Congressman Jim Himes represents Connecticut's 4th District in the United States Congress. He lives in Cos Cob.
Congressman Jim Himes represents Connecticut's 4th District in the United States Congress. He lives in Cos Cob.
Choose Bernie Sanders as the Presidential Nominee
In this moment of historic unrest, when our democracy has slipped into oligarchy and the threat of fascism has emerged, WE THE PEOPLE call on the Democratic National Convention, its pledged delegates and super delegates, to take historic action to save our democracy. We call on you to choose Senator Bernie Sanders as the Democratic Presidential nominee. Yes, we know that Sanders has endorsed Clinton. We, however, cannot vote for her - and neither will millions of other Americans. We call on you to choose Sanders. Our reasons include the following: 1. HISTORIC PRECEDENTS FOR NOMINATING A 2ND-PLACE CANDIDATE. Nominating Conventions exist in order to assess everything that has been learned during the primary season, and which candidate can best win the general election. Two of our greatest Presidents were chosen at conventions after a second-place finish in the primaries: Dwight D. Eisenhower (who had won only 26% of the primary vote) and Abraham Lincoln (who had won 22%). Both were chosen during times of great change and upheaval. Now is such a time. 2. SANDERS MORE LIKELY TO WIN THE GENERAL ELECTION. Senator Sanders is the candidate who can win. Democrats make up only 28% of registered voters. Elections are decided by the Independents, who now outnumber Democrats and Republicans combined. Sanders is wildly popular with Independents, enjoying 70% support plus 44% of Democrats. These 2 numbers add up to a landslide victory in a General Election. This is why, in polls showing 1-to-1 match-ups between Sanders-Trump, Sanders consistently wins by 9-12 points, while Clinton is basically tied with Trump. For example, this latest poll of swing states, Quinnipiac, June 21, 2016: https://www.qu.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/2016-presidential-swing-state-polls/release-detail?ReleaseID=2359 The latest overall national poll of registered voters shows Sanders' favorability rating is 59%, Clinton 42%, Trump 40%. Moreover, Sanders' favorability rating with non-whites is 77%, whereas Clinton's is only 64%, (CNN/ORC poll, June 21, 2016). http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2016/images/06/21/rel7b.-.2016.general.pdf Thus it is clear that Sanders' popularity has grown significantly, while Clinton's has declined. Moreover, these polls date from just BEFORE the FBI came out with their highly critical report of Secretary Clinton, showing that she had lied under oath to Congress. 3. CLINTON AS NOMINEE WILL LEAD TO LOW TURNOUT.Since Clinton is viewed unfavorably by the vast majority of eligible voters. Democratic turnout will be extremely low if she is the nominee. This will also damage down-ballot races. 4. SANDERS HAS THE MESSAGE FOR OUR TIME (BREXIT EXAMPLE). Senator Sanders is the candidate who can win because his message has the ring of authenticity and it resonates with our time. The recent BREXIT shows that working families are willing to go to severe measures to express both their frustration with the establishment and their desperate need for a less corporate-dominated society. If Secretary Clinton is the nominee, a similar revolt could take place: a right-wing extremist in the White House. 5. CLINTON CONSIDERED UNTRUSTWORTHY. There is widespread and growing concern among the American people, especially Independents, about Clinton’s questionable ethics and lack of trustworthiness. Since the revelation (via Comey's report and Chavez' questioning) that Clinton lied to Congress under oath about her emails, recent polls show that she is viewed as much less trustworthy than Trump - a notorious liar. 6. SIGNIFICANT NEW INFO HAS CAUSED VOTERS TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS SINCE THE SPRING ELECTIONS.The results of the primary elections are meaningless since voters did not know at the time that the State Department IG and the FBI would both be denouncing the Secretary as they recently have; and that Secretary Clinton lied under oath to Congress (113 classified emails at the time they were sent - not Zero as she said); and that the State Dept would re-open its investigation, as has now happened; and that the House Oversight Committee and Judicial Committee would request a perjury investigation, as has now happened.... To assume that Clinton still has the support of all, or even most, of the people who voted for her in the spring would be naive and dangerous. 7. PERCEPTIONS OF SIGNIFICANT ELECTION IRREGULARITIES FAVORING CLINTON. There is widespread concern and anger against the DNC for a lack of neutrality in its handling of the 2016 primaries. This includes an unprecedented number of superdelegates “pledging” to Clinton before the campaign began; widespread election irregularities, purges, etc.; and significant discrepancies between exit polls and official results, favoring Clinton in virtually every case. A class-action lawsuit against the DNC was filed in Federal court on June 28, alleging illegal manipulation and deceit in the DNC's handling of the primary. Several other lawsuits are pending in other states, including California. The superdelegates now have the opportunity to correct the impression of pre-campaign bias, by using their positions thoughtfully to evaluate all that has transpired and choose the candidate who can best win the confidence and affection of the American people. On July 18, Election Justice USA issued a thorough and scathing report of the fraud during the Democratic primaries. Written by 2 prominent statisticians and an award-winning investigative journalist, it is an extensive documentation of the election fraud in 22 states. With many links, charts and graphs, they conclude: Trump's victory was real, Hillary's was not. "It is hard to conceive of a legitimate transfer of power following an election that has been this flawed. We recommend... these elections be examined and, if found to be inaccurate, decertified. Where paper ballots are available, count them by hand. Where they are not available, it would be more equitable to hold a 2nd vote, one that does not utilize electronic voting equipment. We understand that this is unprecedented." https://drive.google.com/a/apollosfire.org/file/d/0B2gyJMIH8GERVHV3NjhOTVZmaTg/view Video evidence shows that senior Clinton campaign staff instructed interns and younger staff to systematically cheat and break the law. "Whatever you can get away with, just do it," said a Clinton campaign lawyer to her trainees - caught on camera. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhI6bMbhsDE 8. SANDERS HAS WISDOM AND AUTHENTICITY. Senators Sanders is the candidate who can win because he is an authentic, experienced, incorruptible, and fearless public servant. He has demonstrated, through speeches on the floor of Congress, that he foresaw in advance the complex worldwide problems we now face, including the dangers of the deregulated banks which led to our financial collapse; the growing income inequality which has now become a crisis; and the consequences of the Iraq war. 9. SANDERS REPRESENTS THE FUTURE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. Senator Sanders has brought millions of new voters into the Party, but those people will leave if he is not the nominee. He is the overwhelming preference of voters under the age of 45. This means that by 2024, Sanders’ vision will most likely be the overwhelming philosophy of voters under age 53. The Democratic Party has a choice: to become the party of the new reality, or a relic of the past. We, the undersigned, will not and cannot vote for Secretary Clinton, nor any other candidate put forward by the DNC, other than Bernie Sanders. Millions of us are lifelong Democrats who will leave the Party if Bernie is not the nominee. We will ONLY vote for Bernie, who has our trust, our confidence, and frankly – our love. LOVE TRUMPS HATE.
