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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mar 21, 2017
Legislative Digest
On the Floor Today: 3 Suspensions and 2 Rule Bills

The House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Last votes expected 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

3 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 1302 - Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop and conduct an exercise to evaluate the nation’s preparedness against the threat of foreign fighters and terrorists.

2) H.R. 1238 - Securing our Agriculture and Food Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. David Young (R-IA) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize a program to coordinate the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts related to food, agriculture, and veterinary defense from acts of terrorism and other high-consequence events that pose a risk to homeland security.

3) H.R. 1365 - Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Innovation Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. J. Luis Correa (D-CA) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill codifies activities executed by the Chief Procurement Officer of the Department of Homeland Security.

2 Rule Bills

1) Complete Consideration of H.R. 372 - Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017 (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill amends a section of the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945 which exempted the insurance industry from the Sherman Act and the Clayton Act.

2) H.R. 1101 - Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) | Education and the Workforce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to allow small businesses to join together in association health plans (AHP) across state lines through bona fide trade associations to become larger purchasers of health insurance.

115th Congress