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 115th Session of Congress:
The Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act requires every federal agency to publish an annual report card for each of its programs. Those report cards will then be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget, where any overlapping programs will be determined, and recommendations for ways to cut wasteful spending and eliminate identical programs will be made.
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.
The Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act clarifies confusing regulations that prevent small businesses from participating in “demo days”, or business plan competitions, startup days, innovation summits, and other public forums. Demo days provide important opportunities for startups to share their business plans with angel investors, business experts, and other entrepreneurs who can help turn innovative ideas into reality and create good-paying jobs.
The Lower Drug Costs Through Competition Act incentivizes drug makers to develop generic drugs when competition currently does not exist, or when there is a drug shortage.
The Protect the National Security Council From Political Interference Act of 2017 protects the National Security Council (NSC) from political interference and to ensure that the president is receiving counsel from national security experts without the dangerous influence of partisan politics.
The Prevention and Oversight of Intelligence Sharing with Enemies (POISE) Act requires the President to notify congressional intelligence committees when an official in the executive branch of the federal government, including the President, knowingly or unintentionally reveals Top Secret classified information to the representatives of a nation that is designated to be a state sponsor of terrorism or is the subject of U.S. economic sanctions based on state-sponsored conduct.
The Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act allows utility companies to more efficiently remove hazardous trees and other vegetation near transmission lines, reducing the risk of wildfires. It provides utilities with the ability to rapidly remove hazardous trees by receiving pre-approval from the Forest Service to manage transmission line rights of way and remove trees that are or could become hazards. Through this bill, if a utility requests authorization to remove a tree and is denied by the Forest Service, the Forest Service is responsible for any firefighting costs that result from the failure to remove the tree.
The John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act removes politics and partisanship from the congressional redistricting process. Under the bill, each state would be required to establish an independent, bipartisan redistricting commission to redraw congressional district lines once every 10 years that reflect contiguous communities. These communities would replace carved-out, gerrymandered districts that protect extreme political partisans.
The Redistricting Transparency Act of 2017 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.
H.R. 3100 is designed to combat terrorism financing by establishing a whole-of-government strategy to combat the financing of terrorism.
H.J. Res. 107 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, unless Congress authorizes the excess by a vote of three-fifths of the members of each chamber.
Solutions Over Politics seeks to stabilize the individual market while protecting plans for people with pre-existing conditions, keeping costs down for lower income folks, promoting enrollment and ensuring everyone pays their fair share. The plan also calls for improvements to the ACA including ways to reduce churn in the market and drawing bidding areas to ensure that rural areas aren’t left at a disadvantage.