Remove Marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act: Support H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017

On January 4, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo to U.S. Attorneys rescinding protective policies that discouraged enforcement of federal controlled substance laws in states that have legalized marijuana.  Rescinding non-interference policies,
including the Cole Memo, is an attack on state sovereignty that will lead to a federal crackdown on States’ rights. This will impede patients’ and veterans’ access to critical medicine, and halt an industry that is growing and improving local economies.

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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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Sign Letter Urging the Administration to Protect the Community Reinvestment Act

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the Trump Administration is currently planning to revamp financial regulations issued under the Community Reinvestment Act (see
article).  Forty (40) years ago, the Community Reinvestment Act was enacted to require financial institutions to serve the needs of
all individuals in their communities, including low- and moderate-income individuals.  The law was in response to widespread redlining among banks, a practice whereby lenders actively excluded communities of colors from their financial
products and services.   

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Cosponsor H.R. 1553: Honor American Patriots of WWII with a “Congressional Gold Medal”

Wartime media accounts detail the intrepid volunteers, and organizations within several states have recognized them with memorials and websites. Yet the foresight, courage and sacrifices of these patriots have remained for the most part an untold story which
has not received formal, collective recognition. Their positive contributions were legion and the knowledge and experience they obtained under Canadian and British tutelage provided invaluable leadership later when many transferred into branches of the U.S.
Military. These patriots who served in the Canadian and British armed forces before transferring to lead the United States in the wartime effort include
LTC John C. Morgan, the only person to become a Prisoner of War after being awarded the Medal of Honor.  Other distinguished patriots include: Edward J. Tracey,
William R. Dunn,
Dominic Salvatore Gentile, and
John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

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Cosponsor H.R. 2112: the Federal Government Decentralization Commission Act

A common thread that unites all of us in Congress is the desire to bring job growth and development to our districts. In the fight
to uplift our communities, I believe we should be exploring all avenues of potential growth.  Our country should be proud of our capital city, and the role it plays in running the federal government. However, the Founding Fathers could not have envisioned
the size of our current federal government system, where more than 300,000 federal employees work in the Washington DC metropolitan area in 190 federally-owned buildings and 500 leased buildings.  The days in which federal agencies needed to be centrally located
are long gone.  Modern technology allows agencies to carry out their missions remotely just as effectively as they do from Washington D.C.

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Cosponsor the Reaching English Learners Act

Ten percent of public school students are English Learners (ELs) whose native language is one other than English. These children, most of whom are US citizens, speak a wide variety of languages, including Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese, and their population
is growing.

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