Combating Tax ID Theft

With income tax Id Theft on the rise the bill amends the criminal code to include organizations as victims for the purpose of prohibitions against identity theft or aggravated identity theft, and subject an identity theft offense committed during and in relation to tax fraud to a fined and / or up to 20 years in prison.

HR 744 Bill Report and Vote


‘Spoofing’ Reigned In

The bill amends the Communications Act of 1934 to expand prohibitions on the provision of inaccurate caller ID to persons outside the US if the recipient is within the US and adds texting by means of a telephone number and text messaging services.

HR 3670 Bill Report and Vote


Super Computers

The Secretary is directed to develop any advancements in hardware and software technology required to realize fully the potential of an exascale production system in addressing DOE target applications and solving scientific problems involving predictive modeling and simulation and large-scale data analytics and management.

HR 2495 Bill Report and Vote

Campaign Finance Constitutional Amendment Stalled

SJR 19 proposes an amendment to the Constitution reversing the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United vs FEC that held that certain campaign finance donations are an expression of First Amendment rights and can not be prohibited.

The argument in support of the bill is that the decision waters down ‘One Man, One Vote’ opening the doors to campaigns being distorted with unlimited cash. Opposition continues to hold that the First Amendment right should not be curtailed.

The bill received a 78 to 18 vote to proceed but failed to garner the necessary 60 votes to invoke cloture and bring the bill to floor debate. The Majority Leader, Senator Reid voted for the cloture motion when normally he would vote against the motion thereby allowing him to bring the bill back to the floor and so leaving the bill’s future uncertain. (We write about this bill here…)

SJR 19 Bill Report and Votes / Argument – from the bill report – Oppose   -   Support


US Citizenship Could be Lost with Terror Association

Under the bill US Citizens found to be associated in some ways with known terror organizations would be considered to have renounced their US citizenship.

The bill moved only to second reading this week.

S 2779 Bill Report and Vote


President Condemned for Guantanamo  / Bergdahl Decision

The Resolution ‘condemns and disapproves of the Obama administration’s failure to comply with the lawful 30-day statutory reporting requirement in executing the transfer of five senior Taliban members from detention at U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. in exchange for US Army Sergeant Bergdahl.

HRes 644 Bill Report and Votes.

Infant Mystery Death

The purpose of the bill is “…to improve the health of children and help better understand and enhance awareness about unexpected sudden death in early life…”

To that end the CDC Director must develop national guidelines for standard autopsy protocol.

HR 669 Bill Report and Vote


Vector-Borne Diseases Studied

The Public Health Service Act is amended to require Directors of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop scientific frameworks for research on at least two or more bacterial or parasitic vector-borne diseases that have a high domestic incidence.

HR 4701 Bill Report and Vote.


Physician Supervision Requirement Suspension

Medicare contractors are not to evaluate or enforce such requirements until the policy on supervision of such services could be revised.

HR 4067 Bill Report and Vote

ACA Rollback #53

Cited by the House Minority as the 53rd attempt to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA) the bill would allow insurers to continue offering ‘grandfathered’ group plans through 2018 outside of the ACA exchanges. Those plans would be ‘deemed’ to have met the minimum requirements for coverage and protection under the ACA.

HR 3522 Bill Report and Vote.

CBO Reports Further Drop in Deficit

The federal government ran a budget deficit of $462 billion for the first 10 months of fiscal year 2014, CBO estimates—$146 billion less than the shortfall recorded over the same span last year. Through the end of July, revenues were about 8 percent higher and outlays were about 1 percent higher than they were at the same point last year. On the basis of the revenue and spending totals thus far this fiscal year, CBO expects that the annual deficit will be in the vicinity of $500 billion, slightly larger than the $492 billion that it projected in April. Receipts for the first 10 months of fiscal year 2014 totaled $2,469 billion, CBO estimates—$182 billion more than receipts in the same period last year.

Monthly budget Review

EPA Water Regs Questioned

Fearing even puddles designated as protected waters the bill would take on Clean Water Act requirements to preserve existing rights and responsibilities under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act with respect to Waters of the United States by prohibiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from developing, finalizing, adopting, implementing, applying, administering, or enforcing a proposed rule or guidance the Agencies have developed regarding the scope of federal jurisdiction under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act.

HR 5078 Bill Report and Vote

Tsunami Protection

The bill aims to authorize and strengthen the tsunami detection, forecast, warning, research, and mitigation program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Tsunami Warning Center are to be created.

HR 5309 Bill Report and Vote

Scenic River Designation

The bill amends the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to maintain or replace certain facilities and structures for commercial recreation services at Smith Gulch in Idaho.

HR 4283 Bill Report and Vote

Hydro Project Extended

Should the licensee request, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may reinstate the license and extend for three years  the time period the licensee has to commence construction of  the American Falls Reservoir in Idaho.

S 276 Bill Report and Vote

Tech Labeling

Tech devices with video screens but too small for a label could label digitally.

HR 5161 Bill Report and Vote

External Power

Exemptions from certain efficiency standards would be permitted for external power supplies.

HR 5057 Bill Report and Vote

WWII Memorial

D.C. Memorial to Japanese-American Patriotism during WWII would be renamed.

HR 4751 Bill Report and Vote

Slave Memorial

D.C. memorial set to honor slaves and Black persons who fought for US independence.

HJR 120 Bill Report and Vote

EMS for Children

Support for training and education of EMS providers handling child emergencies.

HR 4290 Bill Report and Vote