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Steny Hoyer

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Steny Hamilton Hoyer is the Democratic Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving Maryland's 5th congressional district since 1981.

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Petitioning President of the United States, Mitch McConnell, Daniel Donovan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Trey Gowdy, Kevin McCarthy, Maxine Waters, Eleanor Norton, Paul Cook, Elijah Cummings, Darrell Issa, Don Y...

Ban Child Sex Dolls

Right now, teachers, coaches, babysitters, and neighbors, in every town in America, can purchase lifelike, anatomically correct dolls designed to simulate sex with a child. And it’s perfectly legal. These sick dolls are being imported into the United States and other countries. British police have seized more than 100 already in the UK, and authorities have found that the people buying them usually have child pornography too. Sign this petition to ban the sale and distribution of child sex dolls! These child sex dolls can normalize a pedophile’s behaviors, emboldening them to harm children, as is often the case with those who view child pornography. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 children are sexually abused. One child is too many. Our elected officials need to protect children. That’s why Congressman Dan Donovan from New York is introducing legislation that will ban the distribution and sale of dolls that encourage child abuse. Show your support for this legislation by signing this petition, and help protect America’s children!

Stop Abuse Campaign
134,408 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, Democratic National Committee, Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, Hillary Clinton


The BNR Legislative and Regulatory Committee was created to advocate for the community, healthcare, and healthcare practitioner. Creating collaborative partnerships, we strive to bridge the gap between influential government policies and the communities in which we serve, by supporting healthcare initiative reform that promotes good practice, standards of care and inclusion H.R. 277 Bill- The Affordable Healthcare Act is currently on the table to be mutilated- Creating an opportunity for 18 MILLION Americans to be without healthcare coverage. The bill will also improve the opportunity for health insurance premiums to be increased by and additional 20-25%- Leaving behind a trail of an estimated additional 32 million people within 10 years- And that is only the tip of the iceberg! The blocked amendment that was voted 51-48 by U.S. Senate will aim: 1. To END coverage for preexisting conditions, veterans benefits, and aid to rural hospitals. 2. To remove discrimination protection for women in healthcare. 3. Against the provision allowing children to remain on their parent's insurance till the age of 26. 4. To cut off funding for the Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP). 5. Against ACA contraceptive coverage and maternity care provision. 6. To direct committees to send budget legislation to defund and repeal the Affordable Care Act. For those who get health insurance through work, no pre-existing conditions. Lifetime caps for coverage are back for everyone. Real and disastrous actions are being taken that will affect more than just the 20-30 million people who will lose their health care coverage and the 3 million people who will lose their jobs. Despite their assertions of this being an action to "repeal and replace," no viable alternative plan has been proposed. The House voted Friday, on the same measures and passed them 227-198. As of this moment, no replacement exists. Join us as we unite as a collective to reach out to our local and federal legislative partners to hear from us that WE will not support the EPIC tragedy that will occur should our American families go on without healthcare. Let's make sure that your voice is clearly heard- That America will become great and we will be the ones to work towards that. Sign the petition.

Black Nurses Rock
2,364 supporters
Petitioning John Cornyn, John Thune, Roy Blunt, Roger Wicker, John Barrasso, Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Patty Murray, Jon Tester, Paul Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise, Lynn Jenkins, Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer...

