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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LAST CALL FOR ORIGINAL COSPONSORS: Provide Relief to Health Shortage Areas Through Physician Visa Reform

Our nation is facing a crisis of a lack of qualified doctors. Each year, fewer medical students are graduating to replace retiring doctors to meet our country’s demand. Furthermore, graduates have little incentive to practice in shortage areas (which are
often in rural areas) because, as studies have shown, medical students often go on to practice in the area where they complete their residency. Most residency programs are located in large cities.

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JUSTICE FOR OUR HEROES TODAY: Cosponsor the bipartisan H.R. 3429, the Repatriate Our Patriots Act, and bring our unjustly deported veterans home!

We are all forever indebted to the brave men and women who served in uniform. Yet when veterans who were legal permanent residents leave the service, after our military failed to properly process their citizenship applications, they are deported. Despite AMVETS,
one of our nation’s largest veteran service organizations, calling it a “stain on our country’s pride,” our government continues to deport honorably discharged veterans. Thousands of veterans who fought for our country are now exiled to countries they know
little to nothing about. It is our responsibility to right this wrong. 

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Provide Relief to Health Shortage Areas Through Physician Visa Reform

Our nation is facing a crisis of a lack of qualified doctors. Each year, fewer medical students are graduating to replace retiring doctors to meet our country’s demand. Furthermore, graduates have little incentive to practice in shortage areas (which are
often in rural areas) because, as studies have shown, medical students often go on to practice in the area where they complete their residency. Most residency programs are located in large cities.

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DHS/HHS Letter on 1,475 Unaccounted for Children

As you may have read, the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Refugee Resettlement recently conducted a survey of the 7,635 unaccompanied children placed with sponsors, the majority of whom were close or extended family. Of those children,
the whereabouts of 1,475 could not be ascertained. The most likely reason for this appears to be that sponsors were simply unwilling to participate in the surveys. However, in 2014 eight unaccompanied children were placed in the hands of human traffickers
who forced them to work for 12 hours each day in deplorable conditions on an egg farm in Ohio. The failure to fully account for these 1,475 children leaves open the possibility that they too may be under the care of unscrupulous individuals.

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Co-Sponsor H.R. 5255 Help DHS Agencies Meet Personnel Shortfalls: Allow Former and Retired Federal Law Enforcement Personnel to Protect and Serve

Last year, the Director of the United States Secret Service informed Congress the agency was struggling to meet increasing demands, forcing over 1,000 agents to work hundreds of hours of uncompensated overtime. Congress responded by increasing salary caps
for 2017 and 2018. While this measure provide some relief, it does not solve the personnel shortage issue. Repeatedly increasing and lowering salary and personnel caps is inefficient and costly.

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