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    America First Media

    Brandon Cooper's post-Breitbart media venture America First Media
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    Department of State

    China Travel Advisory China - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution Exercise increased caution in China due to the arbitrary enforcement of local laws and special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals. Chinese authorities have the broad ability to prohibit travelers from leaving China (also known as ‘exit bans’); exit bans have been imposed to compel U.S. citizens to resolve business disputes, force settlement of court orders, or facilitate government investigations. Individuals not involved in legal proceedings or suspected of wrongdoing have also be subjected to lengthy exit bans in order to compel their family members or colleagues to cooperate with Chinese courts or investigators. U.S. citizens visiting or residing in China have been arbitrarily interrogated or detained for reasons related to “state security.” Security personnel have detained and/or deported U.S. citizens for sending private electronic messages critical of the Chinese government. China may refuse to acknowledge dual U.S.-Chinese nationals’ U.S. citizenship, including denying U.S. assistance to detained dual nationals, and preventing their departure from China. If a dual U.S.-Chinese national enters China on a Chinese government travel document, such as, but not limited to, a Chinese passport or a national ID card, U.S. consular officers will not be allowed to visit the individual or assist in interactions with the Chinese government should the individual be arrested, detained, or involved in criminal or civil investigation.
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    Department of State

    Official outlet of the White House's Department of State
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    Faulhammer on ANWR Act

    Kurt Faulhammer From the Office of House Minority Leader Kurt Faulhammer In 1980 the North Sloop of the Arctic National Wildlife Refugee in Alaska, known as Area 1002, was specifically set aside by Congress and President Carter for oil and natural gas development. This area of land is not designated ass wilderness. This small area constituting less than 3% of ANWR's acreage would provide the majority of fuel resources the area possesses. With new extended reach drilling technology it can all be done safely and with minimal environmental impact. According to US Geological Survey estimates that Area 1002 contains around 10.4 billion barrels of oil. At it's peak it could provide 1.45 million barrels of oil a day which is more than we import from Saudi Arabia and over a quarter of what we take in from OPEC countries. Responsibly developing our own American energy resources in ANWR will help reduce our dependence on oil from hostile countries and lower foreign imports. The economic potential of the project is large, Alaska large, and could provide the federal government with hundreds of billions in revenue that can pay down our debt and create anywhere between 55,000 to 130,000 new jobs. Area 1002 of ANWR represents an American energy future that will be able to deliver for decades to come and I hope can be considered for placement on the House floor soon. View full PR
  5. Kurt Faulhammer From the Office of House Minority Leader Kurt Faulhammer President Bill Clinton and political leaders who succeeded him accepted the risk that the U.S. would suffer short-term economic harm from opening the U.S. to Chinese exports in hopes of long-run gains of a more stable China. No longer needing to worry about U.S. tariffs, the Chinese took full advantage. Low Chinese wages and a cheap Chinese currency that is intentionally manipulated at a time when the dollar was strong gave China several huge advantages. Companies shuttered operations in the U.S., moved to China and eventually set up research hubs overseas in another blow to the America’s economic leadership. Since China's joined the WTO in 2001, which they've broken the rules of numerous times, the United States has lost 5 million manufacturing jobs which is roughly 1/4th of all manufacturing jobs in the country. There is a widespread misconception that rapid productivity growth is the primary cause of continuing manufacturing job losses over the past 15 years. Instead, as Economic Policy Institute's report shows, job losses can be traced to growing trade deficits in manufacturing products prior to the Great Recession and then the massive output collapse during the Great Recession. Trade deficits cannot be ignored by do nothing politicians year after year and there be no repercussions to their inaction. Our trade deficit has additionally caused foreign ownership of property to jump to 20% of US equities from just 12% in 2007. This is one of the reasons why housing prices are 73% more than what they were in the 1970's. It's also enabled foreign countries to control 44% of the American national debt. We buy foreign goods for debt and then they buy our debt so we continue to buy the goods in an unsustainable cycle that'll leave us at the wrong end of an unequal bargain. Our country's inaction of China's behavior has left countless families devastated and deprived many areas in the middle of the country of a good fountain of economic opportunity. Manufacturing jobs have long been a great source of economic mobility for less educated Americans. Those who lost their jobs had to fall back on menial, less well-paying work. We can not afford to continue to pass the buck in Washington on such a pressing issue, especially as US Intelligence agencies have stated the threat of China to our elections in 2020. Legislation such as my Fair Trade with China Enforcement Act will set things straight on Chinese economic aggression against the United States. The President has called on Congress to pass it into law, the Senate has already done their part, and it's time the House does their part to protect American manufacturing workers. View full PR
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    Gun Show Loop Hole Closing Act

