|MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Suspensions (2 bills):
The BRAVE Act would allow the VA to consider veteran employment when choosing contracts. The VA currently agrees to long-term contracts with private companies for a number of services and supplies.
This bill would reduce the credit hour requirement for the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM scholarship from 128 to 120 credit hours. This cap was wrongly limiting eligibility for the scholarship.
After suspension debate, the House will resume consideration of amendments to H.R. 3055, beginning with Division E (Transportation and Housing and Urban Development). Members should be prepared to offer their amendment at the appropriate time.
Under a Rule (1 bill):
Continue Consideration of H.R. 3055 – Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2020 (Rep. Serrano – Appropriations)
This bill is a package of five bills reported by the Appropriations Committee for FY2020, and is the second set of FY2020 appropriations bills the House will consider this year. This bill includes Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development.
Resources from the Appropriations Committee:
The Rule, which was adopted last week, allows for no further general debate, made in order 290 amendments, and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc. A full list of amendments can be found here.
Amendments to be considered today:
Division E (Transportation, Housing, Housing, and Urban Development) amendments:
Strikes section 193 of Division E. As it is currently written, 23 U.S. Code 603(b) (the relevant portion of the United States Code) allows for secured loans under the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program to count toward any non-Federal share of project costs required under federal transportation programs if the loan is repaid from non-Federal funds. Section 193 of Division E intends to clarify that loans under TIFIA are part of the local share if repaid by local funds by changing “may” to “shall.” This change would apply to all federal transportation programs except for the INFRA grant program. This amendment eliminates this clarification to 23 U.S. Code 603(b).
Increases and decreases funding for the Research and Technology account at the Department of Transportation by $2,000,000 to support a study on the impacts climate change has already had and will continue to have on all modes of transportation.
Reduces funding for the Essential Air Service by $50,000,000.
Strikes language in section 236, which prohibits funds from being used to implement, administer, or enforce a rule that would change HUD’s “Equal Access in Accordance With an Individual’s Gender Identity in Community Planning and Development Programs” rule.
Prohibits the Department of Transportation from using any funds to authorize the transportation of liquefied natural gas by rail tank car by proposing and finalizing a rulemaking or issuing special permits.
Duncan Amendment #234
Strikes section 236 which prohibits funds from being used to implement, administer, or enforce the HUD “Equal Access in Accordance With an Individual’s Gender Identity in Community Planning and Development Programs” and the “Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity” rules.
Duncan Amendment #235
Strikes section 237 which gives the HUD notice “Appropriate Placement for Transgender Persons in Single-Sex Emergency Shelters and Other Facilities” the force and effect of law.
Increases and decreases by $1 the FAA Operations budget with the intent to urge the FAA to prioritize efforts to combat airplane and helicopter noise.
Strikes the bill’s prohibition on the FTA requirement that applicants for the Capital Investment Grant provide a reasonable cost estimate that exceeds a 50 percent probability of on-budget completion.
Increases by $5,000,000 the Homeless Assistance Grants program for technical assistance to improve system responses to youth homelessness and improve data collection on youth homelessness, decreases by $5,000,000 the Department of Housing and Urban Development administrative and support offices account.
Increases and decreases funding for the Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary by $1,000,000 to study economic authority certification to facilitate the operation of U.S.-based unmanned aircraft manufacturers and operators who receive venture capital and who carry cargo within U.S. airspace.
Increases funding for aviation safety activities at FAA by $7,500,000 in order to ensure the implementation of second-class medical certificates for commercial balloon operators. Decreases finance and management activities at the FAA by $7,500,000.
Increases by $5,000,000 funding for the Indian Community Development Block Grants program, decreases by $5,000,000 HUD’s Cybersecurity and Information Technology Fund.
Jackson Lee Amendment #242
Increases and decreases the National Infrastructure Investments (BUILD) account by $10,000,000 to support urban bicycle and pedestrian safety programs.
Jackson Lee Amendment #243
Increases and decreases by $2,000,000 funds for the HUD Office of Inspector General account to investigate the Department’s delay in releasing over $5 billion in Hurricane Harvey Disaster Community Block Grant funds.
Reduces funds made available to Division E by 4.6 percent.
