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  1. Brianna O'Dwyer ooc:@Doomhammer The Office of Brianna O'Dwyer For Immediate Release Brianna O'Dwyer (R--RI),) Evelyn Vanderfleet (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation today that would help people suffering from a behavioral health or substance abuse crisis get more immediate help. U.S. Representatives Brianna O'Dwyer (R- RI ) and Representative Evelyn Vanderfleet (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation today that would help people suffering from a behavioral health or substance abuse crisis get more immediate help. The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Accessibility Act provides resources necessary to combat the shortage of mental health providers and inpatient beds across the nation by allowing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide loans and loan guarantees to local entities with plans to build psychiatric and substance abuse facilities. O'Dwyer (R- RI has said “Our country is facing a mental health challenge that has hit all our communities “Too many of our neighbors are suffering from behavioral and substance abuse disorders and not getting proper treatment. That has left emergency rooms and jail cells overwhelmed while leaving families hurting. I’m proud to work with Representative Evelyn Vanderfleet (D-CA that will give a jump-start to local proposals to build brand new psychiatric facilities.” “A severe shortage of providers and inpatient beds exists not only for mental illness treatment but also for substance abuse leaving too many families in mental health crisis unable to get desperately-needed, immediate treatment. According to the Treatment Advocacy Center, there is a shortage of nearly 100,000 inpatient beds nationwide. Under the bipartisan Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Accessibility Act, HHS could offer loans and guarantees to psychiatric treatment facilities, substance abuse treatment facilities, and public and private psychiatric hospitals for the planning and construction of new facilities. The bill would also make needed investments to community based outpatient programs with any revenue generated from the loans.” “Many are struggling with mental health and substance abuse in our communities and because of the shortage of inpatient beds it can be weeks or months before individuals can receive treatment. Individuals and families struggling with mental health disorders will benefit from this important, bipartisan solution.” Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Accessibility Act View full PR
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    It time for New Collar Jobs

    Brianna O'Dwyer The Office of Brianna O'Dwyer For Immediate Release Today Brianna O’Dwyer R-RI introduced the New Collar Jobs Act, a bill aimed at growing America’s cybersecurity workforce by incentivizing training, increasing scholarship funding and providing student debt relief. “ I truly believe that helping more Americans build the skills for fast-growing new collar careers roles that do not necessarily require a bachelor’s degree but can help close this country’s widening skills gap. This new legislation targets workforce training in one field that will provide more American workers with access to the broader range of well-paying new collar jobs available in the technology sector. With more than half a million technology jobs open right now in the United States because workers lack the right skills to fill them, our nation needs to significantly expand the reach and effectiveness of programs that students and workers can access to build new skills in artificial intelligence, data science, and cloud computing, in addition to cybersecurity. Putting more Americans on the path for promising new collar careers is an issue that unites our country and transcends partisan politics.” New Collar Jobs Act View full PR
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    American Apprenticeship Act

