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America the Beautiful: An American Political RP (Congress)

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CURRENT IC DATE: 14 to 20 February 2021

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Welcome to “America the Beautiful”, an American Political and Character RP where players can explore the intricacies of government, from the cloak and dagger politics of the capital, to plainspoken compromise in the heartland, to the gritty in-and-outs of running some of the world’s greatest cities.

The year is 2021, the election is over yet division remains. President Arnold Wolf, one of the most controversial in American history passed away in mid-2020, though his legacy lingers. In the fall, Nathaniel Richardson, Republican Governor of Florida narrowly defeated former Democratic Vice President Robin Diehl Jr. while losing the popular vote. In the House of Representatives, a Republican wave carried on the coattails of a suburbanite President, has unseated Speaker Simone and triggered her early retirement.

The Senate had been split 50-50 before the sudden and tragic death of Republican Senator Jon Ronson, who's seat remains vacant until it can be filled by special election in March, capping the end of the first hundred days with what will be the most important Senate special election, perhaps, in history.

Both sides are angry, yet the stage is set to require their collaboration. As his hand is lifted from the bible, those around, mutter sighs or clap fervently, with a sense of frustration for some or of hope for others. The battle lines are already drawn as in three short months, Wisconsin will decide if control in Washington shall remain split or if the President's party deserves a federal trifecta. Where do you land in this? It is up to you to decide how you will manage in this climate. Will you oppose his policies from the left? Champion them on the right? Or try and chart a middle path amid one of the most polarized periods in American History?

Play in the Cabinet or the inner corridors and echelons of power emanating from the White House. Or choose to be a Senator, Governor, Congressperson, Mayor or any other figure with a hand in today's politics. Or run for office, from dogcatcher to the Presidency to fight for your own slice of the American Political landscape. Create an original character, make history and steer them through... America the Beautiful.


QUICK LINKS
The Out of CharacterThe In CharacterThe Congressional Docket
Please note: Roster of Characters is listed on the OOC



THE RULES:

1. The OP's words are the words of the Gods, but these Gods are not infallible, you can argue your position in a civil way but in the end their decision is final.

2. No real people or celebrities as characters. There is no Bernie Sanders that you can play. As per the introductory note, politicians post-Reagan do not exist, or have been replaced with generic stand-ins: you can play them, should you wish. Records and history are the same, including statistics, save in the places where player-characters have brought about a change.

3. Regarding absences- If you, for whatever reason, must take a leave from the roleplay-that is of course fine. But please inform us ahead and how long it may take. If you are found to have just up and left the RP, we may have to simulate how you character act in votes per say, especially depending on their importance.

4. When it comes to writing; please do it well. We expect a certain level of quality with your posts. One or two sentences will not be acceptable, but we can be permissive-if your character is engaged in conversation, a sentence is fine

5. Please make characters of quality and substance. We don't want Mary Sue flawless characters who are 30 year olds, models, former sharecroppers with military service earning a medal of honor and then returning from Iraq to attend Harvard. Those characters aren't very fun to play or interact with. But on the other hand-no sabotage characters. Just because you hate Democrats, don't make a hopelessly corrupt and scandal-ridden Democrat with no redeeming qualities. Character models also have to be googleable, no photoshopped models, if we can't google your character model you can't have them!

6. No cheat-edits. Once you've made an IC post, leave it. Edits to formatting are all right along with typos, but don't try to change anything major compared to what you have already written, especially if it has already been responded to. If your character said it in public, it must stay. Gaffes happen, after all.

7. If you are not sure if something is legal or okay, ask OOC first. Always better to check-and there is limited leniency for things that are obviously bad.

8. No events that directly affect another character without permission first. In essence, avoid physical altercations and outrageous "accidents". Assassination is banned, any external action taken against politicians will take place in the form of an event.

9. No meta-gaming. Do not let the OOC influence the realism of your character's actions. If they are in a closed situation in which information is limited, they cannot state specific statistics, for example.

10. PG-13 limit. Per site-wide rules, nothing too saucy or racy. You know it when you see it.



ADMINISTRATORS
Sarenium (OP) • DentaliVaquasNew CobastheiaAloziaGreater Arab StateJovuistan
Administrators are responsible for decision making within the RP, they collectively manage polling, special events and son on. They are your last source of appeal if you have any issue within the RP. Do not hesitate to contact any of the above with any question or issue as you may have.

MODERATORS
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Moderators are involved on an as-needed basis, and help to moderate the OOC/IC and review applications.



THE COMPOSITION

SITUATION IN DC

President Richardson will take office with a chaotic, disappointed party on both sides. His cabinet is yet to be confirmed, and his party has lost it’s Senate Majority. The controversial and ageing Wolfist Wisconsin Republican Senator Jon Ronson died less than two weeks ago on January 10. While the funeral may be done and held, the ramifications will be felt. Democrats hold 50 seats, and Republicans are stuck on 49. That special election has been called for March 30. In the meantime a newly elected Republican Speaker is contending with an accidentally positioned Democratic Senate Majority Leader…

THE HOUSE
Republican: 222
Democratic: 213
Players may apply for any given seat in the House as any party member, but deviations from real life will need to be rationalized in the application and from the below list of swing seats which could conceivably have gone in either direction in the ATB 2020 House Elections.

THE SENATE
Democratic: 50
Republican: 49
Vacant: 1
These Senators are all from the below map, please note there is room for two Democratic causing independents, though there is a strong predilection that these Independents should someone desire to play them emerge from New England.

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LIST OF MOTIONS



I move to...

take up the [Short Title] - Brings up the legislation in question, for debate.
amend the [Short Title] with [Text of Amendment(s)] - Amend legislation, be sure to specify where the terms in question are being edited and how.
proceed to a vote on the [Short Title] - Proceed to a vote on the item of legislation.
table the [Short Title/Amendment In Question] - To Table is to Neuter, the amendment or legislation is tabled and therefore removed from debate. It may be raised from the table via a suspension of the rules.
return to Committee the [Short Title] - To return legislation to Committee, keeps the legislation alive for future debate, but returns it for further Committee Consideration. You need to RP it's return should you wish.
end the questioning period - Ends the questioning period on legislation and opens the floor to speeches on the matter. A motion to vote comes after.



ASSORTED RULES AND NOTES


General
Include the name of your character whenever voting, and either their name, or the chamber, when posting.

The Speaker and President Pro Tempore will maintain order; i.e., declare which legislation is being considered.

House
Any bill may be brought up by a motion to suspend the rules, which requires a two-thirds majority to pass.

All motions require a second, save a motion to end the questioning period of a bill.

No bills ratifying treaties may originate in the House.

The Speaker retains broad powers to determine consideration of a bill, or close debate.

All remarks addressed to "Mr. Speaker."

A bill may be killed with a motion to lay on the table, which requires a simple majority to pass. It may be raised from the table via a suspension of the rules.

A bill may be killed with a motion to postpone indefinitely, which requires a simple majority to pass.

