|Monday, May 17, 2021|
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Suspensions (17 bills)
1. H.R. 2704 – Improving VA Accountability to Prevent Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Act of 2021 (Rep. Pappas – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve its ability to track and address sexual harassment and discrimination allegations and cases.
2. H.R. 2788 – Equal Employment Counseling Modernization Act (Rep. Lamb – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill would remove a statutory limit on the number of Equal Employment Opportunity counselors at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
3. H.R. 2911 – VA Transparency and Trust Act of 2021 (Rep. Bost – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill directs VA to submit to Congress a detailed plan for obligating and expending coronavirus pandemic funding made available by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, or the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
4. H.R. 240 – Homeless Veterans with Children Reintegration Act (Rep. Brownley – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill directs the Department of Labor to give homeless veterans with dependents service priority under homeless veterans reintegration programs.
5. H.R. 711 – West LA VA Campus Improvement Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Lieu – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill would amend the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016 to authorize the use of certain funds received pursuant to leases entered into under such Act, as well as other sources, in order make available certain funding for a project in support of homeless veterans.
6. H.R. 2167 – GI Bill National Emergency Extended Deadline Act, as amended (Rep. Sherrill – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill, as amended, expands educational benefits in a number of ways, including expanding the extension of time limits for Montgomery GI Bill, the Veteran Readiness and Employment program, usage of the Chapter 35 benefit, expanding in-state tuition benefits to Chapter 35 recipients, improves to the education information technology systems at VA, and the creation of a pilot program at DOL-VETS for a short term fellowship program.
7. H.R. 2878 – Native VetSuccess at Tribal Colleges and Universities Pilot Program Act, as amended (Rep. Gallego – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill, as amended, would bring VA employees closer to tribal lands and reservations by bringing the VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program to Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU). The bill also adds an additional $150 million to the Vet-Tec program. Due to increased demand during COVID-19, the program is close to exhausting all funds. Finally, the bill allows certain veterans in their final term of education to continue to receiving housing benefits.
8. H.R. 1510 – To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a report on the use of cameras in the medical centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Rep. McKinley – Veterans’ Affairs)
The bill directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a report on the use of cameras in medical facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
9. H.R. 2494 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish in the Department the Veterans Economic Opportunity and Transition Administration, and for other purposes (Rep. Wenstrup – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill establishes the Veterans Economic Opportunity and Transition Administration to administer economic opportunity assistance programs for veterans and their dependents and survivors.
10. H.R. 2441 – Sgt. Ketchum Rural Veterans Mental Health Act (Rep. Axne – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), during FY2022, to establish and maintain three new centers of the Rural Access Network for Growth Enhancement (RANGE) Program in areas with interest from personnel and a need for additional mental health care for rural veterans. The RANGE Program serves veterans in rural areas who are experiencing mental illness
11. H.R. 210 – Rural STEM Education Research Act, as amended (Rep. Lucas – Science, Space, and Technology)
This bill directs the Director of the National Science Foundation to support STEM education and workforce development research focused on rural areas, and for other purposes.
12. H.R. 144 – Supporting Early-Career Researchers Act, as amended (Rep. Johnson (TX) – Science, Space, and Technology)
This bill authorizes the National Science Foundation to establish a two-year pilot program to award grants to highly qualified early-career investigators to carry out an independent research program at the institution of higher education of their choice.
13. H.R. 204 – STEM Opportunities ACT, as amended (Rep. Johnson (TX) – Science, Space, and Technology)
This bill provides for research and demographic data collection to better understand the participation and career trajectories of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM research careers. The bill directs the Office of Science and Technology Policy to develop consistent policies at Federal science agencies to (1) minimize the effects of implicit bias in the grant review process; (2) help universities identify and address cultural and institutional barriers for women and underrepresented minorities in STEM research careers; and (3) to accommodate the needs of grant recipients who have caregiving responsibilities. The bill also directs the National Science Foundation to award grants to support computer science education at the nation’s tribal colleges and universities.
14. H.R. 2027 – MSI STEM Achievement Act (Rep. Johnson (TX) – Science, Space, and Technology)
This bill directs Federal science agencies and the Office of Science and Technology Policy to undertake activities to improve the quality of undergraduate STEM education and enhance the research capacity at the Nation’s HBCUs, TCUs, and MSIs.
15. H.R. 2695 – Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act (Rep. Johnson (TX) – Science, Space, and Technology)
This bill provides for research on the causes, consequences and prevalence of, as well as interventions for preventing, sexual harassment in the STEM workforce. The bill also directs coordination among Federal science agencies efforts to address sexual harassment involving federally funded researchers.
16. H.R. 1447 – COAST Research Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Bonamici – Science, Space, and Technology)
This bill reauthorizes and updates the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2009 by expanding the scope of federal ocean acidification and coastal acidification research, establishing an independent Ocean Acidification Advisory Board, establishing and maintaining a data archive system for ocean and coastal acidification data, and for other purposes.
17. H.R. 2533 – NEAR Act of 2021 (Rep. Posey – Science, Space, and Technology)
This bill directs the Secretary of Commerce to work with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to produce a study on the impacts of ocean acidification and other environmental stressors on estuarine environments to improve our understanding of these impacts and inform management and mitigation decisions.
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