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« Reply #475 on: August 08, 2020, 08:34:17 PM »

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ROC Act of 2020

1. The Republic of Atlasia will recognize the Republic of China and shall establish a embassy in Taipei, Republic of China
2. The Republic of Atlasia will recognize the territories of the Republic of China which is the territories currently controlled by the Republic of China and the People's Republic of China.
3. The Republic of Atlasia shall break relations with the People's Republic of China.

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« Reply #476 on: September 12, 2020, 01:03:57 PM »

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A BILL
To aid states impacted by the 2020 wildfires

Be it enacted by the House of Representatives and Senate assembled:
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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the Wildfire Relief Act of 2020.

Section 2. Appropriations for States and Local Fire Departments

1. $5 million in one-time funding shall be appropriated to local fire departments to:

a. assist in combating forest fires and overtime pay for relevant officials,
b. open and operate evacuation hubs for afflicted areas, while following COVID-19 guidelines where possible,
c. devise a strategy for forest thinning of dead brush and sick or dying trees
d. assist in creating a transparent, effective early warning system, and
e. assist the homeless and civilians incapable of self-evacuating in evacuating afflicted areas

2. Funding for this act shall be allocated to the state governments of California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Texas.
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« Reply #477 on: September 20, 2020, 12:38:11 AM »
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SENATE RESOLUTION
To amend Article 4 to provide for the separate elections of VPs and the creation of a Deputy President of Congress.


Upon joint concurrence of the resolution by both Houses of Congress Assembled and ratified by the regions that...

1. Article 4, Section 1, Cause 2 is amended as follows:

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Elections for President and Vice President shall be held in the months of February, June, and October, in accordance with the measures prescribed by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia. Each candidate for The President and Vice President shall run jointly with a candidate for Vice President, with whom his name shall appear jointly on the ballot be elected separately from each other on the same ballot. A vote for a candidate for President shall be considered a vote for the candidate for Vice President whose name appears on the ballot with the presidential candidate, and accordingly the candidate for Vice President whose name appears on the ballot with the successful candidate for President shall be elected.

2. That Article 4, Section 3, Clause 4 shall read as follows:

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At the beginning of each session of Congress, a joint session of both houses of Congress convened by the Senate Presiding Officer shall elect a Deputy President of Congress to fill in for the Vice President's duties in the Congress whenever the Vice President shall by resignation, selective designation, declaration of absence or by falling inactive for a period of 72 hours assume the responsibility of President of Congress.

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Amendment Explanation

This amendment if ratified would separate out elections for the Vice Presidency from that of the Presidential ticket and provide a mechanism for the selection of a Deputy President of Congress.
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« Reply #478 on: September 24, 2020, 01:03:54 PM »

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A BILL
To regulate how companies can make their employees work remotely

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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the Remote Working Regulations Act.

Section 2. Definitions
1. Remote working shall be defined as a situation where a worker is working for at least 25% of their workweek remotely; for a period of 3 months or more; primarily through the use of computers and telecommunications devices

Section 3. Equality Regulations
1. Workers working remotely shall have the same rights and privileges as if they developed their activities in the workplace. This shall include working hours and salary regulations.
2. Remote workers shall enjoy all the benefits regarding remote working regulations that are provided by other bills, as well as by collective bargaining

Section 4. Remote Working Agreements
1. The possibility of working remotely shall be voluntary on the part of both the employer and the employee; and not imposed by either of the parts.
2. Remote working shall require the signature of an agreement between employer and employee
3. The refusal on part of the employee to work remotely shall not be a cause to extinguish or significantly revise the workplace conditions on part of the employer
4. The decision to work remotely shall be reversible for both the employer and the employee, and may be exercised in the terms agreed in the remote working agreement.
5. The following parts shall be the mandatory minimum for a Remote Working agreement to be valid; in addition to any regoznized by collective bargaining:

a) Inventory of the means and tools needed to work remotely
b) Enumeration of the expenses that the remote worker could have because of his need to work remotely; as well as how the employer will compensate the employee for said needs
c) Schedule of the remote worker as well as availability rules
d) Distribution between in person working and remote working, if applicable
e) Workplace where the remote worker will be adscribed to and perform his in person working duties
f) Remote workplace selected by the remote worker
g) Length of the prior notification for the reverseability of the remote work
h) Control and following means of the activity
i) Procedure to follow in case of technical difficulties that make it impossible to proceed with normal remote working
j) Relevant personal data protection for the employer and the employee
k) Length of the remote working agreement

6. Any modifications to a remote working agreement must be agreed upon by both the employer and the employee.

Section 5. Rights of the Remote worker
1. Employers must adopt the necessary measures to ensure that remote workers take place in equivalent terms to in person employees; in any education programs in the workplace
2. Remote workers shall have the right to promotions under the same or equivalent conditions to in person workers
3. Remote workers shall have the right to be compensated for the maintenance and provision of the means required to perform their activities remotely; in the terms referred to in the agreement detailed in Section 3.5; as well as any other terms agreed upon by collective bargaining
4. Employers shall have the right to a time tracking system that accurately describes when the remote work is performed, but this shall be equal to in person employees and shall include relevant rest periods. Remote workers shall also have the right to better schedule flexibility.
5. Remote workers shall have the right to an adequate protection regarding safety and healthcare
6. Remote workers shall have the right to privacy and data protection. Employers may not require the installation of any software or applications in the devices of a remote worker.
7. Remote workers shall have the right to a digital disconnection outside their working hours, in the terms established by the law, collective bargaining agreements and job contracts.
8. Remote workers shall have the same right to collective bargaining and legal representation as in person employees.

Section 6. Enactment
1. This bill shall become enacted 1 month after passage
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« Reply #479 on: September 24, 2020, 05:48:36 PM »

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Joint Resolution
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Be it Resolved in Both Houses of Congress Assembled,

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Continuing Resolution to Avoid Shutdown
1. Funding for Atlasia's government will be maintained at current levels through November 30th, 2020 or until a Budget Resolution is adopted.

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« Reply #480 on: October 15, 2020, 11:30:01 PM »

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A BILL
To correct oversights in the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA)

Be it enacted by the House of Representatives and Senate assembled:
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Section 1. Title & Definitions

1. This legislation may be cited as the Stop Corporate Looting Act of 2020.

2. BAPCPA is defined herein as an abbreviation for the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.

2. "Performance bonus plan," or "PBP," is defined as any transaction covered by Sec. 331 of the BAPCPA as it stood on October 1st, 2020.

