Government Week in Review

Government Week in Review

September 2 to September 6, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress was in session this week. Here is a summary of actions taken. Calendars for the next week (September 9-13, 2019) were set: Senate and House.

Representative Katko (R -NY) bio and Rep. Slotkin (D- MI) bio introduced H.R. 4217 (House of Representatives 4217); it was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security. This bill, “To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to develop tools to help State and local governments establish or improve cybersecurity, and for other purposes.” The bill will be named, “State and local Cybersecurity Improvement Act.” Read in full here.

Representatives Delgado (D-NY) bio, Young (R-AK) bio, Van Drew (D-NJ) bio, Fitzpatrick (R-PA) bio introduced H.R. 4216 “to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to increase support for working students, and for other purposes.” This act, cited as the “Strengthening Financial Aid for Students Act (Strengthening FAFSA) can be read here.

Representative Spano (R-FL) bio introduced H.R. 4223 to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to protect patients from surprise medical bills.” H.R. 4223, known as the “Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills Act,” can be read here.

Representatives Langevin (D-RI) bio, King (R-NY) bio, Rose (D-NY) bio, McCaul (R-TX) bio and sponsored by Representatives Fitzpatrick, Taylor (R-TX) bio and Meadows (R-NC) bio introduced H.R. 3722  to “amend the Homeland security Act of 2002 to authorize a Joint Task Force to enhance integration of the Department of Homeland Security’s border security operations to detect, interdict, disrupt, and prevent narcotics, such as fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, from entering the United States, and for other purposes.” This act, known as “Joint Task Force to Combat Opioid Trafficking Act of 2019” in on the Union Calendar No. 152. (About here). The full text can be read here.

Representatives Sablan (D-NMI-Northern Marianas Islands) bio, and Case (D-HI) bio introduced H.R. 4222 to “amend the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education program for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students under the Higher Education Act of 1965.” The short title of this act is “Indigenous STEM Professional Development Act” and can be read here.

Representatives Green (D-TX) bio, Carson (D-IN) bio, Tlaib (D-MI) bio, Omar (D-MN) bio introduced House Resolution (H. Res 544) “recognizing Islam as one of the great religions of the world.” This resolution, resolved, can be read here.

Representatives Joyce (R-PA) bio and Rogers (R-AL) bio introduced H.R. 3318 “to require the Transportation Security Administration to establish a task force to conduct an analysis of emerging and potential future threats to transportation security, and for other purposes.” This bill, also sponsored by Representative Hagedorn (R-MN) bio is on the Union Calendar No. 153. The full bill can be read here.

Representative DeSaulnier (D-CA) bio introduced H.R. 4225 “For the relief of Maria Isabel Bueso Barrera, Alberto Bueso Mendoza, Karla Maria Barrera De Bueso, and Ana Lucia Bueso Barrera .” This bill seeks to give “permanent resident status for Maria Isabel Bueso Barrera, Alberto Bueso Mendoza, Karla Maria Barrera De Bueso, and Ana Lucia Bueso Barrera.” This bill, introduced on August 30, 2019 was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, visit, and can be read here.

Representatives Lesko (R-AZ) bio, Correa (D-CA) bio, Hagedorn, King (R-IA) bio, Bacon (R-NE) bio, McCaul, Joyce (R-OH) bio, Davis (R-IL) bio, Zeldin (R-NY) bio, Cisneros (D-CA) bio, Calvert (R-CA) Watson-Coleman (D-NJ) bio, and Phillips (D-MN) bio introduced H.R. 3694 to “require the Transportation Security Administration to implement training for frontline Administration personnel regarding the screening of pregnant women and families with young children at passenger screening checkpoints, and for other purposes.” This act, “Helping Families Fly Act of 2019”, can be read in full here.

Representatives Sires (D-NJ) bio, Pallone (D-NJ) bio, Pascrell (D-NJ) bio, Gallego (D-AZ) bio, Hill (D-CA) bio, and Cohen (D-TN) bio introduced H. RES. 546 “Disapproving the Russian Federation’s inclusion in future Group of Seven summits until it respects the territorial integrity of its neighbors and adheres to the standards of democratic societies.” The resolution, resolved by the House of Representatives, can be found here.

