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Permanent Tax Cuts for Americans Act

 

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Sponsor: Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13] (Introduced 01/29/2018)
Constitutional Authority Statement
[Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 19 (Monday, January 29, 2018)]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [

www.gpo.gov

]
By Mr. RODNEY DAVIS of Illinois:
H.R. 4886.
Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant to the following:
Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 of the Constitution of the
United States.
[Page H677]

 

Summary

This bill makes permanent the provisions of subtitle A (Individual Tax Reform) and subtitle B (Alternative Minimum Tax) of P.L. 115-97 (commonly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) that are currently scheduled to terminate on December 31, 2025.

To make permanent certain provisions of Public Law 115–97.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Permanent Tax Cuts for Americans Act”.

SEC. 2. SENSE OF CONGRESS.

It is the sense of Congress that—

(1) the constraints of the budget reconciliation process in the Senate required law makers to sunset certain provisions of Public Law 115–97;

(2) such provisions included those found within subtitles A and B of such Public Law dealing with the taxation of individuals;

(3) making such provisions permanent will provide future tax relief for individual taxpayers across the United States; and

(4) instead of waiting until the expiration of such provisions, Congress should act immediately to give certainty to taxpayers.

SEC. 3. CERTAIN PROVISIONS MADE PERMANENT.

Any provision of subtitle A or B of Public Law 115–97, or any amendment made by such a provision, that terminates on December 31, 2025, shall not terminate on such date.

U.s. congressman Rodney davis proudly representing the 13th district of illinois

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Concealed Carry Reciprocity

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Passed House amended (12/06/2017)

Constitutional Authority Statement

 None provided on Congress.gov

Summary

TITLE I–CONCEALED CARRY RECIPROCITY ACT OF 2017

(Sec. 101) This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by any state or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in his or her state of residence.

Additionally, the bill specifies that a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state: (1) is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone, and (2) may carry or possess the concealed handgun in federally owned lands that are open to the public.

(Sec. 102) This bill does not prohibit a law enforcement officer with reasonable suspicion of a violation of any law from conducting a brief investigative stop in accordance with the U.S. Constitution.

(Sec. 103) It specifies that certain retired and off-duty law enforcement officers who are authorized to carry concealed firearms are not subject to the federal prohibitions on possessing or discharging a firearm in a school zone.

(Sec. 104) It permits a federal judge to carry a concealed firearm in any state if the judge is not prohibited from receiving a firearm under federal law.

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Sen. Graham, Lindsey [R-SC] (Introduced 08/01/2018)
Committees: Senate – Foreign Relations
Latest Action: Senate – 08/01/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.  (All Actions)

Constitutional Authority Statement

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Summary

S. 3336

 

To strengthen the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, to combat international cybercrime, and to impose additional sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
August 1, 2018

Mr. Graham (for himself, Mr. Menendez, Mr. Gardner, Mr. Cardin, Mr. McCain, and Mrs. Shaheen) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations


A BILL

To strengthen the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, to combat international cybercrime, and to impose additional sanctions with respect to the Russian Federation, and for other purposes.

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290 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Office: (202) 224-5972
Fax: (202) 224-3808

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Rep. King, Steve [R-IA-4] (Introduced 01/23/2017)Committees:House – Education and the WorkforceLatest Action:House – 01/23/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.  (All Actions)

Constitutional Authority Statement

[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 12 (Monday, January 23, 2017)]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
By Mr. KING of Iowa:
H.R. 610.
Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant
to the following:
The “Power of the Purse” as defined in Article I, Section
9, Clause 7
[Page H608]

 

Summary

This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and limits the authority of the Department of Education (ED) such that ED is authorized only to award block grants to qualified states.

The bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state shall distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies (LEAs) based on the number of eligible children within each LEA’s geographical area. From these amounts, each LEA shall: (1) distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child, and (2) do so in a manner that ensures that such payments will be used for appropriate educational expenses.

To be eligible to receive a block grant, a state must: (1) comply with education voucher program requirements, and (2) make it lawful for parents of an eligible child to elect to enroll their child in any public or private elementary or secondary school in the state or to home-school their child.

No Hungry Kids Act

The bill repeals a specified rule that established certain nutrition standards for the national school lunch and breakfast programs. (In general, the rule requires schools to increase the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat free milk in school meals; reduce the levels of sodium, saturated fat, and trans fat in school meals; and meet children’s nutritional needs within their caloric requirements.)

