Garrett Starts 114th Congress by Introducing Nine Bills
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) issued the following statement after introducing nine bills on the first day of the 114th Congress:
“The American people deserve leadership and fresh ideas to fix the problems facing our country. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and the new Senate majority to send these bills to President Obama’s desk, so we can get our country moving again.”
Below is a list of the bills that were introduced:
- H.R. 113 – The Federal Reserve Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (FRAT) Act
The FRAT Act would ensure greater accountability and transparency at the Fed and re-establish Congress’ robust oversight over the agency’s rulemaking functions. In particular, the FRAT Act would require the Fed to increase its responsiveness to Congress, increase the transparency of its regulatory activities, and foster accountability in its international negotiations.
- H.R. 114 – The Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act
The Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act would recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel and require that the U.S. Embassy in Israel be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
- H.R. 115 – The Freedom of Travel Act
The Freedom of Travel Act would protect Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights by denying the TSA the authority to conduct unreasonable and intrusive searches of individuals outside of airports.
- H.R. 116 – The Small Business Freedom of Commerce Act
The Small Business Freedom of Commerce Act would allow a small business operating in the United States to elect to be exempt from any federal rule or regulation issued on or after January 20, 2009. The small business would be required to notify the federal agency that issued the rule or regulation that it has elected such exemption, and makes the exemption effective 30 days after such notification.
- H.R. 117 – The Reclaiming Individual Liberty Act
The Reclaiming Individual Liberty Act would strip the unconstitutional individual mandate contained in the president’s health care bill.
- H.R. 118 – The Surface Transportation and Taxation Equity (STATE) Act
The STATE Act would return primary responsibility for transportation and infrastructure projects back to the states without increasing taxes. This legislation would increase the revenue available to states while enabling them to prioritize projects based on safety, traffic needs, and improved commerce without being subject to federal mandates.
- H.R. 119 – The Budget and Accounting Transparency Act
The Budget and Accounting Transparency Act would increase transparency in federal budgeting by ensuring the full costs of federal credit programs are included in the budget and in cost estimates for legislation.
- H.R. 120 – The War Powers Repeal Resolution
The War Powers Repeal Resolution would repeal the War Powers Resolution and return the power to go to war to its rightful place—the United States Congress.
- H.R. 121 – The Local Education Authority Returns Now (LEARN) Act
The LEARN Act would give states the option to opt out of No Child Left Behind. In return, the federal government would provide taxpayers of the opt-out state a tax credit, thereby keeping money in the pockets of taxpayers instead of sending it to Washington, D.C. This method immediately cuts the authoritative and financial strings of the federal government so that state and local governments can set their own educational standards while ensuring maximum parental involvement.