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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 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
428,816 supporters
Petitioning Republican National Committee

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 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
315,717 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
269,508 supporters
Petitioning New Jersey State Senate, New Jersey State House, Paul Ryan, Bill Pascrell, The President of the United States, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Katherine Clark, Nancy Pelosi

Pass The Paws ACT

Many domestic violence victims report staying in abusive and dangerous relationships out of fear of leaving their beloved pets behind. Their abusers often threaten to harm, maim, or even kill their pets if they attempt to leave. Studies have shown this is the case for one out of every four women trying to escape domestic violence. Right now, there are very few domestic violence shelters that can accommodate pets, making the choice to leave even harder. But there is hope: the Pets and Women’s Safety Act, or PAWS Act, would supply funding to help shelters take in people and pets fleeing violence. This would alleviate abuse victims’ fears about their pets’ safety, and get them out of dangerous situations faster. These funds are urgently needed by shelters across the country, and Congress should pass this legislation quickly. Jules Lavallee, Founder of Kitty Whoop Ass, LLC and I have launched a "Selfies for Paws" campaign to gain support from celebrities. We are asking them to wear our PAWS ACT shirts and to take a selfie with our PAWS ACT poster to build awareness. If you know any celebs who are animal lovers who want to join our cause, please have them reach us. It would help save lives. By signing the petition, you will let Congress know that the time to pass the PAWS Act is now.  

adriana meucci
99,021 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
107,425 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
107,425 supporters
Petitioning Paul Ryan, United States Congress

Pass the Food Recovery Act to Fight Food Waste and Hunger!

We Need to Pass Congresswoman Pingree’s Food Recovery Act Now Despite living in the richest country in the world, 48 million Americans still don’t know where their next meal will come from. That means a staggering 19 percent of households with children are food insecure. Meanwhile, we throw away nearly 40 percent of all food in the United States. This saddening reality is unacceptable, and we must do better. Instead of sending so much food to the landfill, we could be redistributing it to help those food insecure Americans. Because no one likes wasted food or hunger, this is truly a bi-partisan issue. But still, millions of pounds of good, healthy food goes uneaten every day because of systematic barriers that we know we can remove through specific policy changes.    Last December, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree proposed the Food Recovery Act—legislation that proposes more than 15 ways to tackle wasted food and hunger in America. The bill presents a sweeping set of changes in four areas: Retail and Restaurants - strengthen food donation and study barriers that prevent donation of extra food; Schools and Institutions - expand grant programs to educate students about food waste and encourage food rescue. Revise National School Lunch Program rules to encourage use of produce that's local, fresh, tasty and less expensive but imperfect in shape or size; Consumers - clarify "sell-by" dates and sponsor a national campaign to raise awareness of the impact of food waste and ways to prevent it; and Farms - enable usage of “ugly” fruits and vegetables and invest in storage and distribution programs to help food banks. Yet this bill is currently stalled in a House subcommittee. I’m Jordan Figueiredo, a solid waste specialist, and founder of EndFoodWaste.org and the @UglyFruitAndVeg Campaign. Jonathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland and creator of WastedFood.com, and I are asking you to join us in calling on Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Congress to help stop massive food waste by agreeing to introduce, support, and pass the Food Recovery Act. We are asking Congress to step up and do something simple, effective and beneficial for America, our farmers, our children and those in need. Wasted food is a major problem, and the Food Recovery Act would greatly minimize it. One out of six Americans lives in a food insecure home, yet we waste enough good food in the U.S. to feed them and nearly every single food insecure person on the planet (800 million). With statistics like this, it is simply irresponsible to continue the status quo. Last Fall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency set a strong goal to reduce wasted food by 50 percent by 2030. Even more recently, Congress passed the America Gives More provision that solidified tax credits for any farm, store, or restaurant donating food to a non-profit agency. While this is a good start, it’s not nearly enough. Join myself and Jonathan and let’s ask Congress to take action! Tell them to support or even co-sponsor this bill in Congress so that we can reduce our disgraceful waste of food, and instead feed millions in need. Tell them you are sick of seeing so much wasted food in the richest county in the world while so many go to bed hungry at night! #FoodRecoveryActNow Find out more about the proposed Food Recovery Act at https://pingree.house.gov/foodwaste  

Jordan Figueiredo
38,453 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Senate Finance Committe, Labor and Employment Committee, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Marcy Kaptur, Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Orrin Hatch, Ron Wyden,...

