October 11, 2018 
Fighting Human Trafficking & Funding Alzheimer’s Research
 

Dear Neighbor,

Recently, the House passed two important bills to fight sexual assault and human trafficking. H.R. 6847, the Preventing Child Exploitation Act of 2018, contains harsher penalties for repeat sex offenders and offenders that fail to register or provide important information to law enforcement. It also extends the statute of limitations for victims of sexual assault as minors. This ensures that that survivors of sexual assault can rightfully seek justice. 

Unfortunately, human trafficking is a big business, and human traffickers generate roughly $150 billion in illegal profits per year. Much of that money moves through our financial and banking system undetected. H.R. 6729, the Empowering Financial Institutions to Fight Human Trafficking Act of 2018, would allow nonprofit organizations to help financial institutions better identify those who are moving around dirty money. Houston has the highest number of trafficking victims nation-wide, and I will continue to do everything in my power to fight modern-day slavery at home in Houston and worldwide. 

Another legislative victory for communities across the nation is the largest-ever funding increase for Alzheimer’s and dementia research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). More than 5 million Americans are living with this disease and by 2050 this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million. Because of the recent increases in NIH funding – something I have fought to increase every year I’ve served in Congress - scientists can now work at a more rapid pace to advance our knowledge about the disease, explore ways to reduce risk, uncover new biomarkers for early diagnosis and drug targeting, and develop new treatments. I’m committed to continuing my work in Congress to increase funding for scientific and medical research and to implement policies that improve access to these critical services.

It is an honor and privilege to represent you and Texas in the United States House.

Sincerely, 


John Culberson

  
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