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« on: July 06, 2018, 01:29:10 pm »

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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2018, 01:40:27 am »

Mr. President, the following bill has arrived on your desk:
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Act of Congress

To require reporting on acts of certain foreign countries on Holocaust era assets and related issues.

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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Section I:  TITLE

1:  This law shall be referred to as the Justice for Atlasian Survivors Act.

Section II:  REPORT ON HOLOCAUST ERA ASSETS AND RELATED ISSUES

1: Definitions.  In this section:
     A. Covered Countries:  The term ‘‘covered countries’’ means participants in the 2009 Holocaust Era Assets Conference that are determined by the Secretary of State, or the Secretary’s designee, in consultation with expert nongovernmental organizations, to be countries of particular concern relative to the issues listed in subsection (2).
     B. Wrongfully seized or transferred:  The term ‘‘wrongfully seized or transferred’’ includes confiscations, expropriations, nationalizations, forced sales or transfers, and sales or transfers under duress during the Holocaust era or the period of Communist rule of a covered country. (2)

2:  Report.  No later than 3 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State, in coordination with the Game Moderator shall submit a report to the Senate and House in their foreign affairs roles that assesses and describes the nature and extent of national laws and enforceable policies of covered countries regarding the identification and the return of or restitution for wrongfully seized or transferred Holocaust era assets consistent with, and evaluated with respect to, the goals and objectives of the 2009 Holocaust Era Assets Conference, including:  
     A. The return to the rightful owner of any property, including religious or communal property, that was wrongfully seized or transferred;
     B. If return of any property described in paragraph (A) is no longer possible, the provision of comparable substitute property or the payment of equitable compensation to the rightful owner in accordance with principles of justice and through an expeditious claims-driven administrative process that is just, transparent, and fair;
     C. In the case of heirless property, the provision of property or compensation to assist needy Holocaust survivors, to support Holocaust education, and for other purposes;
     D. The extent to which such laws and policies are implemented and enforced in practice, including through any applicable administrative or judicial processes; and
     E. To the extent practicable, the mechanism for and an overview of progress toward the resolution of claims for Atlasian citizen Holocaust survivors and Atlasian citizen family members of Holocaust victims.

3:  View of Congress:  It is the view of Congress that after the submission of the report described in subsection (2), the Secretary of State should continue to report to Congress on Holocaust era assets and related issues in a manner that is consistent with the manner in which the Department of State reported on such matters before the date of the enactment of the Act.

Section III:  Effective Date

1:  This act shall take effect immediately.

People's Regional Senate:
Passed 6-0-0 in the Atlasian Senate assembled on May 15 2018.
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Passed 6-0-3 in the Atlasian House assembled on July 7th 2018.



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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2018, 01:49:47 am »

Signing Statement
As I said in the House debate, we can easily forget with the passage of time horrific events especially when they have occurred previous to living memory. We owe it to the ages to ensure that we remember these tragedies of the past so that we may never again have to experience the horror of such events. When it comes to the holocaust, their remains a great number of people whose property remains scattered after having been stolen by the Nazis or by the power war governments in the Eastern block. It is my hope that in signing this bill, we will hopefully achieve progress in restoring some of this property and bringing into being greater compliance with the 2009 Holocaust Era Assets Conference.

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Act of Congress

To require reporting on acts of certain foreign countries on Holocaust era assets and related issues.

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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Section I:  TITLE

1:  This law shall be referred to as the Justice for Atlasian Survivors Act.

Section II:  REPORT ON HOLOCAUST ERA ASSETS AND RELATED ISSUES

1: Definitions.  In this section:
     A. Covered Countries:  The term ‘‘covered countries’’ means participants in the 2009 Holocaust Era Assets Conference that are determined by the Secretary of State, or the Secretary’s designee, in consultation with expert nongovernmental organizations, to be countries of particular concern relative to the issues listed in subsection (2).
     B. Wrongfully seized or transferred:  The term ‘‘wrongfully seized or transferred’’ includes confiscations, expropriations, nationalizations, forced sales or transfers, and sales or transfers under duress during the Holocaust era or the period of Communist rule of a covered country. (2)

2:  Report.  No later than 3 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State, in coordination with the Game Moderator shall submit a report to the Senate and House in their foreign affairs roles that assesses and describes the nature and extent of national laws and enforceable policies of covered countries regarding the identification and the return of or restitution for wrongfully seized or transferred Holocaust era assets consistent with, and evaluated with respect to, the goals and objectives of the 2009 Holocaust Era Assets Conference, including:  
     A. The return to the rightful owner of any property, including religious or communal property, that was wrongfully seized or transferred;
     B. If return of any property described in paragraph (A) is no longer possible, the provision of comparable substitute property or the payment of equitable compensation to the rightful owner in accordance with principles of justice and through an expeditious claims-driven administrative process that is just, transparent, and fair;
     C. In the case of heirless property, the provision of property or compensation to assist needy Holocaust survivors, to support Holocaust education, and for other purposes;
     D. The extent to which such laws and policies are implemented and enforced in practice, including through any applicable administrative or judicial processes; and
     E. To the extent practicable, the mechanism for and an overview of progress toward the resolution of claims for Atlasian citizen Holocaust survivors and Atlasian citizen family members of Holocaust victims.

3:  View of Congress:  It is the view of Congress that after the submission of the report described in subsection (2), the Secretary of State should continue to report to Congress on Holocaust era assets and related issues in a manner that is consistent with the manner in which the Department of State reported on such matters before the date of the enactment of the Act.

Section III:  Effective Date

1:  This act shall take effect immediately.

People's Regional Senate:
Passed 6-0-0 in the Atlasian Senate assembled on May 15 2018.
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People's House of Representatives
Passed 6-0-3 in the Atlasian House assembled on July 7th 2018.



President of Congress
Be it enacted,


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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2018, 03:31:21 am »

Quote from: Executive Order #001
Executive Action
To appoint members to the National Security Council


In compliance with the terms of Executive Order #007 of the Blair Administration, the following are appointed to serve as members of the National Security Council (NSC):

Primary Members:
Secretary of State Mr. Reactionary
Secretary of Internal Affairs Rfayette
Senator Haslam2020
Senator Not Madigan

Former Presidents:
Representative Fhtagn

Support Staff:
Vice President Dfwlibertylover
Chief of Staff Vern1988
Legislative Affairs Director Sestak



In keeping with my policy in my last administration, I am including the most recent President(s) for continuity purposes as "affiliate members", I am also including the Vice President, Chief of Staff and Legislative Affairs since all three provide essential support functions, especially related to organizing these meetings and achieving Congressional passage of stuff. Once the Attorney General situation is "settled", the AG will serve as a primary member as well. Only the primary members will receive the regular reports, but the affiliates and support staff shall be authorized to review such materials. All members, affiliate or otherwise, will be subject to statutory restrictions on the dissemination of classified information and subject to prosecution for violations.

Quote from: Executive Order #002
Executive Action
To create a Domestic Policy Council

In order to elevate the discussion and interaction with both the Game Moderator and the Regional Executives on domestic policy matters to the level that exists on foreign policy, a Domestic Policy Council (DPC) is hereby created. This council will be charged with reviewing economic and domestic reports of the Game Moderator and responding to the same, as well as coordinating responses to such with the cabinet and the Executives of the many regions. The council shall also be charged with composing the Budget Proposal to be submitted to Congress.



Quote from: Executive Order #003
Executive Action
To appoint members to the Domestic Policy Council

In compliance with Executive Order #002 of the NC Yankee Administration, the following are appointed to the Domestic Policy Council:

Secretary of Internal Affairs Rfayette
Fmr. Senator TedBessell
Spark498
Lincoln Speaker LouisvilleThunder

Support Staff
Vice President Dfwlibertylover
Chief of Staff Vern1988
Legislative Affairs Director Sestak



I will note the DPC is a work in progress and its responsibilities and membership shall be subject to change as we work out the kinks. If you haven't received a position at this stage, your applications will be kept on file and may be considered when such changes occur or future vacancies transpire.

Quote from: Executive Order #004
Executive Action
To create a Reform Council

In order to review and consider possible reforms to the game, game engine, government structure, cabinet, wiki, election and voting laws, I hereby create the Reform Council.



