Restore Transparency and Accountability in the Executive Branch

While the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is charged with monitoring ethics compliance at federal agencies and the White House, it presently acts only in an advisory capacity. OGE identifies violations of ethics laws and regulations but lacks the authority
to compel compliance. To fulfill its mission of guaranteeing compliance with high ethical standards throughout the Executive Branch, OGE needs to be reformed and empowered to make compliance real.

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Protect our Elections From Hackers – Cosponsor the Safeguarding Election Infrastructure Act of 2017

After the 2000 Presidential Election, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) to update our ageing and confusing voting systems with easy-to-use touch screen voting machines.  While the intention was good, many of those voting machines haven’t been
updated since, and are vulnerable to attack.  We all know now that foreign adversaries pay very close attention to our elections.  At the most recent DEFCON,

hackers and security researchers were able to compromise dozens of voting machines with relative ease – and during an election, these same vulnerabilities would allow an actor to change vote tallies or manipulate voter registration databases, often with
little to no trace. 

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Keep Earmarks Dead

Last year, the American people sent Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to Washington to “drain the swamp” and hold government accountable. That is why we were shocked to learn earlier this month that Congressional leaders are considering the
return of earmarks, spending which by definition “circumvents … merit-based or competitive allocation processes.”[1] With trust in government at a historic low, and with the national debt at almost $20.5 trillion,
now is not the time to bring back Congressionally-directed earmarks.

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Protect the Independence of the Special Counsel

I invite you to join me in as a co-sponsor of H.R. 3654, the “Special Counsel Independence Protection Act,” legislation which I introduced earlier this year to protect the integrity and independence of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation into
Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and the involvement or collusion, if any, of Trump Campaign operatives in those efforts. Companion legislation (S.1735) has been introduced in the Senate.

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Cosponsor the LGBT Data Inclusion Act

During the past few months, LGBT data collection has been under attack from the new administration. In March, HHS decided to eliminate questions
about gender identity and sexual orientation from a survey on older Americans. Just last week, they decided to reinstate the sexual orientation demographic questions, however the gender identity
demographic questions were not reinstated, excluding transgender people in this partial victory. In addition, earlier this year the Census Bureau published the
final version of the 2020 Census that lacked questions on sexual orientation and gender identity. The current lack of population-based data on the LGBT community inhibits the creation of sound public policy as well as the delivery of effective programs and
services to all who live in this country. Expanding and improving data collection and analysis about LGBT people is essential to better understanding the issues affecting our communities and to improve the health and well-being of all of our families. 

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Help Sexual Assault Victims Get Compensation!

Every 98 seconds, someone in this country is sexually assaulted. For many victims of sexual assault, stepping out of the shadows
and reporting the crime is traumatic enough. On top of this, the evidence kits for many victims lay untested in police labs’ shelves for years on end before any justice is ever achieved. Countless victims are forced to lose work hours in order to attend doctor’s
visits and attend to legal matters; medical bills rack up and lost wages can turn into lost jobs.

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Cosponsor H.R. 1299, the Berta Caceres Human Rights in Honduras Act

Since the assassination of the renowned feminist, indigenous human rights defender Berta Cáceres in March of 2016, we have been calling for the passage of the Berta Cáceres Human Rights Act in Honduras. With the support of US financing and training for police
and military forces, the Honduran government has become one of the most repressive in the world, engaged in targeted campaigns of violence, arbitrary detention, and assassinations against journalists, human rights activists, and Black and Indigenous community
leaders. The Berta Cáceres Act would cut all security funding to Honduras until very specific human rights improvements have been made, and until emblematic cases have been addressed according to international standards for justice.

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