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  • Xiangning Lyu
    commented 2020-08-02 01:22:18 -0400
    Dear Senator Strauss,

    Thank you for reading my email. My name is Sharon Lyu, and I am a software engineer in Seattle. I am writing this letter to you to tell you a recent immigration story of my close friend Mingmin Xuan, who is a journalist working for Voice of America. I am not sure if you have heard of the story but here is an article from Washington Post:

    In short, Michael Pack, the new head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, has refused to extend the visas for VOA’s foreign journalists and my friend is one of the sufferers. Her J1 visa expired on 7/29, and since then, she only has a 30-day grace period of staying in this country before she has to leave. She has a life here, for 6 whole years. She is the most lovable person I know, and a hard-working employee who is loved by her manager and colleagues. She is only 3-4 months away from getting her green card. And now suddenly, “we will give you 30 days to get out of here”, under pandemics. She still has a long contract with her apartment, and not before long, she was hoping to buy a house in D.C. and fulfill her American dream. This is so very cruel and not acceptable to me and I want to let you know we both feel so astonished and devastated.

    I’ve always thought the U.S. was the most welcoming country in the world, and that’s why so many of us, foreign students and workers, chose to come here and build our lives here. Is this really the time, when America becomes the most unfriendly country to these immigrants? Why should a head of a company, decide a model employee’s status in this country?

    Black lives matter, immigrants’ lives matter too! Please help my friend! In any ways you can! Thank you senator!!!


    Sharon Lyu
  • Melvin Mann
    followed this page 2020-07-22 21:13:21 -0400
  • Melvin Mann
    commented 2020-07-22 21:12:43 -0400
    Dear Sir,

    I am a 90% disabled veteran and I wanted to inquire as to why the nation’s capital has the fewest VA Compensation Benefits for it’s Veteran Residents than any other state? I was deeply saddened to see the lack of benefits found in D.C. when compared to other states. As our nation’s Capital, we should be setting the example and leading the way in providing benefits to veterans who call D.C. home. What are you doing to fix this? Please provide an response.

    Thank you,

    Mr. Melvin Frank Mann Jr., SFPC, GS12

    US Army Center for Military History

    Ft. McNair, Washington D.C.
  • Caroline Dudunakis
    commented 2020-07-13 11:40:51 -0400
    Hello, I am a constituent of yours in Washington DC and I am an advocate with The Borgen Project, an innovative nonprofit that serves as a voice for the world’s poor. Borgen Project advocates regularly meet with Members of Congress to build support for life-saving legislation and effective poverty-reduction programs. I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you soon to discuss support for the International Affairs Budget and End Tuberculosis Now Act. If you are unable to meet with me, I would be happy to talk to a member of your staff as well. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
  • George Laswell
    commented 2020-06-25 09:41:52 -0400
    If the residents of WDC want representation in Congress they should move to a state. A reasonable alternative would be to return all of the residential area to Maryland. Statehood is unreasonable and unnecessary.
  • Regina Key
    followed this page 2020-06-24 20:31:58 -0400
  • Regina Key
    commented 2020-06-24 20:21:13 -0400
    Dear Senator Paul Strauss

    I need some help please.

    I filed for unemployment on April 17, 2020

    which is the date my employer Medstar Washington Hospital Center reduced staff due to COVID-19.

    I have made numerous calls to DOES however no one has never contacted me to resolve my issue.

    I have not received any payments I am trying to desperately keep a roof over me and my kids head.

    Please help
  • Per-Niklas Barth
    commented 2020-06-24 05:46:40 -0400
    Dear Senator Paul Strauss,

    I am writing this urgent request as a concerned constituent with regard to police brutality, racism and white supremacy in the United States of America.

    As an American citizen, I have consistently witnessed the injustices our Black American citizens are subjected to here in America. This unjustness can be seen at every level of our institutions: America’s justice, education and economic systems and these respective institutions have regularly failed Black Americans. From slave patrols to police brutality…from Anti-literacy laws to social economic inequities…from the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments and the North Carolina Eugenics policies to current health disparities…from the forced separation of families during slavery to broken homes in the 21st century – it is clear that systemic racism and white supremacy has and continues to permeate American culture, laws, policies and educational systems.

