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Patrick Murphy

  • FL18
  • Representative

Patrick Erin Murphy is the United States Representative for Florida's 18th congressional district.


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Petitioning Florida State Senate, Jeff Miller, Ander Crenshaw, Corrine Brown, Bill Posey, Daniel Webster, Richard Nugent, David Jolly, Kathy Castor, Dennis Ross, Vern Buchanan, Tom Rooney, Patrick Murphy, Alce...

Add a need-based component to Medicaid

My four-year-old daughter Avery has medical conditions so severe that she will need assistance for the rest of her life. When Avery is sick, I quickly find myself drowning in debt and struggling to afford the care she needs. Unfortunately, I make too much to qualify for Medicaid, even though I wouldn’t be able to afford her bills if I made double what I was making now. I am asking the state of Florida to add a need-based component to Medicaid, so that families of loved ones with severe and extremely costly medical conditions can get the healthcare they need without sacrificing their family’s financial security. Families like mine aren’t asking for handouts. Many of us are fortunate enough to have insurance, which covers some of our loved ones’ medical bills. But because we make more than the annual Medicaid income threshold of around $26,000, we are prohibited from getting state assistance, something crucial for families of debilitated children. We are left with two primary choices – hope that our child’s affliction qualifies for the Medicaid Waiver (my daughter does not because her disease is rare) and enter the seven-year long waitlist; or quit working, sacrifice our annual income and family’s well-being in order to qualify for Medicaid. As a single father of three children, I have a responsibility to provide my kids with the best life possible. I cannot do that now, because Florida’s Medicaid program refuses to help me afford Avery’s care for bills that well-exceed the scope of my insurance coverage. How can I keep a roof over my kids’ head,  food on the table, and find a way to save for  their education if the majority of my income is going towards her medical bills? Sadly, my children are the real victims here. I agree that low-income families need help in receiving healthcare, but families who have loved ones with severe and costly disabilities should also be able to get the necessary assistance from Medicaid. I shouldn’t have to quit my job so my daughter can qualify for Medicaid. I shouldn’t be penalized for trying to be a contributor.  That doesn’t help anyone -- not my daughter, my family or society at large.   Please help me change Florida’s Medicaid for the better and ask for a need-based component, so families like mine can take care of their loved ones without sacrificing their family's security.

133,352 supporters
Petitioning President of the United States

Justice for Military Sexual Trauma Victims: Pass the Military Justice Improvement Act

Of the 26,000 sexual assaults in 2012, only 3,374 were reported and only 302 were brought to trial. I am a retired U.S. Navy Veteran and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) survivor. And like many other victims in the military, I was harassed, and humiliated by my Chain of Command after reporting my abuse. But a bipartisan bill before the U.S. Senate right now can completely change how sexual assaults in the military are handled - the Military Justice Improvement Act.  As it stands now, any U.S. Military personnel, male or female, who are sexually assaulted or harassed are at the mercy of their own Commanding Officers who have full jurisdiction and discretion in prosecuting these cases. In many of the cases the perpetrator is not prosecuted while the victim is treated as the criminal, ostracized and harassed by their own command and often their military service stands in jeopardy. This is why so many assaults go unreported. Even though I was raped while in the Navy, my case it is a story of command harassment.  During a 5 year period I was harassed, by my command because the Maintenance Officer didn't want "women in his Navy".  Between being raped and continuously harassed I was diagnosed with PTSD in 2001.  I was raped and it was traumatizing, but the most devastating thing was the Command Harassment. The Military Justice Improvement Act (S. 967) changes this by taking the Commanding Officer out of the case and providing a specialized legal group in charge of investigating and prosecuting these cases. This is a common sense step that our closest allies, including the UK, Canada, Australia and Israel, have made to their militaries.  The Military Justice Improvement Act has bipartisan support but needs more votes to pass and it will be voted on this week. Your Senator needs to hear from you about this important bill now!  I spent 20 years trying to run away from the hell the Navy put me though. I was told that all of my problems were between my ears. They tried to Court Marshal me, they harassed me on a daily basis, and when I was transferred the harassment continued because my perpetrator picked up the phone and had me labeled a troublemaker before I even checked in. If the Military Justice Improvement Act had been passed then, that wouldn't have happened to me.  Help us get the word to Congress that the rape culture in the military is still prevalent.  Tell them we will no longer allow our men and women in the military to be raped, tell them that we WILL hold them accountable.  I am taking a stand against the unjust persecution of my brothers and sisters that are victims of MST and harassment. Please join me by asking your Senator to support the Military Justice Improvement Act. 

