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GPO Statement On H.R. 5305, The FDLP Modernization Act Of 2018

“On March 15, 2018, Committee on House Administration Chairman Gregg Harper introduced H.R. 5305, the FDLP Modernization Act of 2018, a bipartisan bill cosponsored by all other members of the Committee to reform the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). The FDLP is administered by the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO). The GPO is pleased to… Continue Reading

2017 Voting Record: Where They Stand on Financial Reform

Americans for Financial Reform: “The AFR Advocacy Fund has released its voting record for 2017, the first year of the 115th Congress. “Where They Stand on Financial Reform” (linked and attached) tracks more than 55 votes—including both legislation and nominations—that gave House members and Senators a choice: They could decide to stand up for consumers,… Continue Reading

John Paul Stevens: Repeal the Second Amendment

New York Times Opinion by retired associate justice of the United States Supreme Court – John Paul Steven: “Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday. These demonstrations demand our respect. They reveal the… Continue Reading

Is Free Public Access To Congressional Research Service Reports Coming in 2018?

Taxpayers for Common Sense: “We’re happy to see something we’ve advocated for in the past – free public access to Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports: From page 1095 [of the 2,232 page Omnibus Spending Bill] AVAILABILITY OF CRS REPORTS THROUGH LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WEBSITE.—  (1) WEBSITE.—  (A) ESTABLISHMENT AND MAINTENANCE.—The Librarian of Congress, in consultation… Continue Reading

Emma González on Why This Generation Needs Gun Control – More than 187,000 students have been exposed to gun violence at school since Columbine

In an exclusive op-ed for Teen Vogue‘s gun control issue, Parkland survivor and activist Emma González shares why young people are stepping up for gun control. NYMag – The Parkland Student Survivors Have Taken Over Media – “In the days leading up to this weekend’s March for Our Lives, the student survivors of the horrific… Continue Reading

Senator Wants to Revive Federal Research on Gun Violence, 22 Years After Congress Banned It

Mother Jones: “On Tuesday, as teenagers swarmed the Florida legislature to advocate for gun control, Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-New Mexico) renewed a familiar call for Congress to repeal an amendment that blocks the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from funding research into the public health effects of gun violence. I am calling for the repeal of the Dickey Amendment,… Continue Reading

How to Locate the Bills and Amendments a Member of Congress has Sponsored or Cosponsored in Congress.gov

In Custodia Legis – Robert Brammer: “One of the questions we are frequently asked is how to locate a bill or amendment that a member of Congress has sponsored or cosponsored. There are a few ways to do this on Congress.gov…” Continue Reading

Vox – National School Walkout Day in photos, from Parkland to London

Vox posted photos from protests around the country as students peacefully marched, assembled, spoke and listened, to speeches from peers, lawmakers, victims of mass shooting events, and civil rights pioneers, in cities across the country. The focus remained on young people leading the movement to legislate increased gun control in America. The protest here in… Continue Reading

This is the Truth – Most Gun Owners Support Policies Aimed at Reducing Gun Violence

BuzzFeed: “Gun owners who are members of the National Rifle Association and those who are not are sharply divided over support for new gun control proposals, according to a new Ipsos/BuzzFeed News poll. A slew of new proposals have come out of Congress and the White House in the weeks since 17 people were killed… Continue Reading

Social Media Use in Clearance Investigations Act of 2017 – House Report

115TH Congress Report – House of Representatives 2d Session Report 115–512. Social Media Use in Clearance Investigations Act of 2017 “H.R. 3737, The Social Media Use in Clearance Investigations Act of 2017 requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to provide pertinent data on the current and potential use of social media for clearance investigation… Continue Reading

CBO Warns Bipartisan Bank Bill Heightens Risk of Financial Crisis

The Intercept: “The Congressional Budget Office confirmed on Monday [March 5, 2018] that bank lobbyists had successfully altered language of the so-called Citigroup carve-out, potentially allowing mega-banks Citi and JPMorgan Chase to add leverage and put more debt-fueled risk on their balance sheets. CBO gave Citi and JPMorgan a 50 percent chance of convincing regulators… Continue Reading

Did the Dodd-Frank Act End ‘Too Big to Fail’?

New York Fed – Liberty Street Economics: “One goal of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 was to end “too big to fail.” Toward that goal, the Act required systemically important financial institutions to submit detailed plans for an orderly resolution (“living wills”) and authorized the FDIC to create an alternative resolution procedure. In response, the… Continue Reading