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Congressman Pete King Supports Improved Treatment for Childhood Illnesses

Those of us who are fortunate to have healthy children and grandchildren must always remember those children who do suffer from serious and debilitating illnesses. During my time in Congress I have consistently supported increased funding for research to find cures and improved treatment for childhood illnesses. It is important when dealing with legislative proposals for children's illnesses that we address Rare Diseases as well. I am a member of the Rare Diseases Caucus and work with the Rare Diseases Legislative Advocates (RDLA) in Washington, DC to accelerate biotech innovation for rare disease treatments through science-driven policy. I am proud to have received an A++ rating on RDLA's most recent Congressional Scorecard. This week I met Maria-Elaina Garcia, a Levittown resident, who is Executive Assistant of Jonah's Just Begun which is a medical research foundation focused on treating Sanfilippo Syndrome an extremely fatal genetic disease. While some progress has been made, much more remains to be done and the financial costs will be enormous. Passage of the 21st Century Cures Act will provide significant assistance. I strongly support this legislation and voted for it when it passed the House. The bill now awaits action in the Senate. It is important that this legislation pass and be signed into law.

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With all of the partisan political struggles that get media attention every day, it is important to remember that America and the world face constant critical and possibly existential threats.

Even more than Islamist terrorism, there is the severe threat of cyber attacks from Russia, Iran, China and international criminal enterprises. At the annual "Worldwide Threats" hearing, the leaders of America's Intelligence Community emphasized the necessity of protecting our critical defense, intelligence and industrial critical infrastructure from governmental and non-state hackers. As we saw in the 2016 elections there are the propaganda and surreptitious attacks on our democratic process.

Of course threats from a nuclear armed North Korea, a potential nuclear armed Iran, an expansion China and a resurgent Russia remain as do the ever deadly Islamist terrorist threats from ISIS, Al Qaeda and their offshoots and splinter groups.

We must face the reality that we live in an extremely dangerous world which is why it is vital that the Trump Administration continue to rebuild our military and we make sure that our intelligence agencies receive all the funding and all the moral support they need and deserve to protect Americans at home and American interests around the world. God Bless America!!

Paid for by Pete King for Congress.
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