In both chambers, legislation is first introduced with an opening statement, this does not account to the two-post limit in the Senate. The questioning period then lasts until a motion to end it, is passed which then moves the respective chamber into the debate stage. Finally, a motion is required to proceed to a vote, or table legislation, to enable taking up alternative business.

Senate
Limit to two posts/speeches per bill when in a set period of debate, but no limit on length, and the Senator speaking may yield to an unlimited number of questions.

All statements during a questioning period from the Senate must be in the form of a question, and all responses in the form of a statement.

No bills designed to raise revenue may originate in the Senate.

Any Senator may ask unanimous consent to proceed on a bill, and any Senator may object.

A bill may be killed with a motion to lay on the table, which requires a simple majority to pass. It may be raised from the table via a suspension of the rules.

A bill may be killed with a motion to postpone indefinitely, which requires a simple majority to pass.

Filibustering requires only the announcement of the indication to filibuster a bill when an attempt is made to enter voting procedure, and generally takes the form of the phrase "Objection" at which point sixty votes are required to proceed to a vote. If called on, consecutive posts may be made for the filibuster speech, though these are not required.

All remarks addressed to "Mr." or "Madame President."
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United States Senate
Senator Eugene Obradovic
[Democratic - State of Illinois]
{President pro tempore of the United States Senate}


After entering the Senate chamber with the aid of a cane, Senator Obradovic approached the rostrum at the head of the Senate slowly, stepping behind the desk and taking his seat. Despite his visible frailty, he brandishes the gavel with flourish, striking it three times firmly on the desk.

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Abigail Jekyll-Jones - R-OR - Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, Representative for the 2nd District of Oregon
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Staff of Senator Eugene Obradovic [D-IL]


Senator Obradovic's staff submit the following bills to the hopper for the Senate.

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The Busting Unhelpful Impediments to Local Developments Act

A BILL
To repeal the limitation on the construction of new public housing stock, known as the Faircloth Amendment, and redress the ongoing crisis regarding the availability of affordable housing in the United States.

Sponsor: Senator Eugene Obradovic of Illinois (D)
Senate Sponsors: Senator Benjamin Hertzog of Michigan (D), Senator William Rogers III of Montana (D), Senator Hypolite Gaspard of Louisiana (R)
House Sponsors: Representative Caroline Simone of New York (D)


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


Total Expense: $55,903,000,000.

SECTION 1: SHORT TITLE
    This Act may be cited as the "Busting Unhelpful Impediments to Local Developments Act".

SECTION 2: REPEAL OF FAIRCLOTH AMENDMENT
    Section 9(g) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 is amended by striking paragraph (3) (titled "Limitation on new construction").

SECTION 3: LOCAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
  1. Definitions - In this section:
    1. "Elementary school, secondary school" - The terms “elementary school” and “secondary school” have the meanings given those terms in section 8101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
    2. "Eligible entity" - The term "eligible entity" means either a State or a unit of general local government.
    3. "Institute of higher education" - The term “institution of higher education” has the meaning given the term in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
    4. "Metropolitan area, State, unit of general local government" - The terms “metropolitan area”, “State”, and “unit of general local government” have the meanings given those terms in section 102 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.
    5. "Secretary" - The term "Secretary" means the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
  2. Establishment - Not later than 12 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish a program to make grants to eligible entities that -
    1. reform local restrictions on land use to reduce the costs of building affordable housing units, and
    2. remove unnecessary obstacles to the construction of affordable housing units in their locality.
  3. Permitted activities - An eligible entity receiving a grant under this section may use funds to -
    1. carry out any of the activities described in section 105 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974
    2. carry out any of the activities permitted under the program for national infrastructure investments authorized by past or future acts of Congress; or
    3. modernize, renovate, or repair facilities used by public elementary schools, public secondary schools, and public institutions of higher education, including modernization, renovation, and repairs.
  4. Application -
    1. In general - An eligible entity desiring a grant under this section shall submit to the Secretary an application that demonstrates that the eligible entity has carried out, or is in the process of carrying out, initiatives that facilitate the expansion of the supply of well-located affordable housing.
    2. Activities - Initiatives that meet the criteria described in paragraph (1) -
      1. include -
        1. establishing “by-right” development, which allows jurisdictions to administratively approve new developments that are consistent with their zoning code without political intercession;
        2. revising or eliminating off-street parking requirements to reduce the cost of housing production;
        3. instituting measures that incentivize owners of vacant land to redevelop the space into affordable housing or other productive uses;
        4. revising minimum lot size requirements and bans or limits on multifamily construction to allow for denser and more affordable development;
        5. instituting incentives to promote dense development, such as density bonuses;
        6. passing inclusionary zoning ordinances that require a portion of newly developed units to be reserved for low- and moderate-income renters or homebuyers;
        7. streamlining regulatory requirements and shortening processes, reforming zoning codes, or other initiatives that reduce barriers to housing supply elasticity and affordability;
        8. allowing accessory dwelling units;
        9. using local tax incentives to promote development of affordable housing; and
        10. implementing measures that protect tenants from harassment and displacement.
      2. do not include activities that alter ordinances that govern wage and hour laws, family and medical leave laws, health and safety requirements, prevailing wage laws, or protections for workers' health and safety, anti-discrimination, and right to organize.
    3. Relation to consolidated plan - An eligible entity shall include in an application submitted under paragraph (1) a description of how the planning and development of eligible activities described in subsection (c) may advance an objective, or an aspect of an objective, included in the comprehensive housing affordability strategy and community development plan of the eligible entity under part 91 of title 24, Code of Federal Regulations, or any successor regulation (commonly referred to as a “consolidated plan”).
  5. Labor laws -
    1. In general - All laborers and mechanics employed by contractors or subcontractors in the performance of construction work financed in whole or in part with a grant received under this section shall be paid wages at rates not less than those prevailing on similar construction in the locality, as determined by the Secretary of Labor in accordance with the Davis-Bacon Act.
    2. Authority and functions - With respect to the labor standards specified in paragraph (1), the Secretary of Labor shall have the authority and functions set forth in Reorganization Plan Numbered 14 of 1950 and section 3145 of title 40, United States Code.
  6. Authorization of appropriations - There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $2 billion for each of fiscal years 2022 through 2026.

