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July 24, 2020

Dear Friend,

It was a busy week in Washington, where we made a lot of progress on many shared priorities. I’m pleased to give you an update on some of them. 

This week, the House of Representatives passed the “NO BAN Act.” The legislation will overturn President Trump's executive order banning otherwise eligible individuals from entering the U.S. from several Muslim-majority nations, including African nations with sizable Muslim populations. It also prevents any future President from instituting similar bans. As a co-author of the bill, and a Muslim-American, I’m extremely pleased that a majority of my House colleagues understand the urgency of repealing the hurtful and hateful Muslim ban. We must restore our nation’s reputation as a place of refuge for all who value freedom and equality. I’ll continue urging my colleagues in the Senate to pass the No Ban Act as well, so we can keep working to end this painful chapter in our history. 

The House also passed the National Defense Authorization Act. I was honored that it included an amendment I authored that will authorize five million dollars for a pancreatic cancer early detection initiative (EDI) at the Department of Defense (DoD). The provision will provide critical funding needed for more research and an early detection initiative (EDI) under the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) at DoD. 

I was inspired to offer this amendment by Rep. John Lewis’ short but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, and also in honor of Rep. Alcee Hastings, who is currently battling this illness. Congressman Lewis always encouraged us to fight injustice wherever it exists. Despite being the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths, and disproportionately affecting people of color, there is still no dedicated early-detection initiative for pancreatic cancer. Therefore, no test exists to detect this form of cancer early. This health disparity is a clear injustice that we must end. It is my hope that this amendment will help right this wrong and save lives.

Rep. John Lewis inspired Americans in many ways. This week, I was honored to join my colleagues on the House floor to pay tribute to our recently departed colleague. You can watch it here

Though he is no longer with us, the values he taught us certainly are. We will keep getting into “good trouble,” and carrying on his mission to create “The Beloved Community,” where all people are treated equally. He will live on through our ongoing march toward justice. 

Your Friend,

André

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