SAVE BLACK AND HISPANIC LGBTQ KIDS FROM ABUSE & NEGLECT

Research shows that Black and Hispanic LGBTQ youth entering the juvenile justice system have higher rates of child abuse, neglect, family conflict, and homelessness as other youth. Since they still depend on their families to meet their material needs, abuse
and neglect can leave Black and Hispanic LGBTQ youth emotionally and physically vulnerable, particularly if they find themselves contemplating living on the streets with nowhere to turn for support.

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Become an Original Cosponsor of the Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act of 2019

Despite the low official unemployment rate, 6.1 million Americans who want work cannot find jobs. Meanwhile, nearly 4
million Americans who want full-time work can only find part-time jobs. Many Americans feel discouraged that they are unable to find a well-paying job, and so they work multiple jobs to make ends meet or accept being underemployed with no benefits
– this needs to change. With these things in mind, we invite you to become an original cosponsor of the Federal Jobs Guarantee Development Act of 2019.

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Cosponsor Bipartisan Pink Tax Repeal Act, H.R. 2048

In 1994, the California Assembly Office of Research conducted a study that found that women pay a “gender tax” of $1,351/year for the same services as men. I subsequently sponsored the “Repeal the Gender Tax Act” in the California Assembly, which passed
in 1996 and required that prices for services like dry cleaning and haircuts be determined by the amount of time needed to do the job, not by gender.

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Co-sponsor the Expanding Care for Veterans Act (H.R. 1963)

Veterans of all service eras often face a number of service-connected health conditions that require continuous treatment. As many as 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans – nearly 20 percent of returning troops – are coming home with symptoms associated
with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or depression, according to a 2008 study by the RAND Corporation.[1]  Further, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), 60 percent of veterans returning from the Middle East and 50 percent of older veterans
are managing chronic pain.[2] Repeated studies have shown that in response to this crisis, the VA increased the use of prescription medication for pain management.[3] Tragically, the agency treated more than 66,000 veterans with opioid-use disorders in Fiscal
Year 2016.

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ORIGINAL Co-sponsors: Support September as “National Voting Rights Month”

National Voter Registration Day is on September 24, therefore, I invite you to join me in co-sponsoring a resolution declaring September as “National Voting Rights Month.” The purpose of this resolution is to help end voter suppression by bringing
awareness to existing voter suppression laws, educating Americans on their rights as voters, urging Congress to pass critical voting rights legislation, and encouraging all Americans to get out and vote!

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Co-sponsor the CHAMPVA Children’s Care Protection Act

The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) program allows the VA to share the cost of health care for the dependents and survivors of certain eligible veterans. CHAMPVA provides health care coverage to the spouse
or child of a veteran who is permanently and totally disabled for a service-connected disability, the surviving spouse or child of a veteran who died from a service-connected disability, the surviving spouse or child of a Veteran who was at the time of death
rated permanently and totally disabled from a service-connected disability, and the surviving spouse or child of a military member who died in the line of duty.

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Support Increased Transparency & Efficiency in Student Loans Cosponsor H.R. 4193, the Student Loan Disclosure Transparency Act

The burden of student loans has unquestionably taken a toll on millions of American families.
As outstanding student loan debt in the U.S. continues to climb—in June of 2019, borrowers owed around $1.6 trillion—various proposals have been introduced to offer free college, refinance student loans, or cancel student debt altogether.
Protecting programs like PSLF and Federal Work-Study, along with increasing Pell Grant funding, would certainly reduce the amount of debt students accumulate, but these actions alone will not fix the larger problem.
Addressing the root of the student loan crisis must center on sharp transparency with borrowers and a loan disclosure that is simple, accessible, and easy to understand.  

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PGA TOUR Endorses Rodchenkov Act

Doping fraud conspiracies damage the integrity of competition and defraud individuals and corporate entities who participate in international sport, including clean U.S. athletes, sponsors, and banking institutions.

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