Provides $800,000 for the Access Board to study in-cabin wheelchair restraint systems as described in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, decreases by $800,000 funds for the Department of Transportation Research and Technology account.
Prohibits funding from being used to issue rules or guidance in contravention of Sec. 1210 of the FAA Reauthorization Act or Sec. 312 of the Stafford Act with regards to duplication of benefits.
Increases and decreases $1,000,000 from the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvement (CRISI) program for the purpose of instructing the Federal Railroad Administration to include preventive maintenance as an eligible capital expense for grants awarded to projects deploying Positive Train Control (PTC).
Bost Amendment #248
Increases and decreases $1,000,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to ensure that HUD continues to work with the HUD Office of Inspector General (OIG) to incorporate findings and recommendations of the OIG investigation, “Final Evaluation Report – HUD’s Oversight of Alexander County Public Housing Authority” and “Alexander County Housing Authority’s improper usage of HUD subsidized Asset Management Project Funds,” for the purposes of protecting public housing residents and improving agency oversight and enforcement of public housing regulations.
Bost Amendment #249
Prohibits the use of funds in contravention of Executive Order 13858, “Strengthening Buy-American Preferences for Infrastructure Projects,” issued on January 31, 2019.
Increases and decreases $1 from National Infrastructure Investments (BUILD) to highlight the disparity between State apportionments.
Reduces amounts made available in Division E, other than amounts made available to the Department of Defense, by 14 percent.
Increases and decreases by $5,000,000 the Office of the Secretary of Transportation to support the design of projects to replace federally owned bridge infrastructure that is designated as an evacuation route.
Makes a 3 percent across the board spending reduction to Division E.
Adds and removes $1 from the Office of the Secretary of Transportation to instruct the Department to prioritize funding and resources for the modernization and expansion of non-emergency medical transportation programs. The Secretary should submit to Congress an analysis on how the Department can better address transportation barriers, which is a critical social determinant of health.
Increases by $12,000,000 Highway Infrastructure Programs, decreases by $12,000,000 the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Secretary.
Increases funding for DoT Low or No Emission Vehicle Program by $2,000,000, decreases by $2,000,000 funds for the Office of the Secretary of Transportation.
Increases funding for the commercial space transportation activities account by $8,000,000 to the fiscal year 2019 authorized level. Decreases funding by $8,000,000 for the finance and management activities account.
Prohibits any funds from being used to bar or limit DACA recipients from receiving mortgage loans backed by FHA, solely on the basis of their status as DACA recipients.
Prohibits Amtrak from using funding under this Act in contravention of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act.
Adams Amendment #260
Increases by $2,000,000 the Federal Aviation Administration’s Facilities and Equipment account (Terminal Programs) for the purpose of increasing availability of funds for replacing Terminal Air Traffic Control Facilities, decreases by $2,000,000 the Department of Transportation Research and Technology account.
Adams Amendment #261
Increases funding for senior housing by $1,000,000 through the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program, reduces by $1,000,000 the Department of Housing and Urban Development Management and Administration funds.
Adams Amendment #262
Increases funding by $2,000,000 for the tenant-based rental assistance program, decreases by $2,000,000 the Department of Housing and Urban Development Administrative Support Offices.
Increases funding for the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program by $2,000,000, decreases Department of Housing and Urban Development Program Offices Salaries and Expenses by $2,000,000.
Maloney, Sean Amendment
Decreases and increases funding for the Department of Transportation’s Transportation Planning, Research, and Development account by $1,000,000 for the purposes of encouraging the Department of Transportation to research implementing connected vehicle and autonomous vehicle technologies at highway-rail grade crossings.
Rice (NY) Amendment
Increases and decreases funding to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund by $1,000,000 in order to support the research and development of aircraft technologies that reduce aviation noise.
Provides for inclusion of the insular territories of the United States within the meaning of the term “areas of persistent poverty.”
Prohibits any funds from being used in violation of section 2635.702 of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations which relates to the use of public office for private gain.
Jayapal Amendment #268
Increases by $1,000,000 funds for transitional housing and homelessness services, decreases by $1,000,000 funds for the Department of Housing and Urban Development Executive Offices.
Jayapal Amendment #269
Increases and decreases $2,000,000 from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund to support the Airport Noise And Environmental Streamlining subtitle of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.
