Congress: Week of June 12th
Legislative Briefing for Week of 6.12.17
In Congress This Week:
House- Votes all week! Monday: HR 338 To promote a “21st-century” energy and manufacturing workforce. (read: support renewable energy AND coal.) along with a series of hydroelectric bills. For the rest of the week, votes expected on bills related to veteran health insurance, health-related lawsuits, and COBRA coverage. See full schedule here.
Senate- Health care bill is on the fast track. One area currently being engineered is cost ratio for younger vs. older adults. Also, there are battles being fought about attaching abortion provisions to the bill. This article provides a good summary of that issue as well as rules guiding the bill as it goes through the Senate.
Issa’s activities: (Local section)
In the News: 6/6- Issa is, no surprise, against CA single-payer health bill. 6/8 - Issa voted for HR 10, the “Financial CHOICE Act,” which passed with a party-line vote. His press release touts the despicable decision as a success: “The Financial CHOICE Act will restore sanity to our financial sector and curbs Dodd-Frank regulatory overreach which has become an enormous barrier to economic recovery. Dodd-Frank has allowed big banks to grow bigger, small banks to become fewer and failed to make our financial sector any safer.” 6/9- Issa posts a graph on FB showing the number of House passed bills to date-158-and stating: “Despite what the media says, the Republican-led House has been the most productive in the modern era.” (If by “productive” you mean sending bills to die in the Senate, well…)
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
S 1297 To make Title VII of Foreign Surveillance Act permanent NEW BILL
HR 2793 To make sure consumer deposits into a bank aren’t considered funds from deposit broker NEW BILL
HRes376 Support for designation of 7/2/17 as Nat’l Day of Personal Reflection and Repentance NEW BILL Can someone please tell the GOP that we are a country of all religions, not one?
HR 2776 To amend the Nat’l Labor Relations Act re: timing of elections, pre-election hearings, etc NEW BILL
HR 2775 To amend the Nat’l Labor Relations Act to require lists of employees eligible to vote in organizing elections. NEW BILL
S 1302 A bill to make certain temporary judgeships permanent NEW BILL! BAD BILL!
Recommended Action: Call Issa/Your Rep and Senators to demand a health care system that takes care of all people--not just the wealthy.
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