Correct a Historical Inaccuracy: Co-sponsor H. Con. Res. 43 to Honor 11 Brave African American WWII Soldiers

The “Wereth 11” were members of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, an all African American unit who fought at the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.  They escaped capture and tried to return to American lines. Tragically, the eleven soldiers were
captured by a German patrol composed of Nazi SS soldiers. The Wereth 11 were marched to a nearby field and brutally massacred.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Ensure “Same Mission, Same Benefits” for Reserve Component TRICARE Access!

Please join Reps. Palazzo, Walz, and me in sending a letter to the NDAA conferees (see below) asking them to retain Section 503 of the House NDAA, which would authorize Reserve Component members activated under the authority provided by either §12304a or
§12304b of title 10, United States Code, to receive pre-mobilization and transitional TRICARE health care.  There is no corresponding Senate provision.

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Deadline Extended: Preserve the independence of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction!

Please join me in sending the letter below to the NDAA conferees (see below) to oppose section 1531(d) of the Senate NDAA, which would compromise the independence of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) and the oversight work
of the congressional defense committees. SIGAR’s mission is to “Conduct independent, objective, and strategic audits, inspections, investigations, and analysis in a transparent manner for the Congress and the American taxpayer to promote economy and efficiency,
and to detect and deter waste, fraud, and abuse in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.”  This provision—which was not included in the House NDAA—would require SIGAR to request a waiver from the Department of Defense Inspector General (DOD IG) to release products
such as Congressional testimony, Office of Special Projects reports, and Quarterly Reports to Congress—which frequently provide examples of blatant waste, fraud or other corruption, and are a source for legislation. The waiver process would amount to screening
of SIGAR products and would interfere with SIGAR’s independence, impeding the ability of Congress to do oversight and save taxpayer dollars by preventing waste and fraud.

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Launch a study on health impacts of PFC contaminants on military members & families, veterans, & others on/near affected bases

Please join us in sending a letter to the NDAA conferees asking them to retain section 343 of the Senate NDAA.  Section 343 would authorize $7 million to launch a nationwide health impact study conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
(ATSDR) in FY2018 on the most prevalent perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).  Because of the broad scope of PFOA and PFOS use by entities including the U.S military at more than 600 sites,
contaminated drinking water now poses a nationwide public health threat. Numerous peer-reviewed studies indicate health dangers of perfluorinated chemicals, including links to testicular, kidney, and thyroid cancer and impaired immune system performance.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Require an anticorruption strategy to prevent waste & fraud in contingency operations

Please join me in sending a letter to the NDAA conferees (see below) to retain Section 1281 of the House NDAA based on a recommendation of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which calls for an interagency (DOD, State, USAID)
anticorruption strategy to be developed for contingency operations.  The provision was not included in the Senate bill.

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Cosponsor VA Transparency Enhancement Act

In our work addressing a contamination issue at a local VA hospital in Michigan, we learned that the VA system does not publicly release data on infection rates or cancelled surgeries like other hospitals do. To enhance transparency and ensure our veterans
have access to information impacting the quality of care at VA hospitals, we ask you to join us in co-sponsoring H.R. 501, the VA Transparency Enhancement Act of 2017.  

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Correct a Historical Inaccuracy: Co-sponsor H. Con. Res. 43 to Honor 11 Brave African American WWII Soldiers

The “Wereth 11” were members of the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, an all African American unit who fought at the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.  They escaped capture and tried to return to American lines. Tragically, the eleven soldiers were
captured by a German patrol composed of Nazi SS soldiers. The Wereth 11 were marched to a nearby field and brutally massacred.

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