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Paul Ryan

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Paul Davis Ryan is the United States Representative for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district and current chairman of the House Budget Committee. He was the Republican Party nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2012 election.


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Petitioning U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump

Remove health-care subsidies for Members of Congress and their families

Several years ago, my dad got the news that he had cancer. Sadly, he passed away. My dad had a job at the time, but his employer did not cover him, and without coverage, he avoided going to the doctor until it was too late. As Congress and President Trump try to pass a new healthcare law, I'm reminded of my father and whether he would have made it if he had early access to cost-effective health care. Affordable health care is in decline as premiums and health costs increase at exponential rates. Some politicians cannot relate to the cost burden experienced by families across the nation because they’ve historically received health benefits that most Americans have not.  Like millions of people who are panicking about possible changes to their health insurance, I’m concerned the people elected to represent us won’t have to live with the consequences or expenses that the rest of us may have to face soon. I want lawmakers to commit to treating themselves just like those who will be impacted by ACA repeal or replacement.  A lot of Members of Congress promote choice as an American value, which is all the more reason for them to have to continue to choose their own health coverage from the free marketplace. If private health care is good for the American citizen, it should also be good for the people that defend it. If Congress is willing to drastically cut healthcare subsidies for most people, are they willing to have the same rules apply to them and their families?

Daniel Jimenez
1,013,638 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Congress

Revoke the Tax-Exempt Status of the National Football League

Despite the fact that it is a $10Billion/Year industry, the National Football League (NFL) continues to enjoy status as a non-profit organization -- meaning it doesn’t have to pay federal corporate taxes.  The Commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, makes nearly $44 million a year -- earning more than the heads of companies like Coca-Cola and Wal-Mart. Through TV deals alone, the NFL has inked nearly $30 billion with various television networks. And so often, fans like you and me are asked to foot the bill for new stadiums through our own taxes. Yet despite being the most profitable sports league in the entire world, the NFL does not pay federal taxes.  The NFL should pay their fair share towards our economy! Just like Major League Baseball, which gave up its nonprofit status in recent years, as well as the National Basketball Association, the NFL should not be able to hide under a nonprofit status in order to avoid paying federal taxes.  The NFL has methodically worked to shift all the power to their side, leaving players, employees and PARTICULARLY THE FANS little say in what goes on with the league. We deserve a say, but do not wish to boycott our teams! Therefore, we are calling on our elected representatives to revoke the tax-exempt status we bestowed upon the league half a century ago. Please sign this petition, and let Congress know that you want them to reconsider the NFL’s tax exempt status. 

Lynda Woolard
428,276 supporters
Petitioning Paul Ryan, Republican National Committee, Donald Trump, Mike Pence

Steve Bannon's racist, anti-semitic, misogynistic views don't belong in the White House

President-elect Donald Trump has just appointed his campaign CEO and chairman of Breitbart News, Stephen Bannon, as chief White House strategist and senior counselor. Trump’s team said the position will be equal to the Chief of Staff -- making Steve Bannon one of the most powerful and influential people in the world.   The appointment has drawn outrage from all sides of the political spectrum. Under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart News has become the online destination for white nationalism, anti semitism, xenophobia, sexism, the spreading of lies and conspiracy theories, and hateful rhetoric. Steve Bannon himself has been accused of horrible behavior. He referred to feminists as “a bunch of dykes” and reportedly didn’t want his children to go to school with “a bunch of jews.” Former employee Ben Shapiro left Breitbart News because he said Bannon was a “vindictive, nasty figure.” Bannon’s abuse has even turned physical. In 1996, he was arrested for domestic violence. His ex-wife feared for their children, and reported Bannon threatened her and the kids if she appeared in court against him. She believed him and didn’t want to put her children in more danger. Bannon’s ex wife didn’t appear and the charges were dropped. President-elect Trump can do better. Our country has a deep well of talent to help him lead our country. There is no reason to select a figure like Steve Bannon. Bannon's vitriol and divisiveness have no place in the White House. Please sign if you agree that this is NOT the person who should have the ear of the president. For questions, concerns, or media/ press inquiries please contact Sharika Soal at LadysoalPR@gmail.com or send a Tweet to @LadyThriller69 [Sidenote: 69 stands for the cancer zodiac sign.]   Thank you. Read more about Steve Bannon here: http://www.advocate.com/election/2016/8/30/trump-campaign-manager-seven-sisters-schools-are-bunch-dykes http://www.dailywire.com/news/8441/i-know-trumps-new-campaign-chairman-steve-bannon-ben-shapiro#.WCkFw2EZdOM.twitter http://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000156-c3f8-dd14-abfe-fbfbbe310001

