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Week of July 17, 2017

Jul 17, 2017
Legislative Digest
On the Floor this Week: 6 Suspensions and 4 Rule Bills

Monday, July 17th

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.

3 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 2210 - To designate the community living center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Butler Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as the Sergeant Joseph George Kusick VA Community Living Center  (PDF) 

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the community living center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Butler Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as the “Sergeant Joseph George Kusick VA Community Living Center.”

2) H.J.Res. 92 - Granting the consent and approval of Congress for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to amend the Washington Area Transit Regulation Compact (PDF) 

Sponsor: Rep. Barbara Comstock  (R-VA) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This resolution grants congressional consent to amendments of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Regulation Compact relating to the appointment and removal of members and alternates of the Board of Directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority by compact signatories.

3) H.J.Res. 76 - Grantingt he consent and approval of Congress for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to enter into a compact relating to the establishment of the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission (PDF) 

Sponsor: Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This resolution grants congressional consent and approval for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to enter into a Metrorail Safety Commission (MSC) Interstate Compact.


Tuesday, July 18th 

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

3 Suspensions

1) H.R. 2786 - To amend the Federal Power Act with respect to the criteria and process to qualify as a qualifying conduit hydropower facility (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill promotes the development of small conduit hydropower facilities by requiring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to determine whether a facility meets qualifying small conduit facility criteria within 30 days of receipt of a notice of intent to construct.

2) H.R. 2828 - To extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, upon the request of the licensee for the project numbered 12569 (Public Utility District No. 1 of Okanogan County, Washington), to extend the time period during which the licensee is required to commence construction for up to three consecutive two-year periods from the date of the expiration of the original extension.

3) H.R. 3050 - Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the energy emergency planning requirements of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to strengthen the ability of states to secure the energy infrastructure of the United States against physical and cybersecurity threats and mitigate the risk of energy supply disruptions.

1 Rule Bill 

1) H.R. 806 - Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill seeks to facilitate more efficient implementation of ozone standards, and the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) program generally.


Wednesday, July 19th 

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. 2910 - Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill strengthens the role of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as the lead agency under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for jurisdictional natural gas projects. 

2) H.R. 2883 - Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill replaces the Presidential Permit process, established through an executive order, with a uniform and transparent process to authorize the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of international border-crossing facilities for the import and export of oil and natural gas and the transmission of electricity. 


Thursday, July 20th 

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

1 Rule Bill

1) H.R. 218 - King Cove Road Land Exchange Act (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes a land exchange to facilitate the construction of a road linking the City of King Cove (a recognized Alaska Native Village) and the City of Cold Bay, the location of a modern airport.

 

Additional Legislative Items are Possible

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