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This Week in Washington
Introduced Bill to Counter Chinese Espionage Efforts at American Colleges & Universities
On Wednesday, I reintroduced the Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft (SHEET) Act. The Chinese Communist Party is actively spreading propaganda and engaging in intellectual property theft and various forms of espionage on American college campuses. This bill would implement simple measures to combat these malign activities, protect the integrity of our academic institutions, and safeguard the national security of the United States.
Announced Boutique Air to Provide Essential Air Service at Massena Airport 
 
The United States Department of Transportation has selected Boutique Air to provide Essential Air Service at Massena Airport. Boutique Air will provide 21 nonstop, roundtrip flights per week from Massena International Airport to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and/or Boston Logan International Airport. I have long advocated for the Essential Air Service program, as it provides critical funding for our rural airports and allows our rural communities greater access to travel.
 
On Monday, I helped introduce the Agriculture Intelligence Measures (AIM) Act. This legislation would ensure the Secretary of Agriculture is fully informed of all imminent domestic and foreign threats against American agriculture. In the North Country, we are especially fortunate to have safe and reliable access to an abundant food supply thanks to our farmers and agribusinesses, but the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly taught us that the supply chain is vulnerable and must be protected. I am proud to cosponsor this legislation to encourage interagency coordination and protect our farms, food, and industry from threats both foreign and domestic.
 
I am excited to announce that more than $1 million taxpayer dollars will be returned to the district for the Head Start program of Jefferson County. Our North Country Head Start programs are more important than ever, as many children in our communities have tragically missed out on in-person learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
I’m proud to have championed the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence in the House of Representatives to establish a blueprint for how the United States can lead the world in Artificial Intelligence.
 
After years of hard work, we held a hearing to discuss the final report on this important national security issue. Watch my full statement above!
 
District Meetings and Events
Met With Advocates for Muscular Dystrophy
On Wednesday, I met with constituents from the Parent Project for Muscular Dystrophy to discuss muscular dystrophy research and how to raise awareness, promote advocacy, connect the community with these issues, and broaden treatment options for patients.
Joined the Jefferson-Lewis School Board Association's Legislative Discussion
 
Today, I joined the Jefferson-Lewis School Boards Association for their annual legislative meeting. I provided an update on the $5 billion in federal funds I helped delivered to North Country school districts since the beginning of the pandemic, and emphasized my commitment to providing additional resources to combat mental health issues and food insecurity, and increase access to broadband for rural students. The insight and feedback from local educators is invaluable as I continue to fight on their behalf at the federal level.
 
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