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Week of May 14th

May 15, 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.

8 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 613 - Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the federal criminal code to require every federal penal or correction institution to either 1) provide a secure storage area outside of the secure perimeter for Bureau of Prison (BOP) employees to store firearms or 2) allow employees to store firearms in a vehicle lockbox approved by the BOP Director.

2) H.R. 4854 - Justice Served Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. John Carter (R-TX) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program in Section 2 of the DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000.

3) H.Res. 285 - Expressing the sense of the United States House of Representatives that Congress and the President should empower the creation of police and community alliances designed to enhance and improve communication and collaboration between members of the law enforcement community and the public they serve (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill recognizes the importance of law enforcement’s role in defending the rule of law, which relies upon a healthy relationship between law enforcement and the community they serve. 

4) H.R. 5242 - School Resource Officer Assessment Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) | Education and the Workforce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Attorney General and the Secretary of Education to conduct a survey of public schools to determine the number of school resource officers.  

5) H.R. 4895 - Medgar Evers National Monument Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill establishes the Medgar Evers Home National Monument provided that his home is donated to the United States. 

6) S. 35 - Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act  (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. John Thune (R-SD) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill transfers permanent jurisdiction of over 200 acres of undeveloped federal land adjacent to the Black Hills National Cemetery from the Bureau of Land Management to the Department of Veterans Affairs to expand the Cemetery which is rapidly running out of space.

7) S. 1285 - Oregon Tribal Economic Development Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill will allow seven listed Oregon tribes to lease or transfer certain lands (not held in trust for the tribe) without the approval of the Secretary of the Interior.

8) H.R. 1417 - National Law Enforcement Museum Exhibits Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Don Young (R-AK) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the National Law Museum Enforcement Act to allow the NLEM to acquire, possess, collect, ship, transport, import, and display firearms only for use in the NLEM.  

Wednesday, May 16th, and the balance of the week

On Wednesday and 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.

3 Rule Bills 

1) H.R. 5698 - Protect and Serve Act of 2018 (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill allows for federal prosecution of individuals who knowingly assault a law enforcement officer causing serious bodily injury.

2) House Amendment to S. 2372 - VA MISSION Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill strengthens and improves the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system for the benefit of the nation’s veterans. The bill consolidates VA’s multiple community care programs and authorities and provides further funding for the Choice Program. 

3) H.R. 2 - Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Michael Conaway (R-TX) | Agriculture Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends and extends major programs for income support, food and nutrition, land conservation, trade promotion, rural development, research, forestry, horticulture, and other miscellaneous programs administered by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) for five years through 2023. The bill is budget neutral and $112 billion below baseline funding. 

115th Congress