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Week of November 13, 2017

Nov 13, 2017
Legislative Digest
On the Floor this Week: 12 Suspensions, 1 Resolution & 1 Rule Bill

Monday, November 13th 

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.

4 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 3973 - Market Data Protection Act of 2017, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and the operator of the Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT), in consultation with the SEC’s Chief Economist, to develop comprehensive internal risk control mechanisms to safeguard and govern the storage of market data, market data sharing agreements, and academic research using market data. The legislation also prohibits market data reporting to the Consolidated Audit Trail until the operator develops internal control mechanisms.

2) H.R. 2331 - Connected Government Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL) |Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires all federal agencies that create or update a website intended for use by the public to ensure that the website is mobile friendly.

3) H.R. 3071 - Federal Acquisition Savings Act of 2017, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation to require agencies to consider equipment rental in any analysis performed prior to acquiring a piece of equipment. The bill also requires the Government Accountability Office to submit a report to Congress two years after enactment on agency decisions to acquire equipment by purchase, lease, or rental.

4) H.R. 3739 - Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2017, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill reforms the pension and allowances provided to former presidents to reduce unnecessary costs to taxpayers.  Specifically, the bill sets an annual pension for each former president at $200,000, plus the annual Social Security cost-of-living-adjustment, and provides a $200,000 annual allowance for all other costs (except security) associated with being a former president.

1 Resolution

1) H.Res. 599 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to United States policy towards Yemen, and for other purposes (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This resolution expresses the sense of Congress regarding U.S. military policy in Yemen


Tuesday, November 14th 

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

3 Suspensions

1) H.R. 1207 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 306 River Street in Tilden, Texas, as the "Tilden Veterans Post Office" (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 306 River Street in Tilden, Texas, as the "Tilden Veterans Post Office."

2) H.R. 3109 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1114 North 2nd Street in Chillicothe, Illinois, as the "Sr. Chief Ryan Owens Post Office Building" (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1114 North 2nd Street in Chillicothe, Illinois, as the "Sr. Chief Ryan Owens Post Office Building."

3) H.R. 3893 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 Mathe Avenue in Interlachen, Florida, as the "Robert H. Jenkins Post Office"(PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 Mathe Avenue in Interlachen, Florida, as the "Robert H. Jenkins Post Office."

2 Rule Bills

1) Consideration of Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2810 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) | Armed Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes and prioritizes funding for the Department of Defense (DoD) and military activities and construction, and prescribes military personnel strengths for Fiscal Year 2018. The bill authorizes $626.4 billion in base funding, including s $26.4 billion increase above the President’s initial and amended budget requests for essential readiness recovery. Further, the bill authorizes an additional $65.7 billion in the Overseas Contingency Operations fund (OCO) for to cover contingency operations. When factoring in $7.5 billion for mandatory defense spending, a total of $699.6 billion is authorized to be appropriated.

2) H.R. 2874 - 21st Century Flood Reform Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years, introduces private market competition, and provides programmatic reform to help policyholders. An amendment in the nature of a substitute combines the amended text of H.R. 2874 with six additional Financial Services Committee reported NFIP bills: H.R. 1422, H.R. 1558, H.R. 2246, H.R. 2565, H.R. 2868, and H.R. 2875.


Wednesday, November 15th, 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.

5 Suspensions

1) H.R. 4174 - Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill addresses several recommendations from the final report issued by the Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking.

2) H.R. 2672 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 520 Carter Street in Fairview, Illinois, as the "Sgt. Douglas J. Riney 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 520 Carter Street in Fairview, Illinois, as the "Sgt. Douglas J. Riney Post Office."

3) H.R. 2873 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 207 Glenside Avenue in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, as the "Staff Sergeant Peter Taub Post Office Building" (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 207 Glenside Avenue in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, as the "Staff Sergeant Peter Taub Post Office Building."

4) H.R. 3369 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 225 North Main Street in Spring Lake, North Carolina, as the "Howard B. Pate, Jr. Post Office" (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 225 North Main Street in Spring Lake, North Carolina, as the "Howard B. Pate, Jr. Post Office."

5) H.R. 3821 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 430 Main Street in Clermont, Georgia, as the "Zachary Addington Post Office" (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 430 Main Street in Clermont, Georgia, as the "Zachary Addington Post Office."

1 Rule Bill

1) H.R. 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Rules Committee Print (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill reforms the nation’s tax code for the first time in 31 years, providing tax relief to all Americans and lowering corporate taxes on businesses. The bill lowers individual tax rates for Americans and reduces the number of brackets from seven under the current code to four.


Additional Legislative Items are Possible

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