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Mike Honda

  • CA17
  • Representative

Mike Honda proudly represents California’s 17th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. His district includes Silicon Valley, the birthplace of innovation and the national leader in high-tech development.


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Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Mike Honda

Save the Perkins Loan Program

Please note that collection of your street address is strictly for the purpose of notifying your representative of your support for the Save Perkins Now petition. We do not harvest or collect address or other contact information for the purpose of sending unsolicited emails, unsolicited communication, or selling or trading contact lists. STUDENTS, PARENTS, HIGHER EDUCATION ADVOCATES, ADMINISTRATORS AND SUPPORTERS Did the Federal Perkins Loan Program help you afford a college education? Have you worked with or do you know students that have benefited from a Perkins loan?  If so, please help save the Perkins Loan Program by signing our petition today. This proven and longstanding loan program is in jeopardy.  In order for the program to continue beyond the 2016-17 award year, Congress must reauthorize the program or extend the September 30, 2017 sunset date. Perkins Loans provide critical support to students with economic need, offering low-cost loans with flexible repayment terms and generous forgiveness options that are public-service oriented.  In 2013-2014, close to 500,000 students with need were awarded nearly $1.1 billion in Perkins loans, with an average amount of $2,014 awarded per student.  This funding is critical to students who may not qualify for any other financing options, including more costly private loans, and therefore would be unable to complete their education.

Maria Livolsi President of COHEAO
24,226 supporters
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Petitioning Doug LaMalfa, Jared Huffman, John Garamendi, Tom McClintock, Mike Thompson, Doris Matsui, Ami Bera, Paul Cook, Jerry McNerney, Jeff Denham, Mark DeSaulnier, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Lee, Jackie Speier...

Speak up for California Salmon! No to Senate & House Bills 2533 & 2898

We are asking you to take a moment to help us address a critical issue, Water! The current water bills (link to bill 2533 here and bill 2898 here) introduced by Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Valadao in the Senate and House will be up for consideration in Congress before the end of the year. These bills weaken protections for salmon in order to pump more water from the Delta in Northern California for use primarily for big ag in the San Joaquin Valley. Water is a public resource, and therefore should include all constituents. These bills dramatically weaken or completely eliminate consideration of water for the environment, specifically for wild California salmon, which need cold water released at certain times of the year to spawn, rear and migrate to the ocean. They would also promote new taxpayer subsidized and salmon killing dams.   We understand that ag needs water. So do salmon! Sacrificing the environment, salmon and the multi-billion dollar fishing industry to move more water is a dangerous and biased approach. We need a long-term solution for the drought which reflects the needs of all constituents, human as well as wildlife. We know how do to this. More conservation groundwater clean up and management, water recycling and capturing urban stormwater can provide plenty of additional water for cities and agriculture. And restoring habitat and ensuring adequate flows can help restore salmon and the environment.   We are asking for your help, because to risk the health and future viability of wild salmon runs in California due to poor legislation is inexcusable. Speak up for Salmon! 

Farmers, Fishers & Friends of Salmon
11,756 supporters
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Petitioning Department of Veterans Affairs, President of the United States, Joni Ernst, Bernie Sanders, Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, Barbara Boxer, Elizabeth Warren, Mitch McConnell, Charles Schumer, Marco Rubio, Dian...

