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The Congressional Mail Bag: What You’re Saying

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Washington, October 13, 2017 | Beth Breeding (2022255431) | comments
Each week, my office receives thousands of phone calls, letters, e-mails, and visits from folks across the Sixth District about current issues before Congress. Here are a few of the inquiries I have received recently:

Federal funding authorization for Community Health Centers lapsed on September 30. Will you support maintaining funding for Community Health Centers by supporting the CHIME Act?


I have long been an advocate for Community Health Centers and the affordable health care options they provide at facilities throughout the Sixth District. The good news is, these facilities in Virginia have funding through January of 2018. Nevertheless, Community Health Centers provide primary care for millions and Congress must act soon.

Earlier this month, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce advanced a bill to extend funding. However, Democrats on the committee asked to delay House consideration of Community Health Center funding, as well as funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, in favor of further negotiations. While we are working together toward a responsible solution, this funding is too important for patients in the Sixth District to not get it reauthorized. I have also signed on in support of the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence Act, or CHIME Act, which extends funding for these facilities for five years. Ensuring they have the resources needed to continue serving families is a priority, and I hope to see legislation come before the full House in the coming weeks.

I ask that you co-sponsor the Taylor Force Act. There will never be peace between Israelis and the Palestinians so long as one of these parties funds terrorism against the other.

The Taylor Force Act, which I have cosponsored, would help hold the Palestinian Authority accountable. Taylor Force was a 28-year-old American murdered by a Palestinian terrorist while visiting Israel last year. The loss of this young man is tragic. It’s even more disturbing when you learn that the family of his killer will receive payments from the Palestinian Authority as a reward for this murder. This bill would withhold U.S. foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority until it terminates its “pay to slay” scheme that includes payments to individuals and the families of those who commit terrorism or violence against Israelis.

Please vote yes on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act!

At 20 weeks, unborn babies hear music, respond to human voices, and, importantly, they can feel pain. Once a child is capable of responding to stimuli or feeling pain, there is no question that the child is deserving of dignity and a chance at life. On October 3, I voted in favor of this bipartisan bill restricting abortions after the 20-week mark.

I always enjoy hearing from you. If I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to send an e-mail through my website at Goodlatte.House.Gov or contact one of my local offices. It is an honor to serve you, and I hope that you will stay in touch.
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