by Countable | 11.30.17
Greetings, Folks. It's the very last day of November, and that our minds boggled here at Countable. Not so much because of the shopping and parties and travel and wrapping that is coming at us like a train, but because Congress has only a few business days left on its schedule to deal with an even more intense honey-do list.
(Ok, ok.. today there are two!)
Net Neutrality: 'Tis the season of slick cyber-sales, and big tech companies are taking the opportunity to argue in favor of keeping Obama-era net neutrality rules. An upcoming vote of the FCC could roll-back those rules, making it legal for internet providers to direct the speed and flow of information -- at a price, of course. Here's the latest on this story, including a Take Action link that'll send your opinions straight to the FCC.
Tax Cut Negotiations: Is your Senator on the list? A sizeable group of Republican Senators are wavering on the tax bill party leaders and President Trump are hoping to get passed before lawmakers leave for the holidays. Check out who's who, what issues they have with the bill, and, most importantly, tell them what you think they should do.
Sexual Harassment in the Capitol: Several Key Developments
On Wednesday, a group of bipartisan lawmakers introduced a bill that would expose lawmakers who settled sexual harassment claims with taxpayer dollars. The current process of mediating harassment claims against lawmakers or staff is secretive and arduous, and when settlements do occur, members don’t pay them from their own funds, as required by other federal agencies. Rather, the payments – which remain confidential – come from a special U.S. Treasury fund. This bill would 'out' lawmakers who've made those payments.
Also on Wednesday, the House passed a resolution that would require all members, officers, and employees of the House of Representatives to complete anti-discrimination and anti-harassment training during each one-year session of each two-year Congress. It would also apply to interns, fellows, and members of Congressional security details. Here's the legislation.
Ethics investigations are likely into the claims against Senator Al Franken (D-MN), John Conyers (D-MI), and perhaps Joe Barton (R-TX). Here's what's happening, what's likely next, and a brief history of past Ethics Committee investigations into sexual harassment claims.
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