March 31, 2017              

Letters, Bills, and Resolutions     

New Bills  


01.pngAHCA Fails Before House Vote – Speaker Paul Ryan said he pulled the Republican Obamacare replacement before a scheduled vote due to a loss in key votes from vulnerable Republicans whose constituents would have suffered if amendments didn’t get added. The pressure from constituents no doubt played a role, as Americans who heavily rely on the American Health care system would have witnessed the uninsured rate increase by 24 million by 2026, an increase in average premiums by 15%-20% in 2018, a decrease in the federal spending for coverage by $1.2 trillion over 10 years, and deductibles increasing by 10% by 2026. 


Updates on Previous Bills


02.pngH.R. 489 - No Religious Registry Act of 2017 - Introduced in January by Rep. DelBene (D-WA-1) to ensure individuals of all faiths are protected from the establishment of a national religious registry, has four new cosponsors:

● Rep. DeSaulnier (D-CA-11), Rep. Eshoo (D-CA-18), Rep. Doyle (D-PA-14), Rep. Dwight (D-PA-2) - Total number of co-sponsors: 77

03.pngHR. 722 - No Funds for Unconstitutional  Executive Orders Act - Introduced in January by Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY-6) to block federal funds from being used to enforce any future EO that ban refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim majority nations has one new cosponsor:

●  Rep. Cohen (D-TN-9) - Total number of co-sponsors: 50


H.R. 377 - Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2017 - Introduced in January by Rep. Diaz-Balart (R-FL- 25) and aims to shut down Muslim civil rights and civic engagement organizations in the US by alleging that they are affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, has five new cosponsors:

●  Rep. Leonard (R-NJ-7), Rep. Babin (R-TX-36), Rep. Cheney (R-WY-AL), Rep. Yoho (R-FL-3), Rep. Williams (R-TX-25) - Total number of co-sponsors: 50

05.pngHR. 1503 -SOLVE Act 2.0 - Introduced in March by Rep. Lofgren (D-CA-19), the bill intends to defund and rescind Trump's revised EO banning travel from Muslim countries and suspending the refugee program, has three new co-sponsors:

● Rep. Rush (D-IL-1), Rep. Walz ([D-MN-1), Rep. Lujan (D-NM-3) -  Total  number of co-sponsors:175

06.pngS.68 - Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2017 - Introduced in January by Sen. Cruz (R-TX), the bill has not gained any new co-sponsors. Perhaps a sign that push back from security experts and the public has been effective.

● The related Executive Order has also been put on the back burner. Officials close to the White House cited a State Department memo advising against it, stating “there’s no one monolithic Muslim Brotherhood” and a designation would be complicated by legitimate political activities in the Middle East.

07.pngJoint Resolution of Congressional Disapproval to Reduce Consumer Privacy - House Republicans passed S.J.Res.34 (HR 230) Tuesday, after it passed the Senate last week, to repeal a set of landmark web privacy protections implemented during the Obama administration. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are now barred from making privacy rules for Internet Service Provider (ISP)’s. This means that ISPs can record and sell your browsing history/data, don’t have to tell you what they collect or who they sell it to, and could give subscribers a discount for agreeing to share personal information. The resolution will be sent to the White House where President Trump will sign it into law.



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Hill Buzz

On Hate Crimes: “We can’t ignore uptick in threats and crimes against religious, racial minorities, and LGBTQ Americans. We need to combat hate crimes and support the No Hate Act” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA).

On Arab-Americans and Muslims Community Advocates Meeting with John Kelly: “We certainly heard a lot of frustration from folks in the meetings with the way the recent executive order has been rushed through. The Secretary heard those comments and he took them to heart. If we need to make changes, this is the beginning of how we make changes to those policies to make sure we balance the need for homeland security to keep us safe, but also to make sure the commerce we see here moving behind us goes forward." Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI).

On AHCA: “Sometimes you’re playing Fantasy Football and sometimes you’re in the real game. We knew the president, if we could get a repeal bill to his desk, would almost certainly veto it. This time we knew if it got to the president’s desk it would be signed.” Rep. Barton (R-TX-6).

“I'm really proud of the bill that we produced. It would make a dramatic improvement in our healthcare system and provide relief by people hurting under Obamacare. And what's probably most troubling is the worst is yet to come with Obamacare.” Paul Ryan (R-WI-1).

On Reducing Consumer Privacy: “The Senate GOP puts corporations over citizens again-,letting ISPs sell your personal information to highest bidder”  Sen, Bob Menendez‏ (D-NJ).

Further Reading

Federal Judge in Hawaii Extends HIs Block on Trump Travel Ban | NPR| March 30, 2017

Why A Muslim Women’s Day Was Needed Now More Than Ever | Bustle | March 28, 2017

The 712-page Google doc that proves Muslims Do Condemn Terrorism  | The Guardian  | March 26, 2017

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