Expand the post-9/11 caregiver program to all U.S. veterans

 Many of our military veterans have health issues stemming from their service to our country in foreign wars. These issues often require ongoing caregiver assistance. Veterans who served after 9/11 have received the most generous benefits, which has left our other veterans scrounging to cover needed care. Senator Patty Murray’s latest attempt to bridge this disparity, the Military and Veteran Caregiver Improvement Act, has been stuck in Senate committee since 2015. This act is important because so many of the caregiver programs are geared toward post- 9/11 military veterans. Meanwhile, the veterans of our wars in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and others have been forced to rely on their family and friends for needed care. Many spouses are faced with the tough choice to put their loved ones into a nursing home so they can get a job to help support their family. Others, like my own mother, stay at home to care for their veteran and are forced to scrape and scrounge every single penny to make ends meet. Veterans from all eras have sacrificed to serve and protect our nation. They have seen and experienced things that few of us could even imagine. And many of them have been exposed to weapon materials that are extremely toxic and dangerous -- leaving them with ailments that plague them for the rest of their lives. We have to do more to care for these heroes. If you believe that our veterans are valuable and deserve the resources necessary to ensure a decent quality of life. If you agree, please sign and share this petition to tell Congress to pass the Military and Veteran Caregiver Improvement Act, or a bill similar in wording.

alex wehrspann
3,636 supporters
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Petitioning FOX News, Mazie Hirono, Mike Honda, Doris Matsui, Judy Chu, L. Tammy Duckworth, Grace Meng, Mark Takano, K. Mark Takai

Stand with Asian Americans Against Racism

Here's some context: Link to Youtube = Watters' World Clip From start to finish, Watters bullies Asian-Americans and Asian immigrants with his vitriolic and latent racism while hiding behind movie clips. This is not okay. Ignorance is not funny. Calling it "gentle fun" at the end doesn't change the fact that he waltzed in and belittled an entire community. Picking on the elderly is never okay and neither is continuing to perpetuate harmful and offensive stereotypes under the guise of comedy. Asians are not a comedic trope to be used as entertainment by an ambush journalist who fills half the screen time with movie clips which prevents any sort of intelligible conversations. We demand an apology and implore you to speak out and take action against this commonly accepted racism. I'm not going to bother writing more because it's a waste of my time but here's the clip:  Link to Youtube = Watters' World Clip

K. c.
881 supporters
Petitioning California State Senate, California State House, Jerry Brown, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Cook, Melissa Melendez, Maxine Waters, Darrell Issa, Lucille Roybal...

Stop Chemtrails Above SoCal Orange County

Chemical trails have taken over SoCal Orange County's skies. We no longer see clear blue skies or real clouds... When you look up you can see a haze of smog and other pollutants. This needs to stop! Heavy metal ingestion and aerosol pollution has been linked to Alzheimer's, cancer, respiratory problems, adrenal disorders, fetal deformities in pregnant women, allergies and many more illnesses and diseases. This HAS GOT TO STOP!!!! As law abiding tax paying citizens and as humans, it is our natural born right to have access to clean air and water. This is not only polluting our air but it's heavily contaminating our waterways! Please sign this petition to stop the daily poisoning of men, women, and children of Orange County!

Darya Einollahi
810 supporters
Petitioning Jerry Brown, California Governor, California State Senate, California , California State House, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, United States Fish & Wildlife Service, Kevin De L, Nancy Pelosi, Dian...

Legalize Hedgehogs, Gambian Pouched Rats, Sugar Gliders, Fennec Foxes, and Ferrets in Cal.

Some exotic pets such as chinchillas, despite being endangered in the wild or aren't native to California, are often kept as pets and are legal to keep in California, but not hedgehogs, sugar gliders, fennec foxes, ferrets, Gambian pouched rats, and among others? I think this should be fixed. Hedgehogs for instant are currently illegal to keep due to people's fear of them naturalizing in California (which isn't true), but rats and mice aren't native and were already introduced to California, as well as causing more impact than hedgehogs, but are still legal as pets, so there's no point of making hedgehogs as pets illegal. Ferrets, as said by the LegalizeFerrets.org, ferrets might not be able to survive in the wild, so they shouldn't be banned as pets. Fennec foxes, which despite their possible adaptation to survive in deserts of California, wouldn't do well there due to the already present and very adaptable desert red foxes living there, so fennec foxes wouldn't survive well there, another exotic pets that shouldn't be illegalized. Those are why the pets I've mentioned shouldn't be made illegal and should have been legal in the first place. Help me make these exotics legalized and give these animals a chance, as well as helping some exotics, including fennec foxes, breed to prevent their future endangered status!

