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Week of March 20, 2017

Mar 19, 2017
Legislative Digest
On the Floor this Week: 11 Suspensions and 3 Rule Bills

Monday, March 20th

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.

11 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 1029 - 
Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) | Agriculture Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
reauthorizes the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act to improve pesticide registration and other pesticide related activities, including extending and modifying existing fee authorities.

2) H.R. 382 - 100 Years of Women in Congress Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) | Agriculture Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
amends the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 to designate the Women and Minorities in STEM Fields Program as the as Jeannette Rankin Women and Minorities in STEM Fields Program.

3) H.R. 1309 - TSA Administrator Modernization Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. John Katko (R-NY) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
re-establishes the official position, level, and term of the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

4) H.R. 1353 - Transparency in Technology Acquisitions Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
requires annual updates from the Transportation Security Administration on strategic investment goals relating to technology procurement.

5) H.R. 1294 - Reducing DHS Acquisition Cost Growth Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
requires that the Department of Homeland Security’s major acquisition programs be subject to great Departmental and Congressional oversight when they fail to meet key cost, schedule, or performance requirements.

6) H.R. 1297 - Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Technical Corrections Act of 2017  (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
revises the requirements for the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) with the purpose of improving the quality and timeliness of the review that the Department of Homeland Security carries out.

7) H.R. 1249 - DHS Multiyear Acquisition Strategy Act of 2017, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
requires the Department of Homeland Security to develop a Multiyear Acquisition Strategy as part of each Future Years Homeland Security Program to guide the overall direction of Department acquisitions, while also providing flexibility to deal with every-changing threats and risks.

8) H.R. 1252 - DHS Acquisition Authorities Act of 2017, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
establishes the Under Secretary for Management as the Department of Homeland Security’s Chief Acquisition Officer responsible for approving, pausing, modifying, or canceling major acquisition programs as needed.

9) H.R. 1365 - Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Innovation Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. J. Luis Correa (D-CA) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
codifies activities executed by the Chief Procurement Officer of the Department of Homeland Security.

10) H.R. 1238 - Securing our Agriculture and Food Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. David Young (R-IA) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize a program to coordinate the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts related to food, agriculture, and veterinary defense from acts of terrorism and other high-consequence events that pose a risk to homeland security.

11) H.R. 1302 - Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop and conduct an exercise to evaluate the nation’s preparedness against the threat of foreign fighters and terrorists. 


Tuesday, March 21st

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. 372 -
Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017 (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill 
amends a section of the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945 which exempted the insurance industry from the Sherman Act and the Clayton Act.

 



Wednesday, March 22nd  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.

On Friday, no votes are expected in the House

2 Rule Bills

1) H.R. 1101 -
Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) | Education and the Workforce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to allow small businesses to join together in association health plans (AHP) across state lines through bona fide trade associations to become larger purchasers of health insurance.

2) H.R. ____ - American Health Care Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) | Budget Committee


Topline Summary: This bill repeals the Affordable Care Act and replaces it with a patient-centered approach that lowers premiums and increases access to quality, affordable care.

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