SECTION 4: AFFORDABLE HOUSING INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS
  1. Housing Trust Fund - Section 1338(a) of the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992 is amended by adding at the end the following:
      “(3) Authorization of appropriations - There is authorized to be appropriated to the Housing Trust Fund $44.5 billion for each of fiscal years 2022 through 2031.”.
  2. Capital Magnet Fund - Section 1339 of the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992 is amended by adding at the end the following:
      “(k) Authorization of appropriations - There is authorized to be appropriated to the Capital Magnet Fund $2.5 billion for each of fiscal years 2022 through 2031.”.
  3. Public Housing Capital Fund - Section 9(c)(2)(A) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 is amended to read as follows:
      “(A) Capital Fund - For allocations of assistance from the Capital Fund, $3.592 billion for fiscal year 2022.”.
  4. Indian Housing Block Grant Program - Section 108 of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 is amended -
    1. by striking “such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2009 through 2013” and inserting “$2.5 billion for fiscal year 2022 and such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2023 through 2031”; and
    2. by striking the second sentence.
  5. Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant Program - Section 824 of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 is amended by striking “such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005” and inserting “$20 million for fiscal year 2022 and such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2023 through 2031”.
  6. Rural Housing Programs - Out of funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, there is appropriated for fiscal year 2022 -
    1. to provide direct loans under section 502 of the Housing Act of 1949, $140 million.
    2. to provide assistance under section 514 of such Act, $28 million.
    3. to provide assistance under section 515 of such Act, $140 million.
    4. to provide assistance under section 516 of such Act, $20 million.
    5. to provide grants under section 523 of such Act, $75 million.
    6. to provide funding to carry out the Multifamily Preservation and Revitalization Demonstration Program of the Rural Housing Service (as authorized under sections 514, 515, and 516 of such Act), $120 million.
  7. Housing Crisis Relief Fund -
    1. Definitions - In this subsection -
      1. the term “affordable rental housing unit” means a unit for which monthly rent is 30 percent or less than the monthly area median income; and
      2. the term “State” has the meaning given the term in section 3(b)(7) of the United States Housing Act of 1937.
    2. Establishment - The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall establish and manage a fund, to be known as the “Housing Crisis Relief Fund”, which shall be funded with any amounts as may be appropriated, transferred, or credited to the Fund under any provision law.
    3. Grants - From amounts available in the fund established under paragraph (2), the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall award grants on a competitive basis to State housing finance agencies located in a State in which -
      1. there is a shortage of affordable rental housing units available to individuals with an income that is at or below the area median income and median rents have risen on average over the preceding 5 years substantially faster than the area median income; or
      2. there is a shortage of housing units available for sale that are affordable to individuals with an income that is at or below the area median income and median home prices have risen on average over the preceding 5 years substantially faster than the area median income.
    4. Use of funds - Grants received under this subsection shall be used to fund -
      1. the construction or acquisition, by nonprofit organizations, State or local agencies, special-purpose units of local government, resident councils organized to acquire housing, and other qualified purchasers (as defined by the Secretary), of rental housing units or units for purchase that are affordable to residents making less than 120 percent of the area median income; and
      2. measures to prevent tenant displacement and harassment.
    5. Labor laws -
      1. In general - All laborers and mechanics employed by contractors or subcontractors in the performance of construction work financed in whole or in part with a grant received under this subsection shall be paid wages at rates not less than those prevailing on similar construction in the locality as determined by the Secretary of Labor in accordance with the Davis-Bacon Act.
      2. Authority and functions - With respect to the labor standards specified in paragraph (1), the Secretary of Labor shall have the authority and functions set forth in Reorganization Plan Numbered 14 of 1950 and section 3145 of title 40, United States Code.
    6. Regulations - The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall promulgate regulations to carry out this subsection that include -
      1. the metrics that the Secretary will use to determine eligibility for a grant under this subsection;
      2. a requirement that all housing units constructed or acquired using grants awarded under the subsection are affordable to residents making less than 120 percent of the area median income in perpetuity.
    7. Appropriations - Out of funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, there is appropriated to the fund established under this subsection $4 billion for fiscal year 2022.


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The Modern Minimum Wage Act

A BILL
To provide for increases in the Federal minimum wage, and to rectify outstanding vehicles of inequity in existing Federal wage statutes.

Sponsor: Senator Eugene Obradovic of Illinois (D)
Senate Sponsors: Senator Benjamin Hertzog of Michigan (D)
House Sponsors: Representative Caroline Simone of New York (D), Representative Daniel Ziegler of Colorado (D)


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


SECTION 1: SHORT TITLE
    This Act may be cited as the "Modern Minimum Wage Act".

SECTION 2: INCREASES TO THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE
  1. In general - Section 6(a)(1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 is amended to read as follows:
    "(1) except as otherwise provided by this section, not less than -
    1. $9.00 an hour, beginning on the effective date under section 4 of the Modern Minimum Wage Act;
    2. $10.00 an hour, beginning 1 year after such effective date;
    3. $11.50 an hour, beginning 2 years after such effective date;
    4. $13.00 an hour, beginning 3 years after such effective date;
    5. $15.00 an hour, beginning 4 years after such effective date; and
    6. beginning on the date that is 5 years after such effective date, and annually thereafter, the amount determined by the Secretary under subsection (h);"
  2. Determination based on the increase in the median hourly wage of all employees - Section 6 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 is amended by adding at the end the following:
    "(h)(1) Not later than each date that is 90 days before a new minimum wage determined under subsection (a)(1)(F) is to take effect, the Secretary shall determine the minimum wage to be in effect under this subsection for each period described in subsection (a)(1)(F). The wage determined under this subsection for a year shall be -
    1. not less than the amount in effect under subsection (a)(1) on the date of such determination;
    2. increased from such amount by the annual percentage increase, if any, in the median hourly wage of all employees as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics; and
    3. rounded up to the nearest multiple of $0.10.
    (2) In calculating the annual percentage increase in the median hourly wage of all employees for purposes of paragraph (1)(B), the Secretary, through the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shall compile data on the hourly wages of all employees to determine such a median hourly wage and compare such median hourly wage for the most recent year for which data are available with the median hourly wage determined for the preceding year.”.

SECTION 3: MODIFICATIONS TO OTHER FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE STATUTES
  1. Tipped employees -
    1. Equalization of minimum wage statutes - Section 3(m)(2)(A) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 is amended by striking the sentence beginning with “In determining the wage an employer is required to pay a tipped employee,” and all that follows through “of this subsection.” and inserting “The wage required to be paid to a tipped employee shall be the wage set forth in section 6(a)(1).”.
    2. Retention of tips - Section 3(m)(2)(A) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 is amended -
      1. in the second sentence of the matter following clause (ii), by striking “of this subsection, and all tips received by such employee have been retained by the employee” and inserting “of this subsection. Any employee shall have the right to retain any tips received by such employee”; and
      2. by adding at the end the following: “An employer shall inform each employee of the right and exception provided under the preceding sentence.”.
  2. Newly hired employees under 20 years of age - Section 6(g) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 shall be repealed.
  3. Individuals with disabilities - Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 is amended is amended to read as follows:
    "Individuals (including individuals employed in agriculture) whose earning or productive capacity is impaired by age, physical or mental deficiency, or injury, shall be paid no less than the wage required by section 6(a)(1)."
  4. Incarcerants - Persons held in incarceration at any level who conduct prison labor will be subject to the protection of Federal minimum wage statute.
SECTION 4: COMMENCEMENT
    Except as otherwise provided in this Act, or the amendments made by this Act, this Act and the amendments made by this Act shall take effect on the first day of the seventh month that begins after the date of the enactment of this Act.


