|Monday, September 21, 2020|
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
**Following one-minute speeches, the House will consider the 41 bills listed for consideration under suspension of the Rules. Any recorded votes requested will be postponed until Tuesday, September 22nd
Suspensions (41 bills):
1. S. 209 – PROGRESS for Indian Tribes Act (Sen. Hoeven – Natural Resources)
This bill streamlines and enhances the Title IV tribal self-governance process at the Department of the Interior by aligning it with Title V, the Health and Human Services self-governance statute. This will provide Indian tribes with greater flexibility to efficiently tailor, consolidate and administer federal programs for their communities.
2. H.R. 3160 – Blackwater Trading Post Land Transfer Act (Rep. O’Halleran – Natural Resources)
This bill directs the Department of the Interior to take the approximately 55.3 acres of land of the Blackwater Trading Post in Pinal County, Arizona, which is bordered and owned by the Gila River Indian Community of the Reservation, into trust for the benefit of the community.
3. H.R. 3349 – Republic of Texas Legation Memorial Act, as amended (Rep. Doggett – Natural Resources)
This bill authorizes the Daughters of the Republic of Texas to establish the Republic of Texas Legation Memorial as a commemorative work in the District of Columbia in recognition of the Texas Legation’s diplomatic efforts to achieve annexation by the United States.
4. H.R. 3465 – Fallen Journalist Memorial Act, as amended (Rep. Napolitano – Natural Resources)
This bill authorizes the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work on federal land in the District of Columbia and its environs to commemorate America’s commitment to a free press by honoring journalists who sacrificed their lives in service to that cause.
5. H.R. 4957 – Native Child Protection Action, as amended (Rep. Gallego – Natural Resources)
This bill improves upon and reauthorizes several programs within the Indian Child Protection and Family Violence Prevention Act in order to improve the prevention, investigation, treatment, and prosecution of family violence, child abuse, and child neglect involving Native American children and families.
6. S. 294 – Native American Business Incubators Program Act (Sen. Udall – Natural Resources)
This bill requires the Department of the Interior to establish a grant program in the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development for establishing and operating business incubators that serve Native American communities.
7. S. 832 – To nullify the Supplemental Treaty Between the United States of America and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of Indians of Middle Oregon, concluded on November 15, 1865 (Sen. Merkley – Natural Resources)
This bill nullifies the supplemental treaty between the United States and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of Indians of Middle Oregon signed in 1865. The treaty restricted the rights of tribal members to leave the reservation and imposed other conditions. The Department of the Interior has stated that the treaty has never been enforced by the federal government or Oregon.
8. H.R. 139 – Springfield Race Riot Study Act, as amended (Rep. Davis (IL) – Natural Resources)
This bill directs the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the site associated with the 1908 Springfield Race Riot in the State of Illinois to determine whether the site meets the necessary criteria for inclusion in the National Park System and to provide opportunities for broad public outreach and the development of management alternatives.
9. H.R. 895 – Tribal School Federal Insurance Parity Act (Rep. Johnson (SD) – Natural Resources)
This bill allows schools that receive grants under the Tribally Controlled Schools Act of 1988 to participate in the Federal Employee Health Benefits program.
10. H.R. 1702 – Free Veterans from Fees Act, as amended (Rep. Stuebe – Natural Resources)
This bill waives special use permit application fees for special events at war memorials on land administered by the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., and its environs when a majority of attendees are veterans or Gold Star Families.
11. S. 490 – B-47 Ridge Designation Act (Sen. Daines – Natural Resources)
This bill designates the currently unnamed mountain ridge off the southwest side of Emigrant Peak in Montana as “B-47 Ridge” and authorizes the installation of a plaque on the ridge in honor of the Air Force crew that lost their lives there in a 1962 crash.
12. H.R. 5053 – Justice for Juveniles Act (Rep. Scanlon – Judiciary)
This bill eliminates the administrative exhaustion requirement for youth before they may file a lawsuit under the Prison Litigation Reform Act alleging violations concerning the conditions of their incarceration.
13. H.R. 1418 – Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act 2019, as amended (Rep. DeFazio – Judiciary)
This bill repeals the limited Federal antitrust exemption for the business of health insurance established by the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945.
14. H.R. 5546 – Effective Assistance in the Digital Era (Rep. Jeffries – Judiciary)
This bill requires the Federal Bureau of Prisons to establish a system to exempt from monitoring any privileged electronic communications between incarcerated individuals and their attorneys or legal representatives.
15. S. 227 – Savanna’s Act (Sen. Murkowski – Judiciary)
This bill requires both data collection concerning instances of missing or murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives, and the development of recommendations on how to improve such collection, to be included in an annual report to Congress. Enhances sharing of information among federal, state, and tribal officials; and establishes best practices for these agencies to follow in conducting searches on and off land under the jurisdiction of Native Americans.
