|Thursday, October 1, 2020|
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Suspensions (15 bills)
1. H.R. 8124 – Criminal Judicial Administration Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Jeffries – Judiciary)
This bill would amend current law to give courts the discretion to order the U.S. Marshals Service to furnish transportation and subsistence expenses for released defendants to return home from court proceedings, and subsistence while attending such proceedings. Also grants magistrate judges the authority to rule on post-judgment motions in cases for which they had trial jurisdiction.
2. H.R. 7718 – Pregnant Women In Custody (Rep. Bass – Judiciary)
This bill would ensure the health and safety of pregnant and post-partum women in BOP and USMS custody, including prohibiting the use of restraints and restrictive housing; direct GAO studies on the services and protections for pregnant incarcerated women in local and State correctional settings and in Federal pretrial facilities; and create a grant program in DOJ to make grants to State, tribal, and local governments, to promote the health needs of incarcerated pregnant women.
3. H.R. 8225 – Fight Notario Fraud Act of 2020 (Rep. Mucarsel-Powell – Judiciary)
This would criminalize notario fraud, the provision of fraudulent legal services, certain misrepresentations by individuals who claim to be authorized to practice immigration law, and threats and retaliation associated with the provision of fraudulent legal services to immigrants.
4. S. 2330 – Empowering Olympic, Paralympic, and Amateur Athletes Act of 2020 (Sen. Moran – Judiciary)
This is a bipartisan bill that amends the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act to strengthen congressional oversight of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and amateur sports national governing bodies through numerous governance reforms. The bill also requires USOPC to provide the Center for SafeSport, a non-profit organization responsible for investigating allegations of sexual abuse against athletes, $20 million annually for operating costs.
5. H.R. 6813 – Promoting Alzheimer’s Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act (Rep. Deutch – Judiciary)
This bill requires the Justice Department’s Elder Justice Coordinator to create training materials for cases involving people with Alzheimer’s or dementia, including best practices where these individuals may have been a victim or witness to a crime.
6. S. 3051 – America’s Conservation