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house Bill H.R. 498

Should Unused Sections of the U.S. Code Be Eliminated?

Argument in favor

The U.S. Code is unnecessarily complicated and criminalizes actions that shouldn’t be criminal, such as transporting water hyacinths across state lines. It’d be better for criminal law enforcement to simplify the Code to criminalize only what should be illegal.

Chickie's Opinion
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01/22/2019
Since many loopholes are being used for dishonest purposes; since other sections are now obsolete, yes, they should be reviewed and removed. Since it may be deemed a waste of time for group of Congress to work on this ‘clean-up’, perhaps assign a staff member from the representative’s office to work on the clean-up. The representatives would need to decide in the number of members required. Each representative would be responsible for their assigned person and would be responsible to sign off on the finished project before sending for a vote. The group must be a split of Democrat, Republican, including Independent voices. These arcane sections would be allocated where the parts removed could be easily accessed for review.
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01/21/2019
If only we could clean up the Tax Code as easily! Sigh!🙄
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01/23/2019
Why stop with the unused sections? I'm sure there are plenty of used sections that deserve elimination, too. In fact, let's scrap the whole thing and start over.
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Argument opposed

While there are some extraneous laws in the U.S. Code, they aren’t generally enforced, so there’s no need to waste Congress’ time on eliminating these unused sections of the Code. Additionally, if the Code were to be cleaned up, it’d be better to do so comprehensively, rather than using the piecemeal approach in this bill.

burrkitty's Opinion
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01/21/2019
I don’t want ANY POLITICIAN to conveniently edit the law to suit themselves. Who is choosing what gets deleted and what stays? Water Hyacinths can go but the Jim Crow laws don’t? Get a nonpartisan group to do this and make the recommendations. Not a politician.
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Linda's Opinion
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01/21/2019
This is a waste of Congress’ time. Codes not used are doing no harm. Get to work on more important issues.
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Jeffrey's Opinion
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01/21/2019
Any US codes that are on the books should be left as they are. Let someone get in there to “clean” it up and I guarantee crucial codes would be erased to benefit a group or groups of people
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bill Progress


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    IntroducedJanuary 11th, 2019