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Civil Rights

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H.R.51 - Washington, D.C. Admission Act

To provide for the admission of the State of Washington, D.C. into the Union.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that Washington, D.C. citizens and residents deserve democracy, equality and representation in Congress, as well as in local and state government, just as much as other people across the country do, no matter what their political party is. Washington, District of Columbia, should become the 51st state of the Union as Washington, Douglass Commonwealth.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe this to be a political move, rather than a move for the people of Washington D.C., since most of the residents in D.C. are affiliated with the Democratic Party. Washington, D.C, should remain unrepresented and not become the 51st state of the Union.

Immigration

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H.R.1044 / S.386 - Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants, and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe the restriction limit on the number of visas awarded is low and we need to provide fairness to highly skilled immigrants who are stuck on a backlog for their green cards. By increasing the chances for highly skilled immigrants to be awarded more visas, our country’s economy will be at a better place to compete with other global economies.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that highly skilled immigrants already have a decent chance of getting their green cards approved, even if there is a backlog. This legislation does not put American citizens first above non-citizens.
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Gun Rights / Gun Control

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H.R.8 - Bipartisan Background Checks Act

To require a background check for every firearm sale.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that for every gun sale in the country, there should be a background check associated with it. This will keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that universal background checks on firearms sales are unnecessary since background checks do not stop all criminals from getting firearms. This proposal could deprive some individuals of due process law.
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Wages

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H.R.790 - Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act

To provide for a pay increase in 2019 for certain civilian employees of the Federal Government, and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe Congress should provide federal employees the same 2.6% pay raise that was given to military personnel in a 2019 spending bill. Since the 35-day government shutdown caused 800,000 federal employees to have two paychecks delayed, causing a financial burden, the pay raise is not only a necessity, but a gesture of appreciation to the federal workforce.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that before agreeing to creating a pay raise for federal workers, Congress should allow the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to perform a fiscal cost analysis of the bill.
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Health

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S.99 / H.R.448 - Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act

To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the negotiation of lower covered part D drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries and the establishment and application of a formulary by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under Medicare part D, and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that the government should have the ability to negotiate directly with drug companies to lower prices for Medicare beneficiaries, allowing to save tax payers over $145 billion over 10 years.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You think that federal negotiations could increase drug prices rather than reduce them. The federal government's track record of negotiations often times does not side with tax payers.

Environment

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H.Res.109 / S.Res.59 - Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal

Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe Congress should create a 10-year plan to be titled the "Green New Deal," which should achieve numerous goals, including a zero-net emissions of greenhouse gases, investing in infrastructure and industry of the U.S., creating millions of high-paying jobs, ensuring clean water and clean air for all, working with farmers and the agricultural industry, and guaranteeing affordable health insurance for all. Climate change is a threat to our national security and this plan directly tackles it.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that the Green New Deal plan would essentially create a Federal jobs program, which would force the government to do things the private industry should be providing. This could lead to further stagnation of the private sector which can ultimately hurt the U.S. economy.

Cannabis Reform

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H.R.1456 / S.597 - Marijuana Justice Act

To amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for a new rule regarding the application of the Act to marihuana, and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that marijuana should be decriminalized at a federal level while incentivizing states which disproportionately arrest low-income individuals and people of color for marijuana-related offenses, to legalize marijuana through a reduction in federal dollars. Those currently imprisoned for marijuana use or possession crimes should be allowed to petition a court for a resentencing.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that marijuana should not be removed as a Schedule I drug (Defined as having no current approved medical use in treatment in the U.S.) Marijuana does not offer any medical benefits and should continue to be criminalized.

Government

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H.J.Res.46 - Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019.

Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that Congress should terminate President Trump's national emergency declared to secure $3.6 billion in funding for the proposed souther border wall. The President should not circumvent Congress for funding, Congress has the constitutional power of the purse, the President's emergency declaration is unconstitutional.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that the President should be allowed to circumvent Congress and find funding for the souther border wall in any legal manner he chooses to. The national emergency declaration should be ultimately heard and decided by the Supreme Court and not be terminated by Congress.
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