Mark your calendars: My office will be partnering with the United States of America Vietnam Veterans Commemoration to recognize Vietnam Veterans in a special ceremony on March 21st at the Disabled American Veterans Building in Jefferson City. As a part of this ceremony, Vietnam Veterans will be presented with a special Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin and other items to express our nation’s most sincere thanks for their service.
I’d love to see you there. If you’d like more information on this event and to RSVP, please click here.
More highlights regarding this week’s events can be found below.
Did you know over 317,000 international students from China are currently studying in the United States – including family members of Chinese Communist Party officials? Even Xi Jinping, the leader of Communist China, has a daughter who received a world-class education at Harvard.
This practice must end. The United States should not be aiding those who are actively working to undermine our nation.
That’s why I just introduced the Protecting Higher Education from the Chinese Communist Party Act to ban individuals serving in the National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party and their family members from receiving student or research visas.
This legislation comes on top of other efforts I have made to combat the CCP, including:
- Combating the Persecution of Christians in China Act: This legislation would hold accountable senior officials of the Chinese Communist Party who are responsible for persecuting Christians in China. The bill recently passed through the House Foreign Affairs Committee and is awaiting a vote in the House.
- Uyghur Stop Oppressive Sterilizations (SOS) Act: This legislation would impose sanctions on individuals responsible for or complicit in forced sterilizations and forced abortions in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
- Protecting America from Spies Act: This legislation would allow the U.S. Department of State to deny visas to individuals who have committed acts of espionage or intellectual property theft against the United States.
As you can see above, we have much work to do to combat China. I’ve been sanctioned before by the CCP and I’m not afraid to be sanctioned again in my fight against this genocidal regime.
Not a single member of our Armed Services should be involuntarily discharged for refusing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine until an in-depth review of natural immunity is complete and the Department has issued uniform procedures for vaccine exemptions.
Unfortunately, recent reports suggest that the opposite is happening.
To get to the bottom of this possible violation of the law, I led an effort this week to get answers from the Department of Defense regarding religious exemptions, natural immunity, antibody protection, and other commonsense vaccine inquiries.
Our military heroes sacrifice everything for our nation. They deserve more than to be involuntarily discharged without a thorough and proper review.
Last weekend, our nation saw 13 police officers shot over a 24-hour timespan.
These courageous members of law enforcement are mothers, fathers, and loved ones who are fighting to protect our communities. It is vitally important that we do everything possible to show our support for these communities.
That’s why I have created a page on my website to encourage communities and individuals to show gratitude for our men and women in blue during May 1-7. I want law enforcement all across the district to know they are appreciated! Suggested activities include tying blue ribbons around trees, putting a blue light bulb in your porch light, school children making thank you cards and pictures, businesses providing discounts that week, and other great initiatives. Everyone can do something.
Our nation lost 73 officers in the line of duty last year. There were 103 ambush-style attacks. We need to let our police officers and deputies know in Missouri — we’ve got their back.
For more information on these efforts and how your community can get involved, please reach out to Sijan McGinnis in my Harrisonville office at 816-884-3411.
My Military Academy Information Day is less than two months away. On Thursday, April 7, I will be hosting our office’s event from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Mills Center in Lebanon, Missouri.
Students, parents, and educators who are interested in learning more about attending one of our nation’s five Service Academies are invited to attend. The application and selection process to attend a service academy is very competitive and requires students be meticulous. This Information Day presents the perfect opportunity for students to gain the knowledge and expertise they will need to submit a quality application for consideration.
As a part of the Information Day, students and their family members will have the chance to interact with representatives from the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy and university ROTC programs. They can also visit with the students who were nominated and selected to attend various service academies this upcoming school year.
I am looking forward to meeting with interested students and their families during the Information Day. Although RSVPs are not required, they are encouraged. You can register for the event here.