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.
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.
The House will consider several bills dealing with cybersecurity this week, while the Senate will spend much of the week on a bill to save the U.S. Postal Serviceom red ink.
The early part of the week for the House will be filled with several non-controversial bills. On Tuesday, the House will consider six bills dealing with federal land use:
And on Wednesday, members will consider two others:
Senate Democrats on Wednesday will begin work on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization act, S. 1925. The bill reauthorizes a program that enjoys bipartisan support, one on which Democrats in particular have been urging prompt action before the program expires at the end of 2012.
On Tuesday, the House approved a rule that deems passage of the House Republican budget resolution as having been passed by both the House and Senate. The GOP’s budget resolution for FY 2013, H.Con.Res. 112, was approved in late March, but went no where in the Senate. Republicans said they needed to “deem” Senate passage in order to establish budget guidelines that House committees will use to start work on the FY 2013 spending bills.
Other action on major bills:
H.R. 4089, the Sportsmen’s Heritage act: passed by the House on Tuesday and now moves to the Senate. The bill expands hunting, fishing and sport shooting on federal lands.
S. 1789, the 21st Century Postal Service Act: the Senate advanced this bill Tuesday and will hold another procedural vote Thursday. The bill helps the U.S. Postal Service restructure retirement payments that have dragged the USPS into the red.
S. 2230, the Paying a Fair Share Act: the Senate failed to advance this bill on Monday, due to Republican objections. The bill would set a 30 percent minimum tax rate for people earning $2 million or more a year.