Save His Pension!

My husband did physically demanding work for over 30 years for Yellow Freight, and he did it happily, knowing that all of his hard work came with the promise of a pension to support us in our retirement. In 2014, Congress decided that those promises don’t matter -- it passed the Multi-Employer Pension Recovery Act (MPRA), which allows for disastrous cuts to the pensions of those who are already retired and on a fixed income. The pension Jeff earned will now be cut by 50%, putting our home and future in jeopardy. The MPRA was slipped into a must-pass Omnibus budget bill just hours before it had to be voted on to keep the government from shutting down. This dirty tactic was the only way such an unfair law could get passed. Now, lawmakers are trying to work to reverse the damage before it is too late, with the Keep Our Pension Promises Act (KOPPA).  UPDATE 4/9/16: THE SAME PEOPLE WHO HAD MPRA SLIPPED INTO THE OMNIBUS IN 2014 ARE NOW WORKING ON A BILL TO MAKE IT LEGAL TO SLASH PENSIONS OF RETIREES IN FUNDS LIKE JEFF'S  THAT ARE LESS THAN 120% FUNDED. THIS IS BLATANT PENSION THEFT! Tell Congress to protect seniors’ pensions. Pass the Keep Our Pension Promises Act. For lawmakers, many of whom are financially secure and don’t need to worry about their retirement, stories like ours don’t seem to matter when they pass harmful legislation. We don't live extravagantly. Now, because of MPRA, we are not sure if we can keep our home. Even worse, we have to stop helping two relatives with food and medical expenses.  Jeff is 69 and I'm 66 and I’m scared we will be expected to go back into the workforce if we want to survive. Even if we wanted to, my husband has two bad shoulders and a bad hip from over 30 years of heavy lifting at Yellow Freight. I have a heart problem. It is a shame we are in a place where seniors even have to entertain this idea. The wealthiest country in the world can do better. Our lawmakers can do better. Jeff is a Vietnam vet. 60% of pensioners affected by this bill are Veterans.  Jeff's pension fund still has $18 billion he and 400,000 others worked hard for. People like us cannot afford laws like the MPRA. It must be reversed or seniors like us could find ourselves on the streets and living in poverty. Please join us in asking Congress to pass the Keep Our Pension Promises Act.  

Gail Kraker
27,473 supporters
Petitioning Michael Capuano, Mark Meadows, Paul Ryan, Jason Chaffetz, Elijah Cummings

Pass legislation to designate a National First Responders Day

First Responders (Police, Firefighters, EMTs, and Paramedics) put their lives on the line everyday for people they don’t even know. They are more than good neighbors - they are our brothers, sisters, husbands, wives and friends. While everyone else is running away, they’re running towards the danger. It is time to honor them with a special day of their own: National First Responders Day. It’s long overdue and something all Americans can agree upon. So join the movement, sign the petition, spread the word on your social media and help as we petition Congress to make this day a reality. To ensure this worthy cause gets the attention it deserves, we are committed to do what we can to get the issue in front of as many people as possible so that members of Congress hear our collective voice. While we are proud to be creating awareness, this movement is so much bigger than any person or brand.  So whether you are a Hooters customer or never even considered coming to Hooters…please support our local heroes and sign the petition.   

Hooters of America
20,556 supporters
Petitioning Paul Ryan, Rand Paul, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders

Change the U.S. national anthem to "War Pigs" by Black Sabbath

The current national anthem has served America proudly for many a year now. However...it's time that we retire that old standard and choose a song that better reflects America and it's policies and practices. I nominate "War Pigs" by Black Sabbath. I'm open to suggestions, but I'm hard pressed to think of a more honest assessment of where we are in 2016 America. Thanks!

Shannon Madden
18,351 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