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    CNN

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    Offshore WIND Act

    To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for an investment tax credit related to the production of electricity from offshore wind. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Mr. Vinick, for himself, with a special thanks to Mr. Langevin introduced the following bill; A BILL To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for an investment tax credit related to the production of electricity from offshore wind. 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 “Offshore Wind Incentives for New Development Act” or the “Offshore WIND Act”. SEC. 2. ENERGY CREDIT FOR QUALIFIED OFFSHORE WIND FACILITIES. (a) In General.—Section 48 of the Internal Revenue Code is amended— (1) in subsection (a)— (A) in paragraph (2)(A)(i)— (i) in subclause (III), by striking “and” at the end; and (ii) by adding at the end the following new subclause: “(V) qualified offshore wind property, and”; and (B) in paragraph (3)(A)— (i) in clause (vi), by striking “or” at the end; (ii) in clause (vii), by adding “or” at the end; and (iii) by adding at the end the following new clause: “(viii) qualified offshore wind property, but only with respect to periods ending before January 1, 2026,”; and (2) in subsection (c), by adding at the end the following new paragraph: “(5) QUALIFIED OFFSHORE WIND PROPERTY.— “(A) IN GENERAL.—The term ‘qualified offshore wind property’ means a facility which— “(i) uses wind to produce electricity, and “(ii) is located in the inland navigable waters of the United States, including the Great Lakes, or in the coastal waters of the United States, including the territorial seas of the United States, the exclusive economic zone of the United States, and the outer Continental Shelf of the United States. “(B) EXCEPTION FOR QUALIFIED SMALL WIND ENERGY PROPERTY.—The term ‘qualified offshore wind property’ shall not include any property described in paragraph (4).”. (b) Effective Date.—The amendments made by this section shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act. PES: This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to expand the tax credit for investment in energy property to include a qualified offshore wind property until January 1, 2026. A "qualified offshore wind property" is a facility that: (1) uses wind to produce electricity; and (2) is located in the inland navigable waters of the United States including the Great Lakes, or in the coastal waters of the United States, including the territorial seas of the United States, the exclusive economic zone of the United States, and the outer Continental Shelf of the United States. The term excludes certain small wind energy property that uses a small wind turbine to generate electricity.
  3. Mr. Vinick for himself with a special thanks to Mr. Reed introduced the following bill; A BILL To amend title 38, United States Code, and the United States Housing Act of 1937 to enhance and expand the assistance provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to homeless veterans and veterans at risk of homelessness, 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 “Zero Tolerance for Veterans Homelessness Act of 2017”. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress makes the following findings: (1) Veterans are at a greater risk of becoming homeless than other people in the United States because of characteristics that include the following: (A) Having employment-related skills that are unique to military service and that can be difficult to transfer to the civilian sector. (B) Combat-related health issues. (C) Earning minimal income or being unemployed. (D) A shortage of safe, affordable housing. (2) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs estimates the following: (A) More than 67,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. (B) About 145,000 veterans experience homelessness each year. (C) Veterans account for nearly 1⁄5 of all homeless people in the United States. (3) It is expected that significant increases in services will be needed to serve the aging veterans of the Vietnam War and members of the Armed Forces returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. (4) In 2009, the President and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs announced the Federal Government’s renewed efforts to address veteran homelessness. SEC. 3. ENHANCEMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE PROGRAMS. (a) Enhancement Of Grants.—Section 2011 of title 38, United States Code, is amended— (1) in subsection (b)(1)(A), by striking “expansion, remodeling, or alteration of existing buildings, or acquisition of facilities,” and inserting “new construction of facilities, expansion, remodeling, or alteration of existing facilities, or acquisition of facilities,”; and (2) in subsection (c)— (A) in the first sentence, by striking “A grant” and inserting “(1) A grant”; (B) in the second sentence of paragraph (1), as designated by subparagraph (A), by striking “The amount” and inserting the following: “(2) The amount”; and (C) by adding at the end the following new paragraph: “(3) (A) The Secretary may not deny an application from an entity that seeks a grant under this section to carry out a project described in subsection (b)(1)(A) solely on the basis that the entity proposes to use funding from other private or public sources, if the entity demonstrates that a private nonprofit organization will provide oversight and site control for the project. “(B) In this paragraph, the term ‘private nonprofit organization’ means the following: “(i) An incorporated private institution, organization, or foundation— “(I) that has received, or has temporary clearance to receive, tax-exempt status under paragraph (2), (3), or (19) of section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; “(II) for which no part of the net earnings of the institution, organization, or foundation inures to the benefit of any member, founder, or contributor of the institution, organization, or foundation; and “(III) that the Secretary determines is financially responsible. “(ii) A for-profit limited partnership or limited liability company, the sole general partner or manager of which is an organization that is described by subclauses (I) through (III) of clause (i). “(iii) A corporation wholly owned and controlled by an organization that is described by subclauses (I) through (III) of clause (i).”