Legislative Briefing for Week of 5.30.17
In Congress This Week:
Memorial Day Recess
ALERT! State level: CA Healthy California Act (Single-payer) passed the Senate Appropriations Committee, and next the full State Senate votes on it, possibly this week! Call your State Senator!
Issa’s activities: (Local section)
In the News: 5/25 - Another week, another spin on Issa’s Trumpcare vote: He now says his AHCA vote was just to keep momentum, “to keep the process alive so we could do reform,” and that the [Senate] bill will be a “down payment on change.” He’s urging to protect people with preexisting conditions, safeguard coverage for mental illness and protect people near retirement age from a premium spike (or the “Affordable Care Act” as we like to call it!! Arrgghh!!) LA Times. In a 5/24 press release Issa touted his votes to pass 7 bills that support veterans, NONE OF WHICH HE INTRODUCED OR COSPONSORED. (2 passed unanimously, the rest by voice vote, so Issa did nothing exceptional.)
Appearances: Town Hall, June 3rd in San Juan Capistrano. In true elitist style, Issa makes the process of attending one of his “town halls”’ more opaque and exclusionary every time--mailing postcards about attending to supporters first and scheduling the town hall on the day of March for Truth.
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 1510 Elimination of Department of Education
HR 1431/1430 Both interfering with EPA and scientific process. Passed House. On to Senate.
HR 2090 Require Voter ID law
S 993 Prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from reclassifying broadband Internet access service as a telecommunications service and from imposing certain regulations on providers.
S 1126 Prevent certain federal funding to sanctuary cities
HR 2694 - BASE Voting - 5/25 Introduced w/ Collin Peterson (D-MN), to allow active-duty service members to vote where they live and serve, instead of their “home of record.” NEW ISSA BILL!
Recommended Action: Call both Senators and demand that they not support TrumpCare in any form. Make sure they know we are watching them and will not accept any level of support for it.
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