I’ve just spent some time perusing some of the bills, acts and resolutions that have been introduced, or are on the floor for debate and I’ve spotted a few that are worth keeping a libertarian eye on moving forward. Naturally, I’ve missed some, as there are over 1,200 bills floating around, and many of these will never actually get to any point of being taken seriously…but still, some are interesting, and as always, we must be vigilant!
H.R. 624: To provide for the sharing of certain cyber threat intelligence and cyber threat information between the intelligence community and cybersecurity entities, and for other purposes. Rep. Michael Rogers [R, MI-8]
The evil one!! Yes, this is one of the most nefarious and dangerous acts – you can read my previous article here.
Summary: A bill to secure the United States against cyber attack, to improve communication and collaboration between the private sector and the Federal Government, to enhance American competitiveness and create jobs in the information technology industry, and to protect the identities and sensitive information of American citizens and businesses. Sen. John Rockefeller [D, WV]
Summary: To end membership of the United States in the United Nations.
This has zero chance of ever happening, as great a thing as it would be. Several bills pertain to the U.S. involvement in wars without Congressional approval, and Secretary of Defense Panetta has been quoted saying that U.N. approval was enough for our country to undertake military action. Rep. Paul Broun [R, GA-10]
Several Bills have been introduced on the use of drones:
- HR 1262: To provide guidance and limitations regarding the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into United States airspace.
- HR 1242: To prohibit the use of drones to kill citizens of the United States within the United States.
- S 505: A bill to prohibit the use of drones to kill citizens of the United States within the United States.
- HR 1083 The No Armed Drones Act: To establish prohibitions to prevent the use of an unmanned aircraft system as a weapon while operating in the national airspace system.
- HR 972 The Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act: To protect individual privacy against unwarranted governmental intrusion through the use of the unmanned aerial vehicles commonly called drones.
H.J.Res. 15: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.
This obviously will never happen, but I wanted to include it so that every person reading this will know how much of an idiot Rep. José Serrano [D, NY-15] is. Naturally he hails from New York, the least free state in the country.
Summary: A bill to provide that any executive action infringing on the Second Amendment has no force or effect, and to prohibit the use of funds for certain purposes. Proposed by Rand Paul.
Summary: The President in every possible instance shall submit to Congress before introducing United States Armed Forces into hostilities or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances a report, in writing, setting forth the estimated scope and duration of the hostilities or involvement.’ No funds available for the United States Armed Forces may be obligated or expended for introduction of the Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, in the absence of a declaration of war, specific statutory authorization, or a national emergency created by an attack or imminent threat of attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or the Armed Forces. From Rep. Chris Gibson [R, NY-19]
Summary: To prohibit foreign assistance to countries with a gross domestic product of $1,500,000,000,000 or more. Rep. Larry Bucshon [R, IN-8]
Summary: To amend title II of the Social Security Act to eliminate the 5-month waiting period for entitlement to disability benefits and to eliminate reconsideration as an intervening step between initial benefit entitlement decisions and subsequent hearings on the record on such decisions. Rep. Mike McIntyre [D, NC-7]
Over 14 million Americans are already on disability, and most of those are scamming the system on our dime. No thanks.
H.R. 202: To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to limit citizens suits against publicly owned treatment works, to provide for defenses, to extend the period of a permit, to limit attorneys fees, and for other purposes. Rep. Tom McClintock [R, CA-4]
What? No. Ridiculous. Every citizen has a right to sue any public work or otherwise that is infringing on personal liberty, health, property, etc. The only weapon in many cases that a citizen has is to take up the case in the courts and this clown wants to limit those suits?
S.Res. 4: A resolution to limit certain uses of the filibuster in the Senate to improve the legislative process. Sen. Tom Udall [D, NM]
What do you think spurred this on? Hmmm….tough to think of, but probably this.
Summary: To amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for the termination of further retirement benefits for Members of Congress, except the right to continue participating in the Thrift Savings Plan, and for other purposes. Rep. Tim Griffin [R, AR-2]
I love this bill. LOVE IT. Naturally, there will be no support for this, as it’s not in the self interest of those in Congress.
Summary: To permit small business concerns operating in the United States to elect to be exempt from certain Federal rules and regulations, and for other purposes. Rep. Scott Garrett [R, NJ-5]
Another bill that’s a nice step in the right direction, as the U.S. has one of the least-business friendly systems available for business in general and small business in particular. A lowering of our “highest in the world” corporate tax rate would be a nice addition to this..
Summary: To provide that human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization. Rep. Paul Broun [R, GA-10]
Yet another attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade on a federal level. We support state-by-state laws governing this, which is the way it should stay.
Summary: To prohibit employers and certain other entities from requiring or requesting that employees and certain other individuals provide a user name, password, or other means for accessing a personal account on any social networking website. Rep. Eliot Engel [D, NY-16]
We have an entire article breaking down the argument over whether or not a private company should be able to request this info. Take a read! —As I said above, I have definitely missed some that need to be paid attention to, but with limited time, these are a few that caught my eye. Please do add additional points of interest or concern in the comments.