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Week of March 5, 2018

Mar 5, 2018
Legislative Digest
On the Floor This Week: 15 Suspensions and 3 Rule Bills

Monday, March 5th

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.

7 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 1209 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 901 N. Francisco Avenue, Mission, Texas, as the "Mission Veterans Post Office Building" (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 901 N. Francisco Avenue, Mission, Texas, as the "Mission Veterans Post Office Building."

2) H.R. 2673 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 514 Broadway Street in Pekin, Illinois, as the "Lance Corporal Jordan S. Bastean Post Office" (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 514 Broadway Street in Pekin, Illinois, as the "Lance Corporal Jordan S. Bastean Post Office."

3) H.R. 3183 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 13683 James Madison Highway in Palmyra, Virginia, as the "U.S. Navy Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby Post Office" (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Tom Garrett (R-VA) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 13683 James Madison Highway in Palmyra, Virginia, as the "U.S. Navy Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby Post Office.”

4) H.R. 4406 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 99 Macombs Place in New York, New York, as the "Tuskegee Airman Post Office Building" (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 99 Macombs Place in New York, New York, as the "Tuskegee Airman Post Office Building."

5) H.R. 4646 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1900 Corporate Drive in Birmingham, Alabama, as the "Lance Corporal Thomas E. Rivers, Jr. Post Office Building" (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1900 Corporate Drive in Birmingham, Alabama, as the "Lance Corporal Thomas E. Rivers, Jr. Post Office Building."

6) H.R. 4685 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 515 Hope Street in Bristol, Rhode Island, as the "First Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna Jr. Post Office" (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. David Cicilline (R-RI) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 515 Hope Street in Bristol, Rhode Island, as the "First Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna Jr. Post Office."

7) S. 831 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 120 West Pike Street in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, as the “Police Officer Scott Bashioum Post Office Building” (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 120 West Pike Street in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, as the "Police Officer Scott Bashioum Post Office Building."


Tuesday, March 6th

On Tuesday, 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. 4607 - Comprehensive Regulatory Review Act, Rules Committee Print (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 (EGRPRA) to require the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) and each of the federal financial regulators to conduct, at least once every seven years a comprehensive review of all regulations prescribed by the council or the regulator, including all regulations issued after December 31, 2006.

8 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 2226 - Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill extends the “Qualified Mortgage” safe harbor for loans held in portfolio by certain depository institutions with less than $10 billion in assets. The legislation also imposes additional requirements for safe harbor treatment

2) H.R. 4725 - Community Bank Reporting Relief Act (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill requires the federal banking agencies to issue regulations that allow for reduced quarterly reporting requirements for banks with less than $5 billion in consolidated assets and that meet such other criteria as the agencies deem appropriate.

3) H.R. 4768 - National Strategy for Combating the Financing of Transnational Criminal Organizations Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. David Kustoff (R-TN) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Treasury Department to develop a national strategy to combat the financial crimes committed by transnational organized criminals.

4) H.R. 4986 - RAY BAUM’S Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill reauthorizes the Federal Communications Commission for the first time in 28 years and establishes a number of reforms aimed at improving agency efficiency and transparency. The bill authorizes funding for broadcasters impacted by the Commission’s broadcaster repacking process and includes a section entitled “Making Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles to Wireless Act”, or the “MOBILE NOW” Act. The bill authorizes $333 million for FY 18 and $339 million for FY 19.

5) H.R. 1132 - Political Appointee Burrowing Prevention Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill codifies and enhances the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) current policies and practice regarding the hiring of political appointees. It also places a 2-year prohibition on employment in a career civil service position for any former political appointee.

6) H.R. 3737 - Social Media Use in Clearance Investigations Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to provide data and information on the current and potential use of social media for security clearance investigation purposes.

7) H.R. 4043 - Whistleblower Protection Extension Act of 2017, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012 by eliminating a sunset so all Inspector General (IG) offices will permanently have the authority to designate whistleblower protection ombudsmen.

8) S. 188 - EGO Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill prohibits federal funds from being used to pay for the costs of painting portraits of officers and employees of the federal government, including the President, the Vice President, a Member of Congress, the head of an Executive agency, and the head of an office of the Legislative Branch.


Wednesday, March 7th

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. 1917 - Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill addresses the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Brick and Structural Clay Products Manufacturing and for Clay Ceramics Manufacturing and deems the Step 2 compliance date for standards of performance for new residential wood heaters, new residential hydronic heaters, and forced-air furnaces to be May 15, 2023.

 


Thursday, March 8th

On Thursday, 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. 1119 - Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill addresses the application of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) rule, the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, issued pursuant to section 112 of the Clean Air Act, to electric generating units that utilize coal refuse to generate electricity and serve critical environmental cleanup and remediation purposes.

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