    Brianna O'Dwyer The Office of Brianna O'Dwyer For Immediate Release Brianna O'Dwyer (R--RI), publishes a statement for the media about American Apprenticeship Act. A bill that will provide funding to states for the creation or expansion of tuition assistance programs “Today I introduced the American Apprenticeship Act. This bill will provide funding to states for the creation or expansion of tuition assistance programs that benefit participants in pre-apprenticeship and Registered Apprenticeship programs. These programs will help American workers gain skills that are in demand from a wide variety of employers and industries. Apprenticeship programs also allow businesses to hire workers with the skills necessary to thrive in their company. One of the greatest economic challenges of our time is that people are working in jobs that do not pay them enough to live on . One way to raise wages is by investing in our workforce so that workers gain the critical skills necessary to fill good-paying jobs. Apprenticeships do just that, allowing workers to earn a paycheck while learning skills that businesses are looking for. These programs also allow businesses to create a pipeline of skilled workers so workers win, businesses win, and our economy grows. ” "One of the best ways to earn more money and navigate economic change is by building new skills The federal government can be a partner in encouraging that—investing in innovative apprenticeship programs and supporting the men and women who are participating in them. That's what the American Apprenticeship Act. Is about in its core Apprenticeship programs grow our economy by fostering training programs that will prepare workers for in-demand careers . By closing the skills gap this act will encourage more good-paying jobs for working families while addressing our nation’s current shortage of trained workers. I encourage my colleagues to join me in support of the American Apprenticeship Act to enhance America’s workforce and bring robust job growth to America” View full PR
  4. To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make loans and loan guarantees for constructing or renovating, or planning construction or renovation of, qualified psychiatric and substance abuse treatment facilities, and for other purposes. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Mrs. O'Dwyer R-RI AND Vanderfleet (D-CA with thanks to Mr. Kilmer (for himself, Ms. Herrera Beutler, Mr. Murphy of Pennsylvania, and Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas) introduced the following bill; A BILL To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make loans and loan guarantees for constructing or renovating, or planning construction or renovation of, qualified psychiatric and substance abuse treatment facilities, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the “Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Accessibility Act SEC. 2. LOANS AND LOAN GUARANTEES. Part P of title III of the Public Health Service Act is amended by inserting after section 399V–6 of such Act (42 U.S.C. 280g–17) the following: “SEC. 399V–7. LOANS AND LOAN GUARANTEES FOR CONSTRUCTING OR RENOVATING, OR PLANNING CONSTRUCTION OR RENOVATION OF, CERTAIN QUALIFIED PSYCHIATRIC AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FACILITIES. “(a) In General.—The Secretary may— “(1) make loans and loan guarantees for the purpose of constructing or renovating, including planning the construction or renovation of, a qualified psychiatric treatment facility or a qualified substance abuse treatment facility to public, private for-profit, or private not-for-profit— “(A) psychiatric treatment facilities; “(B) substance abuse treatment facilities; “(C) psychiatric hospitals; and “(D) alliances of such facilities or hospitals; and “(2) subject to subsection (d), make loans and loan guarantees for refinancing loans that were made for such purpose to an entity listed in paragraph (1). “(b) Preference.—In making loans and loan guarantees under this section, the Secretary shall give preference to psychiatric treatment facilities and substance abuse treatment facilities that propose to construct or renovate a qualified psychiatric treatment facility or qualified substance abuse treatment facility in a county that has insufficient inpatient psychiatric or substance abuse treatment capacity. “(c) Terms And Conditions.—Loans and loan guarantees under this section shall be made on such terms and conditions as the Secretary may prescribe, subject to the provisions of this section including the following: “(1) The Secretary may allow credit to a prospective borrower only where— “(A) it is necessary to increase the number of psychiatric or substance use disorder treatment beds to enhance the public’s access to acute inpatient mental health and substance abuse services; and “(B) a credit subsidy is the most efficient way to achieve such increase (on a borrower-by-borrower basis). “(2) The final maturity of loans made or guaranteed under this section shall not exceed a period of 20 years, or the period of 50 percent of the useful life of any physical asset to be financed by the loan, whichever is less as determined by the Secretary. “(3) The Secretary may not make a loan guarantee under this section, with respect to any borrower, in excess of 80 percent of any potential loss on the loan. “(4) The Secretary may not make any loan or loan guarantee under this section if the loan will be subordinated— “(A) to another debt contracted by the borrower; or “(B) to any other claims against the borrower in the case of default. “(5) The Secretary may not make any loan guarantee under this section unless the Secretary determines that— “(A) the lender is responsible; and “(B) adequate provision is made for servicing the loan on reasonable terms and protecting the financial interest of the United States. “(6) The Secretary may not make any loan guarantee under this section if the income from the loan will be excluded from gross income for purposes of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. “(7) The Secretary may not make any loan or loan guarantee under this section unless— “(A) the loan and interest supplements on any loan guarantee will be at an interest rate that is set by reference to a benchmark interest rate on marketable Treasury securities with a similar maturity to the loan being made or guaranteed; and “(B) the minimum interest rate on the loan— “(i) will be no less than the estimated cost to the Government of making the loan plus 1 percent, with the goal of keeping the interest rate below the interest rate of a comparable and competitive private sector benchmark financial instrument; and “(ii) will be adjusted, as determined by the Secretary, every quarter to take account of changes in the interest rate of the benchmark financial instrument. “(8) The Secretary may not make any loan or loan guarantee under this section unless— “(A) fees or premiums on the loan or loan guarantee and corresponding insurance coverage will be set at levels that minimize the cost to the Government (as defined in section 502(5) of the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990) of insuring such loan or loan guarantee, while supporting achievement of increasing the inpatient psychiatric and