Be an ORIGINAL Cosponsor of the “Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act of 2017”

Please join me in cosponsoring the “Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act of 2017”. The Safer Neighborhoods Gun Buyback Act of 2017 incentivizes states, local governments, and gun dealers to conduct gun
buyback programs. Gun buyback programs are a success across the nation, and states and local governments see great value in these programs. However, due to budget cuts and lack of funding, states and local governments find it difficult to conduct gun buyback
programs.

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Deadline 3 PM TODAY: Become an Original Cosponsor of the SECURE Firearm Storage Act

I am writing to ask that you join me in working to reduce the stunning number of stolen guns that end up in the hands of criminals each year. I encourage you to cosponsor legislation I plan to introduce next week, the
SECURE (Safety Enhancements for Communities Using Reasonable and Effective) Firearm Storage Act, to make our communities safer by addressing firearm theft from Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL).

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Cosponsor the Fostering Academic Information and Resources (FAIR) Act

Please join me in guaranteeing that every child is given a fair chance at pursuing a college degree. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 84% of college aged foster youth report wanting to go to college, but only 20% actually attend. Especially for
former foster youth, the steep costs of tuition, housing, or even the price of books become insurmountable barriers to higher education.
Former foster youth qualify for various higher education assistance programs like Chafee Educational and Training Vouchers or Pell Grants that alleviate the cost of college. However, a 2016 GAO report found that many former foster youth, unaware of these resources,
are discouraged from pursuing higher education.The Fostering Academic Information and Resources Act (FAIR Act)
requires foster youth to be presented information on all relevant federal assistance programs for higher education expenses. When foster youth express interest in attending college, they are not always fully informed of tuition or housing assistance programs.
My summer intern Jameshia, a former foster youth, had the opportunity to attend her dream school, but the costs of attending led to her departure after her first year. By chance, she spotted a brochure on a coffee table outlining federal assistance programs
eenabling her to re-enroll in college. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree and recently completed her Master’s in Social Work.
Making this simple addition will help numerous former foster youth, like Jameshia, afford and gain access to a college degree. To cosponsor this bill, please contact Alex Huang in my office at
Alex.Huang@mail.house.gov or at (202) 225-5802.

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CLOSING MONDAY: Bicameral Letter to Secretary DeVos on Exclusionary Discipline Practices

Each year thousands of children are removed from the learning environment with exclusionary discipline practices such as suspension and expulsion. The previous administration took much-needed steps forward in reducing the use of these practices in our public
schools, but more work is needed. Regrettably, the momentum achieved over the last few years stands to be reversed under the leadership of Secretary DeVos. We are writing to request information about how the Department of Education will work with states to
reduce exclusionary and aversive discipline in our public schools across the country.

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Demand Trump Administration Not Erase Transgender Elders – CLOSING SOON

I write to ask you to join me in sending a comment to the Office of Management and Budget expressing opposition to the proposed form of the 2017 National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP), which eliminates previously used demographic questions
regarding participant’s gender identity.
In 2011, the senior citizen advocacy group Justice in Aging found that transgender seniors suffer widespread discrimination in long-term care facilities.  Other studies have consistently found that transgender older adults face significantly higher levels of
poverty than the general population, which are compounded by higher levels of social isolation.
Removing transgender demographic questions from the NSOAAP sends the message that the needs of transgender older Americans do not exist and that taxpayer-funded programs for older Americans do not need to reach
all older Americans, regardless their gender identity.
Please join me in supporting transgender older Americans and in urging the reinstatement of the transgender demographic questions in the 2017 NSOAAP.
To sign on, please contact Roddy Flynn with the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus at
Roddy.flynn@mail.house.gov.
Sincerely,
Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22)
Chair, LGBT Aging Issues Task Force
Office of Management and Budget
Director Mick Mulvaney
Attn: OMB Desk Officer for ACL
RE: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Revision of a Currently Approved Collection (ICR Rev); National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP)
Director Mulvaney,
We write to oppose the Administration on Community Living’s (“ACL”) proposed form of the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP) insofar as it excludes a demographic question relating to participants’ gender identity.  From the research
and data that has been collected, it is clear that transgender older adults confront significantly higher levels of discrimination, health disparities, psychological distress, and poverty than their non-transgender peers.  These unique and higher barriers
require that ACL programming take particular note of whether the government assistance funded by the Older Americans Act is reaching the transgender community.
After the initial federal register notice of NSOAAP revealed that ACL was proposing to fully eliminate all demographic questions relating to the entire lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, we sent a bipartisan letter signed by 49 members of Congress
(attached hereto) opposing this deletion.  The disparities between LGBT and non-LGBT populations of older Americans is all the more pronounced when the focus is narrowed to just transgender Americans.  According to
Understanding Issues Facing LGBT Older Adults[1], 25% of transgender older adults report having faced discrimination based on their gender identity and nearly 50% live at 200% of the federal
poverty line or lower.  These challenges are compounded by concerns related to caregiving and by limited access to healthcare.  Almost one third of transgender people do not know who will care for them as they age and approximately two thirds fear their access
to healthcare will be limited as they get older.
These clear barriers to safety, security, and health care call for more information to be specifically collected on the plight of transgender elders.  The current noticed version of NSOAAP erases the experience and challenges of the transgender community for
no discernable reason.  Keeping one additional question in a more than 100-page survey can hardly be viewed as a burden.  Simply restoring this demographic question will go far to ensuring the purpose of the OAA, ensuring older Americans are able to live out
their golden years with dignity and support, is fulfilled.
For years NSOAAP has specifically examined whether OAA programs are reaching communities most in need including the transgender community.  The transgender demographic question was, appropriately, optional and did not publicly identify any program participant
in the survey results.  The question did not violate the participants’ privacy; rather it ensured that a population with specific needs was seen and that programs helped all of those who needed assistance.
We strongly encourage you to restore the deleted gender identity demographic question.  ACL must commit to serving all elders, and that begins with a comprehensive NSOAAP that reveals whether OAA is reaching older transgender Americans in need.
Sincerely,

