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Tuesday, February 6th

Feb 6, 2018
Legislative Digest

Tuesday, February 6th 

On the Floor Today: 2 Suspensions, 2 Rule Bills, and 3 Postponed Suspension Votes


Tuesday, February 6th

On Monday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for morning hour and 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Last votes expected 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

2 Suspensions

1) H.R. 4924 - To amend the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to reform the procedures provided under such Act for the initiation, investigation, and resolution of claims alleging that employing offices of the legislative branch have violated the rights and protections provided to their employees under such Act, including protections against sexual harassment, and for other purposes (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) | House Administration Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 (CAA) to reform the procedures for initiation, investigation, and resolution of claims, reforms the Office of Compliance, and updates the CAA where necessary.

2) H.Res. 724 - Requiring each employing office of the House of Representatives to adopt an anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policy for the office's workplace, establishing the Office of Employee Advocacy to provide legal assistance and consultation to employees of the House regarding procedures and proceedings under the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995, and for other purposes (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) | House Administration Committee

Topline Summary: This resolution makes a number of operational changes to the House of Representatives as well as to the Code of Official Conduct contained in the Rules of the House of Representatives. Specifically, the legislation requires each employing office of the House to adopt an anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policy for the office’s workplace, establishes within the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) an Office of Employee Advocate, authorizes the establishment of a hotline number through the Employee Advocate, and authorizes legal assistance in proceedings involving the Ethics Committee.

2 Rule Bills 

1) H.R. 772 - Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act to clarify the information certain retail food chain establishments, with 20 or more locations, must disclose about nutrition to the consumer to prevent overly burdensome regulations for certain establishments, such as convenience stores, supermarkets, grocery stores and pizza restaurants, and to provide flexibility in how restaurants display calorie information.

2) House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 1892 - Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018  (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) | Appropriations Committee

Topline Summary: This bill funds government operations at current funding levels through March 23, 2018, includes the text of H.R. 695, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, as passed on January 30, 2018, and provides extensions for critical health care programs.

3 Postponed Suspension Votes

1) H.R. 219 - Swan Lake Hydroelectric Project Boundary Correction Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Don Young (R-AK) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Department of the Interior, after consulting with the U.S. Forest Service, to modify the boundary of the Swan Lake Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. 2911) in southeast Alaska and to convey any additional land necessary for the project to the state of Alaska.

2) H.R. 2371 - Western Area Power Administration Transparency Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) to establish a pilot project to provide increased transparency for its customers.

3) S. 1438 - Gateway Arch National Park Designation Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in Missouri as the "Gateway Arch National Park."

 

115th Congress