Venezuela continues to experience the worst political, economic & humanitarian crisis in our hemisphere.
Its people continue to suffer extreme food and medicine shortages, levels of criminal violence akin to a conflict zone & grave human rights abuses under the Maduro regime.
Maduro’s dictatorship has inflicted a humanitarian catastrophe on the Venezuelan people. President Trump talks tough on Venezuela, but refuses to provide temporary protection to 200,000+ Venezuelans in the U.S. at risk of deportation.
Aset Abishev was arrested in Kazakhstan for posts in support of Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan movement. @freedomhouse cited his case as an example of Kazakhstan persecuting opposition parties. He has been punished for expressing concerns about prison conditions & #COVID19.
Maks Bokayev was arrested in Kazakhstan for his work fighting for the environment, expression & against torture. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said his detention was based on his exercise of “freedom of expression & freedom of assembly.” He’s at high #COVID19 risk.
It exposed the danger of having a U.S. President regularly demonize the media, & laid bare the fragility of our system & how much it relies on the people in power to respect it. wapo.st/2mX26GD
Khashoggi’s murder will be remembered as the straw that broke the camel’s back—a grim reminder that Saudi behavior has strayed so far out of line with our own values that business as usual with the kingdom was no longer in our interests.
Press freedom is under assault across the globe—including in the US. As journalists fight to advance truth and objectivity, far too many governments and non-state actors are targeting them. #WorldPressFreedomDay
In Slovakia, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia, journalists have been recently killed in retaliation for spreading news and information.
From Turkey to the Philippines, Venezuela to Sudan, governments around the world are trying to silence the press. But the threat to press freedom isn’t limited to foreign lands—it’s something we’ve had to increasingly contend with here in the U.S. #WorldPressFreedomDay
1/5. As a life-long advocate for racial justice, equal rights under the law, and opportunity for all, I will #VoteNoOnKavanaugh and fight back against the Trump Administration’s every effort to turn back on the clock on civil rights. #WhatsAtStake
Just voted to extend National Flood Insurance Program for 4 months. Don't get me wrong - I'm relieved. If it lapsed, thousands of NJans would lose coverage just as hurricane season begins.
But we really need reform - my #SafeNFIP Act has bipartisan support. It could have passed
NJans deserve a flood insurance program that works.
My #SafeNFIP Act:
-makes premiums more affordable
-reduces future flooding by investing in resiliency
-holds insurance companies accountable
-provides a long-term reauthorization.
We can't afford to wait until November for the National Flood Insurance Program to be reformed. Not when we have a bipartisan bill ready to go - with 4 Republicans and 5 Democrats co-sponsoring, this bill is a no-brainer.
Fmr Secretary Tillerson made it clear that ending TPS for El Salvador & Honduras would have major repercussions, including a likely backlash that weakened our cooperation to combat the drug trade & criminal gangs in Central America.
The State Department was also right in warning that ending these protections would leave TPS beneficiaries and their U.S.-citizen children vulnerable to criminal violence and gang recruitment by MS-13.
Beyond turning an entire community of legal residents into undocumented individuals, @StateDept also cautioned that ending TPS for El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti would likely accelerate unauthorized immigration to the United States.
On the 170th anniversary of the Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls where suffragists proudly proclaimed that "all men AND women are created equal," it's sad we're still striving to achieve that vision. It's why I introduce the Equal Rights Amendment every Congress, and...
...why I proudly voted for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that President Obama signed into law, and continue to work to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to bolster enforcement of our pay discrimination laws so my daughter & granddaughter don't face the same wage gap my mother did