HELP PUT AN END TO SYNTHETIC DRUG ABUSE

Over 52,000 Americans, or about 144 people per day, died from drug overdoses in 2015. Nearly one fifth of these deaths resulted from an overdose of synthetic opioids like fentanyl. These synthetic opioids can be as much as 100 times more powerful than painkillers
like morphine. Moreover, synthetic analogues with street names like K2, Spice, Bath Salts, or Molly are designed to mimic other street drugs like marijuana, LSD, and Ecstasy and can be more potent than the real thing and just as deadly. These drugs have no
legitimate industrial or medical use, and their misuse and abuse represents an emerging and ongoing public health and safety crisis in the United States. Criminal drug manufacturers, largely from China, work continuously to stay ahead of the law by altering
the molecular structure of their drugs as soon as the government bans them. The Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which was signed into law over 40 years ago, was designed to protect the public from the dangers associated with drugs and drug use. However, the
CSA was not designed to handle the magnitude and speed in which these new psychoactive substances have emerged in our communities.  The Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues (SITSA) Act of 2017 is a bipartisan approach that will update
the CSA to provide swifter action to stop the unlawful importation and distribution of synthetic drugs, and give law enforcement effective tools to help keep our communities safe.

Read More

Let Americans 50+ to Buy Into Medicare!

One thing we can all agree on is that our constituents age 50 and above deserve good health care coverage at a reasonable cost but face challenges to purchase such coverage. The Medicare Buy In Act would provide this age group with another option for insurance
coverage.

Read More

CLOSING TODAY : On Title IX’s 45th Anniversary, sign a Letter to Secretary DeVos to Prioritize Efforts to Combat Sexual Violence and Harassment in K-12 Schools

Protecting young people from sexual and dating violence is a priority for us all.  However, more can be done to equip our K-12 schools with the resources and training to address these issues at the onset.  Continued attention to training and overall knowledge
of Title IX will prepare our K-12 schools and faculty to address their obligations under the law and maintain their commitment to protecting our students from harm. 

Read More

Help Stressed Out Teachers (v. 4)

High levels of stress are adversely affecting teachers’ health. Teachers with high levels of stress are less effective in raising student achievement than their healthier peers. According to a 2014 Gallup survey, 46 percent of teachers experience high daily
stress during the school year. This percentage is tied for the highest rate of high daily stress among occupations. Stress affects the physical health of teachers which compromises teaching performance and negatively impacts student well-being. Elementary
school teachers who have greater stress and show more symptoms of depression create classroom environments that are less conducive to learning.

Read More

Seeking Original Cosponsors: Let’s Increase Wages for American Workers

Please join me in sponsoring a large expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to compensate for the loss of wages of the bottom twenty percent of wage earners since 1979. This will be one of the largest tax cuts for hard working Americans in decades.
Under this plan, over 85 million taxpayers will end up owing nothing to the IRS.

Read More

Support H.R. 2612, the Community Reentry Act of 2017 (v. 4)

              I invite you to cosponsor H.R. 2612, the Community Reentry Act of 2017, which would ensure that formerly incarcerated individuals are placed in residential reentry centers located no more than 50 miles away from previous or anticipated permanent
legal address.

Read More