Where’s My Private Bill?

Where’s My Private Bill?

Politicians have a pretty tough job when they have to campaign- they have to travel a lot, kiss a lot of babies, and remind people why they should elect/re-elect them. One way incumbents can get some brownie points is by reminding their individual constituents of all the nice things they did for them in the last term. The best way is probably to remind their constituency of all the nice goodies they brought back from Washington:large budget appropriations (sometimes called “pork”) or private bills.

No, I didn’t suddenly change the topic of this blog- private bills was the main way tort claims against the government were handled until ~1850. Actually it might be more efficient to get a private bill, they still happen today, although only a fraction of the number.

For instance, let’s look at some private bills from the 29th Congress, Session 1, 1846:

Or this one I like (doesn’t this seem a little sketchy?)

I also really like this one:

From 1954:

From 2000:

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, That for purposes of a
petition by Mrs. Ruth Hairston for review of the final order issued
October 31, 1995, by the Merit Systems Protection Board with respect to
its docket number SF-0831-95-0754-I-1, the 30-day filing deadline in
section 7703(b)(1) of title 5, United States Code, is waived.

From 2006:

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Betty Dick Residence Protection
Act''.

SEC. 2. PURPOSE.

    The purpose of this Act is to require the Secretary of the Interior
to permit the continued occupancy and use of the property described in
section 4(b) by Betty Dick for the remainder of her natural life.

What was the very last private bills to be enacted into law? It was a bill to grant:

"PERMANENT RESIDENT STATUS FOR HOTARU NAKAMA FERSCHKE."

How many private bills were passed:

1995:4

1997:10

1999:24

2001:6

2003:6

2005:1

2007:0

2009:2

2011:0

Advertisements

Posted on March 4, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: