Become an Original Cosponsor of the Veterans Right to Expediency Act

Over the August Work Period, I heard from veterans and veterans’ service officers of instances where the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has failed to inform veterans in a timely manner of the outcome of their disability claim.  When these veterans
have received their notifications, the delayed delivery afforded little time for the veteran to submit their appeal within the required response window.  In these instances, the VA has offered up excuses for the delays in delivering the notices, including
by placing the blame on the United States Postal Service (USPS).  Given the importance of these benefits to our veterans, the government should be doing all it can to make it easier for them to plead their case.  Bureaucratic procedures and shipping delays
should not be the reason a veteran cannot get the benefits they need.  That is why I am introducing the Veterans Right to Expediency Act.

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Remove Marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act: Support H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017

Even though 31 states have legalized medical marijuana and over 60 percent of Americans support legalization, marijuana is still listed under Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act.
Enforcing federal prohibition of marijuana will only serve to increase incarcerations, prevent invaluable research into its medicinal benefits, and create financial barriers for businesses.

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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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Cosponsor H.R. 2315 – To posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Benghazi Heroes in Recognition of Their Contributions to the Nation

In recognition of distinguished acts of bravery, leadership, and achievement that have an enduring impact on American history, Congress is authorized to bestow its highest civilian honor – the Congressional Gold Medal – on individuals whose contributions
and service to our nation stand as a testament to our founding principles. 

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Appoint Native American Affairs Policy Expert at CRS!

Please co-sign our bipartisan letter to the Director of the Congressional Research Service (CRS), Dr. Mary Mazanec, urging the immediate appointment of a Specialist & Senior Specialist on American Indian Affairs in order to provide for seminars, reports,
short products, and inclusion of a short presentation at New Member Orientation.

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