Darrell Issa is the U.S. Representative for California's 49th congressional district and Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Darrell Issa is the U.S. Representative for California's 49th congressional district and Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Ban Child Sex Dolls
Right now, teachers, coaches, babysitters, and neighbors, in every town in America, can purchase lifelike, anatomically correct dolls designed to simulate sex with a child. And it’s perfectly legal. These sick dolls are being imported into the United States and other countries. British police have seized more than 100 already in the UK, and authorities have found that the people buying them usually have child pornography too. Sign this petition to ban the sale and distribution of child sex dolls! These child sex dolls can normalize a pedophile’s behaviors, emboldening them to harm children, as is often the case with those who view child pornography. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 children are sexually abused. One child is too many. Our elected officials need to protect children. That’s why Congressman Dan Donovan from New York is introducing legislation that will ban the distribution and sale of dolls that encourage child abuse. Show your support for this legislation by signing this petition, and help protect America’s children!
Adverse effect of GOP tax bill on Graduate students in the US
Graduate students in the US are already living at the survival line. They are working hard to push forward the frontiers of science in all directions and trying to make a better tomorrow than today. Their disposable income is barely reaches 20k per year ( stipend for being TA or RA) and this money goes all to their consumption needs with almost nothing left to save. The new GOP tax bill is going to make the tuition waiver taxable which is estimated to cost each graduate student about $2000 a year and this will push most of the graduate students even lower the survival level. As a result, they should cut down their daily expenses to get along with the new budget and this means they will buy and consume less necessary stuff. On the other side, local businesses will suffer as well because students will spend less money in local restaurants, bars, games and etc. In all, this bill is going to put more financial pressure on graduate students and also hurt local businesses across the US. Please sign and share this petition to support all graduate students in the US and also opposing this unfair tax bill.
Safety of Public and Law Enforcement Threatened by Budget Cuts and Privatization
This week the Bureau of Prisons has started to eliminate roughly 14% (or 6,000) law enforcement positions throughout the Agency. This is catastrophic for the safety and security of our institutions and the community. The proposed cuts are coming at a time of severe understaffing in most of our federal prisons, because the BOP has left thousands of authorized correctional workers’ positions vacant all year. In 2005 the BOP instituted an initiative known as “Mission Critical” in which staffing at the BOP institutions was reduced to the minimal amount necessary to safely operate each facility. Since then we have continued to operate under this “bare bones” approach, which was less staff than what we really needed – the administration did not take into account leave usage, injuries, military service, emergency situations etc. when calculating these numbers. Since then, they have relied upon initiatives such as augmentation at various times (The term augmentation refers to the practice of using teachers, secretaries, nurses, etc. to cover the vacant correctional officer positions as opposed to hiring the law enforcement officers needed). They only left enough personnel in the prisons to cover essential operations, so whenever something happens outside of that, like inmate medical trips or staff using sick leave when they are ill or injured, the Agency is then forced to pay overtime to law enforcement officers to cover it. Their miscalculation in staffing led to massive amounts of overtime due to the sheer amount of disturbances and medical care in the institution, coupled with the injuries and stress borne by the staff. This leaves fewer staff able to respond to emergencies in the prison, and fewer to prevent violence and assaults. It also results in one law enforcement correctional worker supervising hundreds of dangerous felons - terrorists, gangs, and murderers – with no backup. This administration is setting the agency up for failure. As violence and recidivism rises, and our staff struggle to meet ACA accreditation requirements, the line staff will be blamed for these failures, and the administration will point to this as an excuse to contract out our law enforcement role to the private prison industry. The highly trained staff that work for this agency (30% of which are military veterans) have already proven that we provide the essential, inherently governmental function in a much more responsible and cost-effective manner than the private industry. The historical data and evidence backs this up without question. If we allow the administration to sabotage our operations with the dangerous staffing changes and policies, I’m confident that they will use the results against us, and I’m sure the shareholders in the private prison industry will profit from it. The number of staff assaults and inmate assaults continue to rise in the Bureau of Prisons, and it appears the agency is turning a blind eye to the safety of the community that we are sworn to protect from the nation's most violent offenders These poorly implemented tactics have led to the increased escape attempts and assaults within the BOP, for both inmates and our law enforcement personnel. Agency leaders have stated that assaults and escapes are the chances we take in this line of work. Its disheartening to know that they are willing to take chances with the safety of the community as well as the safety of the law enforcement that work behind the fences. We are asking that our elected officials properly fund our prisons, stop the reductions of safe staffing, and support our law enforcement officers. A vote for BOP cutbacks is a vote for unsafe prisons, unsafe communities and a vote against law enforcement. Call 202-224-3121 or 844-669-5146 and tell our law makers not to cut back on safety