substance abuse bed count, as applicable, to enhance the public’s access to acute inpatient mental health and substance abuse services; “(B) the minimum guarantee fee or insurance premium imposed by the Government will be no less than the level sufficient to cover all of the estimated costs to the Government of the expected default claims, plus one percent; and “(C) loan guarantee fees imposed by the Government will be reviewed every six months to ensure that the fees imposed on new loan guarantees are at a level sufficient to satisfy subparagraph (B) based on the most recent estimates of such costs. “(9) The provisions of any loan guarantee under this section shall state that the guarantee is conclusive evidence that— “(A) the guarantee has been properly obtained; “(B) the underlying loan qualified for the guarantee; and “(C) except in the case of fraud or material misrepresentation by the holder of the loan, the guarantee will be presumed to be valid, legal, and enforceable. “(10) The Secretary may not make any loan or loan guarantee under this section unless— “(A) the borrower finances at least 25 percent of the funded project from other sources; and “(B) the borrower uses funds that were not derived from Federal loans or loan guarantees to pay the fees or premiums on the loan or loan guarantee under this section. “(11) The Secretary— “(A) shall prescribe explicit standards for use in periodically assessing the credit risk of new and existing direct loans and guaranteed loans; and “(B) shall not make a loan or loan guarantee under this section unless the Secretary finds that there is a reasonable assurance of repayment. “(d) Limitation On Refinancing.—The authority vested by subsection (a)(2)— “(1) authorizes making loans and loan guarantees only for refinancing loans that were entered into on or before the date that is 24 months before the date of enactment of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Accessibility Act of 2017; and “(2) terminates on the date that is 24 months after such date of enactment. “(e) Payment Of Losses.— “(1) DEFAULT ON GUARANTEED LOANS.—If, as a result of a default by a borrower under a loan guaranteed under this section, after the holder thereof has made such further collection efforts and instituted such enforcement proceedings as the Secretary may require, the Secretary determines that the holder has suffered a loss— “(A) the Secretary shall pay to such holder 75 percent of such loss, as specified in the guarantee contract; “(B) upon making any such payment, the Secretary shall be subrogated to all the rights of the recipient of the payment; and “(C) the Secretary shall be entitled to recover from the borrower the amount of any payments made pursuant to the guarantee contract. “(2) REQUIRED ENFORCE OF FEDERAL RIGHTS.—The Attorney General of the United States shall take such action as may be appropriate to enforce any right accruing to the United States as a result of the issuance of any guarantee under this section. “(3) FORBEARANCE.—Nothing in this section precludes any forbearance for the benefit of the borrower of a loan that is made or guaranteed under this section which is agreed upon by the parties to the loan and approved by the Secretary, provided that budget authority for any resulting cost to the Government (as defined in section 502(5) of the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990) is available. “(f) Definitions.—In this section: “(1) The term ‘qualified psychiatric treatment facility’— “(A) means a psychiatric hospital (or other qualified treatment facility, as determined appropriate by the Secretary) that is able to serve patients ages 21 and older that— “(i) will provide acute, short-term inpatient psychiatric treatment services for such patients; “(ii) will provide outpatient services; and “(iii) may include a military services program to meet the needs of active and retired military servicemembers; and “(B) excludes a facility that— “(i) provides long-term inpatient care; “(ii) is a health center (as defined in section 330); and “(iii) is part of or affiliated with a prison (as defined in section 2246 of title 18, United States Code). “(2) The term ‘qualified substance abuse treatment facility’— “(A) means a psychiatric hospital (or other qualified treatment facility, as determined appropriate by the Secretary) that is able to serve patients ages 21 and older that— “(i) will provide acute, short-term inpatient substance abuse treatment services for such patients; “(ii) will provide outpatient services; and “(iii) may include a military services program to meet the needs of active and retired military servicemembers; and “(B) excludes any facility described in paragraph (1)(B). “(3) The term ‘psychiatric hospital’ means— “(A) an institution that— “(i) is primarily engaged in providing, by or under the supervision of one or more physicians, psychiatric services for the diagnosis and treatment of mentally ill persons or those suffering from substance abuse disorders; “(ii) satisfies the requirements of paragraphs (3) through (9) of subsection (e) of section 1861 of the Social Security Act; “(iii) maintains clinical records on all patients and maintains such records as the Secretary finds to be necessary to determine the degree and intensity of the treatment provided to individuals entitled to hospital insurance benefits under part A of title XVIII of the Social Security Act; and “(iv) meets such staffing requirements as the Secretary finds necessary for the institution to carry out an active program of treatment for individuals who are furnished services in the institution; or “(B) a distinct part of an institution that satisfies clauses (i) and (ii) of subparagraph (A) if such distinct part satisfies clauses (iii) and (iv) of subparagraph (A). “(g) Funding Limitations.—The Secretary may provide loans and loan guarantees under this section— “(1) only to the extent or in the amounts provided in advance in appropriation Acts; and “(2) totaling not more than $200,000,000 in each of fiscal years 2018 through 2022.”. SEC. 3. MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENT TRUST FUND. (a) Establishment.—There is established in the Treasury of the United States a trust fund to be known as the Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Trust Fund (in this section referred to as the “Trust Fund”). (b) Deposits.—There are hereby authorized to be appropriated to the Trust Fund, to remain available until expended, amounts equivalent to any revenues from the program of loans and loan guarantees under section 399V–7 of the Public Health Service Act, as added by section 2, that exceed the costs of carrying out such program. (c) Use Of Fund.—Amounts in the Trust Fund shall be available, as provided by appropriation Acts, for block grants for community mental health services under subpart I of part B of title XIX of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 300x et seq.). SEC. 4. SENSE OF CONGRESS. It is the sense of Congress that reversing the Federal policy of denying Federal financial participation under the Medicaid program for care and services for patients in an institution for mental diseases is critically important to improving access to mental health care services and treatment.
  5. Brianna O'Dwyer

