Support Funding for the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program

The Justice For All Act (P.L. 108-405) expanded the use of DNA technology to convict the guilty and free the innocent. Included in this law was the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program, named for a courageous rape survivor whose assailant was identified
through DNA evidence. This program helps to reduce and eliminate the backlog of unprocessed DNA evidence in state and local labs across the nation. In 2014, Congress again showed its overwhelming bipartisan support for this initiative by passing the Debbie
Smith Reauthorization Act (P.L. 113-182), which extends this program through 2019. And this year, the SAFER Act was reauthorized, which amends the Debbie Smith Act to provide local law enforcement with resources to audit and report back on their backlogs.

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Support DOD Parkinson’s Research Program

As Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s disease, we ask you to join us in supporting $20 million for the Parkinson’s Research Program (PRP) at the Department of Defense, to restore funding to previous budget levels. 

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Cosign: Trump’s NUCLEAR POSTURE REVIEW Is Misguided

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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Support STEM Education in Defense Appropriations

Providing Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) education to America’s youth is critical to the global competitiveness of our nation.  We need to be committed to ensuring the United States remains competitive globally by strengthening the pipeline
of American graduates with degrees in STEM fields. We are asking the Defense Subcommittee to maintain or increase Department of Defense (DoD) STARBASE Program funding for Fiscal Year 2019.

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Support Funding UN Peacekeeping Dues

We write to ask you to join us in sending a letter to Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Lowey requesting full funding for our nation’s UN peacekeeping dues as part of the FY 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs appropriations
bill.

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