Require Senate Confirmation of the National Security Advisor

Established by the National Security Act of 1947, the National Security Council (NSC) has evolved over the years from a statutorily mandated meeting of cabinet-level officials into a complex system of coordination, adjudication, and policy formulation executed
by a large professional staff. This expansion of authority has allowed the NSC to set strategy across a wide spectrum of domestic and international issues. Yet the appointment of the head of the organization, the National Security Advisor, does not require
the advice and consent of the Senate.

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Support American Scientific Leadership in FY20

As you may know, Argonne National Laboratory is in the process of upgrading their

Advanced Photon Source (APS) which is a tool used by universities and private industry to look at the structure of very tiny things like proteins. We want to make sure they get the funding they need to stay on track. The APS is used by an impressive array
of organizations including
Abbvie, Archer Daniels Midland,
Dow Chemical, Caterpillar,  Eli
Lilly, Purdue and Indiana
University.

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Support Funding for the International Atomic Energy Agency

As we begin to develop and debate the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2020, it will be increasingly critical for Congress to ensure that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has the necessary funding to successfully
carry out its duties. The IAEA verifies that states comply with their commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and other non-proliferation agreements.

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Support Science Diplomacy and Peace in the Middle East

I strongly urge you to support an opportunity to advance U.S. diplomatic goals in the Middle East through scientific engagement. Based in Jordan, SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Application in the Middle East) is an international collaboration
and will be the Middle East’s first major international research center.

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