    Mr. Speaker, So there is no specific exemption for gun shows as I said. You just want to get rid of private sales altogether. What you're asking for is unenforceable. That is why sheriffs have opposed such measures in the past. California did what you're wanting in the 90s and it didn't affect the violent crime rate whatsoever. Why would it when most criminals don't use legal means to get guns. I yield.
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    Gun Show Loop Hole Closing Act

    Mr. Speaker, If it's so obvious it exists why doesn't the gentleman from Wisconsin cite it for us? I yield.
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    ANWR Act

    Mr. Faulhammer, for himself, introduces A BILL To allow oil drilling in part of ANWR. SEC. 1. SHORT TITLE. (a) This act shall be cited as the ANWR Act. SEC. 2. ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE. (a) Area 1002 of the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is opened to leasing. SEC. 3. PROFITS TAX (a) Ten percent of the profits from the leasing of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will be appropriated to the state government of Alaska. 4. ENACTMENT. (a) This act shall take effect immediately.
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    Gun Show Loop Hole Closing Act

    Mr. Speaker, There is no loophole in federal law that specifically exempts gun show transactions from any other laws normally applied to gun sales. The entire basis of the proposed law is in imagination which is why I have objected. I yield.
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    Gun Show Loop Hole Closing Act

    Mr. Speaker, I object. I yield.
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    Bennett travels to Columbia

    Mr. Bennett, Do you support abolishing the electoral college like your party chairman wants to do?
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    Faulhammer on ANWR Act

    From the Office of House Minority Leader Kurt Faulhammer In 1980 the North Sloop of the Arctic National Wildlife Refugee in Alaska, known as Area 1002, was specifically set aside by Congress and President Carter for oil and natural gas development. This area of land is not designated ass wilderness. This small area constituting less than 3% of ANWR's acreage would provide the majority of fuel resources the area possesses. With new extended reach drilling technology it can all be done safely and with minimal environmental impact. According to US Geological Survey estimates that Area 1002 contains around 10.4 billion barrels of oil. At it's peak it could provide 1.45 million barrels of oil a day which is more than we import from Saudi Arabia and over a quarter of what we take in from OPEC countries. Responsibly developing our own American energy resources in ANWR will help reduce our dependence on oil from hostile countries and lower foreign imports. The economic potential of the project is large, Alaska large, and could provide the federal government with hundreds of billions in revenue that can pay down our debt and create anywhere between 55,000 to 130,000 new jobs. Area 1002 of ANWR represents an American energy future that will be able to deliver for decades to come and I hope can be considered for placement on the House floor soon.
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    Election Integrity Act