Keep Hookahs & Shisha from getting banned in the USA

You may have already heard that US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced their deeming regulations early in May 2016 and basically, what that means to us hookah lovers is that starting August 8, 2016 FDA will start regulating Hookah tobacco, pipes, and charcoal. Read the 5054 Bill Here The regulations state that any product that wasn’t already on the market before February 15, 2007 must be approved by FDA to continue to be on the market. The predicate date of February 15, 2007 is considered to be an unfair date for 90% of the hookah products on the market today since most of them didn’t exist at that time. In order for these products to continue to be on the market, it is going to cost the companies an estimated amount over 1 million dollars per product. FDA estimates that over 90% of businesses will not be able to afford those humongous fees. FDA ignored calls to change the predicate date, which remains February 15, 2007. The good news is that at the moment there is a proposal in Congress that would change the predicate date from February 15, 2007 to August 8, 2016. This change would significantly lower the regulatory burden faced by hookah companies and would ensure the ability of companies without access to 02/15/2007 data to be able to comply. This petition is in support of Rep Tom Coles amendment to HR 5054 - Which is simply a redate of the original HR 5054, that's more important than it seems! Here's why: The original 5054 used the date of February 15, 2007, which was pulled out of a hat just to fill in the bill! If the Coles-Bishop Amendment to 5054 is not passed then  products on the market after February 15, 2007 will not be allowed unless they pay millions to the FDA for approval. Those fees will drive small businesses to a grinding halt. Hurting our economy when it is just beginning to recover. Those fees will artificially inflate the prices of current products on the market to make sure companies just break even. The average hookah, tobacco, and related products user will Not be able to afford a simple luxury. Those in favor of keeping the date at 2007 are saying that anything made after the arbitrary date is less safe than products before it. When in fact, the opposite is true. Due to the growing market producers are able to make safer, more ecologically friendly products in 2016 and well into the future. Keeping HR 5054 unchanged will essentially set innovation in products and in health into the past of 2007 and it will likely never recover.    Why you should sign this petition: Signing this petition means that you support industry, small business, and each person's right to choose. Everyone should sign this petition, even if you don't use Hookah or related products. Becuase this is about supporting small businesses, innovation, our economy, and keeping arbitrary dates like this one at bay. This Amendment will enable products to comply with FDA regulations that are safer than those in 2007 and stay current with customer demand. The choice is simple, sign this petition, let your voice be heard. Let's support Rep. Tom Cole in his fight to keep small businesses operating, our economy growing, and allow for innovation to happen!                  

James Phoenix
1,411 supporters
Petitioning U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Democratic National Committee, Nancy Pelosi, United States Supreme Court, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Governor, Steny Hoyer

Impeach Trump and Pence

By my count, there are now four grounds to impeach Donald Trump. The fifth appears to be on its way. First, in taking the oath of office, a president promises to “faithfully execute the laws & the constitution.” That’s Article II Section 2. But Trump is unfaithfully executing his duties as president by accusing his predecessor, president Obama, of undertaking an illegal and impeachable act, with absolutely no evidence to support the accusation. Second, Article I Section 9 of the Constitution forbids government officials from taking things of value from foreign governments. But Trump is making big money off his Trump International Hotel by steering foreign diplomatic delegations to it, and will make a bundle off China’s recent decision to grant his trademark applications for the Trump brand – decisions Chinese authorities arrived at directly because of decisions Trump has made as president. Third: The 1st Amendment to the Constitution bars any law “respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” But Trump’s ban on travel into the United States from six Muslim countries – which he initiated, advocated for, and oversees – violates that provision. The Constitution of the United States, Art. 2, S. 4, provides that the president, vice-president, and civil officers of the United States shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of treason, bribery, and/or other high crimes and misdemeanors.  We, the undersigned, lobby for the impeachment of Donald J. Trump suspected of treason, in violation of THE USA PATRIOT ACT for conspiring with Russia in tampering with the results of the 2016 election. He and his administration are an immediate threat to national security and his use of intimidation as president presents undeniable challenges in this investigation. Ergo, we petition his immediate removal from office as well as the removal of Vice President Mike Pence and all civil officers appointed under his rule, pending the results of his administration's investigation. Donald J. Trump has violated the Federal law under civil and criminal ordinances with his documented use of libelous and insulting hate speech referencing citizens of color, immigrants, and those of the Muslim faith. His promotion and acceptance of violence towards the above stated has incited violence, discrimination and increased tensions throughout this nation. Furthermore, Donald J. Trump is in violation of state law in the following 34 states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois,Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming. He is guilty of multiple counts of cyber bullying, before, during and following his election campaign; the most egregious being his statements regarding Mexicans, Muslims, the black community and his continuous taunting of China. Unlawful conduct of any kind, be it past, present or future is unacceptable of any person holding the office of President of the United States of America. He has caused international conflict with our allies and is dangerously close to destroying peaceful foreign relations. Donald J.Trump’s leadership poses a threat to the peace and safety of our nation on both national and international levels. His immoral reputation and misconduct are an embarrassment and threat to the freedoms this country stands for and will not be tolerated by United States citizens.

Samantha Vogel
736 supporters
Petitioning Ro Khanna, California Governor, Jerry Brown, Florida Governor, Andrew Cuomo, Chris Christie, Greg Abbott, Pennsylvania Governor, Ohio Governor, Tom Wolf, Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise, Cathy McMorr...

Let Ed preach in the USA!

I have been an ordained Christian minister/pastor for 20 years. For the past 12 years I have been serving Global Awakening ministries in Brazil. Since 2012 I have become a Global Awakening's Speaker/Evangelist. I have preached in many American churches since 2007. We have come in and out of the country preaching the Gospel for 10 years now. In 2012 my wife Dani and I started a church in Rio, Brazil. We are happy to report that the church has grown to ove 300 members and it is doing really well. Recently Sony Music has contacted us and invited our worship team to sign up a 5 year contract with them. Global Awakening has requested a R1 Visa for me and the Immigration office in the USA has granted it! So, what's wrong? Well, the American Consulate in Brazil won't let me get a visa to travel to the USA. I have started this petition in a desperate attempt to try to get the immigration authorities to pay more attention to my case. Please help me in this endeavor. Sincerely yours, Ed Rocha. 

Ed Rocha
632 supporters
Petitioning Roy Beck, Jim Robb, Lamar Alexander, Tammy Baldwin, John Barrasso, Michael Bennett, Richard Blumenthal, Roy Blunt, Cory Booker, John Boozman, Sherrod Brown, Richard Burr, Maria Cantwell, SHELLEY MO...