    Border Security and Immigration Reform Act

    Mr. Speaker , One question I have over a border wall portion of this bill comes down to that any feasible construction project is going to need to be straighter than the actual border, which is going to mean using the federal government’s eminent domain powers to take privately owned land and basically redraw the border. There other ways to handle border security but the border wall we will be using the eminent domain function. I hate the concept of using eminent domain it’s generally the case that people don’t like it when the government comes in to take their land We saw this with the border clearly in the bush years. Americans particularly don’t like it when the government is coming in to take their land for border security that has not worked in the past with things like double border wall fencing that hasn’t really worked and need major repairs. . I yield
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    Military Pay Raise Act

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  7. Brianna O'Dwyer

    “New Collar Jobs Act”

    To increase cybersecurity education and job growth, and for other purposes. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Mrs. O'Dwyer (for herself) with thanks to Ms. Kuster of New Hampshire) introduced the following bill; A BILL To increase cybersecurity education and job growth, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) Short Title.—This Act may be cited as the “New Collar Jobs Act”. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress find the following: (1) Domestic factory output has increased by 21 percent since June 2009, but manufacturing employment has only increased 5 percent during that time, and has been flat since late 2014. (2) As manufacturers leverage new technologies from robotics to distributed control systems to create modern factories and industrial plants, different employment requirements have emerged including the need for cybersecurity talent. (3) Leading cybersecurity experts have reported spike of 250 percent in industrial automation and control system cyber-incidents occurring during the period between 2011 and 2015 and as a result are seeking personnel with knowledge of their industry coupled with knowledge of security technology to prevent their organization from becoming victims of cyber-attacks. SEC. 3. EMPLOYEE CYBERSECURITY EDUCATION. (a) In General.—Subpart D of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new section: 45S. EMPLOYEE CYBERSECURITY EDUCATION. “(a) In General.—For purposes of section 38, the employee cybersecurity education credit determined under this section for the taxable year is an amount equal to 50 percent of the aggregate qualified employee cybersecurity education expenses paid or incurred by the employer during such taxable year. “(b) Limitation.—The amount allowed as a credit under subsection (a) for the taxable year with respect to an employee shall not exceed $5,000. “(c) Qualified Employee Cybersecurity Education Expenses.—For purposes of this section, the term ‘qualified employee cybersecurity education expenses’ means amounts paid or incurred for each employee who earns a certificate or degree at the undergraduate or graduate level or industry-recognized certification relating to those specialty areas and work roles that are listed in NCWF Work Roles in the document entitled, ‘NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF)’, published by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. “(d) Certain Rules To Apply.—Rules similar to the rules of subsections (i)(1) and (k) of section 51 shall apply for purposes of this section.”. (b) Credit Made Part Of General Business Credit.—Subsection (b) of section 38 of such Code is amended by striking “plus” at the end of paragraph (35), by striking the period at the end of paragraph (36) and inserting “, plus”, and by adding at the end the following new paragraph: “(37) the employee cybersecurity education credit determined under section 45S(a).”. (c) Denial Of Double Benefit.—Subsection (a) of section 280C of such Code is amended by inserting “45S(a),” after “45P(a),”. (d) Clerical Amendment.—The table of sections for subpart D of part IV of subchapter A of chapter 1 of such Code is amended by adding at the end the following new item: “Sec. 45S. Employee cybersecurity education.”. (e) Effective Date.—The amendments made by this section shall apply to individuals commencing apprenticeship programs after the date of the enactment of this Act. SEC. 4. STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT FOR CERTAIN CYBERSECURITY EMPLOYEES. Section 455 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1087e) is amended by adding at the end the following: “(r) Loan Repayment For Cybersecurity Workers In Economically Distressed Area.— “(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall cancel the amount described in paragraph (2) of the balance of interest and principal due, in accordance with such paragraph, on any eligible Federal Direct Loan not in default for a borrower who— “(A) makes 36 consecutive monthly payments on the eligible Federal Direct Loan after the date of the enactment of this section pursuant to any one or a combination of the following— “(i) payments under an income-based repayment plan under section 493C; “(ii) payments under a standard repayment plan under subsection (d)(1)(A), based on a 10-year repayment period; “(iii) monthly payments under a repayment plan under subsection (d)(1) or (g) of not less than the monthly amount calculated under subsection (d)(1)(A), based on a 10-year repayment period; or “(iv) payments under an income contingent repayment plan under subsection (d)(1)(D); and “(B) during the period in which the borrower makes each of the 36 consecutive monthly payments described in subparagraph (A), has been employed in a cybersecurity job— “(i) located in an area that, for at least 12 of such consecutive monthly payments is an economically distressed area; and “(ii) that requires that the borrower work in the economically distressed area no less than 60 percent of total work hours. “(2) CANCELLATION AMOUNT.—After the conclusion of the employment period described in paragraph (1), the Secretary shall cancel the lesser of the following: “(A) The obligation to repay the balance of principal and interest due as of the time of such cancellation, on the eligible Federal Direct Loans made to the borrower under this part. “(B) $25,000. “(3) INELIGIBILITY OF DOUBLE BENEFITS.—No borrower may, for the same service, receive a reduction of loan obligations under both this subsection and— “(A) subsection (m); or “(B) section 428J, 428K, 428L, or 460. “(4) DEFINITIONS.—In this section: “(A) CYBERSECURITY JOB.—The term ‘cybersecurity job’ means— “(i) a skill role as defined in the NCWF Work Roles by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Special Publication 800–181, or any successor document; or “(ii) teaching a cybersecurity course for a skill role described in clause (i). “(B) ECONOMICALLY DISTRESSED AREA.—The term ‘economically distressed area’ means an area that meets one or more criteria under section 301(a) of the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3161(a)).”. SEC. 5. CYBERCORPS SCHOLARSHIP-FOR-SERVICE PROGRAM. (a) Funding Increase.—It is the sense of the Congress that the number of scholarships awarded by the National Science Foundation for scholarships awarded under the Federal cyber scholarship-for-service program established by section 302 of the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 for fiscal year 2018 and each succeeding fiscal year should be not less than double the number of such scholarships awarded for fiscal year 2017. (b) Cybersecurity Course Instruction.—Section 302 of the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 (15 U.S.C. 7442) is amended— (1) in subsection (a), by striking “and security managers” and inserting “security managers, and cybersecurity course instructors,”; and (2) in subsection (d), by adding at the end the following: “Such work may include teaching a cybersecurity course for a skill role as defined in the NCWF Work Roles by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Special Publication 800–181, or any successor document.”. (c) Elimination Of Priority For Federal Government Employment Placements.—Section 302(b) of such Act (15 U.S.C. 7442(b)) is amended— (1) in paragraph (1), by adding “and” at the end; (2) in paragraph (2), by striking “; and” and inserting a period; and (3) by striking paragraph (3). SEC. 6. INCREASED FUNDING FOR ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION PROGRAM. It is the sense of the Congress that the amount expended for the Information Technology and Cybersecurity Division of the Advanced Technological Education program of the National Science Foundation established by section 3(a) of the Scientific and Advanced-Technology Act of 1992 (Public Law 102–476) for fiscal year 2018 should be an amount equal to not less than 110 percent of the amount expended for such division for fiscal year 2017. SEC. 7. CYBERSECURITY TRAINING INCENTIVE FOR GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. (a) In General.—Subpart 15.3 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation shall be revised to require, in the evaluation of a competitive proposal received in response to a solicitation for a contract valued in excess of $5,000,000, that the head of an executive agency award a five percent score increase to each competitive proposal submitted by a qualified offeror. (b) Definitions.—In this section: (1) EXECUTIVE AGENCY.—The term “executive agency” has the meaning given that term in section 102 of title 40, United States Code. (2) QUALIFIED OFFEROR.—The term “qualified offeror” means a business that has claimed the employee cybersecurity education credit under section 45S of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as added by section 3, at least once within the three-year period preceding the date on which the business submits a competitive proposal for a contract valued in excess of $5,000,000.
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    American Apprenticeship Act