All Superdelegates - Vote Bernie
We, the undersigned constituents, write to you today to discuss how crucial your vote is to the future of our great country. I write to you today not only as a proud lifelong Democrat, but as someone who is deeply concerned about the upcoming election this November. Along with your colleagues, you are in an extremely powerful and special position for shaping our country's path forward. You have the power to help solidify the strongest candidate for our party to stop Donald Trump from damaging our country beyond repair. The party failed to prevent the loses of the '72 McGovern and '80 Carter elections. We can't make that same mistake in 2016, this time against an even more harmful and destructive Trump. That's the whole reason why you have your super delegate vote: to help prevent the party from choosing a poor General Election candidate that cannot guarantee a Democratic election. We have to do everything we can to make sure our Democratic candidate has the best odds to beat Trump. Senator Sanders has brought many people into the process (more than Obama did in 2008)(1), but many of those same people won't support Secretary Clinton. In fact, a petition that supported the 'Bernie or Bust' notion, with over 100,000 signatures, was delivered to the White House recently. If we are to acknowledge the scientifically proven exit-voice theory, research suggests that it’s very likely more than 2.4 million people share the same sentiments (2) .In addition, hundreds of thousands of constituents feel disenfranchised due to abundant and documented voter restriction and election fraud (mass voter roll call purging, massive decrease in polling location, unused provisional ballots, misguided voting instructions, altering of ballots, broken voting machines, and a consistent trend of exit polling not matching election outcomes) (3)(4)(5)(6). Never mind the notion that hundreds of super delegates pledged their support for Clinton even before this election season, or the fact that documents were leaked proving that the DNC had already chosen Clinton as the nominee back in May 2015, on the same day that Sen. Sanders announced his candidacy (7). We also run the risk of Secretary Clinton's potential legal issues costing us precious votes at the worst time possible. That is made clear by her own testimony regarding her misuse of her private email server; her statements to the public completely contradicted the FBI's testimony. It is also important to note that there is another petition that was delivered to the White House that voices the "Never Hillary" pledge., which was signed by over 200,000 people. There is also resounding concern over the issue of 'big money' in politics, including the issue of super PACs and the Hillary Victory Fund (8). The general consensus of average citizens is that she cannot be trusted. The National polls are clear. The swing state polls are clear (9). The favor-ability ratings are clear. The momentum, energy, youth and Independent enthusiasm are all clear. Our best hope in defeating Trump is clear: Senator Sanders (10)(11). You have a unique opportunity to go down in history as one of the special few individuals who made the right judgment call and helped us elect the stronger candidate for the Democrats to retain the White House. You also have the opportunity to disregard all logic, polls, and the anti-establishment pulse of the country and stay with a riskier candidate and further the notion of a #DemExit. For the sake of the Democratic Party, for the sake of your place in history, and for the sake of unifying the entire country and not having to say "President Trump"... please vote for Senator Sanders in the convention this July. Thank you for your time and consideration. References: (1) http://www.vox.com/2016/6/2/11818320/bernie-sanders-barack-obama-2008 (2) https://johnlaurits.com/2016/07/10/mathematical-proof-that-you-are-not-alone/ (3)http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/only-voter-suppression-can-stop-bernie-sanders_b_9780128 (4) https://electionfraud2016.wordpress.com/ (5) https://www.facebook.com/groups/1649941911932852/permalink/1655874224672954/ (6) http://usuncut.com/news/arizona-polling-disaster/ (7) https://guccifer2.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/dnc/ (8) http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/01/how-hillary-clinton-bought-the-loyalty-of-33-state-democratic-parties/ - who resourced the FEC (9) http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trump-dead-heat-hillary-clinton-swing-state/story?id=40542377 (10) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/hillary-clinton-now-loses_b_10102664.html (11) http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/pollster/2016-general-election-trump-vs-sanders
Legalize Recreational Marijuana in CT
Medically, Marijuana is one of the most useful medicines in the world. Recreational legalization would not only boost CT's economy, but create a more peaceful environment. Latest Recreational Marijuana news states, "HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Should Connecticut follow Colorado’s lead and legalize marijuana for recreational purposes? Some form of that idea is gaining traction in many state legislatures around the country, including Hartford. There are now two bills before the Connecticut General Assembly aimed at legalizing marijuana for recreational use. “I think these laws are just hypocritical, and it’s destroyed generations of young people in the inner cities,” said Rep. Edwin Vargas, D-Hartford. The Governor’s big criminal justice plan would decriminalize the possession of most drugs, changing it from a felony to a misdemeanor, but several members of the legislature think the state should go much further where marijuana is concerned. “I’d like to see Connecticut align itself with Colorado and just lift all statutes that criminalize the use of marijuana,” said Vargas." "Another state lawmaker says since the state already legalized the distribution and sale of marijuana for medical purposes, this should be the next logical step. “We already have the mechanism in place,” said Rep. Juan Candelaria, D-New Haven. “We do it for medicinal purposes. We have the mechanism. Why not continue with recreational?” Candelaria’s idea would impose a hefty 15-percent tax on marijuana, which he says could be a big help with the state’s current red ink problems. “You know that we’re facing a fiscal crisis right now, and I think this is a venue to generate enough revenue to close the budget deficit that we’re facing,” said Candelaria. Both Representatives Vargas and Candelaria also say that this would put a big dent in the marijuana street drug trade. The idea is expected to be on the ballot in Massachusetts and Maine later this year."
