Become an Original Co-Sponsor of the Brunei Sanctions Act

This month, the Sultanate of Brunei instituted a brutal and draconian new Penal Code that would strip away the human rights of its citizens and strengthen the government’s authoritarian grip. The recently announced Penal Code revisions mandate the death
penalty for numerous offenses – among them adultery, consensual same-sex relations, blasphemy, and robbery. The Penal Code also introduces stoning as the means of execution for those who engage in same-sex or extramarital relations. The Sultanate’s plan also
authorizes flogging for women who have abortions and amputation for those accused of theft. Further, the Penal Code would criminalize exposure of Muslim children to beliefs and practices of any religion other than Islam.

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Cosponsor Bipartisan H.R. 2048, The Pink Tax Repeal Act

In 1994, the California Assembly Office of Research conducted a study that found that women pay a “gender tax” of $1,351/year for the same services as men. I subsequently sponsored the “Repeal the Gender Tax Act” in the California Assembly, which passed
in 1996 and required that prices for services like dry cleaning and haircuts be determined by the amount of time needed to do the job, not by gender.

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CLOSING SOON: Defend Afro-Brazilian and Indigenous Rights in Brazil! Cosign Letter to Secretary Pompeo – Deadline April 22

Please join us in signing this letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, expressing deep concern for attacks on the rights of indigenous peoples and Afro-Brazilian Quilombola communities (settlements founded and organized by escaped slaves and their descendants)
in Brazil. Though these communities have faced discrimination and violations of their collective rights for decades, the prospects under recently inaugurated President Jair Bolsonaro are simply alarming and require action.

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Become an Original Co-Sponsor of the Brunei Sanctions Act

This month, the Sultanate of Brunei instituted a brutal and draconian new Penal Code that would strip away the human rights of its citizens and strengthen the government’s authoritarian grip. The recently announced Penal Code revisions mandate the death
penalty for numerous offenses – among them adultery, consensual same-sex relations, blasphemy, and robbery. The Penal Code also introduces stoning as the means of execution for those who engage in same-sex or extramarital relations. The Sultanate’s plan also
authorizes flogging for women who have abortions and amputation for those accused of theft. Further, the Penal Code would criminalize exposure of Muslim children to beliefs and practices of any religion other than Islam.

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Become an Original Cosponsor of the Federal Government Advertising Equity Accountability Act

Please join me in encouraging fair access to federal advertising contracts by becoming an original cosponsor of the Federal Government Advertising Equity Accountability Act.  This bill would require all federal agencies to include in their annual budget
requests to Congress the amount they spend on advertising contracts with small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs) and businesses owned by minorities and women.  Federal agencies would be required to provide prior and projected total expenditures for such contracts. 

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Protect Innocent Americans from Federal Civil Asset Forfeiture

Across the country, innocent individuals are having their property seized and due process violated by federal agencies like the Department of Justice and Internal Revenue Services.  Stories about a grocer in Michigan, a restaurant owner in Iowa and farmers
in Maryland sadly show that the I.R.S., with help from federal prosecutors, can seize bank accounts of unsuspecting, and innocent Americans. 

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