Co-Sponsor the Superfund Enhancement Act of 2018!

Long-term health difficulties, business disruption and displacement costs are all hurting residents and U.S. small businesses affected by hazardous contamination.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designates as
Superfund sites any land in the United States that has been contaminated by hazardous waste, and is a risk to human health and the environment. These sites are placed on the
National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL is the list of over 1,100 sites in the U.S. with known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants.
Of those, there are 86 in New York State alone.

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Member Submissions for FY19 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations

As Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, I want to make you aware that
the Subcommittee will be accepting additional fiscal year 2019 Member requests, or revisions to previous submissions
through Wednesday, April 11, 2018.  With the enactment of the final fiscal year 2018 appropriations bills last month, the Subcommittee is providing additional time so that Members have the opportunity to use enacted fiscal year 2018 funding
or language as a benchmark in their 2019 Member submissions. 

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Support the Call for an End to the Global Dog and Cat Meat Trade

We write to ask for your support of H.Res.401, a bipartisan resolution that calls for an end to the global dog and cat meat trade. An estimated 30 million dogs and a great number of cats are killed annually around the world for the dog and cat meat trade.
A considerable number of these dogs and cats are stolen pets, still wearing collars when they reach the slaughterhouses. Many of these animals die during transport to the slaughterhouses after days or weeks without food or water, and others suffer illness
and injury during transport. Additionally, the capture, transport, and butchering of dogs and cats and the consumption of their meat poses health risks such as rabies infection to traders, slaughterhouse workers, and consumers.

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Food is Medicine Working Group Briefing next Tuesday!

By now you should have received an invitation to an informative briefing on
Combating Food Insecurity: Exploring the Ways Federal Programs Can Improve Health and Cut Healthcare Costs sponsored by The Greater Boston Food Bank and Children’s HealthWatch, in conjunction with The Food is Medicine Working Group.  Please
see below for further details. 

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Cosponsor HR 4945, the Rural Health Liaison Act

We urge you to join us in cosponsoring the Rural Health Liaison Act, legislation intended to streamline federal investment in rural health care and improve coordination between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and health care stakeholders.

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Support Algae Innovation in Agriculture

As our nation and the world confronts the rapidly growing global population, innovative solutions are required to meet the needs of human and animal nutrition and provide new sources of energy and materials. Algae, a diverse group of plant-like organisms,
are emerging as an important new commodity, providing proteins and oils that can be used as biofuels and nutrition. Algae can be cultivated in land that is otherwise unusable in conventional agriculture, thriving in saltwater or even wastewater, without further
burdening scarce freshwater resources. Algae production can be a major driver of rural jobs, infrastructure, and economic development to regions of the country most in need. Algae also offer the potential to provide vital ecosystem services to growers of other
crops and animals, including applications for nutrient management and soil health, and to rural manufacturing and energy facilities. Unfortunately, U.S. agriculture policy has provided limited support to the research, development, and deployment of algae as
an agricultural solution.

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Co-Sponsor the Superfund Enhancement Act of 2018!

Long-term health difficulties, business disruption and displacement costs are all hurting residents and U.S. small businesses affected by hazardous contamination.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designates as
Superfund sites any land in the United States that has been contaminated by hazardous waste, and is a risk to human health and the environment. These sites are placed on the
National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL is the list of over 1,100 sites in the U.S. with known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants.
Of those, there are 86 in New York State alone.

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Help Eliminate Food Deserts! Cosponsor the Healthy Food Access for All Americans Act (HFAAA)

Currently an estimated 37 million Americans live in what the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) classifies as a food desert—not living within a mile of a grocery store in urban communities or 10 miles of a grocery store in rural areas. The lack
of healthy foods has devastating effects on the health of communities, leading to higher incidents of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

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