Dear Friend,

Like many people I’ve heard from, I am gravely concerned about the actions of President Trump and the growing evidence of impeachable offenses, including obstruction of justice, committing human rights violations by separating children from their families, and profiting from the presidency.

Recently I announced that the time has come for the House to begin an impeachment inquiry.

President Trump and his administration have refused to cooperate with requests from Congress, which is a co-equal branch of government under the Constitution. Special Counsel Mueller made it clear that he could not charge President Trump with a crime because of DOJ policy – not because there wasn’t evidence of wrongdoing. No one is above the law, and that includes the President. The American people deserve answers, and an impeachment inquiry is necessary to get to the truth.

Here's more on what I’ve been working on:

Bringing Transparency to Native Education

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The tragic deaths of four Chemawa Indian School students in recent years are absolutely heartbreaking. The mismanagement and lack of transparency at Chemawa are also deeply troubling to me as a parent and a policymaker.  We called for a hearing to get to the bottom of what’s happening at Chemawa, and I am deeply grateful to the parents and former staff who had the courage to testify about the many issues at the school. I will continue to work with my colleagues to get the information we need to make sure Chemawa students are safe and supported.

Working for Seniors

ImageThe Older Americans Act (OAA) helps seniors live their lives with dignity. Close to 11 million Americans benefit from these long-standing, proven programs, including Meals on Wheels.

I’m proud to be leading the bipartisan effort to update the OAA, beginning with a hearing to examine how OAA programs promote independence for older Americans. I invited Lee Girard, the Director for Multnomah County Aging & Disability Services Division, to testify about how OAA programs are helping our communities in NW Oregon. As the number of older Americans continues to increase, Congress must strengthen support for these programs.


Fighting Abortion Bans

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The recent restrictions and bans on abortion access in some states are dangerous and unconstitutional. I remember what it was like before Roe v. Wade. When abortion is banned it doesn’t go away; it becomes unsafe. As long as I’m in Congress, I will do everything I can to stand up for reproductive rights.

Also, women must be able to trust their health care providers when making critical decisions about family planning and reproductive health. Crisis pregnancy centers misrepresent that they will provide comprehensive services to women, then they limit women’s options by spreading misinformation about abortion. The mistruths and lies these centers spread can have devastating, long-term consequences for women and their families. I'm leading legislation to end this deception and protect women by making sure crisis pregnancy centers cannot continue to advertise deceptive messages about the services they provide.


Preventing Child Abuse

The best way to address child abuse and neglect is through prevention. I was proud to chair the subcommittee that oversaw work to update the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). This bipartisan bill, which just passed the House, is an important step toward making sure that all children grow up in a safe and healthy environment that allows them to reach their full potential.

The new bill, Stronger CAPTA, will significantly strengthen federal investments in prevention and build networks of wrap-around services that help families navigate hardships that are risk factors in child abuse and neglect. It will also help prevent tragic cases like that of the Hart children, whose parents moved from state to state to avoid interventions by child protection agencies, by streamlining communication between states.

 

   

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