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  1. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Mr. Seymour (for himself with thanks to Mr. Conyers) introduced the following bill; A BILL To require warning labels on alcoholic beverages.  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 “Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act”. SECTION 2. LABELING REQUIREMENT. (a) In general, the manufacturing, importing, or bottling for sale or distribution of any alcoholic beverage in the United States is hereby prohibited unless its contained bears a warning statement that: (i) according to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcohol during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects; and (ii) consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs the ability to drive a car or operate machinery and may cause other health problems. (b) Such requirement under subsection (a) of this section is inapplicable to alcoholic beverages for export from the United States or for delivery to a vessel or aircraft as supplier for consumption beyond the jurisdiction of U.S. internal revenue laws. (c) Such exemption under subsection (b) of this section is inapplicable for sale, distribution, or shipment to members or units of the armed forces, including those located outside the United States. SECTION 3. PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION. (a) There are hereby established civil penalties for violations of Section 2 of this Act. The Secretary of the Treasury is hereby authorized to to compromise, modify, or remit, with or without conditions, any such penalty. (b) An injunction may be filed in U.S. district courts, upon application of the Attorney General acting through U.S. attorneys, for violations under Section 2 of this Act. (c) The Secretary of the Treasury shall promulgate regulations regarding implementation of this Act. SECTION 4. PREEMPTION OF STATE LABELING REQUIREMENTS. No state, territory, or other subdivision of the United States shall, by law or regulation, require any alcohol and health statement, other than that required by this Act or other Federal law on any container of an alcoholic beverage, or any other package containing such container. Reference: Section 2 et seq.
  2. Madam Chair, I ask unanimous consent to be added as a cosponsor. I yield.
  3. Madam Chair, I rise to a point of order. It is my understanding that the Made in America Act should have passed this committee by a vote of 3 ayes to 2 nays. There are only, at any given time, five members of this committee, and I was appointed to the seat held by Speaker Welles. Therefore, I ask that his vote - as a former member of the committee - be disregarded. I yield.
  4. Mr. Speaker, I rise to support the proposed amendment offered by the Gentleman from North Carolina. My support is based on the simple fact that we do not tax health insurance contributions that employers give to their employees. Therefore, we should allow the same treatment - tax free health coverage - for the self-employed members of our nation. I yield.
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    Seymour: Let's Cherish the Second Amendment WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Douglas Seymour (D-SC-3) received an internal promotion from the House Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions to the more prestigious Committee on Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and the Judiciary (ASFAJ). His elevation came during a time of votes on the ASFAJ committee - an essential duty of any committee-member. One bill up for consideration is the Responsible Gun Ownership Act, which would prohibit the ownership of loosely defined "assault weapons," along with background check provisions that are unenforceable. "I have just voted against recommending the Responsible Gun Ownership Act to the full House for consideration. Not only is it a half-hearted attempt at creating a federal background check system, but it also bans whole groups of arms from public ownership. Let's cherish the Second Amendment, not attempt to undermine it," Seymour said to the press upon leaving the committee room. "The bill in question is simply not the right piece of legislation for our nation. Our Founding Fathers embraced the Second Amendment as necessary to the security of a free nation. I'm a proud, responsible gun-owner, and I believe that gun rights must be protected. Of course, violent criminals should not have access to these weapons, but the current bill is nothing but a poor excuse for a mandate. There's no enforcement mechanism, not way that the background checks would be carried out," Seymour said. Addressing the proposal to ban assault weapons, Seymour expressed deep concern over the ambiguous definitions provided by the bill. "The bill prohibits possession of assault weapons, but fails to provide a real definition of an assault weapon, instead classifying them in with machine guns. Well, just last year I joined a bipartisan group of legislators to pass the Firearm Owners Protection Act, which prohibited transfer and possession of all new machine guns! So, either this section is a wolf-in-sheep's-clothing aimed at an ever-expanding definition of assault weapons, or it is simply redundant." Regardless, Seymour said, he opposed the bill on sound policy-making grounds in addition to pro-Second Amendment reasons. "We cannot go passing pie-in-the-sky proposals that sound good but cannot be implemented by the federal government. That is why I voted no on this gun control measure."
  8. Press Office of Representative Douglas Seymour Democrat for South Carolina's 3rd District
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    FAIR Elections Act of 1987

    Aye on Blackstone III. Nay on Blackstone I and II.
  11. FULL NAME: Douglas Seymour STATE/DISTRICT: South Carolina's 3rd POSITION: Member REPLACING: Speaker B.J. Welles
  12. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Mr. Seymour (for himself, Mr. Tilsley, Mr. Lawson, Mr. Augustus King, and Mr. Blackstone, with thanks to Mr. Rangel) introduced the following bill; A BILL To combat childhood poverty and enhance economic opportunities for all Americans. 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 “Fighting Childhood Poverty Act”. SECTION 2. FINDINGS. (a) According to the Congressional Budget Office, children make up the largest single group among the poor in this country, and their numbers grew sharply between 1979 and 1983. (b) 59% of children in poverty belong to families that experience short-term working poverty, with 14% of children in poverty belonging to families that experience long-term working poverty. The remaining 28% of children in poverty belong to families that experience non-working poverty. (c) The United States has a number of underfunded programs aimed at reducing poverty. The aim of these policies must be to encourage families to move out of poverty through work and to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty. SECTION 3. TAX INCENTIVES TO FIGHT POVERTY. (a) The Targeted Jobs Tax Credit, which is due to lapse on December 31, 1989, is hereby extended until December 31, 1991. (b) For income tax payers who fall below the federal poverty level, the maximum allowable value of the dependent care tax credit is expanded: (i) for one child, from $2400 to $3000; and (ii) for two or more children, from $4800 to $6000. SECTION 4. MANDATORY MEDICAID EXPANSION FOR POOR CHILDREN. All children (approximately 700,000) and pregnant women (approximately 100,000) in families with incomes below 65 percent of the federal poverty level are hereby statutorily covered under Medicaid. SECTION 5. APPROPRIATIONS. (a) There is hereby appropriated $100 million for the Job Training Partnership Act, earmarked for recipients of Aid to Families with Dependent Children (allowing for the training of approximately 50,000 welfare recipients). (b) There is hereby appropriated $250 million for an additional 100,000 eligible children to participate in the Head Start early education program. SECTION 6. AFDC EXPERIMENTATION GRANTS. (a) There is established, in the Department of Health and Human Services, the Aid to Families with Dependent Children Experimentation and Improvement Grant. (b) The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services shall make annual grants to states with an approved AFDC plan so that such states can carry out special programs, projects, and experiments designed to reduce the dependency of individuals and families who are eligible for AFDC. The grants established under subsection (a) of this section shall be used for: (i) a supported work or diversion program for long-term adult recipients of such aid and other persons who have difficulty finding and obtaining employment; (ii) work experiments aimed at easing the transition of such individuals and families to jobs in the private sector; (iii) projects emphasizing the importance of additional schooling, job training, and other services; and (iv) other projects likely to reduce dependency. (c) No state shall use a grant under this section to mandatorily impose a work requirement upon recipients of AFDC. However, a state may issue incentives for AFDC recipients to engage in work in exchange for AFDC benefits. (d) A state is required to submit a plan which the Secretary approves before a grant will be made, and a recipient state is required to report to the Secretary on the use of the grant, including the effects of the experimentation or improvement project. (e) $50 million is hereby appropriated to the Department of Health and Human Services for the purposes of this section and issuing of grants. Reference: Section 3 et seq. Section 6 Estimated Total Cost: Per CBO, $1.25 billion per year (not accounting for Section 3(b)).

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