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Congressman Pete King Honored By West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition

On Sunday, I had the privilege of speaking at a luncheon and being honored by the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition held at Captain Bill's Restaurant in Bay Shore. Breast cancer is a deadly disease with almost 250,000 new cases being diagnosed each year. Virtually everyone has a relative, friend or neighbor who has been stricken with breast cancer. (I remember the concern in my family when my own mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, her cancer was detected at an early stage. She was successfully treated and lived another 21 years with no recurrence of cancer.) During my time in Congress I have consistently supported increased research and access to screening and diagnostic mammographies. Much progress has been made in the struggle against breast cancer but more must be done. At the luncheon I thanked and congratulated the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition for its untiring efforts and dedication toward finding a cure for breast cancer, particularly its advocacy of legislation (HR 1197) to establish a governmental-private sector commission to find a cure for breast cancer by 2020. Along with more than 265 Members of Congress I am a co-sponsor of this legislation and am committed to getting it passed and signed into law as early as possible. This bill will not require any additional funds and will focus on using existing technologies and research to prevent breast cancer and its metastasis. This is war which must be won!

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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!!

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