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house Bill H. Res. 365

Should Congress Create a National Dance Day?

Argument in favor

Dancing is a great way to stay physically fit, and designating a National Dance Day helps draw attention to its benefits as an activity.

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01/02/2016
Sounds like serious fun. Can people in Congress dance other than around their responsibilities?
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Nathan's Opinion
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12/31/2015
No reason not to, plus dance is part of American heritage and culture
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Thomas's Opinion
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01/01/2016
This is the only way to truly appreciate the contributions dancers have made to this nation. We must demonstrate that we respect and appreciate their selfless sacrifice.
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Argument opposed

Designating a National Dance Day is one of the most pointless things Congress could do. The House shouldn’t be debating or voting on a bill like this.

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12/29/2015
Really, you don't have better things to do with your time?
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01/01/2016
Congress has better things to do at the moment.
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Steven's Opinion
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01/01/2016
WTF?!?!?! Congress has much bigger fish to fry, a dance day once a year is not going to get the country in shape.
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What is House Bill H. Res. 365?

This resolution would create "National Dance Day" — to be celebrated on July 25 (or the last Saturday of every July). With the resolution, the House of Representatives celebrates and encourages the national commitment to dance, dance education, and physical fitness embodied by National Dance Day.

The resolution acknowledges that dance is making an important contribution to health by encouraging physical fitness and reducing obesity. It also commends Nigel Lythgoe — the co-creator of "So You Think You Can Dance" — for his leadership in promoting National Dance Day.

As a simple resolution, this bill would not advance beyond the House if passed, and does not have the force of law.

Impact

People who enjoy dancing or are somehow involved with dancing, the commercial dance industry, and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 365

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) introduced this bill to bolster the efforts of the Kennedy Center and the Dizzy Feet Foundation in establishing National Dance Day, which she has supported in Congress since 2010:

“National Dance Day has become a grassroots movement when Americans across the country host local events celebrating dance for fun and exercise. The contribution of National Dance Day to healthy lifestyles makes dance do double duty in a nation that wants to be fit and loves to dance. I am very pleased to work with the Kennedy Center and the Dizzy Feet Foundation, which are cosponsors this year after a huge crowd gathered at the Kennedy Center on National Dance Day last year.”


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Pixlr adaptation of photo from Flickr user acme401)

Official Title

Expressing support for dancing as a form of valuable exercise and of artistic expression, and for the designation of July 25, 2015, "National Dance Day".

