Catching Up with Annie
Open Enrollment for Health Care Begins Today!
Washington, D.C., November 1, 2019
Working Towards a 100% Clean Economy
Making Prescriptions More Affordable for Seniors
Killing of ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi
I am grateful for the heroism and incredible work of our nation’s intelligence community and our military, with the help of allies, that led to the killing of ISIS leader al-Baghdadi last weekend. ISIS has carried out atrocities across the globe, and their brutality was felt close to home with the horrific murder of James Foley. While this development is significant, the danger of ISIS remains very real and we must not rest until ISIS no longer poses a threat to the United States and our allies.
Our Syrian Kurdish allies risked their lives to help us fight terrorism and we cannot turn our backs on them. I’m proud to cosponsor Representative Jason Crow and Representative Michael Waltz’s bipartisan legislation to provide Kurds and others who helped us fight extremism with U.S. visas. Our nation must welcome these brave individuals with open arms.
On Wednesday, I joined Rep. Jackie Walorski in leading a bipartisan group of 25 Members of Congress in calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide an update on their actions to ensure VA clinicians are complying with the VA Prescription Data Accountability Act, which I introduced in 2017 with bipartisan support. The legislation requires VA clinicians to check prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) for patients receiving opioid therapy.
After serving our country, many veterans struggle to reintegrate into society, which sometimes leads to them becoming involved with our criminal justice system. This week, I was proud to help pass the Veterans Treatment Court Coordination Act in the House to help strengthen and expand veteran treatment courts and get veterans the care they need.
On Tuesday, I joined Representatives Bonnie Watson Coleman, Tom Malinowski, Mike Quigley and Jared Huffman to introduce the Protecting our Conserved Lands Act. Growing up in New Hampshire, I understand how important it is that we preserve our natural wonders and resources for future generations. Across our nation, local governments and nonprofit conservation organizations have stepped up to protect the environmental, agricultural, and historical significance of land in their communities.
This issue came to the forefront in my district several years ago, when a proposed pipeline project cut an indiscriminate path across southern New Hampshire and threatened critical parcels of conserved land across more than a dozen towns. The Protecting Our Conserved Lands Act will give local governments and nonprofits a voice and a seat at the table, enabling them to protect their land from being recklessly sacrificed when a planned natural gas pipeline route crosses through it.
I encourage you to continue reaching out to my Concord office at 603-226-1002 or my Washington, DC office at 202-225-5206 with any questions, concerns or ideas – I love hearing from you! Thank you for everything you do to make New Hampshire such a wonderful place to call home. Have a great weekend!