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Week of September 24th

Sep 25, 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.

38 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 6735 - Public-Private Cybersecurity Cooperation Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a policy for the reporting and remediation of security vulnerabilities on appropriate information systems within 90 days.

2) H.R. 6740 - Border Tunnel Task Force Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish Border Tunnel Task Forces in areas significantly threatened by cross-border threats and where facilitating collaboration and enhancing information sharing among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies can reduce cross-border tunnel related threats.

3) H.R. 6620 - Protecting Critical Infrastructure Against Drones and Emerging Threats Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Department of Homeland Security to prepare a threat assessment relating to unmanned aircraft systems and to establish a voluntary system for critical infrastructure owners to report on emerging threats.

4) H.R. 6742 - Secure Border Communications Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to ensure that appropriate officers and agents of U.S. Customs and Border Protection are equipped with secure radios or other two-way communication devices, supported by system interoperability.

5) S. 3479 - Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2018 (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill extends authorizations for various authorities at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) related to health care, benefits, homeless veterans, and other matters, improves health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and addresses matters of education and leasing obligations.

 

6) H.R. 6378 - Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill strengthens and improves national public health preparedness and response activities and accelerates medical countermeasure research and development.

7) H.R. 2278 - Responsible Disposal Reauthorization Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would amend the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978 to extend, through September 30, 2048, the government’s authority to operate the Cheney disposal cell in Mesa County, Colorado. 


8) H.R. 2389 - To reauthorize the West Valley demonstration project, and for other purposes, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes appropriations for ongoing cleanup activities at the West Valley Demonstration Project, a nuclear waste remediation site in New York. 


9) H.R. 1320 - Nuclear Utilization of Keynote Energy Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill modifies the formula used to determine the amount of fees the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) charges the entities it regulates.

10) H.R. 6511 - Strategic Petroleum Reserve Reform Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Secretary of Energy to carry out a pilot program to lease underutilized caverns and other facilities at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

11) S. 2554 - Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill prohibits the use of gag clauses, which bar pharmacists from disclosing to patients the price of prescriptions. In addition, the legislation extends current reporting requirements for generic and brand pharmaceutical companies to submit patent settlement agreements to the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department. 


12) S. 2553 - Know the Lowest Price Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill prohibits a health-benefits plan or pharmacy-benefits manager under Medicare or Medicare Advantage from restricting a pharmacy from informing an enrollee of any difference between the price of a drug under the plan and the price of the drug without health-insurance coverage.

13) H.R. 6580 - Kerrie Orozco First Responders Family Support Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill allows the immediate relatives of first responders who die as a result of injury or illness that occurs in the line of duty to continue to process their immigration application in a timely manner despite the death of their loved one.  


14) H.R. 1872 - Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill promotes access for United States diplomats and officials, journalists, and other citizens to Tibetan areas of the People’s Republic of China.

15) H.R. 6758 - SUCCESS Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill reauthorizes the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) authority to set fees for the services it provides for an additional eight years.

16) H.R. 6847 - Preventing Child Exploitation Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill combines the language of four previously House-passed bills to close loopholes in child exploitation statutes.

17) H.Con.Res. 72 - Expressing the sense of Congress that child safety is the first priority of custody and visitation adjudications, and that State courts should improve adjudications of custody where family violence is alleged. (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill expresses the sense of Congress that child safety is the first priority of custody and parenting adjudications, and courts should resolve safety risks and claims of family violence before assessing other best interest factors.

18) H.R. 5075 - Ashanti Alert Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill establishes a new national network within the Department of Justice, known as the Ashanti Alert communications network, to provide assistance to regional and local search efforts through utilization of media outlets to broadcast information about missing adults.

19) H.R. 6013 - Migratory Bird Framework and Hunting Opportunities for Veterans Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill establishes January 31 as the closing date for duck hunting in order to provide greater certainty to States and hunters in a response to the present floating cut-off dates. 


20) H.R. 6299 - Nevada Lands Bill Technical Corrections Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill makes several technical corrections/amendments to existing Nevada land sale/use laws. It allows the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to complete a land transfer in Storey County that resolves conflicting title claims.


21) H.R. 6687 - To direct the Secretary of the Interior to manage the Point Reyes National Seashore in the State of California consistent with Congress' longstanding intent to maintain working dairies and ranches on agricultural property as part of the seashore's unique historic, cultural, scenic and natural values, and for other purposes, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends current law to require the Secretary of the Interior to manage agricultural property in the Point Reyes National Seashore in California consistent with maintaining working dairies and ranches. It also requires the Secretary to control the Tule Elk population in the area, minimizing conflict between working dairies and ranches. Finally, it requires the Secretary to issue leases and special use permits of 20 years to working dairies and ranches following the completion of an Environmental Impact Statement.

