REMINDER: The Opioid Epidemic – Findings from Public Health Research Experts

It is a shocking statistic that someone in America dies from an opioid overdose every 20 minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This epidemic is not just a problem in eastern Kentucky and Appalachia, but is sweeping
the nation from coast to coast – – with opioid deaths quadrupling in the past two decades.  In recent years, Members have acted on a bi-partisan basis to provide critical funding and pass new legislation to combat this epidemic, but more needs to be done. 
The opioid crisis remains a complex and dynamic process, and we must tap the resources throughout our states and communities to tackle this tragic situation.  I invite you to attend a briefing sponsored by the Association of School and Programs of Public Health
on June 19, 2017 to learn how university-based public health experts are assisting affected communities by bringing traditional and novel epidemic control strategies to bear on the disease, including the development and evaluation of treatment options, law
enforcement methods, prevention approaches, and state and local policies.

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LAST CHANCE – RECOGNIZE WORLD REFUGEE DAY (JUNE 20) AND COSPONSOR THE TORCH ACT

I invite you to join me in recognizing World Refugee Day (June 20) by supporting the TORCH Act, legislation to expand access to education for refugees, asylees, and Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders from Iraq and Afghanistan. The legislation builds on
a number of
state efforts in California, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, and elsewhere to ensure these individuals can access education immediately after their arrival in the U.S.

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Become an Original Cosponsor of the Make Identifiable Criminal Rounds Obvious (MICRO) Act (v. 2)

When a firearm is used in a crime, you are more likely to find the bullet cartridges at the scene than the gun itself.[1] In 2014, there were over 10,000 homicides involving a firearm[2]
and nearly 40% of murders in 2012 had no arrest due to a lack of evidence[3]. We need to do more to ensure firearms don’t end up in the wrong hands, but when they do, we should ensure that law enforcement has every
tool possible at their disposal to track down criminals. If law enforcement has the capability to use that bullet cartridge as evidence and to immediately identify the gun used in a crime, that could provide a substantial lead in the investigation.

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Become a Cosponsor of the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act (v. 3)

No family is immune from domestic violence. In 2008, my own family lived through the loss of my cousin Cathy at the hands of her estranged boyfriend. It is our responsibility to ensure that we are doing everything in our power to safeguard our mothers, daughters,
and families from the horrors of domestic violence[1]. When we discover gaps in the system that affect our most vulnerable citizens, it is our moral responsibility to take the necessary steps to close those gaps.

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Cosponsor H.R. 2435, the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2017, to Return Sentencing Discretion to Judges

While helping a neighbor sell her deceased husband’s possessions, Edward Young discovered several shotgun shells and placed them in a drawer to keep them away from his kids.  However, Mr. Young’s previous convictions made it illegal for him to possess the
ammunition, a fact Mr. Young did not know.   Mr. Young never fired the ammo nor did he load it into a firearm, or use it to further a crime.  Yet, due to a statutory mandatory minimum for repeat offenders, Mr. Young will spend the next 15 years in prison.
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Cosponsor the DAIRY Act

As you know, the H-2A visa permits foreign workers to perform temporary or seasonal agricultural labor at farms here in the United States. These visas are employer-sponsored, so farmers must apply to the Department of Labor (DOL) for certification and, if
approved, must sponsor the workers during their time in the United States. The H-2A visa program is not subject to a “cap” on the number of visas and use of the program by American farmers has steadily risen over the last 25 years to the benefit of farmers
and workers alike.

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