16. S. 982 – Not Invisible Act of 2019 (Sen. Cortez Masto – Judiciary)
This bill addresses the crisis of violence against American Indian and Alaska Native men and women by directing the appointment, within the Bureau of Indian Affairs, of a coordinator of federal efforts to combat violence against Native people and by establishing, within the Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice, a Joint Commission on Reducing Violent Crime Against Indians.
17. S. 1321 – Defending the Integrity of Voting Systems Act (Sen. Blumenthal – Judiciary)
This bill broadens the definition of “protected computer” for purposes of computer fraud and abuse offenses under current law to include a computer that is part of a voting system.
18. S. 1380 – Due Process Protections Act (Sen. Sullivan – Judiciary)
This bill amends the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure to require that a judge issue an order to prosecution and defense counsel that confirms the disclosure obligation of the prosecutor in every criminal case.
19. H.R. 5602 – Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Schneider – Judiciary)
This bill authorizes the creation of offices, within the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to monitor, investigate and prosecute cases of domestic terrorism and provide reports to Congress assessing the state of domestic terrorism threats.
20. H.R. 6100 – STOP FGM Act of 2020 (Rep. Jackson-Lee – Judiciary)
This bill amends current law to ensure that the practice of female genital mutilation is federally prohibited.
21. H.R. 5309 – CROWN Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Richmond – Judiciary)
This bill explicitly prohibits discrimination on the basis of hairstyle or hair texture that is commonly associated with a particular race or national origin. It prohibits such discrimination in federally-funded programs, housing, employment, public accommodations, and with respect to the making and enforcement of contracts.
22. H.R. 5322 – Ensuring Diversity in Community Banking Act, as amended (Rep. Meeks – Financial Services)
This bill supports minority depository institutions (MDIs) and newly designed “impact banks” (small banks that predominantly lend to low-income borrowers) through a series of reforms to encourage investments in and partnerships with these institutions.
23. H.R. 6934 – To amend the CARES Act to require the uniform treatment of nationally recognized statistical rating organizations under certain programs carried out in response to the COVID–19 emergency, and for other purposes (Rep. Dean – Financial Services)
This bill amends the CARES Act to require the uniform treatment of nationally recognized statistical rating organizations under certain programs carried out in response to the COVID-19 emergency so companies that do not receive ratings from the three largest NRSROs, but receive ratings from other NRSROs recognized by the SEC, are still eligible to access those programs.
24. H.R. 7592 – STIFLE Act of 2020 (Rep. McAdams – Financial Services)
This bill directs GAO to study the shared features among trafficking networks, including facilitators, finances, and proceeds. Requires GAO to report recommendations for any legislative or regulatory changes necessary to combat trafficking or the laundering of proceeds from trafficking.
25. H.R. 6735 – COVID-19 Fraud Prevention Act, as amended (Rep. Axne – Financial Services)
This bill directs the CFPB and the SEC to create a collaborative Investor Fraud Working Group to protect investors and consumers from COVID pandemic related fraud. The working group will issue monthly reports to congress on its progress, actions taken to protect investors and consumers, and actions taken to provide resources to victims of fraud.
26. H.R. 5698 – Promoting Secure 5G Act of 2020 (Rep. Timmons – Financial Services)
This bill will establish as a U.S. policy within the IFIs to only finance 5g projects and other wireless technologies that include adequate security measures in furtherance of national security aims to protect wireless networks from bad actors and foreign governments.
27. H.R. 6294 – Improving Emergency Disease Response via Housing Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Tipton – Financial Services)
This bill requires HUD to share data with HHS about the locations of section 202 housing properties and local Continnums of Care (CoCs) with high concentrations of people experiencing unsheltered homelessness in order to identify potential hotspots and provide greater relief for elderly and homeless populations.
28. S. 2661 – National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020 (Sen. Gardner – Energy and Commerce)
This bill amends the Communications Act to designate 9-8-8 as the universal dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, allows states to impose a fee to support implementation, and requires a report on ways to help LGBTQ populations.
29. H.R. 5918 – To direct the Federal Communications Commission to issue reports after activation of the Disaster Information Reporting System and to make improvements to network outage reporting (Rep. Matsui – Energy and Commerce)
This bill directs the FCC to issue reports following the activation of the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) and to make improvements to network outage reporting.
30. H.R. 5567 – MEDIA Diversity Act of 2020 (Rep. Long – Energy and Commerce)
This bill Requires the FCC to consider market entry barriers for socially disadvantaged individuals in the communications marketplace.
31. H.R. 451 – Don’t Break Up the T-Band Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Engel – Energy and Commerce)
This bill repeals the requirement on the FCC to reallocate and auction the T-Band. H.R. 451 also requires the FCC to adopt rules limiting the use of 9-1-1 fees by States or other taxing jurisdictions to (1) the support and implementation of 9-1-1 services and (2) operational expenses of public safety answering points.
