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Louie Gohmert

  • TX01
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Serving his fifth term in the United States House of Representatives, Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert proudly represents the First District of Texas.


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Petitioning Greg Abbott, Greg Bonnen, Ted Cruz, Ted Poe, Charles Perry, Randy Neugebauer, Susan King, John Cornyn, Troy Fraser, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), animalservices@abilenetx.com ...

Get a law passed in the State of TX that prohibits chaining (tethering) of dogs.

A law should be passed to prohibit chaining (tethering) of dogs 24/7/365/all of their lives, because it is cruel, inhumane, and it is abuse.  Limiting chaining does not work, because it is not monitored. If a person is not standing with the dog, the dog should not be chained...period.   Chained dogs are kept out of sight & out of mind in the back yard, & are most of the time deprived of adequate food, water, & vet care in addition to having their emotional & social needs completely ignored. Chaining a dog for any length of time is one of the cruelest punishments imaginable for social animals that need & deserve companionship, exercise, & mental stimulation. Since 1979 chaining has been recognized as a contributing factor in dog attacks Federal & National Agencies have found.  Nearly 3 times more likely to attack than dogs not chained. Chained dogs are totally vulnerable to other animals & cruel people.  Many have been stolen, set on fire, shot, stabbed, tortured, or poisoned by cruel passersby or neighbors who were annoyed by their barking.  Chaining dogs is not only a animal welfare issue, but a public safety hazard as well.   Chained dogs make housing values decrease & make the neighborhood a less desirable area to live in.  Chained dogs bark more often than a non-chained dog.  Chained dogs are not neutered, therefore adding to more dog abuse.  Chained dogs cause other yards to be infested with fleas & ticks, because they are not sprayed as they should be nor do they get the baths they need. 16 Cities in Texas already has a ban on chaining dogs, and this law should be passed in the entire State of Texas immediately. City councilmen state they do not have the funds to hire more animal control or police if this law were to pass, and assume more dogs will be surrendered to Animal Services.  Statistics from the Texas Humane Society Legislature show that after 3 months of this law being passed, dog surrenders decrease. Fines paid to the city from dog owners that still refuse to obey this law gives the city more funds to deal with the abused dog issue.  There is the other argument that some people do not have fences or the money to build a fence.  I say, put the dog in the house or do not get a dog. There are many ways to help people get a fence for their dogs, and every city can figure out the best way to accomplish this goal in helping the poor.  Then, there are dog owners that already have fences, but still chain their dogs up 24/7.  Some dogs are hard to keep inside of a fence & there are dog pulley's for those types of dogs.  Dogs should not have to live on chains 24/7, because their owners do not want the responsibility of having a dog.  Chained up & neglected is not the way we should treat our dogs.  We are family to dogs and they should be treated as such.  If someone wants a dog to chain up all it's life, they should not get a dog and they should be fined or jailed if they do. Can you imagine being chained up all day long...all night...day after day....week after week...month after month...year after year...until you die?  A dog has no life being chained up all the time, so it would be better off dead than to go through the torture of living its entire life on a chain which is another word for solitary confinement.  A chained dog cannot run, jump, play, exercise, chase squirrels, chase a ball, run across the yard after a rabbit, or anything a dog was created for.  Instead, they live silently on their chain barking, begging, pleading, & crying for their owners to acknowledge they are alive and need their love and help. Please sign this petition....pass it on....share it to everyone you know and lets get this law passed in Texas to show our pets we care.  We are despicable people for allowing this abuse to go on as long as it has, and it is time for us to do something about it and end this abuse.  It is a shame that it takes a petition in order to get our city council, senators, & representatives of Texas to acknowledge chaining as abuse, to have the compassion to do something about it, and the courage to make it a law.            