    Mrs. O'Dwyer of Rhode Island with thanks to Ms. DeLauro (for herrself, and others) introduced the following bill; A BILL To establish and strengthen projects that defray the cost of related instruction associated with pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the “American Apprenticeship Act”. SEC. 2. PRE-APPRENTICESHIP AND APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS. (a) Definitions.—In this Act: (1) APPRENTICESHIP.—The term “apprenticeship” means an apprenticeship registered under the Act of August 16, 1937 (commonly known as the “National Apprenticeship Act”; 50 Stat. 664, chapter 663; 29 U.S.C. 50 et seq.). (2) POSTSECONDARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION.—The term “postsecondary educational institution” means an institution of higher education, as defined in section 102 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1002). (3) PRE-APPRENTICESHIP.—The term “pre-apprenticeship”, used with respect to a program, means an initiative or set of strategies that— (A) is designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in an apprenticeship program; (B) is carried out by a sponsor described in paragraph (6)(B) that has a documented partnership with one or more sponsors of apprenticeship programs; and (C) includes each of the following: (i) Training (including a curriculum for the training), aligned with industry standards related to apprenticeships, and reviewed and approved annually by sponsors of the apprenticeships within the documented partnership, that will prepare individuals by teaching the skills and competencies needed to enter one or more apprenticeship programs. (ii) Provision of hands-on training and theoretical education to individuals that— (I) is carried out in a manner that includes proper observation of supervision and safety protocols; and (II) is carried out in a manner that does not displace a paid employee. (iii) A formal agreement with a sponsor of an apprenticeship program that would enable participants who successfully complete the pre-apprenticeship program to enter directly into the apprenticeship program (if a place in the program is available and if the participant meets the qualifications of the apprenticeship program), and includes agreements concerning earning credit recognized by a postsecondary educational institution for skills and competencies acquired during the pre-apprenticeship program. (4) RELATED INSTRUCTION.—The term “related instruction” means an organized and systematic form of instruction designed to provide an apprentice with the knowledge of the theoretical and technical subjects related to the occupation of the apprentice or the instruction needed to prepare an individual to enter and succeed in an apprenticeship program. (5) SECRETARY.—The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Labor. (6) SPONSOR.—The term “sponsor” means— (A) with respect to an apprenticeship program, an employer, joint labor-management partnership, trade association, professional association, labor organization, or other entity, that administers the apprenticeship program; and (B) with respect to a pre-apprenticeship program, a local educational agency, a secondary school, an area career and technical education school, a State board, a local board, or a community-based organization, with responsibility for the pre-apprenticeship program. (7) WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT DEFINITIONS.—The terms “area career and technical education school”, “community-based organization”, “individual with a barrier to employment”, “local board”, “local educational agency”, “secondary school”, and “State board” have the meanings given the terms in section 3 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. 3102). (b) Grants For Tuition Assistance.— (1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary may make grants to States on a competitive basis to assist the States in, and pay for the Federal share of the cost of, carrying out projects that defray the cost of related instruction associated with pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs. (2) APPLICATION.—To be eligible to receive a grant under this subsection, a State shall submit an application to the Secretary for such a project at such time, in such manner, and containing a strategic plan that contains such information as the Secretary may require, including— (A) information identifying the State agency that will administer the grant as determined by the Governor of the State; (B) a description of strategies that the State entity will use to collaborate with key industry representatives, State agencies, postsecondary educational institutions, labor-management entities, and other relevant partners to launch or expand pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships; (C) a description of how the State entity will— (i) coordinate activities carried out under this subsection with activities carried out under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (20 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.) to support pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships; (ii) leverage funds provided under the Acts specified in clause (i) to support pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships; and (iii) utilize, and encourage individual participants in programs supported under this subsection to utilize, available Federal and State financial assistance, including assistance available under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.), education assistance benefits available to veterans, and Federal Pell Grants available under section 401 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070a), prior to using assistance made available under this Act; (D) a description of strategies to elevate apprenticeships as a workforce solution in both traditional and nontraditional industries, such as information technology, health care, advanced manufacturing, construction trades, transportation, and other industries determined to be high-demand by the State board for the State; (E) a description of activities that the State entity will carry out to build awareness about the economic potential of apprenticeships; (F) a description that outlines how the State entity will increase opportunities for pre-apprenticeships and apprenticeships among members of minority groups, youth, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and individuals with barriers to employment; (G) information describing— (i) how the State entity will meet performance measures, and comply with an evaluation system and reporting requirements, established by the Secretary under paragraph (6); and (ii) at the election of the State, any State performance measures and goals that the State will use to measure the effectiveness of the project; and (H) in the case of a State that has already received a grant under this subsection for a project, information indicating that the State met the performance measures with respect to the project. (3) APPLICATION REVIEW PROCESS.—A joint team of employees from the Department of Labor and the Department of Education shall— (A) review such an application; and (B) make recommendations to the Secretary regarding approval of the application. (4) USE OF FUNDS.—A State that receives a grant under this subsection shall use the funds made available through the grant to defray any of the following costs of related instruction: (A) Tuition and fees. (B) Cost of textbooks, equipment, curriculum development, and other required educational materials. (C) Costs of any other item or service determined by the State to be necessary. (5) ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS.—The State may use not more than 10 percent of the grant funds for administrative costs relating to carrying out the project described in paragraph (1). (6) PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATION.—The Secretary, after consultation with the Secretary of Education, shall— (A) establish performance measures based on indicators set by the Administrator of the Office of Apprenticeship of the Department of Labor; and (B) establish an evaluation system aligned with the performance measures, and reporting requirements for the program carried out under this subsection. (c) Federal Share.— (1) IN GENERAL.—The Federal share of the cost described in subsection (b)(1) shall be not less than 20 percent and not more than 50 percent. (2) NON-FEDERAL SHARE.—The State may make the non-Federal share available— (A) in cash or in-kind, fairly evaluated, including plant, equipment, or services; and (B) directly or through donations from public or private entities. (d) Report.—The Secretary shall prepare and submit to Congress, not later than September 30, 2022, a report— (1) detailing the results of the evaluation described in subsection (b)(6)(B); and (2) analyzing the extent to which States have used grant funds effectively under this section. (e) Policy Of The United States.—It is the policy of the United States that funds made available under this section should be used to supplement and not supplant other funds available under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (29 U.S.C. 3101 et seq.) and other Federal and State funds available to the State to support workforce development programs. SEC. 3. IDENTIFYING IN-DEMAND OCCUPATIONS. The Secretary shall— (1) identify in-demand occupations nationally and regionally that lack the use of apprenticeships; (2) analyze the use of the apprenticeship model in those identified in-demand occupations; and (3) prepare and submit to States and Congress a report that contains the analysis described in paragraph (2). SEC. 4. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act $15,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2023.
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  10. Brianna O'Dwyer

