Support Designating June 2018 as National Orca Protection Month

Whereas orcas are an icon of the Pacific Northwest;
Whereas orcas are culturally and spiritually important to Indian tribes in the Pacific Northwest;
Whereas the Puget Sound is home to three pods of Southern Resident orcas;
Whereas the Southern Resident orca population has declined dramatically over the past 50 years;
Whereas the Southern Resident orcas are among the most contaminated marine mammals in the world;
Whereas the Southern Resident orcas are threatened by declining chinook salmon populations;
Whereas the Southern Resident orcas have been protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) since 2005 and are one of the most endangered marine mammal populations in the world;
Whereas the Southern Resident orca population reached its lowest level in 30 years in 2017, with 12 fewer whales than when the population was listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973;
Whereas June 2018 has been recognized by the States of Washington and Oregon as Orca Awareness Month; and Whereas the Federal Government has an obligation to protect and restore the Southern Resident orca population: Now, therefore, be itResolved, That the House of Representatives supports recognition of National Orca Protection Month.

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Support Accountability for Burn Pit Exposure

Please join me in cosponsoring the Burn Pits Accountability Act (H.R.
5671), to evaluate the exposure of U.S. servicemembers and veterans to open burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals. Over
140,000 servicemembers and veterans over the past three decades have reported exposure to burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals. However, since there is no mandatory reporting system, there are likely many more servicemembers affected. Exposure can produce
serious and potentially life-threatening health effects, including neurological disorders, rare forms of cancer, lung diseases, and more—triggering some to call the crisis the
‘Agent Orange’ of the post-9/11 generation.

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Lunch Briefing – Estuary Caucus with the Florida Institute of Technology

Congressional Estuary Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Posey and Bonamici, and Estuary Caucus member Representative Mast invite you to a lunch briefing to learn about Florida’s Indian River Lagoon system from Dr. John Trefry, seasoned lagoon veteran researcher,
Professor of Chemical Oceanography Ocean Engineering & Sciences from the Florida Institute of Technology.

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Become a Co-Sponsor Closing the Gun Show Loophole

I invite you to become a co-sponsor of a bill that closes the gun show loophole. The United States experiences epidemic levels of gun violence, claiming over 30,000 lives annually, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition
to those who are killed or injured, there are countless others whose lives are forever changed by the deaths of and injuries to their loved ones. Gun violence touches every segment of our society. It increases the probability of deaths in incidents of domestic
violence, raises the likelihood of fatalities by those who intend to injure others and among those who attempt suicide, and places innocent children and young people at risk.

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Support Accountability for Burn Pit Exposure

Please join me in cosponsoring the Burn Pits Accountability Act (H.R.
5671), to evaluate the exposure of U.S. servicemembers and veterans to open burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals. Over
140,000 servicemembers and veterans over the past three decades have reported exposure to burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals. However, since there is no mandatory reporting system, there are likely many more servicemembers affected. Exposure can produce
serious and potentially life-threatening health effects, including neurological disorders, rare forms of cancer, lung diseases, and more—triggering some to call the crisis the
‘Agent Orange’ of the post-9/11 generation.

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Protect Our Coastlines by Keeping the Well Control Rule in Place

We invite you to join us in urging Secretary Zinke to prioritize the economic vitality of our clean coastlines and wildlife resources by keeping in place the Well Control Rule, a common-sense safety regulation. At a time when nearly all of America’s coastal
waters have been placed on the table for increased oil and gas drilling, the Trump Administration has simultaneously taken steps to ease regulations such as this that govern the oil and gas industry. This would be an enormous mistake.

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Become a Co-Sponsor Closing the Gun Show Loophole

I invite you to become a co-sponsor of a bill that closes the gun show loophole. The United States experiences epidemic levels of gun violence, claiming over 30,000 lives annually, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition
to those who are killed or injured, there are countless others whose lives are forever changed by the deaths of and injuries to their loved ones. Gun violence touches every segment of our society. It increases the probability of deaths in incidents of domestic
violence, raises the likelihood of fatalities by those who intend to injure others and among those who attempt suicide, and places innocent children and young people at risk.

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Lunch Briefing – Estuary Caucus with the Florida Institute of Technology

Congressional Estuary Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Posey and Bonamici, and Estuary Caucus member Representative Mast invite you to a lunch briefing to learn about Florida’s Indian River Lagoon system from Dr. John Trefry, seasoned lagoon veteran researcher,
Professor of Chemical Oceanography Ocean Engineering & Sciences from the Florida Institute of Technology.

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Methane Ch4llenge June 20

I wanted to make sure you saw that the Environmental Defense Fund will be hosting a demonstration of its new “find and fix” Methane CH4llenge virtual reality experience next week in the Rayburn Foyer.

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