Section 2. Closing Bonus Plan Regulation Loopholes

1. Upon initiation of bankruptcy proceedings under 11 U.S. Code Title 11, a company shall provide the bankruptcy judge a comprehensive accounting of PBPs implemented by the company within the prior six months.
a. In such cases where PBPs have been implemented by the company within this period, the company shall reimburse their creditors for an amount equivalent to the value of the PBP.

2. No company shall implement any PBPs within six months of the conclusion of bankruptcy proceedings under 11 U.S. Code Title 11.
a. Should the company be found in violation of this clause, they shall be held liable in the amount of the value of the violating PBP.

3. No PBP prohibited by Sec. 331 of the BAPCPA shall be implemented as part of a reorganization plan authorized under 11 U.S. Code § 1129.

4. Payments made under PBPs paid within the six months prior to the initiation of bankruptcy proceedings under 11 U.S. Code Title 11, or within the six months successive to the conclusion of such proceedings, shall not be federally tax-deductible.

Section 3. Establishing Fact-Finding Processes for Approval of Bonus Plans for Bankrupt Companies

1. The Congress finds that, considering the conflict between private incentive and public interest inherent in BAPCPA proceedings for approval of PBPs, and the difficulty inherent in ascertaining the merits of such plans, bankruptcy judges deserve to see arguments from both companies and the U.S. in situations where they must approve or deny a PBP.

2. If a company engaging in bankruptcy proceedings under the provisions of 11 U.S. Code Title 11 requests that a bankruptcy judge approve a bonus plan as specified under Sec. 331 of the BAPCPA, the U.S. Trustee shall brief the judge on their opinion on whether the PBP should be permitted.
a. The judge shall provide an appropriate amount of time for the Trustee to voice their opinion in such cases.
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« Reply #481 on: October 18, 2020, 02:28:11 PM »

It came to our attention out that Congress was supposed to vote to extend the stimulus about a month ago, and instead it expired at the beginning of the month. I deeply apologise for forgetting this, though I am a bit disappointed in the congressional leadership too. Anyway, we are proposing to retroactively extend the stimulus (this goes in the administration slot), to provide people the support they need at this time-
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Section 1. Title
1. This legislation may be cited as the Second Emergency Economic Stimulus Act of 2020.
Section 2. Extension of Expiring Stimulus Measures
1. The universal income established under Section 2 of the Emergency Economic Stimulus Act of 2020 shall be extended from October 1, 2020 until April 1, 2021 persuant to subsection 4.
2. From April 1, 2021, the universal income shall decrease by 25% on the first day of each month until it is eliminated.
3. A congressional vote shall begin 14 days before April 1, 2021 in both houses of Congress for Congress to decide whether or not to extend the universal income.
a) The vote shall be a simple 'Aye' or 'Nay' on the extension. If Aye receives a majority in both houses of Congress then Congress shall be able to decide on the length of the extension. The default shall be for the universal income to continue in full until July 1, 2021, in the event of an Aye vote-unless Congress legislates for an alternative end date.
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1a. Citizens, permanent residents and households in the Republic of Atlasia who do not have a source of income above the federal minimum wage between April 1, 2020 and October 1, 2020 April 1, 2021; may not be evicted from their house, nor their supply of water, electricity or internet cut off; for not paying the appropiate bills.
1b. Between October 2nd, 2020 and January 31st, 2021 April 2, 2021 and July 31, 2021; utilities may be cut for not paying their appropiate bills, but no tenants shall be evicted from their house for not paying the appropiate mortgage or rent bills.
1c. After January 31st, 2021 July 31, 2021; companies and tenants may rise the appropiate bills by no more than 10% in order to recover the unpaid dues.
2. The earning of unemployment benefits between April 1st, 2020 and October 1st, 2020 April 1st, 2021 shall not affect in any way the collection of future unemployment benefits.
3. The payments discussed in Sections 2.1 and 2.2 shall not be counted towards the federal minimum wage accounting discussed in Section 4.1
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« Reply #482 on: November 16, 2020, 12:44:26 PM »

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Joint Resolution
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Be it Resolved in Both Houses of Congress Assembled,

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Second Continuing Resolution to Avoid Shutdown
1. Funding for Atlasia's government will be maintained at current levels through January 31st, 2021 or until a Budget Resolution is adopted.
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« Reply #483 on: November 16, 2020, 03:03:44 PM »

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Protecting Our Beautiful Artic (POBA)

An Act to protect the Artic National Wildlife Refuge

Drilling

1.) No Federal leases shall be granted for the extraction or drilling of Hydro-carbons (such as but not limted to oil, crude oil and tar) from the Artic National Wildlife Refuge.

Expansion.

1.) An additional 12.28 million acres of protected land shall be added as protected Wilderness in the Artic Refuge, extending from the coastal plain to the Canadian border.

2.) The Atigun, Hulahula, Kongakut, and Marsh Fork Canning rivers are also granted protections under this act.
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« Reply #484 on: November 22, 2020, 02:19:21 AM »

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A RESOLUTION
To reduce gridlock and streamline Congressional rule changes

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives and Senate assembled:
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Section 1. Title

1. This legislation may be cited as the J.K. Sestak Congressional Reform Resolution.

Section 2. Recognizing the Need for Reform

WHEREAS, legislative debate under the bicameral system has slowed to a crawl;

WHEREAS, many bills go without comment by all but a handful of members in each House;

WHEREAS, the glacial pace of passing and debating legislation, as well as the difficulty of monitoring legislation that moves between two chambers, unnecessarily complicates the work of the Congress;

WHEREAS, the voices of both regional and federal interests in the policymaking process must be heard in the course of Congressional debate;

WHEREAS, procedural reforms should incorporate the unique interests both chambers have in the lawmaking process,

IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that Congress must move towards a model of debate in which both the Senate and the House of Representatives debate legislation in permanent joint session;

FURTHER RESOLVED, that such a model of debate must originate from a package of rules jointly debated and approved by both chambers;

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the best way to reach broad consensus on a new rules package is through a special joint session of Congress.

