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Congress at Work for February 2017

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Voluntary Abortions, Obamacare, United Nations, Conflicts of Interest, and Electoral College

Congress - Feb 2017A 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.

Sanctity of Human Life Act (H.R. 586) – Introduced on Jan. 17 by Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), this bill proposes to define that human life begins with fertilization, cloning or its functional equivalent, irrespective of sex, health, function or disability, defect, stage of biological development, or condition of dependency. The bill was assigned to a congressional committee on Jan. 17 for consideration before possible submission to the House or Senate.

No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017 (H.R. 7) – This bill is designed to make permanent policies that prohibit federal funding of abortions using taxpayer dollars, including health insurance subsidized by the Affordable Care Act. The bill was introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and passed the House on Jan. 24. It goes on to the Senate.

Obamacare Repeal Act (H.R. 175) – This bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 was introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-IA). It was referred to committee on Jan. 3.

A bill to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (S. 106) – This Senate version of a bill to repeal Obamacare was introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) with no available text. It was referred to committee on Jan. 12.

American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017 (H.R. 193) – This bill was introduced on Jan. 3 by Rep. Mike Rogers (D-AL) to end the United States’ membership in the United Nations.

Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017 (S. ) – Introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), this bill is intended to address financial conflicts of interest of the President and Vice President. It was assigned to a congressional committee on Jan. 9 for consideration before possible submission to the House or Senate.

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to abolish the Electoral College and to provide for the direct election of the President and Vice President of the United States. (H.J. Res. 19) – This bill was introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) on Jan. 5 and immediately assigned to committee. The bill would empower people’s votes to determine the President and Vice President of the United States.

To promote a 21st century energy and manufacturing workforce (H.R. 338) – Introduced on Jan. 5 by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), this bill proposes prioritizing grant programs for education and training for energy and manufacturing-related jobs. The bill is designed to increase the number of skilled workers trained in certain fields, including pipeline, coal, oil and gas, renewable, nuclear, and chemical manufacturing industries. The bill outlines prioritization goals, but no new funding is required. It was assigned to a congressional committee for consideration before possible submission to the House or Senate.

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