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  1. Issue Spotlight: Adoption and Foster Care

    The number of international adoptions by American parents continued to drop since 2004. In 2012, there were 8,668 intercountry adoptions, according to the State Department. Last week, a coalition of adoption advocacy organizations called on Secretary of State John Kerry to conduct an internal review of State Department adoption policies and the implementation of the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption. The Convention establishes a system of cooperation between authorities in 93 countries to "help guarantee the best adoption practices and elimination of abuses." 

    Meanwhile, more than 400,000 children in the US foster care system, according to HHS. And Congress continues to propose bills related to international and domestic adoption, as well as foster care.

    Bills Related to Adoption

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    • S 1876A bill to reauthorize and restructure adoption incentive payments.
    • S 1870A bill to reauthorize and restructure adoption incentive payments, to better enable State child welfare agencies to prevent sex trafficking of children and serve the needs of children who are victims of sex trafficking, to increase the reliability of child support for children.
    • HR 2028Every Child Deserves a Family Act: to prohibit discrimination in adoption or foster care placements based on the sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status of any prospective adoptive or foster parent, or the sexual orientation or gender identity of the child involved. (Also S 1069 in the Senate)
    • HR 3423Protecting Adopted Children Act: to ensure the safety and well-being of adopted children. Would provide pre- and post-adoptive counseling and support services to ease the transition for children and families, according to bill sponsor.
    • HRes 24A resolution expressing the deep disappointment of the House of Representatives in the enactment by the Russia Government of a law ending inter-country adoptions of Russian children by United States citizens and urging the Russia Government to reconsider the law and prioritize the processing of inter-country adoptions involving parentless Russian children who were already matched with United States families before the enactment of the law.
    • HR 3549Protecting Adoption Act: To promote permanent families for children, privacy and safety for unwed mothers, responsible fatherhood, and security for adoptive parents by establishing a National Responsible Father Registry and encouraging States to enter into agreements to contribute the information contained in the State’s Responsible Father Registry to the National Responsible Father Registry.
    • HR 3539Adoption Promotion Act: to amend title X of the Public Health Service Act with respect to adoption and other pregnancy options counseling.
    • HR 3062Adoption Information Act: requires certain family planning service projects and programs to give assurance to provide pamphlets containing the contact information of adoption centers located in the state.
    • HR 2144Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act: to provide for a refundable adoption tax credit. (And S 1056 in the Senate.)
    • HR 1476Dave Thomas Adoption Act: to allow penalty-free withdrawals, up to $10,000, from individual retirement accounts (IRAs) if used to pay adoption expenses, and unlimited withdrawals for expenses related to the adoption of a special needs child.
    • HR 2332Adoption Tax Credit Tribal Parity Act:to recognize Indian tribal governments for purposes of determining under the adoption credit whether a child has special needs.
    • HR 286A bill to allow biological parents of handicapped children to exclude from their gross incomes difficulty of care payments made to them under a state or local foster care program.
    • S 1047Families for Foster Youth Stamp Act: requires the US Postal Service to provide for the issuance and sale of a semipostal in order to increase funding for effective programs targeted at improving permanency outcomes for youth in foster care.
    • HR 2439Protecting Adoption And Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Act: promotes permanent families for children, privacy and safety for unwed mothers and security for adoptive parents by establishing an automated National Responsible Father Registry. (And S 1203 in the Senate.)

    Bills Related to Foster Care

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  2. The POPVOX Top 20: Dec. 13 - 19

    POPVOX Users Weigh in on Gun Rights in the District of Columbia

    This week, Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia topped the list among POPVOX users. The bill would restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia; repeal the DC semiautomatic ban; repealregistration requirements; authorize ammunition sales; and remove criminal penalties for possession of unregistered firearms.

    POPVOX Roundup: Week of Dec. 13 - 19

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    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.

    • HR 3689#1 Second Amendment Enforcement Act: Restores Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia; repeals the DC semiautomatic ban; repeals registration requirements; authorizes ammunition sales; removes criminal penalties for possession of unregistered firearms.

      652 Support | 41 Oppose

    • HRes 442#2 A resolution directing the House of Representatives to bring a civil action for declaratory or injunctive relief to challenge certain policies and actions taken by the executive branch.

      343 Support | 35 Oppose

    • HR 3566#3 Domestic Violence Criminal Disarmament Act: To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide for a grant program regarding firearms.

      25 Support | 264 Oppose

    • Air Tax#4 Increasing the TSA Passenger Security Tax to Pay for Deficit Spending: The President and Congress House are seeking to increase TSA passenger security fees as part of a budget deal, according the the Airlines for America, which sponsored this campaign.*

      4 Support | 278 Oppose

    • S 1731#5 Endangered Species Amendments Act: to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to permit Governors of States to regulate intrastate endangered species and intrastate threatened species

      18 Support | 237 Oppose

    • S 1797#6 Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act: to provide for the extension of certain unemployment benefits.

      53 Support | 199 Oppose

    • HR 3590#7 SHARE Act: To protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting.

      184 Support | 23 Oppose

    • Budget#8 Bipartisan Budget Act: Amendment 1 to H.J. Res 59, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014

      23 Support | 160 Oppose

    • HR 3695#9 30-day extension of the Farm Bill:

      To provide a temporary extension of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 and amendments made by that Act, as previously extended and amended and with certain additional modifications and exceptions, to suspend permanent price support authorities.

      81 Support | 101 Oppose

    • HR 1781#10 Mustafa Akarsu Local Guard Force Support Act: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for special immigrant status for certain spouses and children of employees of the United States Government abroad killed in the line of duty.