    Start of Session Speeches

    Mr. Speaker, I have heard a lot in the past day's talk of” I won this” and “I won that”. I sure hear a lot of “I “and “me “going around Washington. I believe at the end of the day the Candidate in an election is not the factor we should be focusing on now after the election because they are not the goal at the end of the day. What it should be is the people. The time for elections are over now it’s time to govern and I can care less on what kind of mandate or platform from either party ran on or think they have. No one’s agenda gets rubber stamped here with me. It hs never worked that way here and I don’t see it happening now. We don’t have 100% of one party in congress we have a mix positions and we all have to learn how to govern from a melting pot of ideas in this chamber. Our Constitution itself came about through a series of great compromises; it was not written by ideologues who clung to ‘their way or no.’ Compromise and negotiation the hallmarks of moderation is aimed at achieving moderate, centrist policies for our country, should not be viewed as negatives. Mr. Speaker this is the time and age to have a serious, pragmatic and practical discussion, not a debate or negotiation but a dialogue that we can take to govern for the all people of this country, not just a personal political base. As a member of the legislative branch of government, I have many obligations. And I believe that the first obligation of government is to work for all people not just one group and that what I plan to do in this chamber. I am noones rubber stamp on issues. When I see a good idea, I will support it. If I see a bonkers idea I will fight against no matter whose idea it is. We spend unimaginable amounts of time-fighting our enemies we should be focusing on solutions and if we dont we fail our children and grandchildren every time. There will always be forces that seek to sow division for solutions to the big problems of the day and our challenge and our mission should to prevent them from succeeding. We can seize this moment by changing the conversation and our country. Let’s start by productive dialogue in this house and work toward a comprehensive agenda of ideas that we should be able to agree on. There is already a hand full of proposals in this body from both parties that have bipartisan support. I believe we all can leave this body and our country better than we found it. We can only do that if we rise together, to confront the unknown. Thank you, Mr. Speaker I yield the floor.
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    Border Security and Immigration Reform Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise to ask a simple question coming from a neutral standpoint at the moment wish to hear GREAT debate in this chamber and reasons.. Will the gentleman respond to why this chamber should strike this language. Again I wish for debate on the issueS not just to strike something is why I am asking. I yield
  12. ooc:@Doomhammer The Office of Brianna O'Dwyer For Immediate Release Brianna O'Dwyer (R--RI),) Evelyn Vanderfleet (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation today that would help people suffering from a behavioral health or substance abuse crisis get more immediate help. U.S. Representatives Brianna O'Dwyer (R- RI ) and Representative Evelyn Vanderfleet (D-CA) introduced bipartisan legislation today that would help people suffering from a behavioral health or substance abuse crisis get more immediate help. The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Accessibility Act provides resources necessary to combat the shortage of mental health providers and inpatient beds across the nation by allowing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide loans and loan guarantees to local entities with plans to build psychiatric and substance abuse facilities. O'Dwyer (R- RI has said “Our country is facing a mental health challenge that has hit all our communities “Too many of our neighbors are suffering from behavioral and substance abuse disorders and not getting proper treatment. That has left emergency rooms and jail cells overwhelmed while leaving families hurting. I’m proud to work with Representative Evelyn Vanderfleet (D-CA that will give a jump-start to local proposals to build brand new psychiatric facilities.” “A severe shortage of providers and inpatient beds exists not only for mental illness treatment but also for substance abuse leaving too many families in mental health crisis unable to get desperately-needed, immediate treatment. According to the Treatment Advocacy Center, there is a shortage of nearly 100,000 inpatient beds nationwide. Under the bipartisan Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Accessibility Act, HHS could offer loans and guarantees to psychiatric treatment facilities, substance abuse treatment facilities, and public and private psychiatric hospitals for the planning and construction of new facilities. The bill would also make needed investments to community based outpatient programs with any revenue generated from the loans.” “Many are struggling with mental health and substance abuse in our communities and because of the shortage of inpatient beds it can be weeks or months before individuals can receive treatment. Individuals and families struggling with mental health disorders will benefit from this important, bipartisan solution.” Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Accessibility Act
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    Office of Congresswoman Brianna O'Dwyer R-RI

