Independent study by GWU confirms Hurricane Maria death toll of 2,975 – cosponsor the COUNT Victims Act

On August 28, 2018, the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health published an

independent analysis commissioned by the Governor of Puerto Rico showing that Hurricane Maria killed an estimated 2,975 people in Puerto Rico from September 2017 through February 2018. Notably, the study found those in low-income areas and elderly men were
at the greatest risk of dying. This comes mere weeks after the government of Puerto Rico finally

acknowledged the official death toll of 64, upon which it relied for months, was a gross undercount, and that the true number was likely to be in the thousands. Though we may never know the exact number of all lives lost during and as a result of Hurricane
Maria, the fact that numerous independent studies (e.g., by the
New York Times and
Harvard University) show the true number is likely to be in the thousands underscores the need for nationwide best practices guidance for quantifying mortality post-natural disaster. More importantly, it shows how badly transparency and oversight are needed
when it comes to post-disaster death counts.

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Strengthen U.S. Geopolitical Ties, Encourage Job Creation & Promote U.S. Economic Growth: Vote for HR 4606, Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act

Tomorrow, the House will vote on H.R. 4606, the Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act. This bipartisan bill will help the U.S. realize its full economic potential regarding small-scale natural gas exports and associated technology. There is interest
for U.S. natural gas in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America, although not in the quantities that the current large-scale domestic exporting facilities were built to address via conventional liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers. This legislation
will help the U.S. act on these interests through greater regulatory certainty and a reduction in administrative regulatory burdens.

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Nearly 100 Members: Defend Pre-Existing Condition Protections

Earlier this summer, the Trump Administration announced it will no longer defend key parts of the ACA that
prevent insurance companies from charging more to cover pre-existing conditions or denying coverage altogether. Refusing to defend the existing law could take us back to the days when insurance companies could discriminate against people for everything from
battling cancer to being pregnant.

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You’re Invited: National A&D Workforce Summit on October 2

The U.S. aerospace and defense (A&D) industry currently enjoys a prominent position in terms of global competitiveness and technical superiority. However, there are justifiable concerns about its future standing as the industry faces impending retirements;
a shortage of highly trained technical graduates; an underrepresentation of women and minorities; visa restrictions for foreign-born professionals; and increasingly serious competition from both allies and adversaries.

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