Chaffetz Introduces First Legislation of the 113th Congress

Jan 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – Starting off his third Congressional term, Congressman Jason Chaffetz introduced a series of bills that he believes deserve immediate attention.  Some bills are being reintroduced from the 112th Congress, while others are being introduced for the first time.

There is a lot of work to be done in the 113th Congress and there’s no time to waste. We have a long list of problems to address and we must hit the ground running,” said Chaffetz.

Summaries for each bill are listed below:

H.R. 248 Presidential Allowance Modernization Act*

The Presidential Allowance Modernization Act would amend and modernize the Former Presidents Act of 1958 to grant a guaranteed $200,000 annual pension to each former president and an additional $200,000 annual allowance for all other costs associated with being a former president.

H.R. 249 Federal Employees Tax Accountability*

The Federal Employees Tax Accountability Act would not only terminate the employment of current tax delinquent federal employees, but would also prohibit the hiring of future federal employees who already have a seriously delinquent tax debt.

H.R. 250 Antiquities Repeal Act

The Antiquities Repeal Act would amend the Antiquities Act of 1906 by requiring Congressional approval of any national monument designated by the president.

H.R. 251 SESD Title Transfer*

The South Utah Valley Electric Conveyance Act would clarify ownership of South Utah Valley Electric Service District’s electricity distribution system by transferring title on portions of the system from the Bureau of Reclamation to the District.

H.R. 252 Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act

The Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and require the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by January 1, 2015.

H.R. 253 Y Mountain Access Enhancement Act*

The Y Mountain Access Enhancement Act would allow Brigham Young University to purchase the land surrounding the “Y” block on Y Mountain from the Department of Agriculture at fair market value.

H.R. 254 Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation Act*

This legislation will spur development of hydroelectric power on the Diamond Fork System of the Central Utah Project. The water that flows through tunnels and canals from Strawberry Reservoir to Utah and Salt Lake Counties is expected to generate approximately 50 megawatts of clean, renewable hydropower.

H.R. 255 Provo River Title Transfer Act

This legislation would clarify existing language in the Provo River Project Transfer Act that would enable the transfer of the Provo River Aqueduct from the Bureau of Reclamation to the Provo River Water Users Association.

H.R. 256 Stop Wasting Archives Grants*

The Stop Wasting Archive Grants Act would prohibit the National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) from funding non-federal projects.

*Legislation being reintroduced