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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? 

Support Project ECHO Telehealth in Medicaid

August 30, 2019

I write to urge you to cosign the attached letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on behalf of the Project ECHO Network. The ECHO model is a telementoring model that aims to create ongoing communities of practice for physicians and care
teams, particularly in rural and underserved areas, with the goal of expanding access to quality health care.  Currently there are more than 200 ECHO hubs (primarily housed within academic medical centers) in 49 states across the country operating more than
450 programs.  Given the growth of this network, the attached letter asks for guidance from CMS on how Medicaid programs can support this growing network.

Co-Sponsor H.R. 3497, the JOBS Act

August 30, 2019

Please join us in supporting bipartisan legislation that invests in our workforce by co-sponsoring H.R. 3497, the Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act.

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: 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.

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 H.R. 3973, the Clean School Bus Act

August 30, 2019

Every day, more than 25 million children and thousands of school bus drivers breathe polluted air on their commute to school, which has a negative impact of student health and attendance, particularly for students with asthma and other respiratory conditions.

Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome Awareness Resolution

August 30, 2019

Please join me in co-sponsoring a resolution expressing support for the designation of “National Amplified
Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome Awareness Day.”

ORIGINAL Co-sponsors: Support September as “National Voting Rights Month”

August 30, 2019

National Voter Registration Day is on September 24, therefore, I invite you to join me in co-sponsoring a resolution declaring September as “National Voting Rights Month.” The purpose of this resolution is to help end voter suppression by bringing
awareness to existing voter suppression laws, educating Americans on their rights as voters, urging Congress to pass critical voting rights legislation, and encouraging all Americans to get out and vote!

Cosponsor: Made In America Act (H.R.3459)

August 30, 2019

I invite you to cosponsor the bicameral “Made In America Act” (H.R.3459). Each year, the federal government spends billions funding infrastructure projects not subject to “Buy American” requirements under current law. The result is American
taxpayer dollars being used to buy foreign products made by workers in other countries: work that can and should be done domestically by U.S. workers.