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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Pocan Releases List of 37 Actions House Should Take Instead of Voting on 37th Repeal of Health Care Reform

May 16, 2013
Press Release
Pocan Says It's Time to Stand Up for America's Families

Washington– Today, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) released a list of 37 actions the House should take up to create jobs and support middle class families rather than waste time on a 37th vote to repeal access to health care for millions of Americans.

“From promoting economic growth, to passing a responsible national budget, to making college more affordable, the House should be working night and day to support middle class families and to help get Americans back to work,” said Pocan. “Instead, Republican leadership seems determined to waste valuable floor time on a 37th vote to turn back the clock to when health insurance companies could deny coverage because of a pre-existing condition and millions of families had lifetime limits on their coverage. The people of Wisconsin and of this great nation deserve better. Congress must redirect our focus away from partisan pandering and toward efforts to strengthen American families and communities.”

Below is a list of 37 bills and action items the House should be working on instead of voting for the 37th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

  1. Eliminate the Sequester
  2. Appoint Budget Conferees to Pass National Budget
  3. Prevent Student Loan Interest Rates from Doubling
  4. Paycheck Fairness Act
  5. Mandatory Background Checks for Gun Purchases
  6. Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform
  7. DISCLOSE Act – requires disclosure of political expenditures by corporations and lobbying groups
  8. BE SAFE Act – Strengthens Military Sexual Assault Enforcement
  9. Address the Veterans Affairs Claims Backlog
  10. Put America Back to Work Now Act
  11. Pass Comprehensive Farm Bill
  12. Invest in American Jobs – Strengthen Buy American Requirements for Investments in Infrastructure Projects
  13. Employment Non-Discrimination Act –Prohibits employment discrimination based on perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity
  14. Paying a Fair Share Act –Codifies the Buffett Rule, requiring a 30% minimum effective tax rate for taxpayers with incomes over $1 million
  15. Reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
  16. Reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA)
  17. Building our Clean Energy Future Now Act – Provides grants for public transportation projects to reduce emissions without raising prices or cutting services.
  18. Small Business Paperwork Relief Act
  19. Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act – Allows same-sex partners of military couples the same benefits as heterosexual partners
  20. Student Non-Discrimination Act – Prohibits discrimination or bullying of students based on perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity
  21. Fair Minimum Wage Act
  22. Postal Service Protection Act
  23. Make it in America Manufacturing Act of 2013 Provides competitive grants for public-private partnerships to promote American manufacturing.
  24. Increases benefits to Veterans to keep up with cost-of-living changes
  25. GI Bill Tuition Assistance
  26. Bring Jobs Home Act – Eliminates tax deductions for expenses of companies moving jobs overseas, and provides a new tax credit for companies bringing jobs back to America.
  27. Child Tax Credit Permanency Act
  28. Safe Schools Improvement Act – Requires local educational agencies to establish policies that prohibit bullying and prevent hostile learning environments.
  29. Healthy Families Act
  30. Family and Medical Leave Inclusion Act
  31. Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act
  32. Water Resources Development Act
  33. End Big Oil Subsidies Act
  34. BREATHE Act
  35. Taxpayer and Gas Price Relief Act
  36. Excellence in Mental Health Act
  37. Respect for Marriage Act