|MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2019
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Suspensions (7 bills)
This bill will strengthen the FCC’s ability to address illegal pirate radio broadcasts by increasing statutory fines, requiring sustained enforcement action to address illegal pirate radio, and ensuring that state laws prohibiting pirate broadcasters are not preempted.
This bill would reauthorize the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Poison Control Center program. The program provides grants to support the nation’s 55 poison control centers, conducts a national poisoning awareness and prevention campaign, and operates the toll-free Poison Help Line.
This bill codifies the Health Fraud Prevention Partnership (HFPP), a public-private partnership between the federal government, law enforcement, state health agencies, private health insurance plans, and health care anti-fraud associations.
This bill directs the National Science Foundation to expand eligibility for participation in the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program to grantees of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and other entities. NSF is also directed to develop a course targeted to commercialization-ready I-Corps participants. H.R. 539 authorizes $5 million for NSF to carry out the activities in the Act for fiscal years 2019 and 2020.
This bill directs the National Science Foundation to encourage veterans to pursue careers in STEM and report available data on veterans in STEM careers and educational programs. H.R. 425 also directs the Office of Science and Technology Policy to establish an interagency working group to coordinate federal STEM outreach programs and develop a strategic plan for identifying and lowering barriers veterans face in joining the STEM workforce.
This bill would direct the Department of Education to grant annual “Recognizing Inspiring School Employees” (RISE) non-monetary awards to classified school employees who are employed in prekindergarten through high school settings. Individuals employed in the following occupations are eligible for the award: (1) paraeducator services, (2) clerical and administrative services, (3) transportation services, (4) food and nutrition services, (5) custodial and maintenance services, (6) security services, (7) health and student services, (8) technical services, and (9) skilled trades. The bill is endorsed by NEA, AFT, AFSCME, and SEIU. There is no stated opposition.
This bill would prevent the Merit Systems Protection Board from having no member when the current and sole Board member’s term expires on March 1, 2019. It would provide a one-time, one-year extension of the current member’s term and prohibit him from concurrently holding another position in the federal government. The bill is supported by the major federal employee unions and whistleblower advocacy organizations.
**Members are advised that the new Clerk of the House Cheryl Johnson will be sworn-in during the vote series.
|QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“…history can’t be a sword to justify injustice or a shield against progress, but must be a manual for how to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past — how to break the cycle.”
-President Barack Obama
Eulogy for the Honorable Reverend Clementa Pinckney
June 26, 2015