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Chairperson Zoe Lofgren's statement on today's GOP filibuster of the Senate's Freedom to Vote Act:“Senator Manchin and o...
10/20/2021
Lofgren Statement on Republican Filibuster of the Freedom to Vote Act

Chairperson Zoe Lofgren's statement on today's GOP filibuster of the Senate's Freedom to Vote Act:

“Senator Manchin and others have worked tirelessly to find common ground and compromise across the aisle, only to find none. It is profoundly disappointing that the minority party, through unyielding obstructionism, is empowered to dictate the agenda of the United States Senate. It’s time to restore democracy to the Senate and send the Freedom to Vote Act to the President’s desk to ensure that every voice is heard and our elections reflect the will of the American people.”

Read more: https://cha.house.gov/media/press-releases/lofgren-statement-republican-filibuster-freedom-vote-act

Lofgren issued a statement after Senate Republicans filibustered legislation to protect our freedom to vote by making sure voting options are equally accessible across all 50 states, reducing the scourge of dark money in our politics, and prohibiting partisan gerrymandering.

As many states rush to enact anti-voter laws, Congress must ensure equal freedom to vote for all Americans.Today, the Ho...
08/24/2021

As many states rush to enact anti-voter laws, Congress must ensure equal freedom to vote for all Americans.

Today, the House will vote on #HR4 to restore the full strength of the Voting Rights Act and the promise of democracy for all of us.

As many states rush to enact anti-voter laws, Congress must ensure equal freedom to vote for all Americans.

Today, the House will vote on #HR4 to restore the full strength of the Voting Rights Act and the promise of democracy for all of us.

Subcommittee Chair G. K. Butterfield on the report today: "To combat this wave of anti-democratic legislation, the Subco...
08/06/2021
Butterfield Statement on Subcommittee on Elections Report, “Voting in America: Ensuring Free and Fair Access to the Ballot”

Subcommittee Chair G. K. Butterfield on the report today: "To combat this wave of anti-democratic legislation, the Subcommittee on Elections has assembled an evidentiary record to support the full restoration of the #VotingRightsAct to ensure all Americans have equal freedom to vote."

Read more: https://cha.house.gov/media/press-releases/butterfield-statement-subcommittee-elections-report-voting-america-ensuring

Today, Subcommittee on Elections Chairman G. K. Butterfield released a staff report, “Voting in America: Ensuring Free and Fair Access to the Ballot.” This report will be integral to providing a contemporaneous record of ongoing voter discrimination necessary to support H.R. 4 and the full enfor...

56 years ago today, President Johnson signed the #VotingRightsAct into law. Today, the Subcommittee on Elections release...
08/06/2021

56 years ago today, President Johnson signed the #VotingRightsAct into law.

Today, the Subcommittee on Elections released its staff report, “Voting in America: Ensuring Free and Fair Access to the Ballot" about the need to #RestoreTheVote. This report will be integral to providing a contemporaneous record of ongoing voter discrimination necessary to support H.R. 4 and the full enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.

Read more:
https://cha.house.gov/report-voting-america-ensuring-free-and-fair-access-ballot

56 years ago today, President Johnson signed the #VotingRightsAct into law.

Today, the Subcommittee on Elections released its staff report, “Voting in America: Ensuring Free and Fair Access to the Ballot" about the need to #RestoreTheVote. This report will be integral to providing a contemporaneous record of ongoing voter discrimination necessary to support H.R. 4 and the full enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.

Read more:
https://cha.house.gov/report-voting-america-ensuring-free-and-fair-access-ballot

07/12/2021

Today, Committee on House Administration held a hearing with a panel of expert witnesses to discuss Congress' paramount, broad authority to regulate federal elections under the Elections Clause.

A powerful moment from Professor Franita Tolson, Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law:

"The American people deserve answers about this assault on our Democracy."Read Chair Zoe Lofgren's full statement on the...
06/30/2021
Lofgren Statement on Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol

"The American people deserve answers about this assault on our Democracy."

Read Chair Zoe Lofgren's full statement on the House voting to establish a Select Committee to Investigate The January 6 Attack On The U.S. Capitol: https://cha.house.gov/media/press-releases/lofgren-statement-select-committee-investigate-january-6-attack-us-capitol

Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement today upon House passage of H.Res. 503, a resolution establishing a Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol.

