Equality and Social Justice
The 21st century has brought new challenges to American citizens' inalienable civil rights and liberties. We must face these challenges head on, and I will defend the freedoms of all Americans. I will protect the freedom of religion and work hard to improve measures that prevent profiling in law enforcement.
I am a proud member of both the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and the Transgender Equality Task Force. I believe that no person should be discriminated based on sexual orientation or gender identity. I will support and advocate for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and others (LGBTQ+) community by fighting to end workplace discrimination, youth homelessness, school bullying, and health care disparities.
Though we have made great gains recently, the fight is not over. We must continue to make progress toward equal rights for all. I will advocate to preserve and expand protections to end harmful practices that disproportionately affect the LGBTQ community, as well as fight any attempts to roll back these potentially life-saving measures.
In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. While I have the utmost respect for the independence of our judiciary, I firmly believe that we need strong protections like this to safeguard the catalyst of our democracy. Voting is fundamental right and should be an easy and safe process for all eligible Americans.
Modern-day voter suppression occurs when states enact discriminatory voter ID laws and when partisan politicians draw up districts in their favor. I oppose any restrictions on the right to vote and support independent redistricting commissions that ensure all Americans have an equal say in their government.
Women are crucial to driving innovation, growth, and prosperity in our country, and I will advocate for women’s rights both nationally and internationally. I support a woman’s right to choose and I will continue to push for accessible and affordable health care for all.
Women are underrepresented in some workplaces, particularly in STEM careers, leadership positions, and Congress. I will fight to change this by supporting more training opportunities for women in male-dominated fields and improved access to STEM education programs for girls.
Employment policies have been unfair to women for too long. There should be equal pay for equal work. I support paid parental leave, access to affordable childcare, and the implementation of comprehensive guidelines for filing equal-pay lawsuits.
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Washington, DC – Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), sponsor of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, Ro Khanna (CA-17), and Susan Davis (CA-53) requested Monday that the GAO complete a review of surveys documenting sexual violence on college campuses and use this data to provide recommendations to Congress for developing and administering a standard nationwide survey to collect data on campus sexual assault.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congressman Ro Khanna recently introduced the Marijuana Justice Act, the companion bill for Senator Cory Booker’s S. 1689. The Marijuana Justice Act would reform unjust federal marijuana laws and empower communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted by the failed drug war.
If polling is correct, pot no longer gives Americans fits. Recent Gallup polls indicate that 64 percent of Americans approve of legalizing marijuana — the highest level of public support in almost 50 years. Nevertheless, we have an administration that is tone deaf to the will of the people and insists on reinstituting failed policies of decades past.
Yesterday, Representatives Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna introduced a house bill aimed to reform federal cannabis laws and foster healing in communities that prohibition has hurt most.
Introduced in the Senate last August by New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, the 'Marijuana Justice Act of 2017' seeks to remove cannabis from the U.S.' illegal and restricted drug 'schedule,' and to address the destructive impacts that cannabis prohibition continues to have on both individuals and their government.
The war on the war on weed has officially begun.
Two weeks ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rolled back protections for states that legalized the cultivation and sale of marijuana. Now, politicians in pro-pot states are pushing back. On Wednesday, attorneys general from 19 states wrote a letter to Congress seeking expanded authority to allow marijuana businesses to store their money in federally regulated banks.
A group of House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a bill to legalize marijuana at the federal level and expunge federal convictions for marijuana use or possession.
The bill, introduced by Reps. Barbara Lee and Ro Khanna of California and sponsored by 12 House Democrats, is a companion to Sen. Cory Booker's Marijuana Justice Act, introduced in the Senate last year.
SENATE VOTE ON NET NEUTRALITY? — Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) says he’s one co-sponsor away from the 30 required to discharge his Congressional Review Act resolution to undo the FCC’s net neutrality repeal, forcing a floor vote. “We’re up to 29! @SenKamalaHarris just signed on to my effort to reverse the repeal of #NetNeutrality rules!” Markey tweeted Tuesday night. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had pledged such a vote last month.
Federal lawmakers announced two new bills to combat sexual harassment. One would require companies to publicly disclose all sexual harassment settlements and the other would exempt buyouts paid to sexual harassers from tax deductibility.
Silicon Valley Congressman Ro Khanna (D-Fremont) announced the proposals this week with a number of co-sponsors, including Reps. Carolyn Mahoney (D-New York), Annie Kuster (D-Hopkington) and Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove).
Republicans on Capitol Hill are pushing legislation this week that would allow people permitted to carry concealed guns in one state to bring their weapons with them when they travel, even if their destination state has more stringent requirements to qualify for concealed carry.
But if the GOP wants to do that, a Democratic congressman argues in a new video, they should also be in favor of forcing states to recognize protections granted under each another’s marijuana laws.
When Heather Purcell urged her boss, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Fremont), to address an insidious form of sexual assault called stealthing, the term for non-consensual condom removal had yet to become part of the popular lexicon. Though the congressional aide only learned the word from research published in April by Yale Law grad Alexandra Brodsky, she was already painfully aware of what it meant.