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Harry Reid

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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.


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Petitioning US House of Representatives and Senete , U.S. House of Representatives, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, John McCain, Iowa State Senate, Marco Rubio, Harry Reid, Rand Paul, Ken Ro...

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! 

Crystal Van Daalen
1,830 supporters
Petitioning Ruben Kihuen, Dean Heller, Dina Titus, Jacklyn Rosen, Nevada State Senate, Harry Reid, Brian Sandoval, Catherine Cortez Masto, Joe Heck, Joseph Hardy

Help Keep Foster Kids SAFE!

If you or anyone you know is thinking about becoming a foster parent in Clark County, Nevada ... read and sign this petition first! In August 2017, I became a foster parent. I opened my heart and home to a 9 month old baby boy, who I treated as my own child. During the time this child was in my home, I had to fight with DFS about multiple safety issues. I went to bat for this child on multiple occasions. In May 2018, this child was reunified with his birth parents, even though there were multiple signs of abuse and neglect during visitation, as well as a 25 year history of drug abuse. The foster care system in Clark County, Nevada is broken. I created this petition so no other child has to endure what our baby will have to endure.  As of May 2018, Las Vegas, Nevada is home to 3022 foster children. Many of these children will be reunified to unsafe conditions. In 2013, Nevada adopted a policy called SIPS (Safety Intervention and Permanency System). This policy was put into effect in 2016. SIPS allows foster children to be removed from safe foster homes and returned to dangerous situations! Many of these children are healthy, happy, and thriving in their foster homes, but will be returned to situations where they could be exposed to drugs, alcohol, and abuse. "...There are multiple hoops that one must jump through in order to become a foster parent. For instance, pet food must be kept away from where a child's meals are prepared. Cabinets must be locked. The presence of water in a home – even a birdbath – requires a foster parent be certified in CPR. The anonymous foster parent wonders why she is held to those standards when biological parents can get away with abusing drugs." [ABC News, 2016] Please read this article for more information: New Foster Child Policy Pits Risk Against Reward This petition was created so that birth families would be held to the same standards as foster families. We would like the SIPS policy to be repealed! PLEASE sign this petition if you believe foster children have the right to be in a healthy, safe home. Birth families should not be allowed to continue to do drugs or participate in unsafe behavior while the child is in their home. If we can get enough signatures on this petition, we might be able to get Clark County Family Services to change their policy.  PLEASE share this petition with as many people as possible so we can give these foster children a fighting chance.

Lauren Jarvis
1,729 supporters
Petitioning The President of the United States

OCCUPY AMERICA - PETITION TO STOP POLICE INTERFERENCE

As long as public officials are allowed to use the police and local ordinances and infractions to block our 1st Amendment right to peacifully assemble, the citizen's of the United States cannot preserve their democracy or make positive changes in the behavior of their government.  Please sign and share as far and wide as you can!The people of the United States demand and petition the several Federal District Courts of the United States, The United States Supreme Court,  the Department of Justice and all branches of Federal law enforcement to insure that the rights of the people to peacefully assemble and to petition their government for a redress of grievances, under the United States Constitution, are judiciously and vigorously defended. In particular, we ask that federal law enforcement observe and restrain all law enforcement jurisdictions, whether local, county, state or Federal, from behaviors intended to discourage the people's rights to assemble and present themselves through the mass occupations of public spaces. The mission of the various law enforcement institutions, jurisdictions and their agents is, in their own words, "to protect and serve" the people within those jurisdictions. However, in their presence and behavior at the numerous occupation actions across the country, law enforcement is demonstrating that it chooses to protect and serve only the few of a select body of citizens and to ignore protecting and serving the people as a whole and lawfully assembled body demanding justice from their government. Local police in collaboration with public officials have demonstrated a clear pattern of intent to discourage the current wave of people's protests through any means, lawful or unlawful at their disposal. They have employed enforcement of "camping-ordinances", "park closing hours", "blocking sidewalks", "failure to have permits" and other technical infractions to shut down demonstrations of political and social protest. They have employed unnecessary force, provocation, applications of ad hoc rules, "kettling" and other tactics clearly meant to disrupt and discourage the people from their lawful rights of assembly and petition. They have used surveillance, threats of force, demands for "compliance", infiltration, prohibiting amplifed sound, generators,  and other tactics of intimidation and obstruction to dilute, disperse or demoralize the people's determination to demand just and necessary alterations of their government in order to preserve our democracy. The protection of this right to assemble and petition the government is fundamental to the preservation of our democracy. Its abridgment by law enforcement must end and the people must be heard, as the founding fathers insisted, as a democratic nation requires.