 

Congressman Steve King

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Sponsor: Rep. Kinzinger, Adam [R-IL-16] (Introduced 05/10/2016)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 05/10/2016 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.  (All Actions)

Constitutional Authority Statement

 [Congressional Record Volume 162, Number 73 (Tuesday, May 10, 2016)]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
By Mr. KINZINGER of Illinois:
H.R. 5181.
Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant
to the following:
Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution of the United
States
[Page H2214]

Summary

This bill expresses the sense of Congress that:

  • foreign governments, including the governments of the Russian Federation and China, use disinformation and other propaganda tools to undermine the national security objectives of the United States and key allies and partners;
  • the U.S. government should develop a comprehensive strategy to counter foreign disinformation and propaganda and assert leadership in developing a fact-based strategic narrative; and
  • an important element of this strategy should be to promote an independent press in countries that are vulnerable to foreign disinformation.

The Department of State shall establish a Center for Information Analysis and Response to:

  • lead and coordinate the collection and analysis of information on foreign government information warfare efforts;
  • establish a framework for the integration of critical data and analysis on foreign propaganda and disinformation efforts into the development of national strategy; and
  • develop and synchronize government initiatives to expose and counter foreign information operations directed against U.S. national security interests and advance fact-based narratives that support U.S. allies and interests.

Congressman Adam Kinzinger

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Sponsor: Rep. Chaffetz, Jason [R-UT-3] (Introduced 01/10/2017)
Committees: House – Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 07/11/2017 ASSUMING FIRST SPONSORSHIP – Mr. Yoder asked unanimous consent that he may hereafter be considered as the first sponsor of H.R. 392, a bill originally introduced by Representative Chaffetz, for the purpose of adding cosponsors and requesting reprintings pursuant to clause 7 of rule XII. Agreed to without objection.  (All Actions)

Constitutional Authority Statement

[Congressional Record Volume 163, Number 6 (Tuesday, January 10, 2017)]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
By Mr. CHAFFETZ:
H.R. 392.
Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant
to the following:
Article 1, Section 8, Clauses 4 and 18 to the U.S.
Constitution.
[Page H299] 

Summary

Shown Here:
Introduced in House (01/10/2017)

Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017

This bill amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to: (1) eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, and (2) increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-based immigrants from 7% to 15% of the total number of family-sponsored visas.

The Chinese Student Protection Act of 1992 is amended to eliminate the provision requiring the reduction of annual Chinese immigrant visas to offset status adjustments under such Act.

The bill establishes a transition period during which a percentage of employment-based second and third preference (EB-2 and EB-3) immigrant visas are reserved as follows:

  • for FY2017, 15% of such visas are allotted to natives of countries other than the two countries with the largest aggregate numbers of natives obtaining such visas in FY2011;
  • for FY2018, 10% of such visas are allotted in each category to natives of countries other than the two with the largest aggregate numbers of natives obtaining such visas in FY2012; and
  • for FY2019, 10% of such visas are allotted in each category to natives of countries other than the two with the largest aggregate numbers of natives obtaining such visas in FY2015.

During the transition period, not more than 25% of the total number of the reserved EB-2 and EB-3 visas shall be allotted to natives of a single country.

For FY2015-FY2017, not more than 85% of the unreserved EB-2 and EB-3 visas shall be allotted to natives of a single country.

Amendments made by this bill shall apply beginning in FY2017.

 Jason ChaffetzUtah RepJason Chaffetz says he will resign his congressional seat effective June 30. 

 

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SEC. 2. NUMERICAL LIMITATION TO ANY SINGLE FOREIGN STATE.

(a) In General.—Section 202(a)(2) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1152(a)(2)) is amended—            

(1) in the paragraph heading, by striking “AND EMPLOYMENT-BASED”;

(2) by striking “(3), (4), and (5),” and inserting “(3) and (4),”;

(3) by striking “subsections (a) and (b) of section 203” and inserting “section 203(a)”;

(4) by striking “7” and inserting “15”; and

(5) by striking “such subsections” and inserting “such section”.

(b) Conforming Amendments.—Section 202 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1152) is amended—            

(1) in subsection (a)(3), by striking “both subsections (a) and (b) of section 203” and inserting “section 203(a)”;

(2) by striking subsection (a)(5); and

(3) by amending subsection (e) to read as follows:

“(e) Special Rules For Countries At Ceiling.—If it is determined that the total number of immigrant visas made available under section 203(a) to natives of any single foreign state or dependent area will exceed the numerical limitation specified in subsection (a)(2) in any fiscal year, in determining the allotment of immigrant visa numbers to natives under section 203(a), visa numbers with respect to natives of that state or area shall be allocated (to the extent practicable and otherwise consistent with this section and section 203) in a manner so that, except as provided in subsection (a)(4), the proportion of the visa numbers made available under each of paragraphs (1) through (4) of section 203(a) is equal to the ratio of the total number of visas made available under the respective paragraph to the total number of visas made available under section 203(a).”.

