Congressman Deutch Cosponsors Arbitration Fairness Act

Today, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-21) joined Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-4) to introduce the Arbitration Fairness Act. Forced arbitration forces Americans to choose between improving conditions at their jobs or keeping their jobs. These binding contracts infringe upon the right of all Americans to due process in a court of law. Forced arbitration effectively enables corporations to avoid accountability for even the most egregious abuses.

By amending the Federal Arbitration Act, this bill would prohibit the use of mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer, antitrust, civil rights, and employment contracts that are not collectively bargained. The Arbitration Fairness Act will ensure access to proper adjudication and increase transparency regarding these disputes. Whereas the current laws allow employers to shroud wrongdoing in secrecy, this bill will guarantee corporate accountability and provide the necessary safeguards of the American civil justice system.

A copy of the Arbitration Fairness Act is available here.

Rep. Deutch Issues Statement on Yom Ha'atzmaut

Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-21), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Ranking Democrat on the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, issued the following statement on Israel's Independence Day (Yom Ha'atzmaut):

"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and celebrate the 67th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. This anniversary represents 67 years in which there has been a strong, independent, and democratic State of Israel; 67 years of growth, advancement, and modernization. But, unfortunately, it also means that for 67 years the only Jewish state in the world has repeatedly had to defend itself from enemies who seek her annihilation. 

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Congressman Deutch cosponsors the Social Security and Medicare Parity Act

Today, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-21) joined Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41) to introduce the Social Security and Medicare Parity Act. This legislation will ensure that same-sex couples receive the Social Security, Medicare, and survivor benefits they have earned.

Since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in the United States v. Windsor case, the Department of Justice has updated federal regulations in order to recognize the rights of same-sex couples and provide them with the federal benefits they have earned. However, several legal loopholes still remain and infringe on the rights of these Americans. The Social Security and Medicare Parity Act will close some of those loopholes by repealing discriminatory provisions and allowing same-sex couples to combine marriage time and time in domestic partnership in order to qualify for benefits.

A copy of the Social Security and Medicare Parity Act is available here.

Congressman Deutch cosponsors Legislation to Protect Ordinary Investors

Today, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-21) joined Congressman Scott Garrett (NJ-5) and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) to introduce the Restoring Main Street Investor Protection and Confidence Act (H.R. 1982). This legislation will protect ordinary investors from the fraudulent and abusive schemes of securities brokers and investor advisers in addition to providing protections from further “clawbacks” to the innocent investors who were devastated by Ponzi schemes.

After the hardships of the financial crisis and the shock many Americans felt after witnessing the Ponzi schemes of Bernie Madoff and others, this bill will restore confidence in our financial institutions. H.R. 1982 will require net equity to be determined using one’s last statement or other written confirmations received by the customer. In doing so, ordinary investors will be protected from losing funds fraudulently taken by registered brokers. Finally, this legislation will strengthen the Securities Investor Protection Corporation’s ability to safeguard Americans from illicit investment practices.

A copy of the Restoring Main Street Investor Protection and Confidence Act is available here.

Congressman Deutch Cosponsors Bill to Establish Veterans Conservation Corps

Today, Congressman Ted Deutch joined Congressman Jared Polis (CO-2) to introduce the Veterans Conservation Corps Act. This legislation will establish a veterans conservation corps that will assist returning veterans transition to civilian life and find meaningful employment. Ted's support for this legislation is part of his ongoing commitment to help veterans returning from war succeed at home. 

Inspired by the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s, this bill will create a corps of service members charged with undertaking conservation and natural disaster related projects. Members will be able to utilize skills gained while serving in the military such as water safety, construction, and GIS mapping. Additionally, this bill will provide grants to the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security to hire veterans as fire fighters and law enforcement officers. Currently, post 9/11 veterans face a 17 percent unemployment rate when returning from serving their country. The men and women who risked their lives to protect our freedom deserve to be supported as they return to their families and search for a way to earn a living.

A copy of the Veterans Conservation Corp Act is available here.