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1,623 supporters
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Petitioning John Cornyn, John Thune, Roy Blunt, Roger Wicker, John Barrasso, Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Patty Murray, Jon Tester, Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise, Lynn Jenkins, Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer...

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!                  

James Phoenix
1,408 supporters
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Petitioning North Carolina State House, North Carolina State Senate, North Carolina Governor, Richard Burr, Pat McCrory, Thom Tillis, Norman Sanderson, Virginia Foxx, Alma Adams, David Price, G.K. Butterfield,...

Justice For Jholie! Jholie's Law

The AMBER ALERT originated in the United States in 1996. AMBER is officially a contrived acronym for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response, but was named after Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas in 1996. A brief description would be something to the effect of: AMBER (America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response) Alerts are emergency messages broadcasted when a law enforcement agency determines that a child has been abducted and is in imminent danger. The broadcasts include information about the child and the abductor, including physical descriptions as well as information about the abductor's vehicle - which could lead to the child's recovery An AMBER Alert is actually defined as " an emergency response system that disseminates information about a missing child, by media broadcasting or electronic roadway signs." The AMBER Alert™ Program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. There are certain requirements known as "Activation Criteria"  that are requested to be met before an AMBER Alert will be issued. These requirements are as follows: 1) There is reasonable belief by law enforcement that an abduction has occurred. 2) The law enforcement agency believes that the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death. 3) There is enough descriptive information about the victim and the abduction for law enforcement to issue an AMBER Alert to assist in the recovery of the child. 4) The child’s name and other critical data elements, including the Child Abduction flag, have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) system AMBER Alerts are approved by law enforcement and issued by broadcasting companies. The key to an AMBER Alert is that it is proven, an ABDUCTION has taken place. The AMBER Alert Initiative is a great system to have in place. However, this Alert does nothing to help children when it can not be proven they were abducted. So what happens when a child is presumed a runaway, when really they were abducted? We do not currently have any Alert System that will notify the general public in situations such as these. JHOLIE'S STORY Jholie Moussa was a sixteen year old female from Alexandria, Virginia, who went missing January 12, 2018, at approximately 1615, after telling her twin sister she would be right back, and walking out of her front door. When Jholie did not return the family got worried, it was not like Jholie to do this kind of thing. The family contacted the police, and after an initial investigation the police department determined that Jholie had ran away willingly, due to the fact that the home security camera caught her walking out the front door on her own. Because she was considered a "runaway" police refused to issue an AMBER Alert for this young lady, because the "ABDUCTION" requirement had not been met even though all other requirements were met, no matter how much the family pleaded with them to issue the alert. They continued their investigation, but not for a missing "endangered" child per say, but for a runaway, which isn't taken no where near as serious, and  is not put out to the public. Jholie's family and friends continued searching for her for the next two weeks. Then Jholie's body was found dead in a park less than a mile from her home, behind a tennis court on January, 26th, 2018. The family and friends truly believe that Jholie's life could have been saved, had an AMBER ALERT, or a SIMILAR ALERT been issued the first day to the public. Due to the failure of the system, because of a technical requirement, a beautiful, sweet, intelligent young woman with her whole life ahead of her was taken from this earth and her family WAY TOO SOON! This family is devastated. This young lady could have been found alive! I'm proposing a new law in the United States of America to bring our missing babies home, not just abducted children, but children presumed to be runaways as well. "Jholie's Law." This new law would provide a system of issuing an alert for ALL MISSING CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 18. Not just children in cases where it has to be PROVEN they were abducted. Because in many cases such a Jholie's case, it can not be proven that an abduction happened, when it reality the child was really abducted. Now you have a helpless child who everyone believes it's a runaway, in danger with no one except family and friends looking for them. This does not normally have a good outcome. In these situations if an Alert was established and issued, these children would have a better chance of being found, alive and brought back home to their families. Even though no abduction may have taken place, these children are still at risk. Even runaways are under age, unprotected, unsupervised and their whereabouts are unknown. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION AND LET THE LAW MAKERS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA KNOW WE REFUSE TO CONTINUE LOSING OUR BABIES DUE TO A TECHNICAL REQUIREMENT IN THE SYSTEM! EVERY CHILD'S LIFE IS IMPORTANT, NOT JUST THE ONES WHO MEET CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS! HOW DO YOU PUT REQUIREMENTS ON SAVING A CHILD'S LIFE! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, AND FOR SUPPORTING THIS FAMILY! GOD BLESS YOU!  

Cory Greer
1,294 supporters
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Petitioning Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, Andy Slavitt

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."

James Myers
1,144 supporters