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Immigration reform is gathering steam in Washington, DC. The President spoke about immigration reform in his State of the Union speech — and several Democrats and Republicans alike are promoting the new Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

This isn’t the first time that lawmakers have considered sweeping immigration reform. Here’s a look at the history of immigration reform in the recent decades.

Issue Spotlight: Immigration

Here are some bills introduced in Congress related to immigration reform. Weigh in and POPVOX will deliver your message to your Members of Congress. (Bills listed chronologically, in order of introduction date.)

Please keep in mind that highlighting a bill doesn’t imply a POPVOX endorsement in any way. Rather, we’re simply trying to offer one more way to stay informed of an overwhelmingly complex legislative system.

For the first time this year, a bill emerged as the top bill of the week not related to firearms. More than 3,000 POPVOX users weighed in on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act this week, which passed the Senate. You can still weigh in on the bill — and your comment will be delivered to the House, where the bill will be considered next.

Here are the bills and proposals that POPVOX users weighed in on with Congress in the past week. Keep in mind that these numbers aren’t aggregates of total support, but just what happened in the past seven days.

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Top Bills of the Week Top Bills of the Week: Feb. 8 - 14

1. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act — Debuting on the “Top Bills” list! —

2. Banning the “Five-seveN” handgun and ammunition with the ability to pierce body armor. — Debuting on the “Top Bills” list! —

3. The Respecting States’ Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act: To allow reciprocity for the carrying of certain concealed firearms. — Debuting on the “Top Bills” list! —

4. Honoring the life of Trayvon Martin, urging the repeal of Stand Your Ground laws, and calling on the United States Government to address the crisis of racial profiling. — Debuting on the “Top Bills” list! —

5. The Gun Trafficking Prevention Act: To prevent gun trafficking.

6. The Assault Weapons Ban: A bill to regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited.

7. Federal Employee Pay Freeze:  To eliminate the 2013 statutory pay adjustment for Federal employees. — Debuting on the “Top Bills” list! —

8. Common Sense Legislation to End Gun Violence: Washington needs to pass gun laws that will keep guns out of the hands of criminals and other prohibited purchasers and keep military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines off of our streets. (Sponsored campaign by Mayors Against Illegal Guns*)

9. The Ammunition Background Check Act: A bill to appropriately restrict sales of ammunition. — Debuting on the “Top Bills” list! —

10. The Second Amendment Protection Act: To express the sense of the Congress that the US should not adopt any treaty that poses a threat to national sovereignty or abridges any rights guaranteed by the Constitution, such as the right to keep and bear arms, and to withhold funding from the United Nations unless the President certifies that the United Nations has not taken action to restrict, attempt to restrict, or otherwise adversely infringe upon the rights of individuals in the US to keep and bear arms, or abridge any of the other constitutionally protected rights of US citizens. — Debuting on the “Top Bills” list! —

11. The Safe Skies Act: To require the Secretary of Transportation to modify the final rule relating to flightcrew member duty and rest requirements for passenger operations of air carriers to apply to all-cargo operations of air carriers. — Debuting on the “Top Bills” list! —

12. The High Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act: A bill to prohibit the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices. — Debuting on the “Top Bills” list! —

13. The Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act: A bill to require face to face purchases of ammunition, to require licensing of ammunition dealers, and to require reporting regarding bulk purchases of ammunition. — Debuting on the “Top Bills” list! —

14. The Assault Weapons Ban: To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited. — Debuting on the “Top Bills” list! —

15. Senate Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform — Debuting on the “Top Bills” list! —

16. The Restore the Constitution Act: To provide that any executive action infringing on the Second Amendment has no force or effect, and to prohibit the use of funds for certain purposes.

17. The Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act: To prohibit the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices.

18. The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act: To improve hydropower. — Debuting on the “Top Bills” list! —

19. The Separation of Powers Restoration and Second Amendment Protection Act: A bill to provide that any executive action infringing on the Second Amendment has no force or effect, and to prohibit the use of funds for certain purposes.

20. The Handgun Licensing and Registration Act: To provide for the mandatory licensing and registration of handguns.

Please keep in mind that highlighting a bill doesn’t imply a POPVOX endorsement in any way. Rather, we’re simply trying to offer one more way to stay informed of an overwhelmingly complex legislative system. *POPVOX invites organizations to create “sponsored campaigns” on POPVOX, which include policy principles and actionable items directed at Congress. 

Jan. 4, 2013: With firearms and gun control legislation on the top of the minds of POPVOX users, it seemed appropriate for our first Issue Spotlight of the year to cover this issue. Not surprisingly, nearly a dozen bills have already been introduced in the 113th Congress, not to mention the more than 50 bills introduced in the 112th Congress.

