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LAST CALL: Support Ending the Use of Augmentation in the BOP for Fiscal Year 2021

March 13, 2020

In 2018, the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) announced the elimination of over 6,000 positions throughout the BOP system. This mass-elimination primarily impacted the replacement of full-time correctional officer positions. Since then, the BOP has filled this void
by assigning occasional officer duties to other staff members, including cafeteria workers, teachers, therapists, groundskeepers, and others to supplement the declining number of correctional officers. This practice is referred to as “augmentation.”

Closing Monday – Bipartisan Letter to Fully Fund Federal Public Defenders in FY2021

March 13, 2020

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Join U.S. Congressional Coronavirus Task Force Before Recess

March 13, 2020

This letter is to inform you about the newly created bipartisan Congressional Coronavirus Task Force and to invite you to join us on this task force. This task force will marshal the collective experience and expertise of Members of Congress
and Congressional Committees to produce an action plan and provide input into health policy and legislative efforts, be a vehicle for receiving and disseminating information on a regular basis to the entire Congress and the general public, to advocate for
needed resources, and to work with the Administration to act promptly on all matters related to combatting the coronavirus.

Cosponsor the Hmong and Lao Refugee Deportation Prohibition Act

March 13, 2020

I have introduced the Hmong and Lao Refugee Deportation Prohibition Act of 2020
(H.R. 6034) to stop the Trump administration from deporting individuals with Final Orders for Removal to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao P.D.R) for 72 months and have their immigration cases reassessed. The Trump administration is
currently negotiating with the Lao P.D.R on a repatriation agreement that would affect more than 4,700 individuals nationwide. The Lao P.D.R. is a communist state that does not currently have an official deportation agreement with the U.S. or extradition treaty.
Since 1975, nearly 200,000 refugees from the Lao P.D.R, including persons of Hmong, Lao, Khmu, and Mien or Yao descent, have been resettled in the U.S. Most fought or assisted U.S. forces during the Vietnam War at great personal cost, including the loss of
their homeland. It is a betrayal of trust and honor for the U.S. to deport the Hmong and Lao veterans and/or their family members who aided U.S. forces and CIA in the war in Indochina.

Join U.S. Congressional Coronavirus Task Force Before Recess

March 13, 2020

This letter is to inform you about the newly created bipartisan Congressional Coronavirus Task Force and to invite you to join us on this task force. This task force will marshal the collective experience and expertise of Members of Congress
and Congressional Committees to produce an action plan and provide input into health policy and legislative efforts, be a vehicle for receiving and disseminating information on a regular basis to the entire Congress and the general public, to advocate for
needed resources, and to work with the Administration to act promptly on all matters related to combatting the coronavirus.

Become an Original Sponsor of the Unemployment Assistance for Individuals Impacted by Pandemic Act

March 13, 2020

I invite you to become an original sponsor of the Unemployment Assistance for Individuals Impacted by Pandemic Act, to make permanent access to unemployment benefits for employed persons whose income is impacted by a declared public health emergency.

DEADLINE TODAY at 10AM – Support FY21 Funding to Improve the Investigation and Prosecution of Hate Crimes

March 12, 2020

Please join me in sending the letter below to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee to request funding to improve the reporting, investigation and prosecution of hate crimes.

DEADLINE TODAY 10AM – FY21 Request Funding to Help First Responders Stop Opioid Deaths

March 12, 2020

Equipping those who are likely to witness an overdose with access to Naloxone— an opioid overdose reversal drug—is critical to help save lives.  First responders are often first on the scene during an emergency.  Title II of The Comprehensive Addiction and
Recovery Act (CARA) has a carve-out for grants for first responders to purchase opioid overdose reversal drugs and to provide them with training on how to carry and administer these lifesaving drugs.
I hope you will join me in supporting CARA funding to provide first responders with increased access to Naloxone.  If you have any questions or would like to sign on, please complete this

FORM. If you have any questions, please reach out to Jonay Foster Holkins at
Jonay.Holkins@mail.house.gov. 

DEADLINE TODAY at 10AM – Request Funding for Schools that Have Experienced Gun Violence

March 12, 2020

Please join us in sending the letter below to the Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee to request $10 to support the Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) Program.