This week in Congress

The US Senate came into session yesterday to debate and confirm surveillance state supported Robert Pompeo as CIA director. The Senate will likely spend most of the week on nominations.

The House is in session Monday through Tuesday due to the Republican Retreat. The major piece of legislation forbidding taxpayer funding of abortion.

The House will also consider some bills under suspension of the rules, including:

1, Hr 590-- Continues goverment "partnership" with the private nuclear industry by instructing the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NCC) to "foster" private research and development of nuclear energy.

2, HR 518-- Exempts "power supply circuits, drivers, and devices designed to be connected to, and power, light-emitting diodes or organic light-emitting diodes providing illumination from energy conservation standards " from certain energy conservation  standards.

3. HR 290-- Creates greater transparency in procedures of the Federal Communications Commission.

4. Hr 423-- "Clarifies" that federal laws prohibiting "spoofing" applies to calls originating outside of the United Sates. Spoofing is a problem but where is the Constitutional authorship for the federal goverment to control it?

5. HR 555--  Gives the Federal Communications Commission the power to stop private property owners from using their land in any way that interferes with amateur radio communications.

Even though this bill takes private property for what Congress will say is a public use, there is no mention of proving "just compensation" for anyone affected by the bill. There is also no constitutional or economic justification for government control of the airwaves any more than there is for government control of the food system.

6. HR 460 -- Imposes new federal regulations and mandates on "intermediate providers" of phone services in order to assure all areas of the country have access to the the same level of services, regardless of any difficulties companies may have in delivering those services to some areas.

7. HR 582-- Requires "multi-line" telephone system to allow callers to directly call 911 without having to first dial a prefix, code, or additional digit. Good idea but how much will it cost? If it was cost-effective then phone companies would probably doing this already, and how is this constitutional?

8. HR 589-- Establishes Department of Energy policies for "science and energy" research...because without government, who would fund the science?

9. Legislation (that does not yet have a bill number) to promote Internet Access in developing countries.


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