Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Vet's Benefits, Smoking near Federal Buildings and Children's Arrows: July 22, 2008

There were no bill introduced on Monday, July 21st, but quite a few introduced yesterday, the 22nd. Here is a great bill, though will likely add to admin costs, I think it would be important for our vets to truly understand what benefits they are eligible to receive. Would be a great step away from the generic form letters sent out to everyone:

By Mrs. CLINTON (D-NY)(for Herself and Mr. SCHUMER (D-NY)):
S. 3307. A bill to provide veterans with individualized notice about available benefits, to streamline application processes for the benefits, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. Source: GPO [S7030

Here are a few bills introduced in the House yesterday. The first one will be controversial for any smokers out there (I myself have been in process of quitting smoking for a couple years now). This bill would ban smoking anywhere 'near' pretty much every major federal government building in DC:

By Mr. ENGEL (D-NY) (for himself and Mr. PLATTS (R-PA)):
H.R. 6571. A bill to prohibit smoking near executive, legislative, and judicial branch buildings and entryways; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committees on House Administration, and the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. Source: GPO [H6824]

And this one is a bit peculiar, but you never know what a member of Congress will find important on any given day:

By Mr. KIND (D-WI) (for himself and Mr. RYAN (R-WI)):
H.R. 6564. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the rate of the excise tax on certain arrows designed for use by children; to the Committee on Ways and Means. Source: GPO [H6824]


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