As each president comes into office, transparency is an issue. On the White House website before it was rather easy to find current legislation that the president had signed. Now with the changes made to the website, it has actually become easier to go directly to the Library of Congress for current laws being enacted.. This isn’t particularly a bad thing since what is found in the Library is basically “the law” and its new code but just a bit different from the past method of reporting.
Here are some that MSM has chosen to gloss over in their campaign against President Trump that may have import for our readers:
PL 115-93 – H.R.228 – Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Consolidation Act of 2017
signed into law 12/20/2017 –
Primarily, the bill makes permanent the authority of tribes to integrate the federal resources they receive for employment and training purposes under a single plan and budget. The bill clarifies the plan approval process and timelines, the roles of various federal agencies involved, the transfer of funds mechanism, and the reporting and audit requirements the tribes must fulfill.
PL 115-91 – H.R.2810 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018
signed into law 12/12/2017
Authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and military activities and construction, and prescribes military personnel strengths for Fiscal Year 2018. The bill authorizes $613.8 billion in base funding, including a $28.5 billion increase above the President’s budget for essential readiness recovery. Further, the bill authorizes an additional $10 billion in the Overseas Contingency Operations fund (OCO) for base requirements, and an additional $64.6 billion in the OCO fund to cover contingency operations. When factoring in $7.5 billion for mandatory defense spending, a total of $695.9 billion is authorized to be appropriated.
PL 115-87 – H.R.1679 – FEMA Accountability, Modernization and Transparency Act of 2017
signed into law 11/21/2017
The new law is to ensure FEMA’s ongoing efforts to modernize its grant management system, provide secure online access to applicants, and include robust accessibility and transparency measures. Note there is another which requirements more accountability that was passed as well.
PL 115-82 – S.782 – PROTECT Our Children Act of 2017
signed into law 11/02/2017
Amends the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2008 to reauthorize through Fiscal Year 2022 the National Internet Crimes Against Children Data System and the National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction. Authorizes the appropriation of $250 million over the 2018-2022 period for existing programs at the Department of Justice (DOJ) that combat the exploitation of children.
PL 115-59 – H.R.624 – Social Security Number Fraud Prevention Act of 2017
signed into law 09/15/2017
Restricts the use of social security numbers on documents sent by mail by the Federal government, unless the head of a department or agency determines the inclusion of such a number is necessary.
There are others and they can be reviewed HERE.
Knowing what is now current law is vital to understanding and standing up for our republic and citizen rights. It is obvious that unless news is highly political in nature or anti-Trump many in MSM are going to shirk their constitutional duties to keep us updated on important governmental developments.
For instance, Native Americans for once appear (at least on the surface) to be more in control of their own destinies. Hopefully this law is a good step forward.
It is also good to know that FEMA now must act more responsibly to be transparent and provide online services which have been lagging.
Knowing that our social security numbers are now being treated with more respect than in prior administrations is a great thing. It has been far too easy to acquire a clearly important bit of personal identification and hopefully this will finally be better protected.
I can’t promise I will keep everyone updated but at least I have provided a place for each of you to start to do your own research. Between the bills Congress sends to the President and the final act assignment hopefully we can all sound the alarm if we see something that is worrisome.