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Press Release

Congressman Pete King Meets With  Long Island Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer's is a deadly, debilitating disease which afflicts more than 5.4 million Americans, including 390,000 New Yorkers, and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. It is a progressive brain disorder which damages and eventually destroys brain cells. There is no known cure. It is also the most expensive disease, costing an estimated $236 billion in 2016. By mid-century the number of people with Alzheimer's is expected to triple and the costs quadruple to $1.1 trillion. I just met in my Massapequa Park office with Douglas Davidson, who is the Executive Director of the Long Island Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, and Sally Ann Marchese, of West Islip, who is the newly designated Ambassador between the Association and my office. Sally Ann cares for her father who suffers from Alzheimer's. We discussed legislative measures in Congress, all of which I strongly support, including: (1) increasing funding for Alzheimer's by $400 million; (2) co-sponsoring the HOPE Act (HR 1559) to provide Medicare coverage for comprehensive care planning services -- for both the patient and caregiver -- following a dementia diagnosis; and (3) co-sponsoring the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (H.R. 3119) to increase palliative care and hospice training for health care professionals. Alzheimer's devastates those who suffer from it and causes severe economic costs and emotional suffering to family members. Every effort must be made to continue and increase the effort to combat this disease and find a cure!!


Yesterday I had the great opportunity to be in the House chamber when French President Emmanuel Macron made his historic address to a Joint Session of Congress. I was also able to speak briefly with President Macron on the House floor just after his speech and thank him for standing with America in the war against terrorism and for forging such a close working relationship with President Trump.

France is our oldest ally, standing with us in our Revolutionary War against the British. While we stood with the French in World War I and World War II, our relationship with France has not always been a smooth one. (Charles DeGaulle and Jacques Chirac were two of the French leaders with whom we had differences.)

Elected last year in an upset victory, the 40 year old Macron was generally expected to be the European anti-Trump. Instead he and President Trump have formed a strong personal friendship and solid working relationship. They stand as one in their belief that Islamist terrorism must be crushed and that Iran can never be allowed to develop nuclear weapons.

On the subject of Iran, while President Trump believes we should pull out of the Iran nuclear deal reached with the Obama Administration, Macron believes we can achieve the same goal of a non-nuclear Iran through other means. President Trump has said he will consider Macron's proposals. Whether they end up agreeing on the specifics, the fact that these two world leaders can work together is a tribute to them and a strong measure of their joint commitment to the democratic values which underly our two nations. It also sends a strong signal to our enemies -- including ISIS, Islamist terrorism and Assad's Syria.

Viva la France! God Bless America!!

Paid for by Pete King for Congress.
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