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Wednesday, September 26th

Sep 26, 2018
Legislative Digest

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes are expected: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

1 Postponed Suspension

1) H.R. 5420 - FDR Historic Preservation Act, as amended  (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. John Faso (R-NY) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to acquire 89 acres currently held by the Scenic Hudson Land Trust for inclusion in the FDR National Historic Site in Hyde Park, New York. 

16 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 302 - FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) | Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
reforms and reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), disaster programs at the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the National Transportation Safety Board. 


2) H.R. 6332 - Improving Strategies to Counter Weapons Proliferation Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to report to Congress annually for five years on the intelligence products it generates from Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) filings on proliferation finance transactions moving through the U.S. financial system; it’s collaboration with law enforcement, the Intelligence Community, and foreign financial intelligence units; and on its advisory reports issued to financial institutions to make maximum use of BSA data.

3) H.R. 4753 - Federal Reserve Supervision Testimony Clarification Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
establishes procedures to ensure that the Federal Reserve fulfills its obligations mandated by Section 1108 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which established the position of Vice Chairman for Supervision at the Board of Governors.

4) H.R. 5036 - Financial Technology Protection Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill establishes an Independent Financial Technology Task Force (Task Force) with the goal of improving coordination between the private and public sectors to research and develop legislative and regulatory proposals to decrease terrorist and illicit use of new financial technologies, including digital currencies.

5) H.R. 6729 - Empowering Financial Institutions to Fight Human Trafficking Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill
 instructs the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a mechanism for non-profit organizations to qualify for safe harbor when sharing specific information with financial institutions that facilitates their duties of customers due diligence and the reporting of suspicious activities relating to human trafficking.

6) H.R. 6737 - Protect Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends section 306(g) of the National Housing Act to provide a technical fix so that recently executed loans refinanced by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Loans can remain eligible for pooling in the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) security.

7) H.R. 6751 - Banking Transparency for Sanctioned Persons Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Secretary of the Treasury to submit a semi-annual report to the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs regarding financial services for state sponsors of terrorism and certain sanctioned persons. 

8) H.R. 3834 - 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill provides that members of public safety agencies who died of 9/11-related health conditions are eligible for the Presidential 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor.

9) H.R. 754 - Anwar Sadat Centennial Celebration Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill awards the Congressional Gold Medal to the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat for the centennial of his birth.

10) H.R. 4809 - GOOD Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires federal agencies to post regulatory guidance documents online in an easy to find location.  


11) H.R. 3398 - REAL ID Act Modification for Freely Associated States Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Don Young (R-AK) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Real ID Act of 2005 to clarify a citizen of the Freely Associated States (FAS)—the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau—who has been admitted to the United States as a nonimmigrant pursuant to a Compact of Free Association between the United States and the FAS is eligible for a driver's license or personal identification card. 


12) H.R. 4887 - GREAT Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the federal department that issues the most federal grant awards to establish government-wide data standards for information reported by grant recipients, issue guidance directing federal agencies to apply those standards, and require the publication of recipient-reported data collected from all agencies on a single public website. 


13) H.R. 4431 - Correcting Miscalculations in Veterans’ Pensions Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill explicitly authorizes agencies that have committed an administrative error in calculating a military service deposit for a federal employee’s pension to pay the interest accrued as a result of the mistake on behalf of the veteran. 


14) H.R. 4917 - IG Subpoena Authority Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill enhances the ability of inspectors general to identify waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in the executive branch by authorizing them to issue testimonial subpoenas for contractors, grant recipients, and former federal employees, as necessary to perform functions required by the Inspector General Act of 1978.

15) H.R. 5896 - Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Amendments Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill adjusts aspects of the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act related to Border Patrol staffing analyses, advanced training compensation credit, travel compensatory time, the retirement control period, leave without pay, and alternative work schedules.

16) H.R. 6846 - To require the United States Postal Services to establish new ZIP codes, and for other purposes (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the United States Postal Service to create a single unique ZIP cost for five communities across the United States. 


2 Rule Bills

1) H.Res. 1071 - Recognizing that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill recognizes that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.

2) Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 6157 - Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) | Appropriations Committee

Topline Summary: This bill provides funding for the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies, and includes a short-term Continuing Resolution until December 7, 2018 to keep the government open until all annual appropriations funding bills can be considered and signed into law.

115th Congress