Dylan Hooton
348 supporters
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Petitioning Jerry Brown, Barack Obama, California State Senate, California State House, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Norma Torres, Nancy Pelosi, Paul Cook, Melissa Melendez, Kevin McCarthy, Maxine Waters, ...

California's Secession from the Union!

In light of the current election results, we need to make a drastic move and demonstrate that California is not in favor of the racist, misogynistic, and archaic principles displayed by the current GOP candidate. We need to PROGRESS, not REGRESS and America will NOT be great under the misguided leadership of a president with no commitment to his own so-called values. As we have seen throughout his campaign he has repeatedly lied to our faces by claiming the truth of his comments were false. He is not apt or qualified enough to preside over our country and California should not have to endure four years of unsound leadership. A Democracy is representative of what people want, however, with the Electoral College in this country the results are not always a representation of what people want. With the power vested in us as citizens, we should exercise our rights and show our displeasure by seceding from the Union. In the spring of 2019, California will hold a referendum to seek its exit from the Union. We seek secession not only due to the election results but for a myriad of other reasons. Including, but not limited to the following: Peace and security, elections and government, trade and regulation, debt and taxes, natural resources, immigration, education, the environment, health and medicine.  This is the best decision for our state and our people, being a part of the union is holding us back from the greatness we can achieve on our own.  Please spread the word.  Inform yourselves!  https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/yescalifornia/pages/1/attachments/original/1475330254/Yes_California_Calexit_Book.pdf?1475330254 #CALEXIT  

CALEXIT
226 supporters
Petitioning Jerry Brown, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California State Senate, California State House, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Cook, Maxine Waters, Melissa Melend...

Legalize Hedgehogs in California!

 Hedgehogs are amazing pets legal in 48 states. In California, they are banned because the state has a law that essentially deems all animals not specifically listed as legal as illegal by default. That is among the sole reasons for their legalization. Many similar pets are no more dangerous to our environment than hedgehogs such as rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, chinchillas and many others. Additionally, unlike many other legal animal’s hedgehogs are hypoallergenic. They make great pets for people who suffer from dander allergies whom want a pet of their own. California’s warm environment is ideal for hedgehogs to survive in and would not cause them any harm.  In conclusion, We present this petition in the hope that it will lead to the eventual legalization of these amazing creatures statewide.

Blake Spon
136 supporters
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Petitioning Barack Obama, Kamala Harris, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, Darrell Issa, Loretta Sanchez, Kevin McCarthy, Dana Rohrabacher, Mike Honda, Ami Bera, Xavier Becerra, Judy Chu, Maxine W...

Save Aleppo

As it stands, there are thousands of civilians left cold in the crossfire in Aleppo. The bare minimum we seek to do with this petition is ensure that they make it out safe.  In the past few days, air strikes, shelling and street-to-street combat in Syria, particularly in Aleppo’s eastern neighborhoods, have killed or injured scores of civilians. Since December 13th, thousands more fled the fighting in besieged eastern Aleppo with nothing more than the clothes on their back and their children in their arms. We write with urgency to request that you use the full authority of your office to convene international negotiations designed to stop the modern-day genocide in Syria, stabilize the country, effect the return to Syria of all refugees, provide for political change towards a popularly supported, accountable Syrian leadership, and hold Bashar Al-Assad’s regime accountable for all war crimes it has been inflicting upon the Syrian people. The international community must do everything they can to put a stop to this inhumane war. The Syrian regime must give safe passage to citizens trapped in the city and allow aid workers into Aleppo to save as many lives as they can. This is not politics, this is human rights. Please, let us not be responsible for witnessing genocide being committed on an entire city and not moving the masses in order to stop it.  

