Harry Reid is the senior United States Senator from Nevada and a member of the Democratic Party serving since 1987. He has been the Senate Majority Leader since January 2007, having previously served as Minority Leader and Minority and Majority Whip.
Harry Reid is the senior United States Senator from Nevada and a member of the Democratic Party serving since 1987. He has been the Senate Majority Leader since January 2007, having previously served as Minority Leader and Minority and Majority Whip.
Muscular Dystrophy to be added to the Agent Orange Registry
I a Vietnam Veteran who has served in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 through 1969. I was stationed in the Northern section of South Vietnam in the Quang Tri Province from 1968 to 1969. I was with The 3rd Marine Division. First Battalion. Fourth Regiment. Company D. Delta 1/4. I started out in 60 mortars as an ammo humper ( carrier). Than assistant A-Gunner. Finally a Right Guide responsible for the ordering of supplies for my Unit or Section. All during this I was exposed to Agent Orange and didn't even know it. Plus I and probably some of us weren't told about it either. I drank the water from the streams when it wasn't flown in to us. By being exposed to Agent Orange it caused my muscles to become weak especially my girdle muscles. These are the muscles that control your arms and legs. On top of that I have Peripheral Neuropathy along edema and drop feet, and in a motorized powerchair . I have been trying to get the Veterans Affairs Department to Grant me Service Connections Compensation as being caused by aggravation due to be exposed to Agent Orange. I went in whole and came out in pieces and the VA Affairs and the Department of Defense does not want to give my just reward for exposure to Agent Orange. I cannot really enjoy my son or my family because I am constantly battling with the Veterans Affairs Department and they are always rehashing the same old message never looking at new evidence. So I am petitioning those that are in authority to add or include Muscular Dystrophy as being caused by aggravation due to exposure to Agent Orange to the Agent Orange Registry. Also, it should include Presumptive or Direct Contact or Both plus add even it's heredity. The U.S House and Senate and the Veterans Committees has the authority to make this petition win. I am encouraging them to approve this petition, and pass it on to the President for their signature. The Secretary of Veteran's Affairs to would then include Muscular Dystrophy to the Agent Orange Registry. If I lose I will start another petition. I will not and I shall not until I have achieved victory for others who are going through the same ordeal as me. This is not only for alone but also for the countless others who are going through the same ordeal. This is for them as well.
Don't deport Gerardo Suarez, father of Afghanistan War Veteran!
_______________________________________________________________ Victory! ALRIGHT EVERYONE! SMALL VICTORY, BUT A VICTORY INDEED! MY father was just released on his Own Recognizance. It's not over, but my father doesn't have to suffer in jail anymore. Now we are awaiting the hearing with the Immigration Judge. CONTINUE TO PRAY STEADFAST. Pray for the softening of the judge's heart. We now have a chance to actually present his case! WOOO! PRAISE GOD! Thank you to all the petition signers, everyone who wrote their Congress, ICE, DHS, Senators, and our Governor. Your support has been paramount, and I'm proud to be an American, standing alongside all of you who helped. THANK YOU! God bless you all! _______________________________________________________________ ORIGINAL MESSAGE: Hello Everyone, As we all know, our country is in drastic need of Immigration Reform. Immigrants are fighting for their lives to be with their families day and night. As an American Soldier, and U.S. Citizen I have witnessed and experienced the hardship of battle, and separation from family whilst serving a tour overseas in Afghanistan. I have just returned home on January 15th 2012, with no injuries and all thanks to God. As of March 24th 2012, just 69 days after my post-deployment transition, my father, who is a Legal Permanent Resident, was taken by ICE Agents in my living room while I was asleep. My father has lived in the USA as a Legal Permanent Resident since 1989. 