The bipartisan Second Chance Act, passed into law in 2008, supports state, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations in their work to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for people returning from state and federal prisons, local jails,
and juvenile facilities. The bipartisan Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2017 improves and consolidates the programs authorized by the Second Chance Act, and reauthorizes them at reduced levels to better reflect current appropriations.
For the last two decades, communities around the country have recognized National
Public Health Week during the first week of April to help improve our nation’s health. We hope you will join me in sponsoring a resolution to recognize April 2 – 8 as National Public Health Week 2018.
Last week, President Donald Trump announced that Former Ambassador John Bolton would serve as his next National Security Advisor, replacing General H.R. McMaster. John Bolton was a leading architect of the Iraq War and is known for his radical views. He
has continuously advocated for launching a first-strike against North Korea and scuttling the Nuclear Agreement with Iran without specifying viable nonmilitary alternatives. Simply put, John Bolton’s appointment as National Security Advisor puts the United
States dangerously close to a path to war.
I invite you to cosponsor H.R. 3894, the Tribal Heritage and Grizzly Bear Protection Act. Grizzly bears are considered sacred by many Tribes, but today only a small fraction of the historic
grizzly populations exist in the lower 48 states. While some populations are starting to increase, grizzly bears continue to be threatened by habitat loss, climate change, and trophy hunting.
While homelessness among our nation’s veterans has recently declined by 47 percent, 39, 471 veterans are still homeless in the U.S. Veterans still account for over nine percent of all homeless adults and so there is more work to do for our homeless veterans.
This is why I urge you to join me in combating veteran homelessness by cosponsoring H.R. 4099, the
‘Homeless Veteran Families Act’.
Prevent Overmedication and Combat Suicide Among Veterans: Cosponsor H.R. 2652, the Veteran Overmedication Prevention Act
As you know, the statistics related to veteran suicide and the overprescription of drugs to our nation’s veterans are striking. Every day, an average of 20 veterans die from suicide, and in 2014, veterans accounted for 18% of all deaths from suicide. The
risk of suicide is 21% higher for veterans than for the average U.S. adult. Furthermore, since 2001, we have seen a dramatic increase in narcotics prescriptions, and in the largest veteran populations, veterans die from accidental narcotic overdose at a 33%
higher rate than the rest of the population.
I invite you to become a cosponsor of H.R. 5251, the
Nurses for Under-Resourced Schools Everywhere Act, or NURSE Act. This bill would provide federal grants to school districts, boards, and state educational agencies to reduce the cost of hiring a nurse in public elementary and secondary
schools. Eligible entities could apply for the grants if at least 20 percent of students within their jurisdictions are eligible for low-cost or free school lunch under the National School Lunch Program. A
state-by-state breakdown of participation in the National School Lunch Program from the Food and Nutrition Service within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows
that thousands of students could benefit from the grants afforded by this bill.
Cosponsor the ACCESS Act: The Democratic alternative to support sportsmen and conservation, H.R. 4489
We invite you to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 4489, the Authorizing Critical Conservation for Sportsmen and Sportswomen (ACCESS) Act. We introduced this bill to reauthorize key conservation programs and promote sportsmen and women’s interests on our public
lands. H.R. 4489 has already been endorsed by sporting and conservation groups including the National Wildlife Federation, Trout Unlimited, and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.
I urge you to help me correct Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) regulations that unfairly saddle veterans with emergency ambulance payments. We can solve this problem with the
Veterans Reimbursement for Emergency Ambulance Services Act (H.R. 1445).
The Trump Administration and Interior Secretary Zinke have made one thing abundantly clear: when it comes to America’s public lands, the hopes and dreams of oil, gas, and coal executives come first. On Day 1, they began taking a wrecking ball
to Obama Administration policies that balanced energy development with conservation, protected public health, encouraged stakeholder participation in energy decisions, held companies accountable, managed public land for multiple uses, and planned for and attempted
to mitigate the effects of human-induced climate change. America’s most important natural places are under direct attack from the dirty energy agenda of Donald Trump and his fossil fuel cronies.