CONGRESSMAN DON BACON: A CONSERVATIVE HERO TO TAXPAYERS

NTF Issue Paper: cong134.doc. 3-17.
NEBRASKA TAXPAYERS FOR FREEDOM ISSUE PAPER:
CONGRESSMAN DON BACON: A CONSERVATIVE HERO TO TAXPAYERS.

BACKGROUND:
Congressman Don Bacon, 2nd District NE, in the few months he has served as a congressman in Washington, D.C., has proved himself a true hero to taxpayers and veterans, among other citizens. His stellar record in House votes deserves wide publicity. The following votes clearly demonstrate that he is a staunch fiscal conservative. His constituents should show their gratitude to this elected official so conscientiously serving his district. Call his office at 402-938-0300 and personally thank him for his service.

SPENDING:
SC Res 3: FY 2017 federal budget, directing congressional committees to submit deficit reduction legislation to budget committees. To reduce the deficit by at least $1 billion from FY 2017 to FY 2026. Establishes a deficit-neutral reserve. Voted YES.

HR 39: To encourage successful executives and innovators to temporarily join the government and cooperate with government leaders to create meaningful solutions that can save taxpayer money, accelerate job creation, and greatly improve how the federal government serves Americans, consistent with presidential objectives. Voted YES.

GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS:
HR 5: To reform the regulatory process to make it more transparent to citizens and more accountable to Congress. Regulatory agencies cannot enact laws without judicial review. Voted YES.

HR 21: To permit Congress to consider a resolution to cancel multiple regulations that federal agencies have submitted for review within the last 60 legislative days of a congressional session during the final year of a presidential term and allow Congress to cancel multiple regulations together instead of the present procedure of disapproving only 1 regulation at a time. Voted YES.

HR 26: To require Congress to vote on a major rule or regulation from the Executive Branch that Office of Management & Budget estimates would impact the economy by $100 million or more. No major regulation now becomes effective until Congress approves it. Strangling federal regulations hurt small businesses. During the first 7 years under the Obama Regime, fed regulators added about 81 new major regulations annually. Federal regulation costs inflicted on job creators and households stood at $1.8 trillion in 2015, about $15,000 per NE household. This bill will prevent abuses of authority like during the Obama Regime that harmed hardworking taxpayers and family businesses. Co-sponsored and voted YES.

HJ Res 38: To stop the EPA from regulating small streams. To nullify the EPA rule that would cost landowners $81 million annually by asserting authority over small creeks and streams. This Obama Administration rule purposely meant to cripple the domestic coal industry. The National Mining Association estimates that rule would have cost billions in lost revenues to state and local governments and between 113,000 and 280,000 jobs. Voted YES.

HR 78: To direct the SEC, before issuing a regulation, to identify the nature and source of the problem that the proposed regulation would address, adopt a regulation only if determining that its benefits justify its costs, identify and assess available alternatives to a regulation, and ensure that a regulation is consistent, written plainly, and easy to understand. When adopting a major regulation, SEC must state its purposes and intended consequences, metrics for measuring economic impact, and plan to assess if regulation has achieved its stated purpose. The SEC must consider regulation cost/benefit impact on investor choice and small businesses. It must periodically review current regulations to determine if they are outmoded, ineffective, or excessively burdensome, then modify, streamline, or repeal them. Voted YES.

HJ Res. 83: To nullify an Obama Labor Dept. rule requiring employer continual obligation to create and maintain records of work-related injuries and illnesses. Voted YES.

HR 238: Requiring the Commodities Future Commission, before promulgating a regulation, to assess the costs and benefits of such action. Voted YES.

HR 372: To alter anti-trust laws to make for profit and non-profit health insurance more competitive. Voted YES.

HR 998: To establish a regulation review commission of 9 members appointed by the President to determine which exec agency regulations deserve repealing. This commission will review rules that impose paperwork burdens and unfunded mandates and those that impose disproportionately high costs to our economy. Federal agencies cannot issue regulations substantially the same or result in the identical adverse effect as ones repealed. When issuing a new regulation, a federal agency must include a plan for review of such regulation within 10 years from date of issuance. Voted YES.

HR 1009: To codify and revise the centralized regulatory review process within the OMB. To review every federal agency significant regulatory action regarding regulations that have a yearly effect on the economy of $100 million or more and adversely affect the economy, an economic sector, productivity, competition, jobs, public health or safety, or create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency. Federal agencies must submit yearly a regulatory plan with summary of legal basis, need, and alternatives for each significant regulatory action proposed. To identify regulations no longer justified or that adversely affect a particular industry or economic sector. Agencies must assess costs and benefits of regulations compared to feasible alternatives and explain why a planned regulation is preferable to potential alternatives such as economic incentives and innovation incentives and show flexibility and consistency. Regulations must impose the lightest burden on society, drafted simple and easy to understand. Voted YES.

HR 1117: To direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to report to Congress about plans to provide accurate assistance to applicants and grantees to ease the administrative burden throughout the process of obtaining and monitoring assistance. Voted YES.

HR 1208: To require all major rules proposed by executive agencies to win approval by Congress by joint resolution within 70 days; otherwise, a rule cannot take effect. Rule must have a proposed effective date, a cost-benefit analysis, and an assessment if the rule imposes new restrictions or mandates on the private sector. Executive agencies when submitting a new rule must report which current rule will disappear. These agencies must present to Congress 10% of agency current regulations for review every year for the 10 years following passage of this bill. If Congress has not passed a joint resolution of approval for an existing rule by the end of the 10 year period, the rule will cease to exist. Major rule causes annual economic cost of $100 million or more, causes a major increase in costs or prices for consumers, or shows large adverse effects on domestic competition, employment, investment, productivity, or innovation. Voted YES

EDUCATION:
H.J.Res 57: Cancels the Education Dept. rule that federal bureaucrats exploit to force Common Core curricula on states that have not implemented and refuse to implement these standards. Voted YES.

