Affirm Congress’s Support for Ending Hate and Violence

October 12, 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard, who was targeted and brutally attacked because of his sexual orientation. His murder was a shock to our nation, and brought Americans’ attention to the discrimination and threats
that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people face on a daily basis in our country.

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Co-Sponsor the HARD HAT Act

Please join me in cosponsoring the Helping America Re-Develop High-Quality Accessible Training (HARD HAT) Act of 2018.  This legislation will help ensure those contractors doing business with the federal government to revitalize our national infrastructure
are also training and reinvesting in our workforce through high quality apprenticeship programs.

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Cosponsor H.R. 3956 – the STARS Act

With all small employers do to keep their businesses running, the last thing they need is confusion stemming from regulations and the tax code. The complex rules implementing the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) shared responsibility provision, also known as
the employer mandate, exemplify the difficulty imposed on small businesses. Largely designed with traditional jobs in mind, the ACA’s employer provisions fail to account for the exceptional circumstances of employers with highly seasonal workforces. Though
the Treasury Department attempted to remedy these issues through regulation, the resulting rules are confusing and create unnecessary obstacles to compliance for small, seasonal employers.

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Cosponsor the Security and Financial Empowerment (SAFE) Act to Support Workplace Protections for Domestic Violence Victims

One in four women and one in nine men have suffered physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner, which has a devastating impact on a survivor’s physical and emotional health. Often forgotten when we talk about victims of intimate partner violence,
sexual assault, stalking, and revenge pornography, is the severe economic impact this abuse can have 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. Abusers often use economic necessities like rent, health care, and child care to exert control over their victims. And victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and revenge pornography often find that abuse
and threats follow them from home into the workplace – each year, they lose nearly eight million days of paid work—the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs.

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Co-Sponsor the HARD HAT Act

Please join me in cosponsoring the Helping America Re-Develop High-Quality Accessible Training (HARD HAT) Act of 2018.  This legislation will help ensure those contractors doing business with the federal government to revitalize our national infrastructure
are also training and reinvesting in our workforce through high quality apprenticeship programs.

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