131,866 supporters
Petitioning Florida Governor, Florida State House, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nat Geo WILD, Richard Nugent, Donald Gaetz, Tom Rooney, Aaron Bean, Kelli Stargel, Wilton Simpson, Bill Nelson, John Legg, The...

Protect Endangered Florida manatees by installing prop guards on propellers

I would like to see manatees become more protected in Florida. The Florida manatee is an endangered species. I am proposing a law that would require boaters to have prop guards on propellers so that if they were to hit a manatee, it would not injure it. It would be a simple requirement that would make a huge impact on manatee population and would benefit the ecosystem. It breaks my heart to see manatees covered in scars. Manatee populations are dwindling due to boating accidents in shallow waters. People need to respect this species by protecting it. If this law is passed it would require all boats and watercraft in Florida state springs, parks, and rivers to have safe guards over their propellers. And if people do not comply, there should be a fair priced fine. It is critical to help prevent the Florida manatee from eventually becoming extinct because they are a very important part of the ecosystem. They come to shallow water areas very frequently, especially during the winter when it is getting colder in most other regions. Manatees surface to breathe every three to five minutes. Slowing down on your boat or watercraft unfortunately is not enough sometimes, and these beautiful creatures suffer on impact from propellers. Installing safe guards would not only protect manatees, but it protects all marine life so that boaters wouldn't have to worry so much about potentially killing innocent wildlife. Some state parks have installed safe guards on their boats because they are aware. I notice that tourists and civilians are not so much aware of this problem but even more are unaware of this solution. Spread the word and help me make this a law!

123,639 supporters
Petitioning Eric Hirschhorn

U.S. Treasury and Commerce Departments: Stop Silencing Syrian Voices! #FreeSyriasNet

Every day, Syrians are risking their lives to broadcast pictures and videos of the uprising -- but because of U.S. sanctions on Syria, they don't have access to essential technologies that would protect them from being spied on and tracked down by the Syrian government - often with the use of computer viruses. By easing current sanctions, the U.S. can help Syrian activists share information more safely. Because of U.S. sanctions, Syrian people are denied access to tools important to their online safety and security, such as anti-virus software and automated security updates. Syrians can't make purchases in Apple's App Store for their Apple products and it isn’t even possible to target Syrians with online advertising and PSAs on platforms like Facebook. Widely used products like Java, Yahoo Messenger, and mobile app stores like Google Play, which host important tools such as the Guardian Project's popular anti-censorship tools, do not have essential automatic security updates. Western governments and private corporations have publicly committed to helping Syrian activists, but the reality described by activists on the ground—and documented recently by the Washington Post —does not always match the rhetoric. Recent statements from the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) have made it clear that it is U.S. Government Policy that these tools should be available.  Yet many vital platforms and tools remain inaccessible, because the sanctions are too complex and most companies fear harsh penalties of up to $1m per infractions.  As Syria undergoes unprecedented political upheaval, there is an opportunity for the Departments of Commerce and Treasury to review existing export controls, examining current language and licensure mechanisms, to address the concerns of private companies and reduce the barriers to licensing.  We ask that Commerce and Treasury consider:   • Granting a new general license to provide broader, clearer, and more explicit exemptions on personal communications and security technologies, balancing legitimate concerns over cryptography and financial transactions with the need to protect the safety of at risk populations.   • Streamlining the licensing process for both companies and non-governmental organizations, and offer clearer formal and informal guidance to companies on licensing procedures.  Please join me and other human rights advocates from Syria and across the world in calling on the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Commerce to rise to the challenge.

