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Bob is supporting many bills to ensure that children have the opportunity for a healthy, productive and successful life--legislation that protects our children from violence and provides them with the education, healthcare, quality after-school programs, nutrition, and shelter that they need. Two of the many bills for children that he is supports are the Focus on Committed and Underpaid Staff for Children's Sake (Focus Act), which makes funding available for the provision of quality child care, and the Foster Opportunities for Success through Higher Education Reform (Foster Act), which improves the ability of foster care youth to attend and succeed in higher education. He is also working with grassroots organizations towards the goal of ending worldwide poverty within a decade.

Bob strongly supported the re-authorization of the Violence against Women Act in January 2004, which provides federal criminal provisions and grant programs to improve the criminal justice system's response to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking--and to provide critical services to victims. It also establishes a domestic violence hotline, supports battered women's shelters and rape prevention programs, and contains a provision to help stop the international trafficking of human beings.

Bob has asked to become an original co-sponsor to the Prevention First Act, which works to reduce the number of abortions by providing access to contraception and sex education. This bill will be introduced very soon.

Bob is a proud co-sponsor of H. Res. 37, as resolution honoring the life and vision of Dolores Huerta. Dolores Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers of America with Cesar Chavez and has dedicated her life to advocating on behalf of farm workers and women's rights. Ms. Huerta directed the UFW's national grape boycott taking the plight of the farm workers to the consumers. The boycott resulted in the entire California table grape industry signing a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the UFW.


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