(c) Country-Specific Offset.—Section 2 of the Chinese Student Protection Act of 1992 (8 U.S.C. 1255 note) is amended—

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HR 6136 Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018

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Rep. Goodlatte, Bob [R-VA-6] (Introduced 06/19/2018)
Committees: House – Judiciary; Homeland Security; Agriculture; Natural Resources; Transportation and Infrastructure; Ways and Means; Energy and Commerce; Armed Services; Foreign Affairs; Budget; Oversight and Government Reform
Latest Action: House – 06/27/2018 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.  (All Actions)
Roll Call Votes: There have been 2 roll call votes

Constitutional Authority Statement

 [Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 102 (Tuesday, June 19, 2018)]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
By Mr. GOODLATTE:
H.R. 6136.
Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant
to the following:
Clause 4 of Section 8 of Article I of the Constitution–The
Congress shall have Power to establish a uniform Rule of
Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject Bankruptcies
throughout the United States.
[Page H5285]

Summary

Shown Here:
Introduced in House (06/19/2018)

Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018

This bill directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to achieve situational awareness and operational control of the border, including by increasing enforcement personnel.

The bill provides funding for infrastructure, law enforcement, and border security, including funds for a border wall along the southern border.

The bill provides for: (1) an Integrated Border Enforcement Team Program within DHS; (2) Tunnel Task Forces; (3) a pilot program on the use of electromagnetic spectrum to support border control operations; (4) a Biometric Identification Transnational Migration Alert Program; (5) construction of new border ports of entry; (6) a biometric exit data system at certain airports, seaports, and land ports of entry; (7) electronic passport screening and biometric matching; and (8) protections for children apprehended at the border from parental separation and for children in DHS custody.

DHS may provide assistance to a foreign country to address migrant flows affecting the United States.

DHS may provide six-year renewable contingent nonimmigrant status for certain aliens who were under the age of 16 when they first entered the United States. Adjustment to immigrant status is provided based on a point system. Children of long-term temporary foreign workers are also eligible for such status adjustment.

DHS may designate certain groups as a criminal gang. Such individuals may not seek asylum, withholding of removal, or temporary protected status.

Indemnification is provided for law enforcement entities sued for complying with DHS detainers. DHS detainer authority is revised.

The bill creates a private right of action against a state or local jurisdiction that declines to honor a DHS detainer for a convicted illegal alien who then commits murder, rape, or sexual abuse of a minor.

The bill eliminates: (1) the diversity visa program, (2) certain family-based visa categories, and (3) the per-country limit for employment-based immigrants. The per-country limit for family based-immigrants is increased.

Asylum and visa screening provisions are revised.

Congressman Bob Goodlatte

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H.R.6450 – Old Glory Only Act

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Sponsor: Rep. Duncan, Jeff [R-SC-3] (Introduced 07/19/2018)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 07/19/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.  (All Actions)

Constitutional Authority Statement

 [Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 122 (Thursday, July 19, 2018)]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
By Mr. DUNCAN of South Carolina:
H.R. 6450.
Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant
to the following:
Article I, Section 8, Clause 17 grants Congress the power
to exercise exclusive legislation pertaining to “other
needful Buildings” owned by the United States.
[Page H6589]

Summary

To prohibit the flying of any flag other than the United States flag over United States diplomatic and consular posts, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

        SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Old Glory Only Act”.

        SEC. 2. PROHIBITION ON FLYING OF CERTAIN FLAGS OVER UNITED STATES DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR POSTS.

The Secretary of State shall ensure that no United States diplomatic or consular post flies any flag other than the United States flag over such post.

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Mr. Cole submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was

referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

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Summary

To authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against the Islamic

State of Iraq and the Levant and its associated forces.

Whereas the terrorist organization referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and

the Levant and various other names (in this concurrent resolution

referred to as “ISIL”) has been systematically targeting, kidnapping,

and killing innocent men, women, and children throughout Iraq and Syria,

continues to expand its terror influence, and is responsible for recent

attacks in Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, and France;

Whereas foreign fighters, undeterred by the more than 60 nation coalition

operating against ISIL, continue to join the ranks of ISIL with the goal

of establishing a caliphate;

Whereas, on June 19, 2014, President Barack Obama stated that “ISIL poses a

threat to the Iraqi people, to the region and to U.S. interests”;

Whereas, on August 19, 2014, ISIL released a video of the beheading of an

American journalist, James Foley, and threatened to kill more Americans;

Whereas, on September 2, 2014, ISIL released a second video, of the beheading of

an Israeli-American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and again threatened to

kill more;

Whereas a Central Intelligence Agency assessment in September 2014 estimated

that ISIL can muster as many as 31,500 fighters in Syria and Iraq alone;

Whereas, on November 16, 2014, ISIL released yet another video of militant

“Jihadi John” standing over the severed head of former Army Ranger

Congressman Tom Cole

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