Become an Original Cosponsor of the Automatic Voter Registration Act

There is nothing more essential to our democracy than the right to vote.  It is indeed, the very basic tenet of self-government. Yet, in 2016, at least 32.6 million eligible Americans were not registered to vote, and thus unable to cast a ballot. The expansion
of voting rights is a top priority in the 116th Congress.  That is why I will be reintroducing the Automatic Voter Registration Act, and I ask that you join me as an original cosponsor.

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Support Gold Star Families Remembrance Day Designation

On March 2, 1929, President Calvin Coolidge signed into law an Act of Congress that approved and funded the first pilgrimage for mothers and widows to the overseas graves of soldiers, sailors, and Marines who died during World War I.  This law came about
following a sustained campaign undertaken by “Gold Star” Families to pressure Congress to give them the opportunity to honor the sacrifices of their loved ones who gave their lives for their country.  In recognition of these efforts almost 90 years ago and
to ensure that the sacrifices of the families of the fallen members and veterans of the Armed Forces of the United States are never forgotten, I have reintroduced a resolution to establish “Gold Star Families Remembrance Day”.

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Cosponsor Bill to Stop Automatic Member Pay Increases

The Ethics Reform Act of 1989 established the current formula for the automatic annual pay adjustment for Members of Congress, which automatically goes into effect unless denied statutorily by Congress.  Many of our constituents do not receive an automatic
pay increase, and neither should Members of Congress.  That is why I am re-introducing legislation that repeals the provision of law that provides for this automatic increase.  If any increases need to take place, I believe Congress should have a transparent
and public vote to do so.

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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. 92, the Vote by Mail Act to Expand Mail-In Voting, Automatic Registration

The individual right to vote, the cornerstone of our democracy, is under threat in communities across America. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, by November 8, 2016,
14 states had new restrictions on voting in place for the first time in a presidential election. Voting restrictions like these have historically targeted minority and low-income
voters. This disturbing trend in state action has mirrored the weakening of campaign finance restrictions and voting rights laws by the U.S. Supreme Court in recent years. Even as we witness a growing civic engagement, legal and political barriers rise to
unjustly diminish individual voices.

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