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"It's important to pay attention to the Russian spy drama, but let's not ignore the fact that the following (10) bills have been introduced" in the House.
If you inhabit the more liberal corners of social media, you may have seen a list of 10 Republican bills in your feed -- a reminder of the substantive changes that could result from unified GOP control of Washington.
Here’s the text of a common version that’s circulating:
OK - It"s important to pay attention to the Russian spy drama, but let"s not ignore the fact that the following bills HAVE been introduced:
1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency
2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education
4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions)
8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion ("Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act")
10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran
Please copy/paste and share widely. Call your House Representative and ask them to not only vote "NO"...but to speak up for our rights, health & safety, and our beautiful country.
How accurate is the post? All 10 bills cited do exist, and most (though not all) have been accurately described.
But a majority of the bills mentioned haven’t advanced very far or attracted more than a few co-sponsors, so many are relative longshots for actually becoming law.
How accurate are the descriptions?
Most of the bills listed are described by their official title, or by a truncated version of the official title. So those strike us as being accurate.
But for a few bills, the description is overly broad or misleading.
One of those -- H.J.R. 69 -- is described as "Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife." That’s on the right track, but whoever reads this wouldn’t know that it’s specific to certain types of federal land in Alaska.
The measure is an effort to overturn a federal rule using the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to repeal executive branch regulations under certain circumstances. The measure in question would overrule an Obama administration rule governing non-subsistence taking of wildlife on National Wildlife Refuge land in Alaska.
As it happens, this is the only one of the 10 measures that has passed the House already. It passed by a mostly party-line, 225-193 margin on Feb. 16, 2017. It is now awaiting action in the Senate.
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Another bill with a somewhat exaggerated description is H.R. 785, which is listed as "National Right to Work (this one ends unions)."
Right-to-work laws say workers can’t be forced to join a union. They do this by making it harder to form a union, and it’s true that on average, states that have right-to-work laws have significantly lower unionization rates than states that don’t. But it’s an exaggeration to say that it "ends" unions.