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*** While the national union has yet to endorse a candidate in the 2020 Presidential race, the American Federation of Government Employees Local 704 became the first AFGE local to do so. On Feb. 24, the Chicago-based union announced that its members had voted to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), citing his support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Workers' Bill of Rights and collective bargaining. AFGE Local 704 represents about 1,000 EPA workers in the Midwest.

"Federal workers' rights are under attack. Sanders unequivocally supports federal unions in our efforts to fight Trump’s union-busting regime," AFGE Local 704 President Nicole Cantello said in a statement. "In endorsing Sanders today, we hope to inspire other federal unions to speak out for the good of our nation, and our planet."

*** A bill that would require public companies to disclose whether any partners or board members have cybersecurity experience would cost the Securities and Exchange Commission less than $500,000 to put into place, according to an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office. The Cybersecurity Disclosure Act of 2019 tasks the National Institute for Standards and Technology with defining relevant cybersecurity experience. The bill was reported favorably by the House Committee on Financial Services last December.