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COSPONSOR BIPARTISAN BILL TO FIGHT INFANT AND CHILD DEATHS

September 27, 2018

Please join us as an original cosponsor of the Scarlett’s Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act, which would improve the health of infants and children by strengthening efforts to better understand infant deaths and facilitating data collection to improve
prevention efforts.   

Become a Cosponsor- The Eleanor Smith Inclusive Home Design Act of 2018

September 27, 2018

I invite you to join me as a cosponsor of the Eleanor Smith Inclusive Home Design Act of 2018. This legislation would make more new homes accessible for people with disabilities, seniors, and veterans.   

Call for original co-sponsors on the LIVER Act – Support robust research and funding for liver cancer and liver illness initiatives

September 27, 2018

In 2018, approximately 42,220 people in the United States will be diagnosed with primary liver cancer, and approximately 30,200 will die from the disease because it is rarely detected sufficiently early for successful treatment.[1]
The five-year survival rate of 18 percent makes liver cancer one of the deadliest forms of cancer,[2] and though the overall cancer death rate has decreased recently, the liver cancer death rate is on the rise.[3]
Furthermore, early detection is key towards a higher survival rate. When diagnosed in the early stages, liver cancer has a five-year survival rate of 31 percent,[4] but shrinks drastically to only 3 percent when
liver cancer is diagnosed in the later stages.[5]

CLOSING TOMORROW: Sign a Bipartisan Letter for Liver Donation Fairness

September 27, 2018

The process of allocating organs from donors to their recipients is of vital importance to every American. At this moment, the fairness of that process is at risk. Please join Representative Kevin Yoder and Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson in writing
to Health and Human Services Secretary Azar to oppose the newest attempt to undermine the organ allocation process.

Cosponsor H. Res. 993 and Oppose the Privatization of the U.S. Postal Service!

September 27, 2018

            For over 240 years, the United States Postal Service and our dedicated postal workforce have performed the essential government function of “providing postal services to bind the Nation together through the personal, educational, literary,
and business correspondence of the people.” In furtherance of this mission, the Postal Service and its more than 500,000 clerks, letter carriers, mail handlers, and other employees deliver the mail to over 157 million residential and business customers
six days a week nationwide.  Given the effectiveness of the Postal Service in fulfilling its critical public service mission, it is not surprising that the American people have consistently ranked the Postal Service as our most trusted government agency. 
In a
recent Gallup poll, an overwhelming majority of Americans also rated the Postal Service as “doing an excellent or good job.”

TODAY at 2:00PM, BRIEFING: Funding to Rebuild and Renew America

September 27, 2018

Please join Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) for a members and staff briefing highlighting some of the funding proposals to improve our transportation system.

Cosponsor H.R. 2315 – To Posthumously Award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Benghazi Heroes in Recognition of Their Contributions to the Nation

September 27, 2018

In recognition of distinguished acts of bravery, leadership, and achievement that have an enduring impact on American history, Congress is authorized to bestow its highest civilian honor – the Congressional Gold Medal – on individuals whose contributions
and service to our nation stand as a testament to our founding principles.    

Cosponsor H.Res.1057 Calling for the Release of Burmese Journalists Convicted for Covering Violence Against Rohingya

September 27, 2018

Two reporters from Reuters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who had exposed specific incidents of brutality and violence against Burma’s Rohingya population, were sentenced earlier this month to seven years in prison by a Burmese court for violating state secrets
laws in what has been widely reported as a sham process. This is nothing less than an effort to suppress the truth.  

CLOSING COB FRIDAY: Urge CMS to Move Providers to Value-based Care

September 27, 2018

By passing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) in 2015, Congress revved up our health care system’s shift to value-based care, so that doctors and clinicians are reimbursed based on the quality of the care they provide to Medicare beneficiaries.
Unfortunately, the way CMS has implemented MACRA leaves nearly half of all providers out of MACRA, which means continuing the current fee-for-service system we have now. If we fail to make a meaningful shift toward value-based health care, we are missing a
critical opportunity to reduce costs for Medicare and improve care for patients.