      124 Support | 46 Oppose

    • S 356#11 The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act: to ensure that women seeking an abortion are fully informed regarding the pain experienced by their unborn child.

      32 Support | 137 Oppose

    • TPP#12 Trans-Pacific Partnership : President Obama announced in November 2009 the United States’ intention to participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, seeking to "boost US economic growth and support the creation and retention of high-quality American jobs by increasing exports in a region that includes some of the world’s most robust economies and that represents more than 40 percent of global trade.”

      6 Support | 140 Oppose

    • HR 1010#13 Fair Minimum Wage Act: To provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage.

      34 Support | 89 Oppose

    • HR 102#14 Rehab and Ahmed Amer Foster Care Improvement Act: To amend part E of title IV of the Social Security Act to require States to follow certain procedures in placing a child who has been removed from the custody of his or her parents.

      64 Support | 58 Oppose

    • S 604#15 Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act: to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, to relocate to Jerusalem the United States Embassy in Israel.

      101 Support | 8 Oppose

    • Cellphones#16 Allowing Passengers to Use Cellphones During Flights: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering whether advances in technology no longer warrant -- solely on a technological basis -- a ban on in-flight cellphone use.

      20 Support | 64 Oppose

    • HJR 104#17 A resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the sixteenth article of amendment.

      75 Support | 8 Oppose

    • HR 3513#18 Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act: to end the use of body-gripping traps in the National Wildlife Refuge System

      39 Support | 30 Oppose

    • HR 2810#19 Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act: To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to reform the sustainable growth rate and Medicare payment for physicians' services.

      55 Support | 8 Oppose

    • HR 3643#20 A bill to reauthorize the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 for 1 year.

      8 Support | 48 Oppose

    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.

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  3. POPVOX Daily Digest - December 20, 2013

    From our Hill sources

    It's the last day of work for Congress ing 2013. The House recessed last week; the Senate will take its last votes today.

    This week, the Senate has been busy wrapping up its final packages:

    Tuesday: Budget Cloture and Fire Hydrants

    On Tuesday, the Senate voted to end debate on the Budget Deal and approved a House bill that would gut guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency forcing new fire hydrants to be lead-free. Members approved H.R. 3588, the Community Fire Safety Act, by unanimous consent.

    Supporters of the bill -- practically everyone in Congress -- say the EPA guidance would make it difficult to replace hydrants starting next year, since there are not enough lead-free versions around. The Senate vote came on the same day that the EPA itself reversed its guidance, a likely reaction to the strong House vote last week (384-0).

    Wednesday: Budget Deal passed 

    On Wednesday, Senators passed a two-year budget deal that the House approved last week. The Bipartisan Budget Act stops $63 billion of sequester cuts from happening in 2014, and offsets that extra spending with several steps, including a hike on fees for air travelers and customs user fees.

    The Budget passed with 64 percent of the Senate in favor (only 51 percent was required)

    Thursday: NDAA passes Senate; moves to White House

    The final vote on the NDAA came Thursday night; the last legislative action of 2013. With 84 YAYS and 15 NAYS the bill passed, ending several weeks of protest from Republicans over Democratic restrictions on amendments for previous versions. The bill that passed on Thursday was the result of negotiations between the House and Senate. The House also voted on the bill without considering amendments. The NDAA now goes to the President to be signed into law.

    With the NDAA vote, the last legislative action of the year, the Senate will hold a few nomination votes on Friday, including one vote to end debate on the nomination of Janet Yellen to lead the Fed. A final vote on her confirmation, however, will take place in early January.

  4. The Week Ahead: Dec. 16 - 20

    From our Hill Sources: It's the last week of the year for Congress, and it will likely bring final passage of a budget and a defense authorization bill in the Senate. The House is out for the rest of the year.

    Budget

    After House and Senate budget leaders announced a bipartisan Budget Deal last week, the House quickly passed it in an easy 332-94 vote. That sets up what's likely to be an equally easy vote in the Senate on Tuesday. (Weigh in.)

    The Scoop from our Hill Sources: The budget deal is a tradeoff for both parties. For Democrats, the budget doesn't allow for an extension of emergency unemployment benefits, but it does include new revenues, in the form of various fees. For Republicans, the budget deal doesn't include entitlements, but it avoids an income tax hike, and it cuts the budget deficit further than if no deal had been reached.

    It also restores $63 billion in spending that was due to be cut by the sequester, something that will put most members of both parties at ease. While deficit hawk Republicans oppose the deal for this reason, many other Republicans had clearly become uneasy with the idea of another round of cuts across all discretionary accounts in the government, which includes defense.

    In the House, 62 Republicans voted against the budget deal, officially called an amendment to HJRes. 59, as did 32 Democrats. (See how they voted.)

    National Defense Authorization Act

    The Senate should be in a position to pass this new version of the NDAA, which the House approved last week. (Read bill text.)

    The Scoop from our Hill Sources: The House-passed bill authorizes $607 billion in defense spending for 2014, and finds compromise on issues like sexual assault in the military and Guantanamo Bay detainees that House and Senate negotiators worked out over the last few weeks.

    It does not, however, include any tougher language on Iran sanctions. Members of both parties had called for some sanctions language in order to send the message that Congress does approve of easing sanctions against Iran.

    The bill the Senate will consider is an amended version of HR 3304, the original House NDAA. Members agreed to pass a new version that reflects House and Senate compromises after a fight in the Senate over amendments stalled the bill in the upper chamber.

    Also in the Senate

    Aside from these bills, the Senate will deal with several nominations, including Jeh Johnson to be the next Secretary of Homeland Security and Janet Yellen to be the next chair of the Federal Reserve Board.

