CD097: Nothing Horrible in March

A resignation, renewed "national emergencies", help for a (very) few veterans, screwing over of VA employees and Native Americans, favors for drug companies, changes to Amtrak, a veto threat and more are highlighted from a relatively calm March in Congress. In the second half of this episode, Jen discusses her plan to keep producing Congressional Dish full time, extends an invitation to hang out, reads some of your letters, and answers your questions.


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Resignation

Representative Aaron Schock of Illinois's 18th district resigned on March 17th, 2015 after it was discovered that he overcharged taxpayers and his campaign for miles driven on his personal car.


Executive Orders


March Laws


H.R. 1527: Slain Officer Family Support Act


S. 535: Energy Efficiency Improvement Act


March Bills


H.R. 294: "Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act"


H.R. 280: Authorizes the government to take back Department of Veterans Affairs employees' bonuses


H.R. 216: Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Planning Reform Act


H.R. 639: "Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies Act"

Article: House Passes DEA Reform Bill Changing Definition of When a Drug is 'Approved', Alexander Gaffney, Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society, March 17, 2015.

Fact Sheet: Drug Schedules, Drug Enforcement Agency


H.R. 647 Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act


H.R. 648: Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act


H.R. 284: Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Improvement Act


H.R. 1191: Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act


H.R. 233: Tenant Income Verification Relief Act

  • Landlords would only have to verify income for fixed-income families in subsidized housing once every three years, instead of every year.
  • Sponsored by Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado
  • 3 pages
  • Passed by voice vote

H.R. 360: Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Reauthorization Act


H.R. 1030: "Secret Science Reform Act of 2015"

  • Prohibits the EPA from proposing or finalizing a regulation unless the research used is publicly available online and can be reproduced
  • Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, who has taken over $610,000 from the Oil and Gas industry
  • 3 pages
  • Passed 241-175
  • Veto threat

H.R. 749: Amtrak


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