November 9, 2015

Gun violence continues to devastate our communities. In 2015 alone, 9,956 people have been killed and 20,000 people injured in gun-related incidents across the United States

Cosponsor the Thin Blue Line Act to Bring Justice to Murders of First Responders (v. 2)

November 6, 2015

I invite you to sign on as a cosponsor of H.R. 814 the Thin Blue Line Act to ensure that those convicted of murdering our law enforcement officers, firefighters, and first responders face the harshest penalty available.

Criminal Justice Reform Requires Commitment to the 6th Amendment (v. 4)

November 3, 2015

Countless studies and commissions have consistently found that more than 50 years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s seminal decision in Gideon v. Wainwright, which held that the 6th Amendment of the US Constitution requires states to provide counsel for indigent defendants in criminal cases and juveniles in delinquency proceedings, that state and local governments have struggled to satisfy this mandate.

Cosign Letter Demanding Congressional Overisight of Stingray Technology

November 3, 2015

As many of you know, last week the Guardian newspaper, reported that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) purchased and used cell-site simulators, commonly referred to as “Stingrays.”

Cosponsor H.R. 3841, the SAFE Act, to Support Workplace Protections for Domestic Violence Victims

November 3, 2015

When we talk about victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and revenge pornography, we often ignore that this abuse can have a severe economic impact on victims. It can cost victims their jobs, their homes, their health, and their insurance – and, in cases of domestic violence, reinforce their dependency on their abusers as a result.

Award a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Civil Rights Journalist Simeon Booker

November 2, 2015

Please join me and sign the letter below to President Obama asking that he consider award-winning African-American journalist Simeon Booker for the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of his pioneering achievements in the field of journalism as well as his dedication to documenting the Civil Rights Movement and other historic events.

Support Clarifying the Roadside Inspector Certification Requirements

November 2, 2015

Currently FMCSA) develops a set of inspector certification requirements that are similar, but not identical to, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)’s inspector certification requirements.

LAST CALL-Help Save Migrant Lives

October 30, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security estimates that 5,000 migrants have perished crossing our southern border since 1998. Human rights organizations estimate that number is closer to 8,000, since many remains are never recovered.

Help improve the lives of LGBT Seniors

October 28, 2015

The LGBT senior population is growing, and will roughly double to 6 million Americans by 2030. Unfortunately, decades of marginalization and legal and institutional barriers have left LGBT seniors with fewer sources of support, higher poverty rates, social isolation, and inadequate access to health care. It is for this reason that the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) identified LGBT issues as a key priority for national aging care programs and the Older Americans Act reauthorization.

Promoting Legal Immigration of Entrepreneurs through the E-2 Treaty Investor Visa (v. 4)

October 27, 2015

I invite you to sign on as a cosponsor of H.R. 1834, the E-2 Visa Improvement Act. This bipartisan bill would allow E-2 Visa investors an opportunity to apply for permanent resident status.