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Congressman Jim Bridenstine Votes to End Veterans Gun Ban, Restore Accountability at VA

Congressman Jim Bridenstine Votes to End Veterans Gun Ban, Restore Accountability at VA

Today, Congressman Jim Bridenstine, a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, voted to protect Second Amendment rights for veterans and restore accountability at the Veterans Administration.

H.R. 1181 would end the Obama Administration’s Veterans Gun Ban by restoring constitutional due process protections for veterans.  VA has reported hundreds of thousands of veterans to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) simply because they have a fiduciary to handle their benefits earned through service.  In 2016 alone, VA registered 32,000 veterans on NICS which prevents them from buying or owning firearms.

Congressman Bridenstine said, “The Obama Administration’s Veterans Gun Ban undermines Second Amendment rights for our veterans and is back-door gun control.  Judges should make mental incapacity determinations subject to due process, not VA bureaucrats.”

H.R. 1259 gives the VA Secretary authority to fire, demote, or suspend VA employees for poor performance or misconduct using expedited procedures.

Congressman Bridenstine said, “While most VA employees work hard to serve our veterans, the VA Secretary should be able to quickly remove and discipline the bad apples.  We need accountability at the VA.  The House has passed similar legislation each year I’ve been in Congress.  There’s no excuse for not getting this legislation to President Trump’s desk.”     

Another Gun Ban Repeal is Moving Through Congress

Another Gun Ban Repeal is Moving Through Congress

House to Vote Soon on Repealing Veterans Gun Ban

Utah House Rejects Fully Informed Jury Bill

Utah House Rejects Fully Informed Jury Bill

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (March 15, 2017) – A Utah bill that would have required state courts to fully inform jurors of their right to use discretion in rendering verdicts died in the state House earlier this month. Rep. Mark Roberts (R-67) introduced House Bill 332 (HB332) on Feb. 9. The legislation would have required…

To the Governor: West Virginia Gives Final Approval to Bill to Expand Health Freedom

To the Governor: West Virginia Gives Final Approval to Bill to Expand Health Freedom

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Mar. 15, 2017) – Today, the West Virginia House gave final approval to a bill that would help facilitate healthcare freedom without federal government regulation. Del. Joel Ellington (R-Princeton) and Del. Amy Summers (R-Flemington) introduced House Bill 2301 (HB2301) on Feb. 9. The legislation specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical…

Maine Bill Takes on Asset Forfeiture; Closes Federal Loophole

Maine Bill Takes on Asset Forfeiture; Closes Federal Loophole

AUGUSTA, Maine (March 15, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Maine legislature would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds in most…

Texas Bill Would Allow People to Opt Out of Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

Texas Bill Would Allow People to Opt Out of Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

AUSTIN, Texas (March 15, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Texas House would allow utility customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses. Passage of this bill would allow Texans to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.…

New Mexico House Passes Bill to Reject Some FDA Restrictions on Terminal Patients

New Mexico House Passes Bill to Reject Some FDA Restrictions on Terminal Patients

SANTE FE, N.M. (March 15, 2017) – A New Mexico bill that would set the foundation to nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that deny access to experimental treatments by terminally ill patients unanimously passed the House last week. Introduced by Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-Grant), House Bill 228 (HB228) would give…

Crowded field looks to succeed Jim Bridenstine

Crowded field looks to succeed Jim Bridenstine

With 1st District Congressman Jim Bridenstine keeping his term-limits pledge (*cough*, got that, Congressman Mullin?) and not seeking a fourth term, the race to succeed him is beginning to heat up. Already, four candidates have filed committe…