Benefits for veterans

EDITOR:

The Senate agreed to invoke cloture and proceed on a bill that would extend and expand health care and education benefits for veterans and their families.

Sen. Carl Levin voted Yes.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow voted Yes.

Veterans Benefits Motion to Wave – vote rejected.

On Thursday, Feb. 28, the Senate rejected a motion by Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., to waive all applicable budget laws when considering a bill to expand veteran’s benefits. The motion required a three-fifths majority to waive applicable budget laws under Senate rules.

Sen. Carl Levin voted Yes.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow voted Yes.

House Votes

Cellular Phone Unlocking vote passed.

On Tuesday, the House passed a bill that would reverse a 2012 decision by the Library of Congress that made “unlocking” cell phones for use across wireless carriers illegal as of last January. HR 1123 would allow consumers to disable software protections on their cellphones and connect to mobile carriers of their choosing once their original contract expires.

Rep. Dan Benishek voted Yes.

Eminent Domain Authority vote passed.

The House passed a bill Wednesday Feb. 26 that would withhold federal economic development funds, for two fiscal years, from states and localities that seize property for private economic development using eminent domain. The bill would also allow landowners to sue if state or local governments wrongfully take their property in such situations.

Rep. Dan Benishek voted Yes.

Federal Rule-Making Process vote passed.

A bill that would make a number of changes to the federal rule-making process passed the House on Thursday. The bill, passed mainly along party lines, would require agencies to consider the costs and benefits of rules and alternatives when issuing regulatory directives. The bill would allow the Small Business Administration to intervene in another agency’s rule-making process and would expand the ability of small businesses to challenge federal rules in court. Federal agencies would also be required to make monthly reports of rule-making and post rules online.

Rep. Dan Benishek voted Yes.

Upcoming Votes

Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013 – S.1086. The Senate will vote on motion to proceed on the Child Care and Development Block Grant program reauthorization.v

Suspending the Individual Mandate Penalty Law Equals Fairness Act – HR4118. The House will also vote on a bill delaying penalties for the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act.

Karl Ben Weber

Sagola Township