Briefing: The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), how it has been misused, and the need to pass H.R. 1450, the Do No Harm Act

By now, you should have received an invitation to attend a briefing, “The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), how it has been misused to undermine civil rights, and the need to pass H.R. 1450, the Do No Harm Act,” from the American Civil Liberties
Union, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Human Rights Campaign, and the National LGBTQ Task Force.  The briefing will take place
June 20 at 2PM in Rayburn 2261.

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Call for Co-Sponsors for The Fairness and Accuracy in Criminal Background Checks Act of 2019

How would you like to be a veteran who goes to a local emergency room, receives treatment, and once stabilized is told you need to travel to the nearest VA hospital, but that the cost of the ambulance service is non-reimbursable?  The average cost for this
medical transfer is $500 but it can be far more expensive if the veteran lives in a rural area.  This reality is happening to far too many of our veterans, creating financial hardships and jeopardizing their health.

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Urge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Address the Emerging Recycling Crisis Created by China’s 2018 “National Sword” Policy

Over the past few decades, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated or closed over 120 field offices –

a 10 percent reduction – without providing local communities or Congress sufficient notification or justification. Consequently, communities already suffering from long wait times and backlogs are now left with little or no access to services.

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Urge the Department of Commerce to Address the Emerging Recycling Crisis Created by China’s 2018 National Sword Policy

In August 2017, the Burmese military and security forces perpetrated grave human rights abuses and unthinkable violence against ethnic Rohingya civilians in Burma’s Rakhine state. Since that time, over 740,000 Rohingya refugees, 80% of whom are women and
children, have fled to neighboring Bangladesh where they are tightly packed into one of the world’s largest refugee camps, facing extremely precarious circumstances. Almost 2 years after this crisis began, Bangladesh and the international community continue
to respond to this ongoing humanitarian crisis, while the military leaders in Burma have not been held accountable for their heinous crimes against humanity.

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HAPPENING SOON: ‘Biking 101’ Briefing

For decades, presidential administrations have maintained detailed records regarding meetings with foreign leaders, ranging from President Eisenhower’s conversations with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to President Clinton’s phone calls with Russian President
Boris Yeltsin.

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PROTECT OUR SOCIAL SAFETY NET! OPPOSE THE USE OF CHAINED CPI

Please join us in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget for the Notice of Proposed Rule Making comment period opposing the use of chained CPI to calculate annual adjustments to the Federal Poverty Level. OMB is currently considering updates to
the calculation, including the use of chained CPI, which would have devastating consequences to the millions of individuals and families that benefit from safety net programs. A shift to the chained CPI would be a mirage – while the federal government’s definition
of poor would change, the individuals and families that fail to meet the definition would nevertheless remain poor.

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