    The Senate is not expected to pass the 30-day extension of the farm bill that passed the House last week, HR 3695. Senate Democrats have said an extension is not needed.

    The House is out for the rest of the year.

    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.

     

  5. Issue Spotlight: Firearms and Gun Control

    Issue Spotlight: Firearms and Gun Control

    12/15/13: Today marks the one-year anniversary of the school shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. It's unclear whether Congress will vote on further gun control legislation in the coming year -- but it did pass a ten-year extension on the ban on undetectable firearms. Meanwhile, the Administration has issued 25 executive actions related to firearms. And President Obama's Press Secretary, Jay Carney, said this week that the Administration will "continue to press Congress to take action" and continue to take executive action "in keeping with the President's view that we can do that without in any way jeopardizing America's Second Amendment rights, which the President believes in."

    Firearms and Gun Control Legislation

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    Recently Introduced

    • HR 3689 HR 3689: To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia. --Recently Introduced--
    • HR 3643 Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act: To reauthorize the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 for 10 years and to close a loophole in the Act. --Recently Introduced--
    • HR 3626 HR 3626: To extend the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 for 10 years. --Passed by Congress--
    • HR 3590 SHARE Act: To protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting. --Recently Introduced--
    • HR 3566 Domestic Violence Criminal Disarmament Act: "would encourage states to adopt baseline policies that (1.) require officials to routinely take into account whether a gun is present in a serious domestic violence situation and (2.) take steps to protect the victim by removing the gun from the equation if it is illegally possessed or determined to be a threat to the victim," according to bill sponsor. --Recently Introduced--
    • HR 3483 Protecting Individual Liberties and States' Rights Act: to provide exceptions from the firearm prohibitions otherwise applicable in relation to marijuana if its possession is lawful under State law. --Recently Introduced--
    • HR 3484 Airport Security Act: To prohibit certain individuals from possessing a firearm in an airport. --Recently Introduced--
    • S 1660 SPORT Act: To protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting. --Recently Introduced--

    Relating to Banning Specific Weapons and Ammunition

    Relating to Background Checks

    • HR 1565 The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act: To protect Second Amendment rights, ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and provide a responsible and consistent background check process. 
    • HR 1605 The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act: To protect Second Amendment rights, ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and provide a responsible and consistent background check process.
    • S 729 The Disarm Criminals and Protect Communities Act: to protect law abiding citizens by preventing criminals from obtaining firearms.
    • S 649 The Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act: would 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.
    • S 374 The Fix Gun Checks Act: A bill 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.
    • S 22 The Gun Show Background Check Act: 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.
    • Compromise The Toomey-Schumer-Manchin Amendment: would require states and the federal government to send all necessary records on criminals and the violently mentally ill to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). It also extends the existing background check system to gun shows and online sales.

    Relating to Trafficking

    Relating to Enforcement

    Relating to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

    • HR 575 The Second Amendment Protection Act: The US should not adopt any treaty that poses a threat to national sovereignty or abridges any rights guaranteed by the US 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.
    • HCR 23 House Resolution expressing concerns about the US becoming a signatory to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, or to any similar agreement on the arms trade.
    • SCR 7 Senate Resolution expressing concerns about the US becoming a signatory to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, or to any similar agreement on the arms trade.

    Relating to the Second Amendment

    • HR 848 The Armed Prohibited Persons Act: to make grants to States to develop systems to retrieve firearms from armed prohibited persons. 
    • 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.
    • 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 the Sale of Firearms and Ammunition

    • HR 3018 Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act: to increase the excise tax and special occupational tax in respect of firearms and to increase the transfer tax on any other weapon.
    • HR 3335 Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act: to update certain procedures applicable to commerce in firearms and remove certain Federal restrictions on interstate firearms transactions.
    • S 903 Alien Gun Violence Prevention Act: to prevent the sale of firearms to all “nonimmigrant aliens” and require any non-U.S. citizen attempting to purchase a firearm to reside for at least 90 days in the state of purchase, according to the bill sponsor
    • HR 2648 To prohibit the sale or other disposition of a firearm to, and the possession, shipment, transportation, or receipt of a firearm by, certain classes of high-risk individuals. 
    • HR 2361 A bill To limit the authority of States and local governments to impose new taxes, or to increase rates of existing taxes, payable with respect to the sale of certain firearms or ammunition or payable for background checks incident to sales of firearms or ammunition.
    • HR 1369 The Firearm Risk Protection Act: To prohibit the sale of a firearm to, and the purchase of a firearm by, a person who is not covered by appropriate liability insurance coverage.
    • 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.
    • S 174 The Ammunition Background Check Act: A bill to appropriately restrict sales of ammunition.
    • 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 Gun Buybacks

    Relating to Concealed Carry

    Relating to Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers

    • HR 3199 Safe Military Bases Act: To safeguard military and civilian personnel on military bases by repealing bans on military personnel carrying firearms.
    • 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 Licensing, Registration and Tracking Purchases

    Related to Hunting and Recreational Shooting

    Other Bills

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  6. The POPVOX Top 20: Dec. 6 - 12

    Air Passenger Taxes Check in Again as the Top Issue

    This week, the top priority among POPVOX users was whether to increase the TSA passenger security tax to pay for deficit spending. This is a sponsored campaign* on POPVOX by Airlines for America. The President and Congress are seeking to increase TSA passenger security fees as part of a budget deal, according to Airlines for America.

