Every year on May 15th, the United States observes Peace Officers Memorial Day during National Police Week to recognize and pay tribute to the law enforcement officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. Tragically, this year 135 names will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall in remembrance of the men and women who were killed in the line of duty last year.
As a 33 year law enforcement veteran, I have experienced the deep feelings of pain and sorrow of losing friends and colleagues on the job. Their deaths remind me every day that officers are willing to respond to a call for help regardless of an individual’s political views, race, religion, or criminal history. Like my friends and those who lost their lives before and after them, officers are willing to sacrifice everything for those they serve.
Our law enforcement officers and their families deserve our support. Together, we must do more to improve the breakdown in trust between police and the communities they serve. We must change the national rhetoric and remember to recognize and appreciate their everyday acts of bravery and kindness in service to all of us.
Each week, leading up to May 15th I will share with you a reason our law enforcement community deserves our support. I hope you will join in me in participating in #15ReasonsforMay15 by posting stories about the important work our law enforcement officers do in our communities, thanking your local officers, and any additional creative ideas you can think of to show your appreciation. I will proudly display stories shared with my office on my website. Together, these small acts of thanks will add up to a big show of support for law enforcement across the nation as we honor their service and remember the sacrifices of the 135 officers who gave their lives last year.
Mark Your Calendars
Are there any questions you would like to ask me about healthcare, tax reform, the environment, or any other issue on your mind? Please mark your calendars for February 23 at 1:00 p.m. KCTS will be holding a Facebook Live event moderated by Enrique Cerna where he will interview me with your questions. You will be able to watch the event on the KCTS Facebook page or on my Facebook page. Looking forward to hearing from you and answering your questions!
Working on Bipartisan Climate Change Solutions
Climate change is a serious issue that could prove to be devastating not only to our environment but also to our economy. I recently joined the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus to educate members on economically-viable options to reduce climate risk and to explore bipartisan policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate. This is not a partisan issue. We all have a responsibility to protect our environment, to maintain clean water and clean air, and to ensure future generations can enjoy the beauty of our natural heritage.
Strengthening Treatment for Lymphedema Patients
Individuals suffering from lymphedema should have equal access to treatment, but right now they do not have equal access to Medicare coverage for the compression garments they need for this debilitating condition. I was proud to join a bipartisan group of lawmakers this week to introduce the Lymphedema Treatment Act, which ensures Medicare coverage for lymphedema compression garments. These garments can make all the difference for the six million Americans suffering from this chronic disease. Closing the Medicare coverage gap for compression garments is a common-sense way to give patients real hope to fight back and live with the best possible quality of life.
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Have a safe and wonderful weekend and I will talk to you next week!