Section 3. Working Towards Real Procedural Change

1. The President of the Congress shall preside over a special joint session of Congress for the purpose of modifying the rules and procedures of both legislative houses, and unifying their procedural governance under a single set of revised rules.
a. The revised rules shall take effect upon their approval in the special joint session by both houses of Congress.

2. The special joint session shall deliberate for thirty (30) days, or until Congress approves the new set of rules.
a. Congress may further extend the special joint session for as long as it sees fit to do so.

2. The special joint session shall commence immediately upon passage of this resolution by both Houses.
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« Reply #485 on: November 22, 2020, 02:53:57 AM »
« Edited: November 22, 2020, 02:58:24 AM by Senator LouisvilleThunder »

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A RESOLUTION
To reduce gridlock and streamline Congressional rule changes

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives and Senate assembled:
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Section 1. Title

1. This legislation may be cited as the J.K. Sestak Congressional Reform Resolution.

Section 2. Recognizing the Need for Reform

WHEREAS, legislative debate under the bicameral system has slowed to a crawl;

WHEREAS, many bills go without comment by all but a handful of members in each House;

WHEREAS, the glacial pace of passing and debating legislation, as well as the difficulty of monitoring legislation that moves between two chambers, unnecessarily complicates the work of the Congress;

WHEREAS, the voices of both regional and federal interests in the policymaking process must be heard in the course of Congressional debate;

WHEREAS, procedural reforms should incorporate the unique interests both chambers have in the lawmaking process,

IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that Congress must move towards a model of debate in which both the Senate and the House of Representatives debate legislation in permanent joint session;

FURTHER RESOLVED, that such a model of debate must originate from a package of rules jointly debated and approved by both chambers;

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the best way to reach broad consensus on a new rules package is through a special joint session of Congress.

Section 3. Working Towards Real Procedural Change

1. The President of the Congress shall preside over a special joint session of Congress for the purpose of modifying the rules and procedures of both legislative houses, and unifying their procedural governance under a single set of revised rules.
a. The revised rules shall take effect upon their approval in the special joint session by both houses of Congress.

2. The special joint session shall deliberate for thirty (30) days, or until Congress approves the new set of rules.
a. Congress may further extend the special joint session for as long as it sees fit to do so.

2. The special joint session shall commence immediately upon passage of this resolution by both Houses.
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« Reply #486 on: November 22, 2020, 01:23:19 PM »


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« Reply #487 on: November 23, 2020, 01:49:22 AM »

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A RESOLUTION
To reduce gridlock and streamline Congressional rule changes

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives and Senate assembled:
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Section 1. Title

1. This legislation may be cited as the J.K. Sestak Congressional Reform Resolution.

Section 2. Recognizing the Need for Reform

WHEREAS, legislative debate under the bicameral system has slowed to a crawl;

WHEREAS, many bills go without comment by all but a handful of members in each House;

WHEREAS, the glacial pace of passing and debating legislation, as well as the difficulty of monitoring legislation that moves between two chambers, unnecessarily complicates the work of the Congress;

WHEREAS, the voices of both regional and federal interests in the policymaking process must be heard in the course of Congressional debate;

WHEREAS, procedural reforms should incorporate the unique interests both chambers have in the lawmaking process,

IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that Congress must move towards a model of debate in which both the Senate and the House of Representatives debate legislation in permanent joint session;

FURTHER RESOLVED, that such a model of debate must originate from a package of rules jointly debated and approved by both chambers;

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the best way to reach broad consensus on a new rules package is through a special joint session of Congress.

Section 3. Working Towards Real Procedural Change

1. The President of the Congress shall preside over a special joint session of Congress for the purpose of modifying the rules and procedures of both legislative houses, and unifying their procedural governance under a single set of revised rules.
a. The revised rules shall take effect upon their approval in the special joint session by both houses of Congress.

2. The special joint session shall deliberate for thirty (30) days, or until Congress approves the new set of rules.
a. Congress may further extend the special joint session for as long as it sees fit to do so.

2. The special joint session shall commence immediately upon passage of this resolution by both Houses.

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« Reply #488 on: November 24, 2020, 03:23:52 AM »

Arsenal of Democracy Act.

This Congress recognises the outsized and important role that Atlasia plays on events around the world and recognises the importance of promoting democracy, human rights and equality through all aspects of our foreign policy.

1.) This Act hereby requires that before the authoristian and transfer of either 1.) Non-Lethal arms and ammunition 2.) Lethal arms and ammunition 3.) Policing and anti-terror training from the Government of Atlasia that the Secretary of State sends to congress a resolution certifying that the following conditions have been met.

The criteria

A respect for democracy and the rule of law.

Protections and Equality for but not limited to the following groups and individuals: religious groups and faiths, LGBT+ individuals, gender, those with disabilities and those from indingeous backgrounds.

Protections for the natural environment and a proactive plan to reduce carbon emissions.

The freedom of the press and the right to peacefully protest and assemble.

2.) In light of the above criteria the following countries are hereby barred from purchasing either non-lethal or lethal arms from Atlasia or from receiving military or policing training; either in their own country or in Atlasia.

2A.)  Azerbaijan
2B.) Central African Republic
2C.) China
2D.) Brunei
2E.) Belarus
2F.) Egypt
2G.) Iran
2H.) Syria
2I.) Mynamar
2J.) Venezuala
2K.) Zimbabwe

3.) For the above restrictions to be lifted the Secretary of State shall under the terms of this act certify that substantial progress has been made under the provisions in the Criteria and this shall be ratified by both Houses of Congress.

4.) The certification of the provisions in this act shall be reviewed by the Secretary of State every 12 months, with an emergency provision enabling changes, providing that both houses of congress are notified within 10 days.
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« Reply #489 on: November 27, 2020, 11:34:19 AM »
« Edited: November 30, 2020, 06:36:43 PM by Senator Scott🍁 »

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A BILL
To promote and facilitate state and regional efforts to aid and locate missing seniors

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the National Silver Alert Act.

Section 2. Definitions

In this Act:

1. MISSING SENIOR - The term "missing senior" refers to any individual who -

(A) is reported to, or identified by, a law enforcement agency as a missing person; and

(B) meets the requirements to be designated as a missing senior, as determined by the Region or State in which the individual is reported or identified as a missing person.