Debbie Alexander
48,349 supporters
Petitioning Luis Gutierrez, Chuck Grassley, Pete King, Patrick Leahy, Trey Gowdy, Dick Durbin, Kirsten Gillibrand, Charles Schumer, Steve Chabot, Darrell Issa, Louie Gohmert

Make it a Federal Crime to Murder any Police Officer in the U.S. including Puerto Rico

In the past few years their's been this mindset that has taken over this country where people feel it's ok to attack police officers and assassinate them and this presents a clear and present danger to the safety of the public. We call on the federal government to pass legislation making it a federal crime to murder a law enforcement officer. The murder of a federal law enforcement officer or even a K9 and Horse working with a federal LEO agency is already a federal offense. The cold blooded assassinations of NYPD Detectives Rafael Ramos, Wen Jian Liu, Brain Moore, Sheriff Darren Goforth, Sergeant Miguel Perez-Rios and countless others in our country calls for changes in the law. We will not tolerate the murder of law enforcement officers and these cop-killers need to know they will receive the ultimate penalty. We can't leave the states to prosecute these cases since some have banned the death penalty. We are asking our elected officials and the people of our great country who support law enforcement to join us in calling for the enactment of legislation to make it a federal crime to kill a law enforcement officer.

NYPD Hispanic Society
9,955 supporters
Petitioning Greg Abbott, Loretta E. Lynch, Ken Paxton, Dan Goeb Patrick, Barack Obama, Matt Powell

Please review the Gregory Kelley case (The State of Texas vs. Greg Kelley)

On July 15, 2014, Greg Kelley was named guilty of the sexual assault of a child. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole, based solely on the testimony of a 4 year old. Not to discredit the words of a child, but no other supporting evidence was given. Kelley was not interrogated by police upon his indictment and no other suspects or possibilities were sought out. There were numerous inconsistencies in the testimonies provided in court. Never at any time has anyone been able to pinpoint that Greg was alone or could have been alone with the alleged victim. Kelley deserves a fair trial to prove his innocence, a chance that he did not previously recieve throughout his flawed investigation and trial. Please restore my faith in the Texas judicial system by reviewing his case.   More about Greg's story:   http://youtu.be/XphXu5zCFms http://fightforgk.com https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=473437362791953 https://mobile.twitter.com/FIGHTforGK http://instagram.com/fightforgk http://m.hillcountrynews.com/mobile/news/article_5c7e6dfa-1283-11e4-8b38-001a4bcf887a.html     More helpful information: http://www.ipt-forensics.com/journal/volume9/j9_1_4.htm  

Alexa Whitton
8,788 supporters
Petitioning Rand Paul, Justin Amash, Ted Cruz, Thomas Massie, Theodore Yoho, Mike Lee, Jody Hice, Louie Gohmert, Scott Garrett, Mark Sanford, Ron Johnson, Alex Mooney, Trey Gowdy, Mick Mulvaney, Jim Jordan, Th...

Save Net Radio! We Need Your Help To Petition Congress. 100,000+ Stations Will Perish!

SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!   SAVENETRADIO 3.0 Just before the holiday break 2015 the CRB (Copyright Royalty Board) made a decision on new royalty rates for all U.S. based webcasters that helped the BIG webcaster and eliminates the small webcaster. Prior to this decision there was a special CONGRESSIONAL LAW titled the "Small Webcasters Agreement of 2009" or SWA which made these ridiculously expensive royalty fees affordable to the small webcaster and kept innovative programmers and new emerging artists on the air. (The SWA expired on Jan, 1 2016 at midnight ) They are now being SHUT DOWN by the tens of thousands.. Nearly 100,000 small webcasters will go off the air without YOUR help!   Update: live365.com is already closed down. With this new ruling by the CRB there was NO provision for small webcasters and the prognosis is not good for about 100,000 United States small internet stations. The old rates under the Small Webcasters Agreement of 2009 (set by congress) were adequate, as long as you didn't make over $1.25 million a year and had less than 5 million listener hours monthly. These NEW rates, albeit lower ( for the BIG BOYS ), apply to everyone and there is NO provision for the small webcaster. These new rates are effective January 1 2016, but we can change this if we act NOW!  Here's how this insane system works: The new royalty rates apply to EVERY COMMERCIAL BROADCASTER at .0017 per performance. If you had 1000 listeners on at all times, each song would cost you $1.70 to play. If you play 15 songs an hour, the royalties alone are $25.50 an HOUR! That's $612.00 per DAY and $223,380.00 per year. Here's the reality: In stream advertising rates are currently $1.69 per thousand impressions. That means if there are 1000 people on line and hear an ad (commercial), you make a whopping $1.69 (less 60%). That is the "going rate" nationwide. With 8 commercials an hour, (we will use 1000 listeners as a basis here).  and 1000 listeners plus a 100% "fill rate" (meaning all 1000 listeners receive an ad), you would make $13.52 an hour, less 60% commission leaving $8.11 net revenue per hour.  It doesn't add up and it's designed that way: Net Income is $8.11 minus SoundExchange royalties $25.50 = ($17.39) That is negative income of ($17.39) per hour.. That adds up to a net loss of ($152,366.40) annually in negative cash flow. No small business can survive this. This does not include royalty rates from ASCAP, BMI, SOCAN or SESAC, music purchases, overhead, employees (really?), computer hardware, software, web and stream hosting costs.. The kicker?  AM & FM radio pays ZERO!! They are EXEMPT from these royalties. Could you imagine if an FM station had to pay over $2 Million in annual performance royalties for every 10,000 listeners in their market? The airwaves would be silent! The only difference between AM & FM and webcasting is how the audio is delivered. I don’t care how you monetize, a small webcaster can’t come close to breaking even under these rates and neither can AM & FM. (That's why they're EXEMPT) We’d be better off sending our listeners each a check for $200 and telling them to go out and buy some CD's Webcasting is the only businesses where a large audience is far more likely to be a liability than an asset. Who would possibly want that? This is crony capitalism at it's WORST. Internet radio was just regulated out of business in the dead of night just before the holiday break. We were told, " you're done." It shouldn't be like this. Everyone deserves to be heard.  RAIN news stated that deliberations were going on for two years.. Really? NO small webcaster knew.. No small webcaster was notified. NPR was notified, Pandora, Spotify, Sirius/XM, college and high school radio was represented as well.  ( they receive special rates for royalties the small webcaster is not privy to) The small webcaster was NOT represented. Small webcasters were not represented because they cannot afford to be represented. If they could they wouldn’t need Small Webcaster Agreement of 2009 to begin with. If one’s future were being decided in a court of law one would at least get a court appointed attorney. But there’s no such provision in copyright court. That should be a eye opening concern – an entire segment of the industry is effectively denied representation in government hearings that decide their future. In my mind that ought to be grounds for a lawsuit. But of course if one could afford a lawsuit one could afford to have been represented. What kind of insane, screwed up system is it where an organization does not have any way of knowing at all what their cost of doing business will be beyond two weeks into the future? How are any of these radio stations supposed to make any operational or business decisions when one doesn’t know what one’s expenses will be or even whether one will even be able to remain in business? Why isn’t there some law that requires advance notice? It isn’t like nobody knew that rates for 2016 would need to be set. What were these people doing? Why did they sit on their butts and wait until the very last minute with no announcement? Are they afraid that the small webcasters will go back to Congress before the decision takes effect as they did in years past? And of course this will kill niche formats and reduce opportunities for small and niche artists. The big corporate webcasters will just strike direct licensing deals with the major mass market labels. So new artists will not only have the usual struggle just to be noticed by programmers their music will be more expensive to play because they are too obscure to make it worth anybody’s while to cut a direct license deal. Most new and niche artists would gladly swap the pennies they get in SoundExchange royalties for wider exposure. It is the small and niche stations that provide such artists their best opportunity of getting airplay and exposure. And with small stations off the air those artists, even if they did prefer royalties over exposure, won’t likely get anything at all from SoundExchange. That will probably make SoundExchange’s bookkeeping easier not having to mess with tracking royalties for all those names that nobody ever heard of before except for freaks who listen to "pesky small" stations. The end result is that major label music has less competition from unsigned artists. Despite their posturing and professed concern about “artists” the only artists the major labels are concerned with are those they have under contract. All other artists are long tail competitors and thus a potential threat. If an emerging artist can build up an audience and following without signing with one of the major labels – then what are the labels good for in a digital world? The whole thing stinks from beginning to end from the lack of representation of small webcasters to waiting until the very last minute. Where is the oversight? Who holds these people accountable? It seems to me that maybe this needs to once again be brought of the attention of Congress. In conclusion: We are asking congress to step in quickly and put an INDEFINITE STAY on the Small Webcasters Agreement of 2009 OR DISCONTINUE RADIO ROYALTIES altogether and represent the tens of thousands of small webcasters facing execution. All radio stations PROMOTE the artist being played.. It's a trade off that has been in place for decades. This is reverse payola..  AM & FM pays nothing, why should anyone else? The THOUSANDS of companies and radio outlets affected:All shoutcast stations, All icecast stationsAll live365 stationstunein.com stationsiTunes internet radio.Windows Media GuideCar radios and players on the internet..The list goes on & On The execution has started already with live365 shutting down operations, firing their staff and vacating their offices, January 1 2016. There's still some time to save the rest of us, Please help! Sign the petition and save net radio.     

