Rep. Barbara Lee introduced 5 pieces of legislation on the first day of Congress:
Income Equity Act – Amends the Internal Revenue Code to deny employers a tax deduction for payments of excessive compensation to any full-time employee and requires these employers to file a report with the Secretary of the Treasury on excessive compensation.
Poverty Impact Trigger Act – Amends Rule XXI Rules of the House of Representatives (Amends Rule XXI) to make it out of order to consider a public bill or joint resolution authorizing an appropriation of $10 million or more, without an accompanying Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Poverty Impact Division impact statement. It also amends the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to establish the CBO Poverty Impact Division to prepare and submit poverty impact statements to the chair of House committees.
Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan Act – States that it is the policy of the United States to ensure that funds made available for operations of the Armed Forces in Afghanistan are to be used only for providing for the safe and orderly withdrawal of all U.S. military personnel and Department of Defense (DOD) contractor personnel in Afghanistan. Allows such funds to be obligated and expended only for such purpose.
Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force – Repeals the Authorization for Use of Military Force (P.L. 107-40) and states that the Authorization for Use of Military Force has been used to justify an open-ended authorization for the use of military force and such an interpretation is inconsistent with the authority of Congress to declare war and make all laws for executing powers vested by the Constitution in the U.S. government.
Expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should provide, on an annual basis, an amount equal to at least 1 percent of United States gross domestic product (GDP) for nonmilitary foreign assistance programs – This bill recognizes the importance of foreign assistance programs in promoting national security, demonstrating the American people’s humanitarian spirit, and improving U.S. credibility in world affairs.