Foster Youth Bill Gains Senate Companion

Please join me in cosponsoring the Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act (H.R. 2069), legislation I have reintroduced to
increase access to housing for youth aging out of foster care, without increasing Federal spending.

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Demand Trump Administration Not Erase Transgender Elders – CLOSING SOON

I write to ask you to join me in sending a comment to the Office of Management and Budget expressing opposition to the proposed form of the 2017 National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP), which eliminates previously used demographic questions
regarding participant’s gender identity.
In 2011, the senior citizen advocacy group Justice in Aging found that transgender seniors suffer widespread discrimination in long-term care facilities.  Other studies have consistently found that transgender older adults face significantly higher levels of
poverty than the general population, which are compounded by higher levels of social isolation.
Removing transgender demographic questions from the NSOAAP sends the message that the needs of transgender older Americans do not exist and that taxpayer-funded programs for older Americans do not need to reach
all older Americans, regardless their gender identity.
Please join me in supporting transgender older Americans and in urging the reinstatement of the transgender demographic questions in the 2017 NSOAAP.
To sign on, please contact Roddy Flynn with the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus at
Roddy.flynn@mail.house.gov.
Sincerely,
Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22)
Chair, LGBT Aging Issues Task Force
Office of Management and Budget
Director Mick Mulvaney
Attn: OMB Desk Officer for ACL
RE: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Revision of a Currently Approved Collection (ICR Rev); National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP)
Director Mulvaney,
We write to oppose the Administration on Community Living’s (“ACL”) proposed form of the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP) insofar as it excludes a demographic question relating to participants’ gender identity.  From the research
and data that has been collected, it is clear that transgender older adults confront significantly higher levels of discrimination, health disparities, psychological distress, and poverty than their non-transgender peers.  These unique and higher barriers
require that ACL programming take particular note of whether the government assistance funded by the Older Americans Act is reaching the transgender community.
After the initial federal register notice of NSOAAP revealed that ACL was proposing to fully eliminate all demographic questions relating to the entire lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, we sent a bipartisan letter signed by 49 members of Congress
(attached hereto) opposing this deletion.  The disparities between LGBT and non-LGBT populations of older Americans is all the more pronounced when the focus is narrowed to just transgender Americans.  According to
Understanding Issues Facing LGBT Older Adults[1], 25% of transgender older adults report having faced discrimination based on their gender identity and nearly 50% live at 200% of the federal
poverty line or lower.  These challenges are compounded by concerns related to caregiving and by limited access to healthcare.  Almost one third of transgender people do not know who will care for them as they age and approximately two thirds fear their access
to healthcare will be limited as they get older.
These clear barriers to safety, security, and health care call for more information to be specifically collected on the plight of transgender elders.  The current noticed version of NSOAAP erases the experience and challenges of the transgender community for
no discernable reason.  Keeping one additional question in a more than 100-page survey can hardly be viewed as a burden.  Simply restoring this demographic question will go far to ensuring the purpose of the OAA, ensuring older Americans are able to live out
their golden years with dignity and support, is fulfilled.
For years NSOAAP has specifically examined whether OAA programs are reaching communities most in need including the transgender community.  The transgender demographic question was, appropriately, optional and did not publicly identify any program participant
in the survey results.  The question did not violate the participants’ privacy; rather it ensured that a population with specific needs was seen and that programs helped all of those who needed assistance.
We strongly encourage you to restore the deleted gender identity demographic question.  ACL must commit to serving all elders, and that begins with a comprehensive NSOAAP that reveals whether OAA is reaching older transgender Americans in need.
Sincerely,

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Demand Trump Administration Not Erase Transgender Elders – CLOSING SOON

I write to ask you to join me in sending a comment to the Office of Management and Budget expressing opposition to the proposed form of the 2017 National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP), which eliminates previously used demographic questions
regarding participant’s gender identity.
In 2011, the senior citizen advocacy group Justice in Aging found that transgender seniors suffer widespread discrimination in long-term care facilities.  Other studies have consistently found that transgender older adults face significantly higher levels of
poverty than the general population, which are compounded by higher levels of social isolation.
Removing transgender demographic questions from the NSOAAP sends the message that the needs of transgender older Americans do not exist and that taxpayer-funded programs for older Americans do not need to reach
all older Americans, regardless their gender identity.
Please join me in supporting transgender older Americans and in urging the reinstatement of the transgender demographic questions in the 2017 NSOAAP.
To sign on, please contact Roddy Flynn with the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus at
Roddy.flynn@mail.house.gov.
Sincerely,
Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22)
Chair, LGBT Aging Issues Task Force
Office of Management and Budget
Director Mick Mulvaney
Attn: OMB Desk Officer for ACL
RE: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Revision of a Currently Approved Collection (ICR Rev); National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP)
Director Mulvaney,
We write to oppose the Administration on Community Living’s (“ACL”) proposed form of the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP) insofar as it excludes a demographic question relating to participants’ gender identity.  From the research
and data that has been collected, it is clear that transgender older adults confront significantly higher levels of discrimination, health disparities, psychological distress, and poverty than their non-transgender peers.  These unique and higher barriers
require that ACL programming take particular note of whether the government assistance funded by the Older Americans Act is reaching the transgender community.
After the initial federal register notice of NSOAAP revealed that ACL was proposing to fully eliminate all demographic questions relating to the entire lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, we sent a bipartisan letter signed by 49 members of Congress
(attached hereto) opposing this deletion.  The disparities between LGBT and non-LGBT populations of older Americans is all the more pronounced when the focus is narrowed to just transgender Americans.  According to
Understanding Issues Facing LGBT Older Adults[1], 25% of transgender older adults report having faced discrimination based on their gender identity and nearly 50% live at 200% of the federal
poverty line or lower.  These challenges are compounded by concerns related to caregiving and by limited access to healthcare.  Almost one third of transgender people do not know who will care for them as they age and approximately two thirds fear their access
to healthcare will be limited as they get older.
These clear barriers to safety, security, and health care call for more information to be specifically collected on the plight of transgender elders.  The current noticed version of NSOAAP erases the experience and challenges of the transgender community for
no discernable reason.  Keeping one additional question in a more than 100-page survey can hardly be viewed as a burden.  Simply restoring this demographic question will go far to ensuring the purpose of the OAA, ensuring older Americans are able to live out
their golden years with dignity and support, is fulfilled.
For years NSOAAP has specifically examined whether OAA programs are reaching communities most in need including the transgender community.  The transgender demographic question was, appropriately, optional and did not publicly identify any program participant
in the survey results.  The question did not violate the participants’ privacy; rather it ensured that a population with specific needs was seen and that programs helped all of those who needed assistance.
We strongly encourage you to restore the deleted gender identity demographic question.  ACL must commit to serving all elders, and that begins with a comprehensive NSOAAP that reveals whether OAA is reaching older transgender Americans in need.
Sincerely,