14 Years ago he was convicted of a Class D felony, and was sentenced to Probation which he was discharged Honorably (and early) because of good conduct. Since his conviction, my father has learned his lesson and completely turned his life around. As a child, my father was distant, because of type of lifestyle he was involved in. Yet, I knew he loved me, and his children, and he always took care of me as best he could. His addiction to drugs (which at the time, I was unaware of) was starting to overpower him, and finally our home was raided. After 1998, when my father was honorably discharged, he took proactive steps to make our life better. We went from poverty, to living in a room in a relative's house, to eventually renting our own place. My dad worked painstakingly hard trying to find good work to support me, pay for college, and raise me. For years, nobody would hire him. He worked odd jobs, here and there, but nothing significant enough to really get our own place to live. Finally, in 2007 he got a big break, and was hired by Veolia Transportation, driving and serving the citizens of Las Vegas on the Citizens Area Transit Bus. He was so proud. His pay was finally good enough to start saving, and he did just that. Often times telling me: "Everything I have here is for you, son." He would sacrifice his whole day doing work that very rarely gets recognition. Day in and Day out he'd wake up at 2am, deal with the abuse of the passengers, and the inability to take breaks despite working 14 hour days. He always lived by "Hard work, is good work." He always talked to me about principles of life, teaching me to "obey and submit to authority." "Strive, work hard, make investments and save money." He was really focused on setting me in the right track. In 2008, I enlisted in the Nevada Army National Guard, and 2 years later I was promoted to Sergeant. When I first heard word of my impending deployment, my dad was broken hearted. The look on his face, when I told him that I was leaving to Afghanistan was filled with shock, worry, disdain, and bitter sadness. My father suffered for a year without me in 2011, often times not even knowing if I would make it home, or if the phone would ring again with my voice on the other end. However, he remained so strong, and really played an instrumental role in my service. He would always encourage me, comfort me with scriptures, provide advice on leading my troops, and giving me the strength to move forward day by day waiting for the longest 365 days until I can reunite with him. My father has been an active member of our church, Calvary Chapel Green Valley, where he would attend regular Military Ministry meetings, often times comforting family members of deployed soldiers. While I was gone, he would spend his weekends attending the church's "Downtown Outreach" where he would feed the homeless, give them bibles, support, prayer, and minister to them. When I finally returned him this past January, my father greeted me with tears of joy. He was so happy, and proud of his son's service. He would often brag about the medals I got, my rank, and about the accomplishments during my deployment to his friends, and the cashiers at the local grocery store. It was a bit embarrassing to say the least, but that's how he showed his love and pride. I guess the picture I am trying to paint is that my father, yes he made a mistake 14 years ago, was drastically changed from that. He is a completely different man! Gone are the days where he'd be cooped up in his room with his "friends". Gone are the days, where we would barely even talk because he was too doped up. In fact, my father is a proud patriot, parent of a soldier, a productive member of society, a servant of the public sector, a tax payer and an amazing, christian father. He has taught me so much, and honestly even now, as I face his incarceration and possible deportation proceedings, all of his training that he has instilled in me is kicking in. Without it, I would have been an unorganized mess. I owe everything to my father, and even as a soldier, my performance in duty, and decorations are a direct result of his input. My father has been instrumental in my morale, my troop's morale and most importantly my re-integration into society after experiencing war. My whole family is full of Servicemen, U.S. Citizens, and law enforcement. To strip him away from me is both shattering to my morale, well-being, and inspiration to strive. This year, when I returned we were already planning to buy a house, and have signed our paperwork. I was planning to fulfill my lifelong dream of taking care of him. He is a 54 year old man, and he's turning 55 this year. He's a frail image of what he used to be in his younger days, and as his son, I've always wanted to care for him. The Arrest: The sad morning transpired as my father responded to knocks on the door by ICE Agents. My father, being as docile as he is opened the door. He was under the impression that they were just "policemen." They began asking him questions about his truck that he owned. Worried, my father opened the door a little more and started asking if everything was alright. One ICE agent already put his foot in the door. Well, noticing that, my father asked them "Who are you?" To which only a badge was shown, but no positive Identification from the agents. Nothing stating that they were ICE or anything like that. Well, a little confused, he said "come in the living room, I will brush my teeth. I just woke up." My dad ran upstairs, brushed his teeth and came back down. They