H. Res. 319 — Reaffirming the United States’ Commitment to International Religious Freedom

International religious freedom is a universally recognized human right and preservation of religious freedom itself is enshrined in the Constitution.  Every person’s rights to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion are guaranteed under the United
Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  These accords not only protect religious freedoms, but ensure the right to manifest one’s religion or belief in “teaching, practice, worship, and observance.”

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Support Pregnant Women in Immigration Detention

We, the co-chairs of the Women’s Working Group on Immigration, invite you to join us in sending a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) raising concerns with alarming reports of miscarriages in immigration detention, reportedly due to mistreatment
and medical neglect.

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Co-sponsor the SAFE Justice Act

Our nation’s criminal justice system is in serious need of reform.  Since 1980, Congress has steadily increased the size and scope of the federal criminal code, and today there are more than 4,500 federal crimes on the books.

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SIGN-ON: Emergency Aid for Public Education in Puerto Rico/US Virgin Islands

Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, Ranking Member of the Education and Workforce Committee, is leading a letter (text pasted below) to the Administration concerning supplemental appropriations to restart public schools in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin
Islands. Recent reports indicate that the majority of schools in Puerto Rico remain without electricity, less than half have running water, and less than 200 (out of nearly 1200) are open. Combined, public education in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands
supports nearly 400,000 students and 40,000 school staff. While migration to the US mainland is expected, Congress and the Administration must do all it can to support students and school faculty to live and learn in affected areas.

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