The next time someone uses the outdated expression "do-nothing Congress," be sure to forward them this email. The work of the people's House does not always make for the best prime time TV, but it is always steady and ongoing. And these days, it's been marked by a lot of real, common-sense progress. (But then again, you probably already knew that because of all the positive stories in your newsfeed. . . no?)
Regardless, here are eight bills that Congress recently sent to the president's desk. Every single one of them are now law.
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1. Global Food Security Act – requires a results-based approach for U.S. food aid spending, saving lives and money all at the same time.
2. FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act – updates airport security and safety requirements, allowing travelers to spend more time enjoying vacation and less time waiting in a TSA line.
3. Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Extension Act – extends sanctions against a Venezuelan regime that denies its people basic human rights.
4. United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act – lays the groundwork for a national celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and the founding of the United States.
5. Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act – battles back against the nation's growing opioid epidemic by helping people get the information they need to prevent or overcome addiction.
6. Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act – increases benefits for disabled veterans.
7. Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act – requires greater transparency for foreign assistance programs, because you deserve to know where your money is sent.
8. Protecting Our Lives by Initiating COPS Expansion (POLICE) Act – allows first responders to use federal grant funds to train and better prepare for active shooter situations.