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The Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015

Congressman Dan Benishek, (MI-1) has introduced H.R.1769 the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 co-sponsored by Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17th). Senator Jerry Moran, (KS) has introduced S.901 the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 co-sponsored by Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT).

Click Here to see a list of Organizations in support of The Toxic Research Bill of 2015

Our time is to act NOW!

Take Action NowIf your member is not listed below VVA urges you to take action now! Go to our Legislative Action site at http://capwiz.com/vva/home/ and enter your Zip Code and send the prepared letters to your Representatives and Senators asking them to join their colleagues and co-sponsor H.R. 1769 and S.901, the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015.

Please follow-up your letter with a call or visit to their offices. Thank you for your support.

Co-Sponsors in the House supporting H.R. 1769:

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1)
Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ-3)
Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-7)
Rep. Krysten Sinema (AZ-9)
Rep. John Garamendi (CA-3)
Rep. Paul Cook (CA-8)
Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)
Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26)
Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-28)
Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33)
Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41)
Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52)
Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2)
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-7)
Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-2)
Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty (CT-5)
Rep. John C. Carney (DE)
Rep. Bill Posey (FL-8)
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12)
Rep. David Jolly (FL-13)
Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15)
Rep. Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
Rep. Theodore Deutch (FL-21)
Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-22)
Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA-2)
Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (GU-AL)
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2)
Rep. David Young (IA-3)
Rep. Bobby Rush (IL-1)
Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-5)
Rep. Tammy Duckworth (IL-8)
Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
Rep. Kevin Yoder (KS-3)
Rep. Charles Boustany (LA-3)
Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME-1)
Rep. Richard Neal (MA-1)
Rep. James P. McGovern (MA-2)
Rep. Seth Moulton (MA-6)
Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2)
Rep. John Sarbanes (MD-3)
Rep. John Delaney (MD-6)
Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-7)
Rep. Sander Levin (MI-9)
Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12)
Rep. John Conyers (MI-13)
Rep. Tim Walz (MN-1)
Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-4)
Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-5)

Rep. Collin Peterson (MN-7)
Rep Mark Amodei (NV-2)
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1)
Rep. Brad Ashford (NE-2)
Rep. Ann Kuster (NH-2)
Rep Norcross, Donald (NJ-1)
Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-2)
Rep. Christopher Smith (NJ-4)
Rep. Frank Pallone (NJ-6)
Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-7)
Rep. Lee M. Zeldin (NY-1)
Rep. Peter King (NY-2)
Rep. Steve Israel (NY-3)
Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-4)
Rep. Grace Meng (NY-6)
Rep. Charles Rangel (NY-13)
Rep. Joseph Crowley (NY-14)
Rep. Nita Lowey (NY-17)
Rep. Sean Maloney (NY-18)
Rep. Chris Gibson (NY-19)
Rep. John Katko (NY-24)
Rep Louise Slaughter (NY-25)
Rep. Brian Higgins (NY-26)
Rep. Chris Collins (NY-27)
Rep. Walter Jones (NC-3)
Rep. David Rouzer (NC-7)
Rep. Robert E. Latta (OH-5)
Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-6)
Rep. Jim Bridenstine (OK-1)
Rep. Tom Cole (OK-4)
Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-4)
Rep. Mike Kelly (PA-3)
Rep. Glenn Thompson (PA-5)
Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-6)
Rep. Lou Barletta (PA-11)
Rep. Keith Rothfus (PA-12)
Rep. Mike Doyle (PA-14)
Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15)
Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-17)
Rep. Pedro R. Pierluisi (PR-At Large)
Rep. David Cicilline (RI-1)
Rep. Jim Langevin (RI-2)
Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-9)
Rep. Beto O'Rourke (TX-16)
Rep. Rob Bishop (UT-1)
Rep. Scott Rigell (VA-2)
Rep. Gerald Connolly (VA-11)
Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-1)
Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-2)
Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-6)
Rep. David McKinley (WV-1)
Rep. Evan Jenkins
Rep. Ron Kind (WI-3)

Co-Sponsors in the Senate supporting S.901
Sen Christopher Murphy (CT)
Sen Mike Crapo (ID)
Senator Richard Durbin (IL)
Sen Pat Roberts (KS)
Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI)
Senator Gary Peters (MI)
Senator Jon Tester (MT)
Senator Steven Daines (MT)
Senator Roy Blount (MO)

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH)
Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand (NY)
Senator Charles Schumer (NY)
Senator Sherrod Brown (OH)
Senator Jeff Merkley (OR)
Senator Ron Wyden (OR)
Senator Robert Casey (PA)
Sen. Bernard Sanders (VT)
Senator Joe Machin (WV)




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