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Enhancing Access to Retirement Funds and Emergency Medications; Getting Tougher on Online Predators of Children
Enhancing Access to Retirement Funds and Emergency Medications; Getting Tougher on Online Predators of Children
December 2017
TSP Modernization Act of 2017 (H.R. 3031) – Sponsored by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on June 23, this bill will offer government employees who participate in the Thrift Savings Plan more flexible withdrawal...
Transparency for Elder Abuse, Internet Ads and Drug Pricing
Transparency for Elder Abuse, Internet Ads and Drug Pricing
November 2017
Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act (S. 178) – Sponsored by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Jan. 20, this bill is intended to prevent elder abuse and exploitation and improve the justice system's...
Disaster Assistance, Heroes and Gang Members
Disaster Assistance, Heroes and Gang Members
October 2017
Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017 (H.R. 601) – This act temporarily lifts the nation’s debt ceiling, funding the federal government through...
Sanctions on Foreign Adversaries, Breakthrough DNA Technology, and Fast-Tracked Approval for Generic Drugs
Sanctions on Foreign Adversaries, Breakthrough DNA Technology, and Fast-Tracked Approval for Generic Drugs
September 2017
Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (H.R. 3364) – This Act expands U.S. sanctions against Russia (for annexing Ukraine’s Crimea and meddling in...
New Food-Related Homeland Security Bill, Authorizing Inactivity for an Under-Staffed Agency, and Naming a New Federal Courthouse in Nashville
New Food-Related Homeland Security Bill, Authorizing Inactivity for an Under-Staffed Agency, and Naming a New Federal Courthouse in Nashville
August 2017
Securing our Agriculture and Food Act (H.R. 1238) – Introduced by Rep. David Young (R-IA) on Feb. 28, this bill authorizes a program to coordinate the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts...
Making it Easier to Fire Government Employees, Reporting on Public Safety Benefits, and Extending Whistleblower Protections
Making it Easier to Fire Government Employees, Reporting on Public Safety Benefits, and Extending Whistleblower Protections
July 2017
Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 (S. 1094) – This was one of Trump’s first piece of original legislation signed into law. The VA bill makes it easier for the Secretary...
Funding the Government, Hosting a Future World Expo and Modernizing Government Travel
Funding the Government, Hosting a Future World Expo and Modernizing Government Travel
June 2017
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R. 244) – Negotiated as a bipartisan effort, this $1.1 trillion spending bill appropriates money to keep the federal government running through the...
Promoting Space Travel, Weather Forecasting, and a Plethora of Executive Branch Memos
Promoting Space Travel, Weather Forecasting, and a Plethora of Executive Branch Memos
May 2017
National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017 (S. 422) – Sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), this bill was signed into law by President Trump on March 21. As...
Repeal and Replace Obamacare; Eliminate the EPA and Department of Education Altogether
Repeal and Replace Obamacare; Eliminate the EPA and Department of Education Altogether
April 2017
Obamacare Repeal Act (TALENT) (H.R. 175) – As expected, this was one of the first pieces of legislation proposed in the new Trump Administration. The bill would fully repeal the Patient Protection...
Promoting Jobs for Government Contractors, Women, Vets and Making an Exception for the New Administrative Cabinet
Promoting Jobs for Government Contractors, Women, Vets and Making an Exception for the New Administrative Cabinet
March 2017
Tested Ability to Leverage Exceptional National Talent Act of 2017 (TALENT) (H.R. 39) - This is the last law that was signed by President Obama, just an hour before he left the White House to attend the inaugural proceedings...
Voluntary Abortions, Obamacare, United Nations, Conflicts of Interest, and Electoral College
Voluntary Abortions, Obamacare, United Nations, Conflicts of Interest, and Electoral College
February 2017
A bill to prohibit taxpayer funded abortions (S. 184) - This bill was introduced by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) on Jan. 20 with no available text....
Congress at Work: Taking Small Steps to Reduce Lawsuits, Government Waste, Travel Hassles and Unfair Taxes
Congress at Work: Taking Small Steps to Reduce Lawsuits, Government Waste, Travel Hassles and Unfair Taxes
January 2017
American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S. 3084) - This bill was passed by Congress on Dec. 16 and went to the President for signature. Introduced in June 2016 by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Cory Gardner (R-CO),...
Congress at Work: Doing Right by Veterans, Citizen Trailblazing and Election Parity
Congress at Work: Doing Right by Veterans, Citizen Trailblazing and Election Parity
December 2016
Gold Star Families Voices Act (H.R. 4511) – Introduced in February by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), this bill amends the Veterans’ Oral History Project Act to include biographical history...
Congress at Work: Buy Cattle Online, No Taxes for Olympians, a New Wall and a Moment of Silence for Vets
Congress at Work: Buy Cattle Online, No Taxes for Olympians, a New Wall and a Moment of Silence for Vets
November 2016
Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act of 2016 (H.R. 5578) – Introduced in June by Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA), this bill guarantees specific rights for people who have been victimized by a sexual...
