Modernize FDA Drug Development Regulations

Please join me in urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to modify its existing regulations and programs that guide pharmaceutical development to clearly allow for use of modern nonclinical testing approaches. Our lives depend on safe and effective
medicines. But, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), approximately 95% of new medicines fail in clinical trials because they are unsafe or do not work in humans, despite appearing safe and effective in nonclinical animal-based tests. This
must change.

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Help Protect Communities From Violence

Every person in America should feel safe and secure when they leave their home. They should be able to attend concerts, school, nightclubs, movies, and places of worship without the fear of violence. They should be able to go about their daily lives without
wondering whether or not they will be the next target of a mass casualty event. Unfortunately, this reality exists in our country. Over the last several years, communities across the country have endured too many unspeakable acts of violence in places once
thought to be safe.

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SAVE BLACK AND HISPANIC LGBTQ KIDS FROM ABUSE

Research shows that Black and Hispanic LGBTQ youth entering the juvenile justice system have higher rates of child abuse, neglect, family conflict, and homelessness as other youth. Since they still depend on their families to meet their material needs, abuse
and neglect can leave Black and Hispanic LGBTQ youth emotionally and physically vulnerable, particularly if they find themselves contemplating living on the streets with nowhere to turn for support.

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Protect Drinking Water from PFAS

Please join in cosponsoring H.R. 2377, the Protect Drinking Water from PFAS Act of 2019, which would require the EPA to set a safe drinking water standard for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) within two years. Today, countless Americans are faced
with drinking water contaminated with PFAS, a dangerous chemical frequently found in the runoff of military bases and industrial sites.

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Support Women’s Preventive Health

Please join me as an original cosponsor of the Jeanette Acosta Invest in Women’s Health Act. Jeanette Acosta was a former Congressional staffer and White House intern who lost her battle with cervical cancer. A resident of my district, Jeanette
was a fierce advocate, and her story illustrates the importance of preventive women’s health screenings.

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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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Support Seniors’ Access to Breakthrough Medical Technologies

We invite you to join us in sending a letter to CMS in support of a proposal that will provide seniors greater access to breakthrough medical devices and diagnostics. CMS included this proposal in the  FY2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed
rule.  The proposal would establish a streamlined approval process for medical devices applying for Medicare’s new technology add-on payments (NTAP) for inpatient hospital care after they have been approved or cleared by FDA as breakthrough technologies. Specifically,
the rule would deem the breakthrough technology as meeting two of NTAP’s criteria for approval— considered new and not substantially similar to an existing technology. The breakthrough technology must, however, meet NTAP’s third criterion that its costs would
not be covered by Medicare payments for inpatient hospital care, and, as a result, would not be available to Medicare patients. To be added to the letter please fill out this

FORM.

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