Category Archives: Legislation

H.R.6147 – Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019

Spending Cuts and Toxic Poison Pills Rep. Capuano (D-MA) writes: On Thursday the House completed consideration of H.R. 6147, a combined funding bill for the Departments of Interior, Treasury, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the independent financial regulators and other general … Continue reading

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Prison Reform

The narrow prison reform bill backed by the White House and being considered by Congress is an incomplete starting point for fixing our broken justice system, ….–Brennan Center for Justice Giving men and women in prison the opportunity to earn … Continue reading

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Undermining good government

Scott Adams “Dilbert” cartoon has a character–“Mordac, the preventer of information services.” Mordac’s role is to make sure computers don’t work. It reminds me of our current Congress, which seems determined to make sure government doesn’t work. Rep. Capuano (D-MA) … Continue reading

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Tax loopholes aren’t the problem

Tax loopholes aren’t the problem, they are a symptom of a problem–Congress is the problem. Tax loopholes don’t grow on trees, they are enacted by Congress. Some may serve a worthwhile purpose, others only serve to reward special interests. It … Continue reading

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Trump & the Budget

On January 13, 2017 the House of Representatives  set the parameters for the 2018 fiscal year budget, which runs from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018. Paul Ryan’s House determined that the government’s revenue will be $2,787,834,000,000. They authorized the … Continue reading

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Could affordable health care be a winning issue in NY-23?

Congressman Tom Reed voted this evening in favor of repealing the “Obamacare” health care reform law which was passed in 2010. “The people spoke last November,” Reed explained. “The message I heard loud and clear was that they wanted this … Continue reading

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Tax Reform Soon? GOP needs to repeal ACA first.

April 18, 2017  “Our tax reform and our tax plan is coming along very well. It will out very soon. We are working on Health Care. We are getting that done, too,” reported President Trump at the Snap-On Tools factory … Continue reading

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Tom Reed once again proposes welfare reform

In New York, the Affordable Care Act accounted for about $3.7 billion a year for increased Medicaid coverage. A repeal of the act could affect 2.7 million New York residents, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.– FLT article by Steve Buchiere … Continue reading

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Rep. Capuano on this weeks work in the Capitol.

Rep. Capuano (D-MA) writes: Insurance Industry Regulation On Wednesday (Dec 7, 2016) the House considered H.R. 5143, the Transparent Insurance Standards Act of 2016. This legislation, like last week’s Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act of 2016 is yet another attempt … Continue reading

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Reed stands with lobbyists

The 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6) now being refined by the lame-duck Congress is one of the most-lobbied health care bills in recent history, with nearly three lobbyists working for its passage or defeat for every member on Capitol … Continue reading

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