Section 3. Silver Alert Communications Network

(A) The Attorney General shall, subject to the availability of appropriations, establish a national Silver Alert communications network within the Department of Justice to provide assistance to regional, state, and local search efforts for missing seniors through the initiation, facilitation, and promotion of local elements of the network (known as Silver Alert plans) in coordination with Regions, States, units of local government, law enforcement agencies, and other concerned entities with expertise in providing services to seniors.

(B) Coordination with AMBER Alert Network. - In establishing the Silver Alert Network under subsection (A), the Attorney General shall ensure that, when feasible, the Silver Alert Network is able to operate in coordination with the AMBER Alert communications network, to maximize the efficiency of both networks.

(C) The Attorney General shall designate an individual of the Department of Justice to act as the national coordinator of the Silver Alert communications network.

Section 4. Duties of the Coordinator

The Coordinator shall -

(1) work with States to encourage the development of additional Silver Alert plans in the network;

(2) establish voluntary guidelines for States to use in developing Silver Alert plans that will promote compatible and integrated Silver Alert plans throughout the Republic of Atlasia, including-

(A) a list of the resources necessary to establish a Silver Alert plan;

(B) criteria for evaluating whether a situation warrants issuing a Silver Alert, taking into consideration the need for the use of such Alerts to be limited in scope because the effectiveness of the Silver Alert communications network may be affected by overuse, including criteria to determine -

(i) whether the mental capacity of a senior who is missing, and the circumstances of his or her disappearance, warrant the issuance of a Silver Alert; and

(ii) whether the individual who reports that a senior is missing is an appropriate and credible source on which to base the issuance of a Silver Alert;

(iii) a description of the appropriate uses of the Silver Alert name to readily identify the nature of search efforts for missing seniors; and

(iv) recommendations on how to protect the privacy, dignity, independence, and autonomy of any missing senior who may be the subject of a Silver Alert;

(3) develop proposed protocols for efforts to recover missing seniors and to reduce the number of seniors who are reported missing, including protocols for procedures that are needed from the time of initial notification of a law enforcement agency that the senior is missing through the time of the return of the senior to family, guardian, or domicile, as appropriate, including -

(A) public safety communications protocol;

(B) case management protocol;

(C) command center operations;

(D) reunification protocol; and

(E) incident review, evaluation, debriefing, and public information procedures;

(4) work with Regions and States to ensure appropriate regional coordination of various elements of the network

Section 5. Funding

(A) $25 million shall be available to the Department of Justice for the purpose of providing matching grants for regions and states to establish Silver Alert programs and necessary equipment purchases, such as electronic highway signs.
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« Reply #490 on: December 05, 2020, 03:20:16 PM »

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The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Health is hereby authorised to carry out research into the public health impact of gun violence and other weapon based attacks.

This act hereby strikes any previous law, rider or provision which outlaws or restricts funding in relation to these bodies and the study of gun violence.
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« Reply #491 on: December 07, 2020, 09:48:08 PM »

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A RESOLUTION
Calling for the global repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws

Be it affirmed by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the Resolution supporting global religious freedom.

Resolution
Calling for the global repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws.

    Whereas Article 18 of the International Declaration of Human Rights states that “[e]veryone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance”;

    Whereas many countries continue to have criminal blasphemy laws and punish people who engage in expression deemed by the government to be blasphemous, heretical, apostate, defamatory of religion, or insulting to religion or to religious symbols, figures, or feelings, and such punishment can include fines, imprisonment, and capital punishment including by beheading;

    Whereas blasphemy laws have affected Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Baha’i, secularists, and many other groups, are inconsistent with international human rights standards because they establish and promote official religious orthodoxy and dogma over individual liberty, and often result in violations of the freedoms of religion, thought, and expression that are protected under international instruments, including Articles 18 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR);

    Whereas the United Nations Human Rights Committee stated in General Comment 34 that “[p]rohibitions of displays of lack of respect for a religion or other belief system, including blasphemy laws, are incompatible with the [ICCPR].”;

    Whereas the Atlasian Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has found that blasphemy charges are often based on false accusations, are used for sectarian or political purposes, and foster religious intolerance, discrimination, and violence;

    Whereas USCIRF has found that at least 70 countries had blasphemy laws as of 2018;

    Whereas these laws were present in 18 Middle East and North African countries, 8 countries in the Americas, 18 Asia-Pacific countries, 14 European countries, and 12 Sub-Saharan African countries;

    Whereas the Pew Research Center found that countries with laws against blasphemy, apostasy, or defamation of religion were more likely to have severe governmental restrictions on religion, and to experience social hostilities based on religion, than countries that did not have such laws;

    Whereas restrictive laws beyond those penalizing blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy further limit religious freedom, such as extremism laws—

    (1) in Russia that have been used to ban Jehovah’s Witnesses as an extremist organization and fueled persecution of this religious group;

    (2) in China, to arbitrarily detain an estimated 800,000 to 2,000,000 Uighur Muslims in internment camps because they followed Islamic rituals and practices; and

    Whereas an international group of experts convened by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights recommended in 2012 that “states that have blasphemy laws should repeal the[m] as such laws have a stifling impact on the enjoyment of freedom of religion or belief and healthy dialogue and debate about religion.”;

    Whereas blasphemy laws are inconsistent with United Nations resolutions adopted by consensus since 2011 recognizing that religious intolerance is best fought through positive measures, such as education, outreach, and counter-speech, and that criminalization of speech is warranted only for the prevention of imminent violence;

    Whereas according to the annual religious freedom report published by the Department of State in 2015, attackers in Bangladesh killed five allegedly anti-Islamic or secularist writers and publishers, and injured three others;

    Whereas in response to these killings, the Home Minister of Bangladesh, rather than condemning the murders, called on bloggers and others to refrain from writings that could hurt the religious feelings of others and added that violators of the warning would be subject to prosecution under the restrictive religious freedom laws of Bangladesh;

    Whereas a 2016 report by USCIRF on Bangladesh found that religious and civil society groups fear that increasing religious extremism will result in more criminal attacks and threats;

    Whereas restrictive religious freedom laws validate and promote social violence targeted at religious minorities and dissenters, whether Christian, Muslim, secularist, or other;

    Whereas USCIRF has found that in Pakistan, blasphemy laws have been used to prosecute and persecute Muslims, Christians, secularists, and others;