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Demand Trump Administration Not Erase Transgender Elders – CLOSING SOON

I write to ask you to join me in sending a comment to the Office of Management and Budget expressing opposition to the proposed form of the 2017 National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP), which eliminates previously used demographic questions
regarding participant’s gender identity.
In 2011, the senior citizen advocacy group Justice in Aging found that transgender seniors suffer widespread discrimination in long-term care facilities.  Other studies have consistently found that transgender older adults face significantly higher levels of
poverty than the general population, which are compounded by higher levels of social isolation.
Removing transgender demographic questions from the NSOAAP sends the message that the needs of transgender older Americans do not exist and that taxpayer-funded programs for older Americans do not need to reach
all older Americans, regardless their gender identity.
Please join me in supporting transgender older Americans and in urging the reinstatement of the transgender demographic questions in the 2017 NSOAAP.
To sign on, please contact Roddy Flynn with the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus at
Roddy.flynn@mail.house.gov.
Sincerely,
Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22)
Chair, LGBT Aging Issues Task Force
Office of Management and Budget
Director Mick Mulvaney
Attn: OMB Desk Officer for ACL
RE: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Revision of a Currently Approved Collection (ICR Rev); National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP)
Director Mulvaney,
We write to oppose the Administration on Community Living’s (“ACL”) proposed form of the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP) insofar as it excludes a demographic question relating to participants’ gender identity.  From the research
and data that has been collected, it is clear that transgender older adults confront significantly higher levels of discrimination, health disparities, psychological distress, and poverty than their non-transgender peers.  These unique and higher barriers
require that ACL programming take particular note of whether the government assistance funded by the Older Americans Act is reaching the transgender community.
After the initial federal register notice of NSOAAP revealed that ACL was proposing to fully eliminate all demographic questions relating to the entire lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, we sent a bipartisan letter signed by 49 members of Congress
(attached hereto) opposing this deletion.  The disparities between LGBT and non-LGBT populations of older Americans is all the more pronounced when the focus is narrowed to just transgender Americans.  According to
Understanding Issues Facing LGBT Older Adults[1], 25% of transgender older adults report having faced discrimination based on their gender identity and nearly 50% live at 200% of the federal
poverty line or lower.  These challenges are compounded by concerns related to caregiving and by limited access to healthcare.  Almost one third of transgender people do not know who will care for them as they age and approximately two thirds fear their access
to healthcare will be limited as they get older.
These clear barriers to safety, security, and health care call for more information to be specifically collected on the plight of transgender elders.  The current noticed version of NSOAAP erases the experience and challenges of the transgender community for
no discernable reason.  Keeping one additional question in a more than 100-page survey can hardly be viewed as a burden.  Simply restoring this demographic question will go far to ensuring the purpose of the OAA, ensuring older Americans are able to live out
their golden years with dignity and support, is fulfilled.
For years NSOAAP has specifically examined whether OAA programs are reaching communities most in need including the transgender community.  The transgender demographic question was, appropriately, optional and did not publicly identify any program participant
in the survey results.  The question did not violate the participants’ privacy; rather it ensured that a population with specific needs was seen and that programs helped all of those who needed assistance.
We strongly encourage you to restore the deleted gender identity demographic question.  ACL must commit to serving all elders, and that begins with a comprehensive NSOAAP that reveals whether OAA is reaching older transgender Americans in need.
Sincerely,

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Cosponsor H.R. 3038 – the Time Off To Vote Act

The right to vote is essential to our democracy.  As President Johnson said in 1957, “This right to vote is the basic right without which all others are meaningless. It gives people, people as individuals, control over their own destinies.”  While the days
of poll taxes and literacy tests are behind us, impediments to voting still remain.

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Urge the FCC to expand tribal broadband access (v. 2)

Broadband access is critical for native communities and can make the difference between poverty and their potential for prosperity. However, despite there being an outstanding rule that would aid their ability to improve connectivity on these lands, we are
deeply disappointed that the FCC has announced that they will not be considering this issue during their upcoming meeting on August 3rd.We understand that the FCC will vote on a series of items during their upcoming meeting and we urge them to include
expanding tribal broadband access is on their agenda.

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