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*CLOSING TOMORROW* Defend scientific integrity: oppose the EPA’s proposed “transparency” rule

May 31, 2018

We invite you to join us in expressing grave concerns about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule, published on April 30, 2018, titled Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science. Contrary to its name, the proposed rule would implement
an opaque process allowing EPA to selectively suppress scientific evidence without accountability and in the process undermine bedrock environmental laws. We join nearly a thousand scientists and many leading scientific organizations in opposing this policy.

Protect the Maternity Rights, Health, and Safety of Incarcerated Women and their Children

May 31, 2018

I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor of the “Stop Infant Mortality and Recidivism Reduction Act of 2017” or the “SIMARRA Act,” which permits the Bureau of Prisons to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Federal prison system
for pregnant offenders by establishing a pilot program of critical-stage, developmental nurseries in Federal prisons for children born to inmates. 

Protect DREAMers from Deportation

May 31, 2018

Please join us in sending a letter to the leadership of the Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Homeland Security, urging that funds in the Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations bill are not utilized to deport those individuals who are
eligible to participate in the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program. 

Protect the Rule of Law

May 31, 2018

I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor of H.R. 735, Universal Security of American Values Act of 2017 or the USA Values Act of 2017, a bill which prohibits the enforcement of any executive order which violates or undermines the laws of our Nation.
In the current tumultuous political climate, it is vital to reinforce our dedication to legal principles.

Urge HUD to finalize the Condominium Rule to expand affordable family housing

May 31, 2018

Home ownership lies at the center of the American Dream.  That’s why in July 2016, Congress enacted H.R. 3700 directing the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to adopt rules changes to ease onerous restrictions on FHA loans financing condominium purchases. 
In September 2016, FHA published its proposed rule implementing Congress’ direction.  The proposal would authorize single unit approval loans and relax burdensome condominium certification requirements.  Housing advocates enthusiastically embrace these changes
to expand the range of affordable housing and open home ownership to more well-qualified, first time home buyers.  The new rule will help more families realize the dream of owning a home.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Prevent Sale of F-35s to Turkey

May 31, 2018

Last year, when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security forces assaulted peaceful protestors here in Washington, the House of Representatives formally condemned the attack and prevented the sale of handguns to Erdogan’s bodyguards. This year, Turkey
is slated to begin receiving the F-35 Lightning II, our next generation fighter jet. Given Turkey’s authoritarian turn and hostility to U.S. interests, it is imperative that this autocrat not be allowed to receive such advanced military hardware.

HONORING GOSPEL MUSIC’S LEGACY: RECOGNIZING GOSPEL MUSIC’S VALUE IN UNITED STATES CULTURE

May 31, 2018

I invite you to become a cosponsor of H.J.Res.95, expressing support for the designation of September 2017 as “Gospel Music Heritage Month”, for gospel music’s valuable and longstanding contributions to American society.

COB TODAY: Be An Original Cosponsor of a Resolution Acknowledging The Failure of the War on Drugs

May 31, 2018

I invite you to join me as an original cosponsor of a resolution to issue an official apology from Congress for its role in the failed
War on Drugs.

Celebrate African American Contributions to Music and Call for Equality in Musical Education

May 31, 2018

Please join me in celebrating the many contributions of African Americans to our American musical heritage, and the need for greater access to a sequential and standards-based
music education for African American students.