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Co-sponsor the CHAMPVA Children’s Care Protection Act

August 30, 2019

The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) program allows the VA to share the cost of health care for the dependents and survivors of certain eligible veterans. CHAMPVA provides health care coverage to the spouse
or child of a veteran who is permanently and totally disabled for a service-connected disability, the surviving spouse or child of a veteran who died from a service-connected disability, the surviving spouse or child of a Veteran who was at the time of death
rated permanently and totally disabled from a service-connected disability, and the surviving spouse or child of a military member who died in the line of duty.

Cosponsor the Build a Better VA Act

August 30, 2019

I write to request your support for my bill, the Build a Better VA Act (H.R. 1722), which would modify the current process for approving Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facility leases.

Increase Safety and Reduce Community Disruption of Commercial Air Tours

August 30, 2019

In the last few months Hawai’i has seen three dead in the crash of a commercial air tour helicopter into a residential neighborhood and eleven more dead in the crash of a commercial skydiving plane. These tragedies occurred amidst a rapid increase in commercial
helicopter and small plane overflights of all parts of my state including residential, commercial and industrial neighborhoods, cemeteries and memorials, land and marine parks and other recreation areas, and sensitive military installations. These have disrupted
whole communities with excessive noise and other impacts, destroyed the peace and sanctity of special places, increased risk to not only passengers but those on the ground, and weakened security and management of defense operations.

Co-sponsor the Expanding Care for Veterans Act (H.R. 1963)

August 30, 2019

Veterans of all service eras often face a number of service-connected health conditions that require continuous treatment. As many as 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans – nearly 20 percent of returning troops – are coming home with symptoms associated
with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or depression, according to a 2008 study by the RAND Corporation.[1]  Further, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), 60 percent of veterans returning from the Middle East and 50 percent of older veterans
are managing chronic pain.[2] Repeated studies have shown that in response to this crisis, the VA increased the use of prescription medication for pain management.[3] Tragically, the agency treated more than 66,000 veterans with opioid-use disorders in Fiscal
Year 2016.

Cosponsor the Veterans Healthcare Improvement Act (H.R. 1721)

August 30, 2019

I invite you to cosponsor the Veterans Healthcare Improvement Act (H.R. 1721), legislation intended to help guarantee adequate resources for veterans’ healthcare programs. 

Cosponsor the Dental Care for Veterans Act

August 30, 2019

I write to request your support for the Dental Care for Veterans Act, H.R. 96, which would expand eligibility for dental care to all veterans enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system.

Support Surviving Family Members of Medal of Honor Recipients

August 30, 2019

I invite you to co-sponsor H.R. 1779, my bill to support and recognize surviving family members of Medal of Honor recipients.

Ensure State and Local Community Authority to Address Illegal Vacation Rentals

August 30, 2019

Is your community one of a multitude throughout our country suffering from the negative effects of illegal vacation rentals? Effects that include unavailability of affordable housing, avoidance of standard consumer protections and loss of state and local
government revenue? 

Co-Sponsor Resolution Disapproving Russia’s Re-entry into the Group of Seven (G-7)

August 30, 2019

Please join me in co-sponsoring a resolution disapproving of the President’s invitation to President Putin to participate next
year’s Group of Seven summit.

Cosponsor: Cabin Air Safety Act (H.R.2208)

August 30, 2019

I invite you to cosponsor the bipartisan “Cabin Air Safety Act” (H.R.2208) to protect commercial airline passengers and crew from toxic cabin air. As you may know, “toxic fume” events
occur when air contaminated by engine exhaust, fuel fumes, de-icing fluids, and ozone enters the aircraft cabin through the jet engine intake. Exposure to even low levels of these contaminants can incapacitate passengers and crew, and long-term exposure could
lead to serious, debilitating health issues.