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Most recent bill summaries

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.
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Immigration

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H.R.2820 / S.874 - Dream Act of 2019

A bill to significantly lower prescription drug prices for patients in the United States by ending government-granted monopolies for manufacturers who charge drug prices that are higher than the median prices at which the drugs are available in other countries.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe the 780,000 “Dreamers” protected under DACA 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 and proves it was not an executive overreach to begin with.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe the U.S. is a nation of laws and any individual who breaks such laws, as dreamers did when they entered the country illegally, should not be protected, regardless of age. The program was an executive overreach to begin with.

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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Hide Updates Read the latest updates! 02/27/19 UPDATE:
The Bipartisan Background Checks Act passed the House with a 240 / 190 vote. It was amended in the House to clarify a few items, these include:
- exemptions in instances of…

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…

Health

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H.R.2527 - Vaccinate All Children Act of 2019

To amend the Public Health Service Act to condition receipt by States (and political subdivisions and public entities of States) of preventive health services grants on the establishment of a State requirement for students in public elementary and secondary schools to be vaccinated in accordance with the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that every child deserves to be vaccinated and parents should not get to decide whether their children receive vaccinations or not since most often parents are ill-informed. Vaccine exemptions should not be offered to parents who choose not to vaccinate their children; even having one child unprotected will kill our “herd immunity” which is the main resistance against a contagious disease.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that all vaccines should be made optional as they have been in the past and health departments in every state should continue or go back to offering vaccine exemptions to those parents who choose not to vaccinate their kids. Parents have parental rights and those rights include, and are not limited to, deciding what gets injected into their kids, even if it allegedly can affect other kids. Parents have the right to be able to send their children to public schools with their respective exemptions.
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Environment

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H.R.34 - Energy and Water Research Integration Act

To ensure consideration of water intensity in the Department of Energy’s energy research, development, and demonstration programs to help guarantee efficient, reliable and sustainable delivery of energy and clean water resources.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe in the advancement of energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices that help to minimize freshwater withdrawal and consumption, increase water use efficiency and utilize non-traditional water sources with efforts to improve the quality of the water from those sources. An Energy-Water Subcommittee needs to be established in order to promote and enable improved energy and water resource data collection, reporting and technological innovation.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You do not believe in the establishment of an Energy-Water subcommittee since you consider it to be unnecessary and a waste of resources. The technology and other practices used by the Department of Energy is sufficient and there’s no need for any form of advancement. The use of brackish or oilfield waste is necessary to help guarantee efficient, reliable or sustainable energy.

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.

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.
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Foreign Policy

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H.R.549 - Venezuela TPS Act of 2019

To designate Venezuela under section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit nationals of Venezuela to be eligible for temporary protected status under such section, and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that Venezuelans living in the U.S. who have fled the country's repressive government should be allowed an extension of the Temporary Protected Status, or TPS. This would give Venezuelans a legal status in the U.S. and grant them work permits.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that Venezuelans should not receive an extension of TPS benefits. Venezuelans can already apply to the asylum program.

Government

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H.R.115 - Protecting Diplomats from Surveillance Through Consumer Devices Act

To require the Department of State to establish a policy regarding the use of location-tracking consumer devices by employees at diplomatic and consular facilities, and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that diplomatic and consular staffs serve in some of the most dangerous areas of the world, and it is necessary to update technology policies to keep them as safe as possible. This includes shielding them from the threat posed by location-tracking consumer devices that can reveal their physical locations and movements.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe this is a major invasion of diplomatic and consular staff autonomy and privacy. Governing their private cellular and internet use is dangerous territory that could lead to overreach into government employees’ personal lives.
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Wages

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S.150 / H.R.582 - 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.
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