CD079: The June Bills

This episode highlights the laws and bills that passed the House of Representatives in June. Most of the bills this month were dedicated to cutting corporate taxes and keeping us hooked on fossil fuels.

Laws

S 1044: WWII Memorial Prayer Act

The bill originated in the Senate, where it passed unanimously; it passed the House on June 23 by 370-12 and was signed into law a week later.

  • A plaque will be installed at the Washington D.C. World War II memorial that says that President Roosevelt prayed on the morning of D-Day.
  • The plaque will be privately funded.

Written by Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio.

No Republicans voted against it.


HR 316: Collinsville Renewable Energy Production Act

Collinsville dam

Written by Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat from Connecticut.

The bill passed unanimously in the Senate and was supported by every Democrat in the House; only three Republicans voted against it. It was signed into law on June 30th.


Bills

HR 4457: America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2014

Written by Rep. Patrick “Pat” Tiberi of Ohio.

The bill passed with a vote of 272-144.


HR 4453 S Corporation Permanent Tax Relief Act of 2014

The bill passed 263-155 with the same two Republicans who voted against HR 4457 – Walter Jones of North Carolina and retiring Congressman John Campbell of California- voting against it. Forty-two Democrats said yes to this bill.

The bill was written by Rep. David Reichert of Washington.


HR 4413: Customer Protection and End User Relief Act

Walter Jones of North Carolina was the only Republican to vote against this bill (John Campbell didn’t vote) and 46 Democrats joined the rest of the Republicans to pass it 265-144.

The White House didn’t issue a veto threat but said they “strongly oppose” the passage of this bill. It has little chance of becoming law.

Written by Frank Lucas of Oklahoma.


HR 3301: North American Energy Infrastructure Act

KXL cartoon

Written by Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, who has taken over $2 million from the Energy and Natural Resources sector.

The only Republican to vote against this bill was once again, Walter Jones of North Carolina. Seventeen oily Democrats joined the vast majority of the Republicans to pass this bill 238-173.


HR 6: Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act

This bill was written by Rep. Cory Gardner, who is currently running for the Senate in Colorado.

The bill passed 266-150.


HR 4899: Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act

oil by location chart

Deepwater Horizon

Bush Obama rule comparison

This bill was written by Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington, who is retiring at the end of this term.

The bill passed the House on June 26 by a vote of 229-185.

Weed, CA Fire

Weed fire

Music Presented in this Episode

Intro and Exit Music: Tired of Being Lied To by David Ippolito (found on Music Alley by mevio)

June Gloom by 4-Track Glo (found on Music Alley by mevio)

Taxes by Nashville Session Players (found on Music Alley by mevio)