Requesting Original Cosponsors: Protect Consumers and Small Businesses and Keep Commerce Moving Through Our Ports

International trade accounts for as much as one-quarter of our economy.  The readiness of consumers and shippers to fully engage in these markets determines the success of our local economies and how well we will compete in world trade.  Our nation’s international
traders face the daunting task of understanding a complex array of international shipping firms, policies, laws, and regulations.

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Cosponsor H.R. 126 – The Students Voicing Opinions in Today’s Elections (VOTE) Act

Please join me as a cosponsor the Students Voicing Opinions in Today’s Elections (VOTE) Act. The right to vote is one of the most important and empowering rights granted to citizens of the United States, yet only 55% of the youth
voter population is registered to vote. We need to educate our youth about the electoral system so they can be prepared be civically engaged once they reach voting age.

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Become a Co-Sponsor: Closing the Gun Show Loophole

I invite you to become a co-sponsor of a bill that closes the gun show loophole. The United States experiences epidemic levels of gun violence, claiming over 30,000 lives annually, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition
to those who are killed or injured, there are countless others whose lives are forever changed by the deaths of and injuries to their loved ones. Gun violence touches every segment of our society. It increases the probability of deaths in incidents of domestic
violence, raises the likelihood of fatalities by those who intend to injure others and among those who attempt suicide, and places innocent children and young people at risk.

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Cosponsor H.R. 166 – The Fair Lending for All Act

The work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) since its inception has shown the clear need to address the epidemic of

discrimination in lending. People of color have been disproportionately denied loans at a far greater rate than their white counterparts.

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Support Efforts to Require the Federal Reserve to Diversify its Leadership

Throughout the century-long history of the Federal Reserve System, there have been more than 130 different presidents of the 12 Federal Reserve Banks. Shockingly, no African-American or Latino has ever served as a president of a Federal Reserve Bank up until
last year, with the historic selection of Raphael Bostic to lead the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, while only 6 women have ever served in that capacity. In fact, until 2009 there had never been a non-White Federal Reserve Bank president. Given the important
role the 12 Federal Reserve Bank presidents play in banking regulation and determining our nation’s monetary policy, it is critical that gender, racially and ethnically diverse candidates are seriously considered for these positions. 

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Become a Co-Sponsor: Closing the Gun Show Loophole

I invite you to become a co-sponsor of a bill that closes the gun show loophole. The United States experiences epidemic levels of gun violence, claiming over 30,000 lives annually, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention. In addition to those who are killed or injured, there are countless others whose lives are forever changed by the deaths of and injuries to their loved ones. Gun violence touches every segment of our society. It increases the probability of
deaths in incidents of domestic violence, raises the likelihood of fatalities by those who intend to injure others and among those who attempt suicide, and places innocent children and young people at risk.

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Cosponsor the Low-Wage Federal Contractor Employee Back Pay Act of 2019

Please cosponsor the Low-Wage Federal Contractor Employee Back Pay Act to grant back pay to low-wage federally contracted retail, food, custodial and security service workers who are furloughed during the current and any other federal government shutdown
this fiscal year (fiscal year 2019).  After previous government shutdowns, federal workers have received back pay, but not federal contract workers, who often perform the same jobs as civil servants.  While I believe that all federal employees and federal
contract workers should receive back pay after a shutdown, we know that we cannot get Congress to make whole all who are hurt by a shutdown.  Therefore, our bill focuses specifically on low-wage federal contract workers, because these are the workers most
likely to be irretrievably hurt by lost wages during a shutdown.

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Support Efforts to Require the Federal Reserve to Diversify its Leadership

Throughout the century-long history of the Federal Reserve System, there have been more than 130 different presidents of the 12 Federal Reserve Banks. Shockingly, no African-American or Latino has ever served as a president of a Federal Reserve Bank up until
last year, with the historic selection of Raphael Bostic to lead the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, while only 6 women have ever served in that capacity. In fact, until 2009 there had never been a non-White Federal Reserve Bank president. Given the important
role the 12 Federal Reserve Bank presidents play in banking regulation and determining our nation’s monetary policy, it is critical that gender, racially and ethnically diverse candidates are seriously considered for these positions. 

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Oppose Rider to NFIP Extension

The Senate unanimously passed a Continuing Resolution to keep the government open that also extends a number of critical programs that needed to be reauthorized, including the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), until February 8, 2019.

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