savenetradio 3.0
4,033 supporters
Petitioning Ted Cruz, Kevin Brady, Texas State House, Texas State Senate, Louie Gohmert, Ted Poe, Sam Johnson, Pete Sessions, Al Green, Michael McCaul, Mike Conaway, Kay Granger, Mac Thornberry, Kenny Marchant...

Legalization of Medical Marijuana in Texas

It is a common fact that Marijuana has less harmful effects than alcohol, cigarettes, and guns. Sixty-one percent of Americans live that in the United States have reformed their marijuana laws by allowing medical marijuana, imposing a fine, not possible jail time, on marijuana possession, or making marijuana legally available and regulated for adults’ use. Marijuana is NOT addictive, yet it is completely and utterly legal to smoke cigarettes that ARE in fact, addictive and cause cancer among other side-effects. Not only do cigarettes kill you, they kill the people around you as well. Marijuana is not only a natural herb, it is ten times safer than any other Illegal substance known to man. Marijuana is one of many controversial issues facing America today. It should not be a crime to smoke something natural, and less harmful than products that do indeed harm people that are legal.  It is fact that there has never been any form of studies done in The United States proving or disproving whether or not Marijuana is harmful or not. However, there have been numerous studies in other countries PROVING that Marijuana does not harm you. In fact, there are several benefits of medical marijuana. Coming from an individual who suffers from extreme anxiety and depression, Marijuana is the only cure for me. When I was 10 years old, I had a 35 year old man with schizophrenic break into my home. I was awaken by this man standing above my bed with a pair of scissors. When I started to scream, he ran out of my home. Since this horrific incident, I have tried a plethora of pharmaceuticals, starting at the age of 11, and I am now 20. All the medication does for me is provide me with extremely negative side effects. Some of these side effects are, weight gain, suicidal thoughts, headaches, etc. The list goes on and on regarding this negative side effects. Marijuana is the only medication that does not have ANY negative side effects. I know their are others who feel the same views as I do. Marijuana can help individuals with all different kinds of diseases or disorders. This naturally occurring herb can make a tremendous difference in the lives of many. Please, help me show our representatives of Texas how supportive we are of medical Marijuana legalization! 

Emily Hudson
3,505 supporters
Petitioning Doug LaMalfa, Jared Huffman, John Garamendi, Tom McClintock, Doris Matsui, Ami Bera, Paul Cook, Jerry McNerney, Jeff Denham, Nancy Pelosi, Jim Costa, David Valadao, Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy, Loi...

Pass H.R. 2737: Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015

On June 11, 2015, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and Sen. Mazie Hirono introduced HR 2737 & S 1555 respectively as the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015.  The pending legislation, “directs the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives to make appropriate arrangements for the award of a single Congressional Gold Medal to the Filipino Veterans in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II.”  Other groups have been formally recognized by the United States with the Congressional Gold Medal for World War II service; they include the Tuskegee Airmen, Montford Point Marines, Navajo Code Talkers, Women Air Service Pilots, Japanese American Nisei Soldiers and Puerto Rican Soldiers.  Filipino World War II Veterans are equally deserving of this honor.  In order to pass HR 2737, the bill requires sponsorship from 290 congressional representatives, S 1555 needs 67 senators.  Today, HR 2737 has 299 cosponsors, S 1555 has 71. I would like to ask your assistance in reaching out to your congressional representative to get their support as a sponsor for the pending legislation.  Time is not on our side; the number of remaining Filipino Veterans is fast decreasing.  We need to pass these bills before the 114th Congress come to a close at the end of the year.

