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Week of September 10th

Sep 12, 2018
Legislative Digest

Wednesday, September 12th

On Wednesday, 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.

24 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 6198 - Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill ensures the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the structure, authority, and tools necessary to counter the threat of weapons of mass destruction. 

2) H.R. 6720 - Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) | Agriculture Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the transportation, delivery, possession, and slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption. 

3) H.R. 6690 - Fighting Fraud to Protect Care for Seniors Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill establishes a three-year pilot program to test the feasibility of using Medicare beneficiary “smart cards” to reduce Medicare fraud and strengthen the integrity of the program.

4) H.R. 6662 - Empowering Seniors' Enrollment Decision Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill gives beneficiaries of certain Medicare Cost Plans more time to enroll in another Medicare coverage option if their existing Cost Plan is discontinued. Medicare Cost Plans are plans administered by private insurers that offer Medicare benefits.

5) H.R. 6561 - Comprehensive Care for Seniors Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would require the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to finalize updated regulations for Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) programs by December 31, 2018. In August of 2016, CMS released a proposed rule to update the program guidelines but a final rule has not been released.

6) H.R. 3635 - Local Coverage Determination Clarification Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to increase transparency in health care coverage determinations by requiring MACs to publicly post local coverage determinations (LCDs), provide for public comments, and hold public meetings regarding proposals. 

7) H.R. 5059 - State Insurance Regulation Preservation Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Home Owners’ Loan Act to create a definition of an Insurance Savings and Loan Holding Companies (ISLHC) and creates a regulatory framework that would limit the Federal Reserve’s oversight of ISLHCs.

8) H.R. 6411 - FinCEN Improvement Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill empowers the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and ensures the law enforcement community has the tools and abilities needed to prevent terrorism and illicit finance.

9) H.R. 3764 - Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill extends federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana. 

10) H.R. 5923 - Walnut Grove Land Exchange Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes the exchange of approximately 4 acres of U.S. Forest Service land for 6 acres of woodland inholdings within the Ouachita National Forest currently owned by the Walnut Grove Community Church.

11) H.R. 4824 - Rural Broadband Permitting Efficiency Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to establish a program to enhance the permitting process for broadband Internet projects in each of the agency’s field offices. 

12) H.R. 2591 - To amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to modernize the funding of wildlife conservation, and for other purposes, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill uses the proceeds of federal excise tax on firearms ammunition and archery equipment to fund grants for wildlife resource projects to States’ territorial fish and wildlife agencies, and to conduct hunter education programs. 

13) H.R. 2606 - Stigler Act Amendments of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Stigler Act to revise qualifications that need to be met by a person who inherits land originally allotted to members of the Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma for that land to remain in restricted status (not subject to taxation and cannot be sold or transferred without permission of the Secretary of the Interior).

14) H.R. 6287 - 9/11 Memorial Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes a competitive grant program for the operation, security, and maintenance of the U.S. memorials to the victims of the terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center (New York City, New York), the Pentagon (Virginia), and United Flight 93 (Shanksville, Pennsylvania) on 9/11.  

15) H.R. 3186 - Every Kid Outdoors Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-MA) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill allows fourth grade students and certain accompanying adults free access to federal public lands and waters administered by the Department of the Interior, the Forest Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where an admission fee is charged. 

16) H.R. 5532 - Reconstruction Era National Historical Park Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill redesignates the Reconstruction Era National Monument in Beaufort County, South Carolina, as the Reconstruction Era National Historical Park.

17) H.R. 606 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1025 Nevin Avenue in Richmond, California, as the "Harold D. McCraw, Sr., Post Office Building" (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1025 Nevin Avenue in Richmond, California, as the "Harold D. McCraw, Sr. Post Office Building."

18) H.R. 4689 - To authorize early repayment of obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation within the Northport Irrigation District in the State of Nebraska (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill allows individual landowners in the Northport Irrigation District to repay their share of the cost of building the North Platte water project constructed by the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR). 

19) House Amendment to S. 2497 - Ileana Ros-Lehtinen United States-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill the U.S. and Israel agreed to a new 10-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on military aid covering FY 2019 to FY 2028.

20) H.R. 1911 - Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to mandate that the position of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism shall hold the rank of Ambassador.

