DHS/HHS Letter on 1,475 Unaccounted for Children

As you may have read, the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Refugee Resettlement recently conducted a survey of the 7,635 unaccompanied children placed with sponsors, the majority of whom were close or extended family. Of those children,
the whereabouts of 1,475 could not be ascertained. The most likely reason for this appears to be that sponsors were simply unwilling to participate in the surveys. However, in 2014 eight unaccompanied children were placed in the hands of human traffickers
who forced them to work for 12 hours each day in deplorable conditions on an egg farm in Ohio. The failure to fully account for these 1,475 children leaves open the possibility that they too may be under the care of unscrupulous individuals.

Read More

Protect DREAMers from Deportation

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. 

Read More

Cosponsor the Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act!

            For the past 146 years, mining companies have taken more than $300 billion worth of gold, silver, copper, and other valuable metals from our public lands without paying a nickel in royalties to the American people – and have purchased over 3
million acres of the most valuable mining lands at the 19th Century bargain rate of
$5 an acre or less. Meanwhile, taxpayers have been left holding the bag to the tune of tens of billions of dollars of cleanup costs for abandoned mines.

Read More

[Request for Original Cosponsor] Kaptur/Ros-Lehtinen Bipartisan H.Res. on 2018 World Cup in Russia

As you may know, Russia will host the 2018 World Cup this June 14 to July 15, 2018. The games have an expected global viewership of 3.2 billion granting Russia significant prestige on the world stage. Meanwhile, FIFA set aside $627 million for local organization
in the country and the windfall Russia will garner from global tourism will lead to a significant boost for their economy currently saddled with global sanctions. 

Read More

Protect EPA Air Quality Standards

Please join us in expressing grave concerns about Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Pruitt’s memorandum, published on May 9, 2018, which would undermine future National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) reviews and standard setting. The
memo asks the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) to consider “adverse social, economic, or energy effects” while setting NAAQS, which is a direct contradiction to a unanimous Supreme Court decision which noted that only public health
impacts should be considered during the standard setting process. This change would weaken the Clean Air Act and take a dangerous step back from progress made for public health with regard to air quality.

Read More

Disclosure of Erroneous Firearms Transfers is Gravely Needed

I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor of the “Accidental Firearms Transfers Reporting Act of 2017,” which requires the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to report to the Congress semiannually on the number of firearms transfers resulting
from the failure to complete a background check within 3 business days, and the procedures followed after it is discovered that a firearm transfer has been made to a transferee who is ineligible to receive a firearm.

Read More

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

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. 

Read More