Support the Call for an End to the Global Dog and Cat Meat Trade

We write to ask for your support of H.Res.401, a bipartisan resolution that calls for an end to the global dog and cat meat trade. An estimated 30 million dogs and a great number of cats are killed annually around the world for the dog and cat meat trade.
A considerable number of these dogs and cats are stolen pets, still wearing collars when they reach the slaughterhouses. Many of these animals die during transport to the slaughterhouses after days or weeks without food or water, and others suffer illness
and injury during transport. Additionally, the capture, transport, and butchering of dogs and cats and the consumption of their meat poses health risks such as rabies infection to traders, slaughterhouse workers, and consumers.

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Urge Pres. Trump to Let Cuba Rebuild from Irma

We write to request your support for a letter to call on President Trump to remove restrictions on the ability of United States companies to export relief and reconstruction supplies to Cuba, even if only for a temporary time during the rebuilding period.
 This is an action he can take unilaterally without needing approval from Congress. Currently, the Cubans are not allowed to purchase supplies from the U.S. to rebuild schools, hospitals, or other important infrastructure. This regulatory change would not
cost Americans a dime, and to the contrary, would result in significant sales from U.S. companies to Cuba.

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Co-Sponsor the LGBT Data Inclusion Act

During the past few months, LGBT data collection has been under attack from the new administration. In March, HHS decided to eliminate questions
about gender identity and sexual orientation from a survey on older Americans. Just last week, they decided to reinstate the sexual orientation demographic questions, however the gender identity
demographic questions were not reinstated, excluding transgender people in this partial victory. In addition, earlier this year the Census Bureau published the
final version of the 2020 Census that lacked questions on sexual orientation and gender identity. The current lack of population-based data on the LGBT community inhibits the creation of sound public policy as well as the delivery of effective programs and
services to all who live in this country. Expanding and improving data collection and analysis about LGBT people is essential to better understanding the issues affecting our communities and to improve the health and well-being of all of our families. 

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Help Eliminate the Wage Gap by Cosponsoring the Pay Equity for All Act: Wages Should be Based on Merit, Not Salary History

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. 

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