Cosponsor H.R. 2112: the Federal Government Decentralization Commission Act

A common thread that unites all of us in Congress is the desire to bring job growth and development to our districts. In the fight to uplift our communities, I believe we should be exploring all avenues of potential growth.  Our country should be proud of
our capital city, and the role it plays in running the federal government. However, the Founding Fathers could not have envisioned the size of our current federal government system, where more than 300,000 federal employees work in the Washington DC metropolitan
area in 190 federally-owned buildings and 500 leased buildings.  The days in which federal agencies needed to be centrally located are long gone.  Modern technology allows agencies to carry out their missions remotely just as effectively as they do from Washington
D.C.

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Cosponsor H.Res. 805, National Public Health Week Resolution

 For the last two decades, communities around the country have recognized National
Public Health Week during the first week of April to help improve our nation’s health. We hope you will join me in sponsoring a resolution to recognize April 2 – 8 as National Public Health Week 2018.

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Support Adding MENA Category in 2020 Census

The upcoming 2020 Decennial Census will obtain critical population and demographic data we need to understand the makeup of this country.  We need to ensure that every effort is taken to gather as much accurate data as possible to achieve a full and inclusive
accounting of our population, which is used to determine congressional representation, redistricting, and distributing important federal and state funds.

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Support Newborn Screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Please join us in urging Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Azar to take expeditious action on the recommendation from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) federal Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns
and Children (ACHDNC) to add spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) to the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP) for newborn screening. On February 8, 2018, the ACHDNC recommended to the Secretary that SMA screening be added to the RUSP. However, time is of the
essence.

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Support Commissary Benefits for Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans

The Purple Heart is the oldest honor that members of our military are given and it is awarded to those who have been wounded or died in combat fighting for the United States. Since the modern incarnation of the award was established in 1932, approximately
1.8 million members of the military have received the Purple Heart. These brave men and women and their families deserve our utmost gratitude. It is our duty as a nation to not only to say that we appreciate their service but also to enact policies demonstrating
that gratitude.  

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Protect a Fair and Accurate Decennial Census! Cosponsor H.R. 5359, the 2020 Census IDEA Act!

Last night, Secretary Ross decided to play politics with the 2020 decennial census by announcing the inclusion of a citizenship question, a move widely expected to drive down response rates amongst immigrant and hard to reach communities while drastically
increasing the cost of the Decennial Census to the taxpayer. I urge you to join me in blocking this decision and protecting the integrity of the census by cosponsoring the 2020 Census Improving Data and Enhanced Accuracy (IDEA) Act.

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