Shaindel Beers
344,693 supporters
Victory
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
269,203 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
103,453 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, President Donald J. Trump, Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Bill Nelson, Congressman Joe Wilson

Stop denying earned survivor benefits to military surviving spouses

My husband was serving his 30th year in the Navy when the F-18 he was riding in crashed. He was killed, and in a moment, my family's life changed forever. While my children and I were devastated, and then we were saddened to discover that the Dept. of Defense and Congress was far less supportive. My husband’s earned survivor benefit insurance, the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), a insurance annuity, was not paid to me in full. When he died, I was informed that I would only be getting a fraction of the benefit promised. When I asked why, it was explained to me that those spouses who also were eligible to receive Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from the Veterans Administration will have their SBP survivor annuity insurance benefits offset dollar for dollar by DIC.  Full SBP payment is unfairly denied to those surviving spouses. This is known as the SBP-DIC offset, and we must fight to end it. When I lost my husband, I lost 75% of our household income. Today, most SBP-DIC offset surviving spouses receive compensation of only $15,095 a year. These surviving spouses deserve better from their country. I’m calling on Congress to provide surviving spouses with 100% of the Survivor Benefit Plan promised. Our government is reneging on a voluntarily purchased insurance plan whose entire purpose is to ensure that surviving spouses are taken care of financially should the sponsor pre-decease her/him. When a servicemember makes the ultimate sacrifice, their family shouldn’t have to worry about how they will survive. As a Navy spouse, I was there for countless others who experienced loss. When I lost my husband, I realized how negligent the government bureaucracy is towards families who have paid the ultimate price. I want to be there for those families again. Hopefully, if we can gather enough petition support, the government will not ignore us. Please sign the petition to end SBP-DIC offset for military surviving spouses and ask Congress to pass HR 846, (Rep Joe Wilson, SC) and S 339, (Senators Nelson, FL and Collins, ME), the two bills to change the law and end this unjust offset.

Kathy Prout
80,832 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, Texas State House, Texas State Senate, Elizabeth Warren, Charles Schumer, Paul Ryan, President of the United States, Barack Obama

Give All Disabled Children Medicaid

ALL DISABLED CHILDREN NEED MEDICAID At 4 months old, my daughter was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy consisting of Spastic Quadraplegia with Dystonia. Now, age 6, my daughter needs Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT) and Speech Therapy. She is responding very well to therapy.  Like many families that support disabled children, finances are always a struggle. No matter how hard you work, it's never enough to cover as much therapy as you want to give your child. These therapies are the only way our child will be able to be a fully functioning member of society in the future.  The Problem: Medicaid takes the family's income into account when determining eligibility. For those who are neither poor, nor rich, every dollar goes to paying for therapy and equipment. It is a huge, constant struggle on the family and there is NEVER enough money. Every dollar goes to another therapy appt or piece of necessary equipment.  The Resolution: For those in the middle, we do not ask for Disability payments, nor SSI payments. We simply need Medicaid to offset what insurance companies won't pay for — the therapy needed beyond the limits of private insurance, the equipment that insurance companies refuse to cover that is necessary for our children. We beg you to join us in fighting for these minimal benefits for our children to give them a fighting chance, and so they don't have to be on Federal Disability and SSI assistance when they turn 18. Help our disabled children become independent. We ask for ALL disabled children, regardless of family income to be eligible for Medicaid at no cost.

