The House and Senate will return to work this week with a lot on their plate. The House will being with suspension bills and then move on the our favorite bills to watch: the appropriation bills which really ends up dividing those members who are for limited government (specifically in the GOP) and those who would rather leave government expanded or even grow it.
Monday: The House will take up suspension bills (5 of them). There are a few bills that we will be watching closely and may potentially score:
H.R. 1919: The Safeguarding America’s Pharmaceuticals Act, sponsored by Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) would set up nationwide rules aimed at allowing pharmaceuticals to be traced from the manufacturer to shippers and repackagers to pharmacies. Also, the bill would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to report to Congress on pilot projects aimed at improving cooperation with stakeholders on traceability. While well-intended, LLPH does not agree that the federal government should be involved in the business of setting up nationwide standards of tracing pharmaceuticals and would prefer that this power be left to the states. The FDA is already a bloated government agency that should be reduced, and so LLPH would encourage a “NO” vote on this bill. We may score this vote on our scorecard.
H.R. 126: The Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC)-a close ally of LLPH, is of concern to us. The bill would direct the Department of Interior to create a management program for a population of horses in North Carolina.The specificity of this program and state deeply concerns us because it seems more like an earmark in disguise. LLPH reluctantly urges a “no” vote and may score this on our scorecard.
H.R. 885: San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Boundary Expansion Act, sponsored by Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) would expand the boundaries of this Texas historical park. It will be interesting to see if this bill directs appropriations, but LLPH currently has no plans to score the vote although we will be watching it closely.
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Beginning Tuesday and for the rest of next week, the House will be working on two appropriation bills: H.R. 2216, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, and H.R. 2217, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act. LLPH will strongly be watching for opportunities to cut spending and will be scoring a lot of votes to these bills. Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SpoaSteph or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/LLPH-Second-Revolution/448588031899285?ref=hl to get quick updates on amendments we will be scoring. We’re looking forward to learning who the true leaders are in the House! Read more about the upcoming appropriation bills here: https://llphsecondrevolution.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/appropriations-season-june-1-2013/
The Senate will continue work on the Farm Bill this week. There are a lot of amendments that could be debated, but we are not aware of all of them yet. On Monday, there are two amendment votes that we know of:
Moran amend #987 (To require the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation to carry out research and development regarding a crop insurance program for alfalfa): LLPH will oppose this amendment. The last thing that we need when our country spends more than it takes in is another research program funded by the federal government. We encourage a “NO” vote on this amendment and may score it on our scorecard.
Coons amend #1079 (To modify a provision relating to funding of local and regional food aid procurement projects): This amendment is strongly opposed by LLPH. The amendment would increases the authorization for the Local and Regional Procurement (LRP) program from $40 million per year to $60 million per year from 2014 through 2018. The amendment’s authors did not even think of putting an offset in this increase of funding. Expanding government and spending more is the wrong strategy and while their intentions are good, this amendment will only increase our debt so we urge a NO vote.
In addition, the Senate is expected to work on passing S. 953 (The Student Loan Affordability Act) which would again get the government involved in student loans. This bill is even worst than the House bill because the government is specifically setting a percentage. LLPH will strongly urge a NO vote on the bill and will score it in our scorecard.
Also, read about the upcoming month in the US House here: