NEW Bill: Foreign Meddling in US Elections

I write to invite you to add your name as a cosponsor of the Repelling Encroachment by Foreigners into U.S. Elections (REFUSE) Act, which would stem the flow of foreign money into our elections and increase transparency around foreign election
influence through two major reforms:

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Sign-on Breast Cancer Survivors Letter

Women who have battled breast cancer should be given the options that work best for them and not be subjected to a one-size-fits-all approach. The Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) currently does not cover custom breast prosthetics for women who are either not candidates for reconstructive surgery or who do not prefer to endure additional surgery following a mastectomy. CMS only covers a reconstructive
surgery or a prefabricated breast prosthetic.

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Briefing next week: R&D in Cellular Agriculture

One of the newest developments in agriculture is cellular agriculture – growing food starting from cell cultures rather than from whole plants or animals. Meat grown this way, known as clean meat, cultured meat, or lab-grown meat, could have implications
for food safety, humane treatment of animals, and sustainability of food production.

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Briefing TOMORROW: “Immigration Policy Failures: from Family Separation to Detention Practices”

Over the past five years, the United States has seen a shift in the demographics of migrants encountered at our borders. Previously, the majority of these migrants were adult males, often from Mexico, seeking employment. Now, more families and children coming
mostly from Central America are seeking protection in the United States. The Trump Administration has scaled up its interior immigration enforcement actions and increasingly detained undocumented migrants who have U.S. citizen children. DHS’ use of family
separation as a deterrent for people seeking asylum or migrating illegally to the United States has long-term ramifications. Despite repeated requests and statements by the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 200 child welfare, juvenile justice and child
development organizations, and Members of Congress to stop the practice, DHS continues to either separate families shortly after apprehension or through immigration enforcement actions and detention.

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TODAY Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus Briefing: Is a Universal Flu Vaccine Possible?

We want to draw your attention to an invitation you should have already received from the Coalition for the Life Sciences (CLS).
Today at 12:00 noon, CLS cordially invites you to attend a briefing entitled In a Universal Flu Vaccine Possible? in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2043. The distinguished speaker will be James
E. Crowe, Jr., MD, from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Co-sponsor the bicameral COUNT Victims Act

On May 29, a group of independent researchers from Harvard University released a report estimating the number of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.[1] It uncovered a sobering
figure of 4,654 lives that could have been lost as a result of the storm, many of them from delayed medical care. This is staggeringly higher than the official estimates. While much debate has ensued over the validity of the number, the truth is we may never
know the exact number of all lives lost. Amid a new hurricane season, we need to ensure transparency and oversight.

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