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EFF – Congress is At Home, So Pay Your Members a Visit

EFF: “It’s August. In the United States, that means members of Congress will be swinging back home to their home districts to check in with their state-side staffers, hit some fundraisers, and maybe host a few public events. You can meet them. Constituents can request meetings with members of Congress while they are home this August by contacting their local congressional offices. If you coordinate a meeting request with a few local allies, you’ll likely be able to meet with staffers, and you may even be able to meet with your member of Congress herself. Meetings like this matter—a lot. When members hear repeatedly from multiple constituents about overlapping concerns, those views can influence how they vote on policy issues, especially if they think those concerns will animate controversy that might complicate their careers. With so many issues vital to digital rights looming in the congressional calendar, this August is a critical time for Internet users to pressure Congress to do the right thing on mass surveillance, net neutrality, and rules that insulate platforms for liability based on content written by users. Here are some of the key issues to bring up this August, whether in meetings with your Members of Congress, or when writing for public audiences…”

Toolkit For State Legislators to Create Environmental Legislative Action

A Curated List of Environmental Laws That Both Protect The Environment and Support Economic and Job Growth – “Laws that protect the environment and the health of citizens, while simultaneously supporting economic and job growth, are being passed in state legislatures across the United States. These laws are more important than ever before and, increasingly,… Continue Reading

Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act

“The bipartisan Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR) was introduced in the US House of Representatives on July 26, 2017. Co-sponsored by Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-KS-3), Mike Doyle (D-PA-14), and Zoe Lofgren, (D-CA-19), FASTR will accelerate scientific discovery and fuel innovation by making articles reporting on publicly funded scientific research freely accessible… Continue Reading

Axios – The sky-high pay of health care CEOs belies effort to kill ACA

Bob Herman – AXIOS: “The CEOs of 70 of the largest U.S. health care companies cumulatively have earned $9.8 billion in the seven years since the Affordable Care Act was passed, and their earnings have grown faster than most Americans’ during that time, according to an Axios analysis of federal financial documents.Why it matters: The… Continue Reading

Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017 estimated to increase number of uninsured by 32 million

Follow up to previous posting of May 24, 2017 – CBO Analysis of American Health Care Act of 2017, on July 19, 2017 CBO the cost estimate on H.R. 1628, Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act of 2017: “CBO and JCT estimate that enacting this legislation would reduce federal deficits by $473 billion over the coming decade… Continue Reading

Another week another Senate health care bill

Follow up to multiple previous postings included here – Senate version of House health care repeal and replace bill eliminates coverage for 22 million Americans – today via the Washington Post – Revised Senate health-care bill still lacks the votes to pass: “The Senate GOP’s latest attempt to rewrite the Affordable Care Act showed few signs… Continue Reading

GPO’s beta website research update for July 2017

July 6, 2017 – Links to related bills on Congressional Record details pages, RSS notifications, link service “Highlights from this release include links from Congressional Record Details pages to related bills, a variety of enhancements based on feedback from users, thumbnails in search results, pagination for optimized browsing, in-context help information, new developer tools including… Continue Reading

Collaborative investigative report on rollback of federal regulations

The Deep Industry Ties of Trump’s Deregulation Teams – “In February, President Trump ordered federal agencies to form task forces charged with finding regulations to weaken or eliminate. While the names of appointees to executive-agency task forces are typically made public, some agencies are refusing to reveal who is on their panels. The New York… Continue Reading

VA fires over 500 federal employees

FCW.com – “In the wake of landmark workforce legislation giving the Veterans Affairs secretary new authority to fire and discipline employees [H.R.1259 – VA Accountability First Act of 2017], the agency released a list of adverse personnel actions from the past six months. VA isn’t naming names, but the adverse action report released July 3… Continue Reading

POGO – FOIA Turns 51: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

Via POGO: [On July 4, 2017] “the Act quietly turns 51, compared to last year’s celebration at the signing of the FOIA Improvement Act by then-President Obama. The FOIA Improvement Act included some great updates to the landmark access-to-information law, like improved requirements for agencies to proactively post documents online and a new standard of… Continue Reading

LC Drawing Justice Gallery Talk on Legal Research

In Custodia Legis, Margaret Wood: “Last week, I had the honor to give a gallery talk on the Library of Congress exhibit, Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration.  As a co-curator for the exhibit, I had helped in doing legal research for information about the cases portrayed by the drawings in the exhibit.  At… Continue Reading

Congress.gov’s Default Search Operator is now AND instead of OR

In Custodia Legis – Robert Brammer: “Congress.gov’s release 3.4 was deployed on Monday, June 26, 2017. With this new release, you may have noticed a change in your search results. This is because the default search operator on the global and advanced search form is now AND instead of OR.  For example, if you searched national park from… Continue Reading