    Whereas according to a Pew Center report on religion and public life, Pakistan stands out for having one of the highest levels of restrictions on religion when both government restrictions and social hostilities are taken into account;

    Whereas USCIRF has found egregious examples of the enforcement of blasphemy laws and vigilante violence connected to blasphemy allegations in Pakistan, where blasphemy charges are common and numerous individuals are in prison, with a high percentage sentenced to death or to life in prison;

    Whereas, as of May 2018, USCIRF was aware of approximately 40 individuals on death row for blasphemy in Pakistan or serving life sentences;

    Whereas Asia Bibi was sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2010 and was held for 8 years, until the Supreme Court of Pakistan overturned her conviction in 2018, upheld her acquittal, and granted her permission to leave the country to flee the threats against her in 2019;

    Whereas Pakistan selectively enforces the blasphemy and anti-terrorism laws against minority religious groups, including by specifically targeting Ahmadiyya Muslims such as Abdul Shakoor, an 80-year old optician and bookseller who was recently released after serving over three years in prison on such charges;

    Whereas blasphemy laws in Pakistan have fostered a climate of impunity, as those who falsify evidence go unpunished and allegations often result in violent mob attacks or assassinations, with little to no police response;

    Whereas in 2017, the Christian Governor of Jakarta, Indonesia, was convicted for blasphemy of Islam and sentenced to two years in jail;

    Whereas several countries that maintained blasphemy laws have recently taken steps towards removing these provisions, including Greece, Ireland, and Canada;

    Whereas blasphemy laws in the Republic of Atlasia were invalidated by the adoption of the First Amendment to the Constitution, which protects the freedoms of thought, conscience, expression, and religious exercise; and

    Whereas the Republic of Atlasia has become a beacon of religious freedom and tolerance around the world: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate and House of Representatives—

(1) recognizes that blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws inappropriately position governments as arbiters of religious truth and empower officials to impose religious dogma on individuals or minorities through the power of the government or through violence sanctioned by the government;

(2) calls on the President and the Secretary of State to make the repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws a priority in the bilateral relationships of the Republic of Atlasia with all countries that have such laws, through direct interventions in bilateral and multilateral fora;

(3) encourages the President and the Secretary of State to oppose—

(A) any efforts, by the United Nations or by other international or multilateral fora, to create an international anti-blasphemy norm, such as the “defamation of religions” resolutions introduced in the United Nations between 1999 and 2010; and

(B) any attempts to expand the international norm on incitement to include blasphemy or defamation of religions;

(4) supports efforts by the United Nations to combat intolerance, discrimination, or violence against persons based on religion or belief without restricting expression, including United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 (2011) and the Istanbul Process meetings pursuant to such resolution, that are consistent with the First Amendment to the Constitution;

(5) calls on the President and the Secretary of State to designate countries that enforce blasphemy, heresy, or apostasy laws as “countries of particular concern for religious freedom” under section 402(b)(1)(A)(ii) of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (22 U.S.C. 6442(b)(1)(A)(ii)) for engaging in or tolerating severe violations of religious freedom, as a result of the abuses flowing from the enforcement of such laws and from unpunished vigilante violence often generated by blasphemy allegations;

(6) urges the governments of countries that enforce blasphemy, heresy, or apostasy laws to amend or repeal such laws, as they provide pretext and impunity for vigilante violence against religious minorities; and

(7) urges the governments of countries that have prosecuted, imprisoned, and persecuted people on charges of blasphemy, heresy, or apostasy to release such people unconditionally and, once released, to ensure their safety and that of their families.
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« Reply #492 on: December 07, 2020, 10:18:42 PM »
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A BILL
To remove the credit union commercial lending cap

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the Access to Credit for Small Businesses Act.

Section 2. Definitions

In this Act:

1. CREDIT UNION - The term "credit union" refers to a member-owned, non-profit financial cooperative, controlled by its members and operated on the principle of people helping people, providing its members credit at competitive rates as well as other financial services, are exempt from paying corporate income tax on their earnings, and whose accounts are insured by the National Credit Union Administration.

Section 3. Removal of credit union lending cap

1. To ensure that all available business credit is deployable during and after the COVID-19 crisis:

(A) The 12.5% cap on total assets for credit union members' business lending portfolios shall be eliminated, provided that the extension of credit does not seriously threaten the safety and soundness of the insured credit union.

Section 4. Rulemaking

Not later than the end of the 30-day period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, the National Credit Union Administration Board shall issue regulations to define when such extension of credit does not seriously threaten the safety and soundness of the applicable insured credit union.
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« Reply #493 on: December 19, 2020, 10:41:43 AM »

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FEDERAL BUDGET: FY2021

Section 1: Revenues

Income Taxes:  $ 1,735,038,900,000.00  ($ 1735.04 billion)                          
 by tax bracket
 0-13K      10%  $ 132,602,630,929.00
 13K-50k    15%    $ 447,780,682,763.00                    
 50K-130K   25%        $ 535,512,271,234.00              
 130K-210K  29%       $ 188,700,479,643.00                    
 210K-413K  34%       $ 220,320,135,498.00                        
 413K-441K  36%        $ 75,481,993,752.00                    
 441K+      40.6%      $ 134,640,706,551.00                      
                                            
Corporate Taxes:  $ 347,763,510,122.19  ($ 347.76 billion)
 by tax bracket                                            
 0-100K     0%        $ 0.00                
 100K-1M    15%        $ 2,678,940,033.99                
 1M-10M     21.5%    $ 5,172,280,041.70                    
 10M+       28%         $ 339,912,290,046.51                    
                                                                                          
Payroll Taxes -  $ 1,325,575,422,184.86 ($ 1,325.58 billion)
 breakdown
 OASDI: 12.4% (6.2% on employees, 6.2% on employers) - $ 912,456,391,044.15    
 RRPH: 5.0% (2.5% on employees, 2.5% on employers) - $ 367,925,964,130.71      
 FUTA: 6.0% on first $7,000 - $ 45,193,067,010.00  

Estate Tax: 45% of amount above $ 3.5 million, 50% above $ 10 million, 55% above $ 50 million
 $ 34,500,000,000.00
$16.00 Billion.... Amendment by the Responsible Estate Tax Act
Total: $50.5 Billion