. (b) Grant And Per Diem Payments.— (1) STUDY AND DEVELOPMENT OF FISCAL CONTROLS AND PAYMENT METHOD.—Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall— (A) complete a study of all matters relating to the method used by the Secretary to make per diem payments under section 2012(a) of title 38, United States Code, including changes anticipated by the Secretary in the cost of furnishing services to homeless veterans and accounting for costs of providing such services in various geographic areas; (B) develop more effective and efficient procedures for fiscal control and fund accounting by recipients of grants under sections 2011, 2012, and 2061 of such title; and (C) develop a more effective and efficient method for adequately reimbursing recipients of grants under section 2011 of such title for services furnished to homeless veterans. (2) CONSIDERATION.—In developing the method required by paragraph (1)(C), the Secretary may consider payments and grants received by recipients of grants described in such paragraph from other departments and agencies of Federal and local governments and from private entities. (3) REPORT.—Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on— (A) the findings of the Secretary with respect to the study required by subparagraph (A) of paragraph (1); (B) the methods developed under subparagraphs (B) and (C) of such paragraph; and (C) any recommendations of the Secretary for revising the method described in subparagraph (A) of such paragraph and any legislative action the Secretary considers necessary to implement such method. SEC. 4. SPECIAL ASSISTANT FOR VETERANS AFFAIRS IN OFFICE OF SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT. Section 4 of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act (42 U.S.C. 3533) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: “(h) Special Assistant For Veterans Affairs.— “(1) ESTABLISHMENT.—There shall be in the Department a Special Assistant for Veterans Affairs, who shall be in the Office of the Secretary. “(2) APPOINTMENT.—The Special Assistant for Veterans Affairs shall be appointed by the Secretary, based solely on merit and shall be covered under the provisions of title 5, United States Code, governing appointments in the competitive service. “(3) RESPONSIBILITIES.—The Special Assistant for Veterans Affairs shall be responsible for— “(A) ensuring that veterans have access to housing and homeless assistance under each program of the Department providing such assistance; “(B) coordinating all programs and activities of the Department relating to veterans; “(C) serving as a liaison for the Department with the Department of VeteransAffairs; and “(D) carrying out such other duties as may be assigned to the Special Assistant by the Secretary or by law.”. SEC. 5. PLAN TO END VETERAN HOMELESSNESS. (a) In General.—Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to Congress a comprehensive plan to end homelessness among veterans. (b) Elements.—The plan required by subsection (a) shall include the following: (1) An analysis of programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs and other departments and agencies of the Federal Government that are designed to prevent homelessness among veterans and assist veterans who are homeless. (2) An evaluation of whether and how coordination between the programs described in paragraph (1) would contribute to ending homelessness among veterans. (3) Recommendations for improving the programs described in paragraph (1), enhancing coordination between such programs, or eliminating programs that are no longer effective. (4) Recommendations for new programs to prevent and end homelessness among veterans, including an estimation of the cost of such programs. (5) A timeline for implementing the plan, including milestones to track the implementation of the plan. (6) Benchmarks to measure the effectiveness of the plan and the efforts of the Secretary to implement the plan. (7) Such other matters as the Secretary considers necessary. (c) Consideration Of Veterans Located In Rural Areas.—The analysis, evaluation, and recommendations included in the report required by subsection (a) shall include consideration of the circumstances and requirements that are unique to veteranslocated in rural areas PES: Zero Tolerance for Veterans Homelessness Act of 2017- Allows grants made by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) for homeless veterans' comprehensive services programs (outreach, rehabilitation, vocational counseling, and transitional housing assistance) to be used for the construction of new facilities. Prohibits the Secretary from denying applications for such grants solely on the basis that the grant entity proposes to use funding from other private or public sources, as long as such entity demonstrates that a private nonprofit organization will provide project oversight and site control. Requires the Secretary to: (1) study matters relating to the method used to make per diem payments to grant recipients, (2) develop more effective and efficient procedures for fiscal control and fund accounting by grant recipients, and (3) develop a more effective and efficient method for adequately reimbursing grant recipients for services furnished to homeless veterans. Amends the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act to establish in the Department of Housing and Development (HUD) a Special Assistant for Veterans Affairs. Directs the Secretary to submit to Congress a comprehensive plan to end homelessness among veterans. Requires the plan to include consideration of the circumstances and requirements unique to veterans located in rural areas.
  4. Chris

