What Democrats are doing for you right now—a list of bills passed in November and December 2021 and January 2022. In addition, bills that are currently being negotiated:

China Competitiveness—currently being negotiated with the Senate version

The Senate passed the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act last year, which includes $52 billion to increase U.S. semiconductor production and authorizes $190 billion to strengthen U.S. technology and research to compete with China.

U.S. House of Representatives leaders on Tuesday unveiled a bill aimed at increasing U.S. competitiveness with China and supporting the U.S. chip industry, including $52 billion to subsidize semiconductor manufacturing and research.

President Joe Biden’s administration is pushing to persuade Congress to approve funding to help boost chip production in the United States, as shortages of the key components used in autos and computers have exacerbated supply chain bottlenecks.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the 2,900-page bill, called the “America Competes” act, would “supercharge” investment in chips and boost U.S. manufacturing and research capacity, as well as advancing U.S. competitiveness and leadership.

The House bill has key differences with the Senate version. It does not contain the $190 billion for technology and research but does include $45 billion to support supply chain resilience and manufacturing of critical goods, industrial equipment and manufacturing technology.

Funding could be used to “relocate a manufacturing facility out of countries of concern, including countries that pose a significant economic or national security threat to the United States,” the House said.

The government could use funds to establish stockpiles to provide “reserves necessary to maintain the availability of critical goods during supply chain shocks.”.

President Joe Biden said the House and Senate proposals represented the “transformational investments in our industrial base and research and development” that helped power U.S. global economic leadership in the 20th century.

The House bill also includes a number of trade provisions and would impose additional sanctions on China for its treatment of Uyghurs and offer refugee status for qualifying Hong Kongers.

The bill also reauthorizes and revises Trade Adjustment Assistance programs, which help workers whose jobs or pay is hurt by imports, and reforms the Generalized System of Preferences, a preferential tariff system for imports.

Build Back Better –two parts have passed and the last is being negotiated. All three have passed in the US House 11-9-21—Republicans in the Senate are refusing to pass the final piece.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Build_Back_Better_Act

The Build Back Better Plan or Build Back Better agenda is a legislative framework proposed by U.S. President Joe Biden ahead of his inauguration. It includes funding for COVID-19 relief, social services, welfare, and infrastructure, in addition to funds allocated towards reducing the effects of climate change. The funding for COVID-19 relief has already passed. The infrastructure portion has also passed. The third part is a plan for the American family which includes child care support, free pre-school, family leave, support for elders to keep them in their homes, continued Child Tax Credit that ended in December of 2021 and lifted 50% of poor children out of poverty and much more.

Freedom to Vote Act—introduced in Senate first, all Democrats are willing to passe it—Republicans refuse to vote for this and thus this also stops the US House to vote on it  

This bill addresses voter registration and voting access, election integrity and security, redistricting, and campaign finance.

Specifically, the bill 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.

Next, the bill establishes Election Day as a federal holiday.

The bill declares that the right of a U.S. citizen to vote in any election for federal office shall not be denied or abridged because that individual has been convicted of a criminal offense unless, at the time of the election, such individual is serving a felony sentence.

The bill establishes certain federal criminal offenses related to voting. In particular, the bill establishes a new criminal offense for conduct (or attempted conduct) to corruptly hinder, interfere with, or prevent another person from registering to vote or helping someone register to vote.

Additionally, the bill sets forth provisions related to election security, including by requiring states to conduct post-election audits for federal elections.

The bill outlines criteria for congressional redistricting and generally prohibits mid-decade redistricting.

The bill addresses campaign finance, including by expanding the prohibition on campaign spending by foreign nationals, requiring additional disclosure of campaign-related fundraising and spending, requiring additional disclaimers regarding certain political advertising, and establishing an alternative campaign funding system for certain federal offices.

Override a number of election rules put in place by some Republican-led states. It would allow same-day voter registration and no-excuse mail voting, prevent states from requiring a photo ID to vote, allow felons to vote in all states and would require super PACs and so-called “dark money groups” to disclose all donors who contribute more than $10,000.

John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act—Passed US House 8/24/21 and the Senate Republicans will not pass it—despite 16 current Senate Republicans voted for it in 1965

Undo court rulings that weakened the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by requiring certain states to receive federal preclearance before enacting redistricting plans or new voting laws

Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act of 2021—passed House 1/12/22

This bill expands eligibility for Post-9/11 GI Bill educational assistance. Specifically, the bill adjusts the type of service that entitles a member of the Armed Forces, reserves, or National Guard to such assistance. Under the bill, service by a reservist or National Guard member that is entitled to pay counts toward benefit eligibility. Such service includes training, active military service, inactive training, and general duty for which basic pay is warranted.