Chairperson Lofgren delivered introductory remarks on the House Floor today in support of H.R. 3005, a bill to replace t...
06/29/2021
Lofgren Delivers Remarks on Bill to Remove Symbols Honoring Slavery and Segregation from US Capitol

Chairperson Lofgren delivered introductory remarks on the House Floor today in support of H.R. 3005, a bill to replace the bust of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney in the Old Supreme Court Chamber with one of Justice Thurgood Marshall and to remove other statues honoring slavery and segregation from the U.S. Capitol:

"This is about who we choose to honor. Who we choose to literally put on a pedestal and display as emblematic of our values."

https://youtu.be/taFPE1LwhKs

Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) delivered introductory remarks on the House Floor today in support of H.R. 3005, a bill ...

It’s been 8 years since the Supreme Court's disastrous Shelby County v. Holder decision, which invalidated key portions ...
06/25/2021

It’s been 8 years since the Supreme Court's disastrous Shelby County v. Holder decision, which invalidated key portions of the 2006 Voting Rights Act reauthorization and left voters vulnerable to tactics of suppression and discrimination.

Congress must act to #RestoreTheVote!

It’s been 8 years since the Supreme Court's disastrous Shelby County v. Holder decision, which invalidated key portions of the 2006 Voting Rights Act reauthorization and left voters vulnerable to tactics of suppression and discrimination.

Congress must act to #RestoreTheVote!

Chair Zoe Lofgren congratulates the Subcommittee On Elections, led by Representative G.K. Butterfield, on its series of ...
06/25/2021
Lofgren Congratulates Subcommittee on Elections for Hearing Series on Voting in America

Chair Zoe Lofgren congratulates the Subcommittee On Elections, led by Representative G.K. Butterfield, on its series of five hearings examining the structural and administrative barriers to voting since the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder:
https://cha.house.gov/media/press-releases/lofgren-congratulates-subcommittee-elections-hearing-series-voting-america

Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued a statement today congratulating Subcommittee on Elections Chairman G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) on the Subcommittee’s series of five hearings examining the structural and administrative barriers to voting since the Supreme ...

Chairperson Lofgren on Senate Republicans filibustering S. 1, the For The People Act, today: “The For the People Act aim...
06/23/2021
Lofgren Statement On Senate Republicans Filibustering S. 1, The For The People Act

Chairperson Lofgren on Senate Republicans filibustering S. 1, the For The People Act, today:

“The For the People Act aims to clean up corruption in Washington, empower the American people, and restore faith and integrity to our government. It is deeply disappointing the minority party blocked debate on the most significant voting rights bill to reach the Senate floor in a generation."

https://cha.house.gov/media/press-releases/lofgren-statement-senate-republicans-filibustering-s-1-people-act

Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement today after Senate Republicans filibustered S.1, the most transformational and comprehensive suite of pro-democracy and anti-corruption reforms in a generation:

06/15/2021

Chairperson Lofgren in opening remarks during today's hearing:

"Inspector General Bolton’s latest flash report, like his three previous flash reports, found a number of deficiencies in the programs he reviewed, including significant failings that impacted the ability of the Capitol Police to respond to the January 6 attack, and could have put officers at greater risk – as well as the Members and staff they sought to protect."

HAPPENING NOW: The Committee is holding a hearing to discuss  Inspector General Michael Bolton’s flash report on the Con...
06/15/2021
Voting in America: The Potential for Polling Place Quality and Restrictions on Opportunities to Vote to Interfere with Free and Fair Access to the Ballot

HAPPENING NOW: The Committee is holding a hearing to discuss Inspector General Michael Bolton’s flash report on the Containment Emergency Response Team and First Responders Unit related to the attack on January 6.

https://cha.house.gov/committee-activity/hearings/voting-america-potential-polling-place-quality-and-restrictions

Livestream: https://youtu.be/aTkGJ4zFgMI Backup: https://youtu.be/RRQynh5HDck

Today, the Subcommittee on Elections is holding a hearing with voting rights advocates, researchers, and election admini...
06/11/2021

Today, the Subcommittee on Elections is holding a hearing with voting rights advocates, researchers, and election administrators, entitled "Voting In America: The Potential For Polling Place Quality And Restrictions On Opportunities To Vote To Interfere With Free And Fair Access To The Ballot."

Today, the Subcommittee on Elections is holding a hearing with voting rights advocates, researchers, and election administrators, entitled "Voting In America: The Potential For Polling Place Quality And Restrictions On Opportunities To Vote To Interfere With Free And Fair Access To The Ballot."

