50 Years of Sesame Street: Join the Lowey-Cole Resolution Today!

For the last 50 years, Sesame Street has been a unique, trusted, and educational force for children and is now the longest-running children’s show in American television history. 
Sesame Street has helped children around the world to grow smarter, stronger and kinder.  With a curriculum that evolves to meet the needs of every new generation, it is now a force for good in more than 70 languages and 150 countries. 
Sesame Street continues to innovate and bring critical early learning to generations through the beloved and iconic Muppets of
Sesame Street, including Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie, and Elmo.

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Combat the Opioid Addiction Crisis and Cosponsor the Safer Prescribing of Controlled Substances Act

Most opioid addictions start off innocently enough – as the result of a doctor’s prescription. If we want to get serious about our efforts to combat the ongoing addiction crisis, we must get serious about making sure that all prescribers of prescription
opioids properly diagnose and treat patients. That is why I have introduced H.R. 2734, the Safer Prescribing of Controlled Substances Act.

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Not All Military Service Members Qualify for Veterans’ Preference – We Can Fix This!

Our men and women in uniform do incredible things to support and defend our nation.  Whether in the reserve component or on active duty, these brave individuals have made tremendous sacrifices for our nation’s safety and security.  However, antiquated federal
hiring preference statutes restrict many men and women from qualifying for the veterans’ preference they deserve and these existing guidelines are particularly unfair to Reserve and National Guard members.  The
Veterans’ Preference Parity Act is a necessary step to modernize veteran’s preference in federal hiring and recognize those who have served our nation.  

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VA Refuses to Cover Ambulance Costs for Vets

How would you like to be a veteran who goes to a local emergency room, receives treatment, and once stabilized is told you need to travel to the nearest VA hospital, but that the cost of the ambulance service is non-reimbursable?  The average cost for this
medical transfer is $500 but it can be far more expensive if the veteran lives in a rural area.  This reality is happening to far too many of our veterans, creating financial hardships and jeopardizing their health.

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Briefing Invite: WHAT WORKS IN POLICYMAKING

Please join Representatives Jackie Walorski (IN-2) and Ben McAdams (UT-4) for a briefing to introduce the What Works Caucus.   The recently launched bipartisan What Works Caucus was formed to develop and promote results-driven, evidence-based legislation
and partnerships that addresses our nation’s biggest challenges. It will also spotlight data-driven local, state, and federal efforts, as well as the work of private and nonprofit partners, that are helping improve results for people around the country.

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Endorsed by 140 patient groups: cosponsor the bipartisan RARE Act and help fight rare diseases!

Please join Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-R-8) and I and become a cosponsor of the
Rare diseases Advancement, Research, and Education (RARE) Act (H.R. 4228) in the 116th Congress. This bipartisan bill will expand the ability of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC)
to study rare diseases by improving treatment, research, and diagnostics of rare diseases through new and existing programs. This legislation has been endorsed by 140 patient groups.

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Cosponsor: Healthy Food Access for All Americans!

Currently over 20 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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