Quote from: Executive Order #005
Executive Action
To appoint members to the Reform Council

In compliance with Executive Order #004 of the NC Yankee Administration, the following are appointed to the Reform Advisory Council:

Secretary of Federal Elections/RG Peebs
National Archivist WxTransit
Senator NotMadigan
Secretary of Internal Affairs Rfayette

Affiliate Membership
Former President Adam Griffin

Support Staff
Vice President Dfwlibertylover
Chief of Staff Vern1988
Legislative Affairs Director Sestak


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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2018, 01:42:49 am »

Quote from: Executive Order #006
Executive Action
To fill the position of Attorney General left vacant upon TJ in Cleve's resignation, the following nomination is made and sent to the Senate for confirmation


Former Associate Justice Dereich is hereby nominated to the position of Attorney General of the Republic of Atlasia.


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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2018, 04:50:57 pm »

Mr. President, the following Bill has passed both Houses of Congress and is now on your desk:

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Act of Congress

To restore sanity to environmental regulation

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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SECTION I: TITLE

1. This law shall be referred to as the Environmental Regulations Act.

SECTION II: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS

1. Any federal agency or Regional, State, local, or Tribal agency receiving federal funds which is required to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) may instead choose to offer an EIS, or portions thereof, conducted by another federal, Regional, State, local, or Tribal agency, provided the Environmental impact study being offered is less than 8 years old and is substantially similar to the new study the government would otherwise be required to conduct. An older EIS is substantially similar, when it: a) involves the same type of governmental act for which the new EIS is required b.) addresses general environmental factors that must be considered c.) does not omit discussion of any local environmental factors which must be considered d.) includes proposed alternative actions which are feasible for the new project, and 5.) has not be retracted by the issuing agency. Nothing in this paragraph shall eliminate the requirement that a government must provide notice and an opportunity for the public to comment prior to the conclusion of a complete environmental review. 42 U.S.C. § 4331 - 4335 and 40 CFR 1502 shall be amended accordingly.
2. The EPA shall publish all science used in rulemakings prior to publishing any final rule.

SECTION III: REGULATORY SAFE HARBORS

1. Any small farming enterprise or non-commercial farming enterprise which is found to be a source of soil or fertilizer pollution introduced into a stream, lake, or river, shall not be prosecuted for violating the Clean Water Act, provided the pollution is shown by a preponderance of the evidence to be the inevitable result of wind, rain, or other natural phenomena beyond the immediate control of the small or non-commercial farming enterprise, and that adopting mitigative farming methods was not practicable. For the purposes of this act, a small farming enterprise is any collective which grows plants (excluding trees harvested for timber but including edible mushrooms) or which raises or breeds animals, and which earns a net of $75,000.00 or less per year on the sale of the plants or animals produced. A non-commercial farming enterprise is any collective which grows plants (excluding trees harvested for timber but including edible mushrooms) or which raises or breeds animals, and does not sell any of the plants or animals produced. Nothing in this paragraph shall limit a private property owner from filing a civil action against a small or non-commercial farming enterprise. 33 U.S.C. § 1319 shall be amended accordingly.
2. Common Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards for motor vehicles sold in Atlasia are hereby repealed. 49 U.S. Code § 32902 and 49 CFR 531.5 shall be amended accordingly.
3. BOEM is hereby granted the authority to require all new drilling platforms licensed in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Atlasia to have functional acoustic shutoff switches. BOEM shall promulgate and publish such regulations by January 1, 2020.
4. Water Vapor shall not be subject to Clean Air Act regulations. 42 U.S.C. § 7409 and 42 U.S.C. § 7412 shall be amended accordingly.

SECTION IV: REVENUE ADJUSTMENTS

1.  An excise tax on the sale by the manufacturer, producer, or importer of the following chemical feedstocks is hereby imposed:
     a. Acetylene at $4.87 per ton,
     b. Ammonia at $2.64 per ton excepting fertilizer
     c. Antimony at $4.45 per ton,
     d. Antimony Trioxide at $3.75 per ton,
     e. Arsenic at $4.45 per ton,
     f. Arsenic Trioxide at $3.41 per ton,
     g. Barium Sulfide at $2.30 per ton excepting transitory existence in metal refining,
     h. Benzene at $4.87 per ton,
     i. Bromine at $4.45 per ton,
     j. Butadiene at $4.87 per ton,
     k. Butane at $4.87 per ton excepting fuel,
     l. Butylene at $4.87 per ton,
     m. Cadmium at $4.45 per ton,
     n. Chlorine at $2.70 per ton,
     o. Chromite at $1.52 per ton,
     p. Chromium at $4.45 per ton,
     q. Cobalt at $4.45 per ton,
     r. Cupric Oxide at $3.59 per ton excepting transitory existence in metal refining,
     s. Cupric Sulfate at $1.87 per ton excepting transitory existence in metal refining,
     t. Cuprous Oxide at $3.97 per ton excepting transitory existence in metal refining,
     u. Ethylene at $4.87 per ton,
     v. Hydrochloric Acid at 29¢ per ton,
     w. Hydrogen Fluoride at $4.23 per ton,
     x. Lead Oxide at $4.14 per ton excepting transitory existence in metal refining,
     y. Mercury at $4.45 per ton,
     z. Methane at $3.44 excepting fuel and fertilizer,
     aa. Napthalene at $4.87, Nickel at $4.45 per ton,
     bb. Nitric Acid at 24¢ per ton excepting fertilizer,
     cc. Phosphorous at $4.45 per ton,
     dd. Potassium Dichromate at $1.69 per ton,
     ee. Potassium Hydroxide at 22¢ per ton,
     ff. Propylene at $4.87,
     gg. Sodium Dichromate at $1.87 per ton,
     hh. Sodium Hydroxide at 28¢ per ton,
     ii. Stannic Chloride at $2.12 per ton,
     jj. Stannous Chloride at $2.85,
     kk. Sulfuric Acid at 26¢ per ton excepting fertilizer and byproducts of air pollution control,
     ll. Toluene at $4.87,
     mm. Xylene at $4.87,
     nn. Zinc Chloride at $2.22 excepting transitory existence in metal refining,
     oo. Zinc Sulfate at $1.90 excepting transitory existence in metal refining.
All tax revenue collected under this excise tax shall be deposited into the Superfund for use in cleaning up federally owned sites or orphaned sites listed on the National Priorities List for CERCLA contamination violations. These taxes shall expire on January 1, 2023 unless otherwise renewed by Congress.
2. The Oil Spill Liability tax on imported crude oil and petroleum products shall be increased to 10¢ per barrel excepting diluted bitumen, which shall be taxed at 13.5¢ per barrel. 26 U.S.C. § 4611 shall be amended accordingly.
3. The Leaking Underground Storage Tank tax on crude oil and petroleum products shall be increased to 0.2¢ per gallon. 26 U.S. Code § 404 shall be amended accordingly.
4. The user fee for filing Pre-Manufacture Notices (PMNs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act shall be increased as follows:
     a. For intermediate chemicals to $1,200 per notice
     b. For nonexempt entities to $2,700 per notice
    c. For qualified small businesses to $150 per notice
5. A civil penalty of $500.00 shall be imposed on any person convicted of obstructing or interfering with a lawful pipeline inspection by PHMSA.  
6. The authority of the Army Corps of Engineers to receive local government funds to expedite CWA permit processing shall be permanently extended.

SECTION V: PHMSA REGULATIONS

1. PHMSA is hereby granted the authority to set minimum safety standards for gaseous carbon dioxide pipelines and liquid chlorine pipelines which cross Regional or international boundaries. PHMSA shall promulgate and publish such regulations by January 1, 2020.
2. PHMSA is hereby granted the authority to set minimum naphtha blend requirements for diluted bitumen transported by pipelines which cross Regional or international boundaries. PHMSA shall promulgate and publish such regulations by January 1, 2020.
3. PHMSA is hereby granted the authority to require the owner or operator of any pipeline which crosses Regional or international boundaries to provide PHMSA with geospatial data on the location of pipeline. PHMSA shall promulgate and publish such regulations by January 1, 2020.
4. PHMSA is hereby granted the authority to require pipelines which cross Regional or international boundaries to retrofit each pipeline lacking such with an automatic or remote-controlled excess flow shut-off valve. PHMSA shall promulgate and publish such regulations by January 1, 2022.

