Help Eliminate the Wage Gap by Cosponsoring the Pay Equity for All Act

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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Support Vietnam Veterans affected by Agent Orange

In March 2016, the National Academy of Medicine released new research that formally recognized evidence of a link between bladder cancer, hypertension, hyperthyroidism, and Parkinson-like
conditions to exposure to Agent Orange, an herbicide used freely by the U.S. military in the jungles of Vietnam and the Korean demilitarized zone to remove trees and dense foliage that provided enemy cover. Currently there are 14 diseases on the Department
of Veterans Affairs’ “Veterans’ Diseases Associated with Agent Orange” list, which allows veterans suffering from these diseases to be compensated by the VA for related care.

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Become a Cosponsor of H.R. 6996, the Veterans Right to Expediency Act

Over the August Work Period, I heard from veterans and veterans’ service officers of instances where the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has failed to inform veterans
in a timely manner of the outcome of their disability claim.  When these veterans have received their notifications, the delayed delivery afforded little time for the veteran to submit their appeal within the required response window.  In these instances,
the VA has offered up excuses for the delays in delivering the notices, including by placing the blame on the United States Postal Service (USPS).  Given the importance of these benefits to our veterans, the government should be doing all it can to make it
easier for them to plead their case.  Bureaucratic procedures and shipping delays should not be the reason a veteran cannot get the benefits they need.  That is why I introduced the Veterans Right to Expediency Act.

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Cosponsor H.R. 2315 – To Posthumously Award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Benghazi Heroes in Recognition of Their Contributions to the Nation

In recognition of distinguished acts of bravery, leadership, and achievement that have an enduring impact on American history, Congress is authorized to bestow its highest civilian honor – the Congressional Gold Medal – on individuals whose contributions
and service to our nation stand as a testament to our founding principles.    

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Cosponsor the Palestinian Authority Educational Curriculum Transparency Act

We urge you to cosponsor the Palestinian Authority Educational Curriculum Transparency Act (H.R. 6034), bipartisan legislation we introduced to require the U.S. Secretary of State to regularly review and report to Congress on the content of educational materials
used by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). This legislation follows the release of the Palestinian Authority’s reformed curriculums for grades one through eleven.

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LAST CALL: Letter: Stop the Trump Administration from Erasing Transgender People, DEADLINE COB TODAY

The New York Times has reported that officials in the Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services are leading an effort to redefine “sex” under federal law to specifically exclude transgender people.  This would undermine the gains we
have made on transgender equality and endanger the dignity and very lives of the transgender community.  It would also have far-reaching consequences for states, federal programs, and the rights of intersex people, women, and anyone perceived as not conforming
to narrow gender stereotypes. 

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