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Week of July 23rd

Jul 23, 2018
Legislative Digest

Monday, July 23rd

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.

20 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 2345 - National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in consultation with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to study and report on the feasibility of designating a three-digit dialing code to be used for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system.

2) H.R. 4881 - Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to form a task force to evaluate the best ways to meet the broadband needs of precision agriculture in the United States.

3) H.R. 5709 - PIRATE Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill gives the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) additional authority to issue fines on any person who willfully and knowingly broadcasts radio transmissions over AM or FM frequencies without a license from the FCC or without complying with unlicensed operations rules defined in the Commission’s rules.  

 


4) H.R. 3994 - ACCESS BROADBAND Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Department of Commerce to establish the Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

5) H.R. 959 - Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. David Joyce (R-OH) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA) to reauthorize nursing workforce development programs, which support the recruitment, retention, and advanced education of skilled nursing professionals.

6) H.R. 1676 - Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award grants to improve the training of health professionals in palliative care. 

7) H.R. 3728 - EMPOWER Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends Title VII of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA) to reauthorize the health professions workforce programs that support loan repayment and provider training experiences in primary care, dentistry, rural or underserved areas, and in community-based settings. 


8) H.R. 5385 - Dr. Benjy Frances Brooks Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill reauthorizes payments to Children’s Hospitals that operate graduate medical education (GME) programs for five years.

9) H.R. 5954 - Anti-terrorism Clarification Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)


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

Topline Summary: This bill clarifies ambiguities in the Anti-terrorism  Act of 1992 (ATA’s) “act of war” exception that allow designated foreign terrorists and their supporters to avoid liability

10) H.R. 1689 - Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill prohibits the federal government, or a state or political subdivision receiving federal economic development funds during any fiscal year, from exercising the power of eminent domain over property of a religious or other nonprofit organization because of the organization's nonprofit or tax-exempt status or any related quality.

11) H.R. 4100 - Foundation of the Federal Bar Association Charter Amendments Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Congressional charter of the Federal Bar Association to modernize the charter and make needed technical corrections that will allow the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association to operate outside of outdated and stringent requirements for membership and governance that exceed those of many Congressionally chartered corporations.

12) S. 2245 - KIWI Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill makes New Zealand nationals eligible to enter the United States as nonimmigrant traders and investors (E-1 and E-2 nonimmigrants) as provided for under the Immigration and Nationality Act if New Zealand provides reciprocal nonimmigrant treatment to U.S. nationals.

13) H.R. 2630 - La Paz County Land Conveyance Act, as amended (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill will convey, for fair market value, up to 8800 acres of Department of the Interior (DOI) land to La Paz County, Arizona, to construct a solar field.

14) H.R. 1220 - To establish the Adams Memorial Commission to carry out the provisions of Public Law 107–62, and for other purposes, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill transfers the authority to erect the John Adams memorial to the Adams Memorial Commission.

15) H.R. 3045 - Eastern Legacy Extension Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill extends the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail by 1,200 miles, with a new eastern boundary at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, following the path of the Ohio River.

16) H.R. 5875 - To amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell-Johnson Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, to provide parity for United States territories and the District of Columbia, to make technical corrections to such Acts and related laws, and for other purposes, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU) | Natural Resources Committee 

Topline Summary: This bill removes the existing caps on funds for basic hunter education programs and would see that each territory and State receive not less than 1% in any given year.

17) H.R. 5979 - Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill establishes the Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument as a unit of the National Park System.

18) H.R. 6077 - National Comedy Center Recognition Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill officially designates the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York, as the National Comedy Center.

19) S. 2850 - To amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill makes a technical amendment to the Claims Resolution Act to clarify that the Tribe may utilize funding from the White Mountain Apache Tribe’s (WMAT) Settlement Fund for planning, design and construction activities related to construction of the rural water system, and clarifies the 99-year lease authority for the Pueblo of Santa Clara and the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo in New Mexico.

20) H.R. 5613 - Quindaro Townsite National Historic Landmark Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the Quindaro Townsite in Kansas City, Kansas, as a National Historic Landmark.


Tuesday, July 24th 

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

17 Suspensions & 1 Rule Bill

1) H.R. 1201 - EACH Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to expand the religious conscience exemption from the individual mandate to include individuals for whom the acceptance of medical health services would be inconsistent with their religious beliefs.

2) H.R. 1476 - Native American Health Savings Improvement Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to specify that receiving hospital care or medical services under a medical care program of the Indian Health Service (IHS) or a tribal organization does not disqualify an individual from being eligible to contribute to a health savings account (HSA).

3) H.R. 519 - Water and Agriculture Tax Reform Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill permits mutual ditch or irrigation companies to retain their non-profit status even if they receive more than 15% of their revenue from non-member sources.