Representatives Bucshon (R-IN) bio, Carson, Burgess (R-TX) bio, Bilirakis (R-FL) bio, Brooks (R-IN) bio, Herrera-Beutler (R-WA) bio, Long (R-MO) bio, McBath (D-GA) bio, and Walden (R-OR) bio introduced H.R. 4215 to “improve maternal health care quality, to improve the training of health care professionals to reduce or prevent discrimination in certain health care services, to improve prenatal care, and for other purposes.” This act, called “Excellence in Maternal Health Act of 2019,” can be read in full here.

Representatives Jackson-Lee (D-TX) bio, Payne (D-NJ) bio, and Langevin introduced H.R. 3710 to “amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for the remediation of cybersecurity vulnerabilities, and for other purposes.” This bill sits on the Union Calendar No. 151. Known also as “Cybersecurity Vulnerability Remediation Act,” it can be read here.

Representative Quigley (D-IL) bio introduced H.R. 4218 to “provide that Poland may be designated as a program county under the Visa Waiver Program, and for other purposes”. (Information here) This act is cited as the “Poland Visa Waiver Act of 2019” and can be read in full here.

Representative Beatty (D-OH) bio introduced H.R. 4224 “for the relief of Edith Espinal Moreno” and was referred to the Committee on Judiciary. This bill provides that “Edith Espinal Moreno shall be eligible for issuance of an immigrant visa or for adjustment of status to that of an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence… .” This act can be read in full here.

Representatives Ryan (D-OH) bio, and Bost (R-IL) introduced H.R. 4221 to “require the Director of the National Institutes of Health to carry out a study to add to the scientific knowledge on reducing teacher stress and increasing teacher retention and well-being, and for other purposes. This bill, also known as “Teacher Health and Wellness Act,” can be read here.

Representatives Schiff (D-CA) bio, Jayapal (D-WA) bio, Maloney (D-NY) bio, Norton (D-DC) bio, Payne, Kaptur (D-OH) bio, McCollum (D-MN) bio, Sherman (D-CA) bio, Cohen, Barragan (D-CA) bio, Dingell (D-MI) bio, Wild (D-PA) bio, Titus (D-NV) bio, Jackson-Lee, Thompson (D-MS) bio, and Khanna (D-CA) bio introduced H.RES.545 “supporting infant nutrition through improved breastfeeding practices.” This resolution was sent to the Committee on Energy and Commerce (visit) and to the Committee on Foreign Affairs (visit)  The full resolution can be read here.

Representatives Sherman, Wagner (R-MI) bio, Connolly (D-VA) bio, and Yoho (R-FL) bio introduced H.RES. 543 “Recognizing Honk Kong’s bilateral relationship with the United States, condemning the interference of the People’s Republic of China in Hong Kong’s affairs, and supporting the people of Hong Kong’s right to protest.” This resolution, referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, can be read here.

Representatives Crenshaw (R-TX) bio, Rogers, and Hagedorn reported with an amendment to H.R. 3413 “to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for certain acquisition authorities for the Under Secretary of Management of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes”. The sits on the Union Calendar No. 148. This act, cited as the “DHS Acquisition Reform Act of 2019,” can be read here.

Representative Rose (R-TN) bio, introduced H.R. 4219 to “amend title 28, United States Code, to provide that an appeal of an order granting a nationwide injunction issued by a district court of the United States shall lie to the Supreme Court.” The full text of this bill can be read here.

Representatives Katko, Correa, Watson-Coleman and Slotkin committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed H.R. 3675 which would “require a review of Department of Homeland Security trusted traveler programs, and for other purposes.” This act, cited as “Trusted Traveler Reconsideration and Restoration Act of 2019”, can be read here.

Representatives Ryan and Herrera-Beutler introduced H.R. 4220 to “amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to allow local educational agencies to use Federal funds for programs and activities that address chronic absenteeism.” This bill, known as the “Chronic Absenteeism Reduction in Every School (CARES) Act”, was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor. visit here The full text of the bill is here.

Representatives Bergman (R-MI) bio, and Kim (D-NJ) bio introduced H.R. 4189 to “amend title 28, United States Code, to allow claims against foreign states for unlawful computer intrusion, and for other purposes.” This bill, referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, known as “Homeland and Cyber Threat Act, (HACT),” can be viewed here.