Veterans Equity Center
3,408 supporters
Petitioning City of Austin, Texas

CHILD IN DANGER~ REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER W/custody of minor child~Demand Kendall HOME NOW

MY 4 YEAR OLD IS W/SEX OFFENDER!! I am a 33 year old former school teacher and mother of two, living in Amarillo, Tx, and I am asking for support to bring my beautiful 4 year old daughter Kendall home to her mother and brother. Kendall lives with her abuser in Potter County, Tx. He is a REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER with TWO prior counts of sexual assault against children and several recent outcries made by minor children. Despite his sex offender status HE LIVES in a “CHILD SAFETY ZONE” aka “school zone” with another child who is 14 years old that is not his own. Except for ONE supervised hour a week with me, she lives with the perpetrator full time. Every moment that Kendall spends with him, she is not safe. She has been repeatedly abused by the hands of this man and I am looking for immediate support to save her from continued abuse. Throughout the years, CPS and the local police have disregarded reports and faulted me for reporting my child’s BRUISES and complaints of being HURT by a convicted sex offender. When I express concern I am framed as a “vindictive ex” or “trying to get him in trouble.” Despite having MANY photos, audio recordings to document and multiple character witnesses I've lost a long court battle and I am now trying to raise awareness about this issue before I am forced to BURY MY DAUGHTER! I have complied without fail to all CPS/Court requests including passing all background checks/drug tests & appearing at any & all visitation I've been granted. Kendall is in imminent danger and I am asking for your support in bringing her to safety. Thank you in advance for your support!

Andrea Lebow
2,462 supporters
Petitioning Greg Abbott, Louie Gohmert, Kevin Eltife, Ted Cruz, Myra Crownover, Charles Schwertner, Lois Kolkhorst

Save Critical Therapies for at Risk Children in Northeast Texas!

