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Week of March 6, 2017

Mar 6, 2017
Legislative Digest
On the Floor This Week: 7 Suspensions and 4 Rule Bills

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.

4 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 1362 - 
To name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Pago Pago, American Samoa, the Faleomavaega Eni Fa’aua’a Hunkin VA Clinic (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
names the Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Pago Pago, American Samoa as the Faleomavaega Eni Fa’aua’a Hunkin VA Clinic.

2) H.R. 375 - To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 719 Church Street in Nashville, Tennessee, as the Fred D. Thompson Federal Building and United States Courthouse (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) | Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
designates the federal building and United States courthouse located at 719 Church Street in Nashville, Tennessee as the “Fred D. Thompson Federal Building and United States Courthouse.”

3) H.R. 1174 - Fairness For Breastfeeding Mothers Act of 2017, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) | Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
requires publicly-accessible buildings that are either federally owned or leased to provide designated private and hygienic lactation spaces open to the public for nursing mothers. 

4) S. 442 - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) | Science, Space, and Technology Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
authorizes the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for fiscal year 2017 and provides consistent long-term policy direction and updates NASA’s last authorization from 2010. 


Wednesday, March 8th

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. 1301 -
Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017 (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill 
provides $577.9 billion in total discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year (FY) 2017.

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 9th 

On Thursday, 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. 725 -
Innocent Party Protection Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
establishes a uniform standard for determining whether a defendant has been fraudulently joined to a lawsuit in order to defeat federal diversity jurisdiction.

2) H.R. 985 - Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
prohibits a federal court from certifying any proposed class seeking monetary relief for personal injury or economic loss unless the party seeking the class action shows that each proposed class member suffered the same type and scope of injury as the named class representative or representatives.

 



Friday, March 10th 

On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. 

1 Rule Bill

1) H.R. 720 -
Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) | Judiciary Committee


Topline Summary: This bill amends Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to improve attorney accountability by restoring mandatory sanctions for filing frivolous lawsuits, in an effort to protect individuals and businesses from unnecessary legal costs. 

115th Congress