Urge the Department of Commerce to Address the Emerging Recycling Crisis Created by China’s 2018 National Sword Policy – Closing June 13, 2019

This week marks the 51st anniversary of the assassination of then-presidential candidate Senator Robert F. Kennedy, the tragic event that led Congress to authorize Secret Service protection for major presidential candidates. It is with this in mind that
we write to voice serious concern for the lack of security at an event featuring multiple major presidential candidates this past weekend.
 

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Cosponsor the Banning Smoking on Amtrak Act

I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor of H.R. 2353, the “Duty To Refuse and Report Foreign Interference in American Elections Act of 2019,” which I introduced to impose an affirmative duty to refuse any offer of election campaign assistance from
any agent or entity acting on behalf or in the interest of a foreign government and to report to the Federal Bureau of Investigation any such offer of assistance from an agent or entity acting on behalf or in the interest of a foreign government. This duty
to refuse and report shall apply to candidates and any person working for, or volunteering with, a candidate for election to federal office. The legislation also requires the Federal Election Commission to require that a candidate for election to federal office
must certify quarterly that he or she is compliance with the above requirements. Violation of the Act carries a penalty of not more than 5 years in prison and a fine of not more than $250,000.

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Join Bipartisan Letter to DOL and USDA Opposing Plan for Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers

In response to
the news that the Trump administration plans to permanently close over a third of Civilian Conservation Center (CCC) program facilities and end the program in its current form, Reps. DeFazio, Newhouse, and Schrader along with Sen. Merkley are leading a
bicameral letter to Secretaries Perdue and Acosta expressing strong opposition and requesting additional information about the plan.

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Cosponsor H.R.1945 – The Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act

On March 2, 2016, renowned environmental and Indigenous rights activist, Berta Cáceres, was viciously murdered in her home in Honduras. Today, Honduras has one of the highest murder rates in the world and remains one of the most dangerous places for activists.
Closely connected with this crisis is the deep corruption of its military and police forces – both of which have been accused of committing human rights abuses while facing no consequences.

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Co-Sponsor H.R. 434 ”Emancipation National Historic Trail”

I thank the 45 members of the house who have co-sponsored H.R. 434. I invite you to join us as a co-sponsor of the “Emancipation National Historic Trail Act,” which will lead to the creation of the Emancipation National Historic Trail, extending approximately
51 miles from the Osterman Building and Reedy Chapel in Galveston, Texas, along Texas State Highway 3 and Interstate 45 North to Freedmen’s Town and Emancipation Park in Houston, Texas. This trail follows the migration route taken by newly freed slaves from
the major 19th-century seaport town of Galveston to the burgeoning community of Freedmen’s Town, which is now the 4th Ward of Houston, home to the 18th Congressional District.

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