Co-Sponsor H.R. 40 “Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act”

I invite you to co-sponsor HR 40, the “Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act,” which
establishes a Commission to study reparation proposals and consider a national apology for the institution of slavery.  This legislation was first introduced by retired Member
of Congress John Conyers of Michigan in 1989, and was intended to examine the institution of slavery in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present, and further recommend appropriate remedies.

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Co-sponsor the Small Business Payment for Performance Act of 2019

Small businesses are critical for a healthy, competitive, and innovative federal contracting marketplace. Federal construction is one industry in which small businesses offer significant contributions. When agency conduct threatens the financial sustainability
of a small business, all parties suffer as a result.

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Co-sponsor the Small Business Payment for Performance Act of 2019

Small businesses are critical for a healthy, competitive, and innovative federal contracting marketplace. Federal construction is one industry in which small businesses offer significant contributions. When agency conduct threatens the financial sustainability
of a small business, all parties suffer as a result.

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Cosponsor a Bill to Eliminate Unequal Pay for Women in Gender-Based Jobs

Please join me in cosponsoring the Fair Pay Act of 2019 (H.R. 2039).  The 1963 Equal Pay Act (EPA), the first of the great civil rights statutes of the 1960s, has grown creaky with age and needs updating to reflect the new workforce, where women work almost
as much as men.  It is long past time to amend the EPA to reflect this new workforce.

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Cosponsor the Low-Wage Federal Contractor Employee Back Pay Act of 2019

Please cosponsor the Low-Wage Federal Contractor Employee Back Pay Act (H.R. 339) to grant back pay to low-wage federally contracted retail, food, custodial and security service workers who are furloughed during the current and any other federal government
shutdown this fiscal year (fiscal year 2019).  After previous government shutdowns, federal workers have received back pay, but not federal contract workers, who often perform the same jobs as civil servants.  While I believe that all federal employees and
federal contract workers should receive back pay after a shutdown, we know that we cannot get Congress to make whole all who are hurt by a shutdown.  Therefore, our bill focuses specifically on low-wage federal contract workers, because these are the workers
most likely to be irretrievably hurt by lost wages during a shutdown.

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