Newsletter: Addressing the Human Trafficking Epidemic
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Remembering Our Veterans
Thank you for taking the time to read this update. It’s an honor to serve the fourth district of Missouri, the place I call home. As we commemorate Memorial Day, I am pleased to report that the House passed a number of bills to help improve the lives of our veterans.
The bills to help veterans include:
Addressing The Human Trafficking Epidemic
This week, I was pleased to join fellow lawmakers in protecting individuals, particularly our young people, from human trafficking and other sex crimes. The House passed a number of bills aimed at addressing this tragic problem. They included:
I had the privilege of hosting fellow Missourian Tobey Wilkerson in my office as part of the 6th Annual Foster Youth Shadow Day. Wilkerson was a foster child herself and aged out of the system. Now, she is a foster parent and speaks on foster care issues.
Her journey from foster child to foster parent is an inspiration, and it was great to meet Tobey and hear her insights and experiences. We must do all we can to help children have a supportive home so they get the care and support they need to reach their full potential.
The American College of Physicians (pictured below) visited Washington as part of its Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill event. I met with several attendees to discuss everything from problems with the Affordable Care Act to concerns about the opioid epidemic to thoughts about the high cost of prescription drugs and its impact on healthcare expenses. I was particularly pleased to meet with Dr. Stephen Keithahn of Columbia, one of the residents of Missouri’s Fourth District who was part of this meeting.
With the recent announcement that Aurora Organic Dairy is opening a processing plant in Boone County, I was happy to welcome members of the Organic Trade Association to Washington. This group represents more than 9,500 organic growers, shippers, producers, certifiers, distributors, and retailers across the country and is one of the fastest-growing sectors of agriculture.
Representatives of the community-based alternative education program, YouthBuild, were on Capitol Hill meeting with Members to request Congressional support for the Department of Labor’s competitive YouthBuild grant program. YouthBuild programs, such as the one run out of Job Point in Columbia, provide job training and education opportunities for at-risk youth ages 16-24. These young people can learn construction skills while building or rehabilitating affordable housing for low-income or homeless families. It was wonderful to meet with some of the directors who are involved in this very worthwhile program in Missouri.
I also had a great time at the ACLI Capital Challenge with my staff. It was great to exercise and raise money for the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, which provides guide dogs to blind veterans. It is an honorable cause that my team and I were glad to support.
Finally, I had the opportunity to enjoy a performance by the Central Methodist University Chorale at the National Cathedral in Washington. This group of talented students from Fayette spent a week visiting and performing at various locations throughout the Washington area. Congratulations to the performers on a series of fantastic concerts.
I had the honor of speaking at the rededication of the Missouri Monument in Vicksburg, Miss. on this historic occasion. Missourians on both sides of the war clashed at Vicksburg with about 15,000 Missouri men participating.
The National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center and Vicksburg National Military Park just finished repairing the monument which had seen wear and damages over its 100-year history. I was honored to be a part of it.
Now, I’m looking forward to spending time with my family in the great state of Missouri, meeting with constituents to hear their thoughts and concerns, and working to address the issues that are most important to our district.
I just snapped a picture of this beautiful fourth-district farm. It’s good to see the corn and soybeans coming up! And it’s good to be back in Missouri.
Have a great week!
Yours in service,
Member of Congress