Our Future with Cuba: United States-Cuba Relations Normalization Act

While considerable progress has been made toward normalizing relations with Cuba, under the current administration we have taken step backwards such as reimposing restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba. Measures such as these hurt American citizens,
workers, and industries. I believe that we need to move forward, not backward, and work to create a more cooperative future with Cuba.

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Cosponsor H.R. 2074: The Gluten in Medicine Disclosure Act of 2019

According to the Mayo Clinic, the rate of celiac disease has almost quadrupled over the past 50 years. Celiac disease is a serious, genetic autoimmune disorder in which ingesting gluten causes damage to the villi of the small intestine. The only treatment
is the total elimination of gluten-containing products, including wheat, barley, and rye sources. For some, failure to avoid these can lead to life-threatening complications. Currently, this is nearly impossible to determine the presence of gluten in prescription
medicine.

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Support Minority, Women, and Low-Income Banks & Credit Unions

Black banks have long served low- and moderate-income neighborhoods by providing mortgages, opportunities to build credit, and welcoming places to deposit earnings,
but they are now in danger of disappearing.  The New Market Tax Credit (NMTC), a venture capital program intended to attract investment to these lower
income neighborhoods which need it the most, has instead put money in the pockets of a few wealthy developers.  Additionally, the Great Recession hit black banks hard. Creative Investment Research, a firm that monitors minority-owned financial institutions,
found that nearly a quarter have gone out of business, and predicts there will only be seven left in the entire country by 2028 if the status quo does not change.

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Sign Letter to CMS to Remove Proposed Local Coverage Determination (LCD) for Tumor Treating Fields Therapy (TTFT)

Please join Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers in sending the following letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to remove propose local coverage determination for a glioblastoma/brain tumor treatment that will significantly limit access
to care. This therapy has shown enormous benefit for Glioblastoma and brain cancer patients, but the proposed coverage determination imposes several criteria laid out in the letter that will severely hamper access to this treatment for Medicare patients. The
most concerning of these criteria is that coverage is granted only when the beneficiary is receiving care at a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center. Given that there are no NCI-designated Cancer Centers in 14 states, and there are few (if any)
in most rural areas across the country, this will severely limit access for the Medicare population for this FDA approved treatment.

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Cosponsor H.R. 913, the CLINICAL TREATMENT Act

We urge you to join us in cosponsoring H.R. 913, the Covering Life-saving Investigations Needed in Cancer and Other Life-threatening Conditions through Timely use of Resources for Easy and Affordable Treatment from Medicaid for Enrollees in Need Today (CLINICAL
TREATMENT) Act. The bill would guarantee coverage of the routine care costs of participation in an approved clinical trial for Medicaid enrollees with a life-threatening condition. 

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Support Legislation to End Racial, Ethnic and Religious Profiling

After compiling and analyzing a data set detailing nearly 100 million municipal and state patrol traffic stops conducted in dozens of jurisdictions across the country, the Stanford Computational Policy Lab found evidence of bias
against black drivers both in highway patrol and in municipal police stops, as well as evidence that the bar for searching black and Latino drivers is lower than for searching white drivers. This legislation is designed to enforce the constitutional right
to equal protection of the laws by changing the policies and procedures underlying the practice of profiling. Events in the wake of President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration and threats of targeted ICE enforcement demonstrate that racial and religious
profiling remain dangerous and divisive issues in our communities. Airport detentions of Muslims and immigration raids targeted at the Latino community strike at the very foundation of our democracy.  Though people across our nation are protesting in response
to these actions, there is no substitute for comprehensive federal anti-profiling legislation. 

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