HEALTH:
H Res 210: To consider a bill to improve access to and choice for small business employee health insurance. Voted YES.

HR 372: To reverse a major problem with the health care industry because of privileges established 70 years ago by the federal government that cater to special interest groups. This bill promotes the free market and competition by reversing this privilege. Voted YES.

HR 1101: Obama Care has caused the cost of health insurance coverage to rise, making it tough for small businesses to continue to offer insurance coverage to employees. This law will offer such businesses the negotiating power now enjoyed by large companies, exemptions, and lower administrative costs. Voted YES.

ENERGY:
H.J.Res 36: To nullify the Bureau of Land Management rule on energy royalties. Annual compliance costs for energy companies were set between $114 million and $279 million to comply with bureau regulations on natural gas derived from mineral leases. This Obama Regime rule meant to discourage oil and gas production on land administered by the bureau. Voted YES.

HJ Res. 41: To nullify the SEC rule, mandated under the Dodd-Frank Act, that forces energy companies to disclose royalty payments to foreign governments for commercial development of oil, gas, or minerals. The rule would have placed U.S. companies at a competitive disadvantage with foreign energy companies. Voted YES.

MILITARY AFFAIRS:
HR 48: To alter a rule. To consider a bill to allow the appointment of the Trump designee for Sec. of Defense within 7 years of release from active service as a regular commissioned officer, so that he could assume his cabinet position. Voted YES.

HR 98: To consider a bill to allow the removal or demotion of Dept. of Veterans Affairs employees based on poor performance or misconduct. Voted YES.

HR 1259: To authorize the Dept. of Veterans Affairs to quickly terminate, demote, or suspend employees who engage in wrongful conduct. Voted YES.

HR 1301: FY 2017 appropriations for Defense Dept. and for military activities, personnel, operations and maintenance, procurement, research, and development. Appropriations for global war on terrorism. Voted YES.

HR 1367: To assist the Sec. of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other medical field employees. To amend veterans federal employment preference provisions to make all retired members of the armed forces preference eligible. The VA will conduct annual performance reviews for political appointees. Voted YES.

LEGAL:
HR 720: To require federal judges to fine and impose sanctions on lawyers whose cases determined to have no merit, filed only to harass or to increase litigation costs. A sanction could order a lawyer to pay the other party expenses incurred from the violation, including reasonable attorney fees and court costs. To require a court to impose sanctions on attorneys, law firms, or parties that violate civil procedure representations to a court, to thus prevent lawsuit abuse. Sanctions must compensate parties injured. Federal courts can impose additional sanctions, including dismissing a lawsuit or ordering penalty payments if warranted for deterrence. Voted YES.

HR 725: To reform procedures under which federal courts determine if a legal case should return to state jurisdiction because of fraudulent case filings. Voted YES.

HR 985: To require proof that all members of a class action lawsuit injured to the same extent. A federal court cannot grant certification of a class action asking monetary damages for personal injury or economic loss, unless the class action party proves that each of its members suffered the same kind and scope of injury as the named representative. No attorney fees until monetary recovery distributed to class action members and limited to a reasonable percentage of payments distributed. Attorney fees cannot exceed the total amount distributed to or received by class action plaintiffs. Voted YES.

GUN OWNER RIGHTS:
HJ Res 40: To cancel a 2007 Social Security Administration rule that implements a plan to begin criminal history background checks of benefit recipients whose payments go to representatives because of mental inability to handle payments, so that individuals can be evaluated as mentally defective and thus prohibited from buying or owning a firearm. Voted YES.

HJ Res 69: To reverse a Dept. of Interior regulation that restricts hunting in Alaska national wildlife refuges. Voted YES.
HR 1181: To allow veterans to purchase firearms, unless a judge finds them dangerous to themselves or others. Voted YES.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
HR 11: Objecting to UN Resolution 2334 as an obstacle to Israeli-Palestinian peace. HR 11 objected to this UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel and urged the UN to immediately repeal it. Against longstanding U.S. policy, the Obama Regime failed to use its veto to stop this unfair action against Israel, our oldest ally and democratic partner in the Middle East. Voted YES.

TRADITIONAL VALUES:
HR 7: To prohibit the use of federal funds for abortion services and allocation of federal funds for health benefit coverage that includes abortion services. Doctors employed by the federal government prohibited from performing abortion services in federal facilities. Individuals who buy health coverage that includes abortion services cannot utilize federal funds, including matching and Medicaid funds. To authorize coverage for abortion services only in cases of rape or incest or when pregnant woman suffers from dire medical conditions that could lead to death. Voted YES.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION:
HR 174: “Sarah’s Law” honors Sarah Root, a Bellevue U. 4.0 GPA student tragically killed by an illegal alien in Jan. 2016, one day after graduating college. Her killer skipped town after posting bail, because the immigration service failed to act on request from local authorities to detain him. This law will protect the lives of American citizens and prevent violent illegal alien criminals from escaping justice. It will require ICE to assume custody of an illegal alien charged with a crime resulting in death or serious bodily injury. ICE must make reasonable efforts to update crime victims or families with information about a criminal. Co-sponsored and voted YES.


Research, documentation, and analysis for this issue paper done by Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom. This material copyrighted by Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom, with express prior permission granted for its use by other groups in the NE Conservative Coalition Network. 3-17 C. Source: Bill Track 50.

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