Protect Shareholders. Strike the Financial Choice Act 2.0.
Shareholder democracy is being profoundly threatened by Section 844 of the Financial CHOICE Act 2.0. This new legislation, which was heard by the Congressional Financial Services Committee on April 26 and then passed by the House on June 8, contains a provision that would fundamentally impair investors' rights to file shareholder resolutions. It is now scheduled to be voted on in the Senate. The new rule would permit only a tiny fraction of the globe’s wealthiest investors (those who own more than 1% or more of a company’s stock) to file shareholder proposals. For example, raising the ownership requirement to 1% would leave only 11 investors with enough shares ($3 billion) necessary to file shareholder proposals at Wells Fargo. All other shareholders would be blocked from using their shareholder rights to address equity, justice, sustainability, climate, risk, and good governance issues. Sign our petition and make your voice heard. We will be sending signatures, as well as the letter linked below, to the Senate. Let’s work together to defeat this destabilizing legislation that will profoundly affect consumers, investors, and the economy at large.
DNC Delegates & Super Delegates: Only Bernie can defeat Trump
(First, we MUST have a roll call vote, all the Democrats who cast their votes for a candidate and in turn voted in delegates to cast that vote at the DNC MUST be heard and recorded. This is democratic.) Bernie Sanders is simply the best candidate to beat Donald Trump; Delegates and Super Delegates please cast your votes accordingly. An average of the entire summary of all polling data compiled over the course of the election confirms this: Sanders leads Trump nationally +10.4 Hillary is slightly above at +3.2 Do Democrats REALLY want to Win the White House? The Democratic Party claims that Winning the White House is their top priority, along with defeating Trump. It's time to look at the facts and look at who is the best candidate to achieve these goals; goals taken straight from the DNC. DEMOCRATS ARE FOCUSED ON WINNING ELECTIONS, PERIOD. Case in point #1: When Bernie addressed the House of Representatives to explain that "it's not about winning, it's about transforming America," he was booed by Democratic members of Congress who believe they have no power to transform America unless they win elections. Bernie Booed by House Democrats DEMOCRATS SAY WE MUST DEFEAT TRUMP Case in point #2. Democrats also believe our main goal is to defeat Trump, i.e. win elections. Their messaging is solely, WE MUST DEFEAT TRUMP. Those two points have the Democratic Party freaking out after, to their surprise, Hillary's polling went DOWN after Bernie endorsed her. Democrats Freaked Out About Polls Emails sent from DCCC after Bernie's endorsement Three desperate emails were sent out in one day following Bernie's endorsement only to find Hillary's polling against Trump showed her LOSING ground, especially in three key swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania showing them being completely terrified over the lack of "unity" as Sanders supporters fail to fall in line behind Hillary claiming: "After Bernie’s call for unity yesterday, we just figured Democrats would...well...unify. But instead, everything is falling apart. FIRST: We heard barely a peep from grassroots Democrats. THEN: A Quinnipiac poll showed Trump and Clinton tied in OH, FL, and PA.* NOW: We’re questioning whether the Democratic Party can unify at all." __________________________________________________ Polling prior to Bernie's endorsement, June 21st vs. after, July 13th: *(note that the states are not all 'tied' as the DCCC claims): FL: Clinton 47 - Trump 39 -----> Clinton 39 - Trump 42 OH: Clinton 40 - Trump 40 ------> Clinton 41 - Trump 41 PA: Clinton 42 - Trump 41 ------> Clinton 41 - Trump 43 June 21st vs. July 13th, as well as virtually EVERY POLL conducted between Sanders and Trump, Bernie wins nationally every time (as stated in beginning): FL: Sanders 45 - Trump 39 ------> Clinton 47 - Trump 39 OH:Sanders 48 - Trump 38 ------> Clinton 40 - Trump 40 PA: Sanders 47 - Trump 40 ------> Clinton 42 - Trump 41 __________________________________________________ 13 million votes for Bernie Sanders were cast from demographics who are largely composed of people who simply refuse to vote for Hillary OR Trump. And some of them rather vote for Trump INSTEAD of Hillary! This is a stark reality that the Democratic Party must come to grips with if they not only want to put a Democrat in the White House in January, but elect Democrats in Primaries across our nation in November. Are you willing to lose the White House (as well as Congress) and suffer a loss that allows the potential for a President Trump? Dr. Cornel West is now endorsing Jill Stein over Hillary Clinton Most Bernie supporters are Dr. Cornel West supporters. He makes a compelling argument to his supporters on why Hillary, nor Trump, is a viable choice. How many of those 13 million will follow West? How many will vote Trump? How many will write in Bernie or simply stay home? Are Democrats willing to risk losing over this? So, do Democrats REALLY want to Win the White House? Then maybe it's time for DNC Delegates and Super Delegates to rethink who their nominee will be in order to achieve that victory. Bernie Sanders is simply the best candidate to beat Donald Trump; Delegates and Super Delegates please cast your votes accordingly.
#SAVEH2B: GET THE FACTS & STOP THE LIES!
