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

We are writing to urge you to add your name as a cosponsor of The Do No Harm Act (H.R. 3222) – a bill that would restore the Religious Freedom Restoration Act’s (RFRA) purpose of serving as a protective shield for the free exercise of religion rather than
as a sword used to harm others.  The Do No Harm Act would make clear that RFRA does
not preempt fundamental laws that protect against discrimination and would restore the sacred balance between our right to religious freedom and our promise of equal protection under the law.  Specifically, the bill would
prevent the RFRA law from being used to deny:

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

Please join me in cosponsoring H.R. 2095, the Fair Pay Act of 2017.  The 1963 Equal Pay Act (EPA), the first of the great civil rights statutes of the 1960s, was successful for close to 20 years, but it is too creaky with age to be useful today.  It is long
time to amend the EPA to reflect the new workforce, in which women work as much as men. 

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Prevent the Spread of Hate Crimes While Protecting the First Amendment: Cosponsor 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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Help Eliminate the Wage Gap by Cosponsoring the Pay Equity for All Act

Please join us in cosponsoring H.R. 2418, the Pay Equity for All Act, which aims to help reduce the gender and racial wage gap by prohibiting employers from seeking the salary history of job applicants as a condition of employment or continued employment. 
Massachusetts recently became the first state to ban salary history questions, and other states such as California and Colorado are considering similar legislation—and in May 2017, New York City banned employers from asking salary history questions during
the application process. 

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During This Holiday Season, Remember the Rohingya

As 2017 comes to an end, some 650,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine state in Burma (Myanmar) due to a brutal military campaign underway since last August. Hundreds of Rohingya villages have been burned and thousands of people have been killed. The ongoing atrocities
have occurred is spite of repeated warnings in recent years of the potential for genocidal violence.

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Sexual Harassment should not be a Tax Break

As our national conversation continues around the prevalence of sexual harassment both in and out of the workplace, the time has come to examine and reverse policies that have enabled this behavior and allowed it to remain in the shadows for so long. That
is why I am introducing legislation entitled No Tax Deductions for Sexual Harasser Buyouts Act to strike the tax deductibility of contract buyouts in the case of sexual harassment of an employee.

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Seeking Originals: Sexual Assault should not be a Tax Break

As our national conversation continues around the prevalence of sexual harassment both in and out of the workplace, the time has come to examine and reverse policies that have enabled this behavior and allowed it to remain in the shadows for so long. That
is why I am introducing legislation entitled No Tax Deductions for Sexual Harasser Buyouts Act to strike the tax deductibility of contract buyouts in the case of sexual harassment of an employee.

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Help Protect Native American Women and Girls

Native American women face a murder rate ten times higher than the national average, with eighty-four percent experiencing some form of violence in their lifetime. While the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 and the Tribal Law and Order
Act have helped bring attention to the high rates of violence against Native women, there is still no reliable way of knowing how many Native women go missing each year because the databases that hold statistics of these cases are extremely outdated and in
need of reform. It’s time we act.

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