United States House of Representatives
Staff of Representative Caroline Simone [D-NY-12]


Representative Simone's staff submit the following bills to the hopper for the House.

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JOINT RESOLUTION
Abolishing the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.

Sponsor: Representative Caroline Simone of New York (D)
Senate Sponsors: Senator Benjamin Hertzog of Michigan (D), Senator Eugene Obradovic of Illinois (D)
House Sponsors: Representative Daniel Ziegler of Colorado (D), Representative Oliver Miller of Kansas (D)


Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


That in spite of any time limit contained in House Joint Resolution 208, of the Ninety-Second Congress, as agreed to in the Senate on March 22, 1972, the article of amendment submitted to the States in that joint resolution shall be wholly and completely valid to all intents and purposes as part of the United States Constitution whenever ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States.


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JOINT RESOLUTION
Reforming the process by which the President and Vice President are elected by providing for their direct election by the People of the United States.

Sponsor: Representative Caroline Simone of New York (D)
Senate Sponsors: Senator Benjamin Hertzog of Michigan (D), Senator Eugene Obradovic of Illinois (D)
House Sponsors: Representative Daniel Ziegler of Colorado (D)


Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


SECTION 1: ON THE DIRECT ELECTION OF THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
    The President and Vice President of the United States shall be elected by the People of the several States and the District constituting the seat of government of the United States, with the two persons, who shall have consented to the joining of their names as candidates for the offices of President and Vice President, having achieved the greatest number of votes being duly elected to their respective offices.

SECTION 2: COMMENCEMENT
    This article shall apply with respect to any election for President and Vice President conducted after the expiration of a 12 month period following the date of ratification of this article.


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Saving the United States Postal Service Act

A BILL
To remedy the undue burden placed on the function and sustainability of the United States Postal Service by the requirement of prepayment of retirement benefits.

Sponsor: Representative Caroline Simone of New York (D)
Senate Sponsors: Senator Eugene Obradovic of Illinois (D), Senator William Rogers III of Montana (D)
House Sponsors: Representative Daniel Ziegler of Colorado (D), Representative Oliver Miller of Kansas (D), Representative Diane Paulson of Maine (R)


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


SECTION 1: SHORT TITLE
    This Act may be cited as the "Saving the United States Postal Service Act".

SECTION 2: REPEAL OF UNNECESSARILY ADVANCED EXPENDITURES
    Subsection (d) of section 8909a of title 5, United States Code, is repealed.

SECTION 3: REPORT ON POTENTIAL POST OFFICE FINANCIAL SERVICES
    The Postmaster General will provide a report to the Congress on the viability, practicality, and profitability of extending basic financial services through the United States Postal Service, and its post offices, with particular focus to underbanked and unbanked localities.


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American Digital Data Protection Act

A BILL
To make provisions such that American consumers of internet services are protected from the non-consensual usage by corporations of their personal data and information.

Sponsor: Representative Caroline Simone of New York (D)
Senate Sponsors: Senator Eugene Obradovic of Illinois (D)
House Sponsors: Representative Oliver Miller of Kansas (D), Representative Gabriel Wilson of Virginia (D)


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


SECTION 1: SHORT TITLE
    This Act may be cited as the "American Digital Data Protection Act".

SECTION 2: DEFINITIONS
  1. The term “large internet corporation” shall here refer to an internet-based business which possesses assets greater than $1,000,000.
  2. The term “plain terms” shall here refer to text which is simple and easy to understand for ordinary consumers, in whichever language they are consuming the product or service (i.e. If the product or service is offered in English and Spanish, then the text must be available in both English and Spanish).
  3. The term “protected personal information” shall here refer to personal data belonging to a consumer of an internet product or service concerning their address, contact information, financial information, personal browsing history or location data.
  4. The term “consent” shall here refer, specifically, to informed consent, that is to say, consent given wherein the giver is substantially informed on the choice being made.
  5. The term “executive officer” shall here refer to a person or persons acting as the Chief Executive Officer or equivalent for a large internet corporation.

SECTION 3: REGULATIONS
  1. Wherein a large internet corporation offers a product or service online, they must provide - in plain terms - a request for consent to access any form of protected personal information from a consumer.
    1. A large internet corporation may reserve the right to refuse the custom of a consumer who does not provide consent for access.
  2. Wherein a large internet corporation wishes to sell or otherwise provide the protected personal data of a consumer to a third party, on each occasion, they must provide - in plain terms - a request for consent to sell or otherwise distribute any form of such data.
    1. This does not apply wherein a large internet corporation is requested or otherwise compelled to provide such data to the United States Government, a State Government of the United States, or any law enforcement agency thereof.
  3. The Federal Trade Commission will be empowered to use its authorities under Title 15 of the U.S. Code to order large internet corporations to cease and desist, and issue civil penalties, for failing to provide the consent requests required under subsections a and b, or for the access, sale or distribution of protected personal data without having received the required consent.

SECTION 4: OFFENSES
  1. An executive officer of a large internet corporation who knowingly or negligibly violates section 3 of this act will be guilty of an offense.
  2. An executive officer of a large internet corporation who knowingly or negligibly violates the regulations prescribed by section 3 of this Act will be fined not more than $500,000,000.

SECTION 5: COMMENCEMENT
    This Act shall take effect on the first day of the seventh month that begins after the date of the enactment of this Act.
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This was the rare occasion that Rogers made sure to show up early for; he took his assigned seat, opened his briefcase, and began sorting through a messy stack of printed copies of some of the legislation currently on the docket.

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Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

After concluding his phone call with Congresswoman Paulson, the Speaker of the House entered onto the House floor and after taking his seat at the House rostrum he authoritatively banged the gavel onto the desk before him.


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Congresswoman Diane Paulson [R-ME-2]


Paulson’s aide placed the completed bill in the hopper.

Paulson: “I move to begin consideration of the Clean Congress Act.”