began interviewing him, asking questions about his prior conviction. Moments later, they said "We have to take you in for questioning" and without a warrant of any sort, they started to cuff him. My dad submitted, as he felt it was the right thing to do (and it was). As they took him out of the house, he said "My son just returned from Afghanistan. Please let me say goodbye to him" to which they replied "No." My dad called my name, in hopes I'd awake so he can say goodbye. Sadly, I didn't hear him. The ICE Officer then walked upstairs, rummaged through my dad's belongings to get his Green Card, Wallet and House Keys. I woke up that morning thinking he was kidnapped, when I then received a call from ICE saying they had my father in custody. As a veteran who fought to protect the freedoms, and defend the constitution of this great nation this situation poses questions: Was my fight in vain? Why serve a federal duty, protect freedom, if my family will get immediately separated? I am proud of my service this great country. I know my sacrifice will not be in vain, because of everyone here that makes this place so great! I am urging anyone who sees this petition to please help me. My father is all I have. He is my motivation, my inspiration, my best friend, and most of all: MY HERO! A great man. He's a father of four, a grandfather, an Uncle, and a brother and a friend to many. A 55 year old man, that just wants to love his family, and is loved very much by them. If he is deported to the Philippines, there is no life there for him. He doesn't have the protections of Equal Employment Opportunity in a country where age discrimination is so rampant; Therefore, he wont be able to support himself. All of his brothers, sisters, friends, and most of his children are here. There is nobody there to take care of him. His life is here in America. He has nothing there. It is an old country that he left 24 years ago. My father has already done his time, and he is now a contributing member of society. He pays his taxes, he loves his family, he gives to his church, ministers to members of his community, and lives his life just. He should be allowed to stay, because he has earned that right. I hope my sacrifice has helped earn his right as well. Thank you for your consideration, Sincerely, Sergeant Marc-Johann Suarez B 422nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion
Make Assault on ALL Healthcare Employees a Federal Crime
Healthcare workers are assaulted daily with varying degrees of severity. On November 24, 2016, we nearly lost a Jackson, TN Nurse to a vicious assault and attempted murder. Her name is Jessi. She was stabbed at least 105 times by a patient during triage at an outpatient psychiatric facility. She may lose her eye and the use of one arm. Mainstream media has only briefly reported it as an officer involved shooting. She is pregnant and the single mother of a six-year-old child SHE WAS JUST DOING HER JOB Local municipalities rarely have the desire, time, or resources to prosecute the perpetrators of these vicious assaults against our nation's healthcare employees. It is currently a felony in 32 states to assault an Emergency Room Nurse or other Emergency Room employee. What about Nurses in every other specialty? How do we protect them? We, American Nurses and their allies demand that these alert and oriented patients are held responsible for their actions by making it a federal crime to assault a healthcare worker during the performance of their duties. We ask that Federal Prison is used as a deterrent so that we may go home to our families unharmed after a day of helping others.
Did you vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general election? Let's do our own audit.
We know the Russians hacked. We know the FBI was influence peddling in the election and under investigated Russian influence with Trump and those associated with his campaign. We know the media once again gave unfair coverage in the making of Trump. We know Republican state governments committed acts of voter fraud through gerrymandering, voter registration denial and early voting and absentee voting count descpicency. We do NOT know to what extent this cheating was done and change the real outcome of the election. FBI statements can no longer be considered creditable. Who knows if a worm, viruses, Spyware, Trojan horse, bot, or other code changes to our states elections systems happen that rigged the outcome . He is not my President is a valid statement. All data up until the end of the 8th said so. Until an outside US government or non US media entity confirm the integrity of our election we are conducting our own independent audit by asking every voter that voted for Hillary Clinton say so here. The success of this adult depends entirely on you the voter sharing this with every Hillary Clinton voter and they doing the same until we have a completed count.
Protect the sage-grouse and our Nevada way of life!