Students for Justice in Palestine at Sacramento State
81 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Jerry Brown, California State Senate, California State House, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Kevin McCarthy, Maxine Waters, P...

Make Genital Mutilation (Circumcision) Illegal For Both Sexes

People learn from their mistakes. Once circumcision was a wide practice that had alleged benefits but we've now learned its not beneficial for females or males. Female circumcision was outlawed in the 90s however there is many loops holes. Male circumcision is still legal and anyone can do it. Doctors fail to properly inform patients of neonatal (baby) circumcision. If parents were properly informed of the permanent procedure (like what it affects and how it is performed) they would likely decide against it. Circumcision is not a "little snip" it is a life altering decision performed on babies that did not consent to the procedure. No health agency in the world promotes or recommends circumcision. It's time to properly inform everyone about the damage it causes. It's time to tell doctors who want to make a quick buck that you want the truth about the procedure. They'll tell you how great it is but fail to mention the baby is strapped onto a table and is given no pain reliever as the doctor removes more than 50% of the the babies genitalia. The United States is the only first world country in the world that voluntarily practices this procedure. Most of the world is uncircumcised and no problems have occurred. Please save our babies from this cruel barbaric million dollar industry. 

Intact Club
62 supporters
Don't drop bombs in my backyard!

Thank you all for signing this petition calling on the Secretary of Navy to cancel military exercises on Tinian and Pagan Islands. The United States Marine Corps has proposed to expand and develop new live-fire military ranges and training areas on Tinian and Pagan islands within the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The geological diversity of Pagan Island supports a vast ecosystem of biological diversity, including many threatened and endangered species. While most of the residents of the island were forced to evacuate years ago due to a volcanic eruption, many prior residents still intend to return. Establishing a live-fire military range on the island would have significant negative impacts on both animal and human inhabitants. In June 2015, the House of Representatives considered the National Defense Authorization Act. My good friend Delegate Gregorio Kilili Sablan from CNMI offered an amendment that would have required the Department of Defense to reach an agreement with the Government of the Northern Marianas on the nature and scope of activities before any funds could be expended for expanded military activities in the Northern Mariana Islands. His amendment sought to level the playing field, to ensure that the territorial government is able to make local land use decisions about whether or not to lease lands to the military, and if so, what the terms and conditions of any lease might be. As Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I have been a vocal advocate for America's island territories in the Pacific, which is why I voted in support of the amendment. Unfortunately it was defeated by a vote of 173-256. Protecting our water, oceans, and biological diversity is more than sound public policy - it's an obligation. Throughout my time in Congress, I have built on the strong environmental record I established as a County Supervisor when I created the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, and as a State Assembly member when I fought for millions in funding for the Nature Conservancy and expansion of Henry Coe Park. As a founding member of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, I have remained an unwavering champion for responsible environmental stewardship. I am proud of my environmental record, which has earned me the highest possible ratings from the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters. Thank you for starting this petition and raising this profile of this important issue.

3 years ago
Pass the CARERS Act and protect medical marijuana patients

Thank you for signing the petition in support of the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States (CARERS) Act. I am pleased to say that I have agreed to cosponsor this important legislation. The CARERS Act would allow states to set their own medical marijuana policies and eliminate federal prosecution of patients, providers, and businesses in states with medical marijuana programs. It would also recognize legitimate medical use of marijuana, allow VA doctors to recommend medical marijuana, expand opportunities for research on marijuana, and allow access to banking services for marijuana-related businesses that are operating pursuant to state law. I have consistently supported efforts to decriminalize, regulate, and tax marijuana, and to stop federal prosecution of patients and caregivers who use medical marijuana in states where it is legal. These changes would not only help alleviate the challenges our justice system faces, but also provide a new source of revenue for local, state, and federal governments. For example, I voted in support of the amendment offered by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Amendment to the Fiscal Year 2015 Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill. This amendment, which passed by a bipartisan vote of 219-189, prohibited the use of federal funds to prevent certain states from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana. I have also co-sponsored both the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act and the States' Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act. Both bills sought to reduce inconsistencies in law enforcement regarding state marijuana laws, so that our nation's already resource strapped police departments can focus on dangerous and violent criminals instead. I have also supported legislation that would prevent the Department of Justice from arresting and prosecuting medical marijuana patients and caregivers in states where their activities are legal. Once again, thank you for signing this petition.