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    IntroducedJuly 15th, 2015
    Sounds like serious fun. Can people in Congress dance other than around their responsibilities?
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    Really, you don't have better things to do with your time?
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    Congress has better things to do at the moment.
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    WTF?!?!?! Congress has much bigger fish to fry, a dance day once a year is not going to get the country in shape.
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    I'm a freeman, so I will dance when I feel the urge.
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    Nope! Sounds dopey to me. What happened when we run out of days? How about "balance budget day?" Or the day we start paying off our National Debt.
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    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! Quit already with these stupid distractions from the REAL issues that need to be tackled! Issues such as this: New Year’s Surprise: Obama Regulation To Give Work-Permits To Foreign College-Graduates ************************************************ • In 2013, Obama added roughly 2 million extra foreign workers to the economy, while roughly 4 million young Americans began looking for work. • The foreign graduates will gladly take those low-wage white-collar jobs because the new policy allows them to get deferred payments from the federal government — valuable permanent work-permits that are the first step on the golden pathway to Green Cards and citizenship. • Immigration lawyer John Miano slammed the new regulations, and said they reflect Obama’s preference for foreigners over Americans. • This executive action could have been prevented, however, had the bipartisan 2016 omnibus funding included language proposed by Immigration Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) ************************************************ As the nation prepares to ring in the New Year, President Barack Obama is preparing a colossal new executive action that could print-up work permits for a huge number of foreign white-collar graduates every year, above and beyond the levels set by Congress. This executive action, which directly bypasses Congressional lawmakers, is likely to reverberate across the presidential race, as GOP voters look to choose a nominee they believe will most effectively roll back the President’s still-expanding agenda. And it will certainly raise new security concerns as it covers categories of immigration utilized by migrants from the Middle East and nearby regions. President Barack Obama’s Department of Homeland Security plans to publish the proposed rule tomorrow, the last day of 2015. The 181-page rule focuses primarily on giving work-permits to foreign college-grads who will compete against Americans for white collar jobs, despite the large number of American graduates now stuck in lower-wage positions and struggling to pay off college debts. The rule will also make each foreign graduate much cheaper for U.S. employers to hire than many U.S.-born college grads. https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2015-32666.pdf “Obama has gone the Full Monty to bust the immigration system,” says immigration lawyer John Miano. “What is going on is he is effectively giving #GreenCards to people on H-1B visas who are unable to get Green Cards due to the [annual] quotas… it could be over 100,000.” The new rules to aid foreign college-graduates are an extension of his earlier efforts to bypass popular laws against illegal immigration, said Miano, the co-author of a new book about the painful impact of the white-collar guest-worker programs, titled “Sold Out.” This executive action could have been prevented, however, had the bipartisan 2016 omnibus funding included language proposed by Immigration Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) . In April, Sessions proposed language to reduce and cap the number of work-permits — dubbed “Employment Authorization Documents” — that could be distributed to foreign workers each year. Sessions’ recommendation was rejected by #GOP and Democratic leaders in Congress, and so House Speaker ’s December omnibus is enabling the president’s new executive action. In 2012, Obama bypassed laws against illegal immigration by awarding two-year work-permits to at least 800,000 younger foreign migrants who were brought here by their illegal immigrant parents. In 2015, the courts blocked his November 2014 #amnesty plan to award work-permits to roughly 5 million resident migrants who have U.S.-born children. From 2009 to 2015, Obama also allowed at least 250,000 Central American migrants into the United States to request #asylum or #refugee status. In 2013, Obama added roughly 2 million extra foreign workers to the economy, while roughly 4 million young Americans began looking for work. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/10/04/obamas-2013-immigration-shock-hit-middle-class-gave-5-trillion-wall-street/ “The objective here is to strip American workers of their protections from foreign labor embodied in the Green Card quotas” that are set by Congress, not the White House, Miano said. The annual award of Green Cards — and vital preliminary work-permits — is limited by quotas that mostly impact the many Indian and Chinese graduates who come to the United States as H-1B guest-workers, or who first arrive as students and later start working in the United States via the Optional Practical Training and H-1B programs. Roughly 650,000 foreign graduates are working in the United States for roughly 5 years each under the H-1B program. Roughly 120,000 foreign graduates of U.S. colleges are working in the United States for two years each via the #OPT program, often called the ‘mini-H-1B program.’ Without this new regulation, most of those foreign graduates will return home after several years, forcing companies to hire U.S. graduates in their place. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/11/18/120000-foreign-professionals-rushing-immigration-back-door-opened-obama/ The foreign graduates typically get entry-level jobs that would otherwise go to new U.S. business graduates, designers, doctors, programmers, engineers and scientists. Also, the foreign graduates are used to replace mid-level American professionals once they seek mid-career pay-raises to help pay for mortgages and child-rearing. http://www.myvisajobs.com/Search_Visa_Sponsor.aspx?N=deloitte According to the pending regulation, “many of these changes are primarily aimed at improving the ability of U.S. employers to hire and retain [foreign] high-skilled workers who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions and are waiting to become lawful permanent residents (#LPRs), while increasing the ability of such [foreign] workers to seek promotions, accept lateral positions with current employers, change employers, or pursue other employment options.” The new policy also creates a large economic incentive for U.S. employers to hire foreign college-grads instead of new American college-grads. That’s because the policy will allow U.S. employers to hire foreign college graduates at very low salaries. The foreign graduates will gladly take those low-wage white-collar jobs because the new policy allows them to get deferred payments from the federal government — valuable permanent work-permits that are the first step on the golden pathway to Green Cards and citizenship. In contrast, employers can’t pay American graduates with this combination of low-salaries plus the federal promise of #citizenship — because the Americans already have citizenship. That means employers must pay more money to hire American college-grads than they would to hire foreign college-grads. That puts a huge disadvantage on American graduates because they need higher salaries to pay off their expensive U.S. college debt. Miano slammed the new regulations, and said they reflect Obama’s preference for foreigners over Americans. “Notice that when foreign workers are going to lose their jobs, Obama has DHS make protecting their jobs the agency’s highest priority,” chiefly by minimizing enforcement of immigration laws, he told Breitbart News. But “when American workers lose their jobs to foreign workers, Obama does absolutely nothing,” he said. “We have a president with a very warped sense of priorities,” he added. http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/12/15/obama-bashes-americans-immigrants/ The public can object to the new regulations, according to the DHS document. DATES: Written comments must be received on or before [Insert date 60 days from date of publication in the FEDERAL REGISTER]. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by DHS Docket No. USCIS-2015-0008, by one of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: You may submit comments to USCIS by visiting http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. E-mail: You may submit comments directly to USCIS by e-mailing them to: USCISFRComment@dhs.gov. Please include DHS Docket No. USCIS-2015-0008 in the subject line of the message. Follow Neil Munro on Twitter, at @NeilMunroDC http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2015/12/30/obamas-agency-reveals-plan-give-work-permits-myriad-foreign-college-graduates/ And issues such as this: Dem’s H.Res 569 Furthers Clinton-OIC Cause to Criminalize Criticism of Islam in U.S. • Hillary Clinton has been working with the Organization of Islamic Countries for years to institute a worldwide Islamic blasphemy law. • The House has issued H. Res. 569 in condemnation of violence, bigotry and “hateful rhetoric” toward Muslims in the U.S. • Passage of this legislation will be the death knell for the First Amendment and the end of any and all discourse and education about the threat posed by the global jihad. • The Saudi Justice Minister was recently in the U.S. but unfortunately departed before the conference opened and won’t be making any presentation on how the Saudis stop religious intolerance. Nor will his delegation be making any apologetic mention of the Saudi ban on churches, its repression of its large indigenous Shiite population, its textbooks teaching that Jews should be killed, or its beheading yesterday of a woman for sorcery, in addition to another recent beheading of a Sudanese man for the same crime. Meanwhile, at U.N. headquarters in New York, a new resolution following on 16/18 has been introduced by the OIC and will soon be voted on by the General Assembly, where it will no doubt passed with U.S. approval. It singles out for praise regarding the promotion of religious tolerance one state — Saudi Arabia. via H.Res 569 Furthers Cause of Organization of Islamic Cooperation to Criminalize Criticism of Islam in US > New English Review http://www.newenglishreview.org/blog_direct_link.cfm/blog_id/63216/HRes%2D%2D569%2DFurthers%2DCause%2Dof%2DOrganization%2Dof%2DIslamic%2DCooperation%2D%2Dto%2DCriminalize%2DCriticism%2Dof%2DIslam%2Din%2DUS On December 17, 2015, leading Democrat members of the House introduced House Resolution 569 that effectively completes the effort of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s plan to criminalize criticism of #Islam embodied