Endorsed Policy and Legislation

Members of the Blue Dog Coalition actively work to build bipartisan support for legislation that supports their commitment to the financial stability and national security of the country.  Whether it is a Republican idea or a Democratic idea, members of the Blue Dog Coalition introduce and work to pass legislation they believe to restore fiscal accountability, strengthen our economy and help the American people.

Legislation and policies endorsed by the Blue Dog Coalition in the 117th Session of Congress:
 
The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act would enhance the federal government’s efforts to prevent domestic terrorism by requiring federal law enforcement agencies to regularly assess this threat and provide training and resources to assist state, local, and tribal law enforcement in addressing it. The Coalition has advocated for this legislation since it was first introduced in the House of Representatives in 2018.
 
The Security Clearance Improvement Act would disqualify participants in the violent assault on the United States Capitol and members of the QAnon conspiracy movement from obtaining or maintaining a federal security clearance.
 
The John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act eliminates partisan gerrymandering from the congressional redistricting process by requiring each state to establish an independent, bipartisan redistricting commission to redraw congressional district lines once every 10 years that reflect contiguous communities. The legislation is named after former Congressman John Tanner, a founding member of the Blue Dog Coalition who championed this legislation for many years leading up to his retirement in 2010.
 
The Redistricting Transparency Act would require states to publicize redistricting information online, including the data used in the process, details of the process, proposed maps and public hearing dates. It also would require that the public be allowed to comment before maps receive final approval.
 
The Commission on Domestic Terrorism Act is a bipartisan bill that would create an independent, bipartisan commission and be modeled after the 9/11 Commission to investigate the federal government’s failure to more broadly respond to the threat of domestic terrorism over the past two decades. The Commission’s work would complement other congressional investigations into the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
 
Blue Dog leadership called for the following: 1) adherence to the letter and spirit House rules that encourage regular order, such as requiring a committee hearing and mark up, and allowing for reasonable floor amendments, and 2) a score from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) or Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) with adequate time for review prior to a floor vote on legislation.
 
In the letter, members of the Blue Dog Coalition called for the funds to expand broadband in the pending infrastructure legislation to be flexible. This would ensure that broadband funds are delivered to areas of the country where they are most needed. The Blue Dogs also called for the legislation to ensure that internet delivered to underserved and unserved communities is not slower-tier than other parts of the country.
 
 
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