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    CPAC

    Kurt Faulhammer Speeches NRA In my last speech to the NRA I spoke extensively on the futility of gun control. My beliefs haven't changed one bit since that long speech I gave. I promised in my time as Speaker no bill that disrespects the words of "shall not infringe" would make it to the house floor which is a promise I have kept. I promised progress on national concealed carry reciprocity which I delivered on passing such legislation into law. I have been a vocal adversary on the House floor against the bump stock ban. I have a proven track record on gun rights that is up there with anyone's and you know in me I fight for what matters to you all the most. Christian Coalition Under President Barack Obama we had a President that treated Israel poorly. Israel's significance as one of our greatest allies has been restored under President Macmillan and Fitzgerald with the help of my work. I am the one that sponsored the United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act that has given them the military aid they need to be safe amid growing Iranian presence in the region. It was I that suggested to President Fitzgerald that we deliver on what politicians have been saying since Clinton was office and move the American embassy to Israel's true capitol of Jerusalem. I have a proven track record as someone who strongly stands with Israel that rivals any others out there and with me you know what you are getting. Chamber of Commerce Economic matters have been a top priority for me in my time in congress. I have sponsored not just one tax cut bill in my time, but multiple with the Comprehensive Tax Reform Act having the largest impact. I've gotten corporate taxes down to a competitive 15% which will give the United States the competitive edge globally. I sponsored the T-TIP working alongside Secretary of State Walter Reed and European Union officials to write the largest free trade agreement in history. The projected growth to GDP on that bill alone looks to be around 5% with most estimates. I sponsored the legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare so now businesses can work free of the regulations that stunted business and GDP growth under President Obama. It has been at my suggestion to the President many of the executive orders he has taken to repeal business killing regulation we have seen put in place under President Obama. It's been a lot of work to get this country back on track but with 3.2% GDP growth nearly double of what President Macmillan has inherited from President Obama I'd like to say a lot of that work has been accomplished. All of which in one way or another had my involvement in bringing about such a dramatic turn around for the economy. American Petroleum Institute Last time I spoke with API I promised that I would pass into law the Federal Land Freedom Act of which I am the sponsor of to unleash the potential of American energy. Since then I have delivered on that promise and it has become law. As I predicted would happen by this bill passing into law the United States according to the Energy Information Administration is now the number one producer of crude oil in the world. Additionally as Speaker I delivered on the construction of the Keystone Pipeline that will help American oil refineries rely less on overseas sources of crude oil. I have been a strong defender of Keystone along with the continued usage of fossil fuels and you will continue to get an advocate for it with me.
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    @AmericaFirstMedia

    @PinnacleAR is apparently the newest rino on the block. Less conservative credentials than progressive. Pathetic!
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    @AmericaFirstMedia

    Official twitter of America First Media
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    Bennett meets with Union Leaders

    Mr. Bennett, if you may take a follow up question, how was the T-TIP different as a free trade deal than say stuff anti-free trade advocates usually condemn like the TPP and NAFTA for you to vote for it?
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    Bennett meets with Union Leaders

    Mr. Bennett, You voted for the Fair Trade with China Enforcement Act that your opponent wants to keep off the House floor. Are you a candidate that will stick up for workers against Chinese economic aggression?
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    Motion to suspend the rules

    Mr. Speaker, I second the motion. I yield.
  20. From the Office of House Minority Leader Kurt Faulhammer President Bill Clinton and political leaders who succeeded him accepted the risk that the U.S. would suffer short-term economic harm from opening the U.S. to Chinese exports in hopes of long-run gains of a more stable China. No longer needing to worry about U.S. tariffs, the Chinese took full advantage. Low Chinese wages and a cheap Chinese currency that is intentionally manipulated at a time when the dollar was strong gave China several huge advantages. Companies shuttered operations in the U.S., moved to China and eventually set up research hubs overseas in another blow to the America’s economic leadership. Since China's joined the WTO in 2001, which they've broken the rules of numerous times, the United States has lost 5 million manufacturing jobs which is roughly 1/4th of all manufacturing jobs in the country. There is a widespread misconception that rapid productivity growth is the primary cause of continuing manufacturing job losses over the past 15 years. Instead, as Economic Policy Institute's report shows, job losses can be traced to growing trade deficits in manufacturing products prior to the Great Recession and then the massive output collapse during the Great Recession. Trade deficits cannot be ignored by do nothing politicians year after year and there be no repercussions to their inaction. Our trade deficit has additionally caused foreign ownership of property to jump to 20% of US equities from just 12% in 2007. This is one of the reasons why housing prices are 73% more than what they were in the 1970's. It's also enabled foreign countries to control 44% of the American national debt. We buy foreign goods for debt and then they buy our debt so we continue to buy the goods in an unsustainable cycle that'll leave us at the wrong end of an unequal bargain. Our country's inaction of China's behavior has left countless families devastated and deprived many areas in the middle of the country of a good fountain of economic opportunity. Manufacturing jobs have long been a great source of economic mobility for less educated Americans. Those who lost their jobs had to fall back on menial, less well-paying work. We can not afford to continue to pass the buck in Washington on such a pressing issue, especially as US Intelligence agencies have stated the threat of China to our elections in 2020. Legislation such as my Fair Trade with China Enforcement Act will set things straight on Chinese economic aggression against the United States. The President has called on Congress to pass it into law, the Senate has already done their part, and it's time the House does their part to protect American manufacturing workers.
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    Vermont Border Resolution

