RESTORE EQUAL WORKPLACE RIGHTS TO VA HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS

Please join me as a cosponsor of the VA Employee Fairness Act of 2019, which would strengthen the rights of healthcare providers at VA facilities and improve veterans’ access to care.  This important bill would bring parity to the federal
workforce by restoring full collective bargaining rights for VA Title 38 health care professionals – such as registered nurses, physicians, dentists, and physician assistants – that are otherwise afforded to federal facilities covered by Title 5.

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Become an Original Cosponsor of The Pink Tax Repeal Act

In 1994, the California Assembly Office of Research conducted a study that found that women pay a “gender tax” of $1,351/year for the same services as men. I subsequently sponsored the “Repeal the Gender Tax Act” in the California Assembly, which passed
in 1996 and required that prices for services like dry cleaning and haircuts be determined by the amount of time needed to do the job, not by gender.

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Support Paid Sick Days

No one should face the impossible choice of caring for their health or keeping their paycheck or job. But millions of hard-working people must make this decision every time they get sick or a family member needs care.  In fact, over 34 million private sector
workers still cannot earn a single paid sick day to recover from the flu, care for a sick child or seek preventive care. In addition, while 92 percent of the highest-wage workers have paid sick days, less than one in three (31 percent) of our nation’s lowest-wage
workers have access to a single paid sick day. And only 52 percent of service workers — who frequently interact with the public — have access to paid sick days.

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LAST CALL: Become an Original Cosponsor of the Do No Harm Act

When Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in 1993 with overwhelming bipartisan support, the intent was not to undermine civil rights, but to protect them, especially
for religious minorities.  Religion is a protected class under the Civil Rights Act, and the freedom to exercise religious beliefs is constitutionally protected as a fundamental American value.

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SPECIAL ORDER TODAY (February 27, 2019): Commemorating Black History Month

I invite you to become an original cosponsor of a resolution commemorating Black History Month. As you know, Black History Month is celebrated each year in the United States during the month of February. This month-long celebration is a time when all Americans
of every race and ethnicity are given the opportunity to study the untold and “under told” history of African Americans and their contributions to American society and human civilization. The theme for Black History Month 2019 is ‘‘Black Migrations,’’ which
emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and to new social realities.

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Become an Original Cosponsor of the Do No Harm Act

When Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in 1993 with overwhelming bipartisan support, the intent was not to undermine civil rights, but to protect them, especially
for religious minorities.  Religion is a protected class under the Civil Rights Act, and the freedom to exercise religious beliefs is constitutionally protected as a fundamental American value.

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Last Day – Become an Original Cosponsor of the WATER Act of 2019

Too many families across the country have lost access to clean, safe drinking water in their homes. Our nation’s crumbling water infrastructure is in a state of emergency leading to unaffordable rates and outdated infrastructure. For decades, federal investment
in public water infrastructure has dwindled from 63% of projects in 1977 to just 9% in 2014. We need a major investment to renovate our old, lead-ridden water pipes and stem our water affordability crisis.

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LAST CALL: Become an Original Cosponsor of the Do No Harm Act

When Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in 1993 with overwhelming bipartisan support, the intent was not to undermine civil rights, but to protect them, especially
for religious minorities.  Religion is a protected class under the Civil Rights Act, and the freedom to exercise religious beliefs is constitutionally protected as a fundamental American value.

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