                    
Wealth Tax:
 $ 62,566,000,000.00

New 2020 Wealth Tax
$288.00 Billion


Healthcare Taxes:
 40% Cadillac Tax -  $ 0.00 Billion  
 3.8% on Net Investment Income -  $ 12.80 Billion                              
                        
Excise Taxes/customs duties:
 Carbon Tax (2018) -  $ 16.35    Billion                            
 Gasoline Tax (2018) -  $ 50.00 Billion                              
 Tobacco and Alcohol Taxes (2018) -  $ 24.20 Billion    
 Excise taxes on health insurance providers,
 pharmaceuticals, and medical devices (2018) - $ 9.90 Billion
 Revenue Enhancement Act - $ 63,185,494,000.00
 LIFO Repeal Offset… $ 13,000,000,000.00        

Buffett Rule Act of 2019: $46.7 Billion          
                        
Other Revenue:  $ 30.209 Billion                    
                        
Additional tax credits:  $ -39.40 Billion
                        
TOTAL Revenue: $ 4036.390 Billion

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Section 2: Spending

Military Spending ($504.358 Billion)              
$123.58 Billion... Military personnel              
$184.51 Billion... Operation and maintenance              
$106.01 Billion... Procurement              
$61.52 Billion ... Research, development, test and evaluation              
$8.47 Billion..... Military Construction, Family Housing and Other              
$12.148 Billion.... Atomic Energy Defense Activities              
$8.11 Billion..... Defense Related activities            
$0.00 Billion..... Fiscal Responsibility in our Military Act
$-15.25 Billion… F-35 Procurement Halt

                            
Military Retirement ($144.0811 Billion)                            
$75.48 Billion.... Income security for veterans              
$14.15 Billion.... Veterans education, training, and rehabilitation                            
$54.22 Billion.... Hospital and medical care for veterans and retired military (added in under Healthcare below)                
$0.38 Billion..... Housing and other veterans benefits and services              
$-0.1489 Billion…. VA Privatisation
                            
International affairs ($31.94 Billion)              
$18.88 Billion ... International development and humanitarian assistance              
$8.55 Billion..... International military aid              
$11.99 Billion.... Conduct of foreign affairs              
$1.30 Billion..... Foreign information and exchange activities  
$-8.79 Billion.... International Financial Programs            
              
General science, space, and technology ($339.18 Billion)              
$11.26 Billion.... National Science Foundation programs              
$4.55 Billion..... Department of Energy general science programs              
$169.37 Billion.... Space flight, research, and supporting activities
$154.00 Billion.... Space Exploration, Development, and Settlement Act             
              
Non-Defense Energy Spending ($47.393 Billion)              
$3.15 Billion..... Energy supply              
$1.11 Billion..... Energy conservation and preparedness              
$0.64 Billion..... Energy information, preparedness, & regulation  
$10.00 Billion.... Energy Rebate and Subsidy Act    
$32.50 Billion.... Gas Tax Act    
$-0.007 Billion…. Eliminated Ethanol Blending Rules
            
Natural resources and environment ($34.58 Billion)              
$4.89 Billion..... Water resources              
$11.54 Billion.... Conservation and land management          
$4.42 Billion..... Recreational & Park resources              
$7.18 Billion..... Pollution control and abatement                                
$6.55 Billion..... Other natural resources  
              
Agriculture ($19.532 Billion)              
$16.01 Billion.... Farm income stabilization & crop insurance              
$4.30 Billion..... Agricultural research and services
$0.03 Billion..... No More Going Hungry in Atlasia Act
$-0.8 Billion…. Eliminated marketing programs
$-0.008 Billion…. Eliminated Catfish Inspection Office
              
Commerce and Housing Loan Programs ($0.79 Billion)              
$-22.33 Billion... Federal Housing Loan Programs              
$2.69 Billion..... Postal service              
$2.50 Billion..... Deposit insurance              
$10.20 Billion.... Universal service fund              
$7.70 Billion..... Other advancement of commerce
$-0.17 Billion…. Eliminated Capital Construction Grants    
$0.20 Billion… Supporting Atlasian Entrepreneurs Act          
              
Transportation ($92.3914 Billion)                
$67.40 Billion.... Ground Transportation            
$16.20 Billion.... Air Transportation              
$8.4015 Billion..... Water transportation              
$0.38 Billion..... Other transportation      
        
              
Community and regional development ($33.425 Billion)              
$3.78 Billion..... Community development              
$2.19 Billion..... Area and regional development              
$4.02 Billion..... Disaster relief and insurance              
$2.23 Billion..... Homeless Shelter Emergency Housing              
$4.32 Billion..... Small Business Association
$0.77 Billion..... Flint Reinvestment Act
$0.08 Billion..... Refugee act          
$-11.025 Billion…. We Should Help Workers Act
$2.00 Billion…. Buy-Atlasian Contracting Rules
$10.00 Billion…. Appalachia Reinvestment Act
$15.00 Billion…. Reservation Reinvestment Act
              
Education ($73.7625 Billion)              
$39.03 Billion.... Elementary, Secondary & Vocational education              
$31.475 Billion.... Higher education              
$3.26 Billion..... Research and general education            
$0.00 Billion..... Orlando Act
$-0.0125 Billion…. Cap on certain student loans
              
Training, labor and unemployment ($19.536 Billion)              
$7.58 Billion..... Training and employment              
$1.77 Billion..... Labor law, statistics, and other administration'
$9.2 Billion...... Public Service Act          
$-0.014 Billion…. Eliminated Employee Drug Tests
$1.00 Billion.... Agency of Cooperative Enterprises (see Act to encourage the growth of worker owned enterprises)
              
Atlasian Healthcare ($1261.14 Billion)              
$423.77 Billion... Senior Healthcare
$44.31 Billion.... Veteran Healthcare
$12.90 Billion.... Federal employees' and retired employees' health benefits  
$425.42 Billion... Medical Services
$338.85 Billion... Sliding Scale Subsidies
$15.89 Billion.... Healthcare Subsidy Office (HSO) and AtlasCare Office (ACO) Administration

Non-ANH Health Spending ($67.67 Billion)              
$24.25 Billion.... Disease control, public health and bioterrorism              
$28.48 Billion.... Health research and training              
$4.24 Billion..... Consumer and occupational health and safety            
$10.00 Billion…. Opioid Epidemic Commission
$0.3 Billion.... Comprehensive Opioid Response Act
$0.40 Billion.... Women's Health Protection Act
 
