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This Week in Public Policy: November 13-17, 2017

In Ohio:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee held PROPONENT Testimony on House Bill 304 (Adoption Tax Credit). The bill would allow a personal income tax credit for adoption of an adult child with a disability by a step-parent. Testimony was offered by Michele Blackford (through Maddy Buschur) and Wayne Malz. Both witnesses are adoptive parents who would benefit from the $10,000 tax credit offered by the bill.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, the Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee passed Senate Bill 164 (Abortion Ban – Down Syndrome) after a hearing where ALL Testimony was offered. The bill would prohibit a doctor from performing an abortion if the reason for the abortion is a diagnosis of Down syndrome. Witness testimony included:

The Ohio Senate passed the bill on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 by a vote of 20-12. The debate and vote starts at 28:45 in the following video.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, state Representative Wes Goodman tendered his resignation for “inappropriate behavior”, becoming the second elected official in Ohio to resign due to allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct. Also resigning this week was Senate Democratic Chief of Staff for similar allegations of innappropriate behavior.

In Washington:

The US House of Representatives passed HR 1 (Tax Cut and Jobs Act). The bill would eliminate most individual deductions, increase the standard deduction, increase the child tax credit, reduce the number of tax brackets, reduce corporate taxes, among many other things. To read the House Ways and Means Committee’s full report, which includes dissenting and additional views, click here.

NEXT Week in Public Policy: Happy Thanksgiving

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863
By the President of the United States of America.
A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward, Secretary of State