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Legislative Briefing for Week of 4.3.17

In Congress This Week:

House: In the House on Monday, there is a bill designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism (HR 479). On Tues, House is considering HR1343, raising the limit to 10million dollars for securities reporting. On Wed, the GOP is tweaking health insurance rules with HR 1304. And on Thurs, they are returning to helping rich people with HR 1219. EPA is under fire. Bills HR 1430 and HR 1431 just passed the House and are moving to the Senate. HR 861, Eliminating the EPA, might come to a vote soon.

Senate: The Senate is voting on the nomination of Gorsuch next week. Feinstein has not said which way she will vote. Harris is on board for a filibuster.

Issa’s activities: (Local section)

HR 170 (Protect and Grow American Jobs Act- Issa’s bill) - Breitbart, several other sources: Issa spoke at an Atlantic Council event at the Capitol Visitor Center about his bill to raise the minimum salary required for foreign workers under the H-1B visa program from $60,000 to $100,000 a year to keep US corporations from outsourcing American jobs, saying Trump supports his reform plan, and he thinks it will have strong Senate support. He attacked Indian IT firms, alleging they've "gamed the system." It will hurt IT firms and corporations who hire low-wage foreign workers.

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 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!

HR 1510 Elimination of Department of Education.

HR 1795 (Issa is original co-sponsor) Due Process Act (seems like a decent bill) NEW BILL!

HR 1431/1430 Both interfering with EPA and scientific process. Passed House. On to Senate. Monitoring

HR 1718 Another bill to repeal the ACA. NEW BILL!

Recommended Action: Call Issa (Your Rep) and both Senators and demand transparent, thorough congressional investigations into Trump’s ties with Russia.

***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. To see full house schedule visit the House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy’s, website.


Allison Stratton