of us are familiar with.

Sleep Cycle takes all of this into consideration using a 30 minute alarm window that ends at your set alarm time and wakes you up in your lightest sleep place. The result: a more refreshed, well-rested you and a more productive energetic day. Just think of all that you could accomplish when you’re at your best from the start of the day! All of this for only $.99.

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