Congress at Work: Families to Sue Terrorist Governments, Babies Get Bathrooms and Milk, and Native American Tourism Gets a Boost
Congress at Work: Families to Sue Terrorist Governments, Babies Get Bathrooms and Milk, and Native American Tourism Gets a Boost
October 2016
Special Needs Trust Fairness Act of 2015 (H.R. 670) – Introduced in 2015 by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA), this legislation is designed to fix a 20-year-old law that puts people with disabilities...
Congress at Work: Vets Get Dental Coverage, JFK Gets a Party, and the Possible End of Ticket Gouging
Congress at Work: Vets Get Dental Coverage, JFK Gets a Party, and the Possible End of Ticket Gouging
September 2016

Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (H.R. 3700) – On July 29, President Obama signed this bipartisan legislation into law. This bill impacts the...

Congress at Work: Planning for America's 250th Birthday, Overdose Prevention, and Beefing up Benefits for Vets
Congress at Work: Planning for America's 250th Birthday, Overdose Prevention, and Beefing up Benefits for Vets
August 2016
United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act of 2016 (H.R. 4875) - On July 22, President Obama signed this bill into law. The Act establishes a commission authorized to plan, develop and coordinate the...
Congress at Work: 13 Post Offices Renamed, Native American Foster Children Get a Break, and Americans Might Get the Day Off to Vote
Congress at Work: 13 Post Offices Renamed, Native American Foster Children Get a Break, and Americans Might Get the Day Off to Vote
July 2016
An Act to Designate the United States Postal Facility Located At… – On June 13, President Barack Obama signed into law 13 separate bills to...
Congress at Work: Patriotic Bisons, Anonymous Funding, Faulty Airbags and the Right for Ex-Felons to Vote
Congress at Work: Patriotic Bisons, Anonymous Funding, Faulty Airbags and the Right for Ex-Felons to Vote
June 2016
National Bison Legacy Act (H.R. 2908) - Sponsored by Rep. Lacy Clay Jr. (D-MO), this bipartisan bill was easily passed by both the House and Senate and was signed into law on May 9. It...
Benefits for Retired Moms
Benefits for Retired Moms
May 2016
Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of 2016 (H.R. 1831) - This bipartisan bill, sponsored by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), was signed into law by the President...
Congress at Work: Reducing Disaster-Related Expenses, Pensions and Prison Sentences
Congress at Work: Reducing Disaster-Related Expenses, Pensions and Prison Sentences
April 2016
Directing Dollars to Disaster Relief Act of 2015 (S. 2109) - This legislation was sponsored by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI). The bill directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop a plan to...
Congress at Work: Fighting Weapons Development, ISIS and Dyslexia
Congress at Work: Fighting Weapons Development, ISIS and Dyslexia
March 2016
North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 (H.R. 757) - This act is designed to block North Korea's access to hard currency and goods that could be used for its weapons program and requires enhanced...
Congress at Work: Attempting to Undermine Obamacare, Closing Bank Accounts and Protecting Children from Gummy Bear-Flavored Toxins
Congress at Work: Attempting to Undermine Obamacare, Closing Bank Accounts and Protecting Children from Gummy Bear-Flavored Toxins
February 2016
An Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 2002 of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2016 (H.R. 3762) – If signed into law, this...
Congress at Work: Spending, Testing, Vetoing and Cleaning Up Global Waters
Congress at Work: Spending, Testing, Vetoing and Cleaning Up Global Waters
January 2016
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (H.R. 2029) - This is the omnibus spending bill that will fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year...
Congress at Work: Balancing the Budget, Closing Borders and Exploring Air Space
December 2015
Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314) - After three unsuccessful attempts, this bill was finally passed and signed into law on Nov. 2. The budget bill raises the government's debt ceiling to allow for higher government...
Congress at Work: Recruiting, Reimbursing and Educating
November 2015
Quarterly Financial Report Reauthorization Act (H.R. 3116) - This bill actively targets separating members of the Armed Forces to work as Customs and Border Protection officers. This bill...
Congress at Work: Parks & Reservations
October 2015
National Forest Small Tracts Act Amendments Act of 2015 (H.R. 1214) - This bill passed in the House on Sept. 16 and goes to the Senate next for consideration. Sponsored by Rep. Mark Amodel (R-NV), the...
Congress at Work: Education Reform Takes Center Stage
September 2015
Student Success Act (H.R. 5) - This education reform bill, sponsored by Rep. John Kline (R-MN) with bipartisan support, is designed to shift responsibility for student assessment and school accountability...
Congress at Work: Iran Nuclear Agreement, Phone Record Limits and Global Girl Power
August 2015
Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (H.R. 1191) - On May 7, the Senate replaced the entire text of the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act with...
