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Join Legislation to Relieve County Healthcare Costs

December 30, 2019

I write to ask for your support for the Restoring the Partnership for County Health Care Costs Act of 2019.  This bill requires that individuals who receive Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and/or Supplementary Security
Income (SSI) benefits, and are subsequently incarcerated pending disposition of their charges, maintain those benefits until they are convicted of a crime.

PROTECT VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE AND STALKING

December 30, 2019

We urge you to become a cosponsor of the Safe at Home Act (H.R. 4705) to help protect victims of sexual violence and stalking by strengthening Address Confidentiality Programs (ACP).

Support military families by cosponsoring the Protect our Military Children Act

December 30, 2019

For years, the U.S. military has used Aqueous Firefighting Foam (AFFF) on bases around the world, a material which contains high levels of potentially dangerous per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. Studies have shown that exposure to these substances can
lead to various health problems, including increased cholesterol levels, immune system deficiencies, certain cancers, and thyroid hormone disruption. When this AFFF foam is released in a fire or training session, PFAS chemicals can seep into drinking water
systems, posing widespread contamination concerns for base communities and leaving fathers, mothers and children potentially exposed without their knowledge. AFFF foam is still being used on U.S. military bases today, and in 2018, the Department of Defense
acknowledged that at least 401 bases had either known or suspected releases into local drinking or ground water systems.

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

December 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 Dental Care for Veterans Act

December 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.

Cosponsor the Build a Better VA Act

December 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.

E. Cooper Brown Ocean Clean Energy Act; HR5375

December 30, 2019

We invite you to join us as an original co-sponsor of the E. Cooper Brown Ocean Clean Energy Act of 2019. The legislation provides a 15% Investment Tax Credit for Sea Water Air Conditioning (SWAC) and resumes the tax credit for Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion
(OTEC). Clean energy technologies will help us address some of the most pressing energy production, energy consumption, and environmental issues faced by urban and coastal communities.

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

December 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)

December 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.