TODAY: The Subcommittee on Elections, led by Chair G. K. Butterfield, will hold a hearing about the potential for pollin...
06/11/2021
Voting in America: The Potential for Polling Place Quality and Restrictions on Opportunities to Vote to Interfere with Free and Fair Access to the Ballot

TODAY: The Subcommittee on Elections, led by Chair G. K. Butterfield, will hold a hearing about the potential for polling place quality and restrictions on voting opportunities to interfere with free and fair access to the ballot.

Tune in at 11:00 a.m. EDT:
https://cha.house.gov/committee-activity/hearings/voting-america-potential-polling-place-quality-and-restrictions

Livestream: https://youtu.be/aTkGJ4zFgMI Backup: https://youtu.be/RRQynh5HDck

06/08/2021

The #ForThePeopleAct has broad bipartisan support from Americans across the country. It is time to enact this bill which will ensure that every voter has free and fair access to the ballot and a say in the issues that impact their lives.

Full-speed ahead.

Chairperson Lofgren on announced Senate vote on the #ForThePeopleAct: "I applaud Senate Majority Leader Schumer for sche...
06/01/2021
Lofgren Applauds Announced Senate Vote on S. 1

Chairperson Lofgren on announced Senate vote on the #ForThePeopleAct: "I applaud Senate Majority Leader Schumer for scheduling a vote on this bill. To survive and flourish, our American Democracy needs the For the People Act."

https://cha.house.gov/media/press-releases/lofgren-applauds-announced-senate-vote-s-1

Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement today after Senate Majority Leader Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced the Senate will hold a vote in June on S. 1, the For The People Act. This legislation is essential to defending our democracy, reducing th...

05/20/2021

Chairperson Lofgren on legislation to establish an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 attack and provide emergency security supplemental funding:

"We need to get to the bottom of this - not just to find out what happened leading up to the 6th, but how to prevent that from happening again."

05/20/2021

Chairperson Lofgren joined CNN's Ana Cabrera yesterday to discuss legislation to establish an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the attack on January 6 to review the specific conditions and events leading up to this attack and report on the facts.

Watch ⬇️

TOMORROW: The Committee will hold a hearing, "Oversight Of The January 6th Attack: United States Capitol Police Threat A...
05/10/2021
Oversight of the January 6th Attack: United States Capitol Police Threat Assessment and Counter-Surveillance Before and During the Attack

TOMORROW: The Committee will hold a hearing, "Oversight Of The January 6th Attack: United States Capitol Police Threat Assessment And Counter-Surveillance Before And During The Attack" with Capitol Police Inspector General Michael A. Bolton. Tune in:
https://cha.house.gov/committee-activity/hearings/oversight-january-6th-attack-united-states-capitol-police-threat

Livestream: https://youtu.be/8WcoY5FjBlk Backup: https://youtu.be/DoZq2aPaHFA

05/06/2021

Today, the Subcommittee on Elections, led by Chairman G. K. Butterfield, held a hearing entitled, "Voting In America: The Potential For Voter List Purges To Interfere With Free And Fair Access To The Ballot."

During his opening remarks, Chairman Butterfield said, "The testimony provided today will help guide us as this Committee seeks to understand what needs to be done to ensure that voter list maintenance efforts are nondiscriminatory and do not erroneously remove properly registered voters."

Read more about this hearing at https://cha.house.gov/committee-activity/hearings/voting-america-potential-voter-list-purges-interfere-free-and-fair

In President Biden's first 100 days, House Democrats have passed H.R. 1, the For The People Act, the most ambitious anti...
04/30/2021

In President Biden's first 100 days, House Democrats have passed H.R. 1, the For The People Act, the most ambitious anti-corruption and clean elections reforms in a generation.

Together with Senate Democrats, we will fight tirelessly to return power back to the American people!

In President Biden's first 100 days, House Democrats have passed H.R. 1, the For The People Act, the most ambitious anti-corruption and clean elections reforms in a generation.

Together with Senate Democrats, we will fight tirelessly to return power back to the American people!

Chairperson Lofgren's opening remarks at today's hearing, "Oversight Of The United States Capitol Police And Preparation...
04/15/2021
Lofgren Opening Remarks at Hearing on Oversight of U.S. Capitol Police and the Attack on January 6

Chairperson Lofgren's opening remarks at today's hearing, "Oversight Of The United States Capitol Police And Preparations For And Response To The Attack Of January 6th."

Read more at: https://cha.house.gov/committee-activity/hearings/oversight-united-states-capitol-police-and-preparations-and-response

https://youtu.be/y9EZ0eEEhc4

On April 15, 2021, Chairperson Lofgren delivers opening remarks at the Committee on House Administration hearing, "Oversight Of The United States Capitol Pol...