18,417 supporters
Petitioning Carlos Curbelo, Devin Nunes, Patrick Murphy, Doris Matsui, Yvette Clarke, Grace Meng, Kathleen Rice, Brian Higgins, Mike Pompeo, Mario Diaz-Balart, Richard Nugent, Gus Bilirakis, David Valadao, Jef...

Horse Racing is Desperately in Need of Reforms. Email Congress Now!

The Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity, a group of horse racing advocates, supporters, and industry members, believes every Thoroughbred race should be run on a safe and level playing field, and that nothing is more important than fair competition for the horses, jockeys, trainers and owners that compete, as well as the fans who wager their hard-earned money on our sport. Thoroughbred racing must follow the lead of most other major sports, and enable an independent, science-based organization to create national uniform medication standards for rulemaking, accreditation, testing, penalties and enforcement. Neither a state nor federal agency, USADA has the impartiality and scientific expertise to ensure that drug testing is uniform and the sport’s magnificent equine athletes are protected. An independent and uniform drug testing program is essential to prove the integrity of Thoroughbred racing and is the first, critical step in attracting new revenue for the sport. The time is now. If reforms are not implemented, the sport risks losing credibility, sponsors, owners, fans, and overall support. We encourage everyone who loves horses and horse racing to support our coalition and join with us to support national, independent testing and enforcement.

5,783 supporters
Petitioning Karen Glonoka

Stop the Love Street Project!

Stop the Love Street Project! Stop the Swap!! The Love Street Project would have the Town of Jupiter (i.e. the citizens) swap our front half or the Love Street property with Charles Modica (i.e. billionaire) for half of his property down the road on Parkway Street. This would enable Team Modica to build a shopping center on the Jupiter Inlet. There is not enough parking for the project even with the parking lot that will be on Parkway. the Love Street Project adds more restaurant and retail space to an all ready over developed community. Destroys our low key community with an increase in traffic and more retail and restaurant spaces then can not be sustained for the long run. The project is massive in scope and destroys our precious waterfront. The "jobs" created are not living wage jobs and panders to the fickle tourist industry and destroys why people want to vacation and live in Jupiter.

3,848 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 218 congressional representatives, S 1555 needs 67 senators.  Today, HR 2737 has 152 cosponsors, S 1555 has 68. 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.

3,247 supporters
Petitioning John Mica, Alan Grayson, Corrine Brown, Daniel Webster, Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Frederica Wilson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Lois Frankel, Ted Deutch, Alcee Hastings, Curtis C...

Relief for Commuters: Ask our Representatives to Support Commuter Benefits

If you like the idea of less congestion for your commute, more transit benefits, better commuting options, then please read and support this petition: Even if you drive to work by yourself, passage of this bill will help you because less cars will be on the same streets, and more people will be in public transit. In May of 2014 Florida took a step forward in making our cities friendlier to transit with the introduction of SunRail, and in January of 2015 this country took a step back by decreasing commuter tax benefits for everyone. Please read the following letter sent to every member of Congress earlier this year. Let's ask our representatives to take action on passing this bill.   Cosponsor H.R. 990, the Commuter Parity Act of 2015 and restore parity for pre-tax commuter benefits for motorists and transit riders Dear Colleague:On January 1, 2015, almost 3 million of America’s commuters felt a tax increase because Congress was unable to come to an agreement to permanently extend parity between the parking and transit pre-tax benefits. I ask you to join me in co-sponsoring legislation to fix this problem once and for all. H.R. 990, the Commuter Parity Act of 2015, is a bipartisan solution to permanently establish parity in a revenue-neutral manner. At the beginning of this year, the transit portion of the transportation fringe benefit fell to $130/month while the parking portion remained at $250/month. The decrease in the transit portion of the commuter benefit resulted in an increased tax burden for workers who utilize public transportation for their daily commutes. For example, a working family that takes advantage of the full allowable monthly pre-tax deduction could pay as much as $750 more next year in federal taxes without legislation to re-establish parity. In effect, the lack of parity creates a financial incentive for Americans to drive to work alone, further crowding our busy roads. The “Commuter Parity Act” would create a unified cap of $235/month for both parking and transit. In the coming weeks, Congress will have the opportunity to take action to maintain parity in the parking and transit portions of the commuter benefit as it considers important tax-related legislation. We urge you not to forget the millions of commuting Americans that rely on the transit commuter benefit and join us by cosponsoring this bi-partisan legislation. To cosponsor, please contact Jamie Tricarico of my staff at Jamie.Tricarico@mail.house.gov. Sincerely,PETER T. KINGMember of Congress

