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  • This Week in the Capitol: 1.28.24

    Bills expected on the Floor of the House this week:

    HR 6976: Protect Our Communities from DUIs Act – OPPOSE

    • This bill makes driving while intoxicated or impaired a ground for (1) barring a non-U.S. national (alien under federal law) from admission into the United States, or (2) deporting the individual.
    • Call Your Representative: ask them to vote NO on HR 6976
    • Read more here


    HR 6678: Consequences for Social Security Fraud Act – OPPOSE

    • This bill makes certain acts related to Social Security fraud a ground for (1) barring a non-U.S. national (alien under federal law) from admission into the United States, or (2) deporting the individual.
    • Call Your Representative: ask them to vote NO on HR 6678
    • Read more here


    HR 5585: Agent Raul Gonzalez Officer Safety Act – OPPOSE

    • This bill establishes new federal criminal offenses for operating a motor vehicle within 100 miles of the U.S. border while fleeing from a U.S. Border Patrol officer or a federal, state, or local law enforcement officer who is actively assisting or under the command of the U.S. Border Patrol.
    • Call Your Representative: ask them to vote NO on HR 5585
    • Read more here


    HR 6679: No Immigration Benefits for Hamas Terrorists Act – OPPOSE

    • The bill prohibits any non-U.S. national who participated in or otherwise facilitated the October 7, 2023, attacks from seeking any immigration-related relief or protections, including (1) protection from being deported to a country where the individual's life or freedom would be threatened, or (2) asylum in the United States.
    • Call Your Representative: ask them to vote NO on HR 6679
    • Read more here


    7m | Jan 29, 2024
  • This Week in the Capitol: 1.21.24

    The House is not in session this week, so we're focusing on Senate hearings.

    Senate Hearings Scheduled:

    Rules and Administration


    Judiciary - Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism


    Foreign Relations


    Budget


    Small Business and Entrepreneurship


    9m | Jan 22, 2024
  • This Week in the Capitol: 1.14.24

    Bills expected on the Floor of the House this week:

    HR 4250: PRESS Act – SUPPORT

    • Protect Reporters from Exploitative State Spying Act
    • Under this law, federal entities would not be able to compel journalists to disclose protected information except in very limited circumstances.
    • Call Your Representative: ask them to vote YES on HR 4250
    • Bipartisan sponsors
    • Read more here


    HR 3058: Recruiting Families Using Data Act of 2023 – SUPPORT

    • This bill requires state child welfare services to implement a "family partnership plan" which would improve foster care placement stability, increase rates of kinship placements (placement of children with family members), and align the composition of foster and adoptive families with the needs of children in or entering foster care.
    • Call Your Representative: ask them to vote YES on HR 803
    • Bipartisan sponsors
    • Read more here


    BUDGET

    • We expect a bipartisan budget deal to come up this week or next.
    • While this deal will not include funding for things like the war in Ukraine, passing it would help avert a partial government shutdown.
    • Call Your Representative: ask them to SUPPORT a bipartisan budget deal


    Senate Hearings Scheduled:

    Budget


    Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


    Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs


    Environment and Public Works

    • Business meeting to consider:
    • S.1863, (PROVE IT Act of 2023) to require the Secretary of Energy to conduct a study and submit a report on the greenhouse gas emissions intensity of certain products produced in the United States and in certain foreign countries.
    • S.2781, (Good Samaritan Remediation of Abandoned Hardrock Mines Act of 2023) to promote remediation of abandoned hardrock mines.
    • Tune in at 10:30am ET, Thursday, January 18, 2024 (or watch after!)
    8m | Jan 15, 2024
  • This Week in the Capitol: 1.7.24

    Bills expected on the Floor of the House this week:

    HR 788: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2023 – OPPOSE

    • This law would limit the government's ability to direct settlement payments by corporate wrongdoers to organizations that work to assist in relief efforts for broader groups of victims.
    • In the past, this ability has been used to direct settlements from big banks who were held responsible for their roles in the mortgage foreclosure crisis in the early 2000s. A portion of that settlement money was directed to community organizations that assisted broader communities affected by the foreclosure crisis.
    • Call Your Representative: ask them to vote NO on HR 788
    • Read more here


    HR 803: PROTECT Taiwan Act – SUPPORT

    • Pressure Regulatory Organizations To End Chinese Threats to Taiwan Act
    • This law would require excluding Chinese representatives from certain international organizations if there are reported actions by China that threaten Taiwan's security, society, or economy.
    • Call Your Representative: ask them to vote YES on HR 803
    • Bipartisan sponsors
    • Read more here
    • Other Taiwan-focused bill: HR 540


    HR 4768: No Russian Agriculture Act – SUPPORT

    • This law would direct the Treasury to invest in projects with the goal of reducing US reliance on Russian agricultural goods.
    • Call Your Representative: ask them to vote YES on HR 4768
    • Bipartisan sponsors
    • Read more here


    Senate Hearings Scheduled:

    Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs


    Budget


    Judiciary - Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law


    Energy and Natural Resources


    Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

    7m | Jan 8, 2024
  • The United States Congress

    Rachel and Anne talk Congress (why are there two chambers? what do they do for us?), learn that Idaho was a successful trolling of Congress, and put their Senators' and Representative's numbers in their phones.

    Do you have another example of Congress getting trolled? Already have your Senators' and Representative's numbers in your phone? Give us a shout at talktalkvote@gmail.com

    20m | Dec 26, 2023
  • Federalism

    Anne and Rachel talk federalism (we cover all the hot topics here), geek out about congressional records, and explore the federal government's resource page: www.usa.gov.

    Do you also geek out about old records from 1874? Did you notice when Rachel said "supra-natural" instead of "supranational"? Let us know at talktalkvote@gmail.com

    15m | Oct 24, 2023
  • Free Speech

    Rachel and Anne talk free speech (what exactly is it??), surprising protest songs, and how petitions can have a real impact.

    Do you have a protest song we didn't mention? Got a petition you want us to sign? Let us know at talktalkvote@gmail.com

    18m | Sep 26, 2023
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