SECTION VI: EFFECTIVE DATE

1. This act shall take effect immediately. No lawsuit to enforce the provisions of the law shall be justiciable in any federal or Regional court until 90 days after this law takes effect.

People's Regional Senate:
Passed 4-1-1 in the Atlasian Senate assembled on May 27 2018.
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People's House of Representatives
Passed 8-0 in the Atlasian House Assembled on July 9th 2018,



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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2018, 06:17:52 pm »

Mr. President, the following Bill has passed both Houses of Congress and is now on your desk:

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Act of Congress

To restore sanity to copyright duration

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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SECTION I: TITLE

1. This law shall be referred to as the Copyright Fairness Act.

SECTION II: COPYRIGHT DURATION

1. The duration of copyrights on any work created on or after the date of passage of this bill shall endure for the life of the author and 20 years after author’s death, subject to filing a renewal application with the Patent and Trademark Office or its successor after 40 years.  In the event that the holder of a copyright does not timely file a renewal application within the 40th year of the copyright, the copyright in question shall automatically expire and enter the public domain.

2. In the case of a joint work prepared by two or more authors who did not work for hire, the copyright shall endure for the lives of all authors and 20 years after the last surviving author’s death, subject to filing a renewal application with the Patent and Trademark Office or its successor after 40 years.  In the event that the holder of a copyright does not timely file a renewal application within the 40th year of the copyright, the copyright in question shall automatically expire and enter the public domain.

3. In the case of an anonymous work, a pseudonymous work, or a work made for hire, the copyright shall endure for 40 years, however a work made for hire shall be eligible for a 10 year renewal upon the filing of a timely application with the Patent and Trademark Office or its successor within the 40th year of the copyright. In the event that the holder of a copyright does not timely file a renewal application within the 40th year of the copyright, the copyright in question shall automatically expire and enter the public domain.

4. No work subject to an expired or deficient copyright shall be removed from the public domain after the expiration or invalidation of its copyright.

5. 17 U.S.C. § 302 shall be amended accordingly.

SECTION III: EFFECTIVE DATE

1. This act shall take effect immediately.

People's Regional Senate:
Passed 6-0-0 in the Atlasian Senate assembled on May 15 2018.

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People's House of Representatives
Passed 8-0 in the Atlasian House Assembled on July 10th 2018,



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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2018, 07:32:43 pm »

Signing Statement
Before I am signing the Environmental Regulations Act, in it, we make great strides to ease burdens on smaller farmers and similar operations, while at the same time making sure we hold polluters accountable for the clean up of spill sites. We must take great care to balance economic interests with those of preserving and conserving our environment, our natural resources and the pristine beauty that is our natural landscape and living space. I am confident that this bill moves us in the right direction.


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Act of Congress

To restore sanity to environmental regulation

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
Quote
SECTION I: TITLE

1. This law shall be referred to as the Environmental Regulations Act.

SECTION II: ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS

1. Any federal agency or Regional, State, local, or Tribal agency receiving federal funds which is required to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) may instead choose to offer an EIS, or portions thereof, conducted by another federal, Regional, State, local, or Tribal agency, provided the Environmental impact study being offered is less than 8 years old and is substantially similar to the new study the government would otherwise be required to conduct. An older EIS is substantially similar, when it: a) involves the same type of governmental act for which the new EIS is required b.) addresses general environmental factors that must be considered c.) does not omit discussion of any local environmental factors which must be considered d.) includes proposed alternative actions which are feasible for the new project, and 5.) has not be retracted by the issuing agency. Nothing in this paragraph shall eliminate the requirement that a government must provide notice and an opportunity for the public to comment prior to the conclusion of a complete environmental review. 42 U.S.C. § 4331 - 4335 and 40 CFR 1502 shall be amended accordingly.
2. The EPA shall publish all science used in rulemakings prior to publishing any final rule.

SECTION III: REGULATORY SAFE HARBORS

1. Any small farming enterprise or non-commercial farming enterprise which is found to be a source of soil or fertilizer pollution introduced into a stream, lake, or river, shall not be prosecuted for violating the Clean Water Act, provided the pollution is shown by a preponderance of the evidence to be the inevitable result of wind, rain, or other natural phenomena beyond the immediate control of the small or non-commercial farming enterprise, and that adopting mitigative farming methods was not practicable. For the purposes of this act, a small farming enterprise is any collective which grows plants (excluding trees harvested for timber but including edible mushrooms) or which raises or breeds animals, and which earns a net of $75,000.00 or less per year on the sale of the plants or animals produced. A non-commercial farming enterprise is any collective which grows plants (excluding trees harvested for timber but including edible mushrooms) or which raises or breeds animals, and does not sell any of the plants or animals produced. Nothing in this paragraph shall limit a private property owner from filing a civil action against a small or non-commercial farming enterprise. 33 U.S.C. § 1319 shall be amended accordingly.
2. Common Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards for motor vehicles sold in Atlasia are hereby repealed. 49 U.S. Code § 32902 and 49 CFR 531.5 shall be amended accordingly.
3. BOEM is hereby granted the authority to require all new drilling platforms licensed in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Atlasia to have functional acoustic shutoff switches. BOEM shall promulgate and publish such regulations by January 1, 2020.
4. Water Vapor shall not be subject to Clean Air Act regulations. 42 U.S.C. § 7409 and 42 U.S.C. § 7412 shall be amended accordingly.

SECTION IV: REVENUE ADJUSTMENTS

1.  An excise tax on the sale by the manufacturer, producer, or importer of the following chemical feedstocks is hereby imposed:
     a. Acetylene at $4.87 per ton,
     b. Ammonia at $2.64 per ton excepting fertilizer
     c. Antimony at $4.45 per ton,
     d. Antimony Trioxide at $3.75 per ton,
     e. Arsenic at $4.45 per ton,
     f. Arsenic Trioxide at $3.41 per ton,
     g. Barium Sulfide at $2.30 per ton excepting transitory existence in metal refining,
     h. Benzene at $4.87 per ton,
     i. Bromine at $4.45 per ton,
     j. Butadiene at $4.87 per ton,
     k. Butane at $4.87 per ton excepting fuel,
     l. Butylene at $4.87 per ton,
     m. Cadmium at $4.45 per ton,
     n. Chlorine at $2.70 per ton,
     o. Chromite at $1.52 per ton,
     p. Chromium at $4.45 per ton,
     q. Cobalt at $4.45 per ton,
     r. Cupric Oxide at $3.59 per ton excepting transitory existence in metal refining,
     s. Cupric Sulfate at $1.87 per ton excepting transitory existence in metal refining,
     t. Cuprous Oxide at $3.97 per ton excepting transitory existence in metal refining,
     u. Ethylene at $4.87 per ton,
     v. Hydrochloric Acid at 29¢ per ton,
     w. Hydrogen Fluoride at $4.23 per ton,
     x. Lead Oxide at $4.14 per ton excepting transitory existence in metal refining,
     y. Mercury at $4.45 per ton,
     z. Methane at $3.44 excepting fuel and fertilizer,
     aa. Napthalene at $4.87, Nickel at $4.45 per ton,
     bb. Nitric Acid at 24¢ per ton excepting fertilizer,
     cc. Phosphorous at $4.45 per ton,
     dd. Potassium Dichromate at $1.69 per ton,
     ee. Potassium Hydroxide at 22¢ per ton,
     ff. Propylene at $4.87,
     gg. Sodium Dichromate at $1.87 per ton,
     hh. Sodium Hydroxide at 28¢ per ton,
     ii. Stannic Chloride at $2.12 per ton,
     jj. Stannous Chloride at $2.85,
     kk. Sulfuric Acid at 26¢ per ton excepting fertilizer and byproducts of air pollution control,
     ll. Toluene at $4.87,
     mm. Xylene at $4.87,
     nn. Zinc Chloride at $2.22 excepting transitory existence in metal refining,
     oo. Zinc Sulfate at $1.90 excepting transitory existence in metal refining.
All tax revenue collected under this excise tax shall be deposited into the Superfund for use in cleaning up federally owned sites or orphaned sites listed on the National Priorities List for CERCLA contamination violations. These taxes shall expire on January 1, 2023 unless otherwise renewed by Congress.
2. The Oil Spill Liability tax on imported crude oil and petroleum products shall be increased to 10¢ per barrel excepting diluted bitumen, which shall be taxed at 13.5¢ per barrel. 26 U.S.C. § 4611 shall be amended accordingly.
3. The Leaking Underground Storage Tank tax on crude oil and petroleum products shall be increased to 0.2¢ per gallon. 26 U.S. Code § 404 shall be amended accordingly.
4. The user fee for filing Pre-Manufacture Notices (PMNs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act shall be increased as follows:
     a. For intermediate chemicals to $1,200 per notice
     b. For nonexempt entities to $2,700 per notice
    c. For qualified small businesses to $150 per notice
5. A civil penalty of $500.00 shall be imposed on any person convicted of obstructing or interfering with a lawful pipeline inspection by PHMSA.  
6. The authority of the Army Corps of Engineers to receive local government funds to expedite CWA permit processing shall be permanently extended.

