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Week of February 5, 2018

Feb 5, 2018
Legislative Digest
On the Floor This Week: 9 Suspensions and 2 Rule Bills

Monday, February 5th

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.

9 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 4547 - Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends titles II, VIII, and XVI of the Social Security Act to improve and strengthen the representative payment program.

2) H.R. 2371 - Western Area Power Administration Transparency Act (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) to establish a pilot project to provide increased transparency for its customers.

3) H.R. 2888 - Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park Establishment Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill establishes the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park in Missouri as a unit of the National Park System.

4) S. 1438 - Gateway Arch National Park Designation Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in Missouri as the "Gateway Arch National Park."

5) H.R. 2504 - To ensure fair treatment in licensing requirements for the export of certain echinoderms (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill (1) exempts exporters of sea urchins and sea cucumbers that are designated as food for humans or animals or taken for recreational purposes from licensing requirements; and (2) requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to amend regulations concerning transporting wildlife to clarify that those sea urchins and sea cucumbers are fishery products exempt from the export permission requirements under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

6) H.R. 219 - Swan Lake Hydroelectric Project Boundary Correction Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Don Young (R-AK) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Department of the Interior, after consulting with the U.S. Forest Service, to modify the boundary of the Swan Lake Hydroelectric Project (FERC No. 2911) in southeast Alaska and to convey any additional land necessary for the project to the state of Alaska.

7) H.R. 2646 - United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Extension Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill renews H.R. 907, the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015, which increased assistance to and defense cooperation with Jordan and allowed for the expedited processing of military sales to Jordan.

8) H.R. 1997 - Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act of 2017, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill encourages the Secretary of State to bolster cybersecurity cooperation with Ukraine and requires a report to Congress on U.S. and NATO efforts toward that goal.

9) H.R. 3851 - War Crimes Rewards Expansion Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would explicitly authorize the Department of State to offer awards under its War Crimes Rewards Program for crimes that would be prosecuted in United States courts under the laws and statutes of the United States. 


Tuesday, February 6th and the Balance of the Week

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

On Wednesday, the House is scheduled to meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.

2 Rule Bills 

1) H.R. 772 - Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act to clarify the information certain retail food chain establishments, with 20 or more locations, must disclose about nutrition to the consumer to prevent overly burdensome regulations for certain establishments, such as convenience stores, supermarkets, grocery stores and pizza restaurants, and to provide flexibility in how restaurants display calorie information.

2) H.R. 1153 - Mortgage Choice Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill excludes insurance held in escrow and, under certain circumstances, fees paid to companies affiliated with the creditor from the costs that would be considered in calculating the three percent “points and fees” limitation for purposes of determine whether a mortgage can be considered a “qualified mortgage”. The legislation directs the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to amend its regulations related to qualified mortgages to reflect the new exclusions.

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