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I invite you to join me as a cosponsor of the Security and Fairness Enhancement (SAFE) for America Act of 2017. This legislation is simple:
We are writing to urge you to add your name as a cosponsor of The Do No Harm Act (H.R. 3222) – a bill that would restore the Religious Freedom Restoration Act’s (RFRA) purpose of serving as a protective shield for the free exercise of religion rather than
as a sword used to harm others. The Do No Harm Act would make clear that RFRA does
not preempt fundamental laws that protect against discrimination and would restore the sacred balance between our right to religious freedom and our promise of equal protection under the law. Specifically, the bill would
prevent the RFRA law from being used to deny:
Every 98 seconds, someone in this country is sexually assaulted. For many victims of sexual assault, stepping out of the
shadows and reporting the crime is traumatic enough. On top of this, the evidence kits for many victims lay untested in police labs’ shelves for years on end before any justice is ever achieved. Countless victims are forced to lose work hours in order to attend
doctor’s visits and attend to legal matters; medical bills rack up and lost wages can turn into lost jobs.
As you know, the U.S. government pays a full year’s salary to the family of a member of Congress who dies serving while in office, a death gratuity created decades ago that was intended to serve as a form of life insurance.
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Please join me in cosponsoring H.R. 3814, the No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act. This bill establishes a life-time ban on Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders who are convicted of a human trafficking felony.
Please cosponsor my bill (H.R. 3983) to require the removal of a statue of Confederate General Albert Pike from federal land near Judiciary Square in the District of Columbia. This statue is different from other Confederate statues elsewhere in the United
States, as it was authorized by Congress in 1898, and was paid for in part with federal funds. The Freemasons, of which Pike was a member, donated the majority of the funds needed to build and install the statue in 1901. Pike served dishonorably and was
forced to resign from the Confederate Army in disgrace. Soldiers under his command were found to have mutilated the bodies of Union soldiers, and he was ultimately imprisoned after his fellow Confederate officers reported that he had been misappropriating
funds. Adding to the dishonor of taking up arms against the United States, Pike dishonored even his Confederate military service. He certainly has no claim to be memorialized in the nation’s capital. Even those who do not want Confederate statues removed
would have a difficult time justifying the Pike statue, especially considering his history.