PROTECT OUR SOCIAL SAFETY NET! OPPOSE THE USE OF CHAINED CPI

Please join us in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget for the Notice of Proposed Rule Making comment period opposing the use of chained CPI to calculate annual adjustments to the Federal Poverty Level. OMB is currently considering updates to
the calculation, including the use of chained CPI, which would have devastating consequences to the millions of individuals and families that benefit from safety net programs. A shift to the chained CPI would be a mirage – while the federal government’s definition
of poor would change, the individuals and families that fail to meet the definition would nevertheless remain poor.

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Call for Co-Sponsors for The Fairness and Accuracy in Criminal Background Checks Act of 2019

How would you like to be a veteran who goes to a local emergency room, receives treatment, and once stabilized is told you need to travel to the nearest VA hospital, but that the cost of the ambulance service is non-reimbursable?  The average cost for this
medical transfer is $500 but it can be far more expensive if the veteran lives in a rural area.  This reality is happening to far too many of our veterans, creating financial hardships and jeopardizing their health.

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COSPONSOR H.R. 3190 LEGISLATION ON ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF THE ROHINGYA IN BURMA

Please join me as a cosponsor for the Burn Pits Accountability Act (H.R.663) in the 116th Congress, to evaluate
the exposure of U.S. servicemembers and veterans to open burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals.
Over 160,000 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 service members 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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Letter to Secretary Azar about Proposal to Lower Drug Costs by Targeting Backdoor Rebates and Encouraging Direct Discounts to Patients

I invite you to cosponsor
H.R. 2942, the Helping Expand and Launch Transitional Health (HEALTH) for Women Veterans Act. This legislation would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to extend an ongoing pilot program jointly run with the US Air Force under the Transition Assistance
Program that educates transitioning servicewomen about women’s healthcare at the VA.

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U.S. Helsinki Commission Staff Briefing on Non-Asylum Protection in the US and EU

How would you like to be a veteran who goes to a local emergency room, receives treatment, and once stabilized is told you need to travel to the nearest VA hospital, but that the cost of the ambulance service is non-reimbursable?  The average cost for this
medical transfer is $500 but it can be far more expensive if the veteran lives in a rural area.  This reality is happening to far too many of our veterans, creating financial hardships and jeopardizing their health.

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Cosponsor H. Res. 33 and Oppose the Privatization of the U.S. Postal Service!

            For over 240 years, the United States Postal Service and our dedicated postal workforce have performed the essential government function of “providing postal services to bind the Nation together through the personal, educational, literary,
and business correspondence of the people.” In furtherance of this mission, the Postal Service and its more than 500,000 clerks, letter carriers, mail handlers, and other employees deliver the mail to over 157 million residential and business customers
six days a week nationwide.  Given the effectiveness of the Postal Service in fulfilling its critical public service mission, it is not surprising that the American people have consistently ranked the Postal Service as our most trusted government agency. 
In a
recent Gallup poll, an overwhelming majority of Americans also rated the Postal Service as “doing an excellent or good job.”

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‘Biking 101’ Briefing

I write to urge you to join me in cosponsoring H.R. 3138, legislation to provide a Congressional Gold Medal to the heroic women of the 6888 Central Postal Directory Battalion (a.k.a. the “Six Triple Eight”), the only African American Women’s Army Corps Battalion
to serve overseas during World War II.

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