Make Gun Violence Prevention a Priority Now

There is no need to present another statistic about the prevalence of gun violence. It is an epidemic public health issue. Instances of violence can strike at places we call home, as seen in the shooting in San Bernardino, California.

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Cosponsor the Local Task Forces on 21st Century Policing Act

I invite you to cosponsor the Local Task Forces on 21st Century Policing Act (H.R. 2180), which would assist localities in carrying out some of the recommendations from President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, both of which detail the need to strengthen the relationship between local communities and local law enforcement.

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Briefing on Gender-Based Violence and the Workplace, 1/26/16, 11:00 a.m.

By now, you should have received an invitation to the Gender-Based Violence and the Workplace briefing on Monday, January 25, 2016 at 11:00 am at Congressional Meeting Room South, Capitol Visitor Center, hosted by Futures Without Violence, Jewish Women International, Legal Momentum, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, National Latin@ Network: Casa de Esperanza, National Network to End Domestic Violence, and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence/Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence.

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Ensure Effective Training to Fight Labor Trafficking

Around the world, more than 21 million men, women and children are currently subjugated in forced labor, according to the International Labor Organization. The injustice of human trafficking isn’t relegated to far off countries, but affects all of the districts we represent.

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Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our Elections

I invite you to cosponsor the Stop Foreign Donations Affecting Our Elections Act, legislation that would strengthen disclosure requirements in order to prevent foreign nationals from funneling hundreds of millions of dollars to U.S. campaigns.

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Join Us In Supporting The President’s Gun Safety Executive Action

Last week, President Obama announced his Executive Action on gun safety to reduce the number of gun violence deaths in our country. In his announcement, the President cited groundbreaking research about the efficacy of handgun licensing laws from Johns Hopkins University. Please join us in cosponsoring H.R. 2732, the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act of 2015, which is based upon that ground breaking research.

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5 year old autistic child drowns in Pennsylvania on New Year’s Eve

According to a March 2014 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1 in 68 American children are born with a form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30 percent increase from just two years ago. With this rapid increase in diagnosis of ASD, we must ensure that these children are safe and that law enforcement, first responders, schools and the general public are educated about the disability and its effects.

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Help Combat the Rising Number of Opioid Deaths

Overdose deaths from both opioid prescriptions and heroin hit record levels in 2014. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data detailing the tragic and alarming increase in overdose deaths across the United States. More than 47,000 people died from opioid overdose in 2014, an unacceptable 14% increase over just one year. Deaths from heroin overdose tripled since 2010. Unfortunately, my home state of Ohio is one of the five states with the highest rates of drug overdose deaths in the nation.

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Deadline Tomorrow: Sign Letter Raising New Concerns about Immigration Raids

Please join me in sending a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Loretta Lynch regarding the recent raids targeting Central American families. As the Washington Post reported over the weekend, administration officials have confirmed that these raids will continue, despite widespread opposition from advocacy groups and Members of Congress. As Members of Congress who are deeply concerned for the safety and well-being of the women and children who are caught up in these raids, we must stand up and tell the administration that these actions are unacceptable.

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