3 years ago
Save the Perkins Loan Program

Thank you for signing this petition in support of the Perkins Loan Program. I, too, support the Perkins Loan Program, which is why I have cosponsored H.Res.294, a bipartisan resolution in support of the program. Perkins Loans are need-based loans which foster access to higher education for low income students by providing low interest loans to students in need. Perkins Loan borrowers are predominantly from lower income families and are often the first in their family to attend college. The success of the program is a result of the central role of the colleges and universities that originate the loans, counsel their students through repayment, and select contractors for servicing and collection. The schools tailor the program to best fit borrowers' and institutions' situations, and they are invested in the success of the program because they share some of the lending risk since they contribute one-third of their students' awards. As Congress begins to consider a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, it is important to make it clear that the Perkins Loan Program must be included, because otherwise it will expire on September 30, 2015. That is why I have cosponsored H.Res.294. As a former high school teacher, principal, and school board member, education has always been one of my top priorities. I believe that educating its youth is the greatest investment a nation can make. Quality education ensures that the nation remains strong and economically competitive. As such, I will work to continue the Perkins Loan Program. Once again, thank you for signing this petition.

4 years ago
Respect our privacy and let Section 215 of the Patriot Act expire!

Thank you for signing this petition in support of sunsetting of Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. The scope and scale of surveillance programs by the intelligence community to log large amounts of the electronic communications and telephone calls that originate and pass through the United States is astounding. The disregard for individual privacy is at the very least unethical, and at the very worst unconstitutional. While we live in a dangerous world, and there are many people who seek to harm American citizens, there must be an appropriate balance between security and privacy. I believe that Americans should have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their email and electronic communication, just like they do with their mail. Throughout my time in Congress, I have taken a strong stance for privacy by voting against SOPA, PIPA, CISPA and the PATRIOT Act, because I was not convinced that these pieces of legislation adequately protected privacy rights. My position has been validated by the use of the PATRIOT Act to justify pervasive and intrusive surveillance programs. In particular, I have a strong objection to the continuation of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. This is the section that expanded the authority of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to compel records by enlarging the scope of materials that could be requested and by lowering the standard demanded of the government to receive approval to conduct surveillance. This rubber stamp process must be overhauled in orderly to effectively protect Americans from the overreaching, invasive, and often unjustified surveillance of the US government. I am committed to working with my colleagues in Congress to examine the various national security collection programs and consider amendments to the law to ensure that Americans' privacy and civil liberties are preserved in our national security efforts. On May 13th, I voted against the USA FREEDOM Act. Despite supporting some of the provisions that help rein in the scope of the bulk collection and bring some transparency and accountability to the surveillance process, I believe that the bill did not do enough to effectively end the intelligence agencies' gross overreach into the personal privacy of American citizens. With the May 7, 2015 ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in ACLU v. Clapper, the legal standing of the government's mass collection of American phone records is being questioned. The court found that the government's program exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized in the PATRIOT Act. With this ruling, the good intentions of the USA FREEDOM Act to place limits and constraints on the bulk collection programs could now be interpreted by the Administration as authorizing and providing a legal basis for the very activities the Second Circuit has just found unlawful. This will undermine our progress towards ending mass surveillance. The USA FREEDOM Act settles on amending some of the flawed PATRIOT Act provisions. This is not good enough. I am focused on preventing the government's overreach and violation of Americans' privacy entirely, and I will continue to push for reform that brings transparency, rule of law, and respect for personal privacy to the intelligence arena and not settle for half measures. I remain committed to meaningful reform of our nation's surveillance policies to ensure that privacy and civil liberties are preserved while protecting our nation.

4 years ago
Help Stop Bullying: Pass the Safe Schools Improvement Act

Thank you for signing this petition in support of the Safe Schools Improvement Act. As a lifelong educator, I have seen firsthand the negative impact that bullying and harassment have on the education of our students. We must end bullying in our public schools and create safe environments in which each and every child can learn and thrive. That is why I have cosponsored the Safe Schools Improvement Act in the past, and I look forward to supporting it again in the 114th Congress. To more broadly address the scourge of bullying, I launched the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus in June, 2012. The mission of the caucus is to uncover all forms of bullying, from school bullying to elder abuse to LGBTQ discrimination; making it possible for victims of bullying to come forward; protecting all individuals that are victims of any and all forms of bullying; and preventing bullying behavior by recognizing its manifestation as symptomatic of other, larger issues. Through events such as the Be a STAR anti-bullying rally I held with World Wrestling Entertainment, the Creative Coalition, and the mayor of the City of Santa Clara we are working to end bullying across this nation. Once again, thank you for signing this petition in support of the Safe Schools Improvement Act.

4 years ago
Pass the PAWS Act

Thank you for expressing your support for the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act of 2015, H.R. 1258. Introduced by Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), the PAWS Act will empower the approximately one-third of domestic violence victims who have delayed leaving their abusive relationships out of concern for the wellbeing of their pets. I am proud to say that I am an original cosponsor of this legislation. Studies have shown that it is common for domestic abusers to target pets for abuse to exert control over their partners. H.R. 1258 would make it illegal to threaten or harm a victim's pet and redefine "full amount of the victim's losses" to include costs for any harm done to the victim's pet. The bill would also establish a federal grant program to assist in acquiring a safer shelter for pets. As a senior member of the House Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, I have worked for years to bring an end to domestic violence. I have secured funding for the Child Abuse Training for Judicial Personnel Program, which helps ensure the court system is effectively serving and protecting the well being of children and victims of domestic violence. I authored the Domestic Violence Judicial Support Act to improve the capacity of courts to provide assistance in domestic violence case, which was included in the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Additionally, I have consistently fought to protect the welfare of animals as a dedicated member of the Congressional Friends of Animals Caucus. I have supported legislation such as the Animal Welfare Act, Horse Protection Act and the Humane Cosmetics Act. Because of my support for animal protection, I have received top scores on the Humane Society Legislative Fund Congressional Scorecard. You can count on me to continue my work to end domestic violence and to protect the welfare of animals.

4 years ago
Revoke the Tax-Exempt Status of the National Football League

Thanks for signing a petition about the National Football League's tax-exempt status. I share your concern about the impact of what are known as "tax expenditures" on our federal budget and believe they deserve renewed scrutiny. Tax expenditures are tax breaks given to particular industries or individuals, such as the NFL's tax exempt status, that reduce tax revenue and, as a result, impact the ability of the federal government to provide services to those in need. Our economy, which was built for incremental course correction, has gradually shifted to the wrong track, to a point where we now need a substantial overhaul. On tax reform, I believe we must find ways to simplify the tax code, remove distortive and unnecessary loopholes, broaden the base, and encourage investments that will return us to a high growth economy that can be globally competitive and fiscally sound. We can come together in a bipartisan manner to develop a plan that enhances the global competitiveness of our businesses; promotes growth, innovation, and investment; supports the middle class and those striving to enter the middle class; and ensures long-term fiscal solvency. I look forward to working with my colleagues to craft a package that helps all Americans realize a brighter future. During my time serving on the Budget Committee, I came to appreciate that developing budgets is an exercise in stating our values. For me, that means protecting vulnerable populations, seniors, our children, working class families, those on fixed incomes, and our veterans. We must combat income inequality head-on by raising the minimum wage at the national level, as I have fought to do locally. We need to protect and empower our nation's most vulnerable with extensions of emergency unemployment insurance as well as increases to anti-poverty tax initiatives like the earned income tax credit, the child tax credit, and tax breaks that help send kids to college so that each and every family has the same opportunities to live an economically stable future. These are the elements of sensible tax code that I will fight for as Congress continues tax negotiations. Once again, thank you for taking the time to sign this petition.