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The Clean Congress Act
A BILL
To reduce congressional salaries and restore public faith in the United States Congress
Sponsor: Representative Diane Paulson (R-ME-2)
Senate Sponsors: Senator Deborah Feyrer (R-AL)
House Sponsors: Representative Thomas Volker (R-MO-8), Representative Earl Tenson (R-MT-AL)

SECTION 1: SHORT TITLE
This Act may be cited as the "Clean Congress Act".
SECTION 2: DEFINITION OF A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
A) The term ‘federal shutdown’ refers to the situation where as a consequence of an impasse between Congress and the Executive branch concerning appropriations legislation for the federal government’s next fiscal year, the federal government is forced to curtail agency activities and services, close down non-essential operations, furlough non-essential workers, and only retain essential employees in departments covering the safety of human life or the protection of property.
SECTION 3: REDUCTION OF CONGRESSIONAL SALARIES
A) Following the enactment of the Clean Congress Act, and effective from the swearing-in of the 118th Congress, the salary of the President pro Tempore of the United States Senate is reduced from $193,400 to $145,050.
B) Following the enactment of the Clean Congress Act, and effective from the swearing-in of the 118th Congress, the salary of the Majority and Minority Leaders of the United States Senate is reduced from $193,400 to $145,050.
C) Following the enactment of the Clean Congress Act, and effective from the swearing-in of the 118th Congress, the salary of United States Senators is reduced from $174,000 to $130,500.
D) Following the enactment of the Clean Congress Act, and effective from the swearing-in of the 118th Congress, the salary of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives is reduced from $223,500 to $167,625.
E) Following the enactment of the Clean Congress Act, and effective from the swearing-in of the 118th Congress, the salary of the Majority and Minority Leaders of the United States House of Representatives is reduced from $193,400 to $145,050.
F) Following the enactment of the Clean Congress Act, and effective from the swearing-in of the 118th Congress, the salary of United States Representatives is reduced from $174,000 to $130,500.
SECTION 4: FREEZING OF SALARIES IN THE EVENT OF A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
A) Following the enactment of the Clean Congress Act and in the event of a federal government shutdown, congressional salaries are to be withheld for the duration of the federal shutdown and are to be immediately restored upon the resolution of the shutdown.
SECTION 5: INCREASING THE OUTSIDE EARNED INCOME LIMIT FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
A) Amends the rules of both the Senate and the House of Representatives to increase the threshold of allowed outside income for members of Congress from 15% of the annual rate of basic pay for level II of the Executive Schedule to 20%. This rule change has no effect on the existing 15% threshold for executive employees found in 5 U.S.C. app. 4 § 501(a), and all existing prohibited outside income sources for members of Congress remain prohibited.
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Representative Oliver Miller
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Oliver found his seat among his Democratic colleagues, sporting a charcoal black suit, a royal blue tie, and two lapel pins: a crossed United States & Kansas flag pin, and below that, the so-called “Philly Pride” flag pin, depicting the LGBTQ pride flag that included black and brown stripes to bring attention to the contributions of Black and POC queer activists and community members. He was proud to be an American, a Kansan, and a gay man, and he was not shy about it in the least.

He wasn’t sure how to feel about the bill. On the one hand, he was sure that it would be spun in a way to be popular, at least. On the other hand, cutting the salaries of Members of Congress while increasing outside earned income felt off. If the idea was to clean up Congress, why increase the threshold from which MOCs could earn income from an outside source, one that could introduce the temptation or perception of corruption? Besides, MOCs needed the funds to live in both their home states and districts as well as the expensive DMV area. Miller was lucky in that he didn’t have a family to care for, but he couldn’t say the same of several of his colleagues. But there would be time to poke holes later. It was no longer their show, and he hated having to kowtow to the likes of Volker.
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Congresswoman Diane Paulson [R-ME-2]


Paulson stood up and proceeded to lay out the bill.

"This is an act to reduce congressional salaries and restore public faith in the United States Congress."

"My colleagues and I believe that this is a necessary piece of legislation in light of current economic circumstances and aligns with the intent of the Founders to build a Congress that represents the interests of the American people."

"Sections 1 and 2 introduce the bill and provide a definition of a 'federal shutdown' for use in later sections."

"Section 3 reduces the salaries that we are paid in Congress. The base salary for a non-leader member of the House of Representatives will be changed from $174,000 to $130,500, and similar changes will be made to other Congressional and Senatorial positions. It is imperative that we pass this provision. Currently, many Americans feel like their Congress does not represent their interest; it's hard to blame them for feeling that way when members of Congress make over one-hundred-grand more per year than the median income. These reductions in Congressional salaries better align the members of Congress with the fiscal interests of the American people, and also are an effective cost-saving measure saving the federal government millions of dollars."

"$130,000 per year is completely reasonable for members of Congress. These reductions will not result in any meaningful difficulties in the ability of Congresspeople to afford the cost of living in Washington, DC, where the median income is around $50,000 per year. It would be absolutely absurd to claim that the reduced Representative pay rate would hurt the ability of members of Congress to afford their living expenses, in fact, the current rate is well in excess of what is needed to live and work comfortably as a Representative."

"My 20 years in the House have proven to me that current Congressional salaries are well in excess of what is appropriate. By the government's own definitions, even regular members of Congress currently make salaries that qualify as 'upper class.' We cannot enrich ourselves at the expense of the American people. Doing so violates the very principle at the heart of Congress, that it is a body of service to the American people."

"To better fulfill that principle and to save room in the budget, Congress should vote in favor of this bill."

"Section 4 provides for a freeze in Congressional salaries in the event of a government shutdown. This is pretty self-explanatory. Congress should not be paid if they cannot operate as a deliberative, representative body. This provision incentivizes Congress to come to an agreement on the federal budget prior to the suspension of non-essential services. Again, the Congress is a body of service to the American people, and if it is not properly providing for those services, it should not be paid."

"Section 5 provides for a change to the rules of both the Senate and the House allowed outside income for members of Congress from 15% of the annual rate of basic pay for level II of the Executive Schedule to 20%. This provision exists to allow members of Congress to mitigate the effects of decreased salaries with income derived from outside sources. This has no effect on the blanket prohibition of the receipt of honorarium by Congress. Rather, it simply gives members of Congress the option to make one-and-one-thirds of the outside income that they are currently allowed to earn from non-prohibited sources other than their Congressional salaries. It is my hope that each and every one of my fellow Congresspeople simply do the math and realize that this provision will allow you to make up a large portion of the income lost due to the salary cuts."

"In summary, this is a bill that (a) makes reasonable cuts Congressional salaries to levels better-aligned with the income of the American people, (b) frees up spending to be used in a more productive manner, and (c) continues to provide members of Congress with a salary that reflects their duties and is sufficient to meet their expenses and maintain financial stability."

"I encourage this 117th Congress to do the right thing and set aside any elements of greed or uninhibited self-interest by voting in favor of this bill to make Congressional salaries more reasonable."

"Mr. Speaker, if there are no objections, I move to open the questioning period on the 'Clean Congress Act.'"
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Representative Maxine Caroline Durant [R-MS-3]

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Congresswoman Diane Paulson [R-ME-2]


Per her early-morning emails from Senator Rogers and Representative Tenson, one of Paulson's aides added the MARKET Act to the hopper.

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Meat Access, Regulation, Knowledge, and Ethical Treatment Act

A BILL
To authorize the interstate sale of state-inspected meat products, authorize the commercial intrastate sale of custom-slaughtered meat, and to appropriate funds to a meat inspection training program administered by the Department of Agriculture.

Sponsor: Diane Paulson (R-ME-2)
Senate Sponsors: William Rogers III (D-MT)
House Sponsors: Representative Thomas Volker (R-MO-8), Representative Earl Tenson (R-MT-AL)


Total Expense: $1.5 million USDA Meat Inspector Internship Program

SECTION 1: SHORT TITLE
    This Act may be cited as the "MARKET Act".