We can expect debate in Congress on what, if any, legislative action is appropriate in response to the Newtown, CT, shooting - and Congress needs to hear from their constituents on this issue at this critical time. (POPVOX will deliver your letters to your Members of Congress — guaranteed.)

Firearms and Gun Control Legislation UPDATED 2/16/13

More than 40 bills have been introduced in the 113th Congress. (Note: Since some of these bills have just been introduced, bill text isn’t available yet. It generally takes a few days for the Government Printing Office to make the bill text available.)

Relating to Banning Specific Weapons and Ammunition Relating to the Sale of Firearms and Ammunition
  • HR 720 : To increase public safety by permitting the Attorney General to deny the transfer of a firearm or the issuance of firearms or explosives licenses to a known or suspected dangerous terrorist. —Just introduced!—
  • S 174 The Ammunition Background Check Act: A bill to appropriately restrict sales of ammunition. —Just introduced!—
  • S 35 The Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act: A bill to require face to face purchases of ammunition, to require licensing of ammunition dealers, and to require reporting regarding bulk purchases of ammunition.
  • HR 142 The Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act: To require face to face purchases of ammunition, to require licensing of ammunition dealers, and to require reporting regarding bulk purchases of ammunition.
  • HR 238 The Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act: To amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to restrict the ability of a person whose Federal license to import, manufacture, or deal in firearms has been revoked, whose application to renew such a license has been denied, or who has received a license revocation or renewal denial notice, to transfer business inventory firearms. 
  • HR 34 The Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act: To provide for the implementation of a system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms and for a record of sale system for those firearms.
  • HR 93 The Fire Sale Loophole Closing Act: To amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to restrict the ability of a person whose Federal license to import, manufacture, or deal in firearms has been revoked, whose application to renew such a license has been denied, or who has received a license revocation or renewal denial notice, to transfer business inventory firearms.
  • HR 404 The Straw Purchaser Penalty Enhancement Act: To enhance criminal penalties for straw purchasers of firearms.
  • HR 236 The Crackdown on Deadbeat Gun Dealers Act: To ensure greater accountability by licensed firearms dealers. 
  • S 34 The Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act: A bill to increase public safety by permitting the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms or the issuance of firearms and explosives licenses to known or suspected dangerous terrorists.
Relating to Background Checks
  • S 22 The Gun Show Background Check: A bill to establish background check procedures for gun shows.
  • HR 141 Closing the ‘gun show loophole.’ To require criminal background checks on all firearms transactions occurring at gun shows.
  • HR 137 The Fix Gun Checks Act: To ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale.
  • HR 21 The NRA Members’ Gun Safety Act: To provide for greater safety in the use of firearms.
Relating to Concealed Carry Relating to Trafficking Relating to the Second Amendment
  • S 261 : To establish and clarify that Congress does not authorize persons convicted of dangerous crimes in foreign courts to freely possess firearms in the United States. —Just introduced!—
  • HR 575 The Second Amendment Protection Act: To express the sense of the Congress that the United States should not adopt any treaty that poses a threat to national sovereignty or abridges any rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution, such as the right to keep and bear arms, and to withhold funding from the United Nations unless the President certifies that the United Nations has not taken action to restrict, attempt to restrict, or otherwise adversely infringe upon the rights of individuals in the United States to keep and bear arms, or abridge any of the other constitutionally protected rights of citizens of the United States.
  • S 82 The Separation of Powers Restoration and Second Amendment Protection Act: A bill to provide that any executive action infringing on the Second Amendment has no force or effect, and to prohibit the use of funds for certain purposes.
  • HR 410 The Restore the Constitution Act: To provide that any executive action infringing on the Second Amendment has no force or effect, and to prohibit the use of funds for certain purposes.
Relating to Children and Schools Relating to Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers
  • HR 577 The Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act: To clarify the conditions under which certain persons may be treated as adjudicated mentally incompetent for certain purposes. 
  • HR 449 The Veterans’ Heritage Firearms Act: To provide an amnesty period during which veterans and their family members can register certain firearms in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. 
  • HRes 40 House Resolution expressing that active duty military personnel who are stationed or residing in the District of Columbia should be permitted to exercise fully their rights under the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Relating to Gun Buybacks Relating to Licensing and Registration Relating to Enforcement Other Bills

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Postal Reform

In a letter to House Republicans on May 25, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor laid out the House legislative agenda for the summer and fall. Among the bills up for a vote in the coming months is the Postal Reform Act (H.R. 2309), sponsored by Representative Darrell Issa [R, CA-49].

According to Majority Leader Cantor:

"Our constituents have been—or will soon be—impacted by the closure and hours of operation changes to U.S. Postal Service (USPS) facilities across the country. This is the result of yet another government backed entity that cannot meet its financial obligations and is in need of vast reforms to its business plan and operations."

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