    I wholeheartedly believe in the promises of “liberty and justice for all”, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” and “land of the free and home of the brave” for ALL U.S. citizens. The most recent string of country-wide murders of our unarmed Black American citizens by law enforcement agencies demonstrate that America’s most sacred promises have been empty for Black Americans. Despite the historical track record of the systemic injustices for this community, I still believe America can live up to its founding principals. In order for this great nation to grow and truly meet its aim, we must first admit to this horrific past and its lasting effects.

    Thus, I hereby appeal that you immediately generate and pass a joint resolution to have the United States of America’s government formally acknowledge, admit and reconcile its role in the Trans-Atlantic/African slave trade and its pervasive influence on modern systemic racism, white supremacy and oppression of Black Americans. However, acknowledgement is only the first step to resolution. The current criminal justice system in the United States actively oppresses and murders members of minorities across the nation without bringing to justice the people responsible for countless unnecessary deaths. Recognizing the blatant injustice in our country, I also appeal that you fight to generate and pass legislation that ends qualified immunity for police officers, increases the educational requirements to become an officer, requires police to be extensively trained in de-escalation techniques and non-lethal methods, demilitarizes the police force, and gradually reallocates funds from the police force into critical sectors such as healthcare and education.

    My fellow constituents and I will intently review your actions and record pertaining to this critical matter. Let’s make America great for all of its citizens!

    Thank you for hearing this appeal.


    Per-Niklas Barth
  • Tisha daughtry
    commented 2020-06-20 07:05:11 -0400
    I really want 2 know why yall fishing out all this money 2 other company’s and lining tall pockets up giving all the money 2 the wealthy white ppl and leaving us poor black folks be homeless can’t pay our bills staving call y’all dragging y’all feet on this hero act bill but passing all the other bills while the American ppl need money now we don’t have time 2 wait
  • Tisha daughtry
    commented 2020-06-20 07:01:37 -0400
    The dc mayor of this city is making our city worst she is not fit 2 be a mayor…its so many homeless sleeping on the streets it’s sickening…in my neighborhood she then tore all mailboxes down tore the gas stations down tearing all our building down 2 just put more expensive building up 4 the white people she not helping us black folks she took everything in our neighbor hood from us removed her now
  • Tisha daughtry
    commented 2020-06-20 06:54:19 -0400
    Tell Eleanor Holmes and her senators 2 pass the hero act we the American need money now we are suffering our kids 2..yall dragging y’all feet…why we are staving can’t pay our rent or bills
  • Kara Campbell
    commented 2020-06-12 12:31:34 -0400
    Senator Paul Strauss,

    I ask that you leverage your voice and power to defund the police. As a citizen of the USA, I refuse to continue to watch the police state’s complete disregard for black life and lack of respect to our citizens who are protesting for black lives. We will no longer accept empty gestures and suggestions of reform. We demand that you aid in the achievement of justice for any and all victims of police brutality. It is not only your duty as a public official but as a human being.

    I am urging you to revise the budgets in place/ for 2020-2021 and fund instead the well being of citizens. Please do understand – the police protect the white wealthy elite and not many else. I am curious what stakes you may have in upholding white supremacy and legacies of slavery and how these may benefit you – I can assure it DOES NOT benefit the people. We need to adopt a budget that focuses on helping the people, children, and families of your state that you took an oath to serve.

    Thank you,

    Kara Campbell
  • Debbi Pelton
    commented 2020-06-05 14:38:43 -0400
    The mayor browser needs to be removed from office totally disgusting
  • Amie Littman
    commented 2020-06-03 12:03:46 -0400
    Hello my name is Amie.

    I am writing to request that you reflect on the views of your constituents and support legislation that would bring officers who break the law to justice. Unarmed civilians deserve justice after being murdered by police officers. Your support can help bring justice where it’s due.