              
Civilian Retirement (Social Security excluded) ($138.16 Billion)              
$8.23 Billion..... Civilian retirement and disability insurance              
$129.93 Billion... Federal employee retirement and disability              
 
Social Security ($903.24 Billion)
$868.63 Billion... Social Security Outlays
$34.60 Billion.... Social Security Administration
            
Aid to Low-Income Families ($366.50 Billion)
$40.53 Billion.... Unemployment              
$39.98 Billion.... Housing assistance              
$99.44 Billion.... Food and Nutrition Assistance (Food Stamps + WIC)        
$169.01 Billion... Other aid to low-income families              
$17.54 Billion.... Social Services            
              
Administration of justice ($51.902 Billion)              
$27.157 Billion.... Federal law enforcement
$13.938 Billion.... Federal litigation and judicial activities              
$6.2687 Billion..... Federal prison system              
$4.24 Billion..... Criminal justice assistance  
$0.74 Billion..... Federal Penitentiary Reform Act Provisions      
$-0.432 Billion…. General Criminal Justice Savings
              
General government administration ($3.87 Billion)              
$3.66 Billion..... Legislative functions              
$0.45 Billion..... Executive office programs              
$12.03 Billion.... IRS & other fiscal operations              
$1.567 Billion..... Other general government              
$-13.20 Billion…. Government Efficiency Act
$-0.62 Billion…. Eliminated Penny
$0.002 Billion…. Mandatory Tampons in Restrooms
-$0.03 Billion.... Coin Composition Revision Act

One Time Coronavirus Stimulus spending ($5295.126 Billion)
$9.226 Billion.... Coronavirus Containment and Emergency Response Act
$4807 Billion.... Economic Stimulus Act of 2020
$478.90 Billion.... JOBS AND PAY DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC ACT

              
Interest on debt ($295.40 Billion)              
$295.40 Billion... Net Interest

Section 3: Balance

BASE REVENUE:     $ 4036.930 Billion
Inflation Accounting: *1.012
TOTAL REVENUE: $ 4085.37 Billion

Fixed Expenditures: $ 36.05 Billion
Variable Expenditures:  $ 4133.45 Billion
One time Expenditures: $ 5295.126 Billion
Interest on Debt: $ 295.40 Billion
BASE EXPENDITURES: $9760.026 Billion
Inflation Accounting: *1.012
TOTAL EXPENDITURES: $ 9877.15 Billion
BALANCE: $ -5791.78 Billion

Section 4: Miscellaneous regulations
1. This budget shall become enacted immediately after passage
2. This budget shall ordinarily remain in efect until the 31st of December, 2021
3. All previous bills that modify the existing tax rates are hereby amended, so that their tax rates match those from this budget
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« Reply #494 on: December 26, 2020, 03:25:17 PM »
« Edited: December 26, 2020, 05:48:05 PM by Senator Scott🔔 »

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A BILL
To implement a temporary universal basic income program for economic stabilization during the COVID-19 pandemic

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the COVID-19 Family and Essential Worker Security Act.

Section 2. COVID-19 Relief Bills for Individuals and Families

i.) Single adults who had an income of less than $75,000 in 2020 shall be eligible for a monthly non-taxable $2,000 check or a non-taxable $2,400 check for married and domestic partners. Families and couples who earn below $150,000 will receive a non-taxable $1,500 check plus an additional non-taxable $500 per child.

ii.) These checks shall be distributed upon the following month after enactment of this law through June of 2021. This stimulus program may be extended at the discretion of Congress.
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« Reply #495 on: January 12, 2021, 11:12:50 AM »

This may end up being a "Wishlist to Santa" kind of bill and/or possibly unconstitutional, but Yankee asked for more bills a while back so... Tongue

It's an idea I support, just one I don't think I am implementing well (there's no way a bill to break up big corporations would be that simple; or free for the government for that matter)

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A BILL
To break up big corporations and make mergers harder

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the Breaking Big Corporations Act.

Section 2. Breaking Up Big Tech Corporations
1a. Alphabet.inc is hereby dissolved into its constituent subsidiaries.
1b. Google LLC shall be further broken up into its constituent services. The Department of Internal Affairs may make exceptions to this on interatctivity purposes, but this shall not apply to Google Search, Google Mail, Google Advertisement, YouTube, Google Maps and Google Drive; all of which must remain separate companies after the enactment of this bill.
2a. Apple Inc. is hereby broken up into its constituent branches. The Department of Internal Affairs may make exceptions to this on interactivity purposes, but the phone and computer divisions must remain separate.
2b. All other subsidiaries of Apple Inc. must be broken up; with no exceptions
3. Facebook Inc. shall be broken up into its various constituent companies. All acquisitions made by Facebook Inc. over the past 10 years shall be broken up.
4. Amazon.com, Inc. shall be broken up into its several constituent services and subsidiaries
5. Microsoft Corporation is hereby broken up into its several products, subsidiaries and services.

Section 3. Breaking up non-Tech big corporations
1. Berkshire Hathaway, Inc is hereby broken up into its different subsidiaries
2. Johnson & Johnson is hereby broken up into its different subsidiaries
3. JPMorgan Chase is hereby broken up into its different subsidiaries
4. ExxonMobil is hereby broken up into its different subsidiaries
5. Wells Fargo is hereby broken up into its different subsidiaries

Section 4. Making mergers harder and protecting the new ecosystem
1. No 2 companies that descend from any of the companies broken up by this bill may merge together or be purchased by one another, under any circumstances
2. No 2 companies with a dollar market capitalization of over 10 billion dollars may be allowed to merge, or to purchase participation shares in each other.
3. Baidu; Alibaba; Tencent, Xiaomi, Huawei, DiDi, JD and ByteDance, as well as any other technological corporation headquartered in the People's Republic of China; is hereby banned from operating in the Republic of Atlasia, or any area under its jurisdiction
4. Any non technological corporation headquartered in the People's Republic of China must get an authorization from the Department of Internal Affairs in order to operate in the Republic of Atlasia beyond December 31st, 2022.
5. The Department of Internal Affairs may stop any foreign corporations from further operations in the Republic of Atlasia, or from investing in any company headquartered in the Republic of Atlasia with a 4 months notice; if said foreign corporations are found out to be harming the competition inside the Republic of Atlasia

