Steny Hamilton Hoyer is the Democratic Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving Maryland's 5th congressional district since 1981.
Steny Hamilton Hoyer is the Democratic Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving Maryland's 5th congressional district since 1981.
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!
Reinstate Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB)
On September 13, 1994, Members of Congress came together and passed the Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB). That same day, President Bill Clinton signed it into law - until it expired 10 years later. As a result of this lapse, the legal sale of assault weapons has led to an increase in mass shootings: Virginia Tech (2007), Sandy Hook (2012), Aurora (2012), San Bernardino (2015), Orlando (2016), and Las Vegas (2017). From these tragedies alone, 192 people have died. I think we can all agree that we don't want to take away anyone's rights, but certain weapons should never find civilian hands. At this point, our technology has surpassed the 2nd Amendment. A civilian's right to bear arms is meant to protect and defend, not kill large amounts of people in a short amount of time. If there is anything that a post-AWB world has proven, it's that we're not safe. Colleges, movie theaters, the workplace, nightclubs, concerts, and elementary schools are targets for the mentally ill. America isn't a war zone. We shouldn't have to live in fear. That's not why we're here. I am asking for a bridge of bipartisan support and to reinstate the AWB. Put away the petty politics and address the root of the problem. Mental illness is a major component of all of these tragedies, but we must start by removing military-grade weapons from the hands of people who should never hold them in the first place. The trained men and women of this country who defend us should be the only ones to yield it. Anything else would cheapen their service. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope this opens a concerned and meaningful dialogue among our current representatives. US Mass Shootings (1982 to 2017) - 401 more mass murder fatalities post-AWB (September 2004 to present day) than during (September 1994 - September 2004) EDIT: Since initially starting this petition, 26 lives have been taken in the Texas First Baptist Church massacre in Sutherland Springs, TX and 17 lives have been lost at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
STOP THE REPEAL OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
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.
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.
Please help prevent this silent attack on Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights.
Sirs, You may or may not be aware of the impending proposed ruling that is set to be deliberated on after January 25 by the BATFE that is being incorrectly disguised as a ruling on bump fire stocks. The ruling aims to address any modification to a firearm that increases the rate of fire based on its recoil or operating system. Because the Las Vegas shooting is so fresh in our minds, people naturally assume that this is only to affect bump fire stocks. Whether one is for or against regulating bump fire stocks, this assumption that that is the only thing affected here is absolutely and provably incorrect. In order to increase the “rate of fire”, there has to be an established “standard” rate of fire. There is currently no such thing as a standard rate of fire for any standard semi automatic firearm or any firearm that can hold more than one round. That is a very subjective thing and no one has yet to even remotely suggest what that definition for rate would be. And who is to fairly decide what that rate is? I happen to be friends with a professional championship shooter by the name of Max Michel who can fire a semi automatic pistol at roughly 180 rounds per minute. So does he set the standard rate of fire? Or do we let a 95-year-old elderly person set it where he is firing at a rate of 10 to 20 rounds per minute? And does the person setting that rate of fire take into account magazine changes? In other words, if the person setting that standard rate of fire is doing so in the state of New York where they can only equip their semi automatic pistols with seven rounds in the magazine, their rate of fire per minute would be much less than mine in the free state of Louisiana because they have to perform magazine changes during that one minute drill and I don’t. Therefore, due to those magazine changes their demonstrated standard rate of fire would be fewer rounds per minute. As you can see, the ambiguity of any such ruling is quite frightening to law abiding citizens like me and every other gun owner that I know. All it takes is an overreaching administration in the White House to take ambiguous wording and use it to their anti-gun advantage. I think we have seen examples of this in the very recent past. Essentially, this type of ruling is an attack on any semi automatic firearm that exists today that is perfectly legal to purchase and owned by millions of people across America. Are you prepared to stand behind a ruling that would make felonies out of millions of your constituents? We can’t vote for you if we are in jail, but we would vote you out before we go in! The BATFE is currently asking the public’s opinion on these bump fire devices and the public is overwhelmingly obliging if you were not aware. (Click HERE to visit the site.) I would recommend you contact their main office and ask about this. The disappointing thing to proud Americans and avid voters like myself is that our elected officials - meaning YOU - are not taking it upon yourself to do your own job and provide legislation that affects Americans and the Constitution. Since when is it the BATFE’s job to institute legislation that affects the Constitution? Isn’t that your job? Are you avoiding your own job and passing that responsibility off to a federal agency that does not possess the power nor authority to make laws? What can millions of voting Americans take from that? As you have seen in the past, Americans take their 2nd Amendment rights much more seriously than petty items such as which bathroom men and women might choose to use. As an American with the same rights as you, I ask that you please take up the fight to protect our Constitution and tell the BATFE that while they can collect all the public comments they like on bump stocks, they are to only provide those comments and recommendations to Congress and the President to legislate any action that is to take place going forward. That is why we Americans elected you. I do not give you permission to jettison that responsibility off to unelected, unaccountable federal employees. As a proud American I am hopeful that you accept this responsibility and stand up for honest, law-abiding citizens who - in most cases - only wish to protect themselves and their families. Respectfully, 2nd Amendment supporter / Voter / Proud American
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!