SECTION 2: Authorizing the interstate sale of meat and poultry products inspected by state-inspected facilities
    (Subsection A) The interstate sale of meat and poultry products by state-run facilities inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture is hereby authorized under the authority vested in Congress by the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution. No state shall prohibit the retail sale in interstate commerce of meat products produced by facilities that (a) meet the annual inspection standards of the state of origin’s meat inspection bureau, and (b) are granted a 4-year certification as a “Certified Interstate Meatpacker” by the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service for meeting the requirements of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. The “Certified Interstate Meatpacker” shall not be conditioned by the Department of Agriculture on any criteria other than (a) and (b).

    (Subsection B) Slaughter facilities in states without meat & poultry inspection programs will continue to be subject to the direct regulation of the Department of Agriculture.

    (Subsection C) As a result of this act, the Department of Agriculture’s “Cooperative Interstate Shipping Program” is discontinued as it is effectively rendered moot.

    (Subsection D) This act does not eliminate the requirement of periodic, risk-based inspection by USDA FSIS of state-regulated meat inspection plants.

SECTION 3: Authorizing the states to conduct their own inspections of for-profit custom slaughter operations
    (Subsection A) This act hereby eliminates the Department of Agriculture ”continuous inspection” requirement from “for-profit custom slaughter operations.” “For-profit custom slaughter operations” are defined as meat and poultry slaughtered and prepared at a custom slaughter facility in accordance with the laws of the state where the facility is located; and prepared exclusively for distribution to household consumers in the state or restaurants, hotels, boarding houses, grocery stores, or other establishments in the state that either prepare meals served directly to consumers or offer meat and food products for sale directly to consumers in the state. “

    (Subsection B) This act establishes a Department of Agriculture program called the “Interstate Custom-Slaughter Reciprocity Program,” (ICSRP) allowing states to opt-in to allowing the sale of meat by out-of-state “for-profit custom slaughter operations” and/or “custom exempt” operations within their jurisdiction.

    (Subsection C) “For-profit custom slaughter operations” and “custom exempt” operations in states that maintain a meat inspection program will remain subject to periodic, risk-based inspection by USDA FSIS and/or state authorities.

    “For-profit custom slaughter operations” and “custom exempt” operations in states that do not have their own meat inspection program will remain subject to periodic, risk-based inspection by USDA FSIS and/or state authorities; additionally, in order to sell meat or poultry in interstate commerce,“for-profit custom slaughter operations” in states without a meat inspection program are required to (a) be located within an ICSRP member state, (b) be selling the product within an ICSRP member state, and (c) the operation must directly register with the ICSRP.

    (Subsection D) This act does not preempt any state prohibition on custom slaughter. This act does not preempt any state law concerning (1) the slaughter of animals or the preparation of carcasses, parts thereof, meat and meat food products at a custom slaughter facility; or (2) the sale of meat or meat food products.

SECTION 4: Appropriation of funds to address a shortage of USDA-certified meat inspectors
    Appropriates $1.5 million in funding for the 2021 fiscal year to the USDA for internship programs for college students interested in employment in meat inspection at a state or USDA facility.
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To: House Republican Conference

From: House Majority Whip Earl Tenson (R-MT-At-Large)




Congresswoman Paulson’s legislation will be critical to ensuring early goodwill for the incoming Richardson administration as well as the newly inaugurated Speaker Volker. It is hereby mandatory for all members of the House Republican Conference to support this legislation and immediately cease all attempts to obstruct it’s passage.

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{Senate Majority Leader}


Benjamin made his way to the Democratic Leader's seat in the Senate. He was still getting used to his new seat in the body, and it still remained quite the site to see the names of his processors and the times and offices they served in every time he opened up the draw. Taking his seat, he wait a few minutes to see if anyone felt like starting off the day. After a few minutes of small talk with those seated near him and not hearing anyone make any motions, Benjamin would stand up and speak.

"Mr. President, motion to introduce the BUILD Act."
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Representative Oliver Miller
[Democratic - 3rd District of the State of Kansas]


Representative Miller's staff submitted the American Promise Act to the House hopper.

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American Promise Act of 2021

A BILL
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for a minimum number of refugees who may be admitted in any fiscal year after fiscal year 2022, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Representative Oliver Miller of Kansas (D)
Senate Sponsors: Senator Eugene Obradovic of Illinois (D)
House Sponsors: Representative Caroline Simone of New York (D)


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


SECTION 1: SHORT TITLE
    This Act may be cited as the "American Promise Act of 2021".

SECTION 2: MINIMUM NUMBER OF REFUGEES TO BE ADMITTED.
    Section 207(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act is amended by inserting after “in any fiscal year after fiscal year 1982 shall be such number as the President determines,” the following: “except that in any fiscal year after fiscal year 2022, such number may not be less than 125,000, without regard to whether or not the President makes any determination”.

SECTION 3: APPROPRIATIONS
    For necessary expenses for refugee and entrant assistance activities authorized by section 414 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and section 501 of the Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980, and for carrying out section 462 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, section 235 of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 ("TVPA"), and the Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998, an increase of $515 million from the FY 2021 enacted level shall be appropriated to the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s (ORR) Refugee and Entrant Assistance program.
    For necessary expenses for the assistance, reunification, and/or resettlement of unaccompanied alien children (UACs), an increase of $2 billion from the FY 2021 enacted level shall be appropriated to the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Unaccompanied Children program.
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Senator Benjamin Hertzog [D-MI]
{Senate Majority Leader}


Benjamin made his way to the Democratic Leader's seat in the Senate. He was still getting used to his new seat in the body, and it still remained quite the site to see the names of his processors and the times and offices they served in every time he opened up the draw. Taking his seat, he wait a few minutes to see if anyone felt like starting off the day. After a few minutes of small talk with those seated near him and not hearing anyone make any motions, Benjamin would stand up and speak.

"Mr. President, motion to introduce the BUILD Act."


Senator Eugene Obradovic
[Democratic - State of Illinois]
{President pro tempore of the United States Senate}


A glimpse of amusement crosses the elder statesman's face from behind the rostrum. Of course, this'd mean handing the chair over to a junior Senator if it came down to it.

"Does the motion from the gentleman from Michigan have a second?"
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Senator Benjamin Hertzog [D-MI]
{Senate Majority Leader}


Benjamin made his way to the Democratic Leader's seat in the Senate. He was still getting used to his new seat in the body, and it still remained quite the site to see the names of his processors and the times and offices they served in every time he opened up the draw. Taking his seat, he wait a few minutes to see if anyone felt like starting off the day. After a few minutes of small talk with those seated near him and not hearing anyone make any motions, Benjamin would stand up and speak.

"Mr. President, motion to introduce the BUILD Act."


Senator Eugene Obradovic
[Democratic - State of Illinois]
{President pro tempore of the United States Senate}


A glimpse of amusement crosses the elder statesman's face from behind the rostrum. Of course, this'd mean handing the chair over to a junior Senator if it came down to it.