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  • Terence McPartland
    commented 2020-05-01 17:52:03 -0400
    Hi. My wife and I have been engaged in sewing cloth face masks and 3d printing and laser cutting plastic face shields. We heard on the news that the Senate was being called back into session. If Senator Strauss or anyone on the staff needs DC made cloth face masks, please let us know and we can send some.

    Thank you for the work you all do representing the District.
  • Debashis Barua
    commented 2020-04-29 20:01:02 -0400
    Sir, I claim for unemployment benefits 2 weeks ago and I eligible for benefits but I don’t get my benefits yet now. I have no work now reason of coronavirus. Please let me know .
  • Arline Cooper
    commented 2020-04-27 09:43:00 -0400
  • Sino Kadyrov
    commented 2020-04-15 15:43:45 -0400
    Dear Senator Strauss ,

    I am naturalised US citizen since 2016 . I have serious Retina degeneration disability. My eyesight minus 22 . I am legally blind . I can’t carry heavy items . I can’t run .I have no income . I am registered in dc disability department since 2012 . They couldn’t find me any job . I applied DC housing in 2012 . I haven’t gotten any response from housing yet . Currently I am renting room in really dangerous neighbourhood for 200$ a month in South East DC . My mother has been helping me financially all this time. She is 65 years old now . She is retiring this year . I would appreciate if you would help me with speeding up my housing application with DC housing Department. I have no one in US . I am in critical situation . It is dangerous for my eye retina to be in crowded places like shelter .I was denied SSI benefits .

    Thank you in advance .
  • Lynne Kirkup
    commented 2020-04-12 15:37:05 -0400
    Please, PLEASE look into Bill Gates’ involvement with the October 19th 2019 Wprld Economic Center where they "devised a “mock pandemic of the world” and the name covid was put into play. Also, PLEASE, Dr. Fauci’s (spelling?) being THRILLED AT the cure in hydrocholorqhin (spelling?) and then he “turned”. ARE THERE ANY PATRIOTS LEFT IN OUR DEAR LAND? “evil prevails when GOOD MEN DO NOTHING”..thank you and respectfully Lynne Kirkup NC
  • Lavoris IngramButler
    commented 2020-04-12 12:05:11 -0400
    I am having a problem filing an extension Corniavirus 2020. HELP
  • Lavoris IngramButler
    commented 2020-04-12 12:05:09 -0400
    I am having a problem filing an extension Corniavirus 2020. HELP
  • Arline Cooper
    commented 2020-04-02 12:34:24 -0400
  • Ione Quinn
    commented 2020-03-27 10:21:38 -0400
    Senator Strauss,

    I couldn’t sleep last night because thousands of my coworkers and myself were just furloughed from Hilton with little notice, lots of confusion, and very little clarity. A month ago, Hilton was a thriving company voted #1 Place to Work 2 years in a row. It was the pride and joy of the DMV’s business community. Now, the company claims to be cash poor, unable to pay it’s most fundamental employees, while continuing to pay its executive committee 50% of their compensation.

    Me and many of my coworkers make less than $100K a year and they expect us to be able to live off of 20% of our salary for the next 3 months which will barely cover our health insurance and leave us with nothing, with no certainty as to when or if we will ever get our jobs back? This is the same executive committee that rewards itself when they failed to ensure a global century-old company could weather a financial crisis? If I did that poorly at my job I would have been fired a long time ago. Of course, we will probably all lose are jobs anyways, regardless of how much we have dedicated ourselves to our teams and our company.

    Congress promised us a stimulus package that would protect our jobs. Yet you are approving a bill that will help bail out a company that has already violated that promise. We elect leaders to protect us in times of crisis and hardship. This makes up the most basic part of the social contract as described by Locke and Rousseau. Congress has one job and they failed to do that for the workers of the hospitality industry.

    I’ve spent the entire evening talking with coworkers, helping them understand how we can make this furlough work for us, and how we can help each other, because Hilton isn’t there for us anymore. I have friends who are worried about H1B status and student loan debt, abrubtly having to figure out how to live on less than a 1000 a month when we all know that housing costs alone in northern Virginia and DC exceed that easily. We’re going to be looking for new jobs because we don’t have a guarantee from the company that those jobs we had will be there for us when this is over. Frankly, we are the lucky ones compared to our colleagues who work directly in the hotels.