    I don't support giving up our claim on Vermont for money
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    America First Media

    Interview with Florida Representative Norman Bradley Cooper: Thank you Mr. Bradley for doing this interview the readers at America First Media are eager to pick your mind on things Bradley: Thank you for having me Brandon, I', eager to give your readers answers! Cooper: You are a newcomer to capitol hill. Most people have not heard of who you are. Could you give me a brief description of your background and how it brought you to Congress? Bradley: So when I graduated high school in Tennessee, I decided I needed directions in life. I wasn't a straight A student by any means, so I enlisted in the Navy, became a Hospital Corpsman, served in combat with Marines and used the G.I. Bill to attend college in Florida. I decided I wanted to continue helping folks, so I decided to go get my law degree, and studied constitutional law. I became a clerk for the District Court, and while there I decided, gee, I can help people on a better level if I ran for congress. I decided to run, and won, and I couldn't be happier. Cooper And you ran as a Republican. Can you tell me what brought about that choice? Bradley: Absolutely! As a Constitutional lawyer, I became versed in what the Constitution means and stands for. I feel that the Republican Party is the party that will stand and defend the ideals the Constitution guarantees all Americans. I just feel as if the Democratic party has many new and interesting interpretations of the Constitution that I don't agree with. Cooper: Can we be expecting some original legislation from you this session? Bradley: Absolutely! I'm drafting some legislation now that would repeal the Jones Act. Expect to see that introduced within the next couple of weeks. Cooper: Let's talk about some stuff happening recently in the news. First, the President has signed the T-TIP free trade agreement between the US and the EU. Was this good or bad to you and why? Bradley: It was absolutely good. All European tariffs on American goods are gone. Tariffs help no one and hurt everybody. What the President has done has evened the playing field with us and Europe, and we're expected to see some GDP growth out of it, Europe as well. Through expert negotiation, both sides win, and it's a fair deal. Cooper: The President has announced troop withdrawals from Syria after the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He has also announced troop withdrawals from Afghanistan in substitution to a new private contractor force in the region. Is withdrawing troops from Syria and Afghanistan the right thing to do at the moment? Bradley: Absolutely! The mission to defeat ISIS has been completed in terms of objectives. What happens in Syria next is up to the people of Syria, lets bring the troops home. In terms of Afghanistan, it's been nearly 20 years. There's only so much the United States can do. Afghanistan has to be willing to help itself, and it's about time our government has realized it. Cooper: US intelligence agencies have stated that the Chinese intend on interfering in the 2020 elections. They also have threatened new regulations on US firms in China in response to the President's tariffs on steel and aluminium. How should China be handled in your opinion Bradley: We need to stand firm with China. Every step needs to be taken to ensure that our elections remain free from foreign interference, no matter the country. On the tariffs, I'm no supporter of tariffs. As I stated earlier, they help no one and hurt everyone, but if this is what we need to do to bring China to the negotiating table, then so be it. As long as it's not a permanent solution. We should definitely meet with the Chinese and see if we can't get a similar outcome to T-TIP. Cooper: Lastly on the House floor there are currently two votes going on. One on the Protection of Labor Act and another on the Bump Stock Regulation Act. You voted against both bills. Can you explain why you did so? Bradley: First, with the Protection of Labor Act, it is a gross violation of the rights of states to make their own labor laws. Why should the state of Florida be subject to the shame labor laws that the state of Maine or California have? It's just not right, and I feel when it comes to business, the states should be free to make law and not be subject to the federal government. As far as the Bump Stock Ban, there just quite simply is no need for it. I also value personal liberties, and our Second Amendment rights. I feel as if this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to gun regulation, and I'd just rather nip it in the bud right now before we have my friends on the other side of the aisle introducing California style gun regulations. The people of Florida do not support that, and I certainly do not, and that is why I voted against the Bump Stock Ban. Cooper: Any final words for the readers of America First Media Mr. Bradley? Bradley: Certainly, I want your readers to know how important this year's election is going to be. We stand at a crossroads, one where America can continue being a free place and one where you can look at the Constitution and thank God that there are people out there that will fight to ensure that it remains relevant. The other option is one where these rights guaranteed by the Constitution are misconstrued or reinterpreted, and our personal liberties end up being a thing of the past. I want your readers to go out and do research on the candidates that will ensure our nation remains the greatest, and go out and vote for that candidate. America needs you now more than ever. Cooper: Thank you for your time Mr. Bradley. Bradley: Thank you Brandon, it's been a pleasure.
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    Knox meets with business owners in Reno