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Demand Trump Administration Not Erase Transgender Elders

I write to ask you to join me in sending a comment to the Office of Management and Budget expressing opposition to the proposed form of the 2017 National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP), which eliminates previously used demographic questions
regarding participant’s gender identity.
In 2011, the senior citizen advocacy group Justice in Aging found that transgender seniors suffer widespread discrimination in long-term care facilities.  Other studies have consistently found that transgender older adults face significantly higher levels of
poverty than the general population, which are compounded by higher levels of social isolation.
Removing transgender demographic questions from the NSOAAP sends the message that the needs of transgender older Americans do not exist and that taxpayer-funded programs for older Americans do not need to reach
all older Americans, regardless their gender identity.
Please join me in supporting transgender older Americans and in urging the reinstatement of the transgender demographic questions in the 2017 NSOAAP.
To sign on, please contact Roddy Flynn with the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus at
Roddy.flynn@mail.house.gov.
Sincerely,
Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22)
Chair, LGBT Aging Issues Task Force
Office of Management and Budget
Director Mick Mulvaney
Attn: OMB Desk Officer for ACL
RE: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Revision of a Currently Approved Collection (ICR Rev); National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP)
Director Mulvaney,
We write to oppose the Administration on Community Living’s (“ACL”) proposed form of the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP) insofar as it excludes a demographic question relating to participants’ gender identity.  From the research
and data that has been collected, it is clear that transgender older adults confront significantly higher levels of discrimination, health disparities, psychological distress, and poverty than their non-transgender peers.  These unique and higher barriers
require that ACL programming take particular note of whether the government assistance funded by the Older Americans Act is reaching the transgender community.
After the initial federal register notice of NSOAAP revealed that ACL was proposing to fully eliminate all demographic questions relating to the entire lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, we sent a bipartisan letter signed by 49 members of Congress
(attached hereto) opposing this deletion.  The disparities between LGBT and non-LGBT populations of older Americans is all the more pronounced when the focus is narrowed to just transgender Americans.  According to
Understanding Issues Facing LGBT Older Adults[1], 25% of transgender older adults report having faced discrimination based on their gender identity and nearly 50% live at 200% of the federal
poverty line or lower.  These challenges are compounded by concerns related to caregiving and by limited access to healthcare.  Almost one third of transgender people do not know who will care for them as they age and approximately two thirds fear their access
to healthcare will be limited as they get older.
These clear barriers to safety, security, and health care call for more information to be specifically collected on the plight of transgender elders.  The current noticed version of NSOAAP erases the experience and challenges of the transgender community for
no discernable reason.  Keeping one additional question in a more than 100-page survey can hardly be viewed as a burden.  Simply restoring this demographic question will go far to ensuring the purpose of the OAA, ensuring older Americans are able to live out
their golden years with dignity and support, is fulfilled.
For years NSOAAP has specifically examined whether OAA programs are reaching communities most in need including the transgender community.  The transgender demographic question was, appropriately, optional and did not publicly identify any program participant
in the survey results.  The question did not violate the participants’ privacy; rather it ensured that a population with specific needs was seen and that programs helped all of those who needed assistance.
We strongly encourage you to restore the deleted gender identity demographic question.  ACL must commit to serving all elders, and that begins with a comprehensive NSOAAP that reveals whether OAA is reaching older transgender Americans in need.
Sincerely,

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Cosponsor H.R. 3151, The Food Stamp Integrity Act of 2017

I invite you to cosponsor H.R. 3151, The Food Stamp Integrity Act of 2017.  My legislation implements common sense and necessary reforms to our Nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  These important changes to the SNAP program will help
curb the drug epidemic, increase employment, and preserve precious resources for truly needy families and the disabled. 

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Support Hospital-Based Nursing School Programs – Cosponsor H.R. 662, the MEND Act of 2017

We invite you to cosponsor, H.R. 662, the Making Educating Nurses Dependable for Schools (MEND) Act in order to protect hospital based-nursing programs across
the United States as they face conflicting regulatory requirements from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and their accreditation bodies. As America’s health care needs evolve, these programs provide our nurses with the quality education necessary
to serve their communities by providing the world-class care that Americans expect and deserve. This is identical legislation to the MEND Act introduced in the 114th Congress.

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