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Week of February 12, 2018

Feb 12, 2018
Legislative Digest
On the Floor This Week: 9 Suspensions and 3 Rule Bills

Tuesday, February 13th

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.

9 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 4533 - To designate the health care system of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Lexington, Kentucky, as the "Lexington VA Health Care System" and to make certain other designations (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the health care system of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Lexington, Kentucky, as the "Lexington VA Health Care System" and makes certain other designations. The bill also names the campus of two VA facilities in Lexington, Kentucky as the “Franklin R. Sousley Campus’’ and the “Troy E. Bowling Campus” respectively.

2) H.R. 3542 - Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill states that it is U.S. policy to: (1) condemn the use of human shields by Hamas as an act of terrorism and a violation of human rights and international humanitarian law, and (2) act against those engaging in or supporting the use of human shields. 

3) H.Res. 129 - Calling on the Department of Defense, other elements of the Federal Government, and foreign governments to intensify efforts to investigate, recover, and identify all missing and unaccounted-for personnel of the United States, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill calls on (1) the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, other appropriate Federal entities, and foreign governments to resolutely continue to account for missing U.S. personnel from past wars and conflicts; and (2) calls on foreign governments to cooperate fully with the USG to provide the fullest possible accounting for those American lives, after factual recitations.

4) H.R. 4376 - Department of Energy Research Infrastructure Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA) | Science, Space, and Technology Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes appropriations for updates to and construction of major user facilities at the Department of Energy (DOE) national labs.

5) H.R. 4377 - Accelerating American Leadership in Science Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) | Science, Space, and Technology Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes appropriations for updates to and construction of major user facilities at the Department of Energy (DOE) national labs.

6) H.R. 4378 - Nuclear Energy Research Infrastructure Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes appropriations for the Department of Energy (DOE) to establish a test reactor to support research and development of advanced nuclear reactor technologies.

7) H.R. 4675 - Low-Dose Radiation Research Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS) | Science, Space, and Technology Committee

Topline Summary: This bill provides doctors and government agencies with evidence-based research on the effects that low-dose radiation exposure has on the population.

8) H.R. 3397 - Building Blocks of STEM Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) | Science, Space, and Technology Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to awards grants to higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations to study factors that contribute to participation in science, technology, engineering, and math education by young girls, and develop and evaluate methods to increase young girls’ participation in computer science.

9) H.R. 4979 - To extend the Generalized System of Preferences and to make technical changes to the competitive need limitations provision of the program, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Trade Act of 1974 to extend GSP through December 31, 2020, retroactively extend benefits to covered imports that have been made since the program lapsed, and make technical modifications to procedures for the competitive need limitations provision of the program.


Wednesday, February 14th

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

2 Rule Bills 

1) H.R. 3978 - TRID Improvement Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. French Hill (R-AR) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill includes the text of 6 bills, H.R. 3978, the TRID Improvement Act, H.R. 1645, the Fostering Innovation Act of 2017, H.R. 4546, the National Securities Exchange Regulatory Parity Act, H.R. 3948, the Protection of Source Credit Act, H.R. 2948, to amend the S.A.F.E. Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 to provide a temporary license for loan originators transitioning between employers, and H.R. 4061, the Financial Stability Oversight Council Improvement Act of 2017.

2) H.R. 3299 - Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Revised Statutes, the Home Owners’ Loan Act, the Federal Credit Union Act, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to require the rate of interest on certain loans remain unchanged regardless of whether a bank has subsequently sold or assigned the loan to a third party.


Thursday, February 15th

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

1 Rule Bill 

1) H.R. 620 - ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill ensures greater protection of individuals with disabilities while providing business owners with the opportunity to remedy alleged Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) infractions before incurring unnecessary litigation costs. Specifically, the bill amends the private enforcement provisions of the public accommodation requirements of Title III of the ADA to: (1) require a notice and cure period before the commencement of a private civil action; (2) require the Department of Justice to develop a program to educate state and local governments and property owners on strategies for promoting access to public accommodations for persons with a disability; and (3) require the Judicial Conference of the United States to develop a model program to promote alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to resolve claims of architectural barriers for public accommodations.

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