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Policy Roundup 7.3.23


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In this weeks policy roundup, we’ve gathered the latest bills advocates are talking about as well as highlighting comments from the advocates themselves.

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BILL: Should We Invest in Preventing Invasive Species? - Invasive Species Prevention and Forest Restoration Act - H.R.3174

The Bill

H.R.3174 - Invasive Species Prevention and Forest Restoration Act

Bill Details 

  • Sponsored by Rep. Becca Balint (D-Vt.) on May 10, 2023
  • Committees: House - Agriculture 
  • Latest action: Referred to the Subcommittee on Conservation, Research, and Biotechnology on June 1, 2023
  • House: Not yet voted
  • Senate: Not yet voted
  • President: Not yet signed

Bill Overview

  • The bill is a companion to the Senate legislation introduced by Sen. Peter Welch (D-Vt.).
  • The bill would expand access to the U.S. Department of Agriculture emergency funding to combat the threat of non-native species to American forests. 
  • It mandates a study to overcome the lack of centralization and prioritization of non-native insect and pathogen research and response within the federal government. The legislation would develop national strategies for saving tree species.

What's in the bill? 

Expands the USDA’s access to emergency funding to combat invasive species

  • Invasive species threaten the stability of American ecosystems, and the bill would earmark funds to keep forests healthy.

Establishes a grant program

  • The grant program would support institutions focused on researching the restoration of native tree species that have been severely damaged by invasive pests.

Supports research

What advocates are saying:

Yes support.

Where I live in white township NJ the invasive species is warehouses and they should be prevented!


Yes, although I fear it's too late for many of these invasive species. I don't know the long-term effects of having so many invasive species in our country, but when native plants and animals are losing the battle and being killed off, it's a serious problem for biodiversity and the ecosystems of this continent. 

I would like to see our nation take this more seriously and find ways to protect our native ecosystems from being irreversibly harmed by invasive species. 

Activate Advocates

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BILL: Should We Cut Spending on Social Programs? - Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023

The Bill

H.R.2811 - Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023

Bill Details

  • Sponsored by Jodey C Arrington (R-TX) on April 25, 2023
  • Committees: House - Ways and Means; Budget; Appropriations; Oversight and Accountability; Education and the Workforce; Agriculture; Energy and Commerce; Judiciary; Rules; Transportation and Infrastructure; Natural Resources
  • House: Passed
  • Senate: Not yet voted
  • President: Not yet signed

Bill Overview

What's in the bill?

Raises the debt limit

  • The plan would lift the debt limit by $1.5 trillion or until March 31, 2024, whichever comes first.

Cutting government spending

Repeal green provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act

Adds work requirements to public relief programs

  • Seeks to re-establish welfare reforms that impose work requirements as a condition of public assistance.
  • The aim is to boost labor force participation, reduce chronic worker shortage, and reduce welfare rolls.
  • As part of the fight against government handouts and subsidies for people to stay at home, GOP supporters say the bill will help small businesses struggling to find staff.

What advocates are saying:


Raise the corporate tax 5% and pass a billionaire tax. Stop gouging hard working Americans that pay congress's salary and keep this country rolling. 


Social Security and Medicare on the chopping block by the Republican GOP party !!!

Activate Advocates

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BILL: Should We Ban Assault Weapons? - Assault Weapons Ban of 2023 - S.25


S.25 - Assault Weapons Ban of 2023

Bill Status

  • Introduced: January 1, 2023, by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
  • Committees: Senate - Judiciary
  • Senate: Not yet passed
  • President: Not yet signed

Bill Overview

What's in the bill?

Would make communities safer

Would re-establish former assault weapons ban 

Bans the sale, transfer, manufacture, and importation of military-style assault weapons

  • The bill will also ban high-capacity magazines and ammunition-feeding devices that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
  • It also bans bump-fire stocks and other devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire at fully automatic rates.

Would ban the AR-15 assault rifle

Creates a record of crimes that have been committed with a banned weapon

  • It enables the Attorney General to establish and maintain records of any semi-automatic assault weapons used in committing a crime. The Attorney General will submit the records to Congress and make the records public on an annual basis.

What advocates are saying:

Didn't know which question to answer.

No, we're not doing enough.

Yes, I support an assault weapons ban.

The only thing all these mass murders have in common is guns. Stop the guns.


