After the 2000 Presidential Election, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) to update our ageing and confusing voting systems with easy-to-use touch screen voting machines. While the intention was good, many of those voting machines haven’t been
updated since, and are vulnerable to attack. We all know now that foreign adversaries pay very close attention to our elections. At the most recent DEFCON,
hackers and security researchers were able to compromise dozens of voting machines with relative ease – and during an election, these same vulnerabilities would allow an actor to change vote tallies or manipulate voter registration databases, often with
little to no trace.
Over 52,000 Americans, or about 144 people per day, died from drug overdoses in 2015. Nearly one fifth of these deaths resulted from an overdose of synthetic opioids like fentanyl. These synthetic opioids can be as much as 100 times more powerful than painkillers
like morphine. Moreover, synthetic analogues with street names like K2, Spice, Bath Salts, or Molly are designed to mimic other street drugs like marijuana, LSD, and Ecstasy and can be more potent than the real thing and just as deadly. These drugs have no
legitimate industrial or medical use, and their misuse and abuse represents an emerging and ongoing public health and safety crisis in the United States. Criminal drug manufacturers, largely from China, work continuously to stay ahead of the law by altering
the molecular structure of their drugs as soon as the government bans them. The Controlled Substances Act (CSA), which was signed into law over 40 years ago, was designed to protect the public from the dangers associated with drugs and drug use. However, the
CSA was not designed to handle the magnitude and speed in which these new psychoactive substances have emerged in our communities. The Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues (SITSA) Act of 2017 is a bipartisan approach that will update
the CSA to provide swifter action to stop the unlawful importation and distribution of synthetic drugs, and give law enforcement effective tools to help keep our communities safe.
Please join Communications and Technology Subcommittee Ranking Member Mike Doyle in sending the following letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai. The letter requests that the Chairman delay consideration of the “Restoring Internet
Freedom” item and remove it from the FCC’s December Open Meeting Agenda. The “Restoring Internet Freedom” item would repeal the FCC’s Open Internet Order and end Net Neutrality.
We are writing to encourage you to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 913, the Immigrant Detainee Legal Rights Act. This important legislation will help to address one of the most egregious human rights and due process violations in immigration detention, while
saving taxpayer money.
Please join me in cosponsoring
H.R. 2666 – AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017.
I invite you to be a cosponsor of the “Expanded Stalking Protections Act”, H.R. 866, which seeks to protect the friends and co-workers of stalking victims from violence. If you would like to co-sponsor this important legislation, please
reach out to my staff.
Deadline Tomorrow: Become an Original Cosponsor of a Resolution Condemning Migrant Slave Auctions in Libya
Please join me in strongly condemning migrant slave auctions in Libya by becoming an original cosponsor of a resolution “Condemning Migrant Slave Auctions in Libya and Calling for an Immediate Investigation and Accountability.” This resolution calls upon
the government of Libya to conduct an immediate investigation into the slave auctions taking place in the country and to hold smugglers, traffickers, and all other parties involved accountable. This resolution also recommends that the African Union conduct
its own investigation into this human rights crisis.
December 5, 2017
Please join us for tomorrow’s timely open member forum on the strategic importance of refugee resettlement in the United States. This discussion will outline how refugee resettlement is not only a lifesaving tool, but also a strategic imperative
that serves U.S. national security, defense, and foreign policy interests. This event will take place
tomorrow, Wednesday, November 29, from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC 215.