Support Funding for the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program

The Justice For All Act (P.L. 108-405) expanded the use of DNA technology to convict the guilty and free the innocent. Included in this law was the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program, named for a courageous rape survivor whose assailant was identified
through DNA evidence. This program helps to reduce and eliminate the backlog of unprocessed DNA evidence in state and local labs across the nation. In 2014, Congress again showed its overwhelming bipartisan support for this initiative by passing the Debbie
Smith Reauthorization Act (P.L. 113-182), which extends this program through 2019. And this year, the SAFER Act was reauthorized, which amends the Debbie Smith Act to provide local law enforcement with resources to audit and report back on their backlogs.

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Support DOD Parkinson’s Research Program

As Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s disease, we ask you to join us in supporting $20 million for the Parkinson’s Research Program (PRP) at the Department of Defense, to restore funding to previous budget levels. 

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Support DOD Parkinson’s Research Program

As Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s disease, we ask you to join us in supporting $20 million for the Parkinson’s Research Program (PRP) at the Department of Defense, to restore funding to previous budget levels. 

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Support Funding for the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program

The Justice For All Act (P.L. 108-405) expanded the use of DNA technology to convict the guilty and free the innocent. Included in this law was the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program, named for a courageous rape survivor whose assailant was identified
through DNA evidence. This program helps to reduce and eliminate the backlog of unprocessed DNA evidence in state and local labs across the nation. In 2014, Congress again showed its overwhelming bipartisan support for this initiative by passing the Debbie
Smith Reauthorization Act (P.L. 113-182), which extends this program through 2019. And this year, the SAFER Act was reauthorized, which amends the Debbie Smith Act to provide local law enforcement with resources to audit and report back on their backlogs.

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This International Women’s Day, Support US Ratification of CEDAW

Almost 40 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The treaty is widely regarded as the international “Bill of Rights” for women, addressing
women’s rights within political, civil, cultural, economic, and social life. 189 out of 194 UN member nations have ratified CEDAW. The United States is one of a small group of five countries that have not ratified CEDAW, alongside Iran, Sudan, and Somalia.
The United States is the only country in the western hemisphere and the only industrialized democracy that has not ratified the treaty.

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Support DOD Parkinson’s Research Program

As Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Parkinson’s disease, we ask you to join us in supporting $20 million for the Parkinson’s Research Program (PRP) at the Department of Defense, to restore funding to previous budget levels. 

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