    Mr. Knox, As a business owner were the minimum wage to go up more than a dollar I wouldn't be able to afford to keep all my current employees. Do you want the minimum wage to go up and by how much?
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    America First Media

    Interview with Illinois Representative A.T. Money Cooper: Thank you Mr. Money for joining me for this interview. Money: Thanks for having me, Brandon. Cooper: You are someone relatively new to capitol hill and unfamiliar to most who follow politics. Could you give us a brief description of the background that has brought you to DC? Money: Sure. My real name is Anthony Thomas Money, but when I was younger everyone joked that it stood for About That Money. I've spent most of my life building successful businesses in Northwestern Illinois. I honestly didn't care much for politics. Then I started mentoring younger people who wanted to get started in business. And I realized, the government really gets in the way. We think we have a very pro-business government in America, but the reality is we don't. We think we're very entrepreneur friendly in the United States, but we're really not. That's how I got into politics, because I'm worried we are not creating an environment where our young people can succeed and build a future for themselves. Cooper: You are a Republican, how did that choice come about? Money: Three main reasons. First, the Republican Party was the most pro-business party. Not everything the GOP does is pro-business, but they tend to be the party that's on the side of making it easier to do business in America. Second, the Republican party is better on national security, which means a lot to me and to the people of my district. Third, I am a Christian, and the Republican party is more respectful of my religious beliefs, and those of millions of other Americans of faith. Cooper: Can we expect to be seeing any original legislation being introduced by yourself this session? Money: I'm working on a bill that will make it easier for entrepreneurs to raise money to start their business. This is a big obstacle and it's where a lot of people get shut out of the opportunity to start their own business. I want to make it easier for people to get funding from their friends and family, and I want to create tax benefits for people who take the plunge and invest in new small businesses. Cooper: Let's get into some of the major happenings going on in the country. What do you think of the recently signed T-TIP free trade agreement between the US and the EU? Money: I'm a big fan. Barriers to trade are barriers to growth, and economic growth is one of the most important goals of good government. I am happy that, for example, this means that businesses in the United States can get easier access to investors from Europe. I'm confident that President Fitzgerald negotiated a good deal for the United States. Cooper: There are currently two bills being voted on in the House. The Protection of Labor Act that will do away with right to work and the Bump Stock Regulation Act that bans bump stocks altogether. What do you think of these bills and how will you vote on them? Money: I will vote against both of them. In 2020, the primary function of labor unions is to donate money to the DNC. Union bosses do not look after the interests of their workers, they only work to promote and pass the agenda of the elites who run the Democrat Party. When you force people to pay union dues, you force them to support the Democratic Party. That's unconscionable, people should not be forced to support a partisan cause. I also have promised my constituents that I will vote against any new gun laws. We should do a better job of enforcing existing gun laws, not further restrict the inalienable constitutional right of gun owners. Cooper: Lastly, US Intelligence agencies have found that the Chinese are planning to interfere in the 2020 elections. They have also threatened to increase regulations on US businesses in their country in retaliation to the President's tariffs on steel and aluminium. How should China be handled and what measures should be taken to ensure American safety in your opinion? Money: In my view, China is the number one competitor t the United States and they have all but declared a new Cold War on us. The United States needs to be extremely vigilant on Chinese aggression in the air, on the seas, and in cyberspace. I think we can be trading partners with China even as we also engage in security competition, but the Chinese need to be engaging in trade in good faith. People think we're dependent on China, but it's a two way street. China needs access to American markets and American goods: if a limited trade conflict gets China behaving as a good member of the international community, then to me it's worth the cost. Cooper: Any final words Mr. Money for the America First Media readers? Money: There are big problems with America that we need to fix: we need o make our economy more friendly to business and job growth, we need to enhance our security to combat new threats. But we should always remain optimistic about this country. Many times, America's doom has been predicted. Those prophecies have always been wrong. But they're not automatically wrong: they're wrong because Americans have always banded together to overcome our problems. It's our duty whether we're a voter of a Congressman, to keep America's win streak going. Cooper: Thank you for your time Mr. Money. Money: Thank you Brandon.
