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Seeking Urban Agriculture Co-Leaders

October 31, 2019

Please join us and urban agriculturists throughout the nation by becoming an original cosponsor of the Urban Agriculture Healthy Food and Entrepreneur Act (UAHFE).  Urban agriculture will help us address some of the most pressing food security, nutritional,
and public health issues faced by urban communities while providing business and job opportunities to create local jobs.  Urban agriculture has the additional benefit of helping beautify neighborhoods as well as environmentally restoring our urban areas with
functional greenspace. 

Cosponsor Legislation to Provide Menstrual Products to Homeless Youth

October 31, 2019

I invite you to join me as a cosponsor of my bill, the Homeless Youth Menstrual Product Access Act, which would allow Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) grants awarded through the Department of Health and Human Services to be used to provide
menstrual products to the young women being served through this program.

HEMP FOR VICTORY ACT

October 31, 2019

Since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, there has been a growing interest to capitalize on hemp cultivation across the United States. As a commercial, industrial, and medicinal/therapeutic product,
the potential for hemp to become a major U.S. commodity already is evident given continued expansion of hemp cultivation in states and their businesses.

Support Mental Health & Suicide Prevention – Cosponsor ‘Cady Housh & Gemesha Thomas Student Suicide Prevention Act’

October 31, 2019

Please join us by cosponsoring ‘The Cady Housh and Gemesha Thomas Suicide Prevention Act of 2019’, which recognizes the severity of youth suicide and authorizes the Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) grants to be used for training school personnel in elementary and
secondary schools and also students in secondary schools in youth suicide awareness and prevention tools.

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

October 31, 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.

Become a Cosponsor of the Climate Change Financial Risk Act of 2019

October 31, 2019

Climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events like floods and wildfires. It is also changing long-term climate patterns in ways that will lower labor productivity, devalue and destroy fixed assets, stress agricultural
yields, and ultimately affect every sector of our economy. These impacts are likely to exacerbate market volatility and erode investor confidence, ultimately increasing systemic risk.

Support Increased Transparency & Efficiency in Student Loans

October 31, 2019

The burden of student loans has unquestionably taken a toll on millions of American families. As outstanding student loan debt in the U.S. continues to climb—in June of 2019, borrowers owed around $1.6 trillion—various proposals have been
introduced to offer free college, refinance student loans, or cancel student debt altogether. Protecting programs like PSLF and Federal Work-Study, along with increasing Pell Grant funding, would certainly reduce the amount of debt students accumulate,
but these actions alone will not fix the larger problem. Addressing the root of the student loan crisis must center on sharp transparency with borrowers and a loan disclosure that is simple, accessible, and easy to understand.