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  1. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Mr. Castiano introduced the following bill with thanks to Ms. Bonamici; A BILL To amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to provide equal treatment of LGBT older individuals, and for other purposes. 1. Short title This Act may be cited as the Ruthie and Connie LGBT Elder Americans Act of 2018. 2. Definitions (a) In general Section 102 of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3002) is amended— (1) in paragraph (24)— (A) in subparagraph (B), by striking and at the end; (B) in subparagraph (C)(ii), by striking the period and inserting ; and; and (C) by adding at the end the following: (D) status as an LGBT individual. ; (2) by redesignating— (A) paragraphs (36) through (54) as paragraphs (38) through (56), respectively; and (B) paragraphs (34) and (35) as paragraphs (35) and (36), respectively; (3) by inserting after paragraph (33) the following: (34) The term LGBT, used with respect to an individual, means a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individual. ; and (4) by inserting after paragraph (36), as so redesignated, the following: (37) The term minority, used with respect to an individual, includes a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individual. . (b) Conforming amendment Section 215(e)(1)(J) of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3020e–1(e)(1)(J)42 U.S.C. 3020e–1(e)(1)(J)42 U.S.C. 3020e–1(e)(1)(J)42 U.S.C. 3020e–1(e)(1)(J)42 U.S.C. 3020e–1(e)(1)(J)) is amended by striking minorities and inserting minority individuals. 3. Administration on aging (a) Establishment of administration Section 201 of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3011) is amended— (1) in subsection (d)(3)(J), by inserting before the semicolon the following: , including the effectiveness of such services in meeting the needs of LGBT older individuals; and (2) by adding at the end the following: (g) The Assistant Secretary is authorized to designate within the Administration a person to have responsibility for addressing issues affecting LGBT older individuals. . (b) Functions of Assistant Secretary Section 202 of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3012) is amended— (1) in subsection (a)— (A) in paragraph (16)(A)(ii), by inserting , and separately specifying the number of such individuals who are LGBT individuals before the semicolon; (B) in paragraph (30), by striking ; and and inserting a semicolon; (C) in paragraph (31), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and (D) by adding at the end the following: (32) conduct studies and collect data to determine the services that are needed by LGBT older individuals. ; and (2) by adding at the end the following: (g) (1) The Assistant Secretary shall, directly or by grant or contract, establish and operate the National Resource Center on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Aging (in this subsection referred to as the Center). (2) To address the unique challenges faced by LGBT older individuals, the Center shall provide national, State, and local organizations, including those with a primary mission of serving LGBT individuals and those with a primary mission of serving older individuals, with the information and technical assistance the organizations need to effectively serve LGBT older individuals. (3) The Center shall have 3 primary objectives, consisting of— (A) educating aging services organizations about the existence and special needs of LGBT older individuals; (B) sensitizing LGBT organizations about the existence and special needs of older individuals; and (C) providing educational resources to LGBT older individuals and their caregivers. (4) (A) To be eligible to receive funds under this subsection, an entity— (i) shall have demonstrated expertise in working with organizations or individuals on issues affecting LGBT individuals; (ii) shall have documented experience in providing training and technical assistance on a national basis or a formal relationship with an organization that has that experience; and (iii) shall meet such other criteria as the Assistant Secretary shall issue. (B) To be eligible to receive funds under this subsection, an entity shall submit an application to the Assistant Secretary at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Assistant Secretary may require. (5) The Assistant Secretary shall make available to the Center on an annual basis such resources as are necessary for the Center to carry out effectively the functions of the Center under this Act and not less than the amount of resources made available to the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, existing on the day before the date of enactment of the Ruthie and Connie LGBT Elder Americans Act of 2018, for fiscal year 2019. (6) The Assistant Secretary shall develop and issue operating standards and reporting requirements for the Center. . (c) Reports Section 207 of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3018) is amended— (1) in subsection (a)(3), by inserting LGBT individuals, afterlow-income individuals,; (2) in subsection (c)— (A) in paragraph (1), by inserting , and separately specify the number of such individuals who are LGBT individuals before the semicolon; (B) by redesignating paragraphs (4) and (5) as paragraphs (5) and (6), respectively; and (C) by inserting after paragraph (3) the following: (4) the effectiveness of such activities in assisting LGBT individuals; ; and (3) by adding at the end the following: (d) The Assistant Secretary shall ensure that— (1) no individual will be required to provide information regarding the sexual orientation or gender identity of the individual as a condition of participating in activities or receiving services under this Act; and (2) no agency or other entity providing activities or services under this Act that receives, for the purposes of this Act, information regarding the sexual orientation or gender identity of an individual will disclose the information in any form that would permit such individual to be identified. (e) The Assistant Secretary shall develop appropriate protocols, demonstrations, tools, or guidance for use by State agencies and area agencies on aging, to ensure successful implementation of data collection requirements under section 201(d)(3)(J), paragraphs (16)(A)(ii) and (29) of section 202(a), subsections (a)(3), (c)(1), and (c)(4), and section 307(a)(6), relating to LGBT individuals. (f) The Assistant Secretary shall determine when the data collection requirements described in subsection (e) shall apply, taking into consideration the complexity and importance of each requirement, but each requirement shall apply not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of the Ruthie and Connie LGBT Elder Americans Act of 2018. . 4. Grants for State and community programs on aging Section 301(a)(2) of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3021(a)(2)) is amended— (1) in subparagraph (E), by striking ; and and inserting a semicolon; (2) by redesignating subparagraph (F) as subparagraph (G); and (3) by inserting after subparagraph (E) the following: (F) organizations that serve LGBT individuals; and . 5. Activities for health, independence, and longevity Section 411(a)(11) of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3032(a)(11)) is amended to read as follows: (11) conducting activities of national significance to promote quality and continuous improvement in the support and services provided to individuals with greatest social need, through activities that include needs assessment, program development and evaluation, training, technical assistance, and research, concerning— (A) addressing physical and mental health, disabilities, and health disparities; (B) providing long-term care, including in-home and community-based care; (C) providing informal care, and formal care in a facility setting; (D) providing access to culturally responsive health and human services; and (E) addressing other gaps in assistance and issues that the Assistant Secretary determines are of particular importance to older individuals with greatest social need. . 6. Data on discrimination Section 712 of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3058g) is amended— (1) in subsection (a)(3)— (A) by redesignating subparagraphs (F) through (J) as subparagraphs (G) through (K); and (B) by inserting after subparagraph (E) the following: (F) collect and analyze data, relating to discrimination against LGBT older individuals on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in the admission to, transfer or discharge from, or lack of adequate care provided in long-term care settings, and shall include the analyses in the reports described in subsection (h)(1); ; and (2) in subsection (h)(6), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking (A) through (G) and inserting (A) through (H).
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    Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act

