In 1993, Congress passed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, named for an assistant to President Ronald Reagan, James Brady. Brady had been critically wounded in an assassination attempt on the president in 1981 near the current location of Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C. The injury left Brady partially paralyzed and made it difficult for him to speak. This event, combined with a successful effort in 1986 to eliminate many of the regulations from the 1968 Gun Control Act, politicized members of Brady’s family. It motivated his wife, Sarah, to push for a “Brady Bill” restricting access to handguns for the better part of a decade beginning with a bill proposed in 1987.
“As long as you got a sit-down philosophy you'll have a sit-down thought pattern," he said. "And as long as you think that old sit-down thought, you'll be in some kind of sit-down action. They'll have you sitting in everywhere.”
Neutrality, Stability, and Telecom Allowance Act (INSTALL Act) would establish rules
for net neutrality, build network infrastructure, and codify parts of the FCC’s
National Broadband Plan into law.
The bill would restrict government regulation of Internet content but a bill of
rights for consumers. The bill would give states, cities and towns the right to
build broadband networks and use taxes and funds to help expand broadband.
identifying the Internet as a “common carrier” of telecommunications, the bill
could protect the rights of content creators to distribute their products on
the Internet. While expanding access to consumers with the Universal Service
Fund and the Connect America National Broadband Plan, the bill could garner
support by expanding infrastructure to promote economic growth.
Immigration as an issue stirs passions because people have to pick between American principles. Reform
requires negotiating beliefs about liberty and security, law and morality, and
opportunity and inclusiveness. Immigration reform impacts central duties of the
federal government in both domestic and foreign policy.
Politicians crafting public policy have to construct coalitions to create a comprehensive
bill. Negotiations over such a bill can breakdown in an instant. While the
President and Congress can agree to certain goals, passing a bill with such a
variety of interested parties calls for a legislative sleight of hand to
prevent micro policy decisions from becoming macro political problems.