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Today is the one year anniversary of the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. As a cosponsor of the repeal, I am proud to have played a role in promoting equality in our country and in our military. Our military has demonstrated time and again that it is stronger when it is inclusive of all Americans. Every time we break down barriers - from desegregation to expanding the role of women to repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell - our military becomes stronger. Repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell is one step on the long path towards equality for the LGBTQ community. The U.S. is a country where you should not be judged by your sexual orientation; and I am committed to fighting for full equality when I return to Congress.
Republicans across the country are waging a war on women’s reproductive rights. Instead of working with Democrats to create jobs and stimulate the economy, Republicans are passing legislation that would bring back unregulated abortions, strip women of control over their own bodies, and force women to follow extremist Republican policies.
Protecting animals has always been a passion for my family and me. My mother has little dogs; Tom and I have two “pound kitties;” and my sister and her husband have a virtual petting zoo in their backyard – an adopted burro, dogs, cats, rabbits, goats, chickens, and a few llamas. We understand what it is to view a pet as a member of the family and I could never stand by if animals are abused or neglected. That is why I always fought to enact animal protections throughout my career.
Our pets are not the only animals that are in need of protection. As anyone who has hiked Red Rock Canyon knows, Nevada has a unique environment that is filled with many endangered or threatened species, like the bald eagle and desert tortoise. Nevada’s wild mustangs are also a treasure that must be protected.
As the Las Vegas Review-Journal said about my animal protection record: “Titus, more than any other legislator, has put into law bills outlawing puppy mills and prohibiting cruelty to animals (April 2, 2001).”
The campaign to reelect President Obama has officially started! Now is the time to come together as Democrats and show the President how much support he has in Nevada by going to the Presidential Caucus on January 21.
Nevada is going to be a key battle ground state this election and President Obama’s second term could easily depend on us. We need to attend the caucus on January 21 to help the Democratic Party organize, mobilize and register voters. If we want to keep Nevada blue, we have to start now.
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the beginning of U.S. involvement in the Second World War. We can never forget the victims of the attack on our soil or the sacrifice our soldiers and their families made to preserve freedom and democracy during this time of unprecedented challenge.
Together we have been out front on issues involving seniors, the environment, and organized labor. I worked across the aisle to enact the nation’s toughest sex offender laws here in Nevada, to cap Nevada property taxes, and to save Red Rock from development. I have always stood strong for a woman’s right to choose. We have fought discrimination against the LGBT community and put an end to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. I voted for the DREAM Act and as a teacher, have always made access to quality education a top priority. I introduced successful legislation to cap Medicare premiums when seniors were getting no Social Security COLA and supported Wall Street reform so what they did to rip off Americans can never happen again. With your support I fought to strengthen worker safety laws and proudly voted for the new GI Bill. Together we brought Nevada into compliance with the Olmstead Act which helps those with disabilities assimilate into everyday life. We succeeded in outlawing puppy mills, cock and dog fighting, and killing Nevada’s magnificent wild horses. And we passed a healthcare bill which closes the prescription donut hole for seniors, ends co-pays for prognostic tests like colonoscopies and mammograms, and prevents insurance companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions. As you can see, my priorities have consistently been to fight for the people of District 1, not the special interests. You know me. I have never been afraid to stand up to the powerful regardless of the political consequences.
I want you to know that just moments ago I officially announced on “Face to Face” that I am a candidate for Congress in Southern Nevada. You have always stood with me and now as we take the next step to finish the work we started together, I will need your continued support.
We worked so hard; we did so much; and we came so close. We can’t quit now when so many people are still hurting. In fact, practically every day I get a phone call or just run into someone who was either helped by our office or is in need of help. These are the people who push me to keep fighting. This election isn’t about me; it’s about them.
Although the district lines have not been finalized, that does not matter. I am no stranger to people all across Southern Nevada, having represented them either directly or indirectly in the Legislature and in Congress. We must start now getting our message out and fighting back against the Republicans who instead of creating jobs have attacked seniors, working families, women, and the most vulnerable among us. They have pursued an extreme agenda that would end Medicare as we know it and cut Social Security benefits in order to continue giving tax breaks to Big Oil and millionaires.
In the months ahead we will be working hard on a grassroots level to organize our supporters as we move towards 2012, and I truly cannot do it without you.
As always, THANK YOU for all you have done and for all I know we will continue to do together.
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Let us join together today, across all boundaries, internal and external, to thank the intelligence community for its incredible work providing information leading to the death of Osama Bin Laden; honor the courageous armed service members who carried out the dangerous mission; remember the victims of Bin Laden’s heinous acts and their families; and congratulate the President for taking this bold action and bringing an end to Bin Laden’s reign of terror. May 1, 2011, will most certainly go down in the history books as a day to celebrate and contemplate America’s prevailing strength in troubled times.
"My heart goes out to the victims of today's shooting and to the families of those killed and injured in this senseless act of violence. This is a tragic day for our country. Congresswoman Giffords is a beloved friend and greatly respected colleague whose commitment to public service should be an inspiration to us all."