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Week of September 3rd

Sep 4, 2018
Legislative Digest

 

Tuesday, September 4th

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

12 Suspensions 

1) Concurring in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 4318 - Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act, as amended (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to temporarily modify certain rates of duty for provisions recommended by the International Trade Commission (ITC) pursuant to the new process established in the American Manufacturing and Competitiveness Act of 2016.

2) H.R. 6439 - Biometric Identification Transnational Migration Alert Program Authorization Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill authorizes the Biometric Identification Transnational Migration Alert Program (BITMAP) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

3) H.R. 6459 - TSA OPEN for Business Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill seeks to increase small business participation in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) acquisitions and procurements. 

4) H.R. 6430 - Securing the Homeland Security Supply Chain Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Peter King (R-NY) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill provides the Secretary of Homeland Security with the authority to restrict certain procurements related to information technology and associated products if, following a risk assessment, it is determined the vendor poses a threat to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) supply chain. 


5) H.R. 6443 - Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill codifies and defines the activities of the continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) program at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

6) H.R. 5869 - Maritime Border Security Review Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon (R-PR) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill
 requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a threat analysis of the United States maritime border.

7) H.R. 6374 - FIT Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires DHS to consolidate, streamline, and publish the standards by which a contractor employee may be deemed fit to work for the Department based on the position risk level.

8) H.R. 6438 - DHS Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems Coordinator Act, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill establishes a Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Coordinator in the Department of Homeland Security

9) H.R. 6447 - Department of Homeland Security Chief Data Officer Authorization Act, as amended (PDF)

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

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Chief Information Officer to designate a Chief Data Officer (CDO) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

10) H.R. 6265 - PreCheck is PreCheck Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. John Katko (R-NY) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill seeks to ensure that PreCheck and expedited screening is being used as a security tool and not to manage checkpoint throughput

11) H.R. 6461 - TSA National Deployment Force Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) | Homeland Security Committee

Topline Summary: This bill codifies and authorizes the National Deployment Force (NDF). The bill establishes the National Deployment Office and tasks it with managing the NDF, recruiting Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) to participate, and training the TSOs who join the NDF. 


12) H.R. 6400 - United States Ports of Entry Threat and Operational Review Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) | Ways and Means Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a ports of entry threat and operational analysis of all United States air, land, and sea ports, and create a ports of entry threat and operational strategy and implementation plan.


Motion to Go to Conference on H.R. 6157, Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019 and Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees 


Wednesday, September 5th

On Wednesday, 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. 4969 - Embassy Security Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2019, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill improves the security, functionality, and efficiency of America’s embassies and consulates through enhanced oversight and better management of the construction of new diplomatic facilities. 


2) H.R. 5576 - Cyber Deterrence and Response Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill establishes a framework to address state-sponsored malicious cyber activities against the United States by requiring the President to impose sanctions from a menu of options against persons or entities that the President determines have carried out certain malicious cyber activities. 


3) H.R. 5274 - Global Electoral Exchange Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) | Foreign Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
authorizes the Department of State to establish an international exchange program to promote the sound administration of elections.

1 Rule Bill

1) H.R. 1635 - Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) | Education and the Workforce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the loan counseling requirements under the Higher Education Act of 1965 to promote greater financial literacy.


Thursday, September 6th, and the 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.

3 Rule Bills

1) H.R. 4606 - Ensuring Small Scale LNG Certainty and Access Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill
 expedites the approval process for applications to import and export small quantities of natural gas that qualify for a categorical exclusion under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). 

2) H.R. 6691 - Community Security and Safety Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Karen Handel (R-GA) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill defines the term “crime of violence” in the U.S. Code.


3) Possible Consideration of Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 5895 - Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019, Rules Committee Print

Additional Legislative Items are Possible

115th Congress