GOP House To Vote on Sunscreen Bill then go on Recess

While some may argue that the 113th Congress is a DoNothing Congress, Republicans will say they are the “Trafficking Congress” … no, not because they approved funding Highway Trust Fund … but because they are focused on the 300,000 runaway and homeless youth who become child sex trafficking victims.

Surely, you have noticed the legislation that the House has approved since May …

H.R. 3610: Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act of 2014
Sponsor: Rep. Erik Paulsen [R-MN3]
Introduced: Nov 21, 2013
Passed House: May 20, 2014

H.R. 3530: Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2014
Sponsor: Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX2]
Introduced: Nov 19, 2013
Passed House: May 20, 2014

H.R. 4058: Preventing Sex Trafficking and Improving Opportunities for Youth in Foster Care Act
Sponsor: Rep. David Reichert [R-WA8]
Introduced: Feb 14, 2014
Passed House: May 20, 2014

H.R. 4573: International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking
Sponsor: Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4]
Introduced: May 06, 2014
Passed House: May 20, 2014

H.R. 4225: Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act of 2014
Sponsor: Rep. Ann Wagner [R-MO2]
Introduced: Mar 13, 2014
Passed House: May 20, 2014

H.R. 2283: Human Trafficking Prioritization Act
Sponsor: Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4]
Introduced: Jun 06, 2013
Passed House: Jul 23, 2014

H.R. 4449: Human Trafficking Prevention Act
Sponsor: Rep. Sean Maloney [D-NY18]
Introduced: Apr 10, 2014
Passed House: Jul 23, 2014

H R 5081 : Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act of 2014
Sponsor: Rep Bass, Karen [D-CA-37] (introduced 7/11/2014)
Introduced: July 11, 2014
Passed House: Jul 25, 2014

H.R.5111 : To improve the response to victims of child sex trafficking.
Sponsor: Rep Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3]
Introduced: July 15, 2014
Passed House: Jul 24, 2014

And the fiery speeches given to an empty chamber (after which the roll votes were lopsided)

Yep, the question Will Sex Trafficking Save the GOP is being answered.

So, what does the House have on schedule this week … H.R. 4250, Sunscreen Innovation Act
H.R. 4250 would modify the review process that allows the marketing of certain new ingredients in non-prescription sunscreen based on a determination by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that they are generally recognized as safe and effective. CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 4250 would cost $28 million over the 2015-2019 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts.
The Sunscreen Innovation Act will allow Americans access to the best sunscreen products on the market and spur innovation in an area of significant public health importance,” said Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY-01). “By establishing a regulatory framework with achievable timelines, we can ensure all sunscreen ingredients receive a transparent and timely safety review by the Food and Drug Administration.”

Gosh, and you thought Republicans were anti-regulations, anti-science, anti-government and did not have any concerns about climate change.

The House also has on its agenda a renewal of “Paul D. Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Community Assistance, Research and Education Amendments of 2014″. H.R. 594 was introduced on February 8, 2013 and may finally get approved (the 2008 approval was virtually unanimous with only two Republicans dissenting — both of whom are currently not in the House.)

Oh, yeah, they are also likely to approve renaming an Ohio Post Office … and voting on House Resolution 676 – Providing for authority to initiate litigation for actions by the President or other executive branch officials inconsistent with their duties under the Constitution of the United States. [Note the resolution was initiated on July 22nd and presently has no formal co-sponsors.]

It seems that the Republican-controlled House is intent on ignoring the unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border … reforming the VA hospitals … funding government operations beyond September 30, 2014 … addressing background checks on firearm purchases … paycheck fairness … minimum wage … voter rights … immigration reform … student debt … early education … climate change and so many other issues … gosh, maybe, we just demand too much of Congress … afterall, the sex-trafficking legislation had been pending in Congress since 2009 but this is an election year and the Republicans need something positive to say that they have done … so that voters don’t remember the GOP Government Shutdown.

Carlos Galindo

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