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.
#SAVEH2B: GET THE FACTS & STOP THE LIES!
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.orghttps://www.facebook.com/SaveH2B/https://twitter.com/SaveH_2B https://youtu.be/UTYVEirlu3o To contribute further, please contact your Congressmen/women and tweet using the hashtag: #SAVEH2B.
Kick-Start the American Economy by Cancelling 100% of Federal Student Loans
Experts Agree - Cancelling Student Loan Debt Would Grow the Economy A recent report from the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College "finds that there would be huge benefits if the federal government were to forgive all existing student debt." "The idea of canceling student debt is not just some crazy idea out of left field, but is actually something that could be done", says Marshall Steinbaum, Research Director at the Roosevelt Institute and coauther of the report. "The way this and similar policies are often discussed is in a mode of 'well can we really afford this?' and the answer is definitely yes." Cancelling Student Loans Would Lead to an Increase of U.S. GDP Between $861 - $1,083 Billion Over 10 Years Furthermore, cancelling student loans is also estimated to create between 1.18 and 1.55 million new jobs over the same decade, which is between 50-70% more new jobs per year than what we're currently generating. With 44 million Americans currently buried under $1.3 TRILLION in student loan debt, which is more than we hold in Auto and Credit Card Debt combined, there's good reason to reduce this burden, freeing-up finances to promote consumer spending and kick-starting every sector of our economy. But there's a Political win here as well, especially for the Trump Administration and his bungling Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who's grown infamous for moving to suspend the Borower's Defense Against Repayment Program and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, two of the most important, most powerful Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Programs currently on offer. Cancelling Student Loans Would Cost Half as Much as the Trump Tax Cuts, While Producing a Larger Macro Economic Impact Total Federal student loan forgiveness is anticipated to cost about $1.4 trillion over a decade, which is almost identical to the CBO projections for the cost of President Trump's new tax bill, but "the positive impacts of cancelling student debt would likely be more broadly felt than those of the tax bill". Stony Brook University professor of Public Policy and Economic Stephanie Kelton states: "What our report shows is that you get a greater macro economics impact, bigger bang for the buck, and that student debt cancellation has about half the budgetary effect of the Tump tax cuts." The report also finds that forgiving student loan debt could "attenuate some longstanding racial disparities in debt and education... helping keep the high cost of borrowing from exacerbating the racial wealth gap between the growing number of Americans seeking better employment through higher education." President Trump, Betsy DeVos, Senate & House Leadership Members, We Call on You to End the Student Loan Debt Crisis by Cancelling 100% of Federal Student Loans Sources: http://www.levyinstitute.org/publications/the-macroeconomic-effects-of-student-debt-cancellation https://mic.com/articles/187807/want-to-grow-the-us-economycancel-student-debt-new-report-shows
CBD saves lives. Demand DEA remove CBD from schedule 1 controlled substances list.
CBD has a wide range of medical benefits. CBD non-psychoactive. Charlotte Figi who was born with Dravet Syndrome, a severe form of intractable epilepsy. Intractable means the seizures are not controlled by medication. CBD has reduced her seizure frequency from roughly 400 a week, to almost zero. Pharmacies in the United Kingdom make CBD available as an oral mucosal spray available for relief from conditions associated with multiple sclerosis. GW Pharmaceuticals produces a drug called Epidiolex. The drug contains 98% CBD, no THC, and has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for trials on children with certain forms of epilepsy. Conveniently, CBD was just listed as a Schedule 1 substance, making it illegal to obtain naturally shortly after FDA approved Epidiolex.