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. 

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TRAINING: STOP THE BLEED

As Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I invite you and your staff to participate in an upcoming training session on traumatic injuries.

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Urge HUD to finalize the Condominium Rule to expand affordable family housing

Home ownership lies at the center of the American Dream.  That’s why in July 2016, Congress enacted H.R. 3700 directing the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to adopt rules changes to ease onerous restrictions on FHA loans financing condominium purchases. 
In September 2016, FHA published its proposed rule implementing Congress’ direction.  The proposal would authorize single unit approval loans and relax burdensome condominium certification requirements.  Housing advocates enthusiastically embrace these changes
to expand the range of affordable housing and open home ownership to more well-qualified, first time home buyers.  The new rule will help more families realize the dream of owning a home.

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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.

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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.

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Urge President to Condemn Turkish Aggression in Cyprus’s Territory

Please join us in sending a letter to President Trump, urging him to condemn acts of aggression taken by the Republic of Turkey in Cyprus’s sovereign territory and to reassert the right of Cyprus to develop its hydrocarbon resources. Cyprus, the United States,
and other important U.S. trade partners in the region have a longstanding and enduring partnership in the Eastern Mediterranean. Unfortunately, the region has been destabilized in recent years by the increasingly autocratic regime of President Recep Tayyip
Erdogan.

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