To Gov. Greg Abbott, the Honorable Louie Gohmert, and other Texas Policy Makers: I am writing to you as the mother of a nineteen-month-old baby girl with a disability. Her name is Collins. My purpose is twofold. The first is alert you that Early Childhood Intervention services for Smith, Wood, Henderson, Anderson, Van Zandt, Cherokee, and Rains county will be closing on Sept 30, 2016. This is an absolute infringement of our children’s right to education in accordance with the Free and Appropriate Public Education Act (FAPE) and the Individuals with Disabilities Act – Part C. My second is that the drastic cuts for pediatric therapy providers appear to be so severe, that even the government cannot sustain their own federally funded and mandated program. ECI provides case management, speech, occupational, physical, nutritional, vision, and auditory therapies for children ages 0-3 years. Services are provided in the home because the primary goal of ECI is to educate children and families in their natural environment, creating a nurturing, educational, healthy home for children with disabilities regardless of race, religion, or socioeconomic status. They have helped us prepare for entry into the school system and explore ways to care for Collins both now and in the future. I have also been made aware that counties in the Wichita Falls area are also undergoing a difficult transition due to being underfunded and neglected. I have been a pediatric speech therapist in Texas for the last eight years. Being a therapist requires working closely with children and their families for the best possible outcomes. At times, it also means helping them find their voice in a chaotic system so that their child can receive the help they need to thrive. Upon hearing of ECI’s closing in East Texas, it is time for me to find my voice as well. On August 27, 2015, at only 6 months old, my Collins was diagnosed with a regressive seizure disorder caused by a rare genetic mutation. Her seizures, called Infantile Spasms, are catastrophic to brain development. Collins would have approximately 70-100 seizures upon waking and going to sleep. We approximate that Collins had more than ten thousand seizures within two weeks before they responded to medication. When we left the neurologists office, he explained that early intervention therapy would be critical for her development of functional skills. Skills necessary for preschool, friends, play dates, college, jobs, weddings. From birth until the age of 5 will be the most critical and telling years for her overall outcome. After all, 90% of the brain is developed by age 5, and neurological synapses are more than doubled during the first three years of life. What that means in simple terms is this: the brain is drastically expanding and developing during the first years of life. Motor pathways are routing, rejuvenating, and rapidly developing. How else can a neurotypical newborn transition from her only skills being primitive reflexes, sleeping and crying to an infant who can sit, crawl, stand, walk, and talk all within 12 months or less?! The first years lay our children’s foundation for how they will move, interact, socialize, and learn. For Collins, and many children like her, none of these things can happen without extra help from multiple therapeutic disciplines, which is why I had to find ECI services for her immediately. The professionals with ECI were comforting and compassionate. They gave me steps to take to help us get things organized with Collins until they could see her for an evaluation. Because of the extensive need for ECI in the East Texas area, we waited two months before getting an evaluation. As I previously explained, two months for a baby is a lifetime. Therefore, we pursued private therapy for her OT and PT needs. This is a luxury many families do not have as there is no road map (outside of ECI) to tell families how to obtain skilled services for their child. Empowering and educating parents in how to teach their children is one of the highest values ECI offers to our nation. When ECI did evaluate Collins, they told us she qualified for all services: PT, OT, ST, and Vision. However, since ECI for our county is already spread so thin they would only be able to see her at a frequency of once or twice per month, and it would cost us approximately $140 per month. As a team, we created her Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) recommending ongoing Case Management, Vision Intervention, and Orientation and Mobility Services. Collins has greatly benefited from these services! Approximately 3 months ago, we were informed that the Andrews Center was terminating their contract with the state, and they would no longer be the provider. We were assured that the transition would be smooth as the State attempted to find a new provider for the federally mandated program. However, on Tuesday I was informed this would not be the case. On September 30, 2016, ECI will have no provider, leaving many East Texas professionals without jobs, and 7 counties without mandated ECI Services. Over 300 families will be affected. As it stands today, all therapies and case management will stop until another provider is found. This is time lost for our children that we cannot get back. They will be casualties of transition, which is simply unacceptable. Over 100 children are on the referral list to get into the ECI program, with new referrals coming in daily. Children are still being placed on a waiting list when referred to ECI, even though the state knows there is no contracted provider to meet their needs. Due to recent and drastic cuts to Medicaid for Texas therapy providers, the Andrews Center reportedly lost over $300,000 for housing ECI last year. ECI cannot find a non-profit provider who will agree to a contract with the State of Texas. Other reports say that a provider in Longview was in negotiations with the State; however, the State refused to cover the cost of start up to a new location, and the negotiations were stopped. It is my understanding that under the Free and Appropriate Education Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act part C, ECI services are a child's right. If the state of Texas does not urgently seek out a contract and provide adequate funds to cover the transition, they will be infringing on our children’s right to education. It is a breach of contract that each family has with the state of Texas as we all have an IFSP. A provision of IFSP (like IEPs in school) also states that if the state of Texas cannot provide a service recommended in the IFSP, then the state is responsible for paying for the child to receive those services privately. I ask that you please bring this to the attention of Governor Abbott, Senator Eltife, Senator Cruz, and any other state representatives whose counties this may affect. I have alerted the media to this issue, and am finding ways to educate others in how to find their voice until this matter is resolved. My new passion is that not only would the program be saved, but that it will be revived as a program that has enough funding to thrive in Texas. My hope is that it will be funded and staffed appropriately where children can receive the services they are entitled to at a more beneficial weekly frequency. This program was developed for a reason. For many families, it is their lifeline. It is our children’s chance to live normal, healthy and fulfilling lives. Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter. I would love to meet with you soon to discuss this further. Sincerely, Collins' Mom M.S., CCC/SLPP.S. Because of her therapists and the family support our therapists have provided, I am thrilled to report that Collins is imitating sounds, belly laughing, crawling, and so very close to walking. She loves to be told she's pretty! Girls. She loves her therapists and lights up when they come to see her. She’s exploring, loves bath time, and plays peek a boo. ECI matters. Therapy matters. I look forward to sharing more with you soon.

Kristi Hickman
2,462 supporters
Petitioning Robert Casey, Barack Obama, Pat Toomey, Robert Brady, Chaka Fattah, Robert Tomlinson, Richard Alloway, David Argall, Ryan Aument, Lisa Baker, Camera Bartolotta, John Blake, Lisa Boscola, James Brew...

Urgent! Support the "Right To Try Act (H.R. 3012) of 2015" Hope for the Terminally ill