Representatives Gallego, Espaillat (D-NY) bio, McGovern (D-MA) bio, Norton, Huffman (D-CA) bio, Moore (D-WI) bio, Crow (D-CO) bio, Cohen, Schakowsky (D-IL) bio, Correa and Lieu (D-CA) bio introduced H.R. 4226 to “provide that certain guidance related to the citizenship of children of Federal employees and members of the Armed Forces shall have no force or effect, and for other purposes.” This bill, referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, is cited as “Protecting Children of Public Servants and Service Members Abroad Act of 2019.” Read in full here.

Representatives Zeldin and Duffy (R-WI) bio, introduced H.R. 4214 to “require verification of immigration status for receipt of assisted housing benefits, and for other purposes.”  This bill, “Preserving Qualified Housing Act of 2019,” referred to the Committee on Financial Services (visit) and can be read here.

Representative Engel (D-NY) bio introduced H.R. 4209 to “enhance the national interest and security of the United States and its European allies and partners by countering malign Russian influence, and for other purposes.” This bill was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Known as the “Countering Russian Influence Through Inter agency Coordination and Leadership Act (CRITICAL),” it can be viewed here.

Representative Gooden (R-TX) bio, introduced H.R. 4223 “to require the Federal banking agencies to increase the risk-sensitivity of the capital treatment of certain centrally cleared exchange-listed derivatives, and for other purposes.” This bill, known as “Options Market Stability Act of 2019” was referred to the Committee on Financial Services and can be read here.

Representatives Quigley, Cohen, Lowenthal (D-CA) bio, Haaland (D-NM) bio, Tonko (D-NY)  bio, Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) bio, Schakowsky, Blumenauer (D-OR) bio, Gallego, Connolly, and Kuster (D-NH) bio, introduced H.R. 4236 to “encourage recycling and reduction of disposable plastic bottles in units of the National Park System, and for other purposes.” This bill known as the “Reducing Waste in National Parks Act”, was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources (visit) and can be read here.

Representatives Ratcliffe (R-TX) bio and Khanna introduced H.R. 4237 to “amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a continuous diagnostics and mitigation program in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes.” This bill was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform (visit) and the Committee on Homeland Security. This bill, cited as “Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act”, can be read here.

Representatives Loebsack (D-IA) bio, Latta (R-OH) bio, McEachin (D-VA) bio, and Long, introduced H.R. 4229 which would “require the Federal Communications Commission to issue rules relating to the collection of data with respect to the availability of broadband services, and for other purposes” This bill, known as the “Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act or the ‘Broadband DATA Act,'” can be read here.

Representatives Clay (D-MO) bio, and Cleaver (D-MO) bio, along with sponsors Representatives Axne (D-IA)  bio, Lawson (D-FL) bio, and Scott (D-GA) bio, reported with an amendment H.R. 3620 “to provide rental assistance to low-income tenants in certain multifamily rural housing projects financed by the Rural Housing Service of the Department of Agriculture, and to develop and implement a plan for preserving the affordability or rural rental housing, and for other purposes.” This act, known as the “Strategy and Investment in Rural Housing Preservation Act of 2019,” can be read here.

Representatives Scalise (R-LA), bio, Richmond (D-LA) bio, Abraham (R-LA) bio, Graves (R-LA) bio, and Johnson (R-LA) introduced H. RES. 547 to “Congratulating the Eastbank All-Stars from River Ridge, Louisiana, on winning the 2019 Little League World Series Championship.” The full text of the resolution can be found here.

Representatives Vargas (D-CA) bio, Tlaib, Garcia (D-TX) bio, Maloney, Gonzalez (D-TX) bio, Espaillat, Napolitano (D-CA) bio, Carbajal (D-CA) bio, Correa, Pressley (D-MA) bio, Foster (D-IL) bio, Lee (D-CA) bio, Himes (D-CT) bio, Grijalva (D-AZ) bio, Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) bio, Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) bio, Garcia (D-IL) bio, Soto (D-FL) bio, Escobar (D-TX) bio, Cisneros, Roybal-Allard (D-CA) bio, Gomez (D-CA) bio, Castro (D-TX) bio, Heck (D-WA) bio, Brownley (D-CA) bio, Gardenas (D-CA) bio, Peters (D-CA) bio, and Meeks (D-NY) bio, introduced H.R. 3154 “to clarify that eligibility of certain mortgages with Federal credit enhancement many not be conditioned on the status of a mortgager as a DACA recipient if all other eligibility criteria are satisfied, and for other purposes.” This bill is on the Union Calender No. 155. It is known as “Homeownership for DREAMers Act.” The full text can be read here.