"Does the motion from the gentleman from Michigan have a second?"

United States Senate
Senator William S. Rogers III [D-MT]


After a slight delay, Rogers stood up, glancing quick to Hertzog with a "good to see you" nod, and then turned to the pro tempore.

"Mr. President, I second the Senator's motion to introduce the BUILD Act."
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[Democratic - 3rd District of the State of Kansas]


Representative Miller's staff submitted the Medicaid Saves Lives Act to the House hopper.

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Medicaid Saves Lives Act of 2021

A BILL
To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a program to provide health care coverage to low-income adults in States that have not expanded Medicaid.

Sponsor: Representative Oliver Miller of Kansas (D)
Senate Sponsors: Senator Jack Vichter of Iowa (D)
House Sponsors:


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


SECTION 1: SHORT TITLE.
    This Act may be cited as the "Medicaid Saves Lives Act of 2021".

SECTION 2: MEDICAID FALLBACK COVERAGE PROGRAM FOR LOW-INCOME ADULTS IN NON-EXPANSION STATES.
    (a) As soon as possible after the date of enactment of this Act the Secretary of Health and Human Services (in this section referred to as the “Secretary”) shall directly or by contract, establish a program that offers eligible individuals the opportunity to enroll in health benefits coverage that meets the requirements described in subsection (b); and ensure that such program is administered consistent with the requirements of section 431.10(c)(2) of title 42, Code of Federal Regulations.

    (b) Health benefits coverage requirements shall, at minimum, meet the minimum standards required under paragraph (5) of section 1937(b) of the Social Security Act for benchmark coverage described in paragraph (1) of such section or benchmark equivalent coverage described in paragraph (2) of such section. No premiums are imposed for the coverage, and de­duct­ibles, cost sharing, or similar charges may only be imposed in accordance with the requirements imposed on State Medicaid plans under section 1916 of the Social Security Act

    (c) Nothing in this section shall be construed as requiring a State to make expenditures related to the program established under this section and the Secretary shall not impose any such requirement.

    (d) There are appropriated to the Secretary for each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2022 from any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, such sums as are necessary to carry out this section.
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Senator Eugene Obradovic
[Democratic - State of Illinois]
{President pro tempore of the United States Senate}


"With a second from the gentleman from Montana, and no objections from the floor, the Senate will consider the BUILD Act. As the author of the Act, I yield the chair to the gentleman from Connecticut."

Gene raises from the dais and the young Senator from Connecticut takes his place.



Senator ???
[Democratic - State of Connecticut]
{Acting President pro tempore of the United States Senate}


"The BUILD Act is before the Senate. The Clerk shall read the bill."

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The Busting Unhelpful Impediments to Local Developments Act

A BILL
To repeal the limitation on the construction of new public housing stock, known as the Faircloth Amendment, and redress the ongoing crisis regarding the availability of affordable housing in the United States.

Sponsor: Senator Eugene Obradovic of Illinois (D)
Senate Sponsors: Senator Benjamin Hertzog of Michigan (D), Senator William Rogers III of Montana (D)
House Sponsors: Representative Caroline Simone of New York (D)


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


Total Expense: $55,903,000,000.

SECTION 1: SHORT TITLE
    This Act may be cited as the "Busting Unhelpful Impediments to Local Developments Act".

SECTION 2: REPEAL OF FAIRCLOTH AMENDMENT
    Section 9(g) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 is amended by striking paragraph (3) (titled "Limitation on new construction").

SECTION 3: LOCAL HOUSING DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
  1. Definitions - In this section:
    1. "Elementary school, secondary school" - The terms “elementary school” and “secondary school” have the meanings given those terms in section 8101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
    2. "Eligible entity" - The term "eligible entity" means either a State or a unit of general local government.
    3. "Institute of higher education" - The term “institution of higher education” has the meaning given the term in section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
    4. "Metropolitan area, State, unit of general local government" - The terms “metropolitan area”, “State”, and “unit of general local government” have the meanings given those terms in section 102 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.
    5. "Secretary" - The term "Secretary" means the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
  2. Establishment - Not later than 12 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish a program to make grants to eligible entities that -
    1. reform local restrictions on land use to reduce the costs of building affordable housing units, and
    2. remove unnecessary obstacles to the construction of affordable housing units in their locality.
  3. Permitted activities - An eligible entity receiving a grant under this section may use funds to -
    1. carry out any of the activities described in section 105 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974
    2. carry out any of the activities permitted under the program for national infrastructure investments authorized by past or future acts of Congress; or
    3. modernize, renovate, or repair facilities used by public elementary schools, public secondary schools, and public institutions of higher education, including modernization, renovation, and repairs.
  4. Application -
    1. In general - An eligible entity desiring a grant under this section shall submit to the Secretary an application that demonstrates that the eligible entity has carried out, or is in the process of carrying out, initiatives that facilitate the expansion of the supply of well-located affordable housing.
    2. Activities - Initiatives that meet the criteria described in paragraph (1) -
      1. include -
        1. establishing “by-right” development, which allows jurisdictions to administratively approve new developments that are consistent with their zoning code without political intercession;
        2. revising or eliminating off-street parking requirements to reduce the cost of housing production;
        3. instituting measures that incentivize owners of vacant land to redevelop the space into affordable housing or other productive uses;
        4. revising minimum lot size requirements and bans or limits on multifamily construction to allow for denser and more affordable development;
        5. instituting incentives to promote dense development, such as density bonuses;
        6. passing inclusionary zoning ordinances that require a portion of newly developed units to be reserved for low- and moderate-income renters or homebuyers;
        7. streamlining regulatory requirements and shortening processes, reforming zoning codes, or other initiatives that reduce barriers to housing supply elasticity and affordability;
        8. allowing accessory dwelling units;
        9. using local tax incentives to promote development of affordable housing; and
        10. implementing measures that protect tenants from harassment and displacement.
      2. do not include activities that alter ordinances that govern wage and hour laws, family and medical leave laws, health and safety requirements, prevailing wage laws, or protections for workers' health and safety, anti-discrimination, and right to organize.
    3. Relation to consolidated plan - An eligible entity shall include in an application submitted under paragraph (1) a description of how the planning and development of eligible activities described in subsection (c) may advance an objective, or an aspect of an objective, included in the comprehensive housing affordability strategy and community development plan of the eligible entity under part 91 of title 24, Code of Federal Regulations, or any successor regulation (commonly referred to as a “consolidated plan”).
  5. Labor laws -
    1. In general - All laborers and mechanics employed by contractors or subcontractors in the performance of construction work financed in whole or in part with a grant received under this section shall be paid wages at rates not less than those prevailing on similar construction in the locality, as determined by the Secretary of Labor in accordance with the Davis-Bacon Act.
    2. Authority and functions - With respect to the labor standards specified in paragraph (1), the Secretary of Labor shall have the authority and functions set forth in Reorganization Plan Numbered 14 of 1950 and section 3145 of title 40, United States Code.
  6. Authorization of appropriations - There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $2 billion for each of fiscal years 2022 through 2026.

