CLOSING MONDAY – Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Help Victims Get Compensation!

Every 98 seconds, someone in this country is sexually assaulted. For many victims of sexual assault, stepping out of the shadows
and reporting the crime is traumatic enough. On top of this, the evidence kits for many victims lay untested in police labs’ shelves for years on end before any justice is ever achieved. Countless victims are forced to lose work hours in order to attend doctor’s
visits and attend to legal matters; medical bills rack up and lost wages can turn into lost jobs.

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Co-sponsor the Voting Access Act

President Trump recently announced the establishment of an ‘election integrity’ commission, ironically led by voter suppressors, Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, which threatens to serve as a platform to further escalate
voter suppression across the nation.  Trump’s insistence that millions of people voted illegally in 2016 is a flat-out falsehood. The truth remains that it is more likely for someone to be struck by lightning than for someone to have committed voter fraud. 
In addition, the Supreme Court recently declined to hear a case in which a federal appeals court struck down a North Carolina law as an unconstitutional effort to directly target the voting rights of African-American. As lawmakers, we must continue to seek
improvements to our flawed system and ensure voting rights for all.

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Cosponsor H.R. 3222, the Do No Harm Act

When Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in 1993 with overwhelming bipartisan support, the intent was not to undermine civil rights, but to protect them,
especially for religious minorities. Religion is a protected class under the Civil Rights Act, and the freedom to exercise religious beliefs is constitutionally protected as a fundamental American value. 

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Cosponsor the Don’t Block LGBTQ Act

Please join me in introducing the
Don’t Block LGBTQ Act of 2017, legislation that would ensure our nation’s public schools and libraries are not blocking critical resources for LGBTQ people. Currently, public schools and libraries
that receive discounted telecommunications and internet services through the E-rate program must enforce an internet safety policy that in some cases has led to the blocking of useful LGBTQ resources. This legislation would clarify that those schools that
block LGBTQ resources are not eligible for discounted services under the E-rate program.

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