Subcommittee on Elections Chairman G.K. Butterfield’s op-ed in The Hill lays out his strategy for protecting voting righ...
04/14/2021
Protecting the fundamental right of all Americans to have access to the voting booth

Subcommittee on Elections Chairman G.K. Butterfield’s op-ed in The Hill lays out his strategy for protecting voting rights in the 117th Congress:

“The Congress cannot stand idly by. Our duty to protect the right to vote for all eligible Americans is the same today as it was when the Voting Rights Act was enacted in 1965. That’s why Democrats in the House of Representatives have already acted in passing H.R. 1, the For The People Act, to begin the process of restoring our democracy and making it easier — not harder — to vote. This sweeping package of pro-democracy, anti-corruption reforms will immensely improve and revitalize our democracy. But we cannot stop there. In concert with H.R. 1, Congress also has an obligation to address discrimination in voting and to restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act — which has been gutted since the Supreme Court struck down portions of the 2006 Voting Rights Act reauthorization in Shelby County v. Holder, leaving American voters vulnerable to tactics of suppression and discrimination.”

Read more below!
https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/548109-protecting-the-fundamental-right-of-all-americans-to-have-access?rnd=1618381428&rl=1

It is time we once again protect access to the ballot, rather than continuing to erect barriers that seek to suppress the votes and voices of communities.

Subcommittee on Elections Chair G. K. Butterfield's opening remarks in today's hearing, "Voting in America: Ensuring Fre...
04/01/2021
Chair Butterfield: Every Citizen Deserves Equal and Unfettered Access to the Ballot Box

Subcommittee on Elections Chair G. K. Butterfield's opening remarks in today's hearing, "Voting in America: Ensuring Free and Fair Access to the Ballot."

"In a country that holds itself out as the greatest democracy in the world, every citizen deserves equal and unfettered access to the ballot box."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSPKOHRoysw&t=15s

Subcommittee on Elections Chair G. K. Butterfield gives opening remarks at the hearing, "Voting in America: Ensuring Free and Fair Access to the Ballot," on ...

Chairperson Lofgren on the election contest in IA-02: “We will continue to follow the process outlined by law. Decisions...
03/24/2021
Lofgren Statement on Contested Election in Iowa’s Second Congressional District

Chairperson Lofgren on the election contest in IA-02: “We will continue to follow the process outlined by law. Decisions will be made based only upon the law and the facts."

https://cha.house.gov/media/press-releases/lofgren-statement-contested-election-iowa-s-second-congressional-district

Today, Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement on the election contest in Iowa’s Second Congressional District:

