A resignation, renewed "national emergencies", help for a (very)
few veterans, screwing over of VA employees and Native Americans,
favors for drug companies, changes to Amtrak, a veto threat and
more are highlighted from a relatively calm March in Congress. In
the second half of this episode, Jen discusses her plan to keep
producing Congressional Dish full time, extends an invitation to
hang out, reads some of your letters, and answers your
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Representative Aaron Schock of Illinois's 18th district
resigned on March 17th, 2015 after it was discovered that he
overcharged taxpayers and his campaign for miles driven on his
Aaron Schock resigns after new questions about mileage expenses
by Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer and John Bresnahan of Politico, March
After 'Downton Abbey' scandal, Rep. Aaron Schock to resign from
Congress by Donna Cassata of AP, March 17, 2015.
Congressman's spending brings Schock and awe by Jake Sherman,
John Bresnahan, and Anna Palmer of Poltico, February 9, 2015.
Taxpayers pay thousands for Rep. Schock's renovations by Paul
Singer of USA Today, February 3, 2015.
Aaron Schock is looking for a job by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago
Sun Times, May 6, 2015.
Slain Officer Family Support Act
Energy Efficiency Improvement Act
"Long-Term Care Veterans Choice Act"
Authorizes the government to take back Department of Veterans
Affairs employees' bonuses
Department of Veterans Affairs Budget Planning Reform Act
"Improving Regulatory Transparency for New Medical Therapies
House Passes DEA Reform Bill Changing Definition of When a Drug is
'Approved', Alexander Gaffney, Regulatory Affairs Professionals
Society, March 17, 2015.
Fact Sheet: Drug
Schedules, Drug Enforcement Agency
Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act
Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care
Medicare DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Improvement Act
Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act
Tenant Income Verification Relief Act
- Landlords would only have to verify income for fixed-income
families in subsidized housing once
every three years, instead of every year.
- Sponsored by
Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado
- Passed by voice vote
Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination
"Secret Science Reform Act of 2015"
- Prohibits the EPA from proposing or finalizing a regulation
unless the research used is publicly available online and can be
- Sponsored by
Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, who has taken over $610,000 from the
Oil and Gas industry
- Passed 241-175
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