in UN Human Rights Council 16/18“combating [religious] intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization.” passed in March 2011. #UNHRC Res. 16/18 is modeled on extremist Pakistani Blasphemy Laws used to prosecute imperiled minority Christians for alleged desecration of the Qur’anic canon and #ShariaLaw. It is not lost on this writer that Democratic Presidential front runner, #HillaryClinton facilitated the efforts of the #OIC to further UNHRC Res. 16/18 in the July 2011 #IstanbulProcess and the hearings held at US State Department in December 2011 at which representatives of OIC member #Muslim states and representatives of the US Justice Department [#DOJ] met under the guise of #Islamophobia to further the Saudi–sponsored agenda of silencing criticism of Islam or any religion, a right guaranteed in our #FirstAmendment. Janet Levy in an email noted: In accordance with the 10 year plan of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to implement U.N. Resolution 16/18 and criminalize all criticism of Islam worldwide, the House has issued H. Res. 569 in condemnation of violence, bigotry and “hateful rhetoric” toward Muslims in the U.S. This bill comes on the heels of Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s post-San Bernardino attack promise to the Muslim American community to prosecute anyone guilty of anti-Muslim speech. (Note: The attack occurred on December 2nd. In an unparalleled display of respect and sympathy for the victims and their families, Ms. Lynch’s pronouncement was made on December 3rd, before the bodies were even laid to rest). Passage of this legislation will be the death knell for the First Amendment and the end of any and all discourse and education about the threat posed by the global #jihad. For a cogent analysis of this misguided and dangerous House resolution sponsored by minority Democrats read “A Congressional Prelude to Censorship”, posted by Edward Cline at the Center for the Advancement of capitalism blog, Rule of Reason. http://ruleofreason.blogspot.com/2015/12/a-congressional-overture-to-censorship.html Below are the sponsors and text of H. Res. 569. Among the sponsors are Democrat National Committee Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, members of the Latino and Black Congressional Caucuses and the two elected Muslim US Representatives, Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Andre Carson (D-IN). Read it here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-resolution/569/text … In [the December 13, 2011] NRO, Shea [Nina Shea, of the Hudson Institute Center for Religious Freedom] addressed why this Conference in Foggy Bottom [was] such a bad idea in her post, D.C. Islamophobia Conference Was a Bad Idea. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/285654/dc-islamophobia-conference-was-bad-idea-nina-shea Yesterday marked the opening of the international conference announced by Secretary of State #HillaryClinton at a high-level meeting on Islamophobia that she co-chaired, held last July in Istanbul and hosted by the Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). At the time, Secretary Clinton described this week’s conference as a move to implement U.N. Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 on “combating [religious] intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization.” This State Department conference, entitled “The Istanbul Process,” is proving to be a very bad idea. It remains to be seen whether speech limitations to protect religion generally and Islam specifically will be officially endorsed by the conference — similar recommendations have already been adopted by the OIC and by the EU conference participants — but, judging from the opening session, at least some of my misgivings seem well founded. http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/276021/administration-takes-islamophobia-nina-shea The three-day conference was closed to the public, but I was invited to its opening session (as well as to the closing session to be held on Wednesday) by virtue of my being a commissioner on the official but independent U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. “Chatham House Rules,” which State directed us to abide by, forbid releasing anything about a specific delegation or quoting for attribution. To speak more generally, then: legal and security officials of a delegation which will remain unnamed gave a sweeping overview of American founding principles on religious freedom and how they have been breached time and again in American history by attacks against a broad variety of religious minority groups — including now against Muslims. A raft of current cases was mentioned; America’s relative exemplary and distinctive achievement in upholding religious freedom in an emphatically pluralistic society was not. That same speaker reassured the audience, which was packed with diplomats from around the world, that the Obama administration is working diligently to prosecute American Islamophobes and is transforming the U.S. Justice Department into the conscience of the nation, though it could no doubt learn a thing or two from the assembled delegates on other ways to stop persistent religious intolerance in America. Across the room, smirking delegates from some of the world’s most repressive and intolerant regimes could be spotted, furiously taking notes. The Saudi Justice Minister was recently in the U.S. but unfortunately departed before the conference opened and won’t be making any presentation on how the Saudis stop religious intolerance. Nor will his delegation be making any apologetic mention of the Saudi ban on churches, its repression of its