SECTION 4: AFFORDABLE HOUSING INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS
  1. Housing Trust Fund - Section 1338(a) of the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992 is amended by adding at the end the following:
      “(3) Authorization of appropriations - There is authorized to be appropriated to the Housing Trust Fund $44.5 billion for each of fiscal years 2022 through 2031.”.
  2. Capital Magnet Fund - Section 1339 of the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992 is amended by adding at the end the following:
      “(k) Authorization of appropriations - There is authorized to be appropriated to the Capital Magnet Fund $2.5 billion for each of fiscal years 2022 through 2031.”.
  3. Public Housing Capital Fund - Section 9(c)(2)(A) of the United States Housing Act of 1937 is amended to read as follows:
      “(A) Capital Fund - For allocations of assistance from the Capital Fund, $3.592 billion for fiscal year 2022.”.
  4. Indian Housing Block Grant Program - Section 108 of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 is amended -
    1. by striking “such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2009 through 2013” and inserting “$2.5 billion for fiscal year 2022 and such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2023 through 2031”; and
    2. by striking the second sentence.
  5. Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant Program - Section 824 of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 is amended by striking “such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005” and inserting “$20 million for fiscal year 2022 and such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2023 through 2031”.
  6. Rural Housing Programs - Out of funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, there is appropriated for fiscal year 2022 -
    1. to provide direct loans under section 502 of the Housing Act of 1949, $140 million.
    2. to provide assistance under section 514 of such Act, $28 million.
    3. to provide assistance under section 515 of such Act, $140 million.
    4. to provide assistance under section 516 of such Act, $20 million.
    5. to provide grants under section 523 of such Act, $75 million.
    6. to provide funding to carry out the Multifamily Preservation and Revitalization Demonstration Program of the Rural Housing Service (as authorized under sections 514, 515, and 516 of such Act), $120 million.
  7. Housing Crisis Relief Fund -
    1. Definitions - In this subsection -
      1. the term “affordable rental housing unit” means a unit for which monthly rent is 30 percent or less than the monthly area median income; and
      2. the term “State” has the meaning given the term in section 3(b)(7) of the United States Housing Act of 1937.
    2. Establishment - The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall establish and manage a fund, to be known as the “Housing Crisis Relief Fund”, which shall be funded with any amounts as may be appropriated, transferred, or credited to the Fund under any provision law.
    3. Grants - From amounts available in the fund established under paragraph (2), the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall award grants on a competitive basis to State housing finance agencies located in a State in which -
      1. there is a shortage of affordable rental housing units available to individuals with an income that is at or below the area median income and median rents have risen on average over the preceding 5 years substantially faster than the area median income; or
      2. there is a shortage of housing units available for sale that are affordable to individuals with an income that is at or below the area median income and median home prices have risen on average over the preceding 5 years substantially faster than the area median income.
    4. Use of funds - Grants received under this subsection shall be used to fund -
      1. the construction or acquisition, by nonprofit organizations, State or local agencies, special-purpose units of local government, resident councils organized to acquire housing, and other qualified purchasers (as defined by the Secretary), of rental housing units or units for purchase that are affordable to residents making less than 120 percent of the area median income; and
      2. measures to prevent tenant displacement and harassment.
    5. Labor laws -
      1. In general - All laborers and mechanics employed by contractors or subcontractors in the performance of construction work financed in whole or in part with a grant received under this subsection shall be paid wages at rates not less than those prevailing on similar construction in the locality as determined by the Secretary of Labor in accordance with the Davis-Bacon Act.
      2. Authority and functions - With respect to the labor standards specified in paragraph (1), the Secretary of Labor shall have the authority and functions set forth in Reorganization Plan Numbered 14 of 1950 and section 3145 of title 40, United States Code.
    6. Regulations - The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development shall promulgate regulations to carry out this subsection that include -
      1. the metrics that the Secretary will use to determine eligibility for a grant under this subsection;
      2. a requirement that all housing units constructed or acquired using grants awarded under the subsection are affordable to residents making less than 120 percent of the area median income in perpetuity.
    7. Appropriations - Out of funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, there is appropriated to the fund established under this subsection $4 billion for fiscal year 2022.


"The Senator from Illinois is invited to introduce the bill."



Senator Eugene Obradovic
[Democratic - State of Illinois]
{President pro tempore of the United States Senate|NOT PRESIDING}


"Thank you, Mr. President."

"The matter before us is this - America is in a financial crisis. With unemployment entering an excess of the darkest days of the Great Recession, a full-throated Federal response is demanded, and to not grant it would be an act of the profoundest neglect and shortsightedness. Action is needed now if we are to revive the economy and build it back stronger to face the challenges of tomorrow. Direct stimulus of the economy, intervention in failing businesses, these things I know are forming part of productive conversations between the White House and the Congress, however an area I seek to address is thus - the disastrous state of access to housing in the United States. For most families, housing is their largest expense. House prices have, bar the last financial crash, risen year-on-year for decades, out of pace with the minimum wage, out of pace with the median wage. Affordability in housing is at an all-time low. A shocking state of affairs that aggravates poverty, cements inequality, and stagnates economic potential."

"It is within the power of the Congress to act, and to act swiftly. Multiple studies indicate that policies that engender housebuilding and development have a wholesale, positive effect on GDP. And studies on the effect of tackling homelessness on other social ills, including unemployment, have shown productive and positive outcomes. If we tackle the housing crisis with a wholeness of body and will, we will reap dividends not just economically, but with a healthier and more equal society."

"The bill before the Senate is designed to challenge three principle prongs - the paralysis of the social housing sector, the present lack of investment in the affordable housing sector, and the aggressive actions of a minority of people - a minority of people - who have erected barriers to development for various reasons, but I will not mince my words about those reasons. Those reasons are snobbery. Those reasons are self-interest. Those reasons are - in some cases - based on racial prejudice. With the passage of this bill, we would herald a new age of housebuilding perhaps not seen since the last World War. And with secure housing will come secure communities, secure families, secure Americans who are able to address their many other problems with one of them removed."

"A great many of my colleagues across the aisle have long railed against vexatious regulation. This bill removes such a vexatious regulation on the Federal level and allows for economic activity to thrive unmolested by special interests. This bill incentivises the removal of such vexatious regulations on a local level, to allow for our communities to bloom and develop and grow. Children no longer priced out of the neighborhoods they grew up in. Household expenditures brought down for the everyday American. Are these not just and virtuous aims?"

"If we choose to build, if we choose to address housing, a great weight will be lifted off of the American Dream. And with that, I beseech my colleagues to support this bill. Mr. President, I yield my time."



Senator ???
[Democratic - State of Connecticut]
{Acting President pro tempore of the United States Senate}


"The Senate shall now enter a questioning period on the BUILD Act."
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