With the focus of President Trump, legislators and the American public on the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act and its replacement with the American Health Care Act the week of March 20, 2017, it may have seemed that Congress was doing little else, but a number of legislative activities have taken place.
MAR-A-LAGO Act Draws Public Attention to S. 721 and H.R. 1711
Democratic senators and a representative introduced a measure to their respective bodies seeking public disclosure of visitors to the White House and any other location where President Trump regularly conducts official government business in a less-than-subtly titled bill, “Make Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act” or the “MAR-A-LAGO Act.”
Senators Tom Udall (D-Utah), Tom Carper (D-Delaware), Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) introduced S. 721 on Thursday, March 23, 2017, in the Senate, where it was then assigned to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs for further consideration.
Some Democratic members in both legislative bodies have been frustrated in their attempts to receive a response from the White House as to whether President Trump plans to continue the protocol of the Obama administration in which it published White House visitor logs within 90 to 120 days of the visits taking place. Udall, Quigley and the other sponsors of the MAR-A-LAGO Act want to hold the White House to those standards by introducing legislation that would require it.
U.S. Senate Disapproves Volks Rule, OSHA Rule Requiring Employers to Make and Maintain Records of On-The-Job Injuries and Illnesses
On Thursday, March 23, 2017, the Senate voted along party lines with a 50 “ayes” vote by Republicans to 48 “nays” votes by Democrats to disapprove the U.S. Department of Labor’s rule, “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness,” that provided for record-keeping of these issues for five years.
H.J.Res. 83 passed the House and Senate yesterday. Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor r… https://t.co/F8ePjlMKUP ⚡
Visitors to WhiteHouse.gov are invited to give their input on legislation under presidential consideration by clicking on the link, “Legislation,” then clicking on “Pending.” As of March 26, 2017, H.J. Res. 83 is not yet posted under this link, but other legislation pending President Trump’s approval or veto can be found there.
Follow-Up to Previously Reported Legislative Activity
In regards to a series of regulatory changes introduced in the House of Representatives early in March 2017, that is H.R. 998, H.R. 1004 and H.R. 1009, that were reported on previously by The Daily Voice News on March 5, 2017, there has been no new action taken on any of the three measures since being passed to the Senate and assigned to the appropriate committees for consideration.
In other federal legislative activity the week of March 20, 2017:
Neoconservative Robert Kagan Endorses Clinton
Republican Party stalwart Robert Kagan endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a scathing Washington Post editorial on Thursday. The leading neoconservative denounced the
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