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Week of June 4th

Jun 5, 2018
Legislative Digest

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.

7 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 5956 - Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Workforce Act of 2018  (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill
 increases the percentage of United States workers in the total workforce of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), while maintaining the minimum number of non-U.S. workers to meet the demands of the CNMI’s economy; encourages the hiring of U.S. workers into the CNMI workforce; and ensures that no U.S. worker is at a competitive disadvantage compared to a non-U.S. worker or is displaced by a non-U.S. worker.    

2) H.R. 1026 - North Country National Scenic Trail Route Adjustment Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the existing North Country National Scenic Trail to revise its route around a swamp in Minnesota and to loop in 400 miles of existing trails in the same state. It also authorizes a 66-mile extension of the National Scenic Trail into Vermont in accordance with an NPS study, which will link the Trail to the Appalachian Trail.


3) H.R. 2991 - Susquehanna National Heritage Area Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would establish the Susquehanna National Heritage Area in two counties in Pennsylvania. The general purpose of heritage areas is to enhance State, local and private authorities to protect, enhance, and interpret the natural, historic, scenic, and cultural resources of the heritage area.

4) H.R. 5005 - To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing the birthplace of James Weldon Johnson in Jacksonville, Florida, as a unit of the National Park System (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing the birthplace of James Weldon Johnson in Jacksonville, Florida, as a unit of the National Park System.



5) H.R. 5655 - Camp Nelson Heritage National Monument Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill establishes the Camp Nelson Heritage National Monument in the State of Kentucky as a unit of the National Park System.

6) H.R. 801 - Route 66 National Historic Trail Designation Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the National Trails System Act to designate a trail of approximately 2,400 miles extending from Chicago, Illinois, to Santa Monica, California, as the Route 66 National Historic Trail. The trail will be administered by the National Park Service in a manner that respects and maintains its idiosyncratic nature.

7) H.R. 3997 - Free Veterans from Fees Act, as amended  (PDF)

Sponsor: by Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill waives the application fee for any special use permit for veterans demonstrations and special events at war memorials on federal land, including events to honor immediate family members of veterans (like Gold Star Mothers), in recognition of the significant sacrifices veterans have made for our country.


Wednesday, June 6th

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) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 3249 - Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2017 (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill officially establishes the Project Safe Neighborhoods Block Grant Program within the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs to foster and improve existing partnerships to create safer neighborhoods through sustained reductions in violent crimes. The Program, first created in 2001, had previously been funded through other grants. The legislation authorizes $50 million a year for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2020.

2) H.R. 8 - Water Resources Development Act of 2018, Rules Committee Print  (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) | Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) civil works activities and builds on previous reform efforts to ensure improvements are made to the Nation’s ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, ecosystem restoration, and other water resources infrastructure. This bill is the third WRDA since 2014, returning regular congressional oversight to the Corps Specific provisions of the bill are below.


Thursday, June 7th and the balance of the week

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

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. 5895 - Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019, Rules Committee Print (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-ID) | Appropriations Committee

Topline Summary: This bill provides funding for national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers, various programs under the Department of Energy, the Legislative Branch, the Department of Veterans Affairs, military construction and family housing for the Department of Defense, and other related agencies. This legislation provides a total of $145.4 billion in discretionary funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019.

115th Congress