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Franken has been effective fighter on women's issues

Sen. Al Franken has apologized for his affonts against women, has welcomed an Ethics Committee investigation, and has announced he does not plan to resign. We support that decision, because he has been a serious and effective senator for Minnesota, and his record in Congress shows that his heart is in the right place on women's issues. Here is a sample of legislation he has sponsored or supported just this year:

- He is the lead author of the bipartisan Justice for Native Survivors of Sexual Violence Act, which would restore tribes' jurisdiction over non-Indians who commit crimes of sexual assault, sex trafficking, or stalking in Indian Country.

- The Security and Financial Empowerment Act of 2017. A bill to promote the economic security and safety of survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

- Abolish Human Trafficking Act of 2017. Comprehensive legislation that addresses the prosecution, protection, and prevention of human trafficking in the United States and abroad — the approach is victim centered to ensure that survivors are identified and supported, and traffickers are held accountable.

- Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017. Legislation to prevent the child sexual abuse of youth athletes, which creates a mandatory reporting obligation for those working in youth or amateur sports.

- Protect Access to Birth Control Act.A bill to ensure that women with a valid prescription are not denied or intimidated when requesting birth control or emergency contraception at pharmacies.

- Women's Health Protection Act of 2017. A bill to prohibit states from imposing restrictions on abortion that interfere with a patient's personal decision making and block access to safe, legal abortion care.

- Pet and Women Safety Act of 2017. Protects victims of domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and dating violence from emotional and psychological trauma caused by violence against their pets.

- Trafficking Survivors Relief Act. A bill to establish the process to vacate convictions and expunge arrests for criminal offenses committed by trafficking victims that directly result or relate to having been a trafficking victim.

- Extending Justice for Sex Crime Victims Act of 2017. A bill that extends the statute of limitations for victims of sexual abuse or human trafficking to file a civil action to recover damages.

- Savanna's Act. A bill to improve information sharing, data collection, and response protocols for law enforcement relating to missing and murdered Native American women.

- Fair Housing for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors Act of 2017. A bill to amend the Fair Housing Act to prohibit discrimination against survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault in securing or maintaining housing.

- Paycheck Fairness Act. A bill that strengthens the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable.

- Campus Accountability and Safety Act. A bill to help deter sexual assault on college and university campuses and hold schools accountable for keeping their students safe.

- A bill to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 regarding reasonable break time for nursing mothers.

- Deborah Sampson Act. Establishes a pilot program aimed at women veterans to ensure appropriate support services, like access to counseling and housing assistance.

- Combat Sexual Harassment in Housing Act. A bill that makes it easier for victims to bring forward certain cases of sexual harassment under the Fair Housing Act.

- Friendly Airports for Mothers Act of 2017. A bill that requires airports to provide private accommodations for breastfeeding mothers.

- Save Women's Preventive Care Act.A bill that safeguards key women's preventive health care service from administrative action on the birth control mandate under the Affordable Care Act.

- Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act of 2017

- A Joint resolution removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment.

- The "Franken Amendment" (Defense Appropriations 2009-2017). Franken was the lead author of an amendment that would withhold U.S. defense contracts of a certain size from companies that force into arbitration employees with claims of sexual assault and harassment. The amendment has passed on a bipartisan basis in every Defense Appropriations bill since 2009.

Those examples are just from this year, for the 115th Congress, which runs through next year. Franken has been a supporter of improving the lives of women since he joined the Senate in 2009. He should stay in the Senate to continue that battle.

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