    Welcome congressman my friends call me Bri. I know who you are you were the guy walking the halls scream about some crazy bill late last night weren't you?. *laugh*. Yes, I always bake fresh cookies when I am in town help yourself to some cookies and tea.
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    Office of Congresswoman Brianna O'Dwyer R-RI

    Every guest is welcome to a treat as they visit with the congresswomen.
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    Bipartisanship &Third way

    Brianna O'Dwyer The Office of Brianna O'Dwyer For Immediate Release Brianna O'Dwyer (R--RI),) publishes a statement for the media about what bipartisanship looks like today. "There has been a lot of talk about bipartisanship today so I wanted to talk about what that means to me. A third option may seem hard to square with our era of either party with my side is always right, your side is always the wrong process. Every day I get asked why did I get into politics for me it’s simple. Democrats and Republicans both have been talking to voters as if we still live in the 20th century without really hearing anything and I wanted to change that. I mean both Republican and Democrats have been tuning the everyday person out for years without really listening to what they are really saying. Americans want real people with real solutions that want to change the system not just be a yes or no vote built around party talking points. In our country, an opportunity falls from the trees in other areas, it's like "The Hunger Games." There’s not a geographic or party store to where smart ideas come from. We all must work together in new ways and say screw party politics lets help Mary and Joe who need us to work for them. " "My job in the house is simple to listen quick and be slow to speak as the good book says while bringing a positive, modern, forward-looking agenda that gives people hope that we are talking to them as people. They want to know they're going to have the opportunity to earn a good life in the future and leave behind a better world than we have today. My job is not to play political games. I am for solutions no matter where the solutions are coming from. This not new for me my life mission has been to seek any way possible to enhance change for the betterment of society from working with children’s services, Mental Health and Community Services and domestic violence programs to time spent in Tanzania, helping improve the health and well-being of women and children through UN program support. Years ago in Rhode Island, I made a move not to just try change policy from the outside anymore after seeing first hand we need bigger changes. I recognized that a path forward for our nation is a delicate balance of both the left and the right and my door will always be open as a third way republican for that. We all need to do better here in Washington and you start that with a step and handshake to do it." View full PR
  17. Brianna O'Dwyer The Office of Brianna O'Dwyer For Immediate Release Brianna O'Dwyer (R--RI),) talks to the press about the Student Athlete Opioid Misuse Prevention Act and how it will lead to better opioid-abuse prevention. "One of the challenges that young people who play sports have is, because they are more likely to have sports injuries, there is a greater chance that they could use and abuse opioids. That is why today I have introduced in the house the Student and Student-Athlete Opioid Misuse Prevention Act. I urge anyone from any political background to join with me to battle this huge crisis at hand. This bill will authorize the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use to fund school, college, and community-based programs for preventing the misuse of, and addiction to, opioids of all kinds among student-athletes and other high-risk groups. It would appropriate ten million dollars for this purpose that is money that will be spent to save lives.” "My concern with other acts about Opioid abuse is we get lost in the conversation. We are never going to get our arms around this problem unless we prevent entry into the addiction pipeline. The "addiction pipeline" can have multiple entry points, including over-prescription, stress reduction, and depression treatment. 90 percent of addicts begin abusing substances before the age of 18. This is not a political issue, this is a human issue. Student athletes feel pressured to overcome pain, and how easy it is to come to rely on opioids This is not just a slippery slope there is no slope. There a cliff that our children are jumping off of every day. Education is the key that makes the difference here and this act will start doing that. People will be better informed, and they will make better choices and lives will be saved." View full PR
  18. Brianna O'Dwyer The Office of Brianna O'Dwyer For Immediate Release Brianna O'Dwyer (R--RI),) introduced the Securing Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now Act to modernize investment in water infrastructure. “The Securing Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now Act legislation rejects the fix-as-fail approach currently used to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure and instead empowers states to invest in multiple water infrastructure projects. The bill combines the best aspects of state revolving funds with the power of the Water Infrastructure and Innovation Act to make the process easier and more affordable for states to meet their underserved or unmet water infrastructure needs. We have a more than $500 billion shortfall for water infrastructure funding in this country. This is a national emergency that needs to be fixed now not years from now.” “By expanding the use of innovative practices in this act the needed improvements and repairs to our drinking water and wastewater infrastructure can be met. This bill will provide low-cost loans to states to facilitate desperately needed investments to ensure access to safe, clean water for generations to come by Authorize $200 million annually over five years to support state revolving fund projects exclusively. By Encourage states to bundle their projects by waiving the $100,000 application fee and streamlining the application process to a maximum 180-day turnaround. All being done by Simplify the federal approval process by allowing thousands of vetted drinking water and wastewater projects to receive funding, eliminating the need for the Environmental Protection Agency to process thousands of additional loan applications.” View full PR
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    Improved Teacher Assistance Act

