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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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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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