SECTION V: PHMSA REGULATIONS

1. PHMSA is hereby granted the authority to set minimum safety standards for gaseous carbon dioxide pipelines and liquid chlorine pipelines which cross Regional or international boundaries. PHMSA shall promulgate and publish such regulations by January 1, 2020.
2. PHMSA is hereby granted the authority to set minimum naphtha blend requirements for diluted bitumen transported by pipelines which cross Regional or international boundaries. PHMSA shall promulgate and publish such regulations by January 1, 2020.
3. PHMSA is hereby granted the authority to require the owner or operator of any pipeline which crosses Regional or international boundaries to provide PHMSA with geospatial data on the location of pipeline. PHMSA shall promulgate and publish such regulations by January 1, 2020.
4. PHMSA is hereby granted the authority to require pipelines which cross Regional or international boundaries to retrofit each pipeline lacking such with an automatic or remote-controlled excess flow shut-off valve. PHMSA shall promulgate and publish such regulations by January 1, 2022.

SECTION VI: EFFECTIVE DATE

1. This act shall take effect immediately. No lawsuit to enforce the provisions of the law shall be justiciable in any federal or Regional court until 90 days after this law takes effect.

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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2018, 07:43:11 pm »

Signing Statement -

One of the most important institutions for any strong economy is to have strong and effective safe guards for intellectual property. These protect investments and ensure to the creative classes the ability to earn a return on investments. However there is and should be reasonable limits to the duration of this protection. Therefore I support the below Act, and having voted for it as a member of the House, I now take the step of signing it into law as President.

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SECTION I: TITLE

1. This law shall be referred to as the Copyright Fairness Act.

SECTION II: COPYRIGHT DURATION

1. The duration of copyrights on any work created on or after the date of passage of this bill shall endure for the life of the author and 20 years after author’s death, subject to filing a renewal application with the Patent and Trademark Office or its successor after 40 years.  In the event that the holder of a copyright does not timely file a renewal application within the 40th year of the copyright, the copyright in question shall automatically expire and enter the public domain.

2. In the case of a joint work prepared by two or more authors who did not work for hire, the copyright shall endure for the lives of all authors and 20 years after the last surviving author’s death, subject to filing a renewal application with the Patent and Trademark Office or its successor after 40 years.  In the event that the holder of a copyright does not timely file a renewal application within the 40th year of the copyright, the copyright in question shall automatically expire and enter the public domain.

3. In the case of an anonymous work, a pseudonymous work, or a work made for hire, the copyright shall endure for 40 years, however a work made for hire shall be eligible for a 10 year renewal upon the filing of a timely application with the Patent and Trademark Office or its successor within the 40th year of the copyright. In the event that the holder of a copyright does not timely file a renewal application within the 40th year of the copyright, the copyright in question shall automatically expire and enter the public domain.

4. No work subject to an expired or deficient copyright shall be removed from the public domain after the expiration or invalidation of its copyright.

5. 17 U.S.C. § 302 shall be amended accordingly.

SECTION III: EFFECTIVE DATE

1. This act shall take effect immediately.

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« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2018, 11:50:16 pm »

Mr. President, the following bill has arrived on your desk:
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Section 1. Naming
1. This bill is to be titled: Au Revoir To Useless Coins Act or the Penny Removal Act.

Section 2. Framework
1. The penny coin shall cease to be minted at all American coinage mints.

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« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2018, 02:40:17 am »

Quote from: Executive Order #007
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To ensure House passage of the War Powers Amendment in compliance with the Congressional Amendment Explanation Act

The House emergency slot is hereby authorized for the purposes of an emergency up or down vote on the text of the War Powers Amendment, as previously passed but containing the explanation portion that was accidentally removed from the text when brought before the House.


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« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2018, 03:59:02 am »

Redraft Statement

While Congressional leaders have the authority to correct for mistakes of this nature, without even doing an amendment in fact, The President has no such power. The only way I can fix the fact that this bill says "American" instead of "Atlasian" is to submit a Redraft.

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Section 1. Naming
1. This bill is to be titled: Au Revoir To Useless Coins Act or the Penny Removal Act.

Section 2. Framework
1. The penny coin shall cease to be minted at all American coinage mints.

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VETOED AND REDRAFTED

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Be it enacted in both houses of Congress Assembled,
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Section 1. Naming
1. This bill is to be titled: Au Revoir To Useless Coins Act or the Penny Removal Act.

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1. The penny coin shall cease to be minted at all Atlasian coinage mints.

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Passed 6-0-0 in the Atlasian Senate assembled on May 26th 2018.
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« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2018, 07:24:46 pm »

Mr. President, the following bill has arrived on your desk:

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To provide that uses of Artificial Intelligence to replace a human in a phone call must be disclosed

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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Section 1. Naming
1. This law shall be referred to as the Ethical Disclosure of Artificial Intelligence Act, 2018, and may be additionally referred to as the Ethical Disclosure of Artificial Intelligence Act.

Section 2. Framework
1. A use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as an auditory replacement for a human response must be clearly disclosed, specifically through an auditory recording that states this fact.
2. This recording must be played before every use of AI.

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« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2018, 07:43:50 pm »

SIGNING STATEMENT
I find these calls to be annoying as all get out and therefore I am very supportive of measures to disclose whether or not it is a human or Mr. Robotoman that I am speaking to.


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To provide that uses of Artificial Intelligence to replace a human in a phone call must be disclosed

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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Section 1. Naming
1. This law shall be referred to as the Ethical Disclosure of Artificial Intelligence Act, 2018, and may be additionally referred to as the Ethical Disclosure of Artificial Intelligence Act.

Section 2. Framework
1. A use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as an auditory replacement for a human response must be clearly disclosed, specifically through an auditory recording that states this fact.
2. This recording must be played before every use of AI.

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« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2018, 09:53:28 pm »

Mr. President, the following bill has arrived on your desk:

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To support Israel, as a major Atlasian ally, by encouraging cybersecurity, allowing for anti-missile defense, and supporting space cooperation.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Republic of Atlasia assembled,
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Supporting Israeli Security through Rearmament, Aeronautics, and Electronic Legitimacy Act” or the "Supporting I.S.R.A.E.L. Act".

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds the following:

(1) The Jewish State of Israel, as a close and indispensable ally of Atlasia, with whom the Atlasian Republic enjoys mutually beneficial military, intelligence, homeland security, scientific, technological, and other cooperation, deserves all necessary assistance to defend itself and its citizens from the many threats that it continues to face.

(2) The State of Israel has been under grave threat and frequent attack from missiles, rockets, and mortar shells fired at Israeli civilian targets by militants from the foreign terrorist organization Hamas on its southern border and by the foreign terrorist organization Hezbollah on its northern border, which have killed, wounded, or inflicted psychological trauma on countless Israelis.

(3) On February 27, 2017, Hamas launched several high-trajectory rocket attacks on the Western Negev. This followed numerous rocket launches over the last two-and-a-half years since Operation Protective Edge.

