50 Years of Sesame Street: Join the Lowey-Cole Resolution Today!

For the last 50 years, Sesame Street has been a unique, trusted, and educational force for children and is now the longest-running children’s show in American television history. 
Sesame Street has helped children around the world to grow smarter, stronger and kinder.  With a curriculum that evolves to meet the needs of every new generation, it is now a force for good in more than 70 languages and 150 countries. 
Sesame Street continues to innovate and bring critical early learning to generations through the beloved and iconic Muppets of
Sesame Street, including Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie, and Elmo.

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Co-sponsor the Expanding Care for Veterans Act (H.R. 1963)

Veterans of all service eras often face a number of service-connected health conditions that require continuous treatment. As many as 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans – nearly 20 percent of returning troops – are coming home with symptoms associated
with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or depression, according to a 2008 study by the RAND Corporation.[1]  Further, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), 60 percent of veterans returning from the Middle East and 50 percent of older veterans
are managing chronic pain.[2] Repeated studies have shown that in response to this crisis, the VA increased the use of prescription medication for pain management.[3] Tragically, the agency treated more than 66,000 veterans with opioid-use disorders in Fiscal
Year 2016.

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Co-sponsor the CHAMPVA Children’s Care Protection Act (H.R. 2094)

The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) program allows the VA to share the cost of health care for the dependents and survivors of certain eligible veterans. CHAMPVA provides health care coverage to the spouse
or child of a veteran who is permanently and totally disabled for a service-connected disability, the surviving spouse or child of a veteran who died from a service-connected disability, the surviving spouse or child of a Veteran who was at the time of death
rated permanently and totally disabled from a service-connected disability, and the surviving spouse or child of a military member who died in the line of duty.

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Cosponsor the Civil War Defenses of Washington National Historical Park Act

Please cosponsor The Civil War Defenses of Washington National Historical Park Act H.R. 3725, which would recognize and preserve the nation’s Civil War Defenses of Washington located in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland.  The Defenses of Washington,
including forts, unarmed batteries and rifle trenches, created a ring of protection for the nation’s capital during the Civil War.  This bill would redesignate the 22 Defenses of Washington currently under National Park Service jurisdiction as a national historical
park, and allow other sites associated with the Defenses of Washington that are owned by the District or a unit of state governments to be affiliated with the national historical park through cooperative agreements.  This bill would also require the Secretary
of the Interior to facilitate the storied history of the Civil War for both the North and the South, including the history of the Defenses of Washington and the Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864, being assembled, arrayed and conveyed for the benefit of the
public for the knowledge, education and inspiration of this and future generations.

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Not All Military Service Members Qualify for Veterans’ Preference – We Can Fix This!

Our men and women in uniform do incredible things to support and defend our nation.  Whether in the reserve component or on active duty, these brave individuals have made tremendous sacrifices for our nation’s safety and security.  However, antiquated federal
hiring preference statutes restrict many men and women from qualifying for the veterans’ preference they deserve and these existing guidelines are particularly unfair to Reserve and National Guard members.  The
Veterans’ Preference Parity Act is a necessary step to modernize veteran’s preference in federal hiring and recognize those who have served our nation.  

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VA Refuses to Cover Ambulance Costs for Vets

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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