Stop The Lies and Get The Facts! The H-2B Program Creates American Jobs • The H-2B program is essential for small and seasonal businesses that are committed to hiring a legal workforce but areunable to fill seasonal jobs with American workers despite extensive recruitment efforts. Seasonal industries that use theH-2B program include seafood processing, horse training, hospitality and amusement parks, forestry, landscaping,circuses, carnivals, food concessionaires, swimming pool maintenance, construction and stone quarries. • The H-2B program is important to workers. For H-2B workers, the program provides well-paying seasonal jobs that allowthem to provide for their families and still maintain their homes in their native countries. This program is also importantfor American workers whose year round positions are reliant upon seasonal laborers during peak seasons.• Every H-2B worker is estimated to create and sustain 4.64 American jobs. The H-2B Visa nonimmigrant program allows employers to hire foreign workers to come to the United States and perform temporary nonagricultural services or labor on a one-time, seasonal, peakload or intermittent basis. H-2B workers are not considered immigrants. In order to qualify for an H-2B Visa, an employer must prove that there are not sufficient U.S. Workers who are capable of performing temporary services or labor. MYTH: H-2B WORKERS TAKE JOBS AWAY FROM AMERICANS.FACT: American workers are guaranteed first chance at every job later filled by an H-2B temporary laborer. By law, every open position must be properly advertised in the community and requires employers to hire any able and willing American workers to fill open positions. The fact is that H-2B temporary workers actually support American jobs and the U.S. economy. The H-2B program provides an opportunity for seasonal businesses to operate at a greater capacity, thereby retaining their full-time American workers and contributing more to their local economies. Additionally, temporary foreign seasonal workers help support many upstream and downstream jobs. According to the American Enterprise Institute study on Immigration and American Jobs, every H-2B worker creates or sustains 4.64 American jobs on average. MYTH: EMPLOYERS DON’T EVEN TRY TO HIRE AMERICAN WORKERS TO FILL THESE TEMPORARY HARD LABOR JOBS.FACT: Employers work extremely hard to hire American workers because 1) it is dramatically cheaper to do so, and 2) the law requires that employers demonstrate that every effort has been made to hire Americans before they can start the process of trying to hire a temporary foreign laborer. Again, the fact is that the vast majority of American workers are not interested in temporary seasonal manual labor jobs. Geography is a big obstacle for many employers; for example, many resort communities don’t have a sufficient local labor pool. And, in many cases, these types of seasonal jobs may not be appropriate for high school students due to the hours or labor laws that prohibit the use of heavy machinery by minors. MYTH: PAYING HIGHER WAGES WILL ENTICE AMERICAN WORKERS AND SOLVE THE SEASONAL TEMPORARY LABOR SHORTAGE.FACT: Hourly pay for these types of jobs have gone up significantly over the last few years because employers who use the H-2B program are required to pay their H-2B workers and similarly employed American workers a premiumwage dictated by the U.S. Department of Labor. These temporary manual labor jobs often pay considerably more than the minimum wage, but American workers still won’t take the positions. Sadly, in many cases, employers who obey the law and use the H-2B program are often competing against businesses that choose to illegally hire undocumented immigrants and pay those workers considerably less. If wages were raised even higher, seasonal employers who use the program would not be able to sustain their businesses or their American workers. MYTH: THE H-2B PROGRAM REPRESSES WAGES FOR AMERICAN WORKERS BY PROVIDING A CHEAPER LABOR SOURCE.FACT: Hiring H-2B workers is a much move expensive and risky option. In addition to the fact employers are required to pay H-2B workers and similarly employed American workers a premium wage that is often well above the federal minimum wage, complying with the H-2B program is extremely costly, complicated and wrought with uncertainty due to an overly restrictive cap and a constantly changing regulatory environment. Employers turn to the H-2B program as a last resort, after extensive efforts to recruit American workers. MYTH: H-2B WORKERS OVERSTAY THEIR VISAS AND EXACERBATE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IN AMERICA.FACT: According the U.S. Department of Homeland Security visa overstay in the H-2B program are rare. Workers who do overstay their visas are barred from using the program ever again. The fact is that the vast majority of H-2B workers and their employers are meticulous about compliance. Not following the strict program rules means the end of a well-paying seasonal jobs that allows these workers to provide for their families and still maintain their homes in their native countries – a risk these workers are not willing to take since they generally return to the same employer year after year. Additionally, when approving H-2B visas, the U.S. Consulate confirms workers’ ties to their home countries. Further, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires employers to promptly report any H-2B workers who do not report for work or who complete their work earlier in the season than anticipated. MYTH: THE H-2B RETURNING WORKER EXEMPTION IS UNNECESSARY.FACT: The H-2B program’s annual 66,000 cap (33,000 for each half of the fiscal year) is not adequate to meet the demands of a growing economy. The cap for the first half of the fiscal 2016 was reached on March 15. The second-half cap was reached on May 12, leaving many seasonal employers shut out of the program with no access to legal seasonal laborers. Without the returning worker exemption passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by the President of December 18, 2015, many companies would have had to close their businesses, lay off American workers or turn away customers.This provision is essential to the survival of small and seasonal businesses across the country and should be made permanent. An H-2B returning worker exemption is a narrow solution to a seasonal workforce shortage that focuses on workers who are valuable to their seasonal employers and who have never violate the terms of their past visas or other U.S. laws. These workers do not pose a security risk and they are not taking away jobs from Americans. The H-2B returning worker exemption in the omnibus appropriations bills simply provides that if an H-2B worker has been counted against the cap in one of the three prior years, that worker can return to work in the H-2B program in the current year without being counted against this year's cap. For more information please visit: https://www.SaveH2b.orghttps://www.facebook.com/SaveH2B/https://twitter.com/SaveH_2B https://youtu.be/UTYVEirlu3o To contribute further, please contact your Congressmen/women and tweet using the hashtag: #SAVEH2B.
Animals that are left outside in freezing temps with only a dog house as protection
I witnessed a dog tied up and left outside all day and this evening with temps below zero. The only protection the dog had was a dog house. Upon calling Animal Control and the police department, I was sad to learn nothing could be done because their is a dog house. A dog house in freezing temps offers little to no protection and animals need to be brought inside when the temperature drops below freezing. Owners need to be responsible and care for their pets if they are going to have the right and privilege to owner them. Please sign this petition and help us get the laws changed to protect animals from animal cruelty. No animal should be left out to freeze to death. PLEASE SIGN!!
