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Civil Rights

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H.R.1069 / S.397 - Shut Down Child Prison Camps Act

To prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services from operating unlicensed temporary emergency shelters for unaccompanied alien children.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) should be prohibited from operating unlicensed temporary emergency shelters for unaccompanied alien children. Migrants are not criminals, children should not be used as a strategy of deterrence, and asylum claims are to have due process.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe DHS should be allowed to continue operating unlicensed temporary emergency shelters for unaccompanied alien children. The government is allowed to implement strategies of deterrence, which include the operation of these shelters.
Bill Status
Introduced House Senate President Law

Immigration

Photo of Congress member Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard

H.R.6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019

To authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain aliens, and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe the 780,000 “Dreamers” protected under DACA, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) beneficiaries, deserve to remain protected and free from the fear of being deported since they have followed the rules granted to them. The courts have blocked several attempts of disbanding the program, which validates the legality behind the program.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe the U.S. will be at a disadvantage by allowing numerous immigrants a path to citizenship. The bill proposes protecting not only Dreamers, but TPS and DED recipients, which will further increase immigration numbers.
Introduced House Senate President Law

Gun Rights / Gun Control

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H.R.38 - Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2019

To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide a means by which nonresidents of a State whose residents may carry concealed firearms may also do so in the State.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe every person with a concealed carry permit has passed the federal background check requirements and should not have their rights restricted while traveling within the country. No one state should have the jurisdiction to take away law-abiding person's right simply by crossing state lines.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that since states have different requirements for concealed carry permits, permit holders may not bother to comply with the law of states they visit. These regulations are not impeding those individuals from getting permits at the states where he or she will be traveling to nor are they impeding these individuals from exercising their second amendment rights.
Introduced House Senate President Law

Taxes

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S.309 - For The 99.8 Percent Act

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reinstate estate and generation-skipping taxes, and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that the fairest way to reduce wealth inequality, invest in the middle class and preserve the democracy is to enact a progressive estate tax on the inherited wealth of multi-millionaires and billionaires. A tax system should ask the billionaire class to pay its fair share of taxes which in turn reduces the level of wealth inequality in America and creates an economy that works for the 99.8 percent and not for the wealthy and the powerful.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that the billionaire and multimillionaire class is already paying its fair share of tax income, this is just another scheme to soak the rich and collect more revenue from them. There should be no expansion on the estate tax, people should be able to accumulate wealth and redistribute it at will without fear at how high the level of the estate tax percentage is.
Introduced House Senate President Law

Health

Congress man and Representative Lamar Alexander

S.1895 - Lower Health Care Costs Act

S.1895 - Lower Health Care Costs Act - To lower health care costs.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that health care costs should be lowered. There should be a reduction in the prices of prescription drugs, and an improvement in transparency when it comes to health care. Also, there should be more investments in public health and an improvement in health information exchange.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that lowering the cost of health care will lead to a reduction in the quality of healthcare provided. The current healthcare laws protecting patients already work.
Bill Status …
Introduced House Senate President Law

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.
Introduced House Senate President Law

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.
Introduced House Senate President

Foreign Finance

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H.R.133 - United States-Mexico Economic Partnership Act

To promote economic partnership and cooperation between the United States and Mexico.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe America’s economic relationship with Mexico should be reaffirmed in order to bolster both countries’ academic institutions, entrepreneurs, infrastructure, and medical training which will benefit both nations. America needs to strengthen its economic ties with Mexico, aiming to improve the relationship with them and encourage more cooperation and diplomacy throughout the world.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe economic and academic exchanges between the U.S and Mexico already exist, making the legislation unnecessary. Other aspects of the U.S-Mexico relationship needs more attention. Mexico's interests do not align with those of America, therefore all foreign aid should be cut off.
Introduced House Senate President Law

Foreign Policy

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H.R.2037 - Saudi Arabia Human Rights and Accountability Act of 2019

To encourage accountability for the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, and report on those responsible for his murder in Saudi Arabia.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that special care and action must be taken by the Director of National Intelligence to report to Congress on foreign people who they believe played a substantial role in the murder of Khashoggi and/or obstructed the murder investigation. Those involved should be denied admittance to the U.S. The Secretary of State should restrict security assistance to Saudi Arabia on the basis of human rights violations.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that certain measures must be taken to preserve as much peace as possible with Saudi Arabia. Opening an additional investigation could lead to political and trade conflicts, which could be irreversible. It is not the United States’ responsibility to investigate murders that occurred off of American soil.
Introduced House Senate President Law

Government

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S.670 - The Sunshine Protection Act

To make daylight savings time permanent, and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that America should make Daylight Savings Time permanent across the country. Several studies confirm that Daylight Savings Time can help reduce car accidents, seasonal depression, childhood obesity and benefit the U.S. economy.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that the current Daylight Savings Time observed should be kept in place. We should continue to have eight months of Daylight Savings time and four months of Standard Time.
Bill Status
Introduced House Senate President Law

Wages

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H.R.582 / S.150 - Raise the Wage Act

A bill to provide for increases in the federal minimum wage, and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that no one who works a full time job should live in poverty. The minimum wage should be gradually raised from $8.55 an hour today to $15 an hour in five years in order to expand new economic opportunity and build an economy that works for all families. Sub-minimum wages, such as those for tipped workers, youth workers, or those with disabilities, should be phased out.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that the minimum wage is at the right level and should stay the same. The sub-minimum wages for tipped workers, youth workers, and those with disabilities should also remain the same and not be phased out.
Introduced House Senate President Law