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Ponder the News today...

Last updated November 18, 2021

Here is a compilation of news that you may have missed from the main stream media due to omission. 

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of the Army announced a proposed rule to re-establish the pre-2015 definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). This rule would repeal the Trump administration’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR)

This week, Rep. Jodey C. Arrington (TX-19) introduced H.R. 5991, the “Science-Based Emissions Standards Act of 2021,” legislation to protect small and independent producers from onerous and arbitrary regulations from the Biden administration.

Associated Builders and Contractors and its chapters in Georgia and Texas announced on Wednesday filings in support of pending suits by multiple states challenging President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for federal contractors. ABC contends the unprecedented executive order exceeds the administration’s authority and is likely to increase costs and undermine economy and efficiency in federal contracting.

U.S. Representative Jake Auchincloss (D-MA, 4th), Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, along with Representatives Joe Neguse and Robin Kelly, have unveiled the End Gun Violence Act, legislation to restrict the sale of firearms to those convicted of violent misdemeanor crimes in the last five years. The shooter who killed 10 people at a King Soopers in Boulder, Colorado on March 22nd, had previously been convicted of a violent misdemeanor. Under this Act, he would not have been eligible to purchase the firearm used to kill 10 individuals that day.

Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) joined Reps. Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16), and Mariannette Miller-Meeks, (IA-02) to introduce bipartisan legislation that would ensure remaining Provider Relief Fund (PRF) dollars are distributed to healthcare providers seeking to protect their workforce and patients from recent COVID-19 surges.

Iowa Representatives Cindy Axne (IA-03) and Randy Feenstra (IA-04) – both members of the House Agriculture Committee – led the introduction of bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that they say will return fairness to the cattle marketplace dominated by four major meat packers.