21) H.Res. 401 - Urging China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, India, and all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade and to enforce existing laws against the trade, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This resolution calls for an end to the dog and cat meat trade on cruelty and public health grounds, urges all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade and enforce existing laws against such trade, and affirms the commitment of the United States to the protection of animals and to advancing the progress of animal protection around the world.

22) H.R. 6197 - RAWR Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes the Department of State and federal law enforcement agencies to use existing rewards programs to offer rewards for information leading to the arrest or conviction of major wildlife traffickers internationally

23) H.R. 5317 - To repeal section 2141 of the Revised Statutes to remove the prohibition on certain alcohol manufacturing on Indian lands, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill repeals section 2141 of the Revised Statutes to remove the prohibition on certain alcohol manufacturing on Indian lands.

24) H.R. 6040 - Contra Costa Canal Transfer Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes a title transfer pursuant to agreements between the Contra Costa Water District (District) and the Bureau of Reclamation and local stakeholders.

 


Thursday, September 5th and Balance of the Week

On 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.

11 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 6227 - National Quantum Initiative Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) | Science, Space, and Technology Committee

Topline Summary: This bill provides for a coordinated federal program to accelerate quantum research and development for the economic and national security of the United States.

2) S. 97 - Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: S. Mike Crapo (R-ID) | Science, Space, and Technology Committee

Topline Summary: This bill enables civilian research and development of advanced nuclear energy technologies by private and public institutions, and expands theoretical and practical knowledge of nuclear physics, chemistry, and materials science. 

3) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 589 - Department of Energy Research and Innovation Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) | Science, Space, and Technology Committee

Topline Summary: This bill combines seven previously passed science bills to provide policy direction to the Department of Energy on basic science research, nuclear energy research and development, research coordination and a review of existing programs, and important reforms to streamline national laboratory management. 

4) H.R. 4913 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 816 East Salisbury Parkway in Salisbury, Maryland, as the "Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner Post Office Building" (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 816 East Salisbury Parkway in Salisbury, Maryland, as the "Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner Post Office Building."

5) H.R. 5349 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1320 Autumn Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, as the "Judge Russell B. Sugarmon Post Office Building" (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1320 Autumn Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, as the "Judge Russell B. Sugarmon Post Office Building."

6) H.R. 5737 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 108 West D Street in Alpha, Illinois, as the "Captain Joshua E. Steele 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 108 West D Street in Alpha, Illinois, as the "Captain Joshua E. Steele Post Office."

7) H.R. 5868 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 530 Claremont Avenue in Ashland, Ohio, as the "Bill Harris Post Office"  (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 530 Claremont Avenue in Ashland, Ohio, as the "Bill Harris Post Office."

8) H.R. 5935 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1355 North Meridian Road in Harristown, Illinois, as the "Logan S. Palmer Post Office" (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1355 North Meridian Road in Harristown, Illinois, as the "Logan S. Palmer Post Office."

9) H.R. 6020 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 325 South Michigan Avenue in Howell, Michigan, as the "Sergeant Donald Burgett Post Office Building"  (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Bishop (R-MI) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 325 South Michigan Avenue in Howell, Michigan, as the "Sergeant Donald Burgett Post Office Building."

10) H.R. 6116 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 362 North Ross Street in Beaverton, Michigan, shall be known and designated as "Colonel Alfred Asch Post Office" (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 362 North Ross Street in Beaverton, Michigan, as the "Colonel Alfred Asch Post Office."

11) H.R. 5784 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2650 North Doctor Martin Luther King Drive in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the "Vel R. Phillips Post Office Building" (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2650 North Doctor Martin Luther King Drive in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the "Vel R. Phillips Post Office Building."

1 Rule Bill

1) H.R. 3798 - Save American Workers Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the definition of "full-time employee" for purposes of the employer mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act from an employee who is employed on average at least 30 hours of service a week to 40 hours a week.  

1) Possible Consideration of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 5895 - Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019  (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) | Appropriations Committee

Topline Summary: This bill provides funding for national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers, various programs under the Department of Energy, the Legislative Branch, the Department of Veterans Affairs, military construction and family housing for the Department of Defense, and other related agencies. This legislation provides a total of $147.576 billion in discretionary funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019.


Additional Legislative Items are Possible

115th Congress