The GOP often state that it's not the assault weapons that kill people, it's the person who owns them. I'm beyond sick of hearing that. We need to ban assault weapons, as the Clinton administration successfully did for 10 years, which resulted in significant decreases of mass shootings during that period of time. An assault weapons ban is supported by the majority of Americans, including gun owners.

Activate Advocates


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BILL: Secure the Border Act of 2023 – H.R.2 – Tell Your Senators How To Vote

The Bill

Bill Details

  • Sponsored by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
  • The Act passed in a 219-213 vote.
  • Two Republicans — John Duarte of California and Thomas Massie of Kentucky — joined all Democrats in opposing the new immigration restrictions.
  • House - Passed
  • Senate - Not Yet Voted
  • President - Not Yet Signed

Bill Overview

  • The GOP's "Secure the Border Act of 2023" (H.R. 2) would severely restrict the right to seek asylum in the U.S., limit lawful immigration avenues, pressure border communities, and establish new criminal penalties related to immigration law.
  • It would restart border wall construction, increase enforcement personnel and defund NGOs that provide services to migrants. 
  • H.R. 2 would limit access and eligibility for asylum as well as roll back safeguards for children in detention by making it easier for families with minor children to be held in detention indefinitely and fast-tracking removal proceedings for vulnerable minors.
  • The bill would limit executive branch parole powers and criminalize visa overstays with up to six months in prison for a first offense.

What's in the bill?

The Act comprises two main divisions.

Division A

  • Division A, dedicated to border security, includes plans for border wall construction, improvements in border and port security technology, the strengthening of requirements for barriers along the southern border, technology upgrades for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the reauthorization of the Anti-Border Corruption Act.
  • The Act also calls for establishing workload staffing models for CBP's U.S. Border Patrol and Air and Marine Operations.
  • Division A includes restrictions on funding, the collection of DNA and biometric information at the border, and regular publication of operational statistics by CBP.
  • The Act also bans COVID-19 vaccine mandates or adverse action against Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees.

Division B

  • Division B addresses immigration enforcement and foreign affairs--including asylum reform and border protection, border safety and migrant protection, immigration parole reform, and provisions for the protection of children.

Asylum Reform

  • The Act undoes protections for migrant children which are currently upheld by the Flores Settlement Agreement.
    • This landmark agreement stipulates conditions for the legal detention of children in U.S. immigration custody.
  • The Act proposes to diminish these protections by removing the existing presumption against detaining noncitizen children accompanying their families.
  • Under the proposed Act, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would be mandated to reinstitute family detention, effectively holding parents and children who enter the U.S. unauthorized in immigration detention if the parent is charged with improper entry.
  • The Act introduces an amendment to the bipartisan William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, mandating the return of all unaccompanied migrant children — not just those from Mexico and Canada — to their countries of origin unless they are trafficking victims or express fear of return.
  • The legislation proposes to fast-track removal proceedings for unaccompanied migrant children who may qualify for humanitarian relief. These expedited proceedings would occur within two weeks of an initial screening, which would take place within 48 hours of apprehension.
  • H.R. 2 seeks to extend the transfer timeline of unaccompanied migrant children to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 72 hours to 30 days for those with humanitarian claims. It also introduces discretionary transfers, extending the time migrant children could be held in border facilities unequipped to care for minors.
  • The Act will also require significant changes in the employment eligibility verification process and system. It enhances penalties for fraud and misuse of documents and carries out identity authentication employment eligibility verification pilot programs.

Employer Reform

The bill requires employers to provide and maintain proof of hiring only documented workers. Specifically, the bill calls for the following:

  • A nationwide mandate requiring employers to verify the eligibility of their employees to legally work in the U.S., placing a heavy burden on small businesses and key sectors.
  • Employers would need to attest under penalty of perjury that they have verified a potential employee's immigration status.
  • The introduction of a new Employment Eligibility Verification System (EEVS), administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through which employers would verify workers' eligibility.
  • Employers would be required to end the employment of foreign nationals confirmed as ineligible to work.
  • Escalated criminal penalties for habitual hiring violations, including imprisonment for up to 18 months and fines up to $5,000 per unauthorized worker.


 What advocates are saying:


I support immigration reform, but it must be bipartisan and it must not waste more money on a border wall that's not effective.

This bill can't pass the Senate, so there's no reason to support it.

I hope someone in the House will try again with a bill that has more moderate common sense reforms.


Another reason Biden should have been impeached because his actions allowed our immigration laws to be violated.  I worked on the Hill years ago and know how politics works but this has gone to far with Biden and you people allowed it. 

Activate Advocates