Support FY 2020 Funding for Lyme Disease

           Please join me in requesting a funding increase and additional report language for Lyme Disease in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) Appropriations Act.     

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Support Inter-American Foundation– Closing TODAY

I write to ask you to join Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel and me in sending a letter to Chairwoman Lowey and Ranking Member Rogers requesting an increase in funding to the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) in one of two ways: either by increasing
the base appropriation of the IAF from the FY 19 level of $22,500,000 to $44,500,000 or by funding the IAF at the FY 19 level and continuing to transfer funds from relevant accounts. These transfers would include $15 million in U.S. Strategy for Central America
funding, $5 million in Colombia funding and $2 million in Caribbean Basin Security Initiative funding to support the
Caribbean 2020 strategy.

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Counter Chinese Government Political Influence Operations: Cosponsor HR 1811

The Chinese government and Communist Party’s global influence operations and disinformation campaigns are increasingly a threat to U.S. interests and those of our allies.  These efforts are extensive and not well understood, often
employing press manipulation, economic coercion, targeted investments, the infiltration of nongovernmental organizations, and academic censorship to coerce and corrupt United States institutions or individuals and shape a world antithetical to U.S. values
and interests.  Such efforts are often called “sharp power” operations.   

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Stop the Flow of Opioids: Cosponsor the Combatting Illicit Fentanyl Act

The U.S. has seen an upsurge in opioid-related overdose deaths, and an increasing number of these deaths are caused by Chinese-produced fentanyl. Fentanyl killed more Americans than any other illicit substance in 2016, and in 2017, overdose deaths due to
synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, totaled 29,000 in the U.S. The drug’s presence in our communities is only on the rise, impelling the need for Congressional action to tackle the epidemic as it plagues communities across the country.

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SUPPORT FUNDING FOR LIFESAVING STEM CELL TREATMENTS

We invite you to join us in sending the attached letter to request full funding for the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program (the Program) and National Cord Blood Inventory (NCBI) in the FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services bill. As you know,
this funding was authorized by the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act of 2015 that became Public Law No. 114-104 in December of 2015.

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Support FY 2020 Animal Welfare Appropriations

Congress has charged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with enforcing the Animal Welfare Act, the Horse Protection Act, and the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act — laws that require basic protections for millions of animals at more than 16,000 sites
across the country, including commercial breeding facilities commonly known as puppy mills, medical laboratories, zoos, and slaughterhouses. However, these laws are only as effective as the USDA’s enforcement of them.

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Stop the Flow of Opioids: Cosponsor the Combatting Illicit Fentanyl Act

The Chinese government and Communist Party’s global influence operations and disinformation campaigns are increasingly a threat to U.S. interests and those of our allies.  These efforts are extensive and not well understood, often
employing press manipulation, economic coercion, targeted investments, the infiltration of nongovernmental organizations, and academic censorship to coerce and corrupt United States institutions or individuals and shape a world antithetical to U.S. values
and interests.  Such efforts are often called “sharp power” operations.   

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