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 endorsed by the Blue Dog Coalition in the 116th Session of Congress:
H.R.270, Government Shutdown Impact Report Act of 2019 (Rep. Tom O’Halleran, AZ-01)
In the event of a government shutdown, the Shutdown Impact Report Act of 2019 requires the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to prepare a daily report on the economic cost and the damage to our national security.
H.R. 129, No Budget, No Pay Act (Rep. Jim Cooper, TN-05)
The No Budget, No Pay Act halts paychecks for all House and Senate members if they miss annual deadlines for budget and appropriations bills. It prohibits members from receiving pay for each day past Sept. 30 that budget and spending bills don’t pass. Under this legislation, members are not allowed to recover the pay retroactively.
H.R. 1781, Payment Commission Act (Rep. Tom O’Halleran, AZ-01)
The Payment Commission Act provides Congress’ independent advisory commissions, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC), access to certain drug pricing data to help those commissions make recommendations to Congress on how to improve the Medicare and Medicaid programs and lower prescription drug prices. This legislation will increase transparency and help provide recommendations to Congress that are necessary to create policy reforms that help patients.
H.R. 938, Bringing Low-cost Options and Competition while Keeping Incentives for New Generics (BLOCKING) Act (Rep. Kurt Schrader, OR-05)
The BLOCKING Act keeps drug prices down by increasing competition in the generic drug market. Current law awards 180 days of exclusivity on the market to a drug manufacturer when they are the first to file a generic drug application with the FDA for a drug for which there is no generic. The 180 days begins once the manufacturer starts marketing the drug, but even before the manufacturer begins marketing, all other generic competitors are blocked from coming to market. This allows some manufacturers to “park” the exclusivity before receiving final approval, blocking competition for more than the 180 days intended by the law. In these cases, no other generics can come to the market until the first manufacturer receives final approval, begins marketing the drug, and the subsequent 180 days have passed. The BLOCKING Act would stop first generic drug “parking.” Under the BLOCKING Act, if a second generic drug application is blocked from receiving approval solely due to a first generic drug manufacturer parking their exclusivity at the tentative approval stage, the 180 days immediately begins to run, preventing limitless delays for other generics to come to the market.
H.Res.246, Opposing efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement targeting Israel (Rep. Brad Schneider, IL-10)
This bipartisan resolution supports a two-state solution and opposes efforts to delegitimize the state of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement targeting Israel.
H.J. Res. 55, Balanced Budget Amendment (Rep. Ben McAdams, UT-04)
H.J. Res. 55 would amend the U.S. Constitution to prohibit the federal government from spending more than it receives in any given fiscal year, except in the cases of war or recession. The Amendment also generally prohibits a court from enforcing this requirement by ordering cuts to Social Security or Medicare payments. The Amendment requires the President to annually submit to Congress a budget in which total outlays do not exceed total receipts. It also prohibits federal total outlays for a fiscal year from exceeding total receipts for that fiscal year.
H.R. 1931, Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2019 (Rep. Brad Schneider, IL-10)
This legislation will address the growing threat of white supremacists and other violent right-wing extremists. 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.
H.R. 2483, Fentanyl Sanctions Act (Rep. Max Rose, NY-11, and Rep. Anthony Brindisi, NY-22)
This legislation would apply pressure on the Chinese government to honor its commitment to make all forms of fentanyl illegal and provide the United States more tools and resources to go after illicit traffickers in China, Mexico, and other countries.
A Bipartisan Path Forward to Securing U.S. Elections (Reps. Kendra Horn, OK-05, and Jeff Van Drew, NJ-02)
This is a package of legislative proposals endorsed by the Blue Dog Coalition in response to the conclusions presented in Volume I of the Mueller Report regarding Russia’s attack against the U.S. political system and attempts to interfere in the 2016 election. The solutions are based primarily on a set of 11 bills endorsed by the Coalition and have earned bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate.
H.R. 2722, Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act (Rep. Zoe Lofgrin, CA-19)
This legislation requires voting systems to use individual, durable, voter-verified paper ballots, expands risk-limiting audits, and authorizes necessary funding to states to assist in securing election infrastructure. These solutions were included in a package of legislative proposals the Blue Dogs endorsed in response to the conclusions presented in Volume I of the Mueller Report.
H.R. 2592, Honest Ads Act (Reps. Derek Kilmer, WA-06, and Elise Stefanik, NY-21)
This legislation helps to prevent foreign interference in future elections and improve the transparency of online political advertisements. The bill would ensure online political advertisements are better monitored by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and would enable the FEC to enact rules for online advertisement similar to those in place for television, radio, and satellite ads, with the goal of making clear to the American public who is funding these online ads and to inhibit foreign actors from purchasing them.
H.R. 2135, Preventing Adversaries Internationally from Disbursing Advertising Dollars (PAID AD) Act (Reps. Elissa Slotkin, MI-08, and Elise Stefanik, NY-21)
This legislation closes loopholes that currently allow foreign interests and foreign governments to legally purchase digital and TV ads for the purpose of influencing U.S. elections.