Section 5. Enactment
1. This bill shall become enacted on April 1st, 2021

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« Reply #496 on: January 13, 2021, 12:15:27 AM »

Looking for a sponsor

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1. $5 billion in aid shall be appropriated to the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
a) Nothing in this legislation may be interpreted to appropriate repeat payments to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
2. Congress encourages the President to impose any and all necessary sanctions on the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, should it be clearly proven that the aid is used for improper purposes.
3. This legislation shall take effect immediately upon passage into law.
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« Reply #497 on: January 13, 2021, 02:56:25 AM »

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To authorize the President to reestablish the Civilian Conservation Corps as a means of providing gainful employment to unemployed and underemployed citizens of the Republic of Atlasia through the performance of useful public work, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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Section 1. Title

This legislation may be cited as the 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps Act.

Section 2. Establishment and Operation of Civilian Conservation Corp

(a) Establishment and Purpose- In order to relieve the acute condition of widespread distress and unemployment existing in the Republic of Atlasia and to provide for the restoration of depleted natural resources in the Republic of Atlasia and the advancement of an orderly program of useful public works, the President may establish and operate a Civilian Conservation Corps to employ citizens of the Republic of Atlasia, who are otherwise unemployed or underemployed, in the construction, maintenance, and carrying on of works of a public nature in connection with--

(1) the forestation of lands belonging to the Republic of Atlasia or a Region or State;

(2) the prevention of forest fires, floods, and soil erosion;

(3) plant pest and disease control;

(4) the construction, maintenance, or repair of paths, trails, and fire-lanes in units of the National Park System, public lands, and other lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior and units of the National Forest System; and

(5) such other work on Federal or State land incidental to or necessary in connection with any projects of the character enumerated in paragraphs (1) through (4) that the President determines to be desirable.

(b) Role of Federal Agencies- To operate the Civilian Conservation Corps, the President may utilize existing Federal departments and agencies, including the Department of Labor, the Department of Defense, the National Guard Bureau, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Federal governmental corporations.

(c) Inclusion of Other Lands- The President may extend the activities of the Civilian Conservation Corps to lands owned by a political subdivision of a Region or State and lands in private ownership, but only for the purpose of conducting such kinds of cooperation work as are otherwise authorized by law in preventing and controlling forest fires and the attacks of forest tree pests and diseases and such work as is necessary and in the public interest to control floods.

(d) Contract Authority- For the purpose of carrying out this Act, the President may enter into such contracts or agreements with Regions or States as may be necessary, including provisions for utilization of existing State administrative agencies.

(e) Acquisition of Real Property- The President, or the head of any department or agency authorized by the President to construct any project or to carry on any public works under this Act, may acquire real property for such project or public work by purchase, donation, condemnation, or otherwise.

Section 3. Administration of Civilian Conservation Corps.

(a) Employment Preference- If the President determines that amounts appropriated to carry out a Civilian Conservation Corps under this Act for a fiscal year will be insufficient to employ all of the citizens of the Republic of Atlasia described in section 2(a) who are seeking or likely to seek employment in the Civilian Conservation Corps and continue the employment of current employees who desire to remain in the Civilian Conservation Corps, the President shall employ additional persons in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the following order of preference:

(1) Unemployed veterans of the Armed Forces and unemployed members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces.

(2) Unemployed citizens who have exhausted their entitlement to unemployment compensation.

(3) Unemployed citizens, who immediately before employment in the Civilian Conservation Corps, are eligible for unemployment compensation payable under any State law or Federal unemployment compensation law, including any additional compensation or extended compensation under such laws.
     
(4) Other citizens described in section 2(a).

(b) Housing and Care of Employees- The President may provide housing for persons employed in the Civilian Conservation Corps and furnish them with such subsistence, clothing, medical attendance and hospitalization, and cash allowance, as may be necessary, during the period they are so employed.

(c) Transportation- The President may provide for the transportation of persons employed in the Civilian Conservation Corps to and from the places of employment.

(d) Non-Discrimination- In employing citizens for the Civilian Conservation Corps, no discrimination shall occur in accordance with Federal employment law; except that no individual under conviction for crime and serving sentence therefore shall be employed under the provisions of this Act.

Section 4. Authorization of Appropriations

(a) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be appropriated to the President $16,000,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2021 through 2024 to establish and operate a Civilian Conservation Corps under this Act.

(b) Use of Unobligated Funds Appropriated for Public Works-

(1) USE OF EXISTING FUNDS- The President may use any moneys previously appropriated for public works and unobligated as of the date of the enactment of this Act to establish and operate a Civilian Conservation Corps under this Act.

(2) USE TO RELIEVE UNEMPLOYMENT- Not less than 80 percent of the funds utilized pursuant to paragraph (1) must be used to provide for the employment of individuals under this Act.

(3) EXCEPTIONS- Paragraph (1) does not apply to--

(A) unobligated moneys appropriated for public works on which actual construction has been commenced as of the date of the enactment of this Act or may be commenced within 90 days after that date; and

(B) maintenance funds for river and harbor improvements already allocated as of the date of the enactment of this Act.

(c) Duration of Availability- Amounts appropriated pursuant to the authorization of appropriations in subsection (a) or made available under subsection (b) shall remain available until expended.

Section 5. Termination

The authority of the President to establish and operate a Civilian Conservation Corps under this Act expires on September 30, 2022.
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« Reply #498 on: January 16, 2021, 02:11:09 PM »

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A BILL
To secure the stability of a Latin American ally
Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress assembled
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1. $5 billion in aid shall be appropriated to the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
a) Nothing in this legislation may be interpreted to appropriate repeat payments to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
2. Congress encourages the President to impose any and all necessary sanctions on the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, should it be clearly proven that the aid is used for improper purposes.
3. This legislation shall take effect immediately upon passage into law.

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End Fire & Re-hire

1.) It is hereby unlawful for any employee to fire or dismiss an employee for the purposes of re-employing them on weaker terms and conditons for their employment.

1B.) Terms and conditions hereby refer to either the salary, wage or the additonal conditions of their contractual employment including but not limited to paid or unpaid leave, contracted hours or workplace breaks.
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