Prevent the Spread of Hate Crimes Through Social Media: Cosponsor H.R. 4527 – the Stop HATE Act!

Members of Congress have a responsibility to support and defend the First Amendment. Yet, it is also our duty to prevent its use from inflicting physical or emotional harm on other Americans. As we have seen, most recently in Charlottesville, VA and Shelbyville,
TN, hate groups have used online platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit to spread their hateful message around the country. It is time we understand how we can address the rise of hate crimes and prevent them from harming others.

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Cosponsor H.Res. 252–Bipartisan House Resolution in Support of US – Lebanon Relationship

We invite you to join us in cosponsoring H.Res.252 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on the challenges posed to long-term stability in Lebanon by the conflict in Syria and supporting the establishment of safe areas
in Syria, a House Resolution recognizing the challenges posed to long-term stability in Lebanon by the conflict in Syria. Lebanon has faced tremendous hardship in accepting a refugee population of more than 1.5 million, totaling over one third of their
population, as the Syrian conflict continues to devastate the region. Despite this, Lebanon has not only taken in these refugees during a time of political uncertainty, but has accomplished a transition to a new government through a democratic election, protected
the multi-party system, and worked to maintain a fragile infrastructure system to support the growing population.

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Stop the Deregulation of Firearm Exports

The proliferation of firearms and other small arms to terrorist groups and transnational criminal organizations poses a significant threat to our national security. Currently, the State Department is in charge of reviewing applications for licenses to export
small arms and light weapons. However, the administration is proposing to transfer this oversight authority to the Commerce Department; under a rule expected to in early 2018, the administration would begin to move items from Categories I, II, and III the
United States Munitions List (which is managed by the State Department) to the Commerce Control List (which is managed by the Commerce Department).

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Criminalize the Kansas Swatting

Many of you may have seen the
news
coverage over the holidays of our nation’s first fatal swatting attack in Wichita, Kansas. On December 28th, Andrew Finch, a 28-year-old father of two, was shot by police who thought they were responding to a hostage situation. What the responding
officers did not know was that a man in California had decided to take an online dispute into the real world by telling Wichita police there was a hostage situation at Mr. Finch’s address.

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Protect Voter Information

In June of last year, President Trump’s so-called “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity” requested personally identifiable information of voters from all 50 states.  It was reported recently that the commission’s intent is to store this
information in a centralized federal database.  Please join me in asking Congressional appropriators to prohibit federal funding for Fiscal Year 2018 from being used for such purposes.

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Co-Sponsor Bipartisan SURVIVE Act

As a former law enforcement officer, ensuring victims of domestic violence and crime have the resources they need to seek justice has always been a critical priority. Today, too many victims in vulnerable communities struggle to access vital services and
supports they need. Nowhere is the need for increased access to services greater than across Indian Country.

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Consumer Data Breaches Underscore the Need for Streamlined Notification: Cosponsor HR 3806, The Personal Data Notification and Protection Act

The number of cybersecurity incidents continues to rise and companies continue to have consumer data stolen from their networks.  Often, the notification to consumers about such breaches is slow and inconsistently executed across states. The breach of Uber in
which hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers is the most recent example.  The ride sharing service concealed the details of the breach for more than a year, even paying the attackers a significant sum to remain silent. This breach
follows Equifax losing control of the highly sensitive personal and financial information of as many as 143 million Americans, throwing in stark relief the scope and damage
that can be caused by these incidents. In the weeks since the Equifax breach was first revealed, confusion has abounded among people wondering whether or not their data have been exposed and what Equifax knew when.

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Roundtable Discussion with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights – Thursday, Dec. 7 @ 8:30 a.m. – 2045 Rayburn House Office Building

  Sending Office: Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Sent By: Kimberly.Stanton@mail.house.gov Roundtable Discussion with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Thursday, December 7 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. 2045 Rayburn House Office Building In honor of Human Rights Day on December 10th and in recognition of the 69th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human […]

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