Stop The Lies and Get The Facts!   The H-2B Program Creates American Jobs • The H-2B program is essential for small and seasonal businesses that are committed to hiring a legal workforce but areunable to fill seasonal jobs with American workers despite extensive recruitment efforts. Seasonal industries that use theH-2B program include seafood processing, horse training, hospitality and amusement parks, forestry, landscaping,circuses, carnivals, food concessionaires, swimming pool maintenance, construction and stone quarries. • The H-2B program is important to workers. For H-2B workers, the program provides well-paying seasonal jobs that allowthem to provide for their families and still maintain their homes in their native countries. This program is also importantfor American workers whose year round positions are reliant upon seasonal laborers during peak seasons.• Every H-2B worker is estimated to create and sustain 4.64 American jobs.   The H-2B Visa nonimmigrant program allows employers to hire foreign workers to come to the United States and perform temporary nonagricultural services or labor on a one-time, seasonal, peakload or intermittent basis. H-2B workers are not considered immigrants. In order to qualify for an H-2B Visa, an employer must prove that there are not sufficient U.S. Workers who are capable of performing temporary services or labor.     MYTH: H-2B WORKERS TAKE JOBS AWAY FROM AMERICANS.FACT: American workers are guaranteed first chance at every job later filled by an H-2B temporary laborer. By law, every open position must be properly advertised in the community and requires employers to hire any able and willing American workers to fill open positions. The fact is that H-2B temporary workers actually support American jobs and the U.S. economy. The H-2B program provides an opportunity for seasonal businesses to operate at a greater capacity, thereby retaining their full-time American workers and contributing more to their local economies. Additionally, temporary foreign seasonal workers help support many upstream and downstream jobs. According to the American Enterprise Institute study on Immigration and American Jobs, every H-2B worker creates or sustains 4.64 American jobs on average. MYTH: EMPLOYERS DON’T EVEN TRY TO HIRE AMERICAN WORKERS TO FILL THESE TEMPORARY HARD LABOR JOBS.FACT: Employers work extremely hard to hire American workers because 1) it is dramatically cheaper to do so, and 2) the law requires that employers demonstrate that every effort has been made to hire Americans before they can start the process of trying to hire a temporary foreign laborer. Again, the fact is that the vast majority of American workers are not interested in temporary seasonal manual labor jobs. Geography is a big obstacle for many employers; for example, many resort communities don’t have a sufficient local labor pool. And, in many cases, these types of seasonal jobs may not be appropriate for high school students due to the hours or labor laws that prohibit the use of heavy machinery by minors. MYTH: PAYING HIGHER WAGES WILL ENTICE AMERICAN WORKERS AND SOLVE THE SEASONAL TEMPORARY LABOR SHORTAGE.FACT: Hourly pay for these types of jobs have gone up significantly over the last few years because employers who use the H-2B program are required to pay their H-2B workers and similarly employed American workers a premiumwage dictated by the U.S. Department of Labor. These temporary manual labor jobs often pay considerably more than the minimum wage, but American workers still won’t take the positions. Sadly, in many cases, employers who obey the law and use the H-2B program are often competing against businesses that choose to illegally hire undocumented immigrants and pay those workers considerably less. If wages were raised even higher, seasonal employers who use the program would not be able to sustain their businesses or their American workers. MYTH: THE H-2B PROGRAM REPRESSES WAGES FOR AMERICAN WORKERS BY PROVIDING A CHEAPER LABOR SOURCE.FACT: Hiring H-2B workers is a much move expensive and risky option. In addition to the fact employers are required to pay H-2B workers and similarly employed American workers a premium wage that is often well above the federal minimum wage, complying with the H-2B program is extremely costly, complicated and wrought with uncertainty due to an overly restrictive cap and a constantly changing regulatory environment. Employers turn to the H-2B program as a last resort, after extensive efforts to recruit American workers. MYTH: H-2B WORKERS OVERSTAY THEIR VISAS AND EXACERBATE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IN AMERICA.FACT: According the U.S. Department of Homeland Security visa overstay in the H-2B program are rare. Workers who do overstay their visas are barred from using the program ever again. The fact is that the vast majority of H-2B workers and their employers are meticulous about compliance. Not following the strict program rules means the end of a well-paying seasonal jobs that allows these workers to provide for their families and still maintain their homes in their native countries – a risk these workers are not willing to take since they generally return to the same employer year after year. Additionally, when approving H-2B visas, the U.S. Consulate confirms workers’ ties to their home countries. Further, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires employers to promptly report any H-2B workers who do not report for work or who complete their work earlier in the season than anticipated. MYTH: THE H-2B RETURNING WORKER EXEMPTION IS UNNECESSARY.FACT: The H-2B program’s annual 66,000 cap (33,000 for each half of the fiscal year) is not adequate to meet the demands of a growing economy. The cap for the first half of the fiscal 2016 was reached on March 15. The second-half cap was reached on May 12, leaving many seasonal employers shut out of the program with no access to legal seasonal laborers. Without the returning worker exemption passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by the President of December 18, 2015, many companies would have had to close their businesses, lay off American workers or turn away customers.This provision is essential to the survival of small and seasonal businesses across the country and should be made permanent. An H-2B returning worker exemption is a narrow solution to a seasonal workforce shortage that focuses on workers who are valuable to their seasonal employers and who have never violate the terms of their past visas or other U.S. laws. These workers do not pose a security risk and they are not taking away jobs from Americans. The H-2B returning worker exemption in the omnibus appropriations bills simply provides that if an H-2B worker has been counted against the cap in one of the three prior years, that worker can return to work in the H-2B program in the current year without being counted against this year's cap. For more information please visit: https://www.SaveH2b.org   To contribute further, please contact your Congressmen/women and tweet using the hashtag: #SAVEH2B.

580 supporters
Petitioning Bryan Simonaire, Larry Hogan, Maryland State House, Steny Hoyer, Donald Trump, CBS, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Please help fix the broken system with Child protective services

1-Why does CPS not find it a conflict of interest when the caseworker on the case went to the same high school? Not to mention; same grade, same age with the bio mother. I have emails from Sharon Hargrove the Assistant Director from CPS stating it was not. 2- Why when you give Bio parents a random drug test they have 48 hours to do so? They call this random! It should be right then and right there. 3- Why can a caseworker turn in what she feels like turning in to the Judge? All documents should be turned in! Everything ! 4- CPS can override what the Judge ordered!!! What !! Why go to court then? 5- Last - For the life of me my heart can not comprehend on how anyone would ever think after that child has lived, loved and bonded with their caregiver/foster family for over a year to be ripped away with only having 3 overnights with Bio mother! When you complain, you’re told the child will adjust !! Forgot to mention you don't get one single update on how she's doing, your told that the foster/ caregivers are not a party in the case!! It's disgusting and the system is broken! Everything I mentioned I have documentation to prove. please help me sign the petition and share! Thanks so much 

Change the law for Penelope
543 supporters
Petitioning Maryland State Senate, Maryland Governor, Steny Hoyer

Stop Maryland from being a sanctuary state.