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    Kate's Law

    Mr. Speaker, I object to unanimous consent on this legislation. I yield.
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    @AlbertoNY

    Alberto Casiano Proud NYC Resident and Member of Congress.
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    First Amendment Defense Act

    Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to this legislation. Here the majority is trying to say that in this nation we are attacking the sanctity of marriage once of again. Our Supreme Court has already stated that same-sex couples can get married and that we must honor this decision. However, fellow members of this House choose to ignore that fact and want to protect discrimination against LGBT couples and claim that it is religious liberty. Our country which - believe it or not - was founded by Christians and was developed with a thought of religious freedom has protected religion and allowed for all citizens to practice a religion or no religion at all. Our government holds a value to keep religion and politics separate and with the past decision by the Supreme Court it allowed same-sex couples to marry and preserved the belief of separation of church and state. Now Republicans want to intertwine that and hide behind religious discrimination to allow for discrimination against these couples. Mr. Speaker when the courts ruled on this issue, no one said we would force these churches, mosques or synagogues to recognizes LGBT marriages or perform them. This simply gave an equal legal status of marriage to LGBT couples. Therefore, I must object to passing this bill by unanimous consent and motion to table this legislation. I yield.
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    Alberto Casiano (Democrat)

    Character Name: Alberto Casiano Home State: New York 13th District Previous Job: Politics (Congressman, Governor, Mayor, or lower rank) Date of Birth: 01/19/1983 Race / Ethnicity: Other (please state in Bio section below) Religion: Catholic Wealth: Middle Class Gender: Male Sexuality: Heterosexual Are you married?: Yes How many children do you have?: 2 View full character
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    Alberto Casiano