large indigenous Shiite population, its textbooks teaching that Jews should be killed, or its beheading yesterday of a woman for sorcery, in addition to another recent beheading of a Sudanese man for the same crime. Meanwhile, at U.N. headquarters in New York, a new resolution following on 16/18 has been introduced by the OIC and will soon be voted on by the General Assembly, where it will no doubt passed with U.S. approval. It singles out for praise regarding the promotion of religious tolerance one state — Saudi Arabia. Related Creeping Sharia posts: Hillary Clinton to host OIC to discuss ‘defamation of Islam’ implementation https://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/hillary-clinton-to-host-oic-to-discuss-defamation-of-islam-implementation/ Islamic countries still attempting to stamp out free speech worldwide https://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/islamic-countries-still-attempting-to-stamp-out-free-speech-worldwide/ State Dept detains American as “threat” for covering secretive UN meeting with Islamic nations https://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2011/12/17/state-dept-detains-american-as-threat-for-covering-secretive-meeting-with-islamic-nations-at-un/ State Dept Attendance at Islamic Meeting to Ban Free Speech Scrubbed from Website https://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2012/11/20/state-dept-attendance-at-islamic-meeting-to-ban-free-speech-scrubbed-from-website/ Hillary Clinton’s complicity with the OIC towards these ends is no surprise either, since she met twice with the OIC last year as part of the “Istanbul Process,” including her vow to use “old fashioned techniques of peer-pressure and shaming” to target “Islamophobia.” http://cnsnews.com/news/article/state-dept-aims-denounce-offensive-speech-while-upholding-free-expression http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/07/168636.htm http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/09/25/bill-we-cant-live-in-shame-based-culture-hillary-we-must-use-peer-pressure-and-shaming-of-islamophobes/ Those meetings played out last December when the State Department backed the OIC-drafted UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18. Check out the membership of the UN Human Rights Council. http://www.forbes.com/sites/abigailesman/2011/12/30/could-you-be-a-criminal-us-supports-un-anti-free-speech-measure/ http://www.todayszaman.com/news-266218-un-adopts-islamic-organizations-scheme-on-religious-tolerance.html http://www.humanrights.gov/2012/04/19/1618-report/ http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Pages/CurrentMembers.aspx Contact Your Elected Officials ASAP and demand they protect your freedom of speech under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml
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    Not needed.
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    A NATIONAL DANCE DAY?! This holiday would not necessarily promote any form of historical significance that would contribute to our citizens. The last scenario we need is the federal government regulating holidays that are not patriotic. For instance, our nation even contains national crepe day. A iconic food to THE FRENCH THAT DOSE NOT PERTAIN TO US. I mean to give some credit to the art of dance, it's an iconic action for many beloved Americans and in some cases a very great talented quality as well. However as a national holiday it's not defining the patriotism and historic events that have occurred in the past that exemplifies our way of life, patriotic values, economic status, the united states constitution, American Revolution, etc, are events that are truly patriotic that were urgent period of times in our nation can rise into the limelight to be transmitted into a national holiday
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    There is no need to waste time debating whether we need a "national dance day" or not.
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    No reason not to, plus dance is part of American heritage and culture
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    Too many "national" this or that or something else day. How about banning any special days. This country has far too many real problems for Congress to tackle. How about a "Take Care of U.S. Citizens and Not Everybody Else In The World" Day? Or year. Or decade.
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    Seriously?
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    Fitness and enjoyment are necessary to emotional and mental health. While this is not a big issue it is an important part of culture and civilization. Really, why not? Don't be a downer!
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    Another silly waste of Congressional time.
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    Why not? We have an America Recycles Day (Nov 15), a National DARE Day (2nd Thur in APR), all by presidential decree vice congressional approval. Most others are a day of reflection or mourning, but some are a call to action, would this be one too?
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    Do I even have to say why this is pointless? Does Congress really have nothing to do?
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    This is the only way to truly appreciate the contributions dancers have made to this nation. We must demonstrate that we respect and appreciate their selfless sacrifice.
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    C'mon
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    Only if I get out of school for it
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