Monday, December 16, 2019

House Meets at… Votes Predicted at…
12:00 p.m. Morning Hour
2:00 p.m. Legislative Business
Unlimited “One Minutes” Per Side
No Votes



Floor Schedule and Procedure:

Suspensions (18 bills):

  1. H.R. 4920 – Department of Veterans Affairs Contracting Preference Consistency Act (Rep. Takano – Veterans’ Affairs)|

    This bill allows the non-profit organization Ability One to retain its contract preference for certain contracts that provide job opportunities for the blind and severely disabled.
  2. H.R. 4183 – Identifying Barriers and Best Practices Study Act (Rep. Khanna – Veterans’ Affairs)

    This bill requires a multi-year study on VA disability and pension benefits for members of the Reserve Components and National Guard.
  3. H.R. 3530 – Improving Confidence in Veterans’ Care Act (Rep. Cloud – Veterans’ Affairs)

    This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to conduct better oversight of its hospitals’ compliance with existing policies on patient safety and quality of care.
  4. H.R. 2726 – Banning Smoking on Amtrak Act of 2019 (Rep. Norton – Transportation and Infrastructure)

    This bill prohibits smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes on Amtrak trains.
  5. H.R. 2548 – HELP ACT, as amended (Rep. Fletcher – Transportation and Infrastructure)

    This bill modifies eligibility for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs to allow state, local, tribal, and territorial governments to begin certain land acquisition and simple construction which do not require a comprehensive review.
  6. H.R. 4719 – FISH SAFE Act, as amended (Rep. Golden – Transportation and Infrastructure)

    This bill restores the federal share of fishing training and research grants back to 75 percent and reauthorizes the safety training and research programs through 2021. The bill also makes several non-controversial changes to certain provisions regarding authorities related to the former United States Lighthouse Service.
  7. H.R. 3362 – Small Airport Mothers’ Room Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Miller – Transportation and Infrastructure)

    This bill requires small hub airports to maintain a lactation area for members of the public and a baby changing table in at least one men’s and one women’s restroom in each passenger terminal building beginning fiscal year 2023 in order to receive grant funding under the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program.
  8. H.R. 4998 – Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Pallone – Energy and Commerce)

    This bill instructs the FCC to develop and maintain a list of communications equipment and services that pose an unacceptable risk to national security and prohibits the use of funds made available by FCC programs to purchase, rent, lease, or otherwise obtain such equipment and services. The bill also establishes the Security and Trusted Communications Programs to assist communications providers with the costs of removing prohibited equipment and services from their networks and replacing prohibited equipment with more secure communications equipment and services.
  9. H.R. 4779 – To extend Undertaking Spam, Spyware, And Fraud Enforcement With Enforcers beyond Borders Act of 2006 (Rep. McMorris Rodgers – Energy and Commerce)

    The bill reauthorizes the U.S. SAFE WEB Act of 2006 through September 30, 2027. The bill would also require the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to issue a report to Congress describing the Commission’s use of and experience with the authority granted by the U.S. SAFE WEB Act.
  10. H.R. 4229 – Broadband DATA Act (Rep. Loebsack – Energy and Commerce)

    This bill requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue new rules to require the collection and dissemination of granular broadband availability data. It would also require the FCC to establish a process to verify the accuracy of such data. Finally, the bill requires the FCC to use this data to create coverage maps based on serviceable location fabric map regarding fixed broadband.
  11. H.R. 4227 – MAPS Act (Rep. McEachin – Energy and Commerce)

    This bill specifies that it is unlawful for a person to willfully, knowingly, or recklessly submit broadband service data that is inaccurate.
  12. H.R. 2647 – SOFFA, as amended (Rep. Matsui – Energy and Commerce)

    This bill adopts the California upholstered furniture flammability standard – known as Technical Bulletin 117-2013 – as a national flammability standard for upholstered furniture. The new standard will protect consumers from the risk of upholstered furniture fires and reduce unnecessary consumer exposure to flame-retardant chemicals, which have been associated with adverse health effects.
  13. H.R. 3172 – Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Cardenas – Energy and Commerce)

    This bill designates inclined sleepers for infants and crib bumpers as banned hazardous products under section 8 of the Consumer Product Safety Act.
  14. H.R. 150 – GREAT Act, as amended (Rep. Foxx – Oversight and Reform)

    The bill requires the Office of Management and Budget, together with the executive department that issues the most federal grant awards (HHS), to (1) establish government-wide data standards for information reported by grant recipients, (2) issue guidance directing federal agencies to apply those standards, and (3) require the publication of recipient-reported data collected from all agencies on a single public website.
  15. S. 216 – Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation Equitable Compensation Act (Sen. Cantwell – Natural Resources)

    This bill provides fair and equitable compensation to the Spokane Tribe of Indians of the Spokane Reservation for past and continued use of their tribal lands by the federal government for the production of hydroelectric power generation by the Grand Coulee Dam in the state of Washington.
  16. H.R. 722 – Miracle Mountain Designation Act (Rep. Curtis – Natural Resources)

    This would designate an unnamed mountain in the State of Utah, partially found on the border of the Unita-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, as “Miracle Mountain.”
  17. S. 50 – Columbia River In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites Improvement Act (Sen. Merkley – Natural Resources)

    This bill authorizes the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) to assess conditions and execute improvements at the twenty-seven In-Lieu and Treaty Fishing Access Sites that the BIA manages on both sides of the Columbia River in order to improve safety and sanitary conditions at the sites. The House version of this legislation, H.R. 91 (Blumenauer), passed on April 29, 2019, on suspension.
  18. H.R. 453 – Eastern Band of Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act (Rep. Fleischmann – Natural Resources)

    This bill will place approximately 76 acres of federal lands currently managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) into trust by the United States for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in order to replace ancestral lands along the Little Tennessee River that were flooded by the construction of the Tellico Dam in 1979.
    If you have any questions, please contact: Ashli Palmer, Craig Link, Nd Ubezonu, or Jessica Vallejo at 6-3210.


“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.