Political notebook: Hudson co-sponsors his first two bills
U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson has signed his name to two bills so far in his first month as North Carolina’s 8th District Congressman.
This week, Hudson co-sponsored the Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act.
The bill, introduced in the U.S. House by Rep. Todd Young of Indiana, includes 121 co-sponsors.
In a press release, Hudson said it is “an effort to restore a measure of accountability for federal regulations.”
The REINS Act would require that any regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more come before Congress for a vote before taking effect. It passed the House overwhelmingly in the 112th Congress but never received a hearing in the Senate.
Hudson also announced last week that he has co-sponsored H.R. 3600, a bill to repeal the 1954 Johnson Amendment.
The Johnson Amendment was inserted in a tax bill by then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson to prevent nonprofit organizations from intervening in political campaigns.
Hudson, a member of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, said the Internal Revenue Service has interpreted the law too broadly. Churches can face the loss of their tax-exempt status if pastors speak from the pulpit about political candidates or issues.
Hudson said in a press release that the new legislation would “restore free speech rights of houses of worship and other non-profit organizations.”