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Cosponsor H.R. 4525, the Living Shorelines Act

December 28, 2017

I write to invite you to sign on as a cosponsor of H.R. 4525, the Living Shorelines Act, legislation to support the development of resilient and sustainable coastal barriers.

Co-sponsor H.R.1415 to help end the tropical disease threat

December 28, 2017

NTDs are a group of 17 parasitic and bacterial diseases which blind, disable, disfigure, and sometimes kill victims from among the more than one billion of the world’s poorest people, trapping the most marginalized communities in a cycle of poverty. These
diseases can keep children from attending school and their parents from working and cause excessive bleeding by mothers during birth and result in low birth weight babies. NTDs therefore constitute a significant hurdle to achieving economic growth and dilute
the impact of foreign assistance programs. While NTDs primarily afflict communities in developing countries, outbreaks have been reported in the U.S. and other developed countries in recent years, such as West Nile virus, dengue fever, chikungunya and now
Zika.   

Become an Original Cosponsor of a Bill to Establish a Congressional Commission to Combat Sexual Harassment

December 28, 2017

Please join me in becoming an original cosponsor of a bill I will be introducing to establish a national commission to examine and combat sexual harassment in the workplace.

Support a Bill to Eliminate Unequal Pay for Women in Gender-Based Jobs

December 28, 2017

Please join me in cosponsoring H.R. 2095, the Fair Pay Act of 2017.  The 1963 Equal Pay Act (EPA), the first of the great civil rights statutes of the 1960s, was successful for close to 20 years, but it is too creaky with age to be useful today.  It is long
time to amend the EPA to reflect the new workforce, in which women work as much as men. 

Cosponsor H.R. 3222 – the Do No Harm Act

December 28, 2017

We are writing to urge you to add your name as a cosponsor of The Do No Harm Act (H.R. 3222) – a bill that would restore the Religious Freedom Restoration Act’s (RFRA) purpose of serving as a protective shield for the free exercise of religion rather than
as a sword used to harm others.  The Do No Harm Act would make clear that RFRA does
not preempt fundamental laws that protect against discrimination and would restore the sacred balance between our right to religious freedom and our promise of equal protection under the law.  Specifically, the bill would
prevent the RFRA law from being used to deny:

Prevent the Spread of Hate Crimes While Protecting the First Amendment: Cosponsor the Stop HATE Act

December 28, 2017

Members of Congress have a responsibility to support and defend the First Amendment. Yet, it is also our duty to prevent its use from inflicting physical or emotional harm on other Americans. As we have seen, most recently in Charlottesville, VA and Shelbyville,
TN, hate groups have used online platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit to spread their hateful message around the country. It is time we understand how we can address the rise of hate crimes and prevent them from harming others.

Cosponsor the Living Shorelines Act, H.R. 4525

December 28, 2017

I write to invite you to sign on as a cosponsor of H.R. 4525, the Living Shorelines Act, legislation to support the development of resilient and sustainable coastal barriers.

Help Eliminate the Wage Gap by Cosponsoring the Pay Equity for All Act

December 28, 2017

Please join us in cosponsoring H.R. 2418, the Pay Equity for All Act, which aims to help reduce the gender and racial wage gap by prohibiting employers from seeking the salary history of job applicants as a condition of employment or continued employment. 
Massachusetts recently became the first state to ban salary history questions, and other states such as California and Colorado are considering similar legislation—and in May 2017, New York City banned employers from asking salary history questions during
the application process. 

Oppose USCIS Effort to Change Casework Rules Without Congressional Consultation

December 28, 2017

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently sent out a notice to all Congressional offices announcing changes in the privacy release requirements for Congressional casework inquiries.  These procedural changes would impede caseworker capacity
to assist constituents with immigration issues. According to the announcement, an inquiry will only be reviewed by USCIS after February 15 if it: