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Mitch McConnell

  • KY
  • Senator

Addison Mitchell "Mitch" McConnell, Jr. is the senior United States Senator from Kentucky. A member of the Republican Party, he has been the Minority Leader of the Senate since January 3, 2007.


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Petitioning U.S. Senate

Pass the ABLE Act

My name is Sara Wolff. I am a 31 year-old from Moscow, Pennsylvania, who happens to have Down syndrome but that doesn’t stop me from achieving “my” better life. I work as a law clerk and also at Keystone Community Resources in the Office of Advocacy. I am a board member of the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). I'm calling on Congress to pass the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (S. 313/H.R. 647), a bill that will help individuals with disabilities to save for their futures. When the ABLE Act passes into law this year, it will change my life forever. I lost my mother this past year, Connie, to a sudden, rapid illness. With my whole life ahead of me, I need an ABLE account to plan for my future. And, I am not alone, like most individuals with disabilities, people with Down syndrome and other conditions are out living their parents. Families, like mine, need to rest assure that they can equally care for their children and adults with disabilities, just like they can for their other children and family members. Just because I have Down syndrome, that shouldn’t hold me back from achieving my full potential in life. I can work a full-time job, be a productive member of society, and pay taxes – but because of these outdated laws placed on individuals with disabilities, we hold people like me back in life. This is the year, we call on leaders in Congress to put an end to the inequities that exist for people with disabilities by passing the ABLE Act and allowing individuals and families to save for the future and break down the barriers to employment for these individuals. I spoke last week during the NDSS gala in New York City about my personal lobbying efforts on the ABLE Act – before a large audience, I declared that I will be standing right next to President Obama when he signs the ABLE Act into law this year! The ABLE Act would amend Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986 to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. The bill aims to ease financial strains faced by individuals with disabilities by making tax-free savings accounts available to cover qualified expenses such as education, housing, and transportation. The bill would supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurances, the Medicaid program, the supplemental security income program, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources. An ABLE account could fund a variety of essential expenses for individuals, including medical and dental care, education, community based supports, employment training, assistive technology, housing, and transportation. The ABLE Act provides individuals with disabilities the same types of flexible savings tools that all other Americans have through college savings accounts, health savings accounts, and individual retirement accounts. The legislation also contains Medicaid fraud protection against abuse and a Medicaid pay-back provision when the beneficiary passes away. It will eliminate barriers to work and saving by preventing dollars saved through ABLE accounts from counting against an individual’s eligibility for any federal benefits program.  The ABLE Act was introduced into Congress on Feb. 13, 2013 by a bipartisan, bicameral set of Congressional Champions including Sens. Robert Casey, Jr., (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), and Reps. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Pete Sessions (R-TX). It currently has 325 cosponsors in the US House and 62 in the US Senate.

Sara Wolff
269,145 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States, Democratic National Committee, Republican National Committee, Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio, Dianne Feinstein, John McCain, Kirsten Gillibrand, Rand Paul, Bill Nelson,...

Allow Transgender People Into the U.S. Military

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Donald Trump announced that transgender individuals would no longer be accepted or allowed into the U.S. Military because their cost is a "burden." This is extremely disgraceful and an insult to all those who have already given their lives for this country. This is not equality, and this is not "supporting the LGBT community," as he said he does. This is utterly transphobic. Many people who served are going to be left jobless, and many others will no longer be able to fulfill their dreams. This is not okay, and this should not be legal. Trans people are still people. 

Kaitlin Jozokos
226,404 supporters
Petitioning Kevin McCarthy, Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Ask Congress to Outlaw Dog and Cat Meat in the U.S.

Did you know that dog and cat meat is completely legal in 44 states of the U.S.? That’s right — as shocked and outraged as so many of us are about the brutality to companion animals in other parts of the world, the truth is that the slaughter is happening right here in our homeland, too. A mere 6 states have outlawed dog and cat meat; that leaves nearly 90% of the country with no law protecting these animals from being killed, butchered and eaten. But now, there is an opportunity to finally end this atrocity. Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) has introduced H.R. 1406, the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017, which will prohibit the transport, sale, and possession of dogs or cats to be slaughtered for human consumption.  "This bill allows the United States to stand in unity with other countries that have made the dog and cat meat trade illegal, while also giving the United States greater standing to urge other countries to end this brutal and inhumane practice once and for all,” said Hastings. This legislation was cosponsored by Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Dave Trott (R-MI), and Brenden F. Boyle (D-PA). And with the support of both parties, there is no excuse for Congress not to pass this lifesaving bill. Please sign the petition urging Congress to enact the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017 at once. It’s time for America to finally protect its companion animals from slaughter.

Lady Freethinker
178,322 supporters
Petitioning Donald Trump

Tell Trump, Ryan and O’Connell, No Obamacare Repeal without a Plan

We are petitioning our new leaders to do right by the American people by not rushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act until they show the American people a socially responsible and fiscally feasible plan for affordable, accessible health care. We heard throughout the presidential campaign that the GOP can do better than Obamacare. We also heard President-elect Trump clearly state, in a tweet: “I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid.”  In his opening remarks to the new Congress on Jan 3rd, Speaker Paul Ryan declared: “And so I want to say to the American people, ‘We hear you. We will do right by you. And we will deliver.’" With respect to healthcare “to deliver” means improved access (in addition to the 20 million people added with Obamacare), improved health benefits, affordable health benefits and lower overall costs. To Repeal Obamacare through a backdoor budget reconciliation bill without including the plan for improvement is NOT “doing right by the American people”, it is nothing more than the old politics we have seen... “politics in the swamp.” The American people voted for real actions that will affect their lives positively. The GOP has to “get out of the swamp” and send their promised plan for improved affordable, accessible health care, including the transition plan from Obamacare, to the House floor to be voted on.  Repeal without a plan is NOT a solution.

Susan Jaworski
103,525 supporters
Victory
Petitioning U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell, U.S. House of Representatives, Charles Schumer

Demand A Special Prosecutor

There is no dispute that Vladimir Putin used many tactics to interfere in our last Presidential election.  There have also been many strong indications that Mr. Trump and/or his campaign staff and advisers colluded with the Russians.  Now comes the third firing of an individual who is in the position to either prove or disprove this corruption and complicity. First Mr. Trump fired US Attorney General Preet Bharara. He then fired Attorney General Sally Yates.  She testified that she had, in fact, warned the White House that Michael Flynn was compromised 18 days before the White House allowed/encouraged him to resign. Now, just one day after his failure was made public, he has fired FBI Director James Comey.  Director Comey was spearheading the investigation into the Russian interference and the roll the Trump team may have played in that. While many of us did in fact believe what Mr. Comey did during the campaign was improper, most of us believed a reprimand or some manner of official punishment was in order.  Some even called for his firing, however, Mr. Trump congratulated him for his actions. Not once from then until now has he condemned Director Comey's actions.  In fact he has repeatedly insisted that he won the election fair and square and that Democrats need to get over it.  Mr. Trump stated in his letter firing Director Comey that he did so under the advice of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. AG Sessions was supposed to have recused himself from all things Russia after his own lie about meeting with the Russian ambassador was made public. He also claims he feels that Director Comey was unfair to Hillary Clinton. This is absurd beyond belief. No one with any sense would believe he suddenly had found compassion for "Crooked Hillary" (his pet name for her). This action reeks of cover up and obstruction.   I am asking anyone who believes it is time for the Republicans in control of the Congress to step up and start protecting our country from Russia's tampering and any related corruption. We need to insist they take seriously the job  they were given the privilege of doing,  They need to demand the DOJ appoint a Special Prosecutor and independent investigation to resolve this issue once and for all.  We, the people, through Mr. Trump's actions, have lost faith in a system that he has the power to manipulate. We will never regain faith in that system if it allows this kind of behavior to go unchecked.   If you agree that we require an "Independent" Special Prosecutor and Investigation for the purpose of, either proving or disproving the allegations against this administration, please sign my petition to Senators McConnell and Schumer and all of Congress.  

Jill Moore
80,190 supporters
Petitioning Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Thad Altman, Rick Scott, Alabama State House, Alabama State Senate, Arkansas State Senate, Arkansas State House, John McCain, Ar...