    Brianna O'Dwyer The Office of Brianna O'Dwyer For Immediate Release Washington, DC – Rep. Brianna O'Dwyer (R-RI) spoke to the press about recently about introducing the Improved Teacher Assistance Act that would increase the current deduction available to educators from a $250 annual credit to 100 percent of the first $2,000 of qualified education expenses paid and 25 percent of the next $2,000 amounts paid or incurred. “In Rhode Island and across the country, dedicated teachers take on the daily challenge of educating our young people and pushing them to realize their full potential. They do this will tight classroom budgets, limited education resources, and low pay, educators take hundreds of dollars out of their pockets to purchase supplies for their students to ensure every child has the resources they need to learn and succeed. So today I took the first steps for having teachers backs as they fight for our future by submitting legislation that will Increase the deduction for school supplies from $ 250 teachers to an annual credit of 100 percent of the first $2,000 of qualified education expenses paid and 25 percent of the next $2,000 amounts paid or incurred. This is small steps to make but a needed one by still keep in mind that there, not a one size fits all approach to education but we can apply resources in many ways to make big impacts.” “Teachers in high-poverty schools spent nearly 40 percent more than their peers elsewhere, with one in 10 spending $1,000 or more. In some cases, educators in low-income areas take it upon themselves to buy clothing and personal hygiene products, in addition to school supplies, for kids who are especially in need. It over time for Congress to have their backs and also walk with them acknowledges the importance of their work. This is a small ‘thank you’ for teachers who make financial sacrifices to benefit their students, and helps achieve the outcomes we want for all our kids of our great nation.” View full PR
  20. Brianna O'Dwyer The Office of Brianna O'Dwyer For Immediate Release Washington, DC – Rep. Brianna O'Dwyer (R-RI) spoke to the press about her recently introduced a bipartisan “Veteran Overmedication Prevention Act” “ I have recently introduced a bipartisan bill that supported by four leading Democrats currently the“Veteran Overmedication Prevention Act” I look forward to others who come together to solve problems and move beyond the everyday politics of political parties. Our bill will enable us to better identify the links between prescription drugs overdoses and veterans’ suicide. The VA’s drug-centric culture is not only something we are looking to change but also we seek to better understand this growing epidemic of opioid use. Our goal is to avoid veterans’ and their families’ unnecessary suffering.” “I believe that we owe our nation’s heroes alternatives for pain management and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment other than narcotic and opioid medications. This study is a step in a positive direction toward heading off the tragic epidemic of veterans' suicide by understanding how traditional systems of treatment may be undermining some veterans’ ability to pursue healthy and happy lives” View full PR
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    It time for New Collar Jobs

    The Office of Brianna O'Dwyer For Immediate Release Today Brianna O’Dwyer R-RI introduced the New Collar Jobs Act, a bill aimed at growing America’s cybersecurity workforce by incentivizing training, increasing scholarship funding and providing student debt relief. “ I truly believe that helping more Americans build the skills for fast-growing new collar careers roles that do not necessarily require a bachelor’s degree but can help close this country’s widening skills gap. This new legislation targets workforce training in one field that will provide more American workers with access to the broader range of well-paying new collar jobs available in the technology sector. With more than half a million technology jobs open right now in the United States because workers lack the right skills to fill them, our nation needs to significantly expand the reach and effectiveness of programs that students and workers can access to build new skills in artificial intelligence, data science, and cloud computing, in addition to cybersecurity. Putting more Americans on the path for promising new collar careers is an issue that unites our country and transcends partisan politics.” New Collar Jobs Act
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    @BriannaO'Dwyer

    Split tweet @BriannaO'Dwyer As of right now, I don’t support either of the Immigration Proposals Democrats or Republicans put forward. They both have weak areas and strong areas. Neither are perfect or the devil’s spawn. This is exactly why we have hearings and debate to flesh out the proposals and to simply listen when comes to complex issues. Congress lets get our act together.
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    Improved Teacher Assistance Act

    Mrs. O'Dwyer (for herself) introduced the following bill A BILL To increase the tax credit for educator expenses Section 1. Short title This Act may be cited as the Improved Teacher Assistance Act Section 2. Increase in Teacher School Supply Tax Credit 1. An eligible educator, can deduct annual credit of 100 percent of the first $2,000 of qualified education expenses paid and 25 percent of the next $2,000 amounts paid or incurred for participation in professional development courses, books, supplies, computer equipment (including related software and services), other equipment, and supplementary materials that educators use in the classroom. 2. an eligible educator is defined as, a kindergarten through grade 12 teachers, instructor, counselor, principal or aide for at least 900 hours a school year in a school that provides elementary or secondary education as determined under state law. Section. 3. ENACTMENT. (a) This bill shall be law immediately upon the passage of Congress and the signature of the President. PES Chnages the $ 250 tax credit for school supply for teachers to a annual credit of 100 percent of the first $2,000 of qualified education expenses paid and 25 percent of the next $2,000 amounts paid or incurred for participation in professional development courses, books, supplies, computer equipment (including related software and services), other equipment, and supplementary materials that educators use in the classroom
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    @BriannaO'Dwyer

    @BriannaO'Dwyer Today I introduced the American Apprenticeship Act that will provide funding to states for the creation or expansion of tuition assistance programs that benefit participants in pre-apprenticeship and Registered Apprenticeship programs. PRESS Article and Legislation
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