ACT For America

Federal Legislative Priorities

(116th Congress)

H.R. 838

The Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety (TAPS) Act
Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36)

S. 265

The Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety (TAPS) Act 
Sen. Marco Rubio (FL)

Summary: Standardizes and provides a behavioral threat assessment and management process across the Federal government.  Provides states the training, resources, and support needed to stand up community-based, multi-disciplinary behavioral threat assessment and management units. Recognizes that behavioral threat assessment and management processes must become part of the culture and fabric of contemporary law enforcement.  Urges that this is a matter of national security – if we act now and work together, we can save lives.
H.R. 2278

The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act 
Rep. Francis Rooney (FL-19

S. 1103

The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act
Sen. Tom Cotton (AR)

Summary: Establishes a Skills-Based Points System. The RAISE Act would replace the current permanent employment-visa system with a skills-based points system, akin to the systems used by Canada and Australia. The system would prioritize those immigrants who are best positioned to succeed in the United States and expand the economy. Applicants earn points based on education, English-language ability, high-paying job offers, age, record of extraordinary achievement, and entrepreneurial initiative. Prioritizes Immediate Family Households. The RAISE Act would retain immigration preferences for the spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents while eliminating preferences for certain categories of extended and adult family members. Eliminates the Outdated Diversity Visa Lottery. The Diversity Lottery is plagued with fraud, advances no economic or humanitarian interest, and does not even promote diversity. The RAISE Act would eliminate the 50,000 visas arbitrarily allocated to this lottery. Places  a Responsible Limit on Permanent Residency for Refugees. The RAISE Act would limit refugees offered permanent residency to 50,000 per year.
H.R. 714 The Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (El Chapo) Act
Rep. Mo Brooks (AL-5)
S. 25

The Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (El Chapo) Act
Sen. Ted Cruz (TX)

Summary: Requires the forfeited profits of Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera (El Chapo) from his illicit drug trafficking enterprise to be reserved for border security measures between the United States and Mexico, including the completion of a wall. Requires the forfeited funds from the felony conviction of a member of a drug cartel to be reserved for border security measures between the United States and Mexico, including the completion of a wall.
H.R. 959 The Protect Our Girls Act of 2019
Rep. Scott Perry (PA-10)
Summary:

Criminalizes additional conduct with respect to female genital mutilation. Specifically, it prohibits interstate travel to commit or facilitate female genital mutilation.

H.R. 960 The Empower Our Girls Act of 2019
Rep. Scott Perry (PA-10)
Summary: Allows certain grants to be used for the purpose of assisting victims of female genital mutilation, to classify the offense of female genital mutilation as a part II crime for purposes of the Uniform Crime Reports, and for other purposes.
H.Res. 106 Denouncing female genital mutilation/cutting as a violation of the human rights of women and girls and urging the international community and the Federal Government to increase efforts to eliminate the harmful practice
Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-21); Rep. Scott Perry (PA-10)

Passed in the House (under Suspension) on 5/20/19, 393-0, Roll no. 219

Summary:

Denounces female genital mutilation/cutting as a violation of the human rights of women and girls and urges the international community and the Federal Government to increase efforts to eliminate the harmful practice.

H.R. 144 The Old Glory Act 
Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-3)
Summary: Prohibits the flying of any flag other than the U.S. flag over U.S. diplomatic and consular posts.
H.R. 145 The FTO Passport Revocation Act of 2019 
Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-3) 
Summary: Authorizes the Department of State to revoke or refuse to issue a passport for an individual who has aided an organization that the State Department has designated as a foreign terrorist organization.
H.R. 146 The Terrorist Deportation Act 
Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-3)
Summary: Establishes that aliens identified in the terrorist screening database, except for permanent residents, shall be deportable and inadmissible into the United States. 
H.R. 147

The Visa Overstay Enforcement Act 
Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-3)

Summary: Imposes various penalties on aliens who overstay a visa or lawful immigration status. An alien who overstays shall be fined or imprisoned for up to six months, or both. Such an individual may not be admitted into the United States for 5 years, and may not be granted a visa for 10 years. For subsequent offenses, the alien shall be fined or imprisoned for up to two years, or both, and shall not be admitted into the United States or granted a visa.
H.R. 151 The Eliminating Foreign Intervention in Elections Act 
Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-3)
Summary: Prohibits federal funds from being used to make payments to local governments that permit noncitizens to vote in state or local elections.
H.R. 153 The Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Act 
Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-3)
Summary: Makes a state or local government ineligible for federal financial assistance for a minimum of one year if it restricts or prohibits an agency or official from (1) communicating with the responsible federal immigration agency information regarding an individual's citizenship or immigration status, or (2) maintaining or exchanging information about an individual's status. Such governmental entities are known as sanctuary cities or jurisdictions.  Restores assistance eligibility upon a Department of Justice (DOJ) determination that the jurisdiction no longer restricts or prohibits such access.  DOJ shall determine each year which state or local jurisdictions are not in compliance with immigration requirements and report such determination to Congress.
H.R. 949 The Free Speech Fairness Act
Rep. Steve Scalise (LA-1)
S. 330 The Free Speech Fairness Act
Sen. James Lankford (OK)
Summary: This bill permits a tax-exempt organization to make certain statements related to a political campaign without losing its tax-exempt status. An organization may not lose its tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be deemed to have participated in, or intervened in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office, solely because of the content of any statement that (1) is made in the ordinary course of the organization's regular and customary activities in carrying out its exempt purpose, and (2) results in the organization incurring not more than de minimis incremental expenses.
S. 852 The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act 
Sen. Tim Scott (SC)
Summary: To provide for the consideration of a definition of anti-Semitism for the enforcement of Federal antidiscrimination laws concerning education programs or activities.
H.R. 140 The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2019 
Rep. Steve King (IA-4)
Summary: Limits birthright citizenship by redefining what it means to be "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States. Currently, a person born in the United States and subject to U.S. jurisdiction is entitled to citizenship. Under the bill, a person is subject to U.S. jurisdiction if he or she is born to a parent who is (1) a U.S. citizen or national, (2) a lawful permanent resident residing in the United States, or (3) an alien performing active service in the Armed Forces. The bill does not affect the citizenship or nationality status of any person born before the bill's enactment date.