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Week of July 9, 2018

Jul 9, 2018
Legislative Digest
On the Floor This Week: 16 Suspensions and 5 Rule Bills

Tuesday, July 10th

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.

16 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 5729 - Transportation Worker Identification Credential Accountability Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. John Katko (R-NY) | Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would prohibit the U.S. Coast Guard from implementing a rule that requires owners and operators of certain vessels and facilities regulated by the Coast Guard to check biometric security credentials allowing access to certain secure areas. 


2) H.R. 6139 - Improving Investment Research for Small and Emerging Issuers Act (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill direct the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to study and evaluate issues affecting the ability of emerging growth companies and other small issuers in obtaining research coverage, including SEC rules, FINRA rules, state and federal liability concerns, the 2003 Global Research Analyst Settlements, and MiFID II. 


3) H.R. 1861 - The Larry Doby Congressional Gold Medal Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes the Congressional Gold Medal award in honor of Lawrence Eugene “Larry” Doby in recognition of his achievements and contributions to American major league athletics, civil rights, and the Armed Forces during World War II.


4) H.R. 4537 - International Insurance Standards Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill preserves the state-based system of insurance regulation and provides greater oversight and transparency on international insurance standard negotiations.

5) H.R. 5793 - Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill
 creates demonstration project in which the administration of housing choice vouchers (HCV) would be designed to encourage movement to lower-poverty areas with expanded employment opportunities. 

6) H.R. 5749 - Options Markets Stability Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Federal Reserve Board, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to adjust the risk-sensitivity of the capital treatment of centrally cleared options.

7) H.R. 5877 - Main Street Growth Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill provides for the creation and registration of venture exchanges. 

8) H.R. 5953 - BUILD Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
amends the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) to allow bona-fide nonprofit organizations to choose whether to use the truth in lending, good faith estimate, and HUD-1 forms in place of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure form. 

9) H.R. 5970 - Modernizing Disclosures for Investors Act, as amended (PDF)


Sponsor: Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) not later than 180 days after enactment to provide a report to Congress with a cost-benefit analysis of emerging growth companies’ (EGCs) use of SEC Form 10-Q and recommendations for decreasing costs, increasing transparency, and increasing efficiency of quarterly financial reporting by emerging growth companies.

10) H.R. 5626 - Intercountry Adoption Information Act of 2018  (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill
 requires the State Department to include in the annual intercountry adoption report to Congress information on countries that have enacted new laws or policies that would impact intercountry adoptions for American families.

11) H.R. 2259 - Sam Farr and Nick Castle Peace Corps Enhancement Act of 2018, as amended  (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill enhances the transparency and accountability of the Peace Corps in an effort to improve operations and better protect volunteers. It amends the Peace Corps Act to ensure that appropriate medical services are accessible to volunteers from the point of recruitment through return to the United States.


12) H.Res. 644 - Strongly condemning the slave auctions of migrants and refugees in Libya, and for other purposes, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This resolution condemns slave auctions and other exploitation of migrants and refugees in Libya; calls on all parties to the conflict in Libya to investigate and eradicate such practices, for the U.N. to investigate and impose sanctions on those responsible, for State Department and USAID to ensure migrants’ and refugees’ vulnerabilities are addressed appropriately, and for the Secretary of State to ensure the country narrative for Libya in the annual Trafficking in Persons Report fully reflect the scope of human trafficking.


13) H.Res. 983 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Nation now faces a more complex and grave set of threats than at any time since the end of World War II and that the lack of full, on-time funding related to defense activities puts servicemen and servicewomen at risk, harms national security, and aids the adversaries of the United States (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) | Appropriations Committee

Topline Summary: This resolution demonstrates the sense of Congress recognizing the critical importance of completing the fiscal year 2019 appropriations process for the Department of Defense prior to the beginning of fiscal year 2019.

14) H.Res. 984 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the lack of full, on-time funding related to defense activities erodes military readiness and poses a risk to the national security of the United States (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA) | Appropriations Committee

Topline Summary: This resolution demonstrates the sense of Congress finding that continuing resolutions erode military readiness and pose a risk to the national security of the United States.

15) H.R. 1700 - SCORE for Small Business Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) | Small Business Committee

Topline Summary: This bill reauthorizes the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) program, improves their online counseling services, and requires the SCORE association to provide recommendations on the future of SCORE. 


16) H.R. 2655 - Small Business Innovation Protection Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA) | Small Business Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to enter into partnerships to leverage existing outreach programs to educate more small businesses on domestic and international patent protections.


Wednesday, July 11th 

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

1 Rule Bill

1) H.R. 200 - Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill would amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, which addresses U.S. fisheries management and would authorize the annual appropriation of $397 million through 2022 for those purposes. 


Thursday, July 12th 

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

3 Rule Bills

1) H.R. 6237 - Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019, Rules Committee Print (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) Intelligence Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes appropriations for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the U.S. government for fiscal years 2018 and 2019.


2) H.R. 3281 - Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to facilitate the transfer to non-Federal ownership of appropriate reclamation projects or facilities. 

3) H.R. 2075 - Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Department of the Interior to adjust the eastern boundary of the Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area and the Deschutes Canyon Wilderness Study Area in Oregon to exclude approximately 832 acres, as depicted on the map entitled " "Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area" dated April 6, 2017, to facilitate fire prevention and response activities on the excluded public lands and adjacent private property.


Friday, July 13th 
On Friday, 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. 50 - Unfunded Mandates Information and Transparency Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA) to improve regulatory processes and codify regulatory principles established in Executive Order 12866.

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