Congress at Work: Where's the Beef, Trade Complexities, and Intelligent Spending
July 2015
Trade Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314) - To date, this controversial bill was passed in both the House and the Senate, but the Senate made changes and sent it back to the House on...
Congress at Work: Support for Heroes; Space and Technology Exploration
June 2015
Fallen Heroes Flag Act of 2015 (H.R. 723) - Introduced by Rep. Pete King (R-NY), this Act passed in the House on May 12 and goes to the Senate next. The bill enables immediate...
Congress at Work: Good News for Doctors, Credit Unions and NFL Teams
May 2015
Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2) - Introduced on March 24 by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), this bill passed the House and Senate...
Congress at Work: Marijuana, Secret Science and Cybersecurity
April 2015
Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act (H.R. 1013) - House Representative for Colorado's 2nd Congressional District, Jared Polis (R), introduced this...
Congress at Work: Extending/Expanding Tax Breaks and Protecting Americans in Peril
March 2015
Keystone XL Pipeline Act (S. 1) - This bill passed both the House and the Senate on Feb. 11, but was vetoed by the President on Feb. 24. The...
Congress at Work: Reviving Jettisoned Bills and Reversing Previous Legislation
February 2015
The new 114th Congress is dominated by Republicans in both houses. The Senate is comprised of 54 Republicans and 46 Democrats. In the House of...
Congress at Work: Fiscal Year Budget Passed, With Extras
January 2015
The 113th Congress, coming to a close, passed the second fewest laws of any Congress since 1947. Thanks to an outright sprint to the finish, the legislative body passed 96 bills...
Congress at Work: Executive Orders and Pending Actions
December 2014
There's been much debate lately regarding the legality of a president issuing executive orders. While the Constitution doesn't exactly state any provision for an executive order,...
Congress at Work: Approaching the End of the 113th Congress
November 2014
Each congressional term lasts two years. At any point when Congress is in session, a sitting member of Congress may introduce legislation. Once a bill has been introduced,...
Congress at Work: Protecting Production of Domestic Energy and Increasing Awareness of the Value of Small Businesses
October 2014
Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015 (H.R. Res. 124) - In September, just before legislators returned home to campaign ahead of...
Congress at Work: Activity Before the 'District Work Period' (aka 5-Week Summer Vacation)
September 2014
Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (H.R. 3230) - Sponsored by Hal Rogers, a Republican from Kentucky, this is the bipartisan...
Bringing Jobs Home and Cracking Down on Human Trafficking
August 2014
Bring Jobs Home Act (S 2569) - This bill was passed in the Senate by a vote of 93-7 on July 23 and moves to the House for debate. If the bill were to become law, corporations would...
Congress at Work: Protecting Citizens, Encouraging Small Business Growth
July 2014
There was a flurry of activity in Congress in June, with themes focused on protecting citizens and encouraging small business growth. There's even...
Congress at Work: Accountability, Authority and Lots of Opinions
June 2014
Data Act (S. 994) - Introduced on May 21, 2013, it took nearly a year for this bill to be passed and signed by the President, who did so on May 9, 2014. Sponsored...
Congress at Work: Budgets, Physicians, Black Boxes and Pop Warner Football
May 2014
Establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2015 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2016 through 2024...
Shaming Russia, Enforcing Laws and Honoring Plumbers
Shaming Russia, Enforcing Laws and Honoring Plumbers
April 2014
A Resolution Condemning Illegal Russian Aggression in Ukraine (S. Res. 378) - This is a simple resolution that condemned Putin's seizure of Crimea and demanded...
Congress at Work: Single-Payer Healthcare, Airline Safety and Props to the Seattle Seahawks
March 2014
Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act (H.R. 676) - On Feb. 13, 2014, this bill was assigned to a congressional committee for...
Congress at Work: Federal Funding, Oversight, Poison Centers and College Football
February 2014
If Congress awarded its members yearbook superlatives each year, here's how some members would have fared: Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana (R) introduced the most bills and resolutions...
Congress at Work: Budgeting and Keeping Loose Change
January 2014
Need more evidence that we have a controversially partisan Congress? In the 2013 session, only 58 new laws were...
Congress at Work: Farm Bill, etc.
December 2013
With so much attention surrounding the launch of the Healthcare Marketplace Exchange and the cancellation of millions of health care insurance policies, very little...
Shutdown Resolutions
November 2013
Congress created quite a bit of "busy work" for itself during the government shutdown, as a number of funding bills were proposed. Although many...
National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Reform Act of 2013
October 2013
This bill would repeal some of the previous contingent conditions that were established under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act that limited the oversight ability of the National...
Government Accountability for Spending, Compensation and Enforcement
September 2013
As part of an ongoing trend to rein in spending and provide more fiscal transparency, this Act is designed to limit how much the government spends to host or send employees to conferences...
Internet, Immigration and Health Incentives
August 2013
Currently, federal law requires that retailers only have to collect tax if they have an established nexus in the consumers' home state. Nexus...
 

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