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Needed change on the horizon

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Sooner or later - and it’s looking like sooner to me - the disreputable, dishonest, unpatriotic, and self- dealing President Trump will be gone.

So too will be his Republican majority in the U.S. Senate, which Republicans hold by only four seats. By abetting Trump’s wrongdoings, and colluding in climate science denial, with 9,700 premature deaths in 2018 attributable to clean air rollbacks, according to a study by Carnegie Mellon University, Senate Republicans are failing to uphold their oaths of office.

There is however good news in the House of Representatives, where the Democratic Party holds the majority.

The House has passed bill after bill to advance and improve the lives of all Americans. With a four-seat gain by Democrats in the Senate next election, some version of these bills will undoubtedly be enacted into law.

Here are a few descriptions of bills found at govtrack.us, passed by the House of Representatives that are dead on arrival in the U.S. Senate, led by the self-named “grim reaper” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell:

• H.R. 987 would help end the rising costs of prescription drugs for seniors and families. It would end the ban on Medicare negotiating directly with drug companies, forcing drug companies to reduce the price of prescription drugs that are up to 10 times higher than what the companies charge in other countries. By allowing Medicare to negotiate directly with drug companies, lower drug prices would be available to all Americans, including those with private insurance. This bill will not be considered for debate by the Republican controlled U.S. Senate. The pharmaceutical lobby owns Senate Republicans.

• H.R.1 addresses voter access, election integrity, election security, political spending and ethics for the three branches of government. Specifically, the bill expands voter registration and voting access, makes election day a federal holiday and limits removing voters from voter rolls. The bill also provides for states to establish independent, nonpartisan redistricting commissions.

• H.R.95 would expand the per diem payment amount for homeless veterans who have care of a minor dependent to the daily cost of care plus for each minor dependent, an amount that equals 50 percent of the cost of such care.

• H.R. 1404 is designed to strengthen the United States’ response to Russian interference by providing transparency on the corruption of Russian President Vladimir Putin. This bill will not be considered for debate by the Republican controlled U.S. Senate even though Russia’s interference in our elections is a threat to the United States, because Russia is helping Trump and the Republicans. This bill is remarkable in that it even has to be a bill in the first place. Then again, Trump behaves more like an agent for Vladimir Putin than a normal U.S. president.

There are many other bills passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and popular with the American people that will sadly never be considered by the Republican controlled U.S. Senate.

For those interested in following the lawmaking process of our U.S. Congress, govtrack.us is a useful resource.

Reconsidering for ourselves who to vote for and why next time might be useful too.