S. 1692, Invest in Our Democracy Act of 2019 (Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, and Susan Collins, R-ME)
This legislation directs the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to provide grants in support of continuing education in election administration or cybersecurity for election officials and employees.
S.482, Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression (DASKA) Act of 2019 (Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, Bob Menendez, D-NJ, Cory Gardner, R-CO, Ben Cardin, D-MD, and Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH)
This comprehensive legislation seeks to increase economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation in response to Russia’s interference in democratic processes abroad, malign influence in Syria, and aggression against Ukraine, including in the Kerch Strait. It establishes a comprehensive policy response to better position the U.S. government to address Kremlin aggression by creating new policy offices on cyber defenses and sanctions coordination. The bill stands up for NATO and prevents the President from pulling the U.S. out of the Alliance without a Senate vote. It also increases sanctions pressure on Moscow for its interference in democratic processes abroad and continued aggression against Ukraine.
S. 1060, Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines (DETER) Act of 2019 (Sens. Chris Van Hollen, D-MD, and Marco Rubio, R-FL)
This legislation sends a clear and powerful message to Russia and any other foreign actors seeking to disrupt our elections: If you attack American candidates, campaigns, or voting infrastructure, you will face swift and severe consequences.
S. 1328, Defending Elections against Trolls from Enemy Regimes (DETER) Act (Sens. Dick Durbin, D-IL, and Lindsey Graham, R-SC)
This bill responds to threats like those revealed by the Special Counsel’s indictment of Russians who traveled to the United States with the explicit purpose of learning more about American political and electoral processes and how they could interfere with such processes. Specifically, it prevents foreign governments from exploiting U.S. immigration laws to advance their efforts to undermine our democracy. The bill defines “improper interference in United States elections” as conduct by an alien that (1) violates federal criminal, voting rights or campaign finance law or is under the direction of a foreign government; and (2) interferes with any general or primary Federal, State, or local election or caucus, including the campaign of any candidate; or any ballot measure, including an amendment, bond issue, initiative, recall, referral, or referendum.
S.825, Protect our Elections Act (Sens. Chris Van Hollen, D-MD, Marco Rubio, R-FL, Susan Collins, R-ME, and Ben Cardin, D-MD)
This legislation prohibits foreign adversaries from owning and controlling the companies supporting American elections.
H.R.2754, Protecting American Votes and Elections (PAVE) Act of 2019 (Rep. Earl Blumenauer, OR-03)
This legislation requires that all states use paper ballots or machines that produce a voter-verifiable paper audit trail and conduct risk limiting audits after all federal elections, among other changes.
H.R. 1474, Strengthening Elections Through Intelligence Act (Rep. Abigail Spanberger, VA-07)
This legislation requires a federal assessment of the scope of potential threats to the security of America’s election systems, including cyber, terror, and state actor threats. Additionally, the legislation directs the U.S. Director of National Intelligence and DHS to update federal and state officials on possible vulnerabilities—and to provide recommendations on how best to stop these threats.
H.R.1272, Restoring Integrity to America's Elections Act (Reps. Derek Kilmer, WA-06, Brian Fitzpatrick, PA-01, Scott Peters, CA-52, John Sarbanes, MD-03, Kathleen Rice, NY-04, Stephanie Murphy, FL-07, and Julia Brownley, CA-26)
This legislation reforms the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) and enables it to more effectively carry out its mission to oversee and enforce campaign finance laws.
H.R. 3529, the Achieving Lasting Electoral Reforms on Transparency and Security (ALERTS Act) (Reps. Stephanie Murphy, FL-07, and Michael Waltz, FL-06)
This legislation requires the Department of Homeland Security to notify state and local officials, certain Members of Congress, and potentially affected voters when federal agencies identify an election system breach. The bill does, however, create a narrow exception to public alerts if federal officials determine notification would compromise intelligence sources or methods or cause harm to an ongoing criminal investigation.
H.R. 130, John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act (Rep. Jim Cooper, TN-05)
This legislation requires each state to establish an independent, bipartisan redistricting commission to redraw congressional district lines once every 10 years that reflect contiguous communities. These districts would replace gerrymandered districts that protect partisan seats.
H.R. 131, Redistricting Transparency Act of 2019 (Rep. Jim Cooper, TN-05)
This legislation requires 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 requires that the public be allowed to comment before maps receive final approval.
Blue Dog Coalition Health Care Priorities (Blue Dog Coalition)
These priorities focus on ways to protect the Affordable Care Act, improve it, and build on its success, rather than start from scratch. Additionally, they point out needs that are specific to rural and tribal communities, which do not typically have the same resources as urban areas. The priorities also focus on ways to lower the cost of prescription drugs and combat the opioid epidemic.
Blue Dog Blueprint for Fiscal Reform (Reps. Ben McAdams, UT-04, and Ed Case, HI-01)
The Blue Dog Blueprint for Fiscal Reform outlines an extensive list of priorities that help reduce our budget deficits and begin to bring down our national debt.