The greater sage-grouse, an iconic bird known for its fascinating mating dance, lives its entire life in the wide open spaces of the American West, including Nevada. However, greater sage-grouse populations are dwindling, and as a result the United States Fish & Wildlife Service is on course to make a final decision by Fall of 2015 whether to list the species as endangered. In the coming months, we have a momentous opportunity to develop a made-in-Nevada plan to protect the greater sage-grouse and its habitat while also preserving the Nevada way of life and our economy. Three complementary efforts are underway to help deal with this challenge—one by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), one by Governor Brian Sandoval and the State of Nevada, and one by Senators Dean Heller and Harry Reid. Together, these state and national efforts can conserve sage-grouse habitat while ensuring continued economic prosperity for Nevada. Without action by all parties, the bird will remain in danger; and living and working in rural Nevada, whether you’re grazing cattle, mining, or enjoying the outdoors may forever be altered. Sign this petition urging Senators Heller and Reid and Governor Sandoval to continue working on a visionary and bipartisan plan to save greater sage-grouse habitat and protect our western way of life.
Keep Hookahs & Shisha from getting banned in the USA
You may have already heard that US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced their deeming regulations early in May 2016 and basically, what that means to us hookah lovers is that starting August 8, 2016 FDA will start regulating Hookah tobacco, pipes, and charcoal. Read the 5054 Bill Here The regulations state that any product that wasn’t already on the market before February 15, 2007 must be approved by FDA to continue to be on the market. The predicate date of February 15, 2007 is considered to be an unfair date for 90% of the hookah products on the market today since most of them didn’t exist at that time. In order for these products to continue to be on the market, it is going to cost the companies an estimated amount over 1 million dollars per product. FDA estimates that over 90% of businesses will not be able to afford those humongous fees. FDA ignored calls to change the predicate date, which remains February 15, 2007. The good news is that at the moment there is a proposal in Congress that would change the predicate date from February 15, 2007 to August 8, 2016. This change would significantly lower the regulatory burden faced by hookah companies and would ensure the ability of companies without access to 02/15/2007 data to be able to comply. This petition is in support of Rep Tom Coles amendment to HR 5054 - Which is simply a redate of the original HR 5054, that's more important than it seems! Here's why: The original 5054 used the date of February 15, 2007, which was pulled out of a hat just to fill in the bill! If the Coles-Bishop Amendment to 5054 is not passed then products on the market after February 15, 2007 will not be allowed unless they pay millions to the FDA for approval. Those fees will drive small businesses to a grinding halt. Hurting our economy when it is just beginning to recover. Those fees will artificially inflate the prices of current products on the market to make sure companies just break even. The average hookah, tobacco, and related products user will Not be able to afford a simple luxury. Those in favor of keeping the date at 2007 are saying that anything made after the arbitrary date is less safe than products before it. When in fact, the opposite is true. Due to the growing market producers are able to make safer, more ecologically friendly products in 2016 and well into the future. Keeping HR 5054 unchanged will essentially set innovation in products and in health into the past of 2007 and it will likely never recover. Why you should sign this petition: Signing this petition means that you support industry, small business, and each person's right to choose. Everyone should sign this petition, even if you don't use Hookah or related products. Becuase this is about supporting small businesses, innovation, our economy, and keeping arbitrary dates like this one at bay. This Amendment will enable products to comply with FDA regulations that are safer than those in 2007 and stay current with customer demand. The choice is simple, sign this petition, let your voice be heard. Let's support Rep. Tom Cole in his fight to keep small businesses operating, our economy growing, and allow for innovation to happen!
Halt the CMS Rule, allowing health insurers to deny coverage to dialysis patients!
