Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month: Co-sponsor H.R. 2420, the National Museum of the American Latino Act!

As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month this year, we invite you to co-sponsor H.R. 2420, the National Museum of the American Latino Act. Nearly 58 million Latinos, or 18.1 percent of the population, currently reside in the United States. By 2060, the
U.S. Census Bureau estimates this population will reach 119 million, or nearly 30 percent of the population. Latinos also account for 25 percent of the nation’s 54 million K-12 students in 2016, up from 16 percent in 2000. This young, vibrant, and growing
community not only represents the future, but are also the largest ethnic group in our country. Yet, Latinos continue facing systemic under-representation in nearly every facet of American life.

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Gluten in Medicine

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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Co-Sponsors for H.R. 1345, the Restoring the Partnership for County Health Care Costs Act of 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. Furthermore, the bill eliminates the current mandatory 30 day delay in reinstating Medicaid mental health
care benefits for those released from custody. During this period of time, people in need of mental health assistance are without such care and run the risk of violating the law once again thereby contributing to our country’s significant problem of recidivism.

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Co-Sponsor the Bipartisan TICK Act (H.R. 3073)

          Lyme Disease is rapidly growing in the United States, with nearly 300,000 cases reported annually, according to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Tick-Borne Disease Working Group.  Given this ever-increasing number, we’ve taken the initiative
as Co-Chairs of the House Lyme Disease Caucus to introduce the TICK Act
(Ticks: Identify, Control, Knockout Act) (H.R. 3073).

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Cosponsor: Cabin Air Safety Act (H.R.2208)

I invite you to cosponsor the bipartisan “Cabin Air Safety Act” (H.R.2208) to protect commercial airline passengers and crew from toxic cabin air. As you may know, “toxic fume” events
occur when air contaminated by engine exhaust, fuel fumes, de-icing fluids, and ozone enters the aircraft cabin through the jet engine intake. Exposure to even low levels of these contaminants can incapacitate passengers and crew, and long-term exposure could
lead to serious, debilitating health issues.

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