Speak up for California Salmon! No to Senate & House Bills 2533 & 2898
We are asking you to take a moment to help us address a critical issue, Water! The current water bills (link to bill 2533 here and bill 2898 here) introduced by Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Valadao in the Senate and House will be up for consideration in Congress before the end of the year. These bills weaken protections for salmon in order to pump more water from the Delta in Northern California for use primarily for big ag in the San Joaquin Valley. Water is a public resource, and therefore should include all constituents. These bills dramatically weaken or completely eliminate consideration of water for the environment, specifically for wild California salmon, which need cold water released at certain times of the year to spawn, rear and migrate to the ocean. They would also promote new taxpayer subsidized and salmon killing dams. We understand that ag needs water. So do salmon! Sacrificing the environment, salmon and the multi-billion dollar fishing industry to move more water is a dangerous and biased approach. We need a long-term solution for the drought which reflects the needs of all constituents, human as well as wildlife. We know how do to this. More conservation groundwater clean up and management, water recycling and capturing urban stormwater can provide plenty of additional water for cities and agriculture. And restoring habitat and ensuring adequate flows can help restore salmon and the environment. We are asking for your help, because to risk the health and future viability of wild salmon runs in California due to poor legislation is inexcusable. Speak up for Salmon!
Help Fight U.S.Active Duty Service Man
Camp PendeltonMy husband has been and still is active duty Navy Corpsman serving with the Marines for nearly 7 years. He was diagnosed with massive acoustic neuroma Nov. 2015 had emergency open skull brain surgery Dec.2015 followed by 2 more open skull surgeries in 2016 also had a corrective head surgery and shunt placed in his spine 2016 he is having a 2nd corrective surgery on Oct.13 which involves reopening his head. He is set to be medical discharged at the end of 2017 then we will most likely return to Texas. His medical ratings came back at 10% and 100% the first rating saying he only deserves $130 a month the rest of his life. .The second number saying he is unfit for active duty and he will be taken care of with medical expenses as long as he is seen at a VA hospital or clinic. My husband is a good man he is not only unfit for the military health provider he is unfit to work as a civilian full time. He comes home excruciating pain where I cannot hardly touch him because his nerves which were diced in the proceedures to save his life. He has trouble eating and talking his face is paralyzed on the left side he cannot feel that side of his tounge or mouth. He is 100% deaf in his left ear this will never improve as his hearing sensor was completely removed during (it is not fixable) surgery he only has 35% hearing in his right ear. This leaves him often in a fog frustered and confused in a room with more than 1 person. He must look at you while you are speaking. They removed a large amount of muscle and tissue from his left thigh which leaves him unable to confidently walk and run. Balboa hospital has told us if he wants to fix that he will habe to gain at least 15lbs to have more tissue removed from his stomach and fill in the hole it has left in his thigh. This is not possible whenever he hardly eats as it is. He does not do well in crowded areas he has some form of PTSD if not from the horrors he has seen in the military and or putting his life on the line multiple times for medical reasons. He had 5 surgeries back to back within 7 months! The stresses of this all at once left me stressed and panicked his Sugery in Aug.2016 they told me sorry your husband has a severe infection his immune system has began to shut down the reality is he may not make it and you should be aware of this 17 days he was in ICU I was not allowed to touch or kiss him. I was 6 months pregnant at this time. Within the next 2 months he improved with the infection however we had to go to the ER twice due to severe spinal fluid leak. Our daughter passed away at 34 weeks 5 days from no other explantation besides stress or S.I.D in the womb is what my Dr. Told me when her heart stopped. She was perfect. We are going to Washington Oct. 23 for a formal board hearing, we do not have any family in CA. We are looking for some support from people and from Darrell Issa I habe been told by many people he is the man who we want on our side, told he takes care of the men and women who defend this Great Nation. This allowed us to see hope which can be grim in these times. Our family friends give us support for Landon to be fully taken care of after his military career comes to a end. We have started a petition getting people who support us in CA in TX and in between (Arizona). Please we look forward to hearing back from you. We are both 25 years old we have our whole lives ahead of us, please help. Thank you for your time. Very Respectfully, Catherine Roberts
NO Toll Roads Through South OC, which includes San Onofre State Park and Beltway!!!