32. H.R. 4866 – National Centers of Excellence in Continuous Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Act of 2020 (Rep. Pallone – Energy and Commerce)
This bill establishes a program at the Food and Drug Administration to establish National Centers of Excellence in Continuous Pharmaceutical Manufacturing at institutions of higher education. These Centers would help to further develop continuous manufacturing, help to deploy this technology, and to train a continuous manufacturing workforce. Continuous manufacturing is a faster and more efficient way to manufacture drugs, which can help to improve product quality and address issues that result in drug shortages or recalls.
33. H.R. 7574 – Strengthening America’s Strategic National Stockpile Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Slotkin – Energy and Commerce)
This bill would make a number of improvements to the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and incorporates language from a number of bipartisan bills introduced in the 116th Congress. Specifically, the bill would improve the financial security of the SNS by authorizing the sale of products to other Federal departments or agencies from within six months of product expiration. It would also improve the ability of the SNS to maintain and procure medical supplies, ensure the SNS maintains supplies in good working order within the stockpile for deployment when needed, and increase transparency regarding the requests received for supplies within the SNS.
34. H.R. 2271 – Scarlett’s Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act (Rep. Moore – Energy and Commerce)
This bill would require the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to revise the Sudden Unexplained Infant Death Investigation Reporting Form, and authorize CDC to award grants to improve the completion of comprehensive death scene investigations for sudden unexplained infant death (SUID) and sudden unexplained death in children (SUDC), to increase the rate of comprehensive, standardized autopsies in cases of SUID and SUDC, and to train medical examiners, coroners, death scene investigators, law enforcement, and health professionals on standard death scene investigation protocols. The bill authorizes grants through the Health and Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) related to SUD and SUID.
35. H.R. 4995 – Maternal Health Quality Improvement Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Engel – Energy and Commerce)
This bill includes provisions to improve data collection and coordination at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health; ensure obstetric care is an eligible service for telehealth grants and creates a demonstration program to train providers who provide maternity care in rural areas; authorizes programs to improve maternity care across all settings; authorizes grants for innovation in maternal health; establishes a grant program for health professional schools to train health care professionals to reduce and prevent discrimination in providing maternal health care; and authorizes funding for a grant program to improve perinatal care and health outcomes for pregnant and postpartum women and newborns
36. H.R. 3935 – Protecting Patients Transportation to Care Act (Rep. Carter (GA) – Energy and Commerce)
This bill amends the Medicaid statute to include non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) in the list of mandatory Medicaid benefits by codifying current Medicaid NEMT regulations. The bill would also require state Medicaid programs to have in place a utilization management process for the benefit.
37. H.R. 1646 – HERO Act (Rep. Bera – Energy and Commerce)
This bill creates a data system at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to capture public safety officer suicide incidences and study successful interventions, authorize grants for peer support behavioral health and wellness programs within fire departments and emergency medical service agencies, and require the development of best practices for addressing post-traumatic stress disorder in public safety officers and educational materials.
38. H.R. 4564 – Suicide Prevention Lifeline Improvement Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Katko – Energy and Commerce)
This bill increases the authorization funding level of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline program to $50 million each year, from FY 2020 through FY 2022. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a plan for maintaining the program, including sharing certain data with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, the bill includes a pilot program to research, analyze, and employ various innovative technologies and platforms for suicide prevention and reports on the use and progress of the pilot.
39. H.R. 4585 – Campaign to Prevent Suicide Act, as amended (Rep. Beyer – Energy and Commerce)
This bill directs Department of Health and Human Services, in coordination with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, to carry out a national suicide prevention media campaign to advertise the new 9-8-8 number, when it becomes effective, raise awareness for suicide prevention resources, and cultivate a more effective discourse on how to prevent suicide. The bill would also provide guidance to TV and social media companies on how to talk about suicide by creating a best practices toolkit.
40. H.R. 5619 – Suicide Prevention Act (Rep. Stewart – Energy and Commerce)
This bill establishes two grant programs to prevent self-harm and suicide. The first program would authorize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to award grants to State, local, and Tribal health departments to expand surveillance of self-harm, and the second program would authorize Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to award grants to hospital emergency departments for programs to prevent self-harm and suicide attempts among patients after discharge.
41. H.R. 5663 – Safeguarding Therapeutics Act, as amended (Rep. Guthrie – Energy and Commerce)
This bill extends the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) administrative destruction authority to medical devices. This new authority would allow FDA to destroy certain imported medical devices, such as diagnostic tests or surgical masks, in instances where FDA believes such medical devices are adulterated, misbranded, or unapproved, and may pose a threat to the public health, as the agency currently does with regard to drugs.
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