Outlaw hog vs. dog hunting/fighting in the wild

Goal: To outlaw the cruel and inhumane practice of using dogs to hunt wild boar in Florida, as well as in the 31 others states it's currently legal.  Florida (as well as other states) has a wild boar problem. Hogs are numerous, omnivorous and have no natural predators, making them one of the largest nuisance pests in the state. There are many humane options for dealing with the pigs, which do not need to involve brutally killing the pigs or putting domesticated dogs in harm’s way. However, despite the existence of alternatives, Florida and other states have exempted the use of  "bait-dogs" in boar hunting. This practice is incredibly dangerous and very inhumane for the dogs and boars involved. Each of the 32 states that allow this practice laws differ, but Florida animal cruelty statutes states:  FLORIDA ANIMALS: CRUELTY; SALES; ANIMAL ENTERPRISE PROTECTION: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0800-0899/0828/Sections/0828.122.html 828.122 Fighting or baiting animals; offenses; penalties.—(1) This act may be cited as “The Animal Fighting Act.”(2) As used in this section, the term:(a) “Animal fighting” means fighting between roosters or other birds or between dogs, bears, or other animals.(b) “Baiting” means to attack with violence, to provoke, or to harass an animal with one or more animals for the purpose of training an animal for, or to cause an animal to engage in, fights with or among other animals. In addition, “baiting” means the use of live animals in the training of racing greyhounds.(c) “Person” means every natural person, firm, copartnership, association, or corporation.(3) Any person who knowingly commits any of the following acts commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084:Baiting, breeding, training, transporting, selling, owning, possessing, or using any wild or domestic animal for the purpose of animal fighting or baiting; (9) This section shall not apply to:.....(e) Any person using dogs to hunt wild hogs or to retrieve domestic hogs pursuant to customary hunting or agricultural practices." The exception (e) makes NO logical sense, because dogs are trained to "hunt" by chasing, cornering, attacking and fighting. So, why is it illegal to cause a dog to fight another dog, or a pig in an enclosure, but it is legal to use dogs to chase and viciously attack pigs while being trained and in the wild? Boar hunting with dogs is exactly what it sounds like: dogs trained to track and attack. They are taken out into the country, or wherever wild hogs are plentiful, and set loose to sniff out hogs. Once a hog is found the dogs will chase it down, corner, bay and attack it, usually leaving it badly injured, but normally still alive. Hunters (when they catch up) will kill the pig, usually by "sticking," which is a prolonged death vs. the use of a proper gun. Wild hogs are incredibly difficult to kill and will put up a fight until the end. Many dogs involved are wounded by tusks, bitten, trampled and sometimes killed. This is basically animal fighting, in the wild. Putting dogs in such a dangerous situation is inhumane and should not be legal. PETITION LETTER: Wild boars are a major problem in Florida and in other states. The species has no natural predators, is omnivorous and repopulates very quickly: it is because of these traits that wild boars are a force hard to reckon with. There are many control methods used, some of them very inhumane. Currently it is legal for dogs to be used in wild hog hunting: this is extremely dangerous for the dogs involved and leads to inappropriate practices elsewhere. Dogs involved in hunting are likely to be seriously injured by the hogs. Dogs get trampled, bitten, pierced by tusks and may be infected with diseases that pigs carry. The hogs are frightened, outnumbered and suffer a painful death.  I urge you to propose a ban on hunting wild pigs with dogs in order to put a stop to these inappropriate behaviors. Please consider other methods of wild pig population control, such as designating land for hogs to be displaced to, and controlling breeding of the species. Allowing dogs to hunt them is inhumane and unnecessary. Sincerely, [Your Name Here]  

Fara D
76,088 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Paul Ryan

Tell Congress: Stop Denying Climate Change

Right now, more than 6 in 10 Americans are represented by someone in Congress who denies the reality of climate change. And far too often, these members of Congress – led by extreme climate change deniers like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell -- actively block legislation that helps our country combat climate change and create a healthier, safer future for our nation. We deserve elected officials who respect science and will take action to fight back against the most pressing issue of our time. Add your name to our petition to Republican leaders in Congress demanding that they acknowledge that climate change is real and human activity is a significant cause, and ACT.

League of Conservation Voters
108,760 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Senate, Donald Trump, Reince Priebus, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell

Stop Rex Tillerson from becoming Secretary of State

The people have spoken and President-Elect Donald Trump will be President Trump on January 20th, 2017. Whether you are Republicans, Democrats, Independents or affilitates of other political parties, you and I need to put the pressure on Donald Trump to withdraw his consideration of Rex Tillerson as U.S. Secretary of State.  Rex Tillerson, of course, is a accomplished executive and would be qualified to be Secretary of State has it not been for the following reasons: 1. Rex Tillerson is the CEO of ExxonMobil, the world's largest Oil Company an abuser of human rights and big contributor to climate change in the world. 2. Rex Tillerson is a Friend to Vladimir Putin and Defender of Russia who we know has tried to influence in one way or another the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.  3. His involvement with Russia, Turkey, Syria and Middle East's big oil companies will create serious conflict of interests worse than alleged Secretary Clinton controversies. 4. With no Government Experience Rex Tillerson will take over the State Department and will try to run it as ExxonMobil but the State Department is not a business.  As much we value his private sector work, Rex Tillerson is uniquely unqualified to be the Top Diplomat of the United States of America and should be prevented from being nominated and if nominated should have the most extensive confirmation hearing following by a NO vote in the Senate.

Jean E Joseph
57,896 supporters
Petitioning Paul Ryan

Congress: Impeach Jeff Sessions on Charges of Perjury

President Bill Clinton lied under oath about an adulterous affair. He was impeached for committing perjury. He lost his license to practice law in the State of New York. At the time, Republicans in Congress called for his resignation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath about a meeting with the Russian Ambassador. Just like Clinton, Sessions should face a Congressional investigation and a Special Prosecutor. Just like Clinton, Sessions should lose his license to practice law. Just like in Clinton's case, Republicans in Congress should call for Sessions to resign. Jeff Sessions is supposed to be the nation's top law enforcement officer. There is video evidence that he committed perjury. Perjury is a violation of the law that Sessions is supposed to enforce. If no one is above the law, then Sessions must resign, be fired, or impeached.

Juan Yoshika
47,542 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Paul Ryan

Tell Congress: Stop Denying Climate Change

Right now, more than 6 in 10 Americans are represented by someone in Congress who denies the reality of climate change. And far too often, these members of Congress – led by extreme climate change deniers like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell -- actively block legislation that helps our country combat climate change and create a healthier, safer future for our nation. We deserve elected officials who respect science and will take action to fight back against the most pressing issue of our time. Add your name to our petition to Republican leaders in Congress demanding that they acknowledge that climate change is real and human activity is a significant cause, and ACT.

League of Conservation Voters
108,760 supporters