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Week of April 16th

Apr 15, 2018
Legislative Digest

Monday, April 16th

On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

6 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 3607 - To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish fees for medical services provided in units of the National Park System, and for other purposes, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes the Department of the Interior to establish and collect fees for medical services provided to persons in units of the National Park System.

2) H.R. 4609 - West Fork Fire Station Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill relates to Dolores County in southwest Colorado, which is home to part of the 1.8 million acre San Juan National Forest. As a neighbor to this forest, the County plays an active role in fire suppression efforts and emergency response on both private and public lands. After two failed attempts to acquire an appropriate site for a fire station failed due to insufficient space or accessibility constraints, the County began working with the U.S. Forest Service and local stakeholders to identify suitable property. H.R. 4609 implements the resulting agreement by authorizing the County to buy 3.61 acres of Forest Service land for the West Fork Fire Station. The County will pay all conveyance costs, as well as the cost of site preparation, construction, equipping and manning the fire station. 

3) H.R. 3961 - Kissimmee River Wild and Scenic River Study Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would designate the Kissimmee River for study under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (WSRA). Designating a river for WSRA study generally preserves its character until it can be classified for one of three levels of protection or removed from study. Because much of the River above and below the 44-mile restored area is already impounded, it is likely that the River would be eligible only for the least restrictive designation under the WSRA, “recreational”.

4) H.R. 146 - Eastern Band Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill takes specified lands and easements in Monroe County, Tennessee, into trust for the benefit of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

5) H.R. 443 - James K. Polk Presidential Home Study Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Department of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the James K. Polk Home and adjacent property in Columbia, Tennessee.

6) S. 167 - National Memorial to Fallen Educators (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates as the "National Memorial to Fallen Educators" an existing memorial located at the National Teachers Hall of Fame in Emporia, Kansas.


Tuesday, April 17th

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

10 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 2905 - Justice for Victims of IRS Scams and Identity Theft Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill will require the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury to report to Congress on efforts to combat identity theft, including by persons purporting to be acting on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service.


2) H.R. 4403 - Moving Americans Privacy Protection Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Tariff Act of 1930 to prevent the public disclosure of personally identifiable information contained on manifests when U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) releases certain shipment data.

 

3) H.R. 5440 - To require notice from the Secretary of the Treasury in the case of any closure of a Taxpayer Assistance Center (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Karen Handel (R-GA) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide (including by non-electronic means such as local press and other media), 90 days in advance, a notice containing information identifying the taxpayer assistance center proposed for closure, the date of the proposed closure, and the relevant alternative sources of assistance which may be utilized by affected taxpayers.


4) H.R. 5446 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to restrict the immediate sale of seized property by the Secretary of the Treasury to perishable goods, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill modifies the definition of “perishable” good to limit the ability of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to deem seized property as “perishable” and utilize same day sale provisions.

 

5) H.R. 5438 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow officers and employees of the Department of the Treasury to provide to taxpayers information regarding low-income taxpayer clinics, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. George Holding (R-NC) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
allows officers and employees of the Department of the Treasury to advise taxpayers of the availability of, and eligibility requirements for receiving, advice and assistance from qualified low-income taxpayer clinics that receive funding under the Code, and to provide location and contact information for such clinics.


6) H.R. 5437 - To require the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a program for the issuance of identity protection personal identification numbers, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Secretary of the Treasury, within five years, to establish a program to issue Identity Protection Personal Identification Numbers to any individual requesting one to assist the Secretary in verifying the individual’s true identity. 

 

7) H.R. 5439 - To provide for a single point of contact at the Internal Revenue Service for the taxpayers who are victims of tax-related identity theft, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Secretary of the Treasury to establish procedures to implement a single point of contact for taxpayers adversely affected by identity theft.

 

8) H.R. 5443 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require electronic filing of the annual returns of exempt organizations and provide for making such returns available for public inspection, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill extends the requirements to e-file to all tax-exempt organizations required to file statements of returns in the Form 990 series or the Form 872.

 

9) H.R. 2901 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent Volunteer Income Tax Assistance matching grant program (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill codifies the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance matching grant program and provides that the Secretary of the Treasury may allocate, from appropriated funds, up to $30 million per year in matching grants to qualified entities for the development, expansion, or continuation of qualified tax return preparation programs assisting low-income taxpayers and members of underserved populations.

 

10) H.R. 1512 - Social Security Child Protection Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Social Security Administration (SSA) to issue a new Social Security number (SSN) to children age 14 when a parent or guardian has provided sufficient evidence, as determined by the Commissioner and under penalty of perjury, that the child’s Social Security card has been stolen. 


1 Rule Bill 

1) H.R. 5192 - Protecting Children from Identity Theft Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill attempts to reduce synthetic ID fraud by requiring the Social Security Administration (SSA) to match the name, Social Security number (SSN), and date of birth submitted by permitted entities against the SSA’s records. 


Wednesday, April 18th, and the Balance if the Week

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.

On Friday, no votes are expected in the House.

2 Rule Bills

1) H.R. 5444 - Taxpayer First Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill makes numerous changes to reorganize the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in an attempt to focus the agencies efforts more on taxpayer service.

2) H.R. 5445 - 21st Century IRS Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill improves cybersecurity and taxpayer identity protection and modernizes the information technology at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

 

115th Congress