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Week of March 13, 2017

Mar 14, 2017
Legislative Digest
On the Floor this Week: 3 Suspensions and 3 Rule Bills

Wednesday, March 15th

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. 132 -
Arbuckle Project Maintenance Complex and District Office Conveyance Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) | Naturals Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to convey all of the United States’ right, title and interest of the  Maintenance Complex and District Office of the Arbuckle Project, Oklahoma to the Arbuckle Master Conservancy District.

2) H.R. 648 - To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to amend the Definite Plan Report for the Seedskadee Project to enable the use of the active capacity of the Fontenelle Reservoir (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill 
authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to enter into a cooperative agreement with the State of Wyoming to provide for the study, design, planning, and construction of modifications that would enable the full use of the Fontenelle Dam and Reservoir’s active storage capacity.

3) H.R. 267 - Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park Act of 2017, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) | Naturals Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
redesignates the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site in the state of Georgia as the “Marin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park,” and replaces the current boundary map with a map of a proposed boundary revision dated June 2015.



Thursday, March 16th 

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. 1181
Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) | Veterans' Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
prohibits the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from sending the name of an individual to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for inclusion on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, unless there has been a specific determination by a judge, magistrate, or other judicial authority that such individual is a danger to themselves or others.

2) H.R. 1259VA Accountability First Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) | Veterans' Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
institutes necessary reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by providing the Secretary with the authority to expeditiously remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee, including Senior Executive Service (SES) employees, for performance or misconduct.



Friday, March 17th 

The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. 

1 Rule Bill

1) H.R. 1367 - To improve the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes
(PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Brad Wensrup (R-OH) | Veterans' Affairs Committee


Topline Summary: This bill 
improves the Department of Veterans Affairs’ ability to identify staffing shortages, recruit and retain high-quality employees, and quickly on-board new hires.


115th Congress