2015-16 Congress Topic Areas
1. Foreign Policy and International Affairs
Prohibit US funds that aid Cuban Government, secure a negotiated agreement for the Tibetan people, United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation, Palestinian Authority (PA) should withdraw its application for International Criminal Court, defense aid to the Kurdistan Regional Government, provide Ukraine with military assistance, Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force, No Tax Dollars for the United Nations' Climate Agenda Act
2. Crime and Law Enforcement
eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for all drug offenses, eliminate life without parole for children, pass the Student Disciplinary Fairness Act of 2015, pass the Handgun Trigger Safety Act of 2015, Prohibit Racial Profiling, Establish Corporate Crime Database, Ban Child Interstate Abortion, Grand Jury Reform involving police shootings, respect state marijuana laws.
3. Election Issues
Election Equipment and Voting Technology audits and safeguards, Paper trails and audits, online voter registration, Polling Place Location and Design, poll worker, training standards, expand opportunities to vote before Election Day, adopt recommendations of Presidential Commission on Election, Administration, Overturning Citizens United, Campaign finance reform, Clean elections, Clean money, and Disclosure, Citizen funding of news, Deliberation Day, Instant-runoff voting, Abolishing the Electoral College, Close the "Revolving door", Prohibit legislators from acting to benefit industries contributing to their election, Redistricting, Compulsory Voting
4. Science, Technology and Communications
Email Privacy Act, data privacy, government use of private email, ban drug companies amortization of drug R&D costs, federal restrictions on automated/self driving vehicles, cyber-espionage and acts of war, space garbage regulation, prohibit falsifying caller ID information, increase restrictions on private space exploration and travel, increase funding for terraforming, establish wireless internet as public resource.
5. Economic Inequality and Poverty
balanced budget, deregulation, repeal dairy price supports, repeal tariffs on imported ethanol and sugar, Reform disability benefits, Restore the American Dream Act sponsored by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Raise State and Federal Minimum Wages, Living Wage Policies, Earned Income Tax Credits, Full-Employment Policies, Reducing High Corporate Salaries, require instant recognition of any union that signs up a majority of workers in a workplace, ban the use of permanent replacement workers, remove the ban on secondary boycotts, where workers from one company are prohibited from supporting strikers in another company, Repeal Taft-Hartely Act, Free or Low-Cost Higher Education, Kidsave Accounts, Progressive Taxation, Increase Capital gains taxes–wealth taxes, Employee Ownership Plans.
Electric Vehicles, Renewable Energy, Taxi Incentives for bicycle commuting, regulations relating to mines and mining, water management, EPA ban on the use of bee-killing neonics, limits or bans on Arctic drilling, wildfire control policies, develop a comprehensive approach for dealing with hazardous chemicals, federal tax credits for non-petroleum cars.
How to Submit your bills
Email legislation to:
(Please attach emailed copies in Microsoft Word format)
Leagues, schools, or students may also submit legislation on any of the topic areas below. Legislation must be typed, properly formatted and received by Jan 1, 2016 to be considered.
Please include the following information on each piece of legislation:
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