Healthy Start Reauthorization

According to the CDC, for every 1,000 live births in the United States, nearly six babies will not live to see their first birthday. Sadly, these numbers are twice as high for black infants. This is unacceptable.

Read More

Support Increased Transparency & Efficiency in Student Loans

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.  

Read More

Cosponsor HR 4665: Medicare Vision Act of 2019

Right now, gaps in Medicare make it hard for the 60 million seniors and younger people with disabilities covered by the program to
afford vision services. An estimated 20.5 million Medicare beneficiaries have vision problems, yet
only 57 percent said they had received an eye examination during the previous year.

Read More

Call for Co-Sponsors for The Fairness and Accuracy in Criminal Background Checks Act of 2019

Many Americans continue to face an unnecessary barrier to employment as a result of faulty or incomplete criminal records released by the FBI for use in employment and licensing decisions.  Local law enforcement agencies routinely report arrest records to
the FBI; however, these same groups often fail to report important information on the final outcome of an arrest or disposition of a criminal case.[1] 

Read More

LUNCH SEMINAR: Ableism: The Causes & Consequences of Disability Prejudice – Tues. Nov 5 @ 12:00 p.m. – 2045 Rayburn

By now you should have received an invitation from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) for a
luncheon seminar on Ableism: the Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice,
to be held on Tuesday, November 5 from noon to 1:15 p.m. This is one of a series of luncheon seminars being held during recess periods that highlights current research on issues that are under discussion in Congress or by policymakers.

Read More

Cosponsor the Build a Better VA Act

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.

Read More

Co-sponsor the CHAMPVA Children’s Care Protection Act (H.R. 2094)

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.

Read More