Cosponsor the Relief from Sequestration Act

For years, the automatic reductions in both discretionary and mandatory spending triggered by sequestration has negatively impacted our economy, government, and harmed our nation.  I ask for your support for the Relief from Sequestration Act of 2019 to repeal
these reductions in their entirety.  This bill repeals the draconian and automatic sequestration cuts imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Sequestration was originally intended to force Congress to make difficult decisions about deficit reduction.  Unfortunately, Congress failed to find a solution to reduce our deficit and the devastating mechanism of sequestration took effect.  Under sequestration,
automatic and indiscriminate cuts were applied through fiscal year 2021, decimating discretionary spending.  The sequester forestalled the sound planning needed for meaningful investments in national security, the workforce, transportation infrastructure,
education, health care, public safety, housing, innovation, small business development, and many other facets of enduring national strength.  These cuts have also had unacceptable and serious economic implications, by disrupting regular order in Congress.
The solution must be to permanently end this misguided and ineffective policy.

It is apparent that the mechanism of sequestration has not been effective or necessary to spur the creation of a comprehensive deficit reduction plan.  In fact, the author of the 1987 law that first employed sequestration as an enforcement mechanism never intended
for the sequester to be triggered; rather that only the threat of it be used to spur action and compromise.  Clearly, it failed in that regard.  In light of sequestration’s failure, the Relief from Sequestration Act of 2019 would end years of harmful cuts
to discretionary programs triggered by this mechanism and eliminate the automatic across-the-board reductions in discretionary caps that are in place for Fiscal Years 2020 through Fiscal Year 2021.

This bill does not deny the fact that we need a comprehensive, long-term deficit reduction deal.  We absolutely do.  This bill recognizes that discretionary spending accounts, and the economy, should no longer be held hostage by the threat of sequestration
while Congress debates the larger revenue and mandatory spending changes that are fundamentally necessary.  We have a deficit problem that must be addressed, but we should not damage our economy and undermine national security in the process.

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Cosponsor the Disclosing Aid Spent to Ensure Relief (DISASTER) Act

Our nation has experienced a variety of natural disasters, particularly over the last several years. The federal government plays a vital role in helping communities recover from these disasters, yet the federal government does not produce a single estimate
of how much it spends on disaster-related assistance each year.

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Cosponsor a Bill to Eliminate Unequal Pay for Women in Gender-Based Jobs

Please join me in cosponsoring the Fair Pay Act of 2019 (H.R. 2039).  The 1963 Equal Pay Act (EPA), the first of the great civil rights statutes of the 1960s, has grown creaky with age and needs updating to reflect the new workforce, where women work almost
as much as men.  It is long past time to amend the EPA to reflect this new workforce.

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LAST CALL FOR ORIGINALS: Cosponsor Clyburn-Booker Bill to Combat Poverty

Poverty is a perplexing conundrum and has plagued our nation for centuries. We have the tools to address this chronic problem, but for various and sundry reasons we have never developed the will to find solutions. The bill Senator Cory Booker and I are reintroducing,
An Act Targeting Resources to Communities in Need, is an attempt to codify a funding effort that has proven to be successful.

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Cosponsor the Disclosing Aid Spent to Ensure Relief (DISASTER) Act

Our nation has experienced a variety of natural disasters, particularly over the last several years. The federal government plays a vital role in helping communities recover from these disasters, yet the federal government does not produce a single estimate
of how much it spends on disaster-related assistance each year.

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DEADLINE TODAY @ 12PM – Keep Naturalization Affordable and Reduce USCIS Backlogs

Please join me in sending this letter to Chairwoman Roybal-Allard and Ranking Member Fleischmann asking the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security to adopt report language in support of maintaining the affordability of naturalization, ensuring
that the application process runs efficiently, and encouraging USCIS to leverage its authority to obtain private financial support for citizenship promotion and education work. 

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

Please cosponsor the Pay Equity for All Act (H.R. 1864), which seeks to help eliminate the gender and racial pay gaps by prohibiting employers from asking job applicants for their salary history before making a job or salary offer.  The text of the Pay Equity
for All Act was included in the House-passed Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 7).

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