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Every State Gets Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant Funding

March 11, 2020

Please join us in supporting $170 million in funding for the
Center for Disease Control’s Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant. This is a $10 million increase from FY20, but still well below peak funding of $194.9 million set in 1999. It’s clear that we can do more to empower and support our state
public health centers in addressing the health needs unique to our communities.

CLOSING TOMORROW: Fight Ovarian Cancer! Sign Letter Supporting FY 2021 Funding for DoD’s Ovarian Cancer Research Program

March 11, 2020

Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death in women and the deadliest of gynecologic cancers. Nearly 25 percent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will die within a year, and less than 50 percent will survive five years.
There is currently no early detection test for ovarian cancer.  Consequently, more than 85 percent of women are diagnosed in later stages, when survival is significantly decreased. 

LAST DAY!! Support continued funding for Atmospheric River storm predictions for FY 21

March 11, 2020

Please join me in supporting research to better understand and predict the extreme weather and precipitation events driving major drought and flooding in the western U.S. 
The Western U.S. faces serious challenges of managing water supply and flood control, balancing many competing needs, with extreme variability. In the last decade, we witnessed a 5-year historic drought that ended in just two winters of extreme rainfall.  Much
of this variability is due to Atmospheric Rivers (ARs), which dominate major precipitation events across California, Oregon, and Washington, into Arizona, Colorado Utah and Idaho.
ARs are responsible for up to 40-60% of the western U.S.’s annual precipitation and nearly 85% of flooding events, at a cost of $1 billion per year, while water supply in California alone enables tens of billions of dollars per year in agricultural output.
Better forecast skill is key to decisions related to West Coast heavy precipitation and its impacts on flood impacts and water supply. Flood damages average $2 billion per year in the west, while water supply in California alone enables tens of billions of
dollars per year in agricultural output.
While current forecasting capabilities can predict broadly the arrival of an AR up to a few days ahead, it remains difficult to predict the landfall position, duration, strength, orientation and snow level accurately – parameters that largely control where
flooding may occur.
Improved forecasting skill requires a combined enhancement of observations, modeling, and data assimilation to improve the understanding of the physics of ARs, their potential predictability, and their impacts on the skill of forecasts over West, Central, and
even Eastern U.S.
Please join us in urging our colleagues on the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, in requesting $3 million for Increased Winter Storm Observations, under National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), Operations, Research, and Facilities (ORF), Aviation Operations and Aircraft Services. This funding will enable NOAA’s OMAO to continue to conduct flights similar to the Hurricane observation program, to collect
AR storm data, and demonstrated feasibility of conducting airborne reconnaissance missions to better observe and predict atmospheric rivers.

CLOSING TODAY – Subject: Support NOAA’s Bay-Watershed Education and Training and Environmental Literacy Program in FY21

March 11, 2020

As you may know, NOAA is mandated to support and coordinate educational activities to enhance public awareness and understanding of ocean-related issues.  NOAA education activities are authorized under the America COMPETES Act, which obligates NOAA to carry
out science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities to improve interest and literacy in STEM subjects. 

Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative / National Plant Diagnostic Network in the FY 2021 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

March 11, 2020

Please support plant health and early detection and diagnostics of new and emerging plant diseases and pathogens by requesting House agriculture appropriators to provide $9 million for the NIFA Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative and direct NIFA to designate
at the minimum $4.5 million for the National Plant Diagnostic Network.  Please contact Dave at
dave.chun@mail.house.gov if you have any questions.

Support Funding for the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program

March 11, 2020

America’s preserved Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War battlefields are living monuments to the courage and sacrifice of those who served during these formative conflicts in our nation’s history. These beautiful and timeless landscapes are outdoor
classrooms that inspire our young and draw millions of tourists each year.

Support Health Block Grants in FY21

March 11, 2020

Please join us in supporting $170 million in funding for the
Center for Disease Control’s Preventive Health and Health Services (PHHS) Block Grant. This is a $10 million increase from FY20, but still well below peak funding of $194.9 million set in 1999. It’s clear that we can do more to empower and support our state
public health centers in addressing the health needs unique to our communities.

Restore Funding for the Office of Technology Assessment in FY21 Appropriations

March 11, 2020

Please join us in support funding for the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) in the Fiscal Year 2021 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill.

Support HBCUs and MSIs through NSF STEM Programs

March 11, 2020

Please join me in urging the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science to include $66 million in funding for National Science Foundation (NSF) programs that support the ability of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to provide
high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education:

Missile Defense Day 2020

March 11, 2020

Sending Office: Honorable Doug Lamborn Sent By: Andrew.Braun@mail.house.gov Dear Colleague, The bipartisan Congressional Missile Defense Caucus cordially invite you to the 2020 Missile Defense Day on the Hill sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).  The event will take place on Tuesday, March 24, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm in 106 Dirksen Senate Office […]