    Undetectable firearms was another priority on the minds of POPVOX users. The Undetectable Firearms Act, passed in 1998, made it unlawful for any person to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer, or receive any firearm that is not detectable by a walk-through metal detector or standard airport imaging technology. Despite overwhelming opposition on POPVOX, Congress passed a 10-year extension of the law on Tuesday.

    POPVOX Roundup: Week of Dec. 6 - 12

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    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.

    • Air Taxes#1 Increasing the TSA Passenger Security Tax to Pay for Deficit Spending: The President and Congress House are seeking to increase TSA passenger security fees as part of a budget deal, according the the Airlines for America, which sponsored this campaign.*

      9 Support | 1,222 Oppose

    • HR 3643#2 A bill to reauthorize the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 for 1 year.

      42 Support | 611 Oppose

    • Budget#3 Amendment 1 to H.J. Res 59, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 (as engrossed by Senate):"The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 would set overall discretionary spending for the current fiscal year at $1.012 trillion—about halfway between the Senate budget level of $1.058 trillion and the House budget level of $967 billion. The agreement would provide $63 billion in sequester relief over two years, split evenly between defense and non-defense programs. In fiscal year 2014, defense discretionary spending would be set at $520.5 billion, and non-defense discretionary spending would be set at $491.8 billion."

      98 Support | 523 Oppose

    • HR 102#4 Rehab and Ahmed Amer Foster Care Improvement Act: To amend part E of title IV of the Social Security Act to require States to follow certain procedures in placing a child who has been removed from the custody of his or her parents.

      165 Support | 224 Oppose

    • TPP#5 Trans-Pacific Partnership : President Obama announced in November 2009 the United States’ intention to participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, seeking to "boost US economic growth and support the creation and retention of high-quality American jobs by increasing exports in a region that includes some of the world’s most robust economies and that represents more than 40 percent of global trade.”

      10 Support | 320 Oppose

    • S 1712#6 Employee Rights Act: A bill to provide protections for workers with respect to their right to select or refrain from selecting representation by a labor organization.

      311 Support | 12 Oppose

    • HR 1010#7 Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013: To provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage.

      42 Support | 270 Oppose

    • HR 2810#8 Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act: To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to reform the sustainable growth rate and Medicare payment for physicians’ services.

      267 Support | 30 Oppose

    • S 356#9 The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act: to ensure that women seeking an abortion are fully informed regarding the pain experienced by their unborn child.

      62 Support | 218 Oppose

    • S 604#10 Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act: to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, to relocate to Jerusalem the United States Embassy in Israel.

      258 Support | 20 Oppose

    • HR 3626#11 To extend the Undetectable Firearms Act for 10 years: to extend the Undetectable Firearms Act which made it unlawful for any person to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer, or receive any firearm that is not detectable by a walk-through metal detector or standard airport imaging technology.

      25 Support | 251 Oppose

    • HR 1781#12 Mustafa Akarsu Local Guard Force Support Act:To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for special immigrant status for certain spouses and children of employees of the United States Government abroad killed in the line of duty.

      215 Support | 38 Oppose

    • S 1774#13 A bill to reauthorize the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 for 1 year.

      13 Support | 192 Oppose

    • HR 3212#14 Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act: To ensure compliance with the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction by countries with which the United States enjoys reciprocal obligations, to establish procedures for the prompt return of children abducted to other countries

      151 Support | 10 Oppose

    • S 1431#15 Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act: Amends the Internet Tax Freedom Act to make permanent the ban on state and local taxation of Internet access and on multiple or discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce.

      144 Support | 4 Oppose

    • HJR 104#16 A resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the sixteenth article of amendment.

      133 Support | 14 Oppose

    • Doc Fix #17 Amendment 2 to H.J. Res 59, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014 (as engrossed by Senate) : Amendment #2 addresses the expiration of the current reimbursement rate for physicians treating Medicare patients.

      104 Support | 26 Oppose

    • HR 3513#18 Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act: to end the use of body-gripping traps in the National Wildlife Refuge System

      65 Support | 52 Oppose

    • S 1471#19 Alicia Dawn Koehl Respect for National Cemeteries Act : to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of the Army to reconsider decisions to inter or honor the memory of a person in a national cemetery.

      74 Support | 15 Oppose

    • HRes 411#20 A resolution impeaching Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.

      87 Support | 1 Oppose

    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.

  7. POPVOX Daily Digest - December 12, 2013

    On its last legislative day of the year, the House packed a year of work into a single day. Several major bills were passed:

    The Budget

    The Bipartisan Budget Agreement on a two year budget was hailed by most members as a significant achievement that could let Congress get back to passing separate appropriations bills, instead of continuing resolutions.

    The bill passed the House 332-94, with 62 Republicans voted against it, reflecting an unwillingness to give up the sequester.

    The budget deal repeals $63 billion from the sequester, which are mandatory cuts that members of both parties have grown to hate. It makes up for that by finding ways to reduce government spending, such as overpayments that aren't recollected. But it also calls for new fees on airline tickets and customs processing, changes that dozens of Republicans opposed.

    The budget goes to the Senate, where it should pass next week. Passage by both chambers will let Congress work on final 2014 spending levels across all agencies of the government.

    Defense Authorization

    The National Defense Authorization Act was a last minute addition to the schedule this week. The House had already passed a bill, but it got stuck in the Senate over a fight on amendments, so the House and Senate agreed to a new version that is expected to become law.

    The House passed the bill 350-69. It authorizes $607 billion in Defense Department spending in 2014. It also includes some language aimed at improving how the Department of Defense deals with sexual harassment charges, although it doesn't go as far as many Democrats wanted.

    The Senate could pass the bill by next week.