1,493 supporters
Petitioning FAMU BOT, Florida Board of Governors, Florida Governor, Florida State House, Florida State Senate, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Corrine Brown, Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio, Frederica Wilson, Hillary Clint...

I'm With FAMU; FAMU Today, FAMU Tomorrow, FAMU Forever

Will FAMU be the next South Carolina State University? FAMU's revolving door of permanent and interim presidents created an unstable environment at the university since the departure of our beloved Dr. Frederick S. Humphries in 2001. Since 2001, FAMU has had 6 presidents (3 permanent and 3 interim), and this instability led to two probation periods by SACS, the suspension of the Marching 100 and an erosion in the FAMU brand because of the negative media that has followed FAMU in those years. Florida Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Board of Governors, and some members of the FAMU Board of Trustees want to destabilize FAMU just like Republicans did in South Carolina. Did you know that the Florida Board of Governors recently changed the rules for selecting university presidents so that they can fire Dr. Mangum and choose the next president of FAMU? This would be the 7th change in leadership since Humphries left in 2001? They are using what we call the “South Carolina Strategy” to attempt to destroy FAMU. The SC Strategy includes: 1.) Appointing Board Members who create chaos2.) Closing high-impact programs in STEM (e.g. joint engineering school)3.) Ensuring inconsistency in leadership (e.g. consistent dismissal of presidents)4.) Creating failure on state metrics5). Ensuring that enrollment declines6). Highlighting negative stories while burying positive news7). Interfering in the selection process of new presidents Dr. Elmira Mangum's leadership at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University has brought stability to our alma mater despite the consistent resistance to change by the previous members of the FAMU Board of Trustees during here two years in Office, our 11th and 1st Female President has begun to implement the changes necessary to turn FAMU around. Dr. Mangum's time at FAMU has been much like President Barack Obama's time in the White House: major accomplishments despite the consistent obstructionism from Republicans in congress. Dr. Mangum has brought stable and strong leadership to FAMU that has led to increases in the unfair BOG performance metrics. She thwarted an attempt by FSU to steal FAMU's College of Engineering that they were allowed to tag on to in 1982 as a joint engineering college. Despite only being on the job for 24 hours, Dr. Mangum stood up for Rattlers everywhere and said no despite urgings by state Republicans and others to "cut a deal" with FSU. Last year, FAMU was at the bottom of these metrics, yet this year the University was two points behind Florida State University. Fundraising at FAMU is at an all-time high over the last two years. Dr. Mangum has also brought in a dynamic team who is bringing needed changes to benefit FAMU students, faculty, staff and alumni. These include Provost Marcella David who has been responsible for leading FAMU's focus on improving student outcomes; Athletic Director Milton Overton, who has led the charge to revitalize FAMU's dormant athletic program; and Vice President for Research Timothy Moore, who has increased FAMU's ability to attract much-needed research dollars over the last 16 months. Dr. Mangum's leadership ensured the transfer of nearly 400 acres from the United States Department of Agriculture to FAMU- the largest transfer ever to an HBCU. While Dr. Robinson signed the agreement, Dr. Mangum closed the deal. Her leadership was also responsible for the elevation of FAMU to an R-2 (high research activity) Carnegie classification, and an increase in fundraising from $3.3 Million to $5.7 million in 2015. The University is expected to bring in an all time high $6.3 million in 2016 and plans to embark on a $100 million dollar Capital Campaign- the first for FAMU! Capital Campaigns take stability in order to be successfully implemented. Dr. Mangum has been recognized for her leadership by many external organizations including being named the HBCU Female President of the Year by HBCU Digest. Dr. Mangum's leadership has brought a level of recognition from outside entities on a level not seen since Dr. Frederick S. Humphries was president at FAMU. These accolades include: ♣ESSENCE and MONEY magazines rank Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University No. 5 among all national universities and colleges on its “50 Best Colleges for African-Americans” lists. Additionally, the list identifies FAMU as the No.1 historically Black college or university (HBCU) in the nation. ♣ FAMU is the 2016 Champion of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Quiz Bowl Competition♣ FAMU was recently elevated to an R-2 Research University, which is the second highest research category in the Carnegie Classification System. This special classification has elevated FAMU to the same research level as institutions such as Auburn University and Old Dominion University with only half the faculty. ♣ The National Science Foundation Lists FAMU as the No.1 HBCU in the nation for research and development expenditures.