22) H.R. 5420 - FDR Historic Preservation Act, as amended  (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. John Faso (R-NY) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to acquire 89 acres currently held by the Scenic Hudson Land Trust for inclusion in the FDR National Historic Site in Hyde Park, New York. 
 

23) H.R. 6599 - To modify the application of temporary limited appointment regulations to the National Park Service, and for other purposed (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would allow the Director of the National Park Service to modify regulations related to the hiring of temporary seasonal workers for the National Park Service.

24) H.R. 5585 - To extend the authorization for the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA) | Natural Resources Committee

Topline Summary: This bill extends the authorization for the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission until 2028. This bill will extend it for ten years, to 2028.

25) H.R. 6348 - Small Business ACE Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) | Small Business Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would update the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 504/Certified Development Company Loan Program’s commercial real estate appraisal threshold to match the level set by federal banking regulators.

26) H.R. 6347 - 7(a) Real Estate Appraisal Harmonization Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Dwight Evans (D-PA) | Small Business Committee

Topline Summary: This bill adjusts the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 7(a) Loan Program’s commercial real estate appraisal threshold to match the level set by federal banking regulators.

27) H.R. 6316, the Small Business Advocacy Improvements Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. James Comer (R-KY) | Small Business Committee

Topline Summary: This bill explicitly permits the Office of Advocacy of the United States Small Business Administration to examine the role of small business in international economics and to represent small business views and interests before foreign governments and international entities.

28) H.R. 6330 - Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA) | Small Business Committee

Topline Summary: This bill lengthens the time in which the Small Business Administration measures size through revenue, from the average of the past 3 years to the average of the past 5 years.

29) H.R. 6367 - Incentivizing Fairness in Subcontracting Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL) | Small Business Committee

Topline Summary: This bill allows prime contractors the ability to choose to obtain subcontracting credit at lower tiers, provided the prime contractor keep accurate records substantiating the credit claimed, and implements a new dispute process allowing small subcontractors the ability to bring nonpayment disputes by the prime contractor to the federal agency small business advocate. 

30) H.R. 6368 - Encouraging Small Business Innovators (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) | Small Business Committee

Topline Summary: This bill encourages federal government research and development small business allocations, to encourage Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer participants to serve as mentors under the Small Business Administration’s mentor-protégé program, and to promote the use of interagency contracts.

31) H.R. 6369 - Expanding Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS) | Small Business Committee

Topline Summary: This bill raises the dollar amount of certain small business sole-source contract awards in statute for inflation and removes the limitation of option years from the maximum dollar values permitted to be awarded through sole-source contracts. 

32) H.R. 6382 - Clarity on Small Business Participation in Category Management Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC) | Small Business Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Small Business Administration (SBA) to report federal spending made through designated “best-in-class” vehicles, and to report on the dollars awarded through these vehicles to small businesses. 

33) S. 791 - Small Business Innovation Protection Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) | Small Business Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to develop partnership agreements to leverage existing outreach programs to educate more small businesses on domestic and international patent protections.

34) H.R. 5509 - Innovations in Mentoring, Training, and Apprenticeships Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) | Science, Space, and Technology Committee

Topline Summary: This bill directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide grants for innovative approaches to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computer science (STEM) education and related workforce development programs, including supporting new apprenticeships and applied learning opportunities.

35) H.R. 6229 - National Institute of Standards and Technology Reauthorization Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) | Science, Space, and Technology Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes the programs and priority innovation initiatives of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for fiscal year 2018 and fiscal year 2019. 


36) H.R. 6398 - Department of Energy Veterans’ Health Initiative Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) | Science, Space, and Technology Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes the Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct collaborative research with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in order to solve complex, big data challenges focused on veterans’ health care. 


37) S. 1595 - Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 to impose specified sanctions on: (1) foreign persons that knowingly assist in or provide support for fund raising or recruitment activities for Hizballah; (2) agencies of foreign governments that provide Hizballah with financial support, or arms or other assistance; and (3) Hizballah’s networks by reason of its narcotics trafficking and significant transnational criminal activities.

38) H.R. 5433 - Hack Your State Department Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Department of State to take actions to improve the Department’s cybersecurity.


Wednesday, September 26th 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.


