Co-Sponsor H.R. 4482, the Opioid Abuse Deterrence, Research, and Recovery Act

Opioid addiction is an epidemic that is tearing families and communities apart. Drug overdose deaths are estimated to have exceeded 59,000 in 2016, and most projections indicate that this number will worsen in 2017. Recent studies suggest that 90 people
in our hometowns and communities are dying every day due to this crisis, and many more are unable to secure employment because of the toll of addiction. With evidence suggesting that nearly 80 percent of individuals addicted to heroin started out on opioid
pain relievers, the link is clear that opioid prescriptions are driving this epidemic.

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Cosponsor H.R. 2315 – To posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Benghazi Heroes in Recognition of Their Contributions to the Nation

In recognition of distinguished acts of bravery, leadership, and achievement that have an enduring impact on American history, Congress is authorized to bestow its highest civilian honor – the Congressional Gold Medal – on individuals whose contributions and
service to our nation stand as a testament to our founding principles. 

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[Request for Cosponsor] Kaptur/Ros-Lehtinen Bipartisan H.Res. 926 on 2018 World Cup in Russia

As you may know, Russia will host the 2018 World Cup this June 14 to July 15, 2018. The games have an expected global viewership of 3.2 billion granting Russia significant prestige on the world stage. Meanwhile, FIFA set aside $627 million for local organization
in the country and the windfall Russia will garner from global tourism will lead to a significant boost for their economy currently saddled with global sanctions.

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Briefing TOMORROW AT 10am: “The Realities of Human Trafficking: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Survivors”

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against a person’s will. In the homeland security realm, discussions
of human trafficking often revolve around prevention but rarely address the aftermath of human trafficking and how victims can begin to heal and lead healthy and productive lives.

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Op-ed: The fraudulent case of Puerto Rican statehood

I wanted to bring to your attention an
op-ed published today in The Hill authored by Puerto Rico’s former Governor and Resident Commissioner Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá exposing the dishonest nature of the case being made in favor of Puerto Rico’s statehood. Throughout my career in Congress,
I have been a staunch advocate for self-determination – the right of the Puerto Rican people to decide their own destiny with respect to the Island’s political status. At such a critical moment in Puerto Rico’s political history, I urge caution prior to taking
a position on an issue that should be decided by the people living in Puerto Rico themselves. Instead of imposing on Puerto Rico any particular political status (whether it be statehood, free association, independence or any other option for that matter),
Congress ought to provide an open, fair, and transparent process for the people of Puerto Rico to decide for themselves their own future political relationship with the United States.

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Briefing TODAY AT 10am: “The Realities of Human Trafficking: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Survivors”

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against a person’s will. In the homeland security realm, discussions
of human trafficking often revolve around prevention but rarely address the aftermath of human trafficking and how victims can begin to heal and lead healthy and productive lives.

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