    The Farm Bill

    Republicans called up a 30-day extension of farm programs as a suspension bill, and it easily passed in a voice vote.

    The bill would ensure no spike in dairy prices, which could happen if dairy subsidies are suspended at the end of the year. However, Senate Democrats are not expected to consider this bill next week.

    Several other smaller bills were passed by the House today:

    Nominations, Space Launch Liability in Senate

    The Senate spent most of the day on nominations but did pass one bill:

  8. POPVOX Daily Digest - December 11, 2013

    From our Hill sources:

    The House held a quick legislation session after a morning meeting in which most Republicans seemed fine with a two-year budget deal that House and Senate negotiators reached this week.

    Some conservative Republicans will likely oppose the deal, but most GOP members indicated they could live with it, which means the House will try to pass it as early as Thursday.

    The deal reverses $63 billion of sequester spending cuts, and replaces it with $85 billion in new user fees and efforts to stop fraud and waste in government spending. Conservative Republicans are likely to argue that Congress should not trade spending cuts for new fees, but not enough to stop the deal.

    Similarly, Democrats are likely to argue that the deal does not extend emergency unemployment insurance, but many Democrats will support it.

    Five Suspension bills Approved in House

    In the meantime, the House considered five suspension bills today:

  9. POPVOX Daily Digest - December 10, 2013

    From our Hill sources:

    Congress had another slow day on the floor, as members waited for a budget deal and did minimal work on legislation. But late in the day, House and Senate budget negotiators announced a two-year budget deal that the House will try to pass this week.

    Budget Deal Emerges

    Among other things, the deal would reduce sequester spending cuts by $63 billion over the next two years, but finds another $85 billion in non-tax revenue and cuts to mandatory programs. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan encouraged Republicans to support it because those changes mean another $22 billion in deficit reduction, and does not include a tax hike.

    The deal was struck just three days before it was required to under legislation passed weeks ago. Members of the House and Senate were expected to make legislative text available late Tuesday night.

     The House is expected to pass the agreement this week, and is likely to do so without the full support of the Republican or Democratic caucus. The Senate is expected to approve it next week.

    Veterans Bills Pass House

    While budget talks continued, the House passed just two bills dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs:

    H.R. 1402 — the VA Expiring Authorities Extension Act. This bill authorizes ongoing VA programs for disabled veterans, and it passed 353-0.

    H.R. 3521 — the Department of Veterans Affairs Major Medical Facility Lease Authorization Act. This bill extends the ability of the VA to lease 27 medical facilities, and it passed 346-1.

    First Nominations Pass Senate under New Majority Rule.

    The Senate spent most of the day dealing with Obama administration nominations. As it did in November, the Senate triggered the "nuclear option," a process by which executive nominations can pass by a simple majority vote.

    Republicans have opposed this change from the prior process, which allowed Republicans to block nominations by preventing a vote on a motion to proceed to anyone they opposed. Those procedural votes required 60 senators to advance a nomination, but under the nuclear option, only a simple majority is needed — as a result, nominations can proceed with support from only Democrats, and then can be approved by another simple majority.

    Using this process, the Senate approved the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt of North Carolina to be the next Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. He was confirmed in a 57-41 vote.

    The Senate also approved the nomination of Patricia Millett to the Washington D.C. Circuit Court. The Senate approved her in a 56-38 vote; she was the first to be approved under the "nuclear option."

  10. POPVOX Daily Digest - December 9, 2013

    From our Hill Sources:

    The House and Senate each held quick legislative sessions that were shortened by ice and snow in Washington, which prevented some members from returning.

    Undetectable Firearms Bill Passes Senate

    The Senate passed:

    H.R. 3623 — a bill extending the Undetectable Firearms Act for 10 years. The House passed this bill last week — it would continue the current ban on guns that don't contain enough metal and can pass through metal detectors without being detected.

    Many Democrats wanted to expand current law to ensure that people can't use 3D printers to produce guns with metal parts that can be easily removed and then reassembled once a plastic gun is passed through a checkpoint.

    But the ban expired Monday night, so the Senate had little choice but to pass the clean House extension.

    In the House, Stiffer penalties for Child Abuse

    The House passed a single bill — H.R. 3627, the Kilah Davenport Child Protection Act. The bill is aimed at tracking the various state penalties for child abuse, and boosting federal penalties for child abuse.

  11. The Week Ahead: Dec. 9 - 13

    From our Hill Sources: Congress has a lot to do before it leaves for the holiday break, but it's unclear if anything will be ready in the coming days. With House Republicans saying they're done after this week, that means several big ticket items may have to wait until next year.

    The House and Senate are working on a budget deal, a farm bill, and a federal water projects bill. But each of these can be pushed off into the new year, and many believe they will.

    A Farm Bill

    One bill that could come up this week, however, is a one-month extension of federal agriculture projects, though no text is available yet.

    The Scoop: The Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act (S 954) by a bipartisan 66-27 vote on June 10, 2013. Meanwhile, the House considered the FARRM Act (HR 1947), which was defeated on June 20 by a vote of 195-234. On July 11, the House passed HR 2642, a version of the defeated bill -- without the nutrition provisions -- by a vote of 216-208. Then, on Sept. 19, the House passed a stand-alone nutrition bill, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act (HR 3102) by a vote of 217-210. The House subsequently adopted HRes 361, a resolution that combined the texts of HR 2642 and HR 3102 into one bill (HR 2642) for purposes of resolving differences with the Senate. (Source: CRS Comparison)

    The Doc Fix

    Another possible bill would again delay cuts to Medicare reimbursement rates for doctors. Text of the "doc fix" bill has also not been released.

