Support Accountability for Burn Pit Exposure

Please join me in cosponsoring the Burn Pits Accountability Act (H.R.
5671), to evaluate the exposure of U.S. servicemembers and veterans to open burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals. Over
140,000 servicemembers and veterans over the past three decades have reported exposure to burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals. However, since there is no mandatory reporting system, there are likely many more servicemembers affected. Exposure can produce
serious and potentially life-threatening health effects, including neurological disorders, rare forms of cancer, lung diseases, and more—triggering some to call the crisis the
‘Agent Orange’ of the post-9/11 generation.

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Stop Foreign Money and Influence in U.S. Elections

I write to invite you to add your name as a cosponsor of the Repelling Encroachment by Foreigners into U.S. Elections (REFUSE) Act, which would stem the flow of foreign money into our elections and increase transparency around foreign election
influence through two major reforms:

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Deadline COB Tues – Letter commending NSF for addressing sexual harassment

I am writing to invite you to join me in sending a letter to the National Science Foundation urging them to implement their proposed reforms regarding sexual harassment. As you may be aware, the National Academies released a report this week that comprehensively
evaluated the prevalence and prevention of sexual harassment in academic science, engineering, and medicine. (For more information: The Hill, Washington
Post)

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Support Designating June 2018 as National Orca Protection Month

Whereas orcas are an icon of the Pacific Northwest;
Whereas orcas are culturally and spiritually important to Indian tribes in the Pacific Northwest;
Whereas the Puget Sound is home to three pods of Southern Resident orcas;
Whereas the Southern Resident orca population has declined dramatically over the past 50 years;
Whereas the Southern Resident orcas are among the most contaminated marine mammals in the world;
Whereas the Southern Resident orcas are threatened by declining chinook salmon populations;
Whereas the Southern Resident orcas have been protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) since 2005 and are one of the most endangered marine mammal populations in the world;
Whereas the Southern Resident orca population reached its lowest level in 30 years in 2017, with 12 fewer whales than when the population was listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973;
Whereas June 2018 has been recognized by the States of Washington and Oregon as Orca Awareness Month; and Whereas the Federal Government has an obligation to protect and restore the Southern Resident orca population: Now, therefore, be itResolved, That the House of Representatives supports recognition of National Orca Protection Month.

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Protect U.S. University Research Programs from Foreign Espionage

I invite you to join in support my bicameral, bipartisan letter informing Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos of the threats posed by Huawei’s involvement in our academic institutions. Huawei Technologies, a “national champion” of the People’s Republic of
China, has formed a series of  research partnerships with over 50 universities in the United States.
This company has a history of nefarious activity, targeted at illegally collecting information from the United States. As the bipartisan report of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in 2012 recommended, “[b]ased on available classified and
unclassified information, Huawei and vii ZTE cannot be trusted to be free of foreign state influence and thus pose a security threat to the United States and to our systems.”

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JUNE 22 BRIEFING: GENOCIDE UNDER ISIL — A DISCUSSION OF THE YEZIDI GENOCIDE WITH FATHER PATRICK DESBOIS

Sending Office: Honorable Jamie Raskin Sent By: Charles.Goldman@mail.house.gov JUNE 22 BRIEFING: GENOCIDE UNDER ISIL A DISCUSSION OF THE YEZIDI GENOCIDE WITH FATHER PATRICK DESBOIS Dear colleague: Please join distinguished author, university professor, historian, forensic detective and world-renowned human-rights activist Father Patrick Desbois for a discussion of his recent work to uncover and document evidence of […]

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Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus Briefing: Is a Universal Flu Vaccine Possible?

We want to draw your attention to an invitation you should have already received from the Coalition for the Life Sciences (CLS). On Wednesday, June 20th at 12:00 noon, CLS cordially invites you to attend a briefing entitled In
a Universal Flu Vaccine Possible? in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2043. The distinguished speaker will be James E. Crowe, Jr., MD, from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Co-sponsor the bicameral COUNT Victims Act

On May 29, a group of independent researchers from Harvard University released a report estimating the number of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.[1] It uncovered a sobering
figure of 4,654 lives that could have been lost as a result of the storm, many of them from delayed medical care. This is staggeringly higher than the official estimates. While much debate has ensued over the validity of the number, the truth is we may never
know the exact number of all lives lost. Amid a new hurricane season, we need to ensure transparency and oversight.

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