  25. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Mr. Faulhammer (for himself, Mr. Grassley, Mrs. Gillibrand, Mr. Hatch, and Mr. Coons) introduced the following bill; A BILL To require adequate reporting on the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits program, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the “Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement Act”. SEC. 2. REPORTS. Section 1205 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796c) is amended— (1) in subsection (a), by inserting “Rules, regulations, and procedures issued under this part may include regulations based on standards developed by another Federal agency for programs related to public safety officer death or disability claims.” before the last sentence; (2) in subsection (b)— (A) by inserting “(1)” before “In making”; and (B) by adding at the end the following: “(2) In making a determination under section 1201, the Bureau shall give substantial weight to the evidence and all findings of fact presented by a State, local, or Federal administrative or investigative agency regarding eligibility for death or disability benefits.”; and (3) by adding at the end the following: “(e) (1) (A) Not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Bureau shall make available on the public website of the Bureau information on all death, disability, and educational assistance claims submitted under this part that are pending as of the date on which the information is made available. “(B) Not less frequently than once per week, the Bureau shall make available on the public website of the Bureau updated information with respect to all death, disability, and educational assistance claims submitted under this part that are pending as of the date on which the information is made available. “(C) The information made available under this paragraph shall include— “(i) for each pending claim— “(I) the date on which the claim was submitted to the Bureau; “(II) the State of residence of the claimant; “(III) an anonymized, identifying claim number; and “(IV) the nature of the claim; and “(ii) the total number of pending claims that were submitted to the Bureau more than 1 year before the date on which the information is made available. “(2) (A) Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this subsection, and every 180 days thereafter, the Bureau shall submit to Congress a report on the death, disability, and educational assistance claims submitted under this part. “(B) Each report submitted under subparagraph (A) shall include information on— “(i) the total number of claims for which a final determination has been made during the 180-day period preceding the report; “(ii) the amount of time required to process each claim for which a final determination has been made during the 180-day period preceding the report; “(iii) as of the last day of the 180-day period preceding the report, the total number of claims submitted to the Bureau on or before that date for which a final determination has not been made; “(iv) as of the last day of the 180-day period preceding the report, the total number of claims submitted to the Bureau on or before the date that is 1 year before that date for which a final determination has not been made; “(v) for each claim described in clause (iv), a detailed description of the basis for delay; “(vi) as of the last day of the 180-day period preceding the report, the total number of claims submitted to the Bureau on or before that date relating to exposure due to the September 11th, 2001, terrorism attacks for which a final determination has not been made; “(vii) as of the last day of the 180-day period preceding the report, the total number of claims submitted to the Bureau on or before the date that is 1 year before that date relating to exposure due to the September 11th, 2001, terrorism attacks for which a final determination has not been made; “(viii) for each claim described in clause (vii), a detailed description of the basis for delay; “(ix) the total number of claims submitted to the Bureau relating to exposure due to the September 11th, 2001, terrorism attacks for which a final determination was made during the 180-day period preceding the report, and the average award amount for any such claims that were approved; “(x) the result of each claim for which a final determination was made during the 180-day period preceding the report, including the number of claims rejected and the basis for any denial of benefits; “(xi) the number of final determinations which were appealed during the 180-day period preceding the report, regardless of when the final determination was first made; “(xii) the average number of claims processed per reviewer of the Bureau during the 180-day period preceding the report; “(xiii) for any claim submitted to the Bureau that required the submission of additional information from a public agency, and for which the public agency completed providing all of the required information during the 180-day period preceding the report, the average length of the period beginning on the date the public agency was contacted by the Bureau and ending on the date on which the public agency submitted all required information to the