From the American Kidney Fund: "Urge Congress to halt regulations that allow insurers to deny coverage to dialysis patientsThe American Kidney Fund (AKF), the nation’s largest nonprofit serving people with kidney disease, helps 1 in 5 dialysis patients nationwide access the lifesaving health care they need. We do this with a number of grant programs, including one that pays health insurance premiums to insurance companies for financially struggling dialysis patients. On December 13, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an Interim Final Rule (IFR) that allows insurers to deny health care coverage to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on dialysis who accept assistance from charities to pay their health insurance premiums. CMS stated that their purpose was intended to create a more transparent process to insure that dialysis patients had the information they needed to understand their coverage options, which can include Medicare, Medicaid, COBRA, employer group health plans (EHGP), and qualified health plans (QHPs) bought in the insurance Marketplace (Exchange). Unfortunately, the IFR is a long way from fulfilling its intent. The Rule states that insurance plans must approve the use of charitable premium assistance before a patient can use such grants to pay their premiums. CMS has given insurers a legal option of denying coverage. Although many patients with other specific medical conditions receive charitable assistance to pay their health insurance premiums, CMS gives insurers the right to drop only ESRD patients who rely on charitable assistance. It is time for Congress to act and to direct CMS to withdraw this Rule. Please contact your U.S. Representative and Senators to request that they urge CMS withdraw this rule immediately."
Make declawing ILLEGAL in USA to cats!
Declawing a cat, is NOT simply removing the nail. It is a surgery which removes the whole phalanx (up to the joint), including bones, ligaments, and tendons! To remove the claw, the bone, nerve, joint capsule, collateral ligaments, and the extensor and flexor tendons must all be amputated. In human anatomy, it would be comparable to cutting off a persons finger at the last joint of each finger! Even after the amputation is done, that doesn't mean the pain is over. Complications of this amputation can be excruciating pain, damage to the radial nerve, hemorrhage, bone chips that prevent healing, painful regrowth of deformed claw inside of the paw which is not visible to us, back and joint pain as shoulder, leg and back muscles weaken due to cats naturally walking on their toes and having the tips cut off. Many declawed cats also often have behavioral issues after amputation. This uncalled for amputation needs to be illegal, and considered as animal cruelty. We need to reach out to the House of Representatives and the Senate and get a law in place now! So what will happen if we don't make a law against declawing? We have thousands of cats that are in extreme pain, and have behavioral issues due to not understanding they can't defend themselves as a cat does. More cats will end up in the shelters and be killed every day, due to an unnecessary cruel procedure. There are many other options other than declawing your cat. Just a few options are nail caps, adversion methods and trimming the nails. There are nail caps, that are placed over the claws and safely protect the cats, and the owners couches. Nail caps grow out will the growth of the cats claws, and new can be reapplied. Many retailers sell adversion products to help cats avoid scratching furniture, whether it be spray, tape or tin foil. Trimming cat claws depends on each individual cat whether they allow it or not. If you trim the claws, snip only the white part of the claw. The pink part of a cat's nail, is called the quick, where the nerves and blood vessels are. Do NOT cut this sensitive area. The more you trim the nail, the less it grows. Also always have cat scratchers available for cats. Please sign and share!
Stop the Global Gag Rule
Members of Congress are planning an attack on women's health in developing countries. Politicians with an ideological view of family planning are now trying to cut funding for contraception, reinstate the Global Gag Rule and ban funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). President Obama overturned the harmful Global Gag Rule, which severely limits access to family planning services in developing countries. President Obama and our Congressional champions also worked hard to increase support for U.S. international family planning and the UNFPA. This funding accounts for a fraction of 1 percent of our budget and saves hundreds of thousands of lives. The vast majority of Americans, from both sides of the aisle, support family planning. Tell President Obama and the Senate to continue to stand up against the Global Gag Rule and for international family planning programs!
CONGRESS: ACT NOW TO PREVENT A DRASTIC SPIKE IN MEDICARE PART B COSTS TO ESRD PATIENTS
Unless Congress acts, the Medicare Part B premium and deductible are expected to increase significantly for many dialysis patients in 2016. Specifically, any ESRD patient whose Medicare premium is not deducted from their Social Security check could see their premium increase by 50 percent to $159. This would affect patients who are under 65 and are not receiving disability benefits. Patients who are currently on Social Security would not be affected; however, anyone under 65 who receives a transplant and leaves Medicare would see a much higher premium when they turn 65. Also, new ESRD patients and retirees would pay the higher premium. We are requesting that the Congress Act now, to prevent increases in the 2016 Medicare Part B premium and deductible. Many older adults and people with disabilities are living on low- and fixed incomes, and simply cannot afford additional health care costs.