Remove Marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act: Support H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017

Even though 31 states have legalized medical marijuana and over 60 percent of Americans support legalization, marijuana is still
listed under Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act. Enforcing federal prohibition of marijuana will only serve to increase incarcerations, prevent invaluable research into its medicinal benefits, and create financial barriers for businesses.

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Cosponsor H.R. 2315 – To Posthumously Award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Benghazi Heroes in Recognition of Their Contributions to the Nation

In recognition of distinguished acts of bravery, leadership, and achievement that have an enduring impact on American history, Congress is authorized to bestow its highest civilian honor – the Congressional Gold Medal – on individuals whose contributions
and service to our nation stand as a testament to our founding principles.    

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Cosponsor Bill to Combat Implicit Bias in Education

I invite you to become a cosponsor of the Combating Implicit Bias in Education Act (H.R. 6765), which would create a grant program for schools to train teachers, principals and other personnel on implicit bias, including with respect to actual or perceived
race, religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), disability, ethnicity and socioeconomic status.

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Affirm Congress’s Support for Ending Hate and Violence

October 12, 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard, who was targeted and brutally attacked because of his sexual orientation. His murder was a shock to our nation, and brought Americans’ attention to the discrimination and threats
that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people face on a daily basis in our country.

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Cosponsor the Security and Financial Empowerment (SAFE) Act to Support Workplace Protections for Domestic Violence Victims

One in four women and one in nine men have suffered physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner, which has a devastating impact on a survivor’s physical and emotional health. Often forgotten when we talk about victims of intimate partner violence,
sexual assault, stalking, and revenge pornography, is the severe economic impact this abuse can have on victims. It can cost victims their jobs, their homes, their health, and their insurance – and, in cases of domestic violence, reinforce their dependency
on their abusers as a result. Abusers often use economic necessities like rent, health care, and child care to exert control over their victims. And victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and revenge pornography often find that abuse
and threats follow them from home into the workplace – each year, they lose nearly eight million days of paid work—the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs.

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Co-Sponsor H.R. 4482, the Opioid Abuse Deterrence, Research, and Recovery Act

Opioid addiction is an epidemic that is tearing families and communities apart. Drug overdose deaths are estimated to have exceeded 59,000 in 2016, and most projections indicate that this number will worsen in 2017. Recent studies suggest that 90 people
in our hometowns and communities are dying every day due to this crisis, and many more are unable to secure employment because of the toll of addiction. With evidence suggesting that nearly 80 percent of individuals addicted to heroin started out on opioid
pain relievers, the link is clear that opioid prescriptions are driving this epidemic.

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