♣ U.S. News & World Report has listed FAMU among the top 25 schools in the nation for enrolling the highest percentage of students accepted. Making us number one in the state of Florida, and topping the national average out by 20 percent. ♣ The Princeton Review named FAMU among its "2016 Best Colleges: Region-by-Region" list, ranking FAMU as one of the "Best Southeastern" colleges and universities in the nation. ♣ U.S. News & World Report named FAMU among the best national universities, and Forbes magazine listed the University as one of "America's Top Colleges" for 2015, and as one of its "Best in the South" colleges. ♣ A funding report obtained from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), which compares National Institutes of Health research funding in pharmacy schools across the country, names the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences the largest recipient of NIH research grants among all Florida pharmacy programs as well as the University of Georgia, Auburn and Samford.♣ The National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded FAMU a total of $1.4 million to conduct research that should lead to the discovery of novel third generation antipsychotics. ♣ FAMU received one of the largest single land transfers in the history of the USDA and has become the owner of the historic Brooksville Agricultural and Environmental Research Station. The Station will support and enhance agriculture research and technology transfer to farmers and local communities, including small farmers, minority farmers, Native Americans, beginning ranchers, and veterans.♣ FAMU holds the U.S. patent for cDNA that can be utilized in small RNA technologies to promote expression of disease tolerance-related genes to induce production of disease-tolerance related gene products for resisting disease occurrences in Florida hybrid bunch grapes.♣ FAMU is recognized among the top 20 “Best Online Master’s in Public Health Degree Programs” in the nation.♣ A newly released study by New York-based financial technology company SmartAsset has ranked FAMU among the best value colleges and the top schools where graduates earn the highest starting salaries. ♣ FAMU’s Nursing Program is ranked among the top 20 best-value nursing programs in the U.S. by BestValueSchools.com, and among the top 25 (No. 21 out of 1,189 entries) nursing programs in the eastern region by The Nursing Journal. ♣ FAMU’s College of Education is listed by ToBecomeATeacher.org as the No. 3 education program in the state of Florida for pursuing an education degree and jump-starting a teaching career.♣ FAMU holds the inaugural HBCUGrow Consortium LEAD awards in the areas of leadership (President Elmira Mangum) and Marketing (Office of Communications)♣ FAMU holds the esteemed designation as a nationally ranked military-friendly school by GI Jobs.♣ FAMU is the No. 3 Volunteer-Producing HBCU in the nation for the U.S. Peace Corps.♣ Teach For America named FAMU among the top 20 contributing colleges and universities in the nation.♣ FAMU is the home of seven Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Millennium Scholars.♣ FAMU is the first designated Purple Heart HBCU and the first Purple Heart University in the state of Florida. Because Dr. Mangum has been such positive force to move FAMU Forward, The over 1,200 Rattlers4FAMU stand with Her. While the vocal minority will use their fancy titles and positions to speak on our behalf, we want to let you know that the NAA President LTCC Greg Clark, Former Trustees R.B. Holmes, nor the Previous Presidents Frederick Humphries nor Fred Gainous speak for us. Instead, we have signed our names to this petition to speak for moving FAMU Forward. On behalf of all Rattlers who want to see a stable and prosperous FAMU, we urge the Board of Trustees to ignore the noise that has been created by the loud majority. We believe that the FAMU Board of Trustees should stand behind the woman that we have chosen to lead FAMU and the positive changes that she has made and will continue to make on behalf of FAMU.  We want to send a clear message that the alumni, students, faculty, and staff of Florida A&M University who have signed this petition are 100% behind Dr. Mangum and we believe that she should not only receive an excellent presidential evaluation for her great work, but also have her contract extended by the FAMU BOT. We believe that any action by the FAMU Board of Trustees, the Florida Board of Governors, or Governor Rick Scott to not extend or terminate the contract of Dr. Mangum will destabilize the University and send the institution backwards in the same ways that have been the case for South Carolina State University, Elizabeth City State University and other HBCUs across the country where states are seeking the demise of our historic institutions. What we seek is FAMU Today, FAMU Tomorrow, FAMU Forever and FAMU Forward!!!!

