Letter to Trump: Reconsider Transgender Servicemembers Ban

In an early-morning tweet storm, President Trump recently announced his intention to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Citing false claims about “tremendous medical costs and disruption,” the President’s proposed policy is unacceptable
and blatantly discriminatory – gender has nothing to do with one’s ability to bravely serve our country.

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Bring Accountability to the Special Counsel

Every nominee for United States Attorney must be confirmed by the Senate, a process that brings to the forefront any concerns regarding the nominee’s ability to hold their position in a decent and impartial manner.  However, as Special Counsel Robert S.
Mueller III and his team of lawyers investigate our very own president, we as a nation wait in the dark with very little information about those given this great authority.  This team assembled by the Special Counsel is arguably just as empowered– if not more
so – than any United States Attorney, yet they are allowed to operate largely in secret, selected by and ultimately accountable to only Mr. Mueller himself.

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Cosponsor of the Immigration Courts Bail Reform Act

Please join me as a cosponsor of the Immigration Courts Bail Reform Act, legislation that would reform the bail setting and detention processes at the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice.  As criminal justice systems across
the country address disparities and problems in our bail processes, increasing attention has been focused on the constitutional implications of incarcerating individuals solely based on their inability to pay a bond amount or fine.  It is imperative that our
immigration system be held to the same standards, especially as the Trump administration takes actions to increase the use of detention.

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APPROPRIATIONS AMENDMENT PROCESS NOTICE

The Committee on Rules is likely to issue an amendment deadline prior to our return from the August district work period for consideration of the remaining eight appropriations bills. The remaining bills reported by the Committee on Appropriations include:
Agriculture; Commerce Justice, Science; Financial Services and General Governmental; Homeland Security; Interior; Labor, HHS, and Education; State and Foreign Operations; Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development—all of which can be found on their
website.

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IMMIGRANTS ARE COSTING TAXPAYERS TOO MUCH MONEY: Enforce the Public Charge Bond

As our nation’s immigration officials review the applications of those seeking to immigrate to the U.S., they screen out and deny entry to those who they believe would become reliant on public assistance.  For those who are granted the right to immigrate,
they pledge not to become reliant on public assistance or they have a sponsor sign a commitment to pay any costs that may be incurred by the immigrant.

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