I am writing this letter in utter despair, because my family needs your help. My brother, my hero, the man I've always looked up to was diagnosed with ALS. You the Congress, the decision makers, have the chance to pass the "Right To Try Act". And everyone fighting a terminal illness right now needs this.   I remember being a little kid, I remember always trying to hang out with my brother, he is 10 years older than me, so I was never allowed. But I thought I was cool having an older brother that could take me places. I am the youngest of 4, there are 3 sisters and 1 brother. We have always been a close family. Always. I feel like I was just at the shore this summer carrying on with him at the beach, and today he can barely walk. ALS, has been around, over 80 years and still NO CURE. The ice bucket challenge in my opinion brought much needed awareness to the disease. I was told in Oct 2015, about my brother and that he has ALS. I don't think it really hit me, as I really didn't understand the magnitude of what he was about to go thru.  Maybe in a way I didn't want to believe it? I didn't want him nor his family to have to go thru this. But its real. Its not going away. I don't think I myself was prepared for him, to have to fight for his life. Its heart wrenching to watch, even more so, he has a family, a loving wife, 6 children. He is a family man, he would give you the shirt off his back because that is the man he is. Always has been. Life certainly hasn't been easy for our family, in December 2013 we lost my sisters 10 year old son, our nephew, it never gets easier, the heartache never goes away. Time does Not heal. There are 12 nieces and nephews between my sisters and brother. He and his wife have 6 children. His wife is amazing. Not only does she make sure my brother is taken care of, she also takes care of 6 kids, and her mother who currently has brain cancer. So if anyone, anyone wants to complain about life, they certainly deserve to. But guess what? they don't. They don't complain, they look for answers, they look for hope. They look for ways to change the lives of other people. That is the ultimate meaning of strength and courage, they are. So I write this letter to You, in hope that you listen clearly to my message. My brother, deserves the "Right To Try" He derves to possibly change his quality of life for the better. He deserves so much more from life besides ALS. He deserves to try a medicine, that may give him hope. His family deserves that right. He deserves to walk his daughters down the aisle. He deserves everything every other human on this earth does. So grant him that right to try what ever he wants to. He was given a terminal diagnosis. Terminal. There is no cure for ALS. And you the government, have the ability to change that. You have the opportunity to pass the "Right To Try Act", to make it possible for him to maybe change his life. Maybe not. But shouldn't that be a human right ?  Would you want his 6 children wondering why their dad wasn't given a chance at life? give him the "Right to Try" then just maybe, he can watch all his kids grow up. He can sit with his wife in a rocking chair on the porch when they are older.  Why would you not want to give him that right? I beg you to support  this Act, "Right To Try Act"  (H.R. 3012) of 2015. I beg you. No one ever , ever deserves a terminal illness, they don't, but you as our law makers have an opportunity right NOW to make their life a little bit brighter. A little bit more hopeful. Let's try to change the world to make it a better place instead of holding people back from having hope. That is all they have. HOPE. Please help my family, please allow my brother Frank Mongiello, the "Right To Try". #CureALS Warmest Regards, Frank's Lil' Sister, Lisa Mongiello Kupsey    

Lisa Kupsey
1,194 supporters
Petitioning John Ratcliffe, Sam Johnson, John Cornyn, Ted Cruz

Introduce a Bill to make Larissa Martinez and her family citizens of the United States

Larissa Martinez made the country take notice when the McKinney, Texas valedictorian announced to the world that she is one of many undocumented immigrants in this country.  Larissa has a 4.95 GPA and is headed to Yale University in the fall.  Her mother brought her and her sister from Mexico in 2010 to escape their abusive father.  This is what the United States was founded upon and was meant to be.  A parent brought their children to have a better life in our nation and in less than one generation they have accomplished just that.  Ms. Martinez speaks to who our nation can be and will be.  She will no doubt contribute to our nation through her education, hard work and education.  We ask that she not have to worry about the safety or status of her or her immediate family because she delivered a speech that not only inspired her graduating class but the nation.  We ask the United States Congress introduce a private citizenship bill for Ms. Martinez, her mother, and her sister to make them immediate citizens of the United States.  She inspired all of us. Now we can return the favor.

Jacob Van Horn
960 supporters
Require all MLTS/PBX Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law

This petition, led by Kari’s grandfather, has caused an outpouring of concerned constituents in east Texas. My role, as a servant of east Texans, is to listen to the cries and concerns of the people and do what I can about them. When faced with a terribly traumatic event, neither children nor adults normally think ‘what do I dial to get an outside line?’ They think '911'. So it is necessary that we work with all the impacted stakeholders to find a solution which allows guests or employees in trouble to dial 911 and immediately reach an emergency dispatcher. Because of the critical importance of the desperate being able to reach someone who can send the needed help, I will continue to work to find a solution so a tragedy like this will not happen again.

3 years ago