January 24, 2017 – Bills Proposed in the Senate

The following bills were introduced in the Senate and sent to committee on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. We’re working on an easier format and therefore have split the bills up by general topic of interest.

RELATING TO MILITARY ACTION

  1. S. 200 – Edward Markey (Democrat) proposed a bill to prohibit the conduct of a first-use nuclear strike absent a declaration of war by Congress. The bill was not cosponsored, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

RELATING TO ENERGY

  1. S. 226 – Rob Portman (Republican) introduced a bill to exclude power supply circuits, drivers, and devices that are connected to LEDs providing light or ceiling fans using direct current motors from energy conservation standards for external power supplies. Refer to H.R. 518. The bill was cosponsored by two Democrats, read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
  2. S. 217 – Lisa Murkowski (Republican) introduced a bill to amend the Denali National Park Improvement Act to clarify certain provisions relating to a natural gas pipeline authorized in the Denali National Park and Preserve. The bill was cosponsored by one Republican, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
  3. S. 215 – Lisa Murkowski (Republican) introduced a bill to authorize the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to issue and order continuing a stay of a hydroelectric license for the Mahoney Lake hydroelectric project in the State of Alaska, and for other purposes. The bill was cosponsored by one Republican, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
  4. S. 214 – Lisa Murkowski (Republican) introduced a bill to authorize the expansion of an existing hydroelectric project. The bill was cosponsored by one Republican, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

RELATING TO NATURAL RESOURCES

  1. S. 225 – Ron Wyden (Democrat) introduced a bill to amend the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 to modify provisions relating to certain land exchanges in the Mt. Hood Wilderness in the State of Oregon. The bill was cosponsored by one Democrat, read twice, and referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
  2. S. 219 –  Tom Cotton (Republican) introduced a bill to make the taking of double-crested cormorants illegal in order to preserve aquaculture facilities and protect public resources. The bill was cosponsored by five Republicans, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
  3. S. 217 – See “Relating to Energy”
  4. S. 216 – John Barrasso (Republican) introduced a bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to submit a report on the Efforts of the Bureau of Reclamation to manage its infrastructure assets. The bill was cosponsored by one Democrat, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
  5. S. 215 – See “Relating to Energy”
  6. S.214 – See “Relating to Energy”
  7. S. 213 – Lika Murkowski introduced a bill to designate the wilderness within the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve in the State of Alaska as the Jay S. Hammond Wilderness Area. The bill was cosponsored by one Republican, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
  8. S. 199 – John Barrasso (Republican) proposed a bill to authorize the use of the active capacity of the Fontenelle Reservoir. The bill was cosponsored by one Republican, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS

  1. S. 203 – Richard Burr (Republican) proposed a bill to reaffirm that the EPA may not regulate vehicles used solely for competition, and other purposes. The bill was cosponsored by eleven Republicans and three Democrats, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

RELATING TO HEALTH

  1. S. 224 – Marco Rubio (Republican) introduced a bill to amend Title 18 of the US. Code to prohibit taking minors across State lines in circumvention of laws requiring involvement of parents in abortion decisions. The bill was cosponsored by four Republicans, read twice, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
  2. S. 222 – Rand Paul (Republican) introduced a bill to repeal provisions of the Affordable Care Act and to provide private health insurance reform, and for other purposes. The bill had no cosponsors, was read twice, and referred to the Committee on Finance.
  3. S. 220 – Ben Sasse (Republican) introduced a bill to amend Title 18 of the US Code to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an attempted abortion or abortion. The bill was cosponsored by twenty-seven Republicans, read twice, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
  4. S. 204 – Ron Johnson (Republican) proposed a bill to authorize the use of unapproved medical products by patients diagnosed with a terminal illness in accordance with State law, and for other purposes. The bill was cosponsored by forty Republicans, two Democrats, and one Independent, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
  5. S. 196 – Bill Cassidy proposed a bill to provide for a Public Health Emergency Fund and for other purposes. The bill was cosponsored by four Democrats and one Republican, read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

RELATING TO HUMAN RIGHTS

  1. S. 231 – Rand Paul (Republican) proposed a bill to implement equal protection under the 14th amendment to the Constitution of the United States to include the right of each born and preborn person. The bill was cosponsored by eight Republicans, read twice, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

RELATING TO ELDER ABUSE

  1. S. 223 – Susan Collins (Republican) introduced a bill to provide immunity from suit for people who disclose potential examples of financial exploitation of senior citizens, and for other purposes. The bill was cosponsored by seven Republicans, six Democrats, and one Independent, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

RELATING TO EDUCATION

  1. S. 221 – Steve Daines (Republican) introduced a bill to allow a State to submit a declaration of intent to the Secretary of Education to combine certain funds to improve the academic achievement of students. The bill was cosponsored by five republicans, read twice, and submitted to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
  2. S. 206 – Tim Kaine (Democrat) proposed a bill to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to allow the Secretary of Education to award job training Federal Pell Grants. The bill was cosponsored by one Republican, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
  3. S. 235 – Tim Scott proposed a bill to expand opportunity through greater choice in education, and for other purposes. The bill was cosponsored by seven Republicans, read  twice, and referred to the Committee on HEalth, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

