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Most recent bill summaries

Civil Rights

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H.R.5 - Equality Act

To prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe existing civil rights law should extend protections to the LGBTQ community. Even though such protections have been granted by the federal courts, LGBTQ Americans need anti-discrimination protections written in the law in order to reaffirm access to employment, education, credit, jury service, federal funding, housing, and other public accommodations.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that federal law prohibiting sex discrimination has already been properly interpreted by federal courts and administrative to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. There is no need to make it the 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.

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.7 / S.270 - Paycheck Fairness Act

To amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex, and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe women should be able to challenge pay discrimination and hold their employers accountable for discriminatory practices. The gender pay gap in the U.S. deprives women of equal protection on the basis of sex, which directly violates the 5th and 14th Amendment of the constitution.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that the gender pay gap exists but is not because of sex discrimination. There are numerous reasons as to why an employee might make less or more than other employees. In addition, the bill could open up employers to more lawsuits and…

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.

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

Photo of Congress member Representative Nydia Velazquez

H.R.1214 - Protecting Disaster Relief Funds Act of 2019

To prohibit certain funds from being transferred or reprogrammed to plan, develop, or construct a new physical barrier along the Southwest border, and for other purposes.

You might favor this bill if:
► You believe that previously appropriated disaster relief funds should not be used to finance President Trump's border wall. These funds were appropriated with the intent of being used by disaster reliefs funds such as the Puerto Rico disaster of Puerto Rico, diverting them toward a southern border wall is mismanaging the funds.

You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that President Trump should have the option to transfer funds not used by disaster relief funds and use it towards the completion of the southern border wall. The President should have the option to use disaster funds as needed.