Fair Treatment for Families of Veterans

Presently, federal law only allows compensation, dependency or indemnity compensation, or pension benefits to be disseminated until the month before the death, marriage, or remarriage of a recipient of VA benefits. This is due to language in federal law, which states that “payments are made until the last day of the month before…” a death, marriage, or remarriage.

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HEARING ANNOUNCEMENT: CHINA’S NEW “TWO-CHILD POLICY”

After 35 years of brutal enforcement of the one-child policy, the Chinese Communist Party announced in late October that a universal two-child policy will be adopted, allowing all married Chinese couples to have two children. The policy change was driven by serious demographic concerns currently facing China—a rapidly aging population, a shrinking labor force, and a dramatic gender imbalance that drives regional human trafficking problems and potentially higher levels of crime and societal instability.

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Help Protect Children from Opioid Addiction

I write to ask that you join me in urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reconsider its decision to approve OxyContin for use by children and instead allow an Advisory Committee to gather public input and expert testimony before making an official recommendation.

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End Ban on TANF Benefits for Ex-Drug Offenders

Please join me in sending a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee urging them to repeal the current ban on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits for individuals convicted of drug offenses as they pursue TANF reauthorization.

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