Support BIPARTISAN Global Response to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in FY 2019

As the Co-Chairs of the bipartisan Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, we urge you to join us in requesting a continuation of robust funding for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
in the Fiscal Year 2019 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Agencies (SFOPs) Appropriations bill. The United States’ historically bipartisan commitment to PEPFAR and the Global Fund not only saves lives, but also contributes directly to stability, security
and economic growth worldwide.

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PROTECT STATES’ RIGHTS – CO-SIGN MCCLINTOCK-POLIS MARIJUANA AMENDMENT APPROPRIATIONS LETTER

Please join us in sending a letter to the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee requesting that the “McClintock-Polis Amendment” language be included in the FY19 appropriations bill. The language would prevent the Department
of Justice from using any funds appropriated by Congress to enforce federal laws regarding activities that are legal under state law with regard to marijuana, regardless of whether the marijuana laws are recreational or medicinal.

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Support Commissary Benefits for Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans

The Purple Heart is the oldest honor that members of our military are given and it is awarded to those who have been wounded or died in combat fighting for the United States. Since the modern incarnation of the award was established in 1932, approximately
1.8 million members of the military have received the Purple Heart. These brave men and women and their families deserve our utmost gratitude. It is our duty as a nation to not only to say that we appreciate their service but also to enact policies demonstrating
that gratitude.  

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Support FY19 Prostate Cancer Research Program

Please join us in writing the House Appropriations Committee to express your support for the Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) within the Department of Defense (DoD).  Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men and is the second leading
cause of cancer deaths among men. One in nine men will be diagnosed in their lifetimes.  An estimated over 164,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018.  But what is more disturbing is more than 29,000 men are expected to die in 2018 from prostate
cancer – an increase of 3,300 deaths over 2017 estimates. In the African-American population the numbers are even more grim.  African-American men are 74 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer than Caucasian men.

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Oppose 2018 Nuclear Posture Review

Please join us in opposing the approach taken in the administration’s 2018 Nuclear Posture Review. If implemented, the policies contained in this review will likely increase tensions with Russia and other major world powers, while making
our country less secure.
Calling for the addition of new weapons and weapons capabilities to our arsenal and expanding the role of nuclear weapons in U.S. national security strategy imposes significant economic burdens and undermines decades of United States leadership to prevent the
use and spread of nuclear weapons. 

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Become a Cosponsor Recognize the Creation of the Oldest Civil Rights Organization in America The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Today, I invite you to become a cosponsor of a resolution recognizing the 109th anniversary of the NAACP.  As you know, the mission of the NAACP is to ensure equal political, educational, social, and economic rights for
all persons. The NAACP also campaigned to eliminate racial hatred and invidious discrimination. Please join me in honoring the NAACP for its 109 years of faithful service and leadership in the struggle for civil and human rights for all.

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Become an Original Co-Sponsor Commemorating Black History Month

I would like to invite you to become an original co-sponsor of my resolution commemorating this annual celebration. As you know, Black History Month is celebrated each year in the United States during the month of February. This
month-long celebration is a time when all Americans of every race and ethnicity are given the opportunity to study the untold and “under told” history of African Americans and their contributions to American society and human civilization.

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