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H. R. 3832, Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Act

Bill Summary:

This bill directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the executive director of a national network of State-based prescription monitoring programs under which Department of Veterans Affairs health care providers shall query such network.  The bill aims to reduce opioid addiction by directing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin to connect VA health care providers to a national network of state-based prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs). PDMPs track prescribing data to identify abuse patterns in patient.

Bill Sponsor: Neal Dunn (R-FL)

Cosponsors: Jason Lewis and 31 additional Republicans; 6 Democrats.

H. R. 3832, Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Act 2018-05-12T19:53:06+00:00

H. R. 4119, Student Loan Disclosure Modernization Act

Bill Summary:

This bill amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to direct the Secretary of Education to develop a plain language disclosure form for borrowers of Federal student loans.

Bill Sponsor: Luke Messer (R-IN)

H. R. 4119, Student Loan Disclosure Modernization Act 2017-12-06T11:23:12+00:00

H. R. 4372, Help Students Repay Act

Bill Summary:

This bill  amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require borrowers to repay Federal student loans under an income-based repayment plan or a standard repayments plan.

Bill Sponsor: A. Drew Ferguson IV (R-GA)

H. R. 4372, Help Students Repay Act 2017-12-06T11:14:24+00:00

H.R. 2997, 21st Century AIRR Act

Bill Summary:

This bill reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for six years, enacts some consumer reforms, funds airport infrastructure and transitions the Air Traffic Control (ATC) system from federal control to an independent, not-for-profit corporation.

Bill Sponsor: Bill Shuster (R-PA)

Why This Bill Is Against Progressive Values:

Jason Lewis is cosponsoring a bill that “will disrupt major Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety and modernization programs, hand over Federal assets free of charge to a private corporation, threaten access to small, rural, and mid-sized communities, and likely drive up the cost of air travel.”

Title II of the bill would convey billions of dollars of taxpayer-funded assets to a private corporation, free of charge.  Funding for the corporation would be exclusively from user fees on passenger and cargo airlines.  These fees will be determined by the governing board, with no Congressional oversight.  Directors on this governing board would have a fiduciary duty “solely and exclusively to the Corporation“.  The ATC system could potentially be controlled by the airlines.  Three of the thirteen Directors are chosen by the airlines, with the possibility of four additional appointments friendly to airline interests with two appointments by the Secretary of Transportation and two appointments by other Board Directors.  Thus, the airlines could control the majority of the Board and there is no guarantee the public interest is served.  For more on this bill, click here.


H.R. 2997, 21st Century AIRR Act 2017-12-06T03:00:22+00:00

H. R. 3905, Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act

The purpose of H.R. 3905, also known as the MINER Act,  is to require Congressional approval of any mineral withdrawal or monument designation involving the National Forest System lands in the State of Minnesota, and to provide for the renewal of certain mineral leases in such lands.

Why Jason Lewis’ vote conflicts with our values

” We strongly oppose H.R. 3905 because it would risk the health and vitality of the most visited wilderness area in America, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota (BWCAW). The BWCAW and the neighboring Voyageurs National Park power the economy of that region, supporting 22,000 jobs and $1.4 billion in visitor spending, all of which are dependent on the unspoiled character of the more than 1,000 lakes in the area. This legislation would reverse recent decisions by federal agencies and stop an environmental review in its tracks in order promote a Chilean mining conglomerate’s proposed copper sulfide mine that would sit right at the edge of the BWCAW.” (Source: Dissenting Views, Committee on Natural Resources Report 115-422).

“Sulfide-ore copper mining is much more toxic than Minnesota’s taconite mining. It produces giant waste piles that, when exposed to air and water, leach sulfuric acid, heavy metals and sulfates. Sulfide-ore copper mines pollute groundwater, rivers and lakes.  In the history of sulfide mining, pollution has never been avoided.  Hard rock mining, most of which is sulfide mining, contributes to more superfund sites than any other activity”.  (Source:  Save the Boundary Waters).

“By adding barriers to protecting national forests in Minnesota as national monuments, this bill is an attack on the Antiquities Act and against our cherished national parks and monuments. For over 100 years, the Antiquities Act has protected incredible public lands and waters throughout the country and has provided the initial protections for many of our national parks, including the Grand Canyon and Acadia National Parks. Putting additional hurdles to national monument designations specifically in Minnesota undermines the law and limits future presidents from protecting Minnesota’s national forests.”  (Source:  League of Conservation Voters).


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H. R. 3905, Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act 2017-12-03T20:21:08+00:00