We Need Olympics Reform Now! – DOJ Now Investigating Sex Abuse Within Olympic Organizations

Over the past several decades, the Olympic movement has strayed from its roots. The time is now to take a serious look at the USOPC and if it is fulfilling its mission as outlined by the Ted Stevens Amateur Sports Act. As several Congressional and private
investigations revealed, United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee officials were more concerned with protecting the Olympics brand and producing medals than athlete’s health and well being. The time is right to take an Olympics wide accounting of the
underlying culture that lead to the multiple sexual abuse scandals plaguing the Olympics community.
A Congressionally mandated Commission will allow experts in sports governance, coaching, child welfare and abuse to address these issues in a timely manner, free from politics. 

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Cosponsor the Indian Programs Advance Appropriations Act

We invite you to cosponsor H.R.1128, the Indian Programs Advance Appropriations Act, a legislative fix to address the disproportionate harm that delays in federal funding cause throughout Indian Country. The 35-day partial government
shutdown put a tragic spotlight on the clear need for advance appropriations for the Indian Health Service (IHS) and for the Bureaus of Indian Affairs and Indian Education (BIA and BIE). Basic everyday needs like health clinics, tribal justice services, and
social services for children, families, and seniors went unfunded, putting Native American communities at risk. These programs are critical to life, health, and safety in these communities, and the federal government has a legal and moral responsibility to
ensure funding for our trust and treaty responsibilities is not interrupted. Advance appropriations for Indian Country are a promising avenue to ensure that the nation can better meet its commitment to uphold trust and treaty responsibilities.

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Cosponsor the Promoting National Service and Reducing Unemployment Act

Please cosponsor the Promoting National Service and Reducing Unemployment Act (H.R. 5618) to address one of the greatest workforce tragedies resulting from today’s economy—our unemployed young people—to spur economic growth and to alleviate strain on state
and local governments.  This tragedy is not only harming our young people, but it is also costing our government billions of dollars each year in lost productivity, lost tax revenue and other costs.  Although total unemployment has reached a relative low (3.5
percent), the unemployment rate for young people is eight percent.  These young people have not had a fair chance to use the high school or college education we strongly urged them to obtain.

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Support School Cafeteria Workers!

We invite you to join us in supporting school cafeteria workers, and in ensuring that required trainings occur during work hours and are paid if they take place after work hours.  We invite you to cosponsor H.R. 2651, the “Improving Training for School Food
Service Workers Act”.

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Support Safe Workplaces – Cosponsor H.R. 4843 the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program Authorization Act!

I invite you to join me as a cosponsor of H.R. 4843 the Susan Harwood Training Grant Program Authorization Act. This program, administered by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), provides grants to non-profits, community organizations,
employer associations, labor unions, educational institutions, and state and local governments to provide training and education programs to create safer workplaces.

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