16 Suspensions 

1) House Amendment to H.R. 302 - FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) | Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
reforms and reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), disaster programs at the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and the National Transportation Safety Board 


(The Legislative Digest for this bill shall be passed along once approved by the appropriate committees of jurisdiction)

2) H.R. 6332 - Improving Strategies to Counter Weapons Proliferation Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to report to Congress annually for five years on the intelligence products it generates from Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) filings on proliferation finance transactions moving through the U.S. financial system; it’s collaboration with law enforcement, the Intelligence Community, and foreign financial intelligence units; and on its advisory reports issued to financial institutions to make maximum use of BSA data.

3) H.R. 4753 - Federal Reserve Supervision Testimony Clarification Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
establishes procedures to ensure that the Federal Reserve fulfills its obligations mandated by Section 1108 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which established the position of Vice Chairman for Supervision at the Board of Governors.

4) H.R. 5036 - Financial Technology Protection Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill establishes an Independent Financial Technology Task Force (Task Force) with the goal of improving coordination between the private and public sectors to research and develop legislative and regulatory proposals to decrease terrorist and illicit use of new financial technologies, including digital currencies.

5) H.R. 6729 - Empowering Financial Institutions to Fight Human Trafficking Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill
 instructs the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a mechanism for non-profit organizations to qualify for safe harbor when sharing specific information with financial institutions that facilitates their duties of customers due diligence and the reporting of suspicious activities relating to human trafficking.

6) H.R. 6737 - Protect Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends section 306(g) of the National Housing Act to provide a technical fix so that recently executed loans refinanced by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Loans can remain eligible for pooling in the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) security.

7) H.R. 6751 - Banking Transparency for Sanctioned Persons Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Secretary of the Treasury to submit a semi-annual report to the House Financial Services Committee and the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs regarding financial services for state sponsors of terrorism and certain sanctioned persons. 

8) H.R. 3834 - 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill provides that members of public safety agencies who died of 9/11-related health conditions are eligible for the Presidential 9/11 Heroes Medal of Valor.

9) H.R. 754 - Anwar Sadat Centennial Celebration Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) | Financial Services Committee

Topline Summary: This bill awards the Congressional Gold Medal to the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat for the centennial of his birth.

10) H.R. 4809 - GOOD Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires federal agencies to post regulatory guidance documents online in an easy to find location.  


11) H.R. 3398 - REAL ID Act Modification for Freely Associated States Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Don Young (R-AK) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Real ID Act of 2005 to clarify a citizen of the Freely Associated States (FAS)—the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau—who has been admitted to the United States as a nonimmigrant pursuant to a Compact of Free Association between the United States and the FAS is eligible for a driver's license or personal identification card. 


12) H.R. 4887 - GREAT Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the federal department that issues the most federal grant awards to establish government-wide data standards for information reported by grant recipients, issue guidance directing federal agencies to apply those standards, and require the publication of recipient-reported data collected from all agencies on a single public website. 


13) H.R. 4431 - Correcting Miscalculations in Veterans’ Pensions Act, as amended (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill explicitly authorizes agencies that have committed an administrative error in calculating a military service deposit for a federal employee’s pension to pay the interest accrued as a result of the mistake on behalf of the veteran. 


14) H.R. 4917 - IG Subpoena Authority Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill enhances the ability of inspectors general to identify waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in the executive branch by authorizing them to issue testimonial subpoenas for contractors, grant recipients, and former federal employees, as necessary to perform functions required by the Inspector General Act of 1978.

15) H.R. 5896 - Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Amendments Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill adjusts aspects of the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act related to Border Patrol staffing analyses, advanced training compensation credit, travel compensatory time, the retirement control period, leave without pay, and alternative work schedules.

16) H.R. 6846 - To require the United States Postal Services to establish new ZIP codes, and for other purposes (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) | Oversight and Government Reform Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the United States Postal Service to create a single unique ZIP cost for five communities across the United States. 


5 Rule Bills

1) H.Res. 1071 - Recognizing that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill recognizes that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.

2) Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 6157 - Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) | Appropriations Committee

Topline Summary: This bill provides funding for the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies, and includes a short-term Continuing Resolution until December 7, 2018 to keep the government open until all annual appropriations funding bills can be considered and signed into law.

3) H.R. 6757 - Family Savings Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill reforms retirement accounts and family-friendly saving accounts to increase flexibility and encourage savings, and creates a new universal savings account.

4) H.R. 6756 - American Innovation Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill intends to make it easier and less costly for an entrepreneur to start a new business by providing for more deductions of start-up and organizational costs in the business’s first year and preserving start-up losses and start-up credits by exempting them from the limitations on use that otherwise could apply after an ownership change.

5) H.R. 6760 - Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would make permanent the tax provisions for individuals and pass-through entities in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that otherwise be sunset after 2025

Additional Legislative Items are Possible

115th Congress