|MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Suspensions (11 bills):
This bill would improve IRS customer service, provide additional taxpayer protections in collections and enforcement, and provide flexibility for IRS redesign. The bill, with more than 45 provisions, creates an independent appeals process, codifies the VITA program, strengthens the identity theft tax refund fraud program, and removes certain low-income taxpayers and SSDI and SSI recipients from the private tax collection program.
This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL) within the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). Located in Manhattan, New York, the NUSTL is charged with testing and evaluating emerging technologies and conducting research and development (R&D) to assist emergency response providers in preparing for, and protecting against, threats of terrorism. Last Congress, a nearly identical version (HR 4991, Rep. Donovan) to H.R. 542 passed the full House by a voice vote.
This bill would formally authorize the Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). For Fiscal Year 2019, the NSGP was funded through annual appropriations at $60 million, but the program has never been authorized. H.R. 2476 would fund the NSGP at $75 million through fiscal year 2024; where $50 million would be reserved for non-profit institutions located within UASI jurisdictions, and $25 million would be reserved for nonprofit institutions located outside of UASI jurisdictions. Mr. Thompson introduced a similar bill last Congress that passed in the House by a voice vote and was instrumental in influencing the expansion of eligibility to include nonprofit organizations located outside of UASI jurisdictions for a portion of NSGP funding in the FY 2018 and FY 2019 appropriations acts.
This bill codifies DHS’ National Cybersecurity and Communications Coordination Center (NCCIC) Hunt and Incident Response Teams which the Department currently deploys to provide intrusion analysis, identify malicious actors, analyze malicious tools, and provide mitigation assistance to entities requesting assistance after a cybersecurity incident. DHS’ Hunt and Incident Response Teams contribute to improving the cybersecurity posture of critical infrastructure owners and operators, from energy and nuclear power firms to state and local governments administering elections. The bill requires the NCCIC to submit information to Congress regarding metrics for the teams, at the conclusion of the first four years after enactment. A version of this bill passed the House last Congress by a voice vote as H.R. 5074.
This bill requires DHS to prioritize the assignment of officers and intelligence analysts from TSA and DHS I&A to locations with participating State, local, and regional fusion centers in jurisdictions with a high-risk surface transportation asset. The bill requires such officers and analysts to participate in the generation and dissemination of transportation security intelligence products. Additionally, H.R. 2539 authorizes DHS to develop, through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, a training program to enhance the protection, preparedness, and response capabilities of law enforcement agencies with respect to terrorism and other serious incidents at surface transportation assets. Taken together, the bill’s provisions enhance the capabilities of local transportation security stakeholders to prevent and respond to terrorist attacks and other serious incidents. An earlier version of this bill passed the House in the 115th Congress 397-1 as H.R. 5089; a few provisions of H.R. 5089 were enacted into law as part of the TSA Modernization Act.
This bill would reform the way DHS procures uniform and protective equipment for its components. The bill seeks to ensure that higher-quality uniforms and equipment are issued to Department frontline personnel by encouraging the procurement of domestically sourced uniform items. Under the act, the Secretary of Homeland Security is required to ensure, to the maximum extent possible, that at least one-third of the funds obligated for the procurement of uniforms and protective equipment be used to purchase goods manufactured by entities that qualify as a U.S. small business. Moreover, the bill aims to ensure that uniforms and protective equipment are purchased at fair and reasonable prices, and that uniform allowances provided to Department frontline personnel are adequate. Lastly, the bill strengthens supply chain security by mandating locked storage, reports of stolen goods, and the destruction of defective or unusable items for any item bearing official DHS insignia not manufactured in the U.S.
This bill amends the Homeland Security Act by codifying the DHS Acquisition Review Board (ARB), as chaired by the Under Secretary for Management (USM). The ARB helps strengthen accountability and uniformity within the Department acquisition review process, by evaluating major acquisition programs before authorizing advancement from one acquisition decision event to another. This legislation was first introduced in the 114th Congress, and reintroduced in the 115th (H.R. 1282, Rep. Garrett) passing the House by voice vote both times.
This Bill builds on an existing Federal mandate that DHS have a three-year strategic plan for overseas deployment of DHS personnel (P.L. 114-328 (authored by Chairman Thompson)) by requiring a congressional briefing regarding DHS personnel with primary duties taking place overseas. The plan is required to include proposals to improve efforts to develop foreign partner capacity and furthering counterterrorism mission; possible redeployment according to evolving threats; enhance collaboration; and improve communication between DHS personnel at home and abroad. A version of this bill (H.R. 4567, Rep. Katko) passed the House 415-0 in the 115th Congress.
This resolution condemns Turkish President Erdogan’s anti-democratic consolidation of power and stifling of press freedoms, as well as his decision to purchase the Russian S-400 air and missile defense system. It warns President Erdogan that if he takes delivery of the Russian S-400, it will jeopardize Turkey’s participation in the F-35 program as well as delivery of the aircraft, and trigger sanctions against Turkey under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017.
This bill addresses the decline in tourist activity between the United States and Mexico. It aims to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Mexican tourism industries by advocating for increased cooperation through both government and non-governmental channels. Specifically, the legislation seeks to 1) improve third-party tourism to both countries through joint international promotional efforts; 2) prioritize exchange programs in various economic sectors; and 3) promote cross-border medical partnerships.
This bill directs the President to use the influence of the United States at the UN to call for a definition of “child marriage” and a comprehensive strategy to address child marriage in refugee settlements administered by the UN. The strategy should include a mandate to collect relevant data, protocols for prevention and monitoring of child marriage, a description of programs provided addressing child marriage, and protocols on reporting and prosecution of illegal child marriages.
|QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”