Support House Resolution 128–Supporting Respect for Human Rights and Encouraging Inclusive Governance in Ethiopia

Today, the House of Representatives is scheduled to consider House Resolution 128 (H.Res.128), “Supporting Respect for Human Rights and Encouraging Inclusive Governance in Ethiopia.”  It calls on the Government of Ethiopia to take clear, decisive
steps toward becoming more inclusive, more democratic, and more respectful of the basic human rights of its citizens.  Congress must speak out in defense of democracy, civil liberties, and personal freedoms that we hold dear.

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COSPONSOR House Resolution 128–Supporting Respect for Human Rights and Encouraging Inclusive Governance in Ethiopia

On Tuesday, April 10, the House of Representatives is scheduled to consider House Resolution 128 (H.Res.128), “Supporting Respect for Human Rights and Encouraging Inclusive Governance in Ethiopia.”  It calls on the Government of Ethiopia to take
clear, decisive steps toward becoming more inclusive, more democratic, and more respectful of the basic human rights of its citizens.  Congress must speak out in defense of democracy, civil liberties, and personal freedoms that we hold dear.

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COSPONSOR House Resolution 128–Supporting Respect for Human Rights and Encouraging Inclusive Governance in Ethiopia

With an upcoming vote in early April, we are calling on you to cosponsor House Resolution 128 (H.Res.128), “Supporting Respect for Human Rights and Encouraging Inclusive Governance in Ethiopia.”  It calls on the Government of Ethiopia to take clear,
decisive steps toward becoming more inclusive, more democratic, and more respectful of the basic human rights of its citizens.  Congress must speak out in defense of democracy, civil liberties, and personal freedoms that we hold dear.

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COSPONSOR House Resolution 128–Supporting Respect for Human Rights and Encouraging Inclusive Governance in Ethiopia

With an upcoming vote in early April, we are calling on you to cosponsor House Resolution 128 (H.Res.128), “Supporting Respect for Human Rights and Encouraging Inclusive Governance in Ethiopia.”  It calls on the Government of Ethiopia to take clear,
decisive steps toward becoming more inclusive, more democratic, and more respectful of the basic human rights of its citizens.  Congress must speak out in defense of democracy, civil liberties, and personal freedoms that we hold dear.

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H.R. 4099 – Homeless Veteran Families Act

While homelessness among our nation’s veterans has recently declined by 47 percent, 39, 471 veterans are still homeless in the U.S. Veterans still account for over nine percent of all homeless adults and so there is more work to do for our homeless veterans.
This is why I urge you to join me in combating veteran homelessness by cosponsoring H.R. 4099, the
‘Homeless Veteran Families Act’.

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Prevent Overmedication and Combat Suicide Among Veterans: Cosponsor H.R. 2652, the Veteran Overmedication Prevention Act

As you know, the statistics related to veteran suicide and the overprescription of drugs to our nation’s veterans are striking. Every day, an average of 20 veterans die from suicide, and in 2014, veterans accounted for 18% of all deaths from suicide. The
risk of suicide is 21% higher for veterans than for the average U.S. adult. Furthermore, since 2001, we have seen a dramatic increase in narcotics prescriptions, and in the largest veteran populations, veterans die from accidental narcotic overdose at a 33%
higher rate than the rest of the population.

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H.R. 2147, Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act

While many veterans successfully readjust and transition back to civilian life after their military service, unfortunately, some do not.  Too often, those who do not successfully adjust are caught up in the criminal justice system – often due to undiagnosed
or untreated issues these veterans face related to their military service. These veterans have served our nation and I believe that whenever possible, we as a nation should find ways to help them rehabilitate themselves as they navigate the criminal justice
system. This is why I invite you to cosponsor H.R. 2147, the Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act.

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H.R. 4635, The Peer-2-Peer Counseling Act

Currently, women represent 10% of our nation’s veteran population and by 2030, this population is expected to grow to 15%.  Over the past 10 years, the use of VA benefits among women veterans has increased by more than 45%.  This clearly demonstrates that
women veterans are relying more and more on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for services.  One area where we particularly need to address services for woman veterans is counseling; an alarming statistic from VA’s 2016 suicide data report is that the
“risk of suicide was 2.4 times higher among female veterans when compared with civilian adult females.”  The report also states that the “rates of suicide increased more among women than that among men during the study period.”  To address these startling
statistics I have introduced H.R. 4635, the Peer-2-Peer Counseling Act, to provide additional focus on the needs of our nation’s women veterans. 

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COSPONSOR House Resolution 128–Supporting Respect for Human Rights and Encouraging Inclusive Governance in Ethiopia

With an upcoming vote in early April, we are calling on you to cosponsor House Resolution 128 (H.Res.128), “Supporting Respect for Human Rights and Encouraging Inclusive Governance in Ethiopia.”  It calls on the Government of Ethiopia to take clear,
decisive steps toward becoming more inclusive, more democratic, and more respectful of the basic human rights of its citizens.  Congress must speak out in defense of democracy, civil liberties, and personal freedoms that we hold dear.

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