House announces Thursday vote on revised American Health Care Act (AHCA).
The bipartisan spending bill funds the government through October 1, 2017. View section-by-section summaries of the spending bill provisions:
House Republicans unveiled legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (also know as Obamacare). We've uploaded the full bill text, so you can start messaging your lawmakers (even before the legislation is formally introduced and assigned a bill number). Share your thoughts, and we'll continue to update this page!
House Energy and Commerce will mark up the portion of the legislation under their jurisdiction on Wednesday, March 8 at 10 am.
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What the American Health Care Act (ACHA) keeps from the Affordable Care Act (ACA):
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) sets the budget and expenditures for the Department of Defense each year. Coupled with defense appropriations bills, it is how Congress oversees the defense budget.
A provision in the House bill to prohibit discrimination by federal contractors has proven controversial.
Rep. Steve Russell (R, OK-5) introduced an amendment to prohibit discrimination by government contractors against groups named in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. These laws do not include protections for the LGBTQ+ community.
Before adjourning for the fall recess, the House and Senate passed their respective Water Resources Development Acts (WRDA). The WRDA became a major player in the continuing resolution (CR) negotiations, as it includes funding for Flint, Michigan. While both versions concern the handling of water resources and give attention to the crisis in Flint, there are key differences in the bills.
Heard of the WRDA before? That’s likely because there have been ten of them passed, with the first dating back to 1974. The most recent WRDA was passed in 2007. They are typically technical bills that outline the uses, security, and infrastructure of water resources, and thus don’t receive much media attention. However, as the CR negotiations hung partially funding for Flint, the WRDA became a focal point – with bipartisan compromises helping to prevent a government shutdown.
The House version passed 399-25,
The nation was struck by tragedy in the early morning hours of June 12, when a gunman in Orlando opened fire in a gay nightclub, killing 49 people and then committing suicide. Almost unimaginably, that was only the beginning of shocking events, as the days that followed brought the killing of Philando Castile and Alton Stirling by police officers and the July 7 ambush in Dallas that left five officers dead and injured nine others. The violent events sparked debates among lawmakers about how to respond and prvent future tragedies.
On June 15, Sen. Christopher Murphy [D, CT] stood to speak and proceeded to hold the floor for the next 14 hours and 50 minutes, now the ninth-longest Senate floor speech since 1900. The filibuster ended the next morning at 2:11 am, as lawmakers reached an agreement to hold votes on gun-related measures.
The next Monday (June 20), Senate considered four gun control measures, two Democratic proposals and two Republican proposals, as amendments to Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill. Proposal from Sens. Chuck Grassley [R, IA] and Ted Cruz [R, TX] was similar to
Congress is "going to conference" on the on annual defense authorization bill:
That means House Democrats and Republicans will appoint a few members as "conferees"; Senate Democrats and Republicans will do the same. The conferees will meet to hammer out differences between what passed the House and what passed the Senate, to reach one combined version that will go back to both chambers for a vote. According to U.S. Constitution, chambers must pass identical legislation for bill to become law.
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A "sanctuary city" is one with policies to shelter immigrants who are in the United States illegally. These practices can be law (de jure) or they can be by practice (de facto). Generally, these cities do not allow municipal funds or resources to be used to enforce immigration laws, usually by not allowing police or municipal employees to inquire about an individual’s immigration status.
As the White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained, “one of the characteristic elements of our broken immigration system is the significant challenges that the federal government and federal law enforcement officials have had in enforcing the law by working closely with local law enforcement officials."
When comprehensive immigration reform efforts failed in Congress two years ago, President Obama scrapped the Secure Communities Program, which previously codified the relationship between the federal government and local law enforcement that caused a number of cities to declare themselves sanctuary cities.
The Secure Communities Program was then replaced by the Priority Enforcement Program, which focuses on convicted criminals and others who pose a danger to public safety.
Two immigration measures sponsored by Republican lawmakers failed to pass procedural hurdles in the Senate in July.
Sponsor: Sen. Pat Toomey [R, PA]
Toomey bill would have blocked federal funding for “sanctuary cities,” cities or counties that bar local enforcement from complying with federal immigration authorities. Bill failed to reach cloture by vote of 53-44.
Next up — Kate's Law, named after Kate Steinle, a San Francisco resident who was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant who had been deported multiple times.
Sponsor: Sen. Ted Cruz [R, TX]
Cruz bill would have increased the maximum penalty for illegal re-entry into the country fromtwo to five years, as well as imposing a maximum 10-year sentence on an individual who has been removed from the country 3 times.
As the U.S. economy recovers from the 2008 crisis, many wonder if the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act will be able to prevent future banking crises while still allowing investments to flourish. In response, several lawmakers have proposed legislation related to Dodd-Frank.
Following the Great Depression, the Glass-Steagall Act was enacted in 1933. The Glass-Steagall act banned commercial banks from dealing securities and prohibited investment banks from accepting deposits – essentially separating commercial and investment banks to protect consumers from risky investments and prevent future economic crises.
Under President Bill Clinton, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999 deregulated the financial market and modified the Glass-Steagall Act, allowing well-capitalized commercial banks and non-bank financial entities to affiliate under financial holding companies. It is often cited as a cause of the 2008 financial collapse.
After the 2008 financial crisis, the Dodd-Frank Act was signed into law in 2010. Its provisions include:
Volcker Rule: aims to prevent excessive risk taking by prohibiting consumer banks from proprietary trading for their own profit (similar to Glass-Steagall,