(4) Experts estimate that Hamas has thousands of rockets in its arsenal.

(5) Hezbollah has a missile arsenal of 120,000 to 150,000 short- and medium-range rockets, along with approximately 20,000 active duty forces, many of whom gained combat experience in Syria.

(6) Hezbollah also possesses anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles, thousands of anti-tank missiles, and an increasing fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles.

(7) Iran continues to test ballistic missile technology in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015).

(Cool Atlasia remains committed to Israel’s qualitative military edge, including its advantage over non-state actors such as Hamas and Hezbollah and against enemies like Iran.

(9) Atlasia can help to advance its own vital national security interests and the cause of peace by supporting Israel’s ability to defend itself against rocket, missile, and other threats.

(10) In the face of threats from its neighbors and non-state actors, Israel historically has sought the means to defend itself, by itself.

(11) Atlasia has promised to provide up to $40 billion to Israel over a ten-year period. Such agreement applies to funding in 2018 and 2019.

(12) authorized in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) supports and coordinates Atlasian Government research in aeronautics, human exploration and operations, science, and space technology;

(13) established in 1983, the Israel Space Agency (ISA) supports the growth of Israel’s space industry by supporting academic research, technological innovation, and educational activities;

(14) the mutual interest of the Atlasia and Israel in space exploration affords both nations an opportunity to leverage their unique abilities to advance scientific discovery;

(15) in 1996, NASA and the ISA entered into their first agreement outlining areas of mutual cooperation, which remained in force until 2005;

(16) since 1996, NASA and the ISA have successfully cooperated on many space programs supporting the Global Positioning System and research related to the sun, earth science, and the environment;

(17) the bond between NASA and the ISA was permanently forged on February 1, 2003, with the loss of the crew of STS–107 including Israeli Astronaut Ilan Ramon;

(18) the Atlasian-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 (Public Law 113–296) designated Israel as a Major Strategic Partner of Atlasia; and

(19) on October 13, 2015, Atlasia and Israel signed the Framework Agreement between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of Atlasia and the Israel Space Agency for Cooperation in Aeronautics and the Exploration and Use of Airspace and Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes.

SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION OF ASSISTANCE TO ISRAEL FOR ANTI-MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS

(a) The President, acting through the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State, is authorized to provide assistance, upon request of the Government of Israel, for the development, maintenance, enhancement, and sustainment, and procurement of anti-missile defense systems.

(b) There is authorized to be appropriated to the President to carry out this section $500,000,000 for fiscal year 2018, of which is part of and not in addition to the more than $4 Billion appropriated towards Israel in Atlasian Foreign Military Assistance.

SEC. 4. CONTINUING COOPERATION.

(a) The Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration shall continue to work with the Israel Space Agency to identify and cooperatively pursue peaceful space exploration and science initiatives in areas of mutual interest, taking all appropriate measures to protect sensitive information, intellectual property, trade secrets, and economic interests of Atlasia.

SEC. 5. ATLASIAN-ISRAEL CYBERSECURITY COOPERATION.

(a) Grant program -

    (1)The Secretary of State, in accordance with the agreement entitled the Agreement between the Government of the Atlasia and the Government of the State of Israel on Cooperation in Science and Technology for Homeland Security Matters, shall establish a grant program at the Department to support—
        (A) cybersecurity research and development; and
        (B) demonstration and commercialization of cybersecurity technology.

    (2) Requirements:
        (A) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in carrying out a research, development, demonstration, or commercial application program or activity that is authorized under this section, the Secretary shall require cost sharing in accordance with this paragraph.
        (B) Research and development -
            (i) Except as provided in clause (ii), the Secretary shall require not less than 50 percent of the cost of a research, development, demonstration, or commercial application program or activity described in subparagraph (A) to be provided by a non-Federal source.
            (ii) The Secretary may reduce or eliminate, on a case-by-case basis, the percentage requirement specified in clause (i) if the Secretary determines that such reduction or elimination is necessary and appropriate.
        (C) In carrying out a research, development, demonstration, or commercial application program or activity that is authorized under this section, awards shall be made only after an impartial review of the scientific and technical merit of the proposals for such awards has been carried out by or for the Department.
        (D) In carrying out a review under subparagraph (C), the Secretary may use merit review processes developed under section 302(14) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002.

    (3) An applicant shall be eligible to receive a grant under this subsection if the project of such applicant—
        (A)addresses a requirement in the area of cybersecurity research or cybersecurity technology, as determined by the Secretary; and
        (B)is a joint venture between—
             (i) (I)a for-profit business entity, academic institution, National Laboratory (as defined in section 2 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, or nonprofit entity in Atlasia; and
                 (II)a for-profit business entity, academic institution, or nonprofit entity in Israel; or
             (ii) (I)the Federal Government; and
                  (II)the Government of Israel.

    (4) To be eligible to receive a grant under this subsection, an applicant shall submit to the Secretary an application for such grant in accordance with procedures established by the Secretary, in consultation with the advisory board established under paragraph (5).

    (5) (A) The Secretary shall establish an advisory board to—
        (i) monitor the method by which grants are awarded under this subsection; and
        (ii) provide to the Secretary periodic performance reviews of actions taken to carry out this subsection.
    (B) The advisory board established under subparagraph (A) shall be composed of three members, to be appointed by the Secretary, of whom—
        (i)one shall be a representative of the Federal Government;
        (ii)one shall be selected from a list of nominees provided by the Atlasian-Israel Binational Science Foundation; and
        (iii)one shall be selected from a list of nominees provided by the Atlasian-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation.

    (6) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary may accept or retain funds contributed by any person, government entity, or organization for purposes of carrying out this subsection. Such funds shall be available, subject to appropriation, without fiscal year limitation.

    (7) Not later than 180 days after the date of completion of a project for which a grant is provided under this subsection, the grant recipient shall submit to the Secretary a report that contains—
        (A)a description of how the grant funds were used by the recipient; and
        (B)an evaluation of the level of success of each project funded by the grant.

    (Cool Grants shall be awarded under this subsection only for projects that are considered to be unclassified by both Atlasia and Israel.

(b)Termination
The grant program and the advisory board established under this section terminate on the date that is 7 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(c)No additional funds authorized
No additional funds are authorized to carry out the requirements of this Act. Such requirements shall be carried out using amounts otherwise authorized.

(d)Definitions
In this section—
    (1)the term cybersecurity research means research, including social science research, into ways to identify, protect against, detect, respond to, and recover from cybersecurity threats;
    (2)the term cybersecurity technology means technology intended to identify, protect against, detect, respond to, and recover from cybersecurity threats;
    (3)the term cybersecurity threat has the meaning given such term in section 102 of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (enacted as title I of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (division N of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016

SEC. 6. EFFECTIVE DATE.

This Act shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.

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« Reply #15 on: July 22, 2018, 02:24:17 am »

Signing Statement
In the world today, nothing is as important, save for the present conflict in North Korea, as our work to ensure the stability and peace of the Middle East Region. While I remain supportive of an ultimate two-state solution it is the firm opinion of this administration that Israel has both the right to exist and the right to defend itself and its citizens from attack. I therefore take the following action of signing this bill into the law for purposes of strengthening our partnership and working together to combat terrorist groups in the region.

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To support Israel, as a major Atlasian ally, by encouraging cybersecurity, allowing for anti-missile defense, and supporting space cooperation.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Republic of Atlasia assembled,
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Supporting Israeli Security through Rearmament, Aeronautics, and Electronic Legitimacy Act” or the "Supporting I.S.R.A.E.L. Act".

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress finds the following:

(1) The Jewish State of Israel, as a close and indispensable ally of Atlasia, with whom the Atlasian Republic enjoys mutually beneficial military, intelligence, homeland security, scientific, technological, and other cooperation, deserves all necessary assistance to defend itself and its citizens from the many threats that it continues to face.

(2) The State of Israel has been under grave threat and frequent attack from missiles, rockets, and mortar shells fired at Israeli civilian targets by militants from the foreign terrorist organization Hamas on its southern border and by the foreign terrorist organization Hezbollah on its northern border, which have killed, wounded, or inflicted psychological trauma on countless Israelis.