- The Toll Road Goes over VOTER APPROVED OPEN SPACE! - San Clemente, South County and TCA decided long time ago that a toll road through South OC would have devastating effects - our General Plans specifies open space. This toll road will ensure economic hardship, neighborhood and community cohesion by bisecting our cities, negative response times for first responders, air quality, noise, traffic, visual impacts and environmental impacts. - We believe that the mobility study in November was flawed, where the questions forced you to give an answer to one of the routes. The ascertainment study was done with 45 individuals who have never been disclosed. The population of the affected area is 300,000 people - a laughable sampling group. - Transportation is changing at a fast pace. Don't build 1970s technology when we are the cusp of major technological advances such as autonomous cars and hyperloops. - This is a vanity road - only wealthy people can afford this Toll Road. Toll Roads discriminate against the elderly, students and low income families. - Our homes values, views, health and quality of life will be deeply affected. The 92673 zip code has a whooping 23% drop in year over year sales!! - Their own mobility studies indicate that ARTERIALS are better solutions. The city of San Clemente has commissioned a $90,000 study to determine the best arterials for the region. - We have already widened the I5 Freeway. San Clemente and South OC will be subjected again to years of construction and widening of the freeway to make the connection to the 5. Toll Lanes would be added from Pico to Basilone Road - One of the alignments would go very near 6 schools - San Juan Hills High, Vista Del Mar, Marblehead, Bernice Ayres and Truman Benedict and San Clemente High. Esencia and Tesoro. In 2003, California passed a law that freeways can't be constructed 500 feet from schools. Living near a freeway has detrimental effects on learning, lung capacity and higher risks of cancer. - We value our open space and we bought our homes as such. If we wanted to live in Irvine, we would do that but we chose South OC. San Clemente and San Juan are historical towns and fully developed. The TCA has never gone through a fully developed cities - Cost per mile to build this Toll Road could be at par with the bullet train (Pacific Research Group from 2014) - We have among the highest tolls in the nation. To compensate with sagging ridership, the Toll Road has risen their Tolls 12 times since inception. This is just another Tax on citizens - (Pacific Research Group) - According to Pacific Research Group, The Toll Roads have received over $1.7 Billion dollars of taxpayer money through grants, developer fees. Once the Toll Roads are completed, Caltrans is responsible for maintaining roads at Taxpayer expenses. Fix the current roads. - If this was truly about mobility, lower pricing should be offered at the other Tolls (241 and 73) to take more cars off the road. Use price management according to times of the day. - San Clemente does not meet Air Quality Standards (AQMD) NOW, a TollWay will add more to this problem according to the Coastal Commission report from 2008. - The open space that the Toll Road wants to go over is already been used as mitigation land. One can't mitigate the mitigation land. - None of the studies included minority groups and disenfranchised groups that will not be able to afford to ride on this VANITY Toll Road. - According to their TCA own studies - this Toll Road will have minimal impact on traffic reduction -2% to 8%. - The routes through South OC can potentially lower property values of thousands of homes with an impact of millions of dollars to the city, county and state. - Free arterials are the key. Making Los Patrones a Toll Road would increase traffic on Antonio by an additional 22,000 cars. - To this day, the Toll Roads have NEVER met ridership projections! Their initial revenue projections were off by a whooping 420% - Miles driven have steadily decreased in North America, even as population grows. The peak driving in North America happened in 2007. - Traffic on the I5 San Clemente/San Diego border have actually decreased in the last 10 years!! and not EVER met the projections that the TCA presented of 220,000 cars!! The actual number 130,000 cars. - Traffic in OC has increased by a mere 2 minutes - We reject all the ROUTES through South OC that go by established communities or by the Park. San Onofre State Park is visited by 2.5 million people a year and is one of the most utilized and state parks in California. Trestles should be protected. - Population in OC is aging!! Chapman University notes that a quickly aging Orange County population won’t grow by much in the coming years. A key reason? Foreign immigration, a major population boost, will slow as local departures rise. By 2020, Orange County will add a net 92,000 residents — all older than 65 - Rancho Mission Viejo, where the majority of the development is happening, has emphatically said that they reject the Toll Road plan and they can deal with their traffic with their own arterials "San Clemente was founded and built by Ole Hanson, my grandfather, with a very beautiful idea in mind: An authentic Spanish Revisionist Architecture town by the sea that blended into the gorgeous landscape and ocean shore. Quality of life was one of the main ideas, with the nice Mediterranean climate complimented by the Sunshine. Here, he considered, was just the place for swimming, walking, exercise and health in harmony with nature. The plan was right out of Ole Hanson's philosophy of life that he shared with his good, late friend, President Theodore Roosevelt. Now, those who have no interest in the City of San Clemente, nor the healthy lifestyle it promotes, nor the beauty of the city and it's history, plan to sully the beauty of this magical place with a hideous toll road. This is something that my grandfather would oppose intensely....And I share his sentiments. This monstrosity must be stopped and not allowed to proceed. Oppose this with every inch of your political fortitude. I stand with you. Phil Halfhill Hanson"
