Swearing in the 114th Congress

CD090 January: Wall Street Gets Some Love

A summary of January, the first month of the 114th Congress. In this episode, a favor for Wall Street is signed into law, the Senate did almost nothing, and the House passed bills that benefit Wall Street, fossil fuel companies, and companies that don't want to give you health insurance. There were a few good bills mixed in there too.


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January Laws

HR 26: Terrorism Risk Insurance Program ReAuthorization Act of 2015

January Bills

H.R. 22 and S. 12: Hire More Heroes Act

H.R. 23: National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2015

H.R. 34: Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2015

H.R. 203: Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

H.R. 351: LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act

  • Forces the Department of Energy to decide on applications to construct, expand, or operate liquified natural gas export facilities within 30 days of the completed NEPA review.
  • Requires the applicant to publicly disclose the specific destination of the liquified natural gas exports.
  • Written by Rep. Bill Johnson of Ohio, whose top three contributing industries are #1 Leadership PACs, who have given him over $387,000, #2 Mining, who has given him over $250,000, and #3 Oil and Gas, who has given him over $244,000.

H.R. 3: and S. 1 Keystone XL Pipeline Act

H.R. 30: Save American Workers Act of 2015

H.R. 185: Regulatory Accountability Act of 2015

H.R. 37: Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act

YouTube: GOP Financial Services video about HR 37, starring Michael Fitzpatrick

H.R. 161: Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act

H.R. 7: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015

H.R. 240: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015

  • Already dead.

H.R. 514: Human Trafficking Prioritization Act

H.R. 515: International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking

H.R. 357: Human Trafficking Prevention Act

H.R. 468: Enhancing Services for Runaway and Homeless Victims of Youth Trafficking Act of 2015

H.R. 350: Human Trafficking Prevention, Intervention, and Recovery Act of 2015

  • Orders a few reports
  • Written by Kristi Noem of South Dakota

H.R. 159: Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act of 2015

H.R. 285: SAVE Act of 2015

H.R. 181: Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015

H.R. 460: Human Trafficking Detection Act of 2015

  • Trains TSA, Customs, and Border Patrol agents on how to detect and disrupt human trafficking within one year
  • Written by Rep. Bradley Walker of North Carolina

H.R. 398 and S. 205: Trafficking Awareness Training for Health Care Act of 2015

H.R. 469: Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2015

H.R. 246: To improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking.


Additional Information

Article: Obama Moves to Block Horse Slaughter by Stephanie Strom. New York Times. April 2013.

Article: Fox News to earn $1.50 per subscriber by Brian Stelter. CNN Money. January 2015.


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