Enthusiasts of renaming post offices, rejoice! Congress has returned to session, but honoring local heroes is not the only thing they can do. They're also good at filing "message" legislation intended to show their constituents they care about various pet causes.
Whether you're a conspiracy theorist hounded by the UN's black helicopters or just a survivalist goldbug awaiting an economic cataclysm, take comfort in knowing that some member of Congress hears your concerns:
1. American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2013 - A bill sponsored by Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) directs the President to terminate U.S. membership in the United Nations, prohibits the U.S. making contributions to the U.N. and requires the shutdown of the U.S. diplomatic mission in New York. Paul Broun is the clearance-rack version of Ron Paul, who once supported this proposal himself.
2. Free Competition in Currency Act of 2013 – Also sponsored by Broun, it repeals the federal law establishing U.S. coins, currency and reserve notes as legal tender. Doesn't getting rid of money sound a little communist?
3. NRA Members' Gun Safety Act of 2013 - This bill, introduced by Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), calls for stricter background checks and mandatory reporting of stolen firearms. Let's hope this is just the beginning of a trend in legislative titles that troll special interest groups.
4. Fair Tax Act of 2013 – It wouldn't be the House of Representatives without a bill to abolish the IRS. Thanks, Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA).
5. Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act - Whatever the merits, what wouldn't you give to hear President Obama begin his inaugural address with a call to pass Rep. John Conyers' (D-MI) bill?
6. H.R. 215 – Rep. Jose Serrano's (D-NY) bill doesn't have a fancy title, but it would make it easier for Cubans to play baseball in the United States, a worthier goal than 70% of Congressional initiatives.
7. H.J.Res. 15 – Rep. Serrano's proposal to repeal the 22nd Amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as president, doesn't have a fancy title either. Our suggestion: the Bill Clinton Would Be Just Finishing His Last Term Were It Not for the 22nd Amendment Act.
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Tags: House of Representatives, Jim Moran, John Conyers, Jose Serrano, Laws, Paul Broun, Rob Woodall, Senate