Congress is back in session, Illinois lawmakers introduce legislation: DC Memo, Crain’s Juice

Congress is back in session this week. This means that the window is once again open to table a bill, although the chances of this legislation actually being passed in the few weeks left before the midterm elections swamp everything are quite limited.

A proposal comes from Senator Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. :

Along with 11 fellow Democrats, she reintroduced a measure allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote nationwide, so they can automatically vote when they turn 18. This is already the case in Illinois. and more than 20 other states, but somehow I suspect the Republican caucus won’t be crazy about a measure designed to get more (often leftist) young people to vote.

Meanwhile, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Indiana Republican Mike Braun have a new measure requiring supplement manufacturers to register their products with the United States Food and Drug Administration and disclose all ingredients.

“Americans who take vitamins, minerals and herbs for their health and wellness have a right to know what’s in those supplements,” Durbin said in a statement. “A lot of people assume that if a product is sold in the United States of America, someone has inspected it and it must be safe. Unfortunately, that’s not always true.

On the home side, Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., has new legislation about something Crain wrote about the other day: stark health disparities between white people and racial minorities.

The measure, submitted on behalf of the House Black, Latino and Asian Pacific caucuses, focuses on 10 topics, including data collection, health workforce diversity, mental health disorders, gun violence and environmental justice.

For what it’s worth, legislation similar to the Health Equity and Accountability Bill has been introduced every year since 2003. Kelly said when announcing she would introduce the bill: “Racial disparities in matters of health and health care remain troubling. These disparities have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. We must act strategically to better understand and respond to these disparities.

On the campaign trail for Congress: Rep. Sean Casten, D-6th, has won the endorsement of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Aldus. Pat Dowell, 3rd, candidate for the 1st District Congressional seat, wants voters to know that she wants any operator of the proposed Chicago casino to reach a peace deal with organized labor, while another district candidate, County Labor Officer Karin Norington-Reaves, was endorsed by IBEW Local 135 and Operations Engineers Local 150.

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