Co-sponsor the bicameral COUNT Victims Act

On May 29, a group of independent researchers from Harvard University released a report estimating the number of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.[1] It uncovered a sobering
figure of 4,654 lives that could have been lost as a result of the storm, many of them from delayed medical care. This is staggeringly higher than the official estimates. While much debate has ensued over the validity of the number, the truth is we may never
know the exact number of all lives lost. Amid a new hurricane season, we need to ensure transparency and oversight.

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Co-sponsor the bicameral COUNT Victims Act

On May 29, a group of independent researchers from Harvard University released a report estimating the number of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.[1] It uncovered a sobering
figure of 4,654 lives that could have been lost as a result of the storm, many of them from delayed medical care. This is staggeringly higher than the official estimates. While much debate has ensued over the validity of the number, the truth is we may never
know the exact number of all lives lost. Amid a new hurricane season, we need to ensure transparency and oversight.

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Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus Briefing: Is a Universal Flu Vaccine Possible?

We want to draw your attention to an invitation you should have already received from the Coalition for the Life Sciences (CLS). On Wednesday, June 20th at 12:00 noon, CLS cordially invites you to attend a briefing entitled In
a Universal Flu Vaccine Possible? in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2043. The distinguished speaker will be James E. Crowe, Jr., MD, from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Cosponsor Request — the NEWBORN Act

Please join me in fighting to reduce our country’s infant mortality rates by becoming a cosponsor of the Nationally Enhancing the Wellbeing of Babies through Outreach and Research Now (NEWBORN) Act. 

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Cosponsor the Bipartisan Preventing Maternal Deaths Act

In September 2016, a Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology study highlighted an alarming trend –unlike in any other industrialized country, maternal mortality in the United States is on the rise. The maternal mortality rate — maternal deaths per
100,000 live births — increased to 35.8 in 2014 from 17.7 in 2000.  The United States is ranked 47th globally for its maternal mortality rate.

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Protect the Maternity Rights, Health, and Safety of Incarcerated Women and their Children

I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor of the “Stop Infant Mortality and Recidivism Reduction Act of 2017” or the “SIMARRA Act,” which permits the Bureau of Prisons to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Federal prison system
for pregnant offenders by establishing a pilot program of critical-stage, developmental nurseries in Federal prisons for children born to inmates. 

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