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Tired of Robocalls? Cosponsor H.R. 3375, Stopping Bad Robocalls Act

July 11, 2019

Please join us as a cosponsor of H.R. 3375, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, to put a stop to the onslaught of unlawful robocalls.  The Communications and Technology Subcommittee voted in June to advance H.R. 3375 by voice vote and the bill now awaits consideration
by the full Committee on Energy and Commerce.

HEMP FOR VICTORY ACT

July 11, 2019

Since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, there has been a growing interest to capitalize on hemp cultivation across the United States. As a commercial, industrial, and medicinal/therapeutic product,
the potential for hemp to become a major U.S. commodity already is evident given continued expansion of hemp cultivation in states and their businesses.

Support Domestic Violence Survivors

July 11, 2019

One in four women and one in nine men have suffered physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner, which has a devastating impact on a survivor’s physical and emotional health. Often forgotten when we talk about victims of intimate partner violence,
sexual assault, stalking, and revenge pornography, is the severe economic impact this abuse can have on victims. It can cost victims their jobs, their homes, their health, and their insurance – and, in cases of domestic violence, reinforce their dependency
on their abusers as a result. Abusers often use economic necessities like rent, health care, and child care to exert control over their victims. And victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and revenge pornography often find that abuse
and threats follow them from home into the workplace – each year, they lose nearly eight million days of paid work—the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs.

Cosponsor the Social Enterprise Ecosystem and Economic Development (SEEED) Commission Act

July 11, 2019

Throughout the United States, social entrepreneurship has gained increasing recognition as a movement and an economic phenomenon that benefits our economy and creates jobs. As a former Mayor, I am all too familiar with many of the difficult and sometime
overwhelming challenges facing our local communities. But our social entrepreneurs are transforming society in ways traditional systems and government programs cannot, which makes it imperative that policymakers recognize and support social enterprises.

Support Apprentices: Cosponsor the Promoting Apprentices in Public Service Act

July 11, 2019

Please join me in cosponsoring the Promoting Apprentices in Public Service Act. As you know, there are currently 585,000 apprentices developing the critical skills necessary to compete in a 21st Century economy. Apprentices that successfully complete an
apprenticeship program earn a higher median annual wage than the median for all workers. In order to build upon the success that these apprenticeship programs produce, the federal government must capitalize on apprentices’ experience and provide resources
to compel more men and women to enter into these programs.

Co-sponsor the National Multimodal Freight Network Improvement Act (H.R. 839)

July 11, 2019

I write to request your co-sponsorship of the National Multimodal Freight Network Improvement Act, which will require the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to include ports with annual cargo value of $1 billion or more on the National Multimodal Freight
Network.

Cosponsor H.R. 2542: The Preparing Localities for an Autonomous and Connected Environment (PLACE) Act

July 11, 2019

Please join me as a cosponsor of the PLACE Act, legislation creating a federally funded highly automated vehicle clearinghouse to examine the secondary influences of autonomous vehicles.

Help Support Diversity in Health Professions

July 11, 2019

The United States has been and will continue to be a proud, diverse nation.  Unfortunately, our diversity is not faithfully reflected in the health workforce, where a staggering amount of racial disparity exists. 
A study conducted by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has found that in the fields of occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology, over 77% of health professionals are Caucasian, while less than 5% are African-American. 
This is important when you consider that the U.S. Institute of Medicine found evidence that patients have better health outcomes when the doctor and patient are of the same race or ethnicity.  Only by having these professions reflect the makeup of our country
can we have the most effective health care possible.