1,235 supporters
Petitioning Drug Enforcement Agency, Patrick Murphy, Joe Negron, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson

Passing of "Buffy's Law"

Veterinarians make many life and death decisions for our pets. Numerous animals have died or been maltreated as a result of substance abuse by impaired veterinarians.   Yet veterinarians have access to drugs and are not compelled to have themselves or their employees drug tested.  This is a DANGEROUS problem.  If the state required and enforced mandatory regular and random drug testing....many of the victims of bad vets would still be alive. Drug testing has become a standard part of employment for people who work with cash, utilities, retailers, supermarket chains, casino's, warehouses, government contractors to name a few. Subsequently those repeat offenders who continue to use drugs, alcohol or any mind altering substances should have their licenses revoked.  There are many good and caring veterinarians out there, however those who have criminal records and/or substance abuse problems are the ones this petition is applying to.   Please sign this petition today.  Don't wait until another pet suffers and/or dies as a result of impaired veterinarian.      

911 supporters
  • Sexual violence in our Armed Forces is unacceptable and a threat to the women and men serving our country. Despite more than 25 years of Pentagon studies, task force recommendations, and congressional hearings, sexual violence continues to occur at alarming rates year after year. A 2008 Department of Veterans Affairs report found that nearly 100,000 female and male veterans experienced psychological trauma resulting from a physical sexual assault, battery, or sexual harassment while in the Armed Forces. Tragically, the majority of these victims never come forward. One of the reasons is the reporting and military judicial system is woefully ill-structured to address these crimes. Currently, the Uniform Code of Military Justice requires victims to report crimes to their commander, rather than prosecutors or law enforcement agents. This precludes impartial decision-making and at best, creates a biased judicial system for both the victim and the accused. For those who are victimized by their commander, there is little hope for justice. The result is an alarmingly low rate of prosecuting sexual assailants, with only 8 percent referred for courts martial. The time has come to take the reporting, investigation, prosecution, and victim care out of the hands of the normal chain of command and establish an autonomous Sexual Assault and Response Office to oversee cases of sexual assault in our Armed Forces. That is why I am proud to cosponsor H.R.1593, the Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention (STOP) Act and look forward to working across the aisle to pass this important legislation during the 113th Congress.

— Patrick Murphy, Representative