Co-sponsor request: #metoonatsec- Preventing Harassment and Sexual Assault Prevention at the State Department

Last fall, the Me Too movement ignited when celebrities began speaking out with stories of sexual harassment and violence allegedly perpetrated by titans in Hollywood like Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer in the media. In November 2017, 223 women in the national
security field—current and former diplomats, civil servants, servicemembers, and development workers—signed an open letter with the hashtag #metoonatsec, declaring that “assault and harassment are just as much a problem for women working on the night-shift
cleaning offices as it is for diplomats.” 

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Cosponsor H.R. 2315 – To Posthumously Award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Benghazi Heroes in Recognition of Their Contributions to the Nation

In recognition of distinguished acts of bravery, leadership, and achievement that have an enduring impact on American history, Congress is authorized to bestow its highest civilian honor – the Congressional Gold Medal – on individuals whose contributions
and service to our nation stand as a testament to our founding principles.    

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CONDOLENCE BOOK IN SPEAKER’S LOBBY

            Former President George H.W. Bush passed away on November 30, 2018.  A condolence book is available in the Speaker’s Lobby for Members who would like to write a message of sympathy to former President George W. Bush and the Bush family.

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Cosponsor H. Res. 993 and Oppose the Privatization of the U.S. Postal Service!

            For over 240 years, the United States Postal Service and our dedicated postal workforce have performed the essential government function of “providing postal services to bind the Nation together through the personal, educational, literary,
and business correspondence of the people.” In furtherance of this mission, the Postal Service and its more than 500,000 clerks, letter carriers, mail handlers, and other employees deliver the mail to over 157 million residential and business customers
six days a week nationwide.  Given the effectiveness of the Postal Service in fulfilling its critical public service mission, it is not surprising that the American people have consistently ranked the Postal Service as our most trusted government agency. 
In a
recent Gallup poll, an overwhelming majority of Americans also rated the Postal Service as “doing an excellent or good job.”

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Co-Sponsor the Diverse Small Businesses Empowerment Act

While women, veterans, and minorities represent the largest share of new small business start-ups in the country, they still face tremendous institutional barriers. To help address this problem, I am introducing legislation to cut the upfront fees for certain
small business loans, making it easier for small business start-ups to access the loans without paying high guarantee fees.

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