    Related bill: The Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act (HR 2810) repeals the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) system and replaces it with a fair and stable system of payments and includes new transparency and collaboration requirements to solicit input from expert medical organizations and other groups on the development and selection of quality measures, according to bill sponsors. The bill passed the full committee by a 51-0 bipartisan vote on July 31, 2013. (Source: House Energy and Commerce Committee)

    The NDAA

    In the Senate, members have been hoping to finish a National Defense Authorization Act for 2014, but that may also have to wait until next year. The House passed its version of the bill back in June, HR 1960, and the Senate has been working on its version, S 1197, for a few weeks now.

    Undetectable Firearms

    One Senate bill that may make it over the finish line is the Undetectable Firearms Act, which requires guns to be made of enough metal to be picked up by metal detectors. The House passed a 10-year extension of this act last week, HR 3626, and the Senate could decide to pass the same bill as early as Monday, when current law expires.

    Related bill: A bill introduced in the Senate, S 1774, would extend the ban on undetectable firearms for one year. 

    Also in the House

    As members struggle to decide what can be done at the last minute, the House will also be considering several suspension bills during the week. They are:

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  12. The POPVOX Top 20: Nov. 29 - Dec. 5

    Air Passenger Taxes Check in as the Top Issue

    This week, the top priority among POPVOX users was whether to increase the TSA passenger security tax to pay for deficit spending. This is a sponsored campaign* on POPVOX by Airlines for America. The President and Congress are seeking to increase TSA passenger security fees as part of a budget deal, according to Airlines for America.

    Undetectable firearms was another priority on the minds of POPVOX users. The Undetectable Firearms Act, passed in 1998, made it unlawful for any person to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer, or receive any firearm that is not detectable by a walk-through metal detector or standard airport imaging technology. The law expires on Monday, Dec. 9, and the House this week unanimously passed a 10-year extension of the law. The Senate is in recess until Dec. 9, and will take up the issue when it returns. The Senate's version extends the ban for a year.

    POPVOX Roundup: Week of Nov. 29 - Dec 5

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    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.

    • Air Taxes#1 Increasing the TSA Passenger Security Tax to Pay for Deficit Spending: The President and Congress House are seeking to increase TSA passenger security fees as part of a budget deal, according the the Airlines for America, which sponsored this campaign.*

      0 Support | 1,746 Oppose

    • S 1774#2 A Bill to reauthorize the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 for 1 year.

      62 Support | 757 Oppose

    • HR 3626#3 To extend the Undetectable Firearms Act for 10 years: to extend the Undetectable Firearms Act which made it unlawful for any person to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer, or receive any firearm that is not detectable by a walk-through metal detector or standard airport imaging technology.

      67 Support | 739 Oppose

    • S 1731#4 The Endangered Species Amendment Act: to amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to permit Governors of States to regulate intrastate endangered species and intrastate threatened species.

      136 Support | 544 Oppose

    • S 1431#5 Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act: Amends the Internet Tax Freedom Act to make permanent the ban on state and local taxation of Internet access and on multiple or discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce.

      547 Support | 15 Oppose

    • HR 3335#6 Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act: to amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to update certain procedures applicable to commerce in firearms and remove certain Federal restrictions on interstate firearms transactions.

      474 Support | 30 Oppose

    • HR 1105#7 Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act: To amend the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to provide a registration exemption for private equity fund advisers.

      59 Support | 280 Oppose

    • S 356#8 The Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act: to ensure that women seeking an abortion are fully informed regarding the pain experienced by their unborn child.

      66 Support | 261 Oppose

    • HR 3513#9 Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act: to end the use of body-gripping traps in the National Wildlife Refuge System

      208 Support | 105 Oppose

    • HJR 104#10 A Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the sixteenth article of amendment.

      271 Support | 30 Oppose

    • S 604#11 Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act: to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, to relocate to Jerusalem the United States Embassy in Israel.

      202 Support | 17 Oppose

    • HR 657#12 Grazing Improvement Act: to amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to improve the management of grazing leases and permits.

      50 Support | 161 Oppose

    • HR 3086#13 Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act: amends the Internet Tax Freedom Act to make permanent the ban on state and local taxation of Internet access and on multiple or discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce.

      169 Support | 8 Oppose

    • S 1364#14 Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act:  to promote neutrality, implicity, and fairness in the taxation of digital goods and digital services.

      21 Support | 152 Oppose

    • S 258#15 Grazing Improvement Act: to amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to improve the management of grazing leases and permits .

      45 Support | 127 Oppose

    • CRPD#16 The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:"The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an agreement by countries around the world to make sure that people with disabilities and people without disabilities are treated equally," according to the UN.

      10 Support | 159 Oppose

    • HR 2487#17 E-SHOP Act: to direct the Federal Trade Commission to promulgate rules requiring an Internet merchant to disclose the use of personal information in establishing or changing a price

      27 Support | 137 Oppose

    • HR 1565#18 Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act: To protect Second Amendment rights, ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and provide a responsible and consistent background check process.

      8 Support | 139 Oppose

    • HR 2477#19 Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act: To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for coverage of cancer care planning and coordination under the Medicare program.

      80 Support | 17 Oppose

    • S 815#20 Employment Non-Discrimination Act: to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

      17 Support | 77 Oppose

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  13. POPVOX Daily Digest - December 5, 2013

    From our Hill sources:

    House passes the Innovation Act

    H.R. 3309 — the Innovation Act creates new requirements that patent litigants must meet when filing a patent infringement lawsuit. The goal is to make it harder for people with frivolous claims to stop filing nuisance suits against companies, which can take several years and several million dollars to defend.

    The House approved the bill 325-91. It was supported by a majority of both parties, though 64 Democrats voted against it. The bill is also supported by the Obama administration.

    Supporters say the bill is necessary because companies are spending too much money defending frivolous claims, money that could be used to expand their business. Members of both parties said it would help curb efforts to shakedown companies for settlements in cases that have no merit.

    Others worried that creating new hurdles to litigation would only make it harder for small patent holders to win suits against large companies. Some said it goes against the intent of the Constitution.

    Passage in the House means the next step is consideration in the Senate. Senate Democrats have not said if or when they will take it up.

  14. POPVOX Daily Digest - December 3, 2013

    From our Hill sources:

    The House was in to pass a key piece of gun legislation, which members easily approved despite the ongoing split between Republicans and Democrats on this issue.

    • HR 3626 a bill to extend the Undetectable Firearms Act for 10 years. Current law bans the manufacture, sale, use and import of guns that cannot be detected by a metal detector, such as plastic guns.

      Republicans have opposed other gun control bills, but they allowed this one to pass in a voice vote.

      Democrats also let it pass, although some said they would prefer a fix to the law to ensure that all critical gun components contain some metal, so these parts can be detected. Democrats fear that the advent of 3D printing can be used to build non-metal gun parts that might evade detection.

      Current law expires on December 9, which means the Senate will have to act quickly to deal with the issue when it returns next week.

     

    The House also passed three bills related to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA):

     

    Finally, the House approved several non-controversial bills dealing with the use of federal land:

    • HR 255 amending certain definitions under the Provo River Project Transfer Act, a federal land use bill. This bill passed 406-0.
    • HR 1241 allowing a land exchange involving National Forest System lands in the Inyo National Forest in California. Passed in voice vote.
    • HR 1963 The Bureau of Reclamation Conduit Hydropower Development Equity and Jobs Act, authorizing the development of certain hydropower projects. Passed in voice vote.
    • HR 2388 allowing the government to set aside land in California to the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians. Passed in voice vote.
    •  HR 2650 allowing the government to set aside land in California to the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians. Passed in voice vote.
  15. POPVOX Daily Digest - December 2, 2013

    From our Hill sources:

    The House took up two bills on Monday, and easily passed both:

    • HR 3574 The Space Launch Liability Indemnification Act. This bill extends for another year the current liability protections that the government gives to commercial space launch companies.

      Under current law, these companies must get insurance for the first half billion dollars in any damage they cause to third parties as the result of a failed launch. The next $2 billion or so is covered by the government.

      The House passed this bill 376-5.

    • HR 3588 The Community Fire Safety Act This bill changes the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act so that fire hydrants are exempt from rules about the use of lead pipe in water delivery infrastructure.

      The law was meant to help keep lead out of drinking water. But in October, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided the law would apply to fire hydrants, since they sometimes are used to provide drinking water.

      Supporters of the bill argued the EPA rule would effectively outlaw fire hydrants that are available for use today, since commercially ready hydrants don't meet the lead content rule.

      Votes about EPA rules are usually partisan, but the House passed this bill 384-0, and sent it to the Senate.

  16. Issue Spotlight: Internet Taxes

    It's "Cyber Monday"! Or, as Forbes.com said, "It's the most wonderful tax evasion day of the year!" Last year, the top online retailers (Amazon, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Target and JCPenney) reported nearly 77 million hits on Cyber Monday. As you shop online, we thought we'd spotlight some bills related to internet taxation. 

    Bills Related to Internet Taxes

    Weigh in on these bills that have been introduced by Congress. POPVOX will deliver your message to Congress. ("What is POPVOX?")

    • S 1364Digital Goods and Services Tax Fairness Act: to promote neutrality, implicity, and fairness in the taxation of digital goods and digital services. (Also HR 3724 in the House.)
    • S 743Marketplace Fairness Act: to restore States’ sovereign rights to enforce State and local sales and use tax laws with respect to remote sales under provisions of the Agreement. Defines "remote sale" as a sale of goods or services into a state in which the seller would not legally be required to pay, collect, or remit state or local sales and use taxes unless provided by this Act. (Also HR 684 in the House and S 336 in the Senate.)
    • HR 2487E-SHOP Act: directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to promulgate rules requiring an Internet merchant with annual gross revenue of more than $1 million to disclose to each consumer, prior to the final purchase of any good or service, the use of personal information in establishing or changing a price.
    • HR 3086Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act: --*Bipartisan* -- "Keeps Internet access affordable, drives innovation, and promotes access to the Internet as a critical gateway to jobs, education, healthcare, and entrepreneurial opportunities." Makes permanent the provisions of the Internet Tax Freedom Act. First enacted in 1998, the Internet Tax Freedom Act placed a moratorium on the ability of state and local governments to impose new taxes on Internet access or to impose multiple or discriminatory taxes on e-commerce, according to bill sponsors. (Also S 31 in Senate and HR 434 in the House)
    • S 1431Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act: --*Bipartisan* -- to make permanent the existing ban on Internet access taxes and on multiple and discriminatory taxes on e-commerce. The Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA), originally enacted in 1998 and extended three times, is currently scheduled to expire November 1, 2014, according to bill sponsors.

    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.

  17. The Week Ahead: Dec. 2 - 6

    From our Hill Sources: The House returns to consider two job-creation bills during a week when the Senate is out:

    In the House

    The House will consider job creation:

    House Republican leaders have said they also may consider:

    • HR 3309Innovation Act: This bill would create new requirements on anyone acting as a plaintiff in a patent lawsuit. It's goal is to make it harder for "patent trolls" to file lawsuits that are designed only to force companies to settle spurious claims, although some will argue that the bill will only make it harder for smaller companies to defend their patents.

    Members will also look at up to a dozen suspension bills, which will get less debate and require a two-thirds majority vote. They are:

    In the Senate

    The Senate returns on Dec. 9th. 

    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.

  18. Issue Spotlight: World AIDS Day

    December 1st marks World AIDS Day. This year's theme is “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.” In a proclamation, President Obama explained: "We remember the friends and loved ones we have lost, stand with the estimated 35 million people living with HIV/AIDS, and renew our commitment to preventing the spread of this virus at home and abroad. If we channel our energy and compassion into science-based results, an AIDS-free generation is within our reach."

    Bills Related to HIV/AIDS

    Weigh in on these bills and resolutions that have been introduced by Congress related to HIV/AIDS. POPVOX will deliver your message to Congress. ("What is POPVOX?")

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  19. The POPVOX Top 20: Nov. 22 - 28

    Cruel Traps Top the List

    This week, the top priority among POPVOX users was the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act, which would "end to the use of steel-jaw leghold traps on our nation’s wildlife refuges," according to bill sponsors. The bill was introduced earlier this month, and more than three in four POPVOX users support it.

    POPVOX Roundup: Week of Nov. 22 - 28

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    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.

    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.

  20. The POPVOX Top 20: Nov. 15 - 21

    Impeaching Attorney General Eric Holder

    This week, the top priority among POPVOX users was a resolution to impeach Attorney General Eric Holder. Thus far, 22 lawmakers — all Republicans — are supporting this proposal, which charges Holder with perjury, failure to comply with subpoenas and failure to discharge the duties of attorney general. 

    In June 2012, the House voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for "blocking its efforts to get the facts about Operation Fast and Furious—a flawed Justice Department sting operation that allowed 2,000 weapons to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, and is linked to the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry." (Source: The House Republican Majority

    POPVOX Roundup: Week of Nov. 15 - 21

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    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.

    • HRes 411#1 Impeaching Eric H. Holder, Jr., US Attorney General for high crimes and misdemeanors.

      518 Support | 46 Oppose

    • HR 3483#2 Protecting Individual Liberties and States' Rights Act: to provide exceptions from the firearm prohibitions otherwise applicable in relation to marijuana if its possession is lawful under State law.

      449 Support | 102 Oppose

    • HR 3478#3 Knife Owners' Protection Act: To protect the right of law-abiding citizens to transport knives interstate, notwithstanding a patchwork of local and State prohibitions.

      474 Support | 26 Oppose

    • HJR 104#4 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution to repeal the sixteenth article of amendment.

      406 Support | 71 Oppose

    • HR 1900#5 Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act: To provide for the timely consideration of all licenses, permits, and approvals required under Federal law with respect to the siting, construction, expansion, or operation of any natural gas pipeline projects.

      401 Support | 73 Oppose

    • HR 2728#6 Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act: To recognize States’ authority to regulate oil and gas operations and promote American energy security, development, and job creation. (Passed House on Nov. 20.)

      369 Support | 93 Oppose

    • HR 3513#7 Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act: To end the use of body-gripping traps in the National Wildlife Refuge System.

      313 Support | 137 Oppose

    • HR 1965#8 Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act: To streamline and ensure onshore energy permitting, provide for onshore leasing certainty, and give certainty to oil shale development for American energy security, economic development, and job creation. (Passed House on Nov. 20.)

      344 Support | 95 Oppose

    • HR 3484#9 Airport Security Act: To prohibit certain individuals from possessing a firearm in an airport.

      27 Support | 347 Oppose

    • HR 3485#10 Employee Rights Act: To provide protections for workers with respect to their right to select or refrain from selecting representation by a labor organization.

      314 Support | 44 Oppose

    • S 1712#11 Employee Rights Act: to provide protections for workers with respect to their right to select or refrain from selecting representation by a labor organization.

      298 Support | 39 Oppose

    • S 356#12 Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act: to ensure that women seeking an abortion are fully informed regarding the pain experienced by their unborn child.

      81 Support | 241 Oppose

    • S 1632#13 Restoring the 10th Amendment Act: to protect 10th Amendment rights by providing special standing for State government officials to challenge proposed regulations.

      292 Support | 30 Oppose

    • S 1664#14 One Subject at a Time Act: to end the practice of including more than one subject in a single bill by requiring that each bill enacted by Congress be limited to only one subject, and for other purposes.

      254 Support | 8 Oppose

    • S 209#15 Federal Reserve Transparency Act: to require a full audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks by the US Comptroller General.

      224 Support | 12 Oppose

    • HR 3538#16 Affordable College Textbook Act: To expand the use of open textbooks in order to achieve savings for students.

      65 Support | 157 Oppose

    • HR 2061#17 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act: To expand the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 to increase accountability and transparency in Federal spending.

      190 Support | 9 Oppose

    • S 1663#18 Write the Laws Act: to end the unconstitutional delegation of legislative power which was exclusively vested in the Senate and House of Representatives by article I, section 1 of the US Constitution, and to direct the Comptroller General to issue a report to Congress detailing the extent of the problem of unconstitutional delegation to the end that such delegations can be phased out, thereby restoring the constitutional principle of separation of powers set forth in the first sections of the Constitution.

      163 Support | 10 Oppose

    • S 815#19 Employment Non-Discrimination Act: to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

      39 Support | 131 Oppose

    • S 258#20 Grazing Improvement Act: to amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 to improve the management of grazing leases and permits.

      30 Support | 139 Oppose

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