    And when all is said and done, when the economy recovers, we all know how this will pan out because we’ve seen it before. The markets and businesses recover after you give them money. The executives pat themselves on the back and give themselves the credit for managing the company with such great “fiscal responsibility.” They give themselves bonuses because they’ve deluded themselves into believing they saved the company all by themselves.

    Meanwhile, my friends and coworkers never recover the things we lost. Our savings are depleted, our financial security set back another ten years. Millennials will be forced to endure another economic crisis during the most formative years of their adult lives. Young people will continue to be blamed for not buying houses or settling down with the families we simply cannot afford.

    If you want to help the American people, stop giving money to people who only care about lining their pockets. You aren’t saving anybody by giving money to companies that don’t care.

    Ione Quinn
  • Martin Saad
    commented 2020-03-27 10:15:29 -0400
    Dear Sen. Strauss-

    I am a longtime DC resident and taxpayer and was shocked to learn about the shortchange in funding for DC in the CARES Act. Were you aware of this slight before the bill went to vote? If not, why not? If yes, why weren’t DC officials made aware of it before passage? My understanding from news reports is that a DC City Council staffer alerted DC officials only after the vote took place. Please advise. Thank you.


    Marty Saad
  • Ms. Daniel
    commented 2020-03-24 11:49:20 -0400
    Hi, as a concerned resident of D.C. of the Covid-19 outbreak across the country and globe, i think all D.C. public schools should close for the year like Northern Virginia schools and else where…there are schools in D.C. across the river near the Pentagon. There are safety hazard concerns about the Covid -19 spread going up in that Pentagon. Think about the Military folks that must go to the Pentagon daily-no matter what goes on. Also,some people take the metro to the Pentagon to work. Social Distancing is a must right now… Distance learning should continue from March 24,2020 until June18,2020 for social distancing is needed longer and it is for security reasons. I think It’s very risky if they return to school April 27,2020. D.C. has alot of cases that includes State Dept. person, a U.S. Marshal, 2 of the Senators and a Catholic church priest and some D.C. school kids and some deaths of people reported. Too many people had died from the Covid-19 world wide. A baby caught Covid-19 from a southern state. Please don’t allow the statistics to rises with cases and deaths in D.C.. You all can save lives! I hope for a miracle, a good health recovery for the ones that have the Covid-19.
  • Leroy Dade
    commented 2020-03-20 08:04:57 -0400
    I would like to know why all of the American people wasn’t given the stimulus benefit? Some American people are unemployed, homeless, and just starting their own business and have yet to file a 1099. But are still experiencing this same pandemic and lockdown and aren’t able to provide for themselves. Why don’t these people count?
  • Lisa ONeill
    commented 2020-01-24 15:14:39 -0500
    Dear Senator Strauss, I am writing today with regards to the impeachment trial of President Trump. If you take the evidence and look closely I believe you will find he is guilty of abusing the power of his office for personal political gain. He is also guilty of abstract in Congress. I know many senators are fearful of retribution from the president if they vote against him but if he is Dear Senator Strauss, I am writing today with regard to the impeachment trial of President Trump. If you take the evidence and look closely I believe you will find he is guilty of abusing the power of his office for personal political gain. He is also guilty of obstructing Congress. I know many senators are fearful of retribution from the president if they vote against him but if he is removed there will no longer be a reason To be afraid. Please put the best interest of our country I had a party and do the right thing and remove him from office. He is unfit to be president and bad for the country and should be removed. Please do the right thing! Thank you for your time
  • Katherine Taylor
    commented 2020-01-23 12:28:28 -0500
    Good afternoon, Senator Strauss,

    I hope this finds you well. I am a DC resident, civil servant, and proud AmeriCorps alum. The current impeachment trial is of great interest to me, and I would like to inquire about obtaining a gallery pass to the senate for one day (any day) to observe the impeachment trial. I have a public trust level background investigation, as well as a government issued Personal Identification Verification (PIV) badge, hopefully these credentials may expedite the process. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.
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