(3) On February 27, 2017, Hamas launched several high-trajectory rocket attacks on the Western Negev. This followed numerous rocket launches over the last two-and-a-half years since Operation Protective Edge.

(4) Experts estimate that Hamas has thousands of rockets in its arsenal.

(5) Hezbollah has a missile arsenal of 120,000 to 150,000 short- and medium-range rockets, along with approximately 20,000 active duty forces, many of whom gained combat experience in Syria.

(6) Hezbollah also possesses anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles, thousands of anti-tank missiles, and an increasing fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles.

(7) Iran continues to test ballistic missile technology in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015).

(Cool Atlasia remains committed to Israel’s qualitative military edge, including its advantage over non-state actors such as Hamas and Hezbollah and against enemies like Iran.

(9) Atlasia can help to advance its own vital national security interests and the cause of peace by supporting Israel’s ability to defend itself against rocket, missile, and other threats.

(10) In the face of threats from its neighbors and non-state actors, Israel historically has sought the means to defend itself, by itself.

(11) Atlasia has promised to provide up to $40 billion to Israel over a ten-year period. Such agreement applies to funding in 2018 and 2019.

(12) authorized in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) supports and coordinates Atlasian Government research in aeronautics, human exploration and operations, science, and space technology;

(13) established in 1983, the Israel Space Agency (ISA) supports the growth of Israel’s space industry by supporting academic research, technological innovation, and educational activities;

(14) the mutual interest of the Atlasia and Israel in space exploration affords both nations an opportunity to leverage their unique abilities to advance scientific discovery;

(15) in 1996, NASA and the ISA entered into their first agreement outlining areas of mutual cooperation, which remained in force until 2005;

(16) since 1996, NASA and the ISA have successfully cooperated on many space programs supporting the Global Positioning System and research related to the sun, earth science, and the environment;

(17) the bond between NASA and the ISA was permanently forged on February 1, 2003, with the loss of the crew of STS–107 including Israeli Astronaut Ilan Ramon;

(18) the Atlasian-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 (Public Law 113–296) designated Israel as a Major Strategic Partner of Atlasia; and

(19) on October 13, 2015, Atlasia and Israel signed the Framework Agreement between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of Atlasia and the Israel Space Agency for Cooperation in Aeronautics and the Exploration and Use of Airspace and Outer Space for Peaceful Purposes.

SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION OF ASSISTANCE TO ISRAEL FOR ANTI-MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS

(a) The President, acting through the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of State, is authorized to provide assistance, upon request of the Government of Israel, for the development, maintenance, enhancement, and sustainment, and procurement of anti-missile defense systems.

(b) There is authorized to be appropriated to the President to carry out this section $500,000,000 for fiscal year 2018, of which is part of and not in addition to the more than $4 Billion appropriated towards Israel in Atlasian Foreign Military Assistance.

SEC. 4. CONTINUING COOPERATION.

(a) The Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration shall continue to work with the Israel Space Agency to identify and cooperatively pursue peaceful space exploration and science initiatives in areas of mutual interest, taking all appropriate measures to protect sensitive information, intellectual property, trade secrets, and economic interests of Atlasia.

SEC. 5. ATLASIAN-ISRAEL CYBERSECURITY COOPERATION.

(a) Grant program -

    (1)The Secretary of State, in accordance with the agreement entitled the Agreement between the Government of the Atlasia and the Government of the State of Israel on Cooperation in Science and Technology for Homeland Security Matters, shall establish a grant program at the Department to support—
        (A) cybersecurity research and development; and
        (B) demonstration and commercialization of cybersecurity technology.

    (2) Requirements:
        (A) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in carrying out a research, development, demonstration, or commercial application program or activity that is authorized under this section, the Secretary shall require cost sharing in accordance with this paragraph.
        (B) Research and development -
            (i) Except as provided in clause (ii), the Secretary shall require not less than 50 percent of the cost of a research, development, demonstration, or commercial application program or activity described in subparagraph (A) to be provided by a non-Federal source.
            (ii) The Secretary may reduce or eliminate, on a case-by-case basis, the percentage requirement specified in clause (i) if the Secretary determines that such reduction or elimination is necessary and appropriate.
        (C) In carrying out a research, development, demonstration, or commercial application program or activity that is authorized under this section, awards shall be made only after an impartial review of the scientific and technical merit of the proposals for such awards has been carried out by or for the Department.
        (D) In carrying out a review under subparagraph (C), the Secretary may use merit review processes developed under section 302(14) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002.

    (3) An applicant shall be eligible to receive a grant under this subsection if the project of such applicant—
        (A)addresses a requirement in the area of cybersecurity research or cybersecurity technology, as determined by the Secretary; and
        (B)is a joint venture between—
             (i) (I)a for-profit business entity, academic institution, National Laboratory (as defined in section 2 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, or nonprofit entity in Atlasia; and
                 (II)a for-profit business entity, academic institution, or nonprofit entity in Israel; or
             (ii) (I)the Federal Government; and
                  (II)the Government of Israel.

    (4) To be eligible to receive a grant under this subsection, an applicant shall submit to the Secretary an application for such grant in accordance with procedures established by the Secretary, in consultation with the advisory board established under paragraph (5).

    (5) (A) The Secretary shall establish an advisory board to—
        (i) monitor the method by which grants are awarded under this subsection; and
        (ii) provide to the Secretary periodic performance reviews of actions taken to carry out this subsection.
    (B) The advisory board established under subparagraph (A) shall be composed of three members, to be appointed by the Secretary, of whom—
        (i)one shall be a representative of the Federal Government;
        (ii)one shall be selected from a list of nominees provided by the Atlasian-Israel Binational Science Foundation; and
        (iii)one shall be selected from a list of nominees provided by the Atlasian-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation.

    (6) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary may accept or retain funds contributed by any person, government entity, or organization for purposes of carrying out this subsection. Such funds shall be available, subject to appropriation, without fiscal year limitation.

    (7) Not later than 180 days after the date of completion of a project for which a grant is provided under this subsection, the grant recipient shall submit to the Secretary a report that contains—
        (A)a description of how the grant funds were used by the recipient; and
        (B)an evaluation of the level of success of each project funded by the grant.

    (Cool Grants shall be awarded under this subsection only for projects that are considered to be unclassified by both Atlasia and Israel.

(b)Termination
The grant program and the advisory board established under this section terminate on the date that is 7 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(c)No additional funds authorized
No additional funds are authorized to carry out the requirements of this Act. Such requirements shall be carried out using amounts otherwise authorized.

(d)Definitions
In this section—
    (1)the term cybersecurity research means research, including social science research, into ways to identify, protect against, detect, respond to, and recover from cybersecurity threats;
    (2)the term cybersecurity technology means technology intended to identify, protect against, detect, respond to, and recover from cybersecurity threats;
    (3)the term cybersecurity threat has the meaning given such term in section 102 of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (enacted as title I of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (division N of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016

SEC. 6. EFFECTIVE DATE.

This Act shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act.

People's House of Representatives:
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President of Congress
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« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2018, 07:02:47 pm »

Mr. President, the following bill has arrived on your desk:

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Act of Congress

An act to repeal restrictions on online activities that don't need to be illegal.

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Section I: Naming
1. This bill is officially titled "Decriminalization of Online Activities Act"
2. It may be shortened to "DOAA"

Section II: Legal Activities:
1. The non-commercial sharing of passwords for online subscription services shall not constitute a violation of Atlasian copyright law.
2. The non-commercial sharing of copyrighted content hereby falls under fair use for the purposes of Atlasian copyright law.
3. No website shall be illegal to view regardless of its content. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to limit the prosecution of possession and distribution of child pornography, including the possession of child pornography on a screen while viewing.
4. The regulation criminalizing fake and anonymous usernames is hereby repealed. 18 U.S. Code § 1030 et seq. shall be amended accordingly
5. Downloading copyrighted images from the internet without distributing them hereby falls under fair use for the purposes of Atlasian copyright law.
6. The act of modifying a mobile phone at the completion of a contract in order to allow it to access multiple mobile carrier networks, also known as unlocking shall not constitute a violation of Atlasian patent, trademark, or copyright law. Nothing in this paragraph shall excuse the owner of an unlocked mobile phone from paying the appropriate fee for network usage.
Section III: Enactment
1. This act shall take effect immediately after passage and shall apply retrospectively.
2. Any person with proof of fines due to a violation of any of the affected laws may submit a request for reimbursement to the department of justice. If found to be correct the applicant is to be reimbursed for the fine in full.


