Co-Sponsor the Diverse Small Businesses Empowerment Act

While women, veterans, and minorities represent the largest share of new small business start-ups in the country, they still face tremendous institutional barriers. To help address this problem, I am introducing legislation to cut the upfront fees for certain
small business loans, making it easier for small business start-ups to access the loans without paying high guarantee fees.

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Ask FDA to Finalize Guidance for ALS and Right to Try

We have made great strides in treating many life-threatening diseases, but treatment for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) has lagged behind.  Unfortunately, this rare but devastating disease is fast-acting once diagnosed and affords little opportunity for study. 
Families are often left scrambling to adapt and have little time to advocate for federal policy changes.  Yet I, and many of my colleagues, have had the opportunity to get to know victims and their families, and it’s up to us to advocate on their behalf. 
Fortunately, there are opportunities to make a difference.

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Support Hacking for Defense and the MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator

Please join our bipartisan, bicameral effort to support
Hacking for Defense (H4D) and the MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator (MD5).  H4D is a university course developed by U.S. military combat veterans and taught at universities around the country in which students apply cutting-edge
research and problem-solving techniques to real-world security problems provided by Defense and Intelligence Agencies. MD5, which oversees H4D, is a DOD program that brings civilians, military personnel, and academics together to apply lean startup methodology
to rapidly solve challenging national security problems.

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Co-Sponsor the HARD HAT Act

Please join me in cosponsoring the Helping America Re-Develop High-Quality Accessible Training (HARD HAT) Act of 2018.  This legislation will help ensure those contractors doing business with the federal government to revitalize our national infrastructure
are also training and reinvesting in our workforce through high quality apprenticeship programs.

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Call for Original Cosponsors: Protect Health Care and Social Service Workers from Violence on the Job

Health care and social service workers aim to make their patients and clients well, however, Department of Labor statistics show they face an outsized risk of on-the-job violence. Nurses, emergency room physicians, social workers, psychiatric facility aides,
and other health care and social service workers report that violence–most often from patients and those accompanying them–results in injury, loss of productivity, and serious safety concerns. A 2016 GAO study reported that rates of violence against health
care workers are up to 12 times higher than rates for the overall workforce. In 2016, 70% of all nonfatal workplace assaults occurred in the health care and social service sectors. A 2018 survey conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians found
that 47% of emergency room doctors have been physically assaulted at work, and 8 in 10 workers surveyed report that this violence is affecting patient care.

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Boost Mitigation and Bring Down the Cost of Flood Insurance by Co-sponsoring the Bipartisan State Flood Mitigation Revolving Fund Act

Flooding is the costliest and most common natural disaster in the United States.  Unfortunately, current federal programs designed to reduce flood losses have been insufficient to meet the nation’s needs.  In addition, the vast majority of federal mitigation
dollars are spent after a disaster occurs – when costs are higher and families and communities are grappling with the emotional toll wrought by the destruction.  A recent study from the National Institute of Building Sciences shows that for every
$1 spent on mitigation, $6 is saved in post-disaster costs.[i]  Given this, there is clear need for a robust and stable federal program to support flood mitigation activities.

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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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