- H.R. 550
This bill aims to curb the presidents authority to take action against Iran if need be. With the current climate in the legislature, we can not have the authority to protect the US curbed by politics. If this bill is enacted into law, Congress must declare war or pass legislation specifically appropriating funds to the conflict. I find this troubling because if Iran engages us and we end up having to scale up our response, we cannot rely on congress and the Senate to make a quick, politics free decision. This bill puts domestic politics in the middle of our national security.
- H.R. 8
This bill has been around for about a year now. This aims to create mandatory background checks for every single firearm transfer, even private party transfers. The only problem with this bill is the wya it is written. You can check out my blog for in depth analyis but the big issue is the cost and time constraints put on gun owners. this bill would make it mandatory for a person selling a gun to first transfer it to a gun dealer, then pay for a background check, and then have the firearm transfered to the person buying. This will add a lot of cost to the transaction between private parties. It is also does not specifically say sell, it says transfer which means you must go through the process if you want to loan or gift the firearm to a friend. This bill has thankfully stalled in the senate but its worth keeping an eye on.
- S.B. 2227
This bill is essentially the leagalization of cannibis. It would also expunge cannibis related charges for a lot of low level offenses. I actually support this measure. In my home state of Washington, the legalization of cannibis has increased tax revenue and all but elimintated the black market for cannibis. Enough research has been done to show that consuming cannibis recreationally is less dangerous than alcohol. It has plenty of health benefits and can be used as an alternative to pain medication