US House trying to pass vaccine mandates on domestic flights—Introduced in House 8/06/2022

This bill directs the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to ensure that any individual traveling on a flight that departs from or arrives to an airport inside the United States or a U.S. territory is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The TSA must also ensure that there is an exception to the requirement for an individual who is ineligible or medically unable to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Combating International Islamophobia Actpassed House 12/14/21

This bill establishes within the Department of State the Office to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia and addresses related issues.

The office shall monitor and combat acts of Islamophobia and Islamophobic incitement in foreign countries. The bill establishes the position of Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Islamophobia, who shall head the office.

Goods made with forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China do not enter the United Statespassed both US House and Senate—12/23/21

This bill imposes importation limits on goods produced using forced labor in China, especially the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and imposes sanctions related to such forced labor.

The Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force shall report to Congress a strategy for preventing the importation of goods produced in China using forced labor. The strategy must contain certain information, including a list of entities (1) producing goods in Xinjiang using forced labor; or (2) working with the government in Xinjiang to move forced labor or Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, or members of other persecuted groups out of Xinjiang.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection shall generally presume that goods produced by these entities and certain other entities, including those sourcing material from Xinjiang or involved with Chinese government forced labor programs, are barred from importation into the United States. An importer may rebut this presumption by establishing, with clear and convincing evidence, that the good in question was not produced wholly or in part using forced labor.

The bill also expands existing asset- and visa-blocking sanctions related to Xinjiang to cover foreign individuals and entities responsible for serious human rights abuses in connection with forced labor.

Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act of 2021—passed House 11/30/21

This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take actions to improve data sharing and other aspects of immunization information systems. These are confidential, population-based databases that maintain a record of vaccine administrations.

Specifically, HHS must

  • develop a strategy and plan to improve these systems, including systems supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;
  • designate data and technology standards for use in these systems; and
  • award grants to health departments and other government agencies to improve their systems.

As a condition of receiving the grants, recipients must use the designated standards. However, HHS may waive this condition in some circumstances.

Protecting Our Democracy Act—passed US House 12/09/21

This bill addresses issues involving (1) abuses of presidential power; (2) checks and balances, accountability, and transparency; and (3) election integrity and security.

Specifically, regarding abuses of presidential power, the bill

  • requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the President to submit to Congress specified materials relating to certain pardons,
  • prohibits presidential self-pardons,
  • suspends the statute of limitations for federal offenses committed by a sitting President or Vice President,
  • prohibits the acceptance of foreign or domestic emoluments, and
  • sets forth provisions regarding Office of Government Ethics and Office of Special Counsel jurisdiction and enforcement authority.

To address checks and balances, accountability, and transparency, the bill

  • authorizes specified actions to enforce congressional subpoenas,
  • imposes limits on presidential declarations of emergencies,
  • requires DOJ to maintain a log of specified communications between it and the White House,
  • requires cause for removal of inspectors general,
  • increases whistleblower protections, and
  • requires a candidate for President or Vice President to provide copies of tax returns for the 10 most recent taxable years to the Federal Election Commission.

To address election integrity and security, the bill

  • requires federal campaign reporting of foreign contacts,
  • makes various changes to requirements concerning foreign donations to political campaigns and candidates and foreign contributions to online electioneering communications,
  • prohibits distribution of materially deceptive audio or visual media prior to an election (i.e., deepfakes), and
  • establishes a program to support states and localities transition to ranked choice voting systems.

Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021—passed House 9/24/2021

This bill prohibits governmental restrictions on the provision of, and access to, abortion services.

Specifically, governments may not limit a provider’s ability to

  • prescribe certain drugs,
  • offer abortion services via telemedicine, or
  • immediately provide abortion services when the provider determines a delay risks the patient’s health.

Furthermore, governments may not require a provider to

  • perform unnecessary medical procedures,
  • provide medically inaccurate information,
  • comply with credentialing or other conditions that do not apply to providers whose services are medically comparable to abortions, or
  • carry out all services connected to an abortion.

In addition, governments may not (1) require patients to make medically unnecessary in-person visits before receiving abortion services or disclose their reasons for obtaining such services, or (2) prohibit abortion services before fetal viability or after fetal viability when a provider determines the pregnancy risks the patient’s life or health.

The bill also prohibits other governmental measures that are similar to the bill’s specified restrictions or that otherwise single out and impede access to abortion services, unless a government demonstrates that the measure significantly advances the safety of abortion services or health of patients and cannot be achieved through less restrictive means.

The Department of Justice, individuals, or providers may bring a lawsuit to enforce this bill, and states are not immune from suits for violations.

The bill applies to restrictions imposed both prior and subsequent to the bill’s enactment.

Censures Representative Paul Gosar —passed House 11/17/2021

This resolution (1) censures Representative Paul Gosar for posting a certain video on his social media accounts that depicts violence against Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Joseph R. Biden, and (2) removes him from the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Oversight and Reform.