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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CLOSING TODAY: Letter Supporting Veterans affected by Agent Orange

In March 2016, the National Academy of Medicine released new research that formally recognized evidence of a link between bladder cancer, hypertension, hyperthyroidism, and Parkinson-like
conditions to exposure to Agent Orange, an herbicide used freely by the U.S. military in the jungles of Vietnam and the Korean demilitarized zone to remove trees and dense foliage that provided enemy cover. Currently there are 14 diseases on the Department
of Veterans Affairs’ “Veterans’ Diseases Associated with Agent Orange” list, which allows veterans suffering from these diseases to be compensated by the VA for related care.

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Support Hacking for Defense and the MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator

Please join our bipartisan, bicameral effort to support
Hacking for Defense (H4D) and the MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator (MD5).  H4D is a university course developed by U.S. military combat veterans and taught at universities around the country in which students apply cutting-edge
research and problem-solving techniques to real-world security problems provided by Defense and Intelligence Agencies. MD5, which oversees H4D, is a DOD program that brings civilians, military personnel, and academics together to apply lean startup methodology
to rapidly solve challenging national security problems.

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CLOSING TODAY: Protect Vulnerable Americans – Prevent Overuse of Antibiotic Medication in Nursing Homes

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest public health challenges of our time. Each year in the U.S., at least 2 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die.
Encouraging the appropriate use of antibiotics is critical to reduce adverse health effects, prevent the emergence of resistance, and optimize the effectiveness of treatments.  

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Support Accountability For Burn Pit Exposure

Please join me in cosponsoring the Burn Pits Accountability Act (H.R.
5671), to evaluate the exposure of U.S. servicemembers and veterans to open burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals.
Over
140,000 servicemembers and veterans over the past three decades have reported exposure to burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals. However, since there is no mandatory reporting system, there are likely many more servicemembers
affected. Exposure can produce serious and potentially life-threatening health effects, including neurological disorders, rare forms of cancer, lung diseases, and more—triggering some to call the crisis
the ‘Agent Orange’ of the post-9/11 generation.

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Cosponsor H.R. 6635, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Centennial Commemorative Coin Act

We invite you to cosponsor H.R. 6635, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, which would require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint commemorative coins in recognition of the centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at
Arlington National Cemetery. An identical bill has also been introduced in the Senate by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

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Become a Co-Sponsor Closing the Gun Show Loophole

I invite you to become a co-sponsor of a bill that closes the gun show loophole. The United States experiences epidemic levels of gun violence, claiming over 30,000 lives annually, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition
to those who are killed or injured, there are countless others whose lives are forever changed by the deaths of and injuries to their loved ones. Gun violence touches every segment of our society. It increases the probability of deaths in incidents of domestic
violence, raises the likelihood of fatalities by those who intend to injure others and among those who attempt suicide, and places innocent children and young people at risk.

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Support Vietnam Veterans affected by Agent Orange

In March 2016, the National Academy of Medicine released new research that formally recognized evidence of a link between bladder cancer, hypertension, hyperthyroidism, and Parkinson-like
conditions to exposure to Agent Orange, an herbicide used freely by the U.S. military in the jungles of Vietnam and the Korean demilitarized zone to remove trees and dense foliage that provided enemy cover. Currently there are 14 diseases on the Department
of Veterans Affairs’ “Veterans’ Diseases Associated with Agent Orange” list, which allows veterans suffering from these diseases to be compensated by the VA for related care.

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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.    

Read More