People's House of Representatives
Passed 7-0 in the Atlasian House Assembled,


As Amended:
People's Regional Senate:
Passed 6-0-0 in the Atlasian Senate assembled on June 27, 2018.

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« Reply #17 on: July 23, 2018, 12:49:38 am »

Signing Statement

With all do respect to the freedom of choice and the ability of people who wish to participate in such actions, I must note that as President I took an oath to uphold the Constitution, to preserve, protect and defend the citizenry. It is impossible to carry out that task and remain true to that oath while also engaging in any action that shall have the effect of abrogating it. This applies to me, it applies to the Vice President and it applies to everyone else who serves the people in the executive branch, people who while not bound by oath themselves necessary are employed at my discretion to aid me in the carrying out of mine. Therefore I cannot in good conscience remain silent, nor let there be no higher standard to which the executive shall be held. As President, my power extends no further than my own house, but as to the other branches, especially the Senate and the House, the people shall remain their supreme watch dogs and I encourage all the citizenry seek and apply such a higher standard before offering up one's votes to any given candidate.

In order that the Executive Branch may be held to a higher standard, I issue the following executive order:

Quote from: Executive Order #007
Executive Action
In the interest of government stability, ensuring the carrying out of the public good and the preservation of the national security interests

From this moment forward, all members of the Administration, Cabinet, Executive councils and support staff are forbidden from participating in, challenging or accepting any challenges to any duels be they deregistration or otherwise for the duration of their service in, to, our as part of the administration, on penalty of immediate termination.


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« Reply #18 on: July 23, 2018, 11:28:04 pm »

Mr. President, the following bill has arrived on your desk:

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An act to allow more broadcasting.

Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress
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Section I. Short Title
1. This bill may be cited as the "You Can Broadcast Here Act"
Section II. Broadcast Band Expansion
1. The FM broadcast band is to be expanded to include frequencies ranging from 76.1 megahertz to 108.1 megahertz. Licenses are to be made available on frequencies 76.3 megahertz to 107.9 megahertz.
  A. Licenses on the expanded band are to be distriuted for the "odd" frequencies, that being those ending in .1, .3, .5, .7, and .9 megahertz.
  B. Current licensed stations will not be affected.
2. AM radio stations may be licensed on frequencies from 100 kilohertz to 253 kilohertz in the longwave band using 9 kilohertz spacing. The license class restrictions currently used for AM broadcasting in the mediumwave band are to apply to longwave stations. Navigational beacons are to operate on frequencies from 260 kilohertz to 495 kilohertz.
Section III. Microbroadcasting Expansion
1. AM radio frequencies 520 kilohertz and 1710 kilohertz are to be allocated for local, unlicensed broadcasts.
2. FM radio frequencies 76.1 megahertz and 108.1 megahertz are to be allocated for local, unlicensed broadcasts.
3. Television broadcast channels 68 and 69 are to allocated for local, unlicensed broadcasts. Any licensed stations broadcasting on these channels are move to a new channel. These broadcasts may not use virtual PSIP channels other than 68 and 69.
4. The unlicensed broadcasts on frequencies designated in sections 1, 2, and 3 may not exceed a broadcast radius of 3 miles from the originating point, regardless of equipment setup.
  A. Unlicensed broadcasts may still take place on other frequencies in compliance with previous restrictions.
5. No new broadcast stations are to be licensed for the frequencies designated in sections 1, 2, and 3.
6. It shall be considered illegal to start a broadcast on these frequencies which interferes with a broadcast already taking place.
Section IV. Timing
1. Licenses for stations on the expanded broadcast bands in section II may be distributed immediately after passage.
2. Broadcasts on the frequencies designated in sections II and III shall not commence until 3 months after passage.

People's Regional Senate:
Passed 6-0-0 in the Atlasian Senate assembled on July 16th 2018.

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« Reply #19 on: July 24, 2018, 11:48:45 pm »

Signing Statement
Upon careful review of the below act I have decided to sign it into law because the deciminalization present are all reasonable and still hold people accountable when they harm others. I would especially like to applaud congress for ensuring clearly that child pornography laws would not be removed as a result of this act becoming law.

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Act of Congress

An act to repeal restrictions on online activities that don't need to be illegal.

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Section I: Naming
1. This bill is officially titled "Decriminalization of Online Activities Act"
2. It may be shortened to "DOAA"

Section II: Legal Activities:
1. The non-commercial sharing of passwords for online subscription services shall not constitute a violation of Atlasian copyright law.
2. The non-commercial sharing of copyrighted content hereby falls under fair use for the purposes of Atlasian copyright law.
3. No website shall be illegal to view regardless of its content. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to limit the prosecution of possession and distribution of child pornography, including the possession of child pornography on a screen while viewing.
4. The regulation criminalizing fake and anonymous usernames is hereby repealed. 18 U.S. Code § 1030 et seq. shall be amended accordingly
5. Downloading copyrighted images from the internet without distributing them hereby falls under fair use for the purposes of Atlasian copyright law.
6. The act of modifying a mobile phone at the completion of a contract in order to allow it to access multiple mobile carrier networks, also known as unlocking shall not constitute a violation of Atlasian patent, trademark, or copyright law. Nothing in this paragraph shall excuse the owner of an unlocked mobile phone from paying the appropriate fee for network usage.
Section III: Enactment
1. This act shall take effect immediately after passage and shall apply retrospectively.
2. Any person with proof of fines due to a violation of any of the affected laws may submit a request for reimbursement to the department of justice. If found to be correct the applicant is to be reimbursed for the fine in full.


People's House of Representatives
Passed 7-0 in the Atlasian House Assembled,


As Amended:
People's Regional Senate:
Passed 6-0-0 in the Atlasian Senate assembled on June 27, 2018.

- R

As Amended:
People's House of Representatives:
Passed 6-0-0 in the Atlasian House assembled on July 22, 2018



President of Congress
Be it enacted,


President of the Atlasian Republic

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« Reply #20 on: July 26, 2018, 05:26:38 am »

Mr. President, the following bill has arrived on your desk:

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To stop martial law and the new world order.

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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SECTION I: TITLE

1. This law shall be referred to as the INFOWARS.COM_PRISONPLANET.COM Act.

II: CRUSHING THE NEW WORLD ORDER

1. It shall be expressly prohibited for Atlasian Flag to be displayed in any federal court, or during any federal administrative hearing, tribunal, or arbitration, if that Atlasian Flag has been adorned by decorative fringe.

2. No federal monies shall be appropriated or expended for the purpose of flying black helicopters or other aircraft with a cell-site simulator for the purposes of collecting private data. Any unspent federal monies appropriated for the above purpose is hereby rescinded.

III: PROTECTING HEALTH

1. The addition of Thimerosal as a preservative in any vaccine subject to federal regulation is hereby prohibited. 21 C.F.R. 610.15(a) shall be amended accordingly.

2. The maximum allowable level of fluoride allowed in drinking water subject to federal regulation shall be reduced to 1.5mg/L (1.5 ppm). 40 C.F.R. 141 shall be amended accordingly.

IV: PROMOTING SCIENCE AND UNCOVERING THE TRUTH

1. No federal monies shall be appropriated or expended for the purpose of conducting autopsies or vivisections of extraterrestrial lifeforms. Any unspent federal monies appropriated for the above purpose is hereby rescinded.

2. By December 31, 2018, the National Archives and Record Administration shall certify that all files and records pertaining to the investigation of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy have been publicly released. 

SECTION V: EFFECTIVE DATE

1. This act shall take effect immediately. No lawsuit to enforce the provisions of the law shall be justiciable in any federal or Regional court until 90 days after this law takes effect.


People's Regional Senate:
Passed 5-1-0 in the Atlasian Senate assembled on June 9, 2018.