4) H.R. 3500 - Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill prohibits the Internal Revenue Service from rehiring any individual, previously employed by the agency, who was removed for misconduct or was involuntarily separate for cause.

5) H.R. 6084 - Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act, as amended (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill amends Title VII of the Social Security Act to require the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide a single point of contact to any individual who needs to resolve a problem with the SSA because of misuse of his or her Social Security number (SSN).

6) H.R. 4952 - Improving Seniors Access to Quality Benefits Act  (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a study and submit a report on the effects of the inclusion of quality bonus payments in the determination of blended benchmark amounts under Medicare Part C.

7) H.R. 6138 - ASC Payment Transparency Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Social Security Act to provide for ambulatory surgical center (ASC) representation during the review of hospital outpatient payment rates under Medicare Part B.

8) H.R. 6124 - Tribal Social Security Fairness Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill amends Title II of the Social Security Act to allow tribal councils to voluntarily enter into coverage agreements with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

9) House Amendment to S. 1182 - National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2018 (PDF)


Sponsor: Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This amendment extends the National Flood Insurance Program, which is set to expire July 31, 2018, through November 30, 2018.

10) H.R. 2409 - To allow servicemembers to terminate their cable, satellite television, and Internet access service contracts while deployed, as amended  (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill allows servicemembers with active duty order to terminate cable, satellite television, and internet access service contracts by extending existing federal protections to cable and satellite television services under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

11) H.R. 2787 - VET MD Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to carry out a one-year pilot program beginning no later than August 15, 2021, in at least five regionally diverse VA medical centers to provide undergraduate students a clinical observation experience within VA.

12) H.R. 5538 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the inclusion of certain additional periods of active duty service for purposes of suspending charges to veterans’ entitlement to educational assistance under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs during periods of suspended participation in vocational rehabilitation programs (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes that when a member of the Guard and Reserve component is called to active duty under order authorized by 12304 of title 10, U.S.C. in the middle of a training program which requires them to not complete the program, they would not be charged for the months of using Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits that were used because the training program was interrupted by being ordered to active duty. 

13) H.R. 5649 - Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William ‘Bill’ Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvements Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill makes improvements to the Transition Assistance Program and the overall transition process for servicemembers to include a focus on career opportunities and entrepreneurship.

14) H.R. 5882 - Gold Star Spouses Leasing Relief Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill allows surviving spouses to terminate residential leases at the time of a servicemember’s death without penalty by extending existing federal protections to cable and satellite television services under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

15) ) H.R. 5864 - VA Hospitals Establishing Leadership Performance Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish qualification standards and performance metrics for VHA human resources (HR) positions and provide a one-time report to Congress containing such standards and metrics.

16) H.R. 5938 - Veterans Serving Veterans Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez (R-PR) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to identify the military occupational specialties (MOS) that correlate with positions that VA needs, to coordinate with DOD to identify soon to be separated service members and, upon the election of the service member, to add their information to VA’s recruiting database.

17) H.R. 5974 - VA COST SAVINGS Enhancements Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to identify facilities that would benefit from cost savings associated with the use of an on-site regulated medical waste treatment system over a 5-year period.


1 Rule Bill

1) H.R. 184 - Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2017 (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to repeal the excise tax on the sale of a medical device by a manufacturer, producer, or importer.


Wednesday, July 25th and the Balance of 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

4 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 6414 - To amend title 23, United States Code, to extend the deadline for promulgation of regulations under the tribal transportation self-governance program (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) | Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Topline Summary: This bill extends the deadline for the Department of Transportation (Department) to issue the proposed regulations to implement the Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program, which was established by the FAST Act (P.L. 114-94). 

2) House Amendment to S. 756 - Save Our Seas Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) | Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Topline Summary: This amendment reauthorizes and amends the Marine Debris Act to revise the Marine Debris Program to require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to work witother h agencies to address both land- and sea-based sources of marine debris and the Department of State and other agencies to promote international action to reduce the incidence of marine debris.

3) H.Res. 981 - Condemning the violence, persecution, intimidation, and murders committed by the Government of Nicaragua against its citizens, as amended  (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This resolution condemns the violence, persecution, intimidation, and murders committed by the Government of Nicaragua against its citizens.


4) H.R. 5535 - Energy Diplomacy Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill repeals the Coordinator for International Energy Affairs and replaces it with an authorization for an Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources, including various roles and responsibilities.

2 Rule Bills

1) H.R. 6199 - Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018, Rules Committee Print (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill provides relief from the Affordable Care Act tax on over-the-counter medications and modernizes health savings accounts (HSAs).

2) H.R. 6311 - Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018, Rules Committee Print (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill expands access and use of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and lowers premiums on health care plans.


Possible Consideration of the Conference Report to Accompany of H.R. 5515 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019

Additional Legislative Items are Possible

 

 

115th Congress