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Week of April 23rd

Apr 24, 2018
Legislative Digest

Tuesday, April 24th

On Tuesday, 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) S. 447 - Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today (JUST) Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires a one-time report by the State department that assesses and describes the laws with respect to Holocaust property restitution of participant countries in the 2009 Holocaust Era Assets Conference.

2) H.R. 4744 - Iran Human Rights and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill (1) details the human rights abuses and hostage-taking perpetrated by the Government of Iran; (2), requires the President to determine whether senior Iranian officials are responsible for human rights abuses and whether official Iranian businesses should be sanctioned for public corruption under existing law; and (3), imposes property-blocking and visa-denial sanctions for Iranian officials (and family members) responsible for politically motivated detentions of U.S. citizens and residents, or abuses against Iranian expatriates.

3) H.R. 4681 - No Assistance for Assad Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill helps to ensure that the U.S. does not provide assistance for reconstruction or stabilization in areas of Syria controlled by Bashar al-Assad or his forces (subject to extensive conditions, certifications, and reporting). 

4) H.Con.Res. 111 - Recognizing and supporting the efforts of the United Bid Committee to bring the 2026 Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup competition to Canada, Mexico, and the United States, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill supports and endorses efforts by the United Bid Committee to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup competition in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

5) H.R. 5086 - Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) | Science, Space, and Technology Committee

Topline Summary: This bill expands eligibility for participation in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps), allowing private funding and Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grants to be used to cover I-Corps training expenses.

6) H.R. 2809 - American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act of 2017, as amendeds (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) | Science, Space, and Technology Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends title 51, United States Code, to provide for the minimal necessary authorization and supervision of non-governmental space activities to maximize U.S. citizens’ freedom to explore and use space. 

Wednesday, April 25th, and the Balance of the Week 

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business and recess immediately. The House will reconvene at approximately 10:30 a.m. for a Joint Meeting of Congress to receive His Excellency Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic.

Members are advised to be on the House Floor and in their seats no later than 10:05 a.m. for the Joint Meeting.

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

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

2 Rule Bills 

1) H.R. 4 - FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill will is a five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration to cut bureaucratic red tape, encourage innovation, improve airport infrastructure, improve the flight experience of the American public, and maintain safety throughout the transportation system.

2) H.R. 3144 - To provide for operations of the Federal Columbia River Power System pursuant to a certain operation plan for a specified period of time, and for other purposes  (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires federally owned hydropower facilities within the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) in the Pacific Northwest to be operated according to the salmon management plan adopted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 2014. 

1 Suspension 


1) H.R. 5447 - Music Modernization Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill is designed to significantly update several key provisions of U.S. copyright law regarding music licensing.

115th Congress