The United States is nation with laws.  Marylanders are law abiding citizens. Stop Maryland lawmakers from making Maryland a sanctuary state.   An estimated 250,000 illegal immigrants lived in Maryland in 2012, according to data from the Pew Research Center. They made up 4.3 percent of the state's population. The annual costs to Maryland’s taxpayers were estimated at $1.9 billion, according to data from the Federation for American Immigration Reform. This deficit was calculated before state revenue from illegal immigrants, totaling $00 million, was counted. FAIR reported the following costs associated with illegal immigration in Maryland, broken down as such:$1.3 billion went to education$231 million to healthcare$177 million to justice and law enforcement$47.5 million to public assistance$105 million to general government services

Aristea Roe
497 supporters
Petitioning Department of Homeland Security, John McCain, Steny Hoyer, Anthony Brown

Waived the Jones Act to allow foreign vessels to support relief efforts to Puerto Rico.

Everyone has seen the unprecedented devastation in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  The entire island is without power and thousands of Americans may die.  Many have asked how they can help.  This petition focuses on allowing a 12 month relief of cutting through bureaucracy that could cost lives and  suffering of millions of Americans in Puerto Rico.  The Jones Act (Merchant Marine Act 1920, 46 U.S.C. § 883) prevents foreign ships from carrying cargo between the US mainland and noncontiguous parts of the US like Puerto Rico. Foreign ships can't stop in Puerto Rico to offload goods. Instead, goods are dropped off on the mainland and brought to the island on US flag ships. This makes everything more expensive, and in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, could actually cost lives. The Department of Homeland Security extended a waiver of the Jones Act to relieve PR, but the waiver expired on September 22, 2017. By signing this petition, you are telling the Department of Homeland Security, Senator John McCain, Congressmen Steny Hoyer and Anthony Brown to waive the Jones Act for 12 months to give Puerto Rico the relief it needs to recover and rebuild its infrastructure and economy.  

Nancy Santiago
257 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Paul Ryan, Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, Steny Hoyer, Cory Booker, Bill Nelson, Al Franken, Marco Rubio, Kirsten Gillibran...

STOP the Graham-Cassidy Bill (Trumpcare) from becoming Law

  Throughout my entire young life, the family I grew up among has been impacted by serious chronic illness. When I was six years old, I learned that my mom was diagnosed with HIV and my dad with AIDS. Without programs like Medicaid, my parents would not have survived. It is now more important than ever that we safeguard our civil rights. I, a young millennial leader, call on our Congressional Leadership to STOP this cowardly attack on our most vulnerable fellow citizens, both older and younger, who have relied on the life-saving components of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I call on Congressional Leadership and the President to STOP this heinous assault on the indisputable welfare of all Americans.   As this health care debate continues, I am reminded just how my parents were given compassionate and resolute medical care that they rightly deserved as human beings. My parents have made it this far, but they still suffer with the daily symptoms associated with their chronic illness. They suffer just as so many of our citizens do throughout our country.   I have deep concerns regarding the far-reaching negative consequences that will arise as a result of repealing the ACA. Medicaid expansion and other vital provisions such as the protection of women’s reproductive health through the ACA proved that all of us matter in this health care debate. And now with repeal and replace, millions of our fellow citizens (wives, husbands, mothers, daughters, sons, aunts, uncles and grandparents) will be left behind with restricted access and much uncertainty.   The American people do not wish to play this life-threatening political game built on a fraudulent and self-imposed mandate that never existed. We do not deserve to live in fear. We are tough, resilient and willing to engage our elected officials every step of the way to prohibit these harmful acts that violate public trust. More importantly we stand in solidarity ready to invoke our unrelenting, yet warm-hearted leadership. It is our collective voice that will prevail over the camouflaged discrimination and hate imbedded in this bill.   With the looming repeal of the ACA, our country’s sickest individuals will lose the most. Furthermore proving exactly why the ultimate decision does not solely reside in our lawmaker’s hands. We must continue to galvanize public sentiment to reject this newly formulated bill, that does not uphold our nation’s best interest. STOP repeal and replace. SIGN this petition to STOP the Graham-Cassidy Bill (Trumpcare) from becoming law. At this moment in our nation’s history, all voices are important.  

Louis Romero Jr.
247 supporters