  8. SENATE REPUBLICANS SHOW INCOMPETENCE TO LEAD Washington, DC -- Senate Republicans have shown that they are incompetent at leading the United States Senate by constantly violating Senate Rules. Vice President Bateman who has been presiding over the Senate has violated Senate rules numerous of times while his caucus has remained silent on the issue of this violation. In a statement to the press, Senate Minority Leader Markus Bolster stated that "the Republicans are leading in a dictatorial way and are rushing to pass policies that not only hurt the American people but violate the basic rules of the Senate and delegitimized the credibility of the Republicans." Minority Leader Bolster has called on the Vice President, in his statement to re-open the vote or debate on all legislation that passed that by the lack of leadership of the Republican leadership. "This shows that the Republicans do not deserve leadership in the Senate."
  9. PROTESTERS IN WISCONSIN AGAINST STATE CASTLE DOCTRINE Castle Doctrine Hurts America's Safety Washington, DC -- In committee, Senate Republicans have proposed legislation to enact a nationwide "stand-your-ground" law that would allow for homeowners to use a firearm to shoot a person that enters their property or their home. In his remarks during the committee hearing Senate Minority Leader Markus Bolster (D-NY) spoke about his concerns with the law calling it a step in down the wrong path and a way that could harm the safety of Americans instead of protecting them. In states like Florida, which the Senator referred to, enacted a form of the Castle Doctrine which in 2013 was the highlight of controversy over the Trayvon Martin death that sparked national and international outrage about race relations in the United States. "If we enact this law nationwide we could possibly see a rise in innocent killings regardless of our citizens race," he said. He also spoke about an indecent in Detroit where an innocent African-American woman was killed when looking for assistance after a car accident. "This law will lead our nation to more division and could lead to path of racial basis and a large divide between our citizens."
  10. Bolster Re-Appointed Minority Leader; Disappointed in GOP Washington, DC -- This week Senator Markus Bolster (D-NY) was re-appointed as the Senate Minority Leader. In congress the GOP sets to quickly pass legislation through the Senate without bipartisan support and without consolidation of the Democrats. In remarks the Minority Leader stated that "passing policy without bipartisan support is bad for governing," he stated. "The GOP is also trying to rush numerous pieces of legislation through the Senate without having substantial support or input from the Democrats." Senator Bolster pointed to the Concealed Carry legislation which Senate Republicans took to the floor to pass by unanimous consent. "This legislation has detrimental affects to our nation's gun laws and the safety of the people of this nation," he stated. He continued by expressing concern with allowing legislation with great impact just pass the Senate. "This is not how government works, legislation that has a large impact on the American people should never swiftly move through congress without heavy scrutiny."
  11. Chabot Missing In Action From Hearings Washington, DC -- Senate Minority Leader Markus Bolster (D-NY) commented on the hearing of Admiral Charlie Chabot who failed to answer questions from his hearing. In a statement issued by the Minority Leader, Senator Bolster stated this: "It is disappointing to see this failed attempt by the Fitzgerald Administratin. After being courteous and extending debate on the hearing of Admiral Cabot, he still failed to answer questions that were previously asked. Therefore, I have no choice but to vote no on the nomination."
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    What are you listening to?

    Baila Mami - Nailah Blackman.
  13. Senate to Host Hearings on VP and Secretary of State Nominations Washington, DC -- Senate Minority Leader Markus Bolster (D-NY) released the following statements in regard to the Vice President and Secretary of State Nominations: "I want to thank President Fitzgerald for working very closely with myself and my caucus to address these pressing concerns about holding hearings for the nominees for Vice President and Secretary of State. We reached a compromise to hold hearings on the Senate Floor where each and every member of the Senate can ask questions of both nominees. I look forward to producing more bipartisanship solutions with the President and Senate Republicans."
  14. Bolster: We Cannot Bypass Congress With These Nominations Washington, DC -- Senate Minority Leader Markus Bolster (D-NY) defended the Democrats reasoning for supporting committee hearings of President Fitzgerald's nominations for Vice-President and Secretary of State. "The 25th Amendment states that the Vice President shall be nominated by the president and confirmed by both houses of Congress," he stated. "When Gerald Ford was nominated for Vice President under this new amendment, he was nominated by President Nixon and sat through extensive hearings and vetting by Congress to make sure he was qualified and able to carry out the responsibilities and President." Senator Bolster also noted the nomination of Vice President Rockefeller stated that he "also went through extensive committee hearings." In his remarks, Senator Bolster stated that "we cannot bypass Congress on this responsible check on the federal branch." He continued by saying that "it is basic civics that when the president makes a nomination the Congress must hold the nominee accountable by performing extreme vetting procedures to protect the checks on government." Senate Minority Leader Bolster warned the Senate Republicans that "we must follow precedent and the Constitution."
  15. Bolster: These Nominations Must Go Through Committee Washington, DC -- Senate Majority Leader Markus Bolster (D-NY) voted against the floor vote to bring up for the debate, for both the Vice President and Secretary of State nominees under newly sworn in President Kyle Fitzgerald (R). In his statement, Senator Bolster stated that "these nominations should not bypass committee procedures" saying that the Senate should not rush to confirm anyone who is nominated by the president without careful congressional vetting and hearings through committees. "It is the Senate's responsibility to raise a check on the Executive Branch by confirming Executive nominations by the President and this effort to rush these two nominations through the Senate is absurd." Senator Bolster said that his vote does not mean he, in the end, would vote against these nominees, however, that his vote is to preserve the protocol and procedures of the Senate and to make sure that the nominees are qualified for the offices they were chosen to serve.
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