By Carlene Carman
8 November 2011
This is a summary of some legislative issues going up in Congress, some that
have already passed & awaiting judicial review, and some that are being in the
first stages in Congress.
Bills that Passed in the House
1. HR 1025 – Veteran status…legislation intended to grant Veteran Status to
guardsmen who have served 20 years but have not been under at least 180
continuous days on Title 10 orders.
2. The House passed a small component of President Obama’s jobs package on
Thursday, voting by a big margin to repeal a requirement that governments
withhold 3 percent of payments to contractors to insure that they properly
withhold taxes from their employees. [I posted a comment about what’s in
this “Job’s Bill” on the CP’s Facebook page].
1. H-Res 429: Sites alleged foiled plot as one of the reasons
the administration should include the Western Hemisphere
as an area of focus in its 2012 National Strategy for
Counterterrorism, focusing on Iran’s “growing presence and
activity” in the region. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) introduced
this bill on Oct. 11 & asking for co-sponsors. —– Call your Rep
on this one!
2. USA-wide E-Verify bill (submitted by Rep. Lamar Smith), HR
2885, needs 100 co-sponsors. Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC, 1st Dist) is
watching this bill move along in the House but has yet to
support it. I faxed him early in Oct., and got a response on Oct.
19th. (passing copy around to group members) Also, Call Toll
free at 1-855-652-4055.
3. S211, created The I-95 Corridor Authority, , will be
run by the legislature and will have the authority to,
among other things, manage the economy, education,
healthcare, infrastructure, and financial structures
of 17 counties along I-95. And you will be taxed to
pay for it. http://palmettoliberty.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?
Bills passed but awaiting Dept. of Justice review/approval
1. Still in review by the DOJ (SC) is the Governor signed S-20,
Voter ID Law. The DOJ is questioning whether it violates
voters’ civil rights. SC Atty Gen. Alan Wilson submitted
another report the US Justice Dept., & once the DOJ gets all
the information, it has 60 days to make a decision. [comment:
So how long do we have wait for that to happen? How much
information does the DOJ need? In the words of Alexander
Hamilton: “The Judiciary…has no influence over either the
sword or the purse; no direction either of the strength of
the wealth of the society, and can take no active resolution
whatever. It may truly be said to have neither force nor will.”]
Other issues and passage not issued by the House and/or Senate:
1. The U.S. Justice Department approved late Friday the creation of a new 7th
congressional district for South Carolina in the state’s northeastern corner,
anchored in Horry County. The new district, considered safe turf for a
Republican candidate, already has attracted two contenders: Rep. Thad Viers,
R-Horry, and former Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, a Republican now living in Myrtle
Candidates’ issues and news:
Thad Viers Will Repeal H.R. 3590, the Health Care Bill, If Elected
10/11/11 Myrtle Beach, SC – State Rep. Thad Viers, Republican candidate for
Congress in South Carolina’s 7th District, has signed The Repeal Pledge to
undo ObamaCare. In doing so, Viers becomes the first candidate in the race
to sign The Repeal Pledge.
The Repeal Pledge advocates not just repeal, but defunding, deauthorizing,
and dismantling the misleadingly-titled Patient Protection and Affordable
Care Act, passed in early 2010