UPDATED: We Have Full Control of the House and Senate for 40+ Days! Let’s Pass these Laws!
Episode 259: Rumble with Michael Moore
Congress has officially entered into a “lame duck” session, but on today’s episode of Rumble, I discuss why, over the next 40+ days, the Democrats have the opportunity to be anything but lame.
Already, within 10 days of the Senate being called, the Democrats are poised to pass historic legislation — codifying same-sex and interracial marriage into federal law.
Democrats and conscience-bearing Republicans: build on this momentum! Be brave! Keep passing legislation that will make the lives of millions of your fellow Americans better. And Senators, bring some of these bills that have already been passed by the House to a vote.
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Here’s a list of the bills and legislation ideas discussed in this podcast:
To expand civil rights to the LGBTQ+ Community:
To end gerrymandering and protect voting rights: There are currently two bills that have passed the House and are sitting in the Senate.
— Expands voter registration (e.g., automatic and same-day registration) and voting access (e.g., vote-by-mail and early voting). It also limits removing voters from voter rolls.
— Requires states to establish independent redistricting commissions to carry out congressional redistricting.
— Sets forth provisions related to election security
— Expands the prohibition on campaign spending by foreign nationals, requires additional disclosures of campaign-related fundraising and spending, disclaimers regarding certain political advertising, and establishes an alt. campaign funding system for certain federal offices.
— Requires a code of conduct for Supreme Court Justices, prohibits House Members from serving on the board of a for-profit entity, establishes conflict-of-interest and ethics provisions for federal employees and the White House.
— Requires President, Vice President, and certain candidates for those offices to disclose 10 years of tax returns
H.R.4: John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act 2021 — Passed House
— Sets guidelines to determine when states must receive preapproval from the Department of Justice (DOJ) or the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia before making legal changes that would affect voting rights.
— Requires states to notify the public of changes to voting practices.
To cap insulin prices for all:
S.3700 - Affordable Insulin Now Act — Introduced
To protect DACA kids:
H.R.6 - American DREAM and Promise Act (no Senate bill)
To give pensions back to GM employees:
Extend the Child Tax Credit (CTC): A group of House Democrats wrote a letter to Dem leadership regarding CTC on Nov 10th. Here’s an excerpt:
“At a time when the price of essential goods and services like food, child care, and housing are near record highs and many Americans are struggling to make ends meet, we write to urge you to oppose the inclusion of corporate tax breaks in any must-pass or tax extenders bill that is brought to the floor for a vote unless workers and families are provided with commensurate support and relief. These include extending the expanded monthly refundable Child Tax Credit (CTC) and expanded Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) as soon as possible, and no later than the end of the year.”
To provide relief to those whose jobs were outsourced overseas:
Expand Medicare coverage to include dental, vision and hearing benefits for everyone.
End the filibuster.
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A full transcript of this episode will soon be available here.
Music in today’s episode:
“Five Little Ducks” — performed by Raffi
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