Uphold THE PRINCIPLES: Change the Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 3174/S. 1200)
No animal owner should be directed to administer insulin to their animal unless they have the most reliable and accurate tool to monitor their animals blood sugar levels prescribed to them, a blood glucose meter. I was misguided and directed to initially use only a less accurate method, urine testing. Once an animals natural regulation is disrupted it becomes very challenging to discern what is taking place, especially if the animal is not tolerating the insulin itself(side effects, allergic reaction). A healthy animal can very quickly become an animal in crisis; one whose entire endocrine system may become unbalanced. One who may not be able to walk independently, breathe properly and or quickly become blinded by cataracts. My animal was not prescribed the only insulin approved by the FDA for animals called Vetsulin. He became very sick after one shot of human insulin and may have had an underlying thyroid condition which was left untreated even though his test came up low. The Fairness to Pet Owners Act would not protect my animal as it is written now, in fact it would deter physicaians from correcting the initial errors. In addition, I find it unacceptable for doctors to use intimidation methods when they are called out on their errors. I also find it alarming that the Ct. Dept. Of Health has completely dismissed my case, offering no remedy for my circumstances. They failed to obtain my dogs chest xray before I did (over 2 years later) and I never was given my animals ultrasound record in a form that could be read for a clinical second oppinion. I was given 10 pages of other animals records. I believe this significant bill needs to be reviewed before it is passed, taking the AVMA "Principals" into consideration seems appropriate. Choosing to place your animal on insulin is a choice that should be well informed and not thrust upon you by a hurried physician(there are a variety of insulin's to choose from some of which are designed specifically for animals). I was not informed that animal insulin existed, my dog was placed on human insulin. Due to the complexity of the endocrine system other hormonal imbalances should be considered as well before insulin is started to avoid contraindication. Diagnosis such as: an underlying tic disease, Pancreatitis, Hypothyroidism, Cushing's disease, and Addison's disease among others may need to be explored as well. A mishandled geriatric animal can become a very costly and painful experience! Don't let yourself be misguided by desensitized clinicians who quickly jump to conclusions; it could cost your animal their quality of life in a very short period of time and create a lot of undue expenses. "I cannot see you Mommy, when you cuddle me so near.And yet I know you love me, it's in the words I hear.I cannot see you Daddy, when you hold me by your sideBut still I know you love me when you tell me so with pride.I cannot see to run and play out in the sun so brightFor here inside my tiny head it's always dark as night.I cannot see the treats you give when I am extra goodBut I can wag my tail in Thanks just like a good dog should."She cannot see. The dog’s no good" is what some folks might say"She can't be trained, she'll never learn, She must be put away."But not you, Mom and Daddy, You know that it's alrightBecause I love you just as much as any dog with sight.You took me in, you gave me love and we will never partBecause I'm blind with just my eyes, I see you in my heart." — Sherrill Wardrip Some animals will adapt better than others to blindness and many of them can still run and play as well as learn to negotiate around the house. Blind, healthy animals make wonderful pets. Diabetic animals can be managed properly, just like humans and live a long and happy life! The Fairness to Pet Owners Act Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 3174/S. 1200) "Introduced in House (07/23/2015)Fairness to Pet Owners Act of 2015 Directs the Federal Trade Commission to require prescribers of animal drugs to verify prescriptions and provide copies of prescriptions to pet owners, pet owner designees, and pharmacies, without the prescriber demanding payment or establishing other conditions. Applies these requirements to medication for a domesticated household animal that consumers are not allowed to purchase without a prescription. Treats a violation of this Act as an unfair or deceptive act or practice under the Federal Trade Commission Act." https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/3174 In 2004, I adopted my first dog Jacob from the Westport Humane Society (Westport,Connecticut). He is a mellow,beautiful animal. He was healthy and fit for the majority of his life. My animal was placed in danger once he was diagnosed with a questionable diagnosis of Diabetes. I was not educated thoroughly or equipped with the correct tools to accurately determine what my dogs sugar reading was although I was instructed to begin administering insulin. The endocrine system is a very complex system. He also presented with low thyroid readings at the time and symptoms of pancreatitis which were dismissed by his practitioners. This petition is advocating to amend standard practice for diabetic animals and the general safe practices of medication administration which should be governed by the AVMA ethics which dictates ethical practices for clinicians of Veterinary Medicine. Jake was harmed by his doctors at the age of 10 because they did not uphold the "Principles". I am concerned for the public because some of his physicians belong to the largest growing chain of veterinary hospitals that is spreading across the U.S.A. and Canada. What should have been simple and easy, has become "COMPLICATED". Don't let this happen to you! All veterinarians are expected to adhere to a progressive code of ethical conduct known as the"Principles" . This is a great concept if it is utilized and enforced. https://www.avma.org/KB/Policies/Pages/Principles-of-Veterinary-Medical-Ethics-of-the-AVMA.aspx I am posting this petition so that all animals may be protected through ensuring the enforcement of existing laws/ethics and to help implement new ones like ( the Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 3174/S.1200) (Effective record keeping and communication WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF "THE PRINCIPLES"(and beyond when necessary) helps to make effective diagnosis and remedies which protects pets and their owners.) It is also important for medication to be distributed responsibly when diagnosis has not yet been determined. Treating the symptoms incorrectly may in fact exasperate the underlying cause. https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/3174 * Did you know that animals are considered property(similar to a car)and historically there have been few legal ramifications for malpractice. How does this translate into how owners and animals are treated? https://www.animallaw.info/article/animals-property **** ALWAYS BE SURE TO (obtain a copy)OF THE REFERRAL FORM FROM THE PRIMARY DOCTOR TO THE SPECIALTY PHYSICIAN TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS ACCURATE before they start examining your animal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE BENEFIT MUST OUTWEIGH THE RISK!! In addition to the treatment we endured, I now find it concerning that my personal experience included an entity that predominantly influences the market and claims to be setting a standard of care(they have over 700 small animal veterinary hospitals across the United States and Canada, a nationwide clinical laboratory and diagnostic imaging company). According to one source, VCA has "1 of the 10 most over paid CEO's". In fact the CEO is also the chairman and the president of Veterinary Centers of America Antech Inc. . http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/07/executive-pay-america-top-10-overpaid-ceo When I read the articles below, I felt as if all the pieces of the puzzle were coming together. I reached out to Mr. Antin ( THE LEADER OF VCA VETERINARY HOSPITALS) before I discovered these but there was no response. I thought that he deserved the opportunity to comment on the situation seeing as he is building an empire which incorporates HEALING. He did not return my call. He can't see all that goes on. I thought it was the morally correct thing to do. It's one thing to have a goal, it's another thing to reach that goal. ITS ONE THING TO LOVE YOUR CUSTOMERS AND ITS ANOTHER THING TO IGNORE THEM. I don't like to think of myself or my animal as the percentage that is expendable. http://news.vin.com/VINNews.aspx?articleId=32842 http://news.vin.com/VINNews.aspx?articleId=19664 http://news.vin.com/VINNews.aspx?articleId=31861 http://www.investors.com/research/the-new-america/animal-hospital-chain-vca-antech-profits-from-a-pet-loving-public/ IT IS CONCERNING WHEN A COMPANIES EMPLOYEES FILE AN ONGOING LAW SUITE AGAINST THEM BECAUSE THEY FEEL VIOLATED. I wonder how this effects their work performance? http://vcalawsuit.com/ https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/3174 Walmart sells Novalin N and Novalin R for $25.00 in case you didn't know. Other pharmacies may sell it for over $100.00. The AVMA seems concerned about pet owners having the best prices but none of my doctors shared this information with me, I discovered it on my own. VCA also didn't inform me of the only FDA approved insulin for animals called Vetsulin in the U.S.A. Caninsulin in other countries. If your dog is regulated but appears to be having an adverse reaction to the human synthetic insulin you may want to try Vetsulin, a natural, animal based pork insulin(check with your doctor) I have read it is easier for some animals to adjust to. At one time people were offered non synthetic insulin as well, you can read about this below. The AVMA DOES NOT support this bill, they think it is an administrative burden. The physician that I saw stated an emergency medication in her case notes. I wasn't given a prescription nor did she dispense it to me. I later learned that only veterinarians can dispense it. She later claimed to not be treating his airways yet she was actively collaborating. The VCA job description which explains her expertise says otherwise as well. I wish I was a doctor, then I would know what to prescribe for my dog!!!!!!!!!! I am depending on them to HELP ME! I have certainly learned a LOT ABOUT VETERINARY MEDICINE since all of this began. I wish I had listened to my intuition and NOT TAKEN my dog TO VCA! I started to cave in and decided maybe I should take Jake to VCA because my primary doctor was at a loss. Why he didn't recommend a geriatric blood panel is beyond me. I didn't know to ask for one. I even asked for a medication that I had rejected in the past , Prednisone. He prescribed it but I never picked it up. I only asked because he recommended it in the past(in the past I put him on fish oil). Prednisone is the wrong drug for a Diabetic dog! Something went wrong in my dogs care. I am by no means a doctor but I am a very perceptive dog owner. The AVMA sounds like they give pet owners a lot of freedom over medication. I guess that would work if they knew what they were doing. From my perspective, it looks like pet owners need to be protected from human error. THE AMERICAN VETERINARIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION LINK https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/160615g.aspx (THEY DON'T SUPPORT THE BILL BECAUSE IT IS A BURDEN TO COMPLETE THE PAPERWORK) Because of my experience I would also like the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to revisit standard practice for dogs which are having endocrine disorders such as Diabetes. My dog may have continued to decline if I didn't trust my ability to know that my dog was in a crisis. He couldn't walk by himself among other things after VCA's treatment. My dog was placed on human insulin. I told my veterinarian that I thought the medications that she prescribed weren't agreeing with him. She stopped the antibiotics that were prescribed in error and also the blood pressure medicine (I removed the dog from the office and placed him in a safe place, my car) his blood pressure reading was acceptable but she left him on the insulin. She stated in her case notes that I thought that my dog was having an anaphylactic reaction to the blood pressure medication.That is not what I stated. ( I said that I thought that THE medications weren't agreeing with him). She left him on the human insulin and did not even mention changing it. I did not learn about FDA approved animal insulin until after I left VCA's care. How could this be? ABOUT INSULIN https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-04/m-mah042913.php http://www.iddt.org/here-to-help/iddt-campaigning/animal-insulin-ministers-letter http://www.iddt.org/here-to-help/iddt-campaigning/synthetic-human-insulin-versus-natural-animal-insulinsynthetic-human-insulin-versus-natural-animal-insulin Dog owners should be given an informed choice of treatment including the risks and benefits of all types of insulin's. Animal based insulin's have been used safely and effectively for over 70 years although some animals and people may have better results with other kinds. Vetsulin is the only FDA approved insulin for animals. Lastly, my local Connecticut Health Department is responsible for making sure that the veterinarians in question are accountable for their actions or lack there of; I hope this petition helps to ensure that their process is judicious and that's its meaningfulness is NOT DISTORTED. http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3143&q=388948 If you believe that you and your animal may have been harmed due to poor performance, click on the link above and learn how to make a complaint in Ct.. Go to your local Department of Health's website and do the same. IT'S EASY!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't wait you may miss your opportunity(there are time restrictions)! Help to MAKE CHANGE! "The Commissioner of Public Health with the advice and assistance of said board may issue regulations to insure proper veterinary care and the protection of public health,considering the convenience and welfare of the animals being treated, methods recommended by the code of ethics of the national and state veterinary associations, proper registrations of veterinarians for prompt identification and accepted health and veterinary standards as promulgated by the Department of Public Health, Department of Agriculture health ordinances and state statutes and regulations. " Ct. General Statutes Chapter 384 , Section 20-196b. Board powers and duties. The Connecticut Board of Veterinary Medicine shall (1)hear and decide matters concerning suspension or revocation of licensure (2) adjudicate complaints filed against practitioners licensed under this chapter and (3) impose sanctions where appropriate. I have placed a formal complaint and it's been over 2 years. I still have not gotten my my dogs diagnostic records." www.ct.gove/dph Some ERRORS made by my physicians 1) My animal was not given age appropriate geriatric blood tests by his primary doctor. He was referred to VCA instead over a long period of time. I later learned that my doctors son was a practicing physician at VCA. Luckily, my dog was very healthy for his age and undiagnosed condition. I could see the subtle changes very easily. My animals records were not there when I arrived although VCA has an entire page dedicated to compassionate care for an animal being referred to their offices. They also did not willfully give me my animals complete record when I determined their care was detrimental to my dogs health and they still have not supplied his ultrasound in the format that can be interpreted for clinical assessment although after 2 years I finally was able to obtain his chest x-ray from another vets office who managed to get it from VCA. "A veterinarian shall be influenced only by the welfare of the patient, the needs of the client, the safety of the public, and the need to uphold the public trust vested in the veterinary profession, and shall avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance thereof." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 2) I was not educated by my primary doctor about researching geriatric illnesses or age related blood work; I had no idea that dogs get a lot of the same diseases that humans do. (Diabetes, Hypothyroidism, Cushing's Disease, Obesity, Arthritis,Gum Disease, Blindness,Cancer, Heart Disease, Addison's Disease etc.) which if handled early on can potentially be managed more effectively(a geriatric blood panel can help diagnose them among other tests, check with your doctor at what age special testing should begin). My dog appeared healthy because he was; he was an older dog that was gaining weight, slowing down and made a strange noise only when he stepped up onto his bed(which required exertion). I also noticed that he was becoming overstimulated occasionally on walks(nothing excessive). When he started to have more obvious exercise intolerance I decided to go to VCA because my doctor didn't seem capable of finding the problem. He wasn't suggesting the basic age appropriate tests. I feel foolish for not knowing what to ask for specifically. I was asking for help though. "A veterinarian shall continue to study, apply, and advance scientific knowledge, maintain a commitment to veterinary medical education, make relevant information available to clients, colleagues, the public, and obtain consultation or referral when indicated." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 3) My animals referral was written incorrectly to the VCA animal hospital which led to him being mishandled. The doctors did not stop when he was under distress because they perceived his behavior to be normal. "A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 4) I was reluctant to go to Veterinary Centers of America because my cat had died a few years earlier when I was referred to their location in Norwalk, Ct.. My doctor prescribed Prednisone prior to me being scheduled to go without giving my dog blood work(I never picked it up as directed by another doctor). Had I given my dog Prednisone prior to them discovering the diabetes that would have been detrimental to him. What if I never even went to VCA and gave him the Prednisone? "A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 5) Once I arrived at VCA my dogs records weren't there after I had called 3 times and they reassured me they were present. When I called my primary doctors office to have them faxed they told me they were closing for the day and reluctantly sent them. If you go to the VCA website they dedicate an entire page to the referral process and the anxiety it can provoke and how they will help you through it! "A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 6) Other diagnosis were not ruled out prior to medication administration at VCA(I will admit I am not 100% clear of this process.) I questioned the diagnosis of Diabetes, high blood pressure and bladder infection because my dog was NOT SYMPTOMATIC. I was not offered a fructosamine test to help identify the diabetes and to put my mind at ease and the doctor placed him on antibiotics for a bladder infection THAT DIDN'T EXIST. The urine test came back negative and he had a complete break down when placed on the medication. ***WHEN I TELL THIS STORY TO OTHER DOCTORS IT DOESN'T SEEM TO RAISE ANY RED FLAGS. He was later placed on thyroid medication by a new doctor which was a miracle drug! He was being seen by VCA for a condition which is related to thyroid issues. Poor glucose regulation can occur when an animals thyroid is not functioning properly. Why didn't they rule out low thyroid before placing my animal on insulin? Once they did test his thyroid it was 1 point below normal and she didn't treat him with thyroid medication. It was tested a month later and was even lower. Had I stopped seeking help at the advice of VCA my animal would have been in serious trouble. "A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 7) I had 10 pages of other animals records mixed into my dogs file. "The Principles" say "A veterinarian shall respect the rights of clients, colleagues, and other health professionals, and shall safeguard medical information within the confines of the law." 8) An emergency medication was listed in the VCA internists formal case notes that was not dispensed to me nor was I given a prescription to go elsewhere. "A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 9) I approached the office manager once I reviewed the internists file because I could see by her case notes that she was not accurately interpreting me, the office manager did nothing to resolve the discrepancies. I had spoken to another doctor previously who documented more accurately my perspective. 10) The pharmacy records showed another doctors name on my dogs prescription log. Not the doctor who prescribed the insulin and who saw my dog in her office. "A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 11) I was not supplied my dogs diagnostics when I asked for a complete record which led me to contact the Dept. of Health.(chest x-ray, ultrasound or his blood pressure readings) The radiologist wouldn't even discuss my dogs chest x-ray with me and the internist put her opinion on my dogs discharge sheet instead of the radiologists. Had I not been vigilant I would not have known the radiologists opinion of my dogs chest x-ray or that the internist had recommended Torb, a medication for breathing emergencies. "A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 12) My dogs life was changed with 2 visits to a doctor. I sat in the other room while they terrified him by cutting his nails(that is his pet peeve)if your dog is like mine,you know that they know what you're up to. I am upset. My dog was a higher functioning animal before they put him on medication(insulin, blood pressure medication and antibiotics). He had no bladder infection and no ketones, no high cholesterol or triglycerides. His diagnostics indicated mild pancreatitis. I was sent home with urine dips to assess his sugar level along with ketones, I later discovered they sold glucometers at VCA! In my circumstances urine dips alone were not a good enough tool. I believe standard practice should include the necessity to own a glucometer before the first dose of insulin to safeguard against highs and lows(urine testing is not an accurate , true depiction of the animals state). Human beings that are raised within a systemic environment that promotes a strong personal work ethic and moral compass will create better practitioners, office staff, managers, and owners. ****I was told that the insulin had 3 different shelf lives by 3 different people. "A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 13) My dog was not handled properly and was caused undue stress. I specifically instructed them NOT to cut his nails and VCA did it any way. Be sure to protect your animal from undue stress. Why would you cut a dogs nails who is terrified of it and when he's there for airway concerns and or diabetes? I had to remove my dog from the office and place him in my car to obtain an acceptable blood pressure reading because I knew he didn't feel safe. "A veterinarian should first consider the needs of the patient to prevent and relieve disease, suffering, or disability while minimizing pain or fear." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 14) I was not adequately prepared to handle the circumstance that my dog entered into once he was given the medication (some of which was prescribed in error). "A veterinarian shall continue to study, apply, and advance scientific knowledge, maintain a commitment to veterinary medical education, make relevant information available to clients, colleagues, the public, and obtain consultation or referral when indicated." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 15) Avoid unnecessary anesthesia/sedation especially during standard blood draws. 16) VCA and my primary doctor did not want to assume the care for my dog once he declined. My primary doctor stated it was a "COMPLICATED CASE" and VCA said my primary doctor should refer me to another primary doctor if it was too much for them to handle. The office staff at my primary doctors office alienated me from the doctor that referred me to VCA and tried to defame my character by placing an untrue statement in my dogs file. The "Principles" dictate that a veterinarian shall uphold the standards of professionalism, be honest in all professional interactions, and report veterinarians who are deficient in character or competence to the appropriate entities. "A veterinarian shall provide competent veterinary medical clinical care under the terms of a veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR), with compassion and respect for animal welfare and human health." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). "A veterinarian should first consider the needs of the patient to prevent and relieve disease, suffering, or disability while minimizing pain or fear." The Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). 17) 18) The American Veterinary Medical Association's Statement " We feel that this bill—the Fairness to Pet Owners Act (H.R. 3174/S. 1200)—is unnecessary because clients should already have the ability to fill a prescription at a pharmacy of their choice. Though not required by federal law, the AVMA’s Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics and its guide on Client Requests for Prescriptions encourage veterinarians to write a prescription in lieu of dispensing a medication when asked by a client, and a majority of states have similar laws or policies. In some cases, veterinary medications are only available through a veterinarian, negating the need for a written prescription. In other situations, the client might want to have the medication dispensed by their veterinarian. But if this bill were to pass, veterinarians would still be required to provide the written prescription, take the piece of paper back, and then dispense the medication. This creates an administrative burden for veterinarians and staff who should be spending their time and resources taking care of their animal patients, not on paperwork." What if your doctor doesn't give/ offer you the prescription even though they recommend it in their case notes? What if they give you what you ask for and its not safe because you aren't aware of canine diseases and when and how to test for them? I'm new at this and would rather avoid mistakes. American Veterinary Medical Association Taken from the AVMA website: " Veterinarians are members of a scholarly profession who have earned academic degrees from comprehensive universities or similar educational institutions. Veterinarians practice veterinary medicine in a variety of situations and circumstances. Exemplary professional conduct upholds the dignity of the veterinary profession. All veterinarians are expected to adhere to a progressive code of ethical conduct known as the Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics (PVME). The PVME comprises the following Principles, the Supporting Annotations, and Useful Terms. The AVMA Judicial Council is charged to advise on all questions relating to veterinary medical ethics and to review the Principles periodically to ensure that they remain current and appropriate. "The Principles" "A veterinarian shall be influenced only by the welfare of the patient, the needs of the client, the safety of the public, and the need to uphold the public trust vested in the veterinary profession, and shall avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance thereof." Please click on the link below to see this complete statement. https://www.avma.org/KB/Policies/Pages/Principles-of-Veterinary-Medical-Ethics-of-the-AVMA.aspx **** Please revisit this petition to view updates. The main premise will remain: Enforcing existing laws and ethics, passing new laws/ethics, raising awareness and reviewing standard practice for dogs with endocrine disorders such as Diabetes and Hypothyroidism. I reserve limited liability, I am not a medical doctor; these statements reflect my experience and information I have gathered from other sources. My hope is for animal owners to be better educated and all parties to be as responsible and consciencious as they can. It truly is a collaboration and due to the growing costs of medical care money needs to be spent wisely based on sound decisions with minimal fear. Preventive care might include some fact sheetssheets from veterinarian's revolving around developmental milestones and age appropriate testing with a referral to credible sources. Some veterinarians have an elaborate data base of educational information. All animal owners should take responsibility and educate themselves beyond the yearly necessities of vaccines, flea/tic prevention and urine/fecal samples animals have complex diseases just like humans. The quality of dog food has evolved over time to help reduce the amount of corn and wheat in dogs diets also. A lot of people still aren't aware of Factory Farming either.
Release TPP text to the public. Oppose Fast Tracking through Congress
It is not fair to the American people to have this voted on without the public knowing what is in it.
HOPE for Alzheimer's Act: Show Congress That Alzheimer's Is A Priority
Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and effects millions of individuals every day. The Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer’s Act is a crucial piece of proposed legislation that would increase individuals' access to valuable resources and would allow Medicare beneficiaries to receive care planning services after diagnosis. Care planning services are crucial in allowing individuals to have a better quality of life after their diagnosis. This act would also give caregivers better access to information and resources that would allow them to care for their loved ones and have a quality life themselves. This disease unfortunately has the potential to effect all of us or someone we know at some point in our lives. Please sign this petition so that we can prove to Congress that this is a priority that has our support!