Human and Civil Rights

Human and Civil Rights Related

Tonight, the House joined the Senate in condemning the hateful actions by neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville last month in the strongest of terms. 


I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Edith Windsor, who spent the past four decades fighting for equality for LGBT Americans. 


President Trump’s decision to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military is shameful. Not only does it run contrary to the values of our nation and the counsel of our military leaders, but it undermines national security and military readiness.


President Trump’s directive to ban transgender Americans who have served and will serve honorably in the military undermines our national security and the values for which U.S. troops risk their lives to defend.


Today’s remarks by President Trump are beyond appalling.


I am deeply concerned by the violence in Charlottesville, and my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the individual who was killed and the many who have been injured. 


This is not a skinny repeal in terms of the adverse impact it's going to have on millions of Americans.


I join in celebrating the twenty-seventh anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), legislation I was proud to introduce and shepherd to passage with bipartisan support. 


This is not a new fight. We’ve been here before. We were here in the 40s, in last century, that the military would be undermined if African Americans served side by side. That assertion was wrong.


President Trump’s announcement this morning on Twitter that transgender Americans will not be permitted to serve in the defense of our country is shameful and will endanger our national security. 


President Trump’s speech to the Boy Scouts of America was highly inappropriate and runs directly counter to everything for which the Boy Scouts stand.  


Today, the House took a stand against discrimination by defeating the Hartzler Amendment, which would have denied critical health care services to transgender Americans serving in our Armed Forces.