Representative Hill (R-AR) bio, introduced H.R. 4231, “to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to clarify Federal law with respect to reporting certain positive consumer credit information to consumer reporting agencies, and for other purposes”.  It was referred to the Committee on Financial Services. Known as the “Credit Access and Inclusion Act of 2019”, the bill can be found here.

Representatives Garcia of TX, Garcia of IL, Ocasio-Cortez, Escobar, Correa, Pressley, Trahan (D-MA) bio, Maloney, Raskin (D-MD) bio, Schiff, Brownley of CA, Thompson  (D-CA) bio, Vargas, Roybal-Allard and DeSaulnier reported with an amendment H.R. 2763 “to prohibit the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from implementing certain rules.” This bill, known as the “Keeping Families Together Act of 2019,” can be read here.

Representatives Case and King introduced H.R. 4232 “to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to ensure the ability to enforce State and local law relating to leasing and renting of real property, and for other purposes.” This bill, “Protecting Local Authority and Neighborhoods Act, (PLAN),” which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, can be read here.

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney introduced H.R. 4234, “to amend the Commodity Exchange Act with respect to the regulation of virtual currencies“. This act was referred to the Committee on Agriculture (visit). To read the full text of this bill click here.

Representative Velazquez (D-NY) bio, introduced H.R. 4242 “to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require issuers to disclose information on pay raises made to executives and non-executive employees, and for other purposes.” This act, referred to the Committee on Financial Services, is named “Greater Accountability in Pay Act of 2019.” can be read here.

Representatives Underwood (D-IL) bio, Scanlon (D-PA) bio, and Schrier (D-WA) bio, introduced H.R. 4240, “to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to reduce the number of times certain applicants for financial assistance are required to file a FAFSA, and for other purposes.” This act, referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, is known as the “File once FAFSA Act,” and can be read here.

Representatives Casten (D-IL) bio, McKinley (R-WV) bio, Johnson (D-TX) bio, Radewagen, Fitzpatrick, and Tonko introduced H.R. 4230 to “amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to establish a program to incentivize innovation and to enhance the industrial competitiveness of the United States by developing technologies to reduce emissions of nonpower industrial sectors, and for other purposes.” The act, which was referred to the Committee on Science, Space and Technology (visit), is known as the “Clean Industrial Technology Act of 2019 or the CIT Act of 2019.” The full bill can be read here.

Representive Adam Schiff introduced H.R. 4239 which is to “amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow for nonrecognition of gain on real property sold for use as affordable housing”. This bill was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means (visit). This bill cited as the “Affordable Housing Incentives Act of 2019” can be read here.

Representatives McEachin, Long, Loebsack, and Latta introduced H.R. 4227 “to prohobit the submission to the Federal Communications Commission of broadband internet access service coverage information or data for the purposes of compiling an inaccurate broadband coverage map.” This bill, referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, is known as “Mapping Accuracy Promotes Services Act, or the MAPS Act,” and can be read here.

Representatives Reed (R-NY) bio, and Sanchez (D-CA) bio, introduced H.R. 4238“to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow employers a credit against income tax for employees who participate in qualified apprenticeship programs.” This bill was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. Known as the LEAP Act, “Leveraging and Energizing America’s Apprenticeship Programs Act”, this bill can be read here.

Representatives Underwood, Levin (D-CA) bio, and Luria (D-VA) bio, introduced H.R. 4241 to “amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to rename master promissory notes for loans made under part D to student loan contracts.” This bill, referred to the Committee on Education and Labor, is known as the “Student Loan Contract Act of 2019.” It can be read here.

A calendar of the upcoming week’s committee meetings can be found here. This website will also contain the links to all Senate and House bills being heard in the committee.

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