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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Jan 16, 2018
Legislative Digest
On the Floor Today: 3 Suspensions, 1 Rule Bill, and 2 Postponed Suspension Votes

The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

3 Suspensions 


1) H.R. 3445 - AGOA and MCA Modernization Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor:Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill provides for more effective utilization of existing U.S. trade facilitation and economic growth programs, particularly those made available through African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

2) H.R. 3776 - Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2017, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill articulates a United States international cyberspace policy guided by the multi-stakeholder model that advances democratic principles and rejects attempts by authoritarian regimes to exert more control and censorship over the internet. 

3) H.R. 1660 - Global Health Innovation Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to submit to Congress a report—with four annual updates—on the development and use of global health innovations in USAID programs.

1 Rule Bill

2) H.R. 3326 - World Bank Accountability Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would withhold a portion of future appropriations for the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) until the Secretary of the Treasury reports that the World Bank has undertaken reforms to fight corruption, strengthen management accountability, and undermine violent extremism.

2 Postponed Suspension Votes 

1) H.R. 4258 - Family Self-Sufficiency Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would relieve the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) administrative and regulatory burdens to administer the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program by combining the two separate FSS programs into one program. 

2) H.R. 4279 - Expanding Investment Opportunities Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R-IN) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to amend its rules to enable closed-end funds that meet certain requirements to be considered “well-known seasoned issuers” (WKSIs) and to conform the filing and offering regulations for closed-end funds to those of traditional operating companies—which will simplify the registration process and enable these funds to more easily provide information to investors. 

115th Congress