Responsibilities Required From Social Media Regarding Military Romance Scamming
THE CAUSE: Military Romance Scammers are all over social media networks. These scammers use pictures, names and valor's of men and women who are actively serving in our military, retired or are deceased. The scammers are aware how highly Americans think and feel for their military and they use this to pull at the heart strings of vulnerable men and women. Working with a retired Colonel from the United States Army whose pictures, name and child have been used in the scammers story, I have come to realize just what an epidemic this is. Unfortunately, many of the victims are afraid, ashamed, and embarrassed to come forward. Many just want to forget about the scam and move on with their lives. That is why I bring this petition to you. Due to the overwhelming numbers of fraudulent accounts throughout social media and the unidentified number of victims, we need to be the voice. Social Media has a great amount of power, and with power comes an abundance of responsibility. THE BATTLE: Because of the majority of military romance scammers residing in other countries, the United States has very little jurisdiction over these criminals, therefore we must work from where and what we know, and that is through the United States and our legislative system. We are looking to encourage social media sites to provide more public service announcements by way of television, movie theater ads, magazines, radio, etc. and provide additional man power to their fraudulent account tracking system as well as upgrading their security system to recognize these duplicated accounts that are recreated literally moments to hours after being deleted. Facial recognition does not solve all problems, especially when these scammers are using generic pictures (flowers, hearts etc.) on their profiles and cyber security is unable to recognize this discrepancy. PERSONAL NOTE: I am a very proud daughter to a mother who served in our Navy, and brother and father who served in our Army. I also have multiple cousins, aunts and uncles who have served and the thought of our military being abused and disrespected is appalling! My mothers friend fell victim to a scammer using the pictures of the Colonel I am currently working with, thus being the reason I have become so involved. I, like many others, had no idea what an epidimic this has become and what little is being done. Social Media needs to take on more responsibility for this breeding ground than they already have, not just for the sake of the victims, but for the sake of our security, and Military whose job is to protect us. What security is social media providing them? Obviously, not the right kind. Scammers are the cancer to the social media world and it's time our companies and legislature took a stand and initiative to help prevent such illness within our military community and every day victims.
Expand the post-9/11 caregiver program to all U.S. veterans
Many of our military veterans have health issues stemming from their service to our country in foreign wars. These issues often require ongoing caregiver assistance. Veterans who served after 9/11 have received the most generous benefits, which has left our other veterans scrounging to cover needed care. Senator Patty Murray’s latest attempt to bridge this disparity, the Military and Veteran Caregiver Improvement Act, has been stuck in Senate committee since 2015. This act is important because so many of the caregiver programs are geared toward post- 9/11 military veterans. Meanwhile, the veterans of our wars in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and others have been forced to rely on their family and friends for needed care. Many spouses are faced with the tough choice to put their loved ones into a nursing home so they can get a job to help support their family. Others, like my own mother, stay at home to care for their veteran and are forced to scrape and scrounge every single penny to make ends meet. Veterans from all eras have sacrificed to serve and protect our nation. They have seen and experienced things that few of us could even imagine. And many of them have been exposed to weapon materials that are extremely toxic and dangerous -- leaving them with ailments that plague them for the rest of their lives. We have to do more to care for these heroes. If you believe that our veterans are valuable and deserve the resources necessary to ensure a decent quality of life. If you agree, please sign and share this petition to tell Congress to pass the Military and Veteran Caregiver Improvement Act, or a bill similar in wording.