Bureau; “(xiv) for any claim submitted to the Bureau for which the Bureau issued a subpoena to a public agency during the 180-day period preceding the report in order to obtain information or documentation necessary to determine the claim, the name of the public agency, the date on which the subpoena was issued, and the dates on which the public agency was contacted by the Bureau before the issuance of the subpoena; and “(xv) information on the compliance of the Bureau with the obligation to offset award amounts under section 1201(f)(3), including— “(I) the number of claims that are eligible for compensation under both this part and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 (49 U.S.C. 40101note; Public Law 107–42) (commonly referred to as the ‘VCF’); “(II) for each claim described in subclause (I) for which compensation has been paid under the VCF, the amount of compensation paid under the VCF; “(III) the number of claims described in subclause (I) for which the Bureau has made a final determination; and “(IV) the number of claims described in subclause (I) for which the Bureau has not made a final determination. “(3) Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this subsection, and 2 years thereafter, the Comptroller General of the United States shall— “(A) conduct a study on the compliance of the Bureau with the obligation to offset award amounts under section 1201(f)(3); and “(B) submit to Congress a report on the study conducted under subparagraph (A) that includes an assessment of whether the Bureau has provided the information required under subparagraph (B)(ix) of paragraph (2) of this subsection in each report required under that paragraph. “(4) In this subsection, the term ‘nature of the claim’ means whether the claim is a claim for— “(A) benefits under this subpart with respect to the death of a public safety officer; “(B) benefits under this subpart with respect to the disability of a public safety officer; or “(C) education assistance under subpart 2.”. SEC. 3. AGE LIMITATION FOR CHILDREN. Section 1212(c) of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796d–1(c)) is amended— (1) by striking “No child” and inserting the following: “(1) IN GENERAL.—Subject to paragraph (2), no child”; and (2) by adding at the end the following: “(2) DELAYED APPROVALS.— “(A) EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATION.—If a claim for assistance under this subpart is approved more than 1 year after the date on which the application for such assistance is filed with the Attorney General, the age limitation under this subsection shall be extended by the length of the period— “(i) beginning on the day after the date that is 1 year after the date on which the application is filed; and “(ii) ending on the date on which the application is approved. “(B) CLAIM FOR BENEFITS FOR DEATH OR PERMANENT AND TOTAL DISABILITY.—In addition to an extension under subparagraph (A), if any, for an application for assistance under this subpart that relates to a claim for benefits under subpart 1 that was approved more than 1 year after the date on which the claim was filed with the Attorney General, the age limitation under this subsection shall be extended by the length of the period— “(i) beginning on the day after the date that is 1 year after the date on which the claim for benefits is submitted; and “(ii) ending on the date on which the claim for benefits is approved.”. SEC. 4. DUE DILIGENCE IN PAYING BENEFIT CLAIMS. Subpart 1 of part L of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following: “SEC. 1206. DUE DILIGENCE IN PAYING BENEFIT CLAIMS. “(a) In General.—The Bureau, with all due diligence, shall expeditiously attempt to obtain the information and documentation necessary to adjudicate a benefit claim filed under this part, including a claim for financial assistance under subpart 2. “(b) Sufficient Information Unavailable.—If a benefit claim filed under this part, including a claim for financial assistance under subpart 2, is unable to be adjudicated by the Bureau because of a lack of information or documentation from a third party, such as a public agency, the Bureau may not abandon the benefit claim unless the Bureau has utilized the investigative tools available to the Bureau to obtain the necessary information or documentation, including subpoenas.”. SEC. 5. PRESUMPTION THAT OFFICER ACTED PROPERLY. Section 1202 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796a) is amended— (1) by striking “No benefit” and inserting the following: “(a) In General.—No benefit”; and (2) by adding at the end the following: “(b) Presumption.—In determining whether a benefit is payable under this part, the Bureau shall— “(1) presume that none of the limitations described in subsection (a) apply; and “(2) have the burden of establishing by clear and convincing evidence that a limitation described in subsection (a) applies.”. SEC. 6. EFFECTIVE DATE; APPLICABILITY. The amendments made by this Act shall— (1) take effect on the date of enactment of this Act; and (2) apply to any benefit claim or application under part L of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796 et seq.) that is— (A) pending before the Bureau of Justice Assistance on the date of enactment; or (B) received by the Bureau on or after the date of enactment of this Act.
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