Airplane KiTS Act
I recently introduced legislation called the Airplane Kids in Transit Safety (KiTS) Act with Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) that would upgrade emergency medical supplies to include child-sized doses aboard passenger aircraft.
This is common-sense legislation everyone can support. Airlines should equip their fleets with life-saving medical supplies that meet the specific needs of children. I’m pleased to see strong third-party support for this positive change. An airline should never be unprepared or ill-equipped, especially at 30,000 feet in the air.
Learn more about the bill here.
Thin Blue Line Act
Those who target our first responders with intent to kill are among the most evil individuals on earth. They deserve to feel the full force of the law during sentencing. Currently, killing a first responder or local law enforcement officer is not an aggravating factor when judges are considering the death penalty.
This week I voted for the Thin Blue Line Act, which toughens penalties, changes oversight and brings local officers and first responders under the protection of these aggravating factors for death penalty determinations. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in 2017 there have been 51 deaths of officers in the line of duty, an increase of 34 percent since this time last year.
This week I was proud to cosponsor the Veterans Equal Treatment Ensures Relief and Access Now (VETERAN) Act, which would provide financial support for veterans who are eligible for VA benefits but choose to seek healthcare through a private provider on the individual insurance market. This updates and fixes the law, permanently. Veterans who currently receive healthcare subsidies to buy private health insurance will not see their benefits change in any way. Learn more about the VETERAN Act here.
Condemning China’s Dog Meat Festival
Having listened to your concerns, I cosponsored H.Res.30 earlier this year to condemn the Yulin dog meat festival in rural China. I was pleased to learn of reports this week indicating that Chinese authorities plan to ban the sale of dog meat at this disturbing exhibition. The Yulin dog meat festival poses significant food safety and animal welfare concerns to the global community, and I am hopeful Chinese officials will heed public pressure and follow through on this ban.
Faso Joins Congressional Fire Services Caucus
The Fire Services Caucus is one of the largest in Congress. This bipartisan caucus supports legislation that benefits our first responders and increases fire safety. Learn more here.