Your Signature Needed: Tell Congress, Protect the Safety-Net and Community Health Centers
The Issue Health care for the safety-net is in danger. President Trump and the 115th Congress are moving quickly to dismantle the ACA and to make major cuts to the safety-net program, Medicaid. We must let policymakers know these changes will hurt families in our area who are already struggling to survive. Nearly 3 million California residents can see a doctor because of Medi-Cal and Community Health Centers. Congress will make decisions in the next week that could take this care away. Your signature will show Congress you care about protecting health care for low-income families and you support the work happening at our nation’s community health centers. The Solution Congress must ensure we have a strong safety-net program to help the blind, the disabled, pregnant women and low-income families access health care. Community health centers are a vital part to the Nation's health care system. The 17 Community Health Centers who comprise Health Center Partners collectively served 828,000 patients in 2015. Even better, studies show that health centers are able to provide high-quality care to Medi-Cal recipients for 20% less than other Medi-Cal providers. The Return on Investment Community Health Centers provide primary (medical), behavioral health, and dental care to 20% of all California Medi-Cal beneficiaries, but only account for 3% of total Medi-Cal spending. That means, health centers see 1 out of every 5 Medi-Cal patients but only gets 3 cents of every dollar the state spends on Medi-Cal. You can’t get much more cost effective than that! Please share this petition widely among your friends and colleagues. We must speak up loudly against policies that impact the most vulnerable among us.
Congress: The American People Call For Stricter Gun Laws Now
Growing up, the thought of a school shooting was unheard of. It never crossed my mind, nor the mind of my parents. Now, it’s sad to say that it has become the new norm for Americans. Everyday, we hear about a mass shooting, a school incident, a family being murdered or a child being accidentally killed by a firearm. When did it become okay to hear these sort of incidents reported and not even bat an eye? Now, as a parent of two small children, I often find myself thinking of when my kids will start school. And instead of thinking about how much I will probably cry on that first day I drop them off and watch them walk away like proud, independent little men, I find myself thinking about what to tell my kids to do in the case of a shooting. I find myself thinking, what if one of my boys become one of the 2400 children injured or killed by a gunman (credit: Gun Violence Archive)? It’s not something a parent should have to think about. It’s not something a child should have to think about. The NRA campaigns against all forms of gun control strictly for their own benefit. They spend over $3 million dollars per year to influence gun policy (credit: BBC News). They claim it makes the country safer, but I’m sure that’s because of the money stuffed in their overflowing pockets. According to the IRS, the NRA made $20.9 million from selling advertising to industry companies. The firearms industry makes $31.8 billion of the U.S. economy (credit: Business Insider). Most are calling for a ban on assault weapons. However, a study conducted by the FBI shows that most murders are caused by handguns (credit: NIJ). The ban on assault weapons is definitely a must. However, we need to look at the bigger picture and voice the need for stricter gun laws on all weapons. Yes, it will not stop people from getting weapons, but adding that extra step will deter those with bad intentions from simply walking into a shop and slapping down a few dollar bills. An even more radical, and possibly better idea, would be to change the second amendment. The United States Constitution was created on the foundation of our country in 1789. Now, more than 200 years later, I think it’s safe to say that time’s change and people change. It is necessary for us to make certain appropriations in order to regulate that. After all, “a well regulated Militia…” is the only necessary security to our free State. According to the Gun Violence Archive, Americans own an estimated 265 million guns. That is enough for every adult American to own more than one gun each. There is a historic and deep-rooted sense of identity in being able to own a firearm. Nearly three-quarters of Americans say they cannot imagine life without a gun. We are the only civilized country that owns as many guns as there is people and has as many gun related deaths by almost 50% (credit: CNN). The Department of Health and Human Services stated that only 3-5% of violent acts are attributed to individuals with a serious mental illness. We cannot use the excuse of someone being mentally ill for these incidents occurring. Yes, it may be a factor in some cases. But taking that fact into account, it’s not the real problem. The most recent and prominent explanation Americans are giving: bad parenting makes bad people. Is it true? Yes. The age range, however, of these mass shootings are ages 11 to 66. A majority of those incidents were committed by someone over the age of 30. As of 15 February 2018, there have already been 30 mass shootings. How many more are we going to let happen? As a mother, father, wife, husband, partner, son or daughter and a citizen of the United States, stand up. Let your voice be heard. Here are some basic facts to help shed light on gun violence as of late: In 2015 and 2016, there was a school shooting for every month of the year. In 2017, February was the only month that passed without an incident involving a gun (credit: BBC). 56,755 Americans were killed by guns from 2014-2017 (credit: The Week). In 2017, more than 70,000 injuries were attributed to gun violence (credit: The Guardian). A mass shooting is defined as an incident in which four or more people are shot, not including the shooter. This happens 9 out of every 10 days (credit: The Guardian). More people have died by gun violence than from the war. Since 1968, there have been 1,516,863 gun-related deaths. Since the United States was founded, there have been 1,396,733 reported deaths related to the war, as of October 2017 (credit: The Guardian).