Jayapal Amendment #270
Increases by $1,000,000 funds for the DOT Office of the Inspector General to support the FAA safety certification process audit, decreases by $1,000,000 the Office of the Secretary of Transportation.
Blunt Rochester Amendment
Increase and decrease by $1,000,000 to the Homeless Grants Account under Housing and Urban Development title which funds HUD’s continuum of care for the purpose of expressing concern over consideration of transitional family housing grants under competitive grant assessments, especially regarding populations with special needs such as survivors of violence and those with substance use disorders. HUD should submit a study on the impact of awarding transitional family housing grants via competitive assessments and the effectiveness of these programs versus alternative programs in achieving long-term housing stability.
Increases and decreases the Department of Transportation’s Research and Technology account by $500,000 for the Secretary of Transportation and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct a study on effective ways to measure the resilience of transportation systems and services to withstand natural disasters, natural hazards, and other potential disruptions.
Increases and decreases $7,000,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration Operations for the purpose of instructing the Federal Aviation Administration to continue the Remote Tower Pilot Program.
Garcia (IL) #274 Amendment
Increases and decreases Transit Formula Grants by $1,000,000 for funding for technical assistance and training for front line bus and rail transit workers.
Levin (CA) Amendment
Increases and decreases by $1,500,000 Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Policy Development and Research to support included funds to study alternative methods for calculating Fair Market Rents in rental markets with rapidly rising rents.
Increases funding and associated fees for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Manufactured Housing Program by $500,000, in order to protect the quality, safety and affordability of manufactured homes and to make homeownership more accessible.
Schrier Amendment #277
Increases and decreases funding to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by $1,000,000 to support state efforts aimed at reducing distracted driving, properly securing vehicle loads, and other highways safety programs.
Escobar Amendment #278
Increases and decreases funding for the Small Community Air Service Development Program by $5,000,000 to help small airports compete for air service.
Escobar Amendment #279
Increases and decreases funding for the National Infrastructure Investments (BUILD) planning grant set aside for areas of persistent poverty by $5 million to highlight the needs of low-income communities.
Increases by $10,000,000 funding within the Highway Infrastructure Program for the construction of electric vehicle charging and hydrogen fueling stations, decreases by $10,000,000 funds for the Department of Transportation Office of the Secretary.
Increases and decreases funding supporting capital investment grants by $1,000,000. These funds are used to invest in critical transit projects.
Garcia (IL) Amendment #282
Increases by $5,000,000 the National Infrastructure Investments (BUILD) planning grant set-aside for a total of $20,000,000 to support transit, transit-oriented development, and multimodal projects. This amendment does not require an offset.
Malinowski Amendment #283
Codifies Congress’s intent that the Department of Transportation follow the law when determining a project’s eligibility for Capital Investment Grants.
Malinowski Amendment #284
Increases funding for the Low or No Emission Grant Program by $6,000,000 to promote state emission responsibility. Decreases funding for Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Grants by $6,000,000.
Malinowski Amendment #285
Increases and decreases funding for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) by $1,000,000 to enhance PHMSA’s Community Liaison Services’ ability to respond to pipeline-related inquiries from community members.
Malinowski Amendment #286
Increases funding for the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General by $1,000,000. Decreases funding for the Office of the Secretary of Transportation by $1,000,000.
Increases and decreases by $1,500,000 funding for the FAA to address the concerns of communities affected by aircraft noise to urge the FAA to respond fully and completely to the requirements in the FAA Reauthorization Act pertaining to noise reduction.
Pressley Amendment #288
Provides a $5,000,000 increase to the Family Self Sufficiency Program and reduces by $5,000,000 funds from the Office of the Secretary at HUD.
Pressley Amendment #289
Increases and decreases by $1,000,000 funding for the National Infrastructure Investments (BUILD) account in order to reinforce the importance of robust investments in safe, reliant and efficient transit options including commuter rails, subway, buses, bike and pedestrian paths.
Increases by $1,000,000 funding for the National Surface Transportation and Innovative Finance Bureau (Build America Bureau) to ensure rural communities can get technical assistance when seeking federal transportation infrastructure financing opportunities. Decreases by $1,000,000 funding for the Department of Transportation Office of the Secretary.
|QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”