Monica Lewis
69,990 supporters
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
108,716 supporters
Petitioning Paul Ryan, Bob Goodlatte, Walter Shaub, Jr

Support Katherine Clark's Bill H.R. 6340 Presidential Accountability Act

On Nov. 17, 2016, Massachusetts Representative Katherine Clark introduced to the House the H.R. 6340 Presidential Accountability Act as a call to action against potential financial conflicts of interest of the President of the United States. This bill is in the early stages of the legislative process. It needs the support and co-sponsorship of your state's representatives to make it through the House and to the Senate. Please sign this petition to show your support of this bill and to urge your local Representative to support this bill. Clark's press release states, "Current law prohibits federal office holders from engaging in government business when they stand to gain profit. The President and Vice President are currently exempt from this statute." Clark’s Presidential Accountability Act removes this exemption and requires the President and Vice President to place their assets in a certified blind trust or disclose to the Office of Government Ethics and the public when they make a decision that affects their personal finances. This issue has been elevated to greater importance as concerns of conflicts of interest have surfaced in the first week of the President-elect’s transition period. From the Trump Organization’s federal contract to operate the President-elect’s hotel in the Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington, D.C. to the scale of his debt to foreign banks, the President-elect’s business interests present an unprecedented level of conflict. Trump has also appointed his children to serve in leadership positions on both the President-elect’s transition team and his businesses. Clark’s Presidential Accountability Act prohibits the President from engaging in government responsibilities from which they or their families can benefit financially. http://katherineclark.house.gov/index.cfm/press-releases?ID=FE5B2F16-7591-41DC-9846-25FEA4D1CFA1 This petition is directed to Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan; House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Bob Goodlatte; and Director of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub, Jr.   PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE!

Sarah Kruse
59,285 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
57,890 supporters
Require all MLTS/PBX Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law

I want to thank my constituents who reached out to me in support of this petition. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Kari Hunt during this difficult time. Like proponents of “Kari’s Law,” I also believe that our emergency-response system should be user-friendly and easy to navigate. The petition’s supporters raised some good points about how this legislation could improve the emergency-response system in the United States. And I look forward to working with my colleagues in the 113th Congress to improve the current system. I appreciate all of your thoughts and suggestions. Should legislation that would improve the 911 system reach the House floor, I will be sure to keep your support of “Kari’s Law’ in mind.

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

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the tax-exempt status of the National Football League (NFL). You raised some good points about why you believe the tax-exempt status of the NFL should be revoked. Specifically, your mention of the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball’s decision to give up their nonprofit status is an interesting argument in your case. As you mentioned, Senator Tom Coburn has introduced legislation to address this issue. You may be interested to know that Representative Jason Chaffetz has introduced H.R. 3965, the PRO Sports Act, which serves as the House companion to Senator Coburn’s legislation. This bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code to remove professional football leagues from the list of tax-exempt organizations. Currently, H.R. 3965 is pending in the House Committee on Ways and Means. As a member of this committee, I will certainly keep your thoughts in mind. I appreciate your sharing your opinions, and I will continue to monitor this issue closely. Should legislation that would revoke the tax-exempt status of the NFL reach the House floor, I will keep your thoughtful concerns in mind.

3 years ago
Pass the ABLE Act

Thank you for contacting me regarding your support for H.R. 647, The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2013. You raised some good points about how this legislation could assist Americans with disabilities. Many of my constituents have told me why they support the ABLE Act. Like them, I believe people with disabilities should be able to create a stable future for themselves. So I welcome this discussion, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the 113th Congress on ways to help Americans with disabilities. Please know that I appreciate your views, and I will continue to follow this legislation closely. Should I have the chance to vote on the ABLE Act, I will certainly keep your thoughtful considerations in mind.

3 years ago