    Hickenbottom: Jackass Ward Predictably Lies

    Admin Note: Please refrain from using such language. Please review expectations for behavior in the rules for Capitol Hill. This is your first warning. If you have questions please reach out.
  5. Chris

    Checks

    Campaign Promises: Speaker Kurt Faulhammer 50,000,000 DNC Chair Evelyn Vanderfleet 70,000,000 HmL Calvin Ward 50,000,000 HmW John Alexander 20,000,000
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    Checks

    API- Speaker Kurt Faulhammer (best speech) 15,000,000 VP Kyle Fitzgerald 5,000,000 Sierra Club- HmL Calvin Ward (best speech) 15,000,000 DNC Chair Evelyn Vanderfleet 5,000,000 HmW John Alexander 5,000,000
  7. Chris

    Checks

    Brady— DNC Chair Evelyn Vanderfleet 15,000,000 HmW John Alexander 5,000,000 NRA— Speaker Kurt Faulhammer (best speech) 15,000,000  President Kyle Fitzgerald 5,000,000 Beau Bennet 5,000,000
  8. Chris

    @AP

    @AP We have confirmed reports that President Macmillan did not survive his injuries. President Fitzgerald will address the nation shortly.
  9. Chris

    @AP

    @AP At 8:15pm Vice President Fitzgerald was sworn in as President.
  10. Chris

    @AP

    @AP A source inside Houston methodist hospital told AP they issued a code blue confirming it was the Presidents vehicle that was hit. His condition is unknown but is in route to the hospital.
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    @AP

    @AP There is a lot of confusion on the ground in Houston. Only thing clear is that a vehicle in the Presidential Motorcade appears to be involved.
  12. Chris

    @AP

    @AP Vice President, Congressional leadership, and the Presidents Cabinet reportedly taken to undisclosed locations.
  13. Chris

    @AP

    @AP Multiple reports coming in of an explosion along the route the presidential motorcade. Waiting confirmation.
  14. Chris

    @AP

    @AP President Macmillan’s plane has landed and he is in route to rally site.
  15. Chris

    Fox News

    @FoxNews President Macmillan is scheduled to appear at a rally for Representative Swanner this evening. We will take you there live with his remarks.
  16. Chris

    @AP

    @AP A white nationalist group out of Western Europe released a video today claiming responsibility for the Mall of America shooting. The group called Citizens United for a Pure World claim that Richard Johnson was a member of their group and that more attacks are coming.
  17. Chris

    NRA Rally

    Rally for less gun control.
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    Brady Campaign

    Rally for stronger gun control laws.
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    Campaign Promises

    This is a way to earn donations and ads from different PACs. In the below thread sell yourself to each PAC. Please identify which PAC you are promising something to. Keep in mind these will not be leaked unless I choose so no character can use it against you. Conservative: Christian Coalition National Defense Industries Association Chamber of Commerce American Petroleum Institute NRA Liberal: NAACP AFL-CIO Sierra Club Move On Brady Campaign  Moderate Rural Institute Common Cause
  20. Post your speeches in favor of the keystone pipeline.
  21. Post your speeches in opposition to the Keystone Pipeline.
  22. Chris

    National Weather Service

    Typo: it should say Florida’s east coast.
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