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Passed 5-0-0 in the Atlasian House Assembled on July 22nd 2018,



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« Reply #21 on: July 26, 2018, 07:19:50 pm »

Mr. President, the following bill has arrived on your desk:

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To decrease legal fees

Be it enacted by the Congress of the Republic of Atlasia assembled
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SECTION I: TITLE

1. This law shall be referred to as the Tort Reform Act.

SECTION II: DAMAGES CAPS IN FEDERAL COURTS

1. In any federal civil action or Regional civil action removed to a federal court, in which monetary damages are awarded and punitive damages are available, no punitive damages may be awarded in excess of 5 times the amount of the damages award.
2. In any Regional medical malpractice action removed to a federal court in which there are multiple defendants who are joint-and-severally liable, economic damages shall be apportioned proportionately.
3. Any presiding federal judge with proper jurisdiction shall have the power of remittitur, to reduce a jury award which has improperly exceeded the punitive damages or non-economic damages limit, to an amount that complies with this law.
4. The minimum amount in controversy required to remove a Regional civil action to a federal court under diversity jurisdiction shall be increased to $100,000.

SECTION: GREEDY LAWYER RESTRICTIONS
1. The federal government shall not make any payment for legal fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act, unless that case is argued in Federal Court.
2. The federal government shall not make any payment for legal fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act, if the prevailing party is an organization with more than 500 members or more than $5 Million in assets.
3. The federal government shall not make any payment for legal fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act, if the prevailing party is an individual with more than $2 Million in assets.
4. The federal government shall not make any payment for legal fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act, unless that case is argued in a federal court and the outcome is not determined on procedural grounds.
5. Any attorney licensed to practice in the federal courts, who introduces 3 or more civil actions in the same calendar year, which are later dismissed as frivolous or improper, shall be required to pay the legal costs of each defendant in those cases which were dismissed for impropriety. Any attorney who is sanctioned under this paragraph in 3 consecutive  calendar years, or who is sanctioned under this paragraph in a total of 5 calendar years, shall have their license to practice in federal courts suspended for 1 calendar year.
6. No legal fees available to prevailing parties under the Endangered Species Act shall compensate a lawyer in excess of $150.00 per hour and expenses.
7. The definition of "prevailing parties" under the Endangered Species Act for the purpose of receiving legal fees shall exclude parties who settle.
8. The Statute of limitations for filing Regional products liability civil actions or Regional medical malpractice civil actions in Federal Court is 3 years from the date on which the tortious action ripens.

SECTION VI: EFFECTIVE DATE

1. This act shall take effect immediately. No lawsuit to enforce the provisions of the law shall be justiciable in any federal or Regional court until 90 days after this law takes effect.

People's Regional Senate:
Passed 6-0-0 in the Atlasian Senate assembled on June 2, 2018.

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Passed 9-0-0 in the Atlasian House Assembled on July 26th 2018,



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« Reply #22 on: July 27, 2018, 06:14:59 pm »

Mr. President, the following bill awaits your decision:

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Act of Congress

To prohibit sale of shark fins, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress

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Section 1: Title
This Act may be cited as the Jaws is Our Friend, Not Food Act.

Section 2: Definition of Shark Fin
In this Act, the term shark fin means—

1. The raw or dried or otherwise processed detached fin of a shark; or
2. The raw or dried or otherwise processed detached tail of a shark.

Section 3: Findings
Congress finds the following:

1. Sharks are critically important species for their economic, cultural, and ecosystem value.
2. Many shark populations are in peril worldwide and are on the decline.
3. One of the greatest threats to sharks is the global trade in shark fins. It is estimated that fins from as many as 73,000,000 sharks end up in the global shark fin trade every year.
4. Shark fins have no medicinal or nutritional value.
5. The trade in shark fins is primarily focused on large coastal and pelagic species that grow slowly, mature late, and have low reproduction rates.
6. Shark fins are often removed and retained while the remainder of a shark is discarded due to the high market value of shark fins relative to other parts of a shark.
7. Shark fins are removed primarily to be commercialized as a fungible commodity.
8. Shark finning is the cruel practice in which the fins of a shark are cut off on board a fishing vessel at sea. The remainder of the animal is then thrown back into the water to drown, starve, or die a slow death.
9. Once a shark fin is detached from the body, it becomes impossible to determine whether the shark was legally caught or the fin lawfully removed.
10. It is difficult to determine which species of shark a fin was removed from, which is problematic because some species are threatened with extinction.
11. Shark fins possessed, transported, offered for sale, sold, or purchased anywhere in Atlasia are part of a large international market, having a substantial and direct effect on interstate commerce.
12. Abolition of the shark fin trade in Atlasia will remove Atlasia from the global shark fin market and will put Atlasia in a stronger position to advocate internationally for abolishing the shark fin trade in other countries.

Section 4: Prohibition on Sale of Shark Fins
(a) Prohibition
Except as provided in section 5, no person shall possess, transport, offer for sale, sell, or purchase shark fins or products containing shark fins.

(b) Penalty
A violation of subsection (a) shall be treated as an act prohibited by section 307 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1857) and shall be penalized pursuant to section 308(a) of that Act (16 U.S.C. 1858(a)), except that the maximum civil penalty for each violation shall be $100,000, or the fair market value of the shark fins involved, whichever is greater.

Section 5: Exceptions
A person may possess a shark fin that was taken lawfully under a Region, territorial, or Federal license or permit to take or land sharks, if the shark fin is separated from the shark in a manner consistent with the license or permit and is—

1. Destroyed or discarded upon separation;
2. Used for noncommercial subsistence purposes in accordance with Regional or territorial law; or
3. Used solely for display or research purposes by a museum, college, or university, or other person under a Regional or Federal permit to conduct noncommercial scientific research.

Section 6: Regional Authority
Nothing in this Act may be construed to preclude, deny, or limit any right of a Region or territory to adopt or enforce any regulation or standard that is more stringent than a regulation or standard in effect under this Act.
People's House of Representatives:
Passed 5-0-0-4 in the Atlasian House Assembled on July 19th, 2018,


People's Regional Senate:
Passed 5-1-0 in the Atlasian Senate Assembled on July 27th, 2018,


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« Reply #23 on: July 28, 2018, 02:12:25 am »

Mr. President, the following bill awaits your decision:

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Act of Congress

To repeal section 2141 of the Revised Statutes to remove the prohibition on certain alcohol manufacturing on Indian Lands.
Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress


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Section 1: Title
This Act may be cited as the Regulating Alcohol on Indian Lands is Dumb Act.

Section 2: Repeal of Prohibition on Certain Alcohol Manufacturing on Indian Lands
Section 2141 of the Revised Statutes (25 U.S.C. 251) is repealed.

Quote from: Text of R.S. § 2141 (for Reference)
Every person who shall, within the Indian country, set up or continue any distillery for manufacturing ardent spirits, shall be liable to a penalty of $1,000; and the superintendent of Indian affairs, Indian agent, or subagent, within the limits of whose agency any distillery of ardent spirits is set up or continued, shall forthwith destroy and break up the same.
People's House of Representatives:
Passed 5-0-0-4 in the Atlasian House Assembled on July 19th, 2018,


People's Regional Senate:
Passed 6-0-0 in the Atlasian Senate assembled on July 28, 2018.

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« Reply #24 on: July 28, 2018, 05:36:10 am »

Mr. President, the following bill awaits your decision:


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To help find out how much government money is being wasted
Be it enacted in both Houses of Congress
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Section I:

- This Bill may be called the Audit the Federal Government Act
Section II:

- Any Department which has received more than an average of 50 billion dollars or more over the past 10 years must be fully audited.

- Any subdepartment at a Department which is being audited must also be fully audited.

- The audit will be conducted by the GM office, which may chose to select a third party to complete part or all of the audit.

- Findings of the audit shall be publicly released
People's House of Representatives:
Passed 6-0-0-3 in the Atlasian House Assembled


As Amended:
People's Regional Senate:
Passed 6-0-0 in the Atlasian Senate Assembled on July 25th, 2018,


As Amended:
People's House of Representatives:
Passed 8-0-1 in the Atlasian House Assembled on July 28th, 2018,


President of Congress:
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