4 years ago
Give More Rights to H4 Visa Holders

Thanks for signing this petition about immigration reform, specifically H-4 visas. As you know, the family members of foreign workers who are admitted to the United States on H-1B visas are themselves admitted under the H-4 category. Family members that qualify under the H-4 category include only the spouse and unmarried children under 21 years old. The H-4 program enables skilled workers to bring their nuclear family support network with them to the U.S., but under current law it does not guarantee those family members admitted on H-4 visas the ability to work. H-4 visa holders may apply for permission to work in the United States, but whether they are granted that permission is up to the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security. This is just one of the many ways in which America's immigration system is broken. Throughout my time in Congress, I have been an outspoken advocate for immigration reform - to mend our broken system so that it is comprehensive, inclusive, and humane, and invests in America's future. I believe we should have an immigration system that respects the dignity of immigrant communities and recognizes their contributions to American society. This is why I am a proud cosponsor of H.R. 15, the comprehensive immigration reform bill introduced this Congress. Section 4102 of this bill would change the H-4 visa program by authorizing the spouses of H-1B holders to engage in employment in the United States and providing them with the appropriate authorization or work permit. I support this provision of H.R. 15, along with others that would increase the number of H1-B high skilled visas for Silicon Valley workers while also giving those workers more protection from abuse by unscrupulous employers, reunite families, and provide a pathway to citizenship for those living in the shadows. This bill enjoys broad bipartisan support, with over 200 Democratic and Republican cosponsors. I believe that immigrants and their families should be able to participate in the American Dream and contribute to our economy. You can be sure I will continue fighting to pass H.R. 15 and reform our broken system, including the H-4 visa. Once again, thanks for sharing your opinion with me.

4 years ago
Pass The Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2015

You will be glad to know that I am a cosponsor of H.R. 3899, the Voting Rights Amendment Act. This bill would strengthen the Voting Rights Act by updating the pre-clearance formula so that states that have changed their voting laws in ways that violate federal law five times over the past fifteen years will be required to submit future election changes for federal approval. This new formula would currently apply to Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Local jurisdictions would be covered if they commit three or more violations or have one violation and “persistent, extremely low minority turnout” over the past fifteen years. I have always supported equal access to the polls and fought against discriminatory practices that prevented vulnerable populations from getting a chance to exercise their right to vote. As a former teacher and principal, and now a Member of Congress, I understand the importance of ensuring that everyone is included in the political process through the exercise of the right to vote. Protecting voting rights and ensuring the integrity of federal elections is of great importance to me, and I will continue to fight for these principles.

4 years ago
Pass TEACH Act: Equal Access to Educational Materials for Students with Disabilities

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on H.R. 3505, The Technology, Education, and Accessibility in College and Higher Education (TEACH) Act. You raised some good points about the need to improve education for the blind and disabled, and I will take them into consideration. Many residents of the First Congressional District of Wisconsin have expressed their support for the TEACH Act. And I agree that all students should have access to quality higher education. In this global economy, students must learn the skills they need to succeed. As Congress considers proposals to make educational materials more accessible to blind and disabled students, I welcome the opportunity to hear from my constituents, and I look forward to working on real solutions to this issue. Please know that I appreciate your sharing your opinions, and I will continue to monitor this piece of legislation carefully. Should the TEACH Act reach the House floor for a vote, I will keep your thoughtful considerations in mind.

5 years ago