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The Top 10: Most Viewed Pieces of Legislation
12/12/2016 Legislation Raymond Z
keywords: Congress Economy Financial Regulation

We are a country of lists. We want to know what is the most popular, best, or top in a category. We thought it would be interesting to see what pieces of legislation people visiting Congress.Gov were interested in. Here is a list of the top ten most viewed pieces of legislation at the government website, a brief summary of the legislation and where it stands. 

10.) H.R. 4919: Kevin and Avonte's Law of 2016 – This is a bill that passed the house in the middle of 2016 that ensures grants from the Department of Justice can be used to educate and train state and local law enforcement agencies and nonprofits in preventing individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities from wandering. It also provides funds to better locate missing individuals. It is now in the Senate.

9.) H.R. 12628: An Act to Amend the U.S. Code – This is legislation that was actually passed in late 1974. It amended Title 38, and improved accessibility and expanded educational and vocational opportunities for veterans. It is interesting that legislation that was adopted over 40 years ago is currently the ninth most viewed on the Congress website.

8.) H.R. 4956: The American Energy Opportunity Act of 2014 – This is far-reaching legislation that would affect offshore oil leasing, amends the Clean Air Act and authorizes changes to Internal Revenue Service laws. In November, it was referred to to the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.

7.) H.R. 6393: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 – This fast moving legislation was introduced to the House on November 22, 2016, passed and was introduced to the Senate on December 1. The bill authorizes funding for various intelligence agencies for 2017 including the NSA, FBI and Homeland Security among many others.

6.) H.R. 2028: Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act of 2017 – Passing the Senate in mid-2016, this extended and increased funding for overall Energy and Water Development funding above 2016 levels for FY2017.

5.) S.2943:  National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 – The only Senate bill to make the list, this bill authorizes FY2017 appropriations and sets forth policies regarding the military activities of the Department of Defense (DOD), military construction, and the national security programs of the Department of Energy (DOE). It was introduced by John McCain in May of 2016 and is currently in the “resolving differences” phase of legislation.

4.) H.R.3799: Hearing Protection Act of 2015 – Introduced in 2015, this bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to eliminate the $200 transfer tax on firearm silencers, and to treat any person who acquires or possesses a firearm silencer as meeting any registration or licensing requirements of the National Firearms Act with respect to such silencer. If passed, any person who pays a tax on a silencer after October 22, 2015 may receive a refund of such tax. The bill amends the federal criminal code to preempt state or local laws that tax or regulate firearm silencers. It was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

3.) H.R.6489: To Preserve Social Security for Generations - Introduced on December 8, 2016, it was quickly sent to the House Committee on Ways and Means where it remains today. This bill's stated mission is to “To preserve Social Security for generations to come, reward work, and improve retirement security.”

2.) H.R. 34: 21st Century Cures Act – No surprise here, as the top two pieces of legislation currently viewed are in regard to the Cures Act. This is currently in front of the President.

1.) H.R. 6: 21st Century Cures Act – This is the original version of the House bill that was passed in July of 2015.

Source: Raymond Z

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