Monday, February 10, 2020
House Meets at… Votes Predicted at…
12:00 p.m. Morning Hour
2:00 p.m. Legislative Business
Unlimited “One Minutes” Per Side
First/Last Votes: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 

ANY ANTICIPATED MEMBER ABSENCES FOR VOTES TODAY SHOULD BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY TO THE OFFICE OF THE MAJORITY WHIP AT 6-3210.

Floor Schedule and Procedure:

Suspensions (9 bills):

  1. H.R. 1494 – Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Homeland Security Partnerships Act, as amended (Rep. Thompson (MS) – Homeland Security)

This bill would require DHS to issue a strategy with yearly goals for enhancing partnerships with HBCUs and minority-serving institutions (MSIs). The bill also requires DHS to monitor and report on the implementation of the strategy thereby ensuring the Department’s progress in providing contracting, research and development, internship and career opportunities to HBCUs and MSIs and their students or recent graduates.

  1. S. 2107 – Protecting America’s Food and Agriculture Act of 2019 (Sen. Peters – Homeland Security)

This bill authorizes U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), every fiscal year, to hire, train, and assign 240 new agricultural specialists until the total number of specialists equals and sustains the requirements identified each year in the Agriculture Resource Allocation Model.The CBP may also hire, train, and assign support staff to assist the specialists and specified levels of agricultural canine teams.

  1. H.R. 5273 – Securing America’s Ports Act (Rep. Torres Small – Homeland Security)

This bill would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a plan to increase to 100 percent the expeditious scanning rate of commercial and passenger vehicles entering the U.S. with non-intrusive inspection systems. This bill also directs DHS to conduct research and development of non-intrusive inspection systems and refine their operational use in furtherance of the plan.

  1. H.R. 3413 – DHS Acquisition Reform Act of 2019 (Rep. Crenshaw – Homeland Security)

This bill amends the Homeland Security Act by establishing the Under Secretary for Management (USM) as the Chief Acquisition Officer. In this role, the USM advises the Secretary on acquisition management activities, leads the Acquisition Review Board, establishes acquisition policies related to cost, schedule, and performance parameters, and ensures that each major acquisition program has approved program baselines. This act also establishes the Program Accountability and Risk Management office to provide consistent standardization and transparency of major acquisition programs. A previous version of this bill passed the House in the 115th Congress by a vote of 407-1.

  1. H.R. 504– DHS Field Engagement Accountability Act, as amended (Rep. Bacon – Homeland Security)

This bill would direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to improve the training and preparation of department personnel assigned to fusion centers, which facilitate information sharing among federal, state, and local authorities and are supported by DHS. The act also would require the department to enhance a network for sharing information available to its personnel and to certain other federal and nonfederal employees.

  1. H.R. 2932 – Homeland Security for Children Act, as amended (Rep. Payne – Homeland Security)

This bill would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Undersecretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans to include feedback from children’s organizations into Departmental activities.  This measure would also require the Undersecretary to submit a report to Congress detailing the efforts the Department has undertaken to integrate children’s needs into the Department’s policies, programs, and activities.  In addition, the bill would formally authorize the Children’s Technical Expert position within the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to ensure that children are adequately incorporated into the Agency’s emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities.  This legislation passed the full House by voice vote last Congress.

  1. H.R. 4737 – Department of Homeland Security Climate Change Research Act, as amended (Rep. Clarke – Homeland Security)

This bill would direct DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate to assess the current Federal research regarding the connection between climate change and homeland security to identify gaps and conduct additional research to fill those gaps, including: (1) how climate change can result in competition for resources, economic distress, and social discontent, (2) the degree to which climate change is reflected in terrorism preparedness, and (3) how Federal spending is effected for disasters that are aggravated by climate change. DHS is also required to develop approaches to mitigate the consequences of climate change on homeland security.

  1. H.R. 4432– Protecting Critical Infrastructure Against Drones and Emerging Threats Act (Rep. Richmond – Homeland Security)

The bill would require the DHS Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) to develop and disseminate a terrorism threat assessment on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and associated emerging threats, based on information requested from Federal, state, local, and private sector partners. Further, the bill would require I&A, in conjunction with the DHS Chief Information Officer and other relevant entities, to establish a secure communications and IT infrastructure that would, among other things, create a voluntary channel for critical infrastructure owners and operators to report information on emerging terrorist threats, such as UAS threats, to the Department.

  1. H.R. 4753– Drone Origin Security Enhancement Act (Rep. Crenshaw – Homeland Security)

This bill would prohibit the Secretary of Homeland Security from operating, providing financial assistance for, or entering into or renewing a contract for the procurement of certain unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).  Specifically, the prohibition applies to UAS manufactured in or consisting of parts made in foreign countries that the Department of Defense defines as “strategic competitors” in its 2018 National Defense Strategy. The Secretary may waive the prohibition on a case-by-case basis for reasons such as national interest.  The justification would have to be made in writing to the homeland security Committees in both the House and Senate.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.”

James Baldwin