Cosponsor H.R. 1029 – the Space Resource Institute Act

Since the 1960s, the U.S. has dominated space exploration and aeronautical innovation. Colorado has played a critical role in this success as one of the largest aerospace industries in the country. Stakeholders like the Colorado Space Business Roundtable,
the Space Foundation, the United Launch Alliance, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Lockheed Martin have engaged us on the newer issue of In-Situ Research Utilization (ISRU). ISRU is the practice of using materials found on the moon and asteroids
to replace materials that have otherwise been found on Earth.

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Cosponsor H.R. 712, the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act

While data is limited, the American Legion, a congressionally-chartered Veteran Service Organization, commissioned a nationwide

survey in October 2017 on a portion of its approximately 2.2 million veteran members and found that 92 percent of all respondents support medicinal cannabis research and 82 percent of all respondents support legalizing medicinal cannabis. The survey also
found that “22 percent of veterans are currently using cannabis to treat a medical condition.” Therefore, medical research into the safety and efficacy of cannabis usage for medical purposes is timely, necessary, and widely supported by the veteran community.

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Congressional Black Caucus’s Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health Launch Event

Last year, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics published a report that found that for the first time in the history of such research, the rate of suicides for Black children between the ages of five and twelve has exceeded that
of White children and more than a third of elementary school-aged suicides involved Black children.
In order to raise awareness and identify solutions, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has established an Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health, which I have been appointed to chair. Our nation’s youngest generation
reports more mental health concerns then previous generations, and we cannot leave Black youth behind when addressing these issues.

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