What's going on in Congress?

Legislative Briefing for Week of 3.12.17

In Congress This Week: 
House: Introduced ACA Repeal/Replace Bill and also, passed it through two committees without a budget estimate. Week of 3/13, it is supposed to go through the Budget committee, and then the Rules committee. Finally, they are hoping to have it on the floor of the House for a vote on 3/23. These bills were drafted hastily without the Health Secretary in the country. When the ACA passed, Obama held 79 hearings over the course of a year, heard from 181 witnesses and accepted 121 amendments. This bill will affect millions and the GOP and Trump are trying to push it through Congress in just three weeks to score some kind of notch on their belts. Check each committee the bill will go through to see if your Rep is on it and if they are, call.
Senate: Overturning more Obama-era legislation. 
Issa’s activities: 
March 11th- Last minute town hall by reservation, Junior Seau Recreation Center in Oceanside, two sessions: One at 8:30am and one at 10am.
March 24th- Fundraiser at Shadowridge Golf Club in Vista. $125/person.
Monitoring Closely:
HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood Act
HR 1021/S361 To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to deem specified terrorist activities as a renunciation of nationality
S 295/276 Divide Ninth Circuit into two and add more federal judges for Trump to appoint
HR 781 Allow charitable organizations (churches) to make political statements
HR 727 To prohibit federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting after 2019  
HR 861 Eliminate EPA
HR 899 Disband the Department of Education by 2018
HR 610 To distribute vouchers for primary/secondary education and repeal certain nutrition standards in schools.
HR 483 No federal funding for sanctuary campuses that violate immigration laws
SB 562 (CA State Bill) Single-payer health system for California!!
S Con Res 8 Positive bill clarifying Emoluments Clause and calling on 45 to divest from his businesses. Four co-sponsors are on committee it is in so it has better chances of getting through. NEW BILL!
HR 1408 Repeal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act NEW BILL!
Legislative Action Item:
Call Issa/Your Representive to urge them to oppose the Repeal/Replace Bill.
***This is not a comprehensive list. We have focused on issues/people that most relate to civil rights, first amendment rights, health care, environment, women’s rights, and other causes.

Allison Stratton