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STOP THE ROUNDUPS OF WILD HORSES AND BURROS.. THE PRACTICE USING HELICOPTERS AND THE TOUGHTS OF STERISTERILIZATION ARE UNETHICAL AND INHUMANE!
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Move Forward to Solidify H.R. 1 against Voters Suppression!
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WE TRIED TO WRITE TO NANCY PELOSI PASSING A MESSAGE FROM SO MANY AMERICANS AND ALL HER CONTACT INFO PLACES ARE DOWN - SHE IS NOT TAKING OR LISTENING TO, THE VOICE OF THIS COUNTRY.. THIS WAS THEIR THOUGHTS.. Dear Nancy Pelosi If your Members of the House are Faithful to their Swearing in then why is nothing ever accomplished by the House ? The people of America need help ! What I do mean is there are several bills in front of you that fund $2000 a Month till the Virus has Subsided, but no there is a Bill in Senate that no one with half a Brain would vote in favor of.. on top of it all another one time Federal Person help payment of $1200.00, are you kidding ? Rents for most and even here in Florida start at $1500.00 that don't count Utilities, Insurances, Kids Needs, or FOOD...! $2000 a Month would not do either but it would have given time for all systems of the Economy to bounce back. Listen Nancy, No One and I mean No One asked for this Virus and due to another Country and our Modern Travel we got Covid 19 here so don't blame that on anyone, however for the taking a step backwards in bringing back America, America will have to Blame YOU ! When people have money they spend money in Local, and State Businesses which gets the Businesses going and gives them a Money stream due to spending, but you forgot that, right ! If the $2000.00 bill was brought up and passed without all the Non-Covid19 additions to your bill we would have already been starting a New Beginning and Businesses ( Local, State, Nationally ) coming back and possibly in 6 months back to where we were. So please step down from your post before your voted out in disgrace, people are watching, Hungry, and can't take this Romper Room Congress anymore.. Do what's right for Americans not what's right for YOU ! Thank You Bob Charles
On behalf of the individual hotel owner, representing all segments of the U.S. lodging industry, including hotel owners “franchisees”, we thank you for your steadfast leadership in guiding our nation through this unprecedented health and economic crisis. The economic impact of the COVID-19 health crisis on hotel industry is estimated to be three times greater than the September 11th terrorist attacks. As you consider technical corrections and amendments to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act or additional legislation to address the economic fallout due to COVID-19, we urge you to consider the following technical corrections and critical enhancements which are necessary to reform the hospitality industry through this incredibly challenging period to make it sustainable by reforming pursuant to an FDD relations between franchisors and franchisees. Basics of Franchisor’s responsibilities (a) Proven business model, (b) Recognized sole trademark, (c) Established brand portal business systems, (d) Training and support, these are basic with limit to contribute or join with any other efforts must be independent choice of franchisees with limited interface business practice. Franchisees responsibilities are (a) Paying royalty fees, (b) management of franchise location. However historically Franchisor’s and FDD disclosers have been voice in one direction as there were never been surveyed the consequence’s and franchising agreement were one sided. We urge today to focus on some outline to be addressed and make free choice of living rather than tie up for unfair one sided franchise agreement. 1) Hotel brands to limit in the economy and mid-scale segments to ONLY coffee to offer as a complimentary in lobby only. (State & or Federal) 2) Hotel brands must drive at least 50% of the revenues from the brand websites or sales and marketing teams. Hotel brands can offer revenue management or sales services to maximize revenue. If this requirement is not met, the franchisee is entitled to either monetary recoupment of additional OTA fees paid, in excess of a 50% brand contribution, or an option to provide a 6 month notice of termination without any liquidated damages assessed. (Federal) 3) Any affiliations fees other than royalties must be approved by 2/3 property owners consent survey conducted through a 3rd party agency. (Federal) 4) If a franchisee is cut off from the reservation system as a stipulation of a violation of brand standards or any other reason, the franchisee should not be charged to reconnect if the issue is rectified within a set 30 days. However, if a decision to cut off reservation system or terminate has been made, there should be no liquidation damages charged to exit out. (Federal) 5) Any revenue generated from 3rd party Online Travel Agents should be exempted from royalties, pass through fees or any marketing fees, as brand has no control on driving business to their brand locations. (Federal) 6) The right to transfer a franchise should be no more than $2,500 if the existing property has met a certain inspection score in the last inspection. (Federal) 7) Hotel brands should not mandate any particular vendor. Franchisees should satisfy brand standards to maintain the product quality. (Federal) 8) Brand cannot introduce new flag to compromise with existing brand flag within minimum of 2 mile radius. (Federal) 9) No liquidated damages for franchisor initiated terminations, if franchisees does not satisfy with brand support as presented should match performance if not there should be no demand for any damages. (Federal) Overbuilding and the explosion of new hotel brands have made the industry more vulnerable. Companies are going after every segment, launching multiple chains for luxury, boutique, select service, and budget/economy. Portfolios often include various brands in the same category, with little to no differentiation.  Best Western has 13 brands  Choice Hotels has 12 brands  G6 Hospitality has 2 brands  Hilton has 18 brands  Hyatt has 20 brands  IHG has 17 brands  Marriot has 30 brands  Red Lion has 9 brands  Red Roof Inn has 4 brands  Wyndham 18 brands Reason for reforming: a) If complimentary breakfast does not provided by limited service hotels 80% of occupant will utilities local restaurant which can boost in tax revenue and more hiring in restaurants. b) Hospitality will be facing Economic Hardship to breakeven due to COVID-19 disaster. c) If hospitality is saved by cutting operating cost, owners can continue keeping employees d) Owners can continue pay fair portion on mortgage interest, many owners will not survive, and many properties are closed & will close. e) If owners are success they can rebuilt US economy. f) If owner is fail, consequences are with (i) Lender, (ii) Taxes, (iii) Employees & (iv) Su***de (owners) g) FDD or Amendment in franchise agreements has no clause anywhere in case of Economic hardship or Pandemic disaster offering to sustain franchisees should be create fair to sustain. h) In any event Franchisors includes any new fees / charges to Franchisees should be held accountable to increase those fees somewhere to offset revenue to brand location. i) Franchisor is not happy with brand location they have ways to exit out, however franchisees does not have options unless compromised heavy liquidated damages; rather than agreement should have based on minimum brand performance as they market. j) Brands CEO’s salary / bonus, etc. should be capped. Filled petition "U.S. Senate”: “Hospitality to reform" voted over 1,200 owners who owns multiple properties.