RELATING TO HOMELAND SECURITY

  1. S. 219 – Cory Gardner (Republican) proposed a bill to restrict including social security numbers on documents mailed by the Federal Government and for other purposes. The bill was not cosponsored, was read twice, and sent to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
  2. S. 211 – Ted Cruz (Republican) proposed a bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit a Governor of any State to reject the resettlement of a refugee in their State unless there is adequate assurance the refugee does not present a security risk, and for other purposes. The bill was cosponsored by one Republican, read twice, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

RELATING TO IMMIGRATION

  1. S. 211 – Refer to “Relating to Homeland Security”
  2. S. 232 – Dianne Feinstein (Democrat) proposed a bill to end the EB-5 Visa Program and to reallocate the employment creation visas to other employment-based visa classifications. The bill was cosponsored by one Republican, read twice, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
  3. S. 229 –  Martin Heinrich (Democrat) proposed a bill to make all information submitted in regard to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) confidential, and for other purposes. The bill was cosponsored by seven Democrats, read twice, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

RELATING TO SPACE EXPLORATION

  1. S. 212 – John Cornyn (Republican) introduced a bill to provide for the development of a U.S. strategy for greater human space exploration, and for other purposes. The bill was not cosponsored, was read twice, and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

RELATING TO FOREIGN AFFAIRS

  1. S.210 – Jeanne Shaheen (Democrat) introduced a bill to prohibit the applications of certain restrictive eligibility requirements to foreign non-governmental organizations under part 1 of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. The bill is in reference to the “Mexico City Policy.” The bill was cosponsored by forty-two Democrats, two Republicans, and two Independents, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
  2. S. 227 – Marco Rubio (Republican) proposed a bill to impose nonnuclear sanctions on Iran and for other purposes. The bill was cosponsored by two Republicans, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
  3. S. 198 – Senator Marco Rubio introduced a bill to require continued and enhanced annual reporting to Congress in the ” Annual Report on International Religious Freedom” on anti-Semitic incidents in Europe, the safety and security of European Jewish communities, and the efforts of the US to partner with European  governments, the European Union, and civil society groups, to combat anti-Semitism and for other purposes. The bill was cosponsored by six Democrats and five Republicans, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY

  1. S. 209 – Mike Crapo (Democrat) introduced a bill to authorize an additional district judgeship for the district of Idaho. The bill was cosponsored by one Republican, read twice, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

RELATING TO TAXES

  1. S. 208 – Angus King (Independent) introduced a bill to make the Child and Dependant Care Tax Credit Fully Refundable, and for other purposes. The bill was cosponsored by one Republican, read twice, and referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.
  2. S. 205– John Thune (Republican) proposed a bill to amend the IRS Code to repeal estate taxes and generation-skipping transfer taxes and for other purposes. The bill was cosponsored by twenty-seven Republicans, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Finance.
  3. S. 230 – Bill Cassidy (Republican) proposed a bill to amend the Internal Revenue code to allow a credit against income tax for facilities using a qualified methane conversion technology to provide transportation fuels and chemicals. The bill was not cosponsored, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Finance.
  4. S. 201 – John Cornyn (Republican) introduced a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code to ensure new wind turbines located near certain military installations are ineligible for the renewable electricity production credit and the energy credit. The bill was cosponsored by one Republican, read twice, and referred to teh Senate Committee on Finance.

RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

  1. S. 207 – Amy Klobucher (Democrat) introduced a bill to amend the Controlled Substance Act relating to controlled substance analogues. The bill was cosponsored by four Democrats and four Republicans, read twice, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

RELATING TO VETERANS AFFAIRS

  1. S. 233 – Mark Warner (Democrat) proposed a bill to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out certain major medical facility leases of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill was cosponsored by nine Democrats, six Republicans, and one Independant.

RELATING TO BUSINESS

  1. S. 234 – Joe Donnelly  (Republican) proposed a bill to provide incentives for businesses to keep jobs in America. The bill was cosponsored by two Democrats, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Finance.
  2. S. 228 – Steve Daines (Republican) proposed a bill to ensure small business providers of broadband internet can devote their resources to deployment of their services rather than compliance with cumbersome regulatory requirements, and for other purposes.  The bill was cosponsored by one Democrat, read twice, and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

RELATING TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT

  1. S. 202 – Mike Crapo (REpublican) proposed a bill to amend the Social Security Act relating to the use of determinations made by the Commissioner. The bill was cosponsored by seven Republicans, read twice, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

RELATING TO INFRASTRUCTURE

  1. S. 195 – Jeff Flake (Republican) proposed a bill to expedite the deployment of highway construction projects. The bill was not cosponsored, read twice, and referred to the Committee on the Environmental and Public Works.

RELATING TO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

  1. S. 197 – Mike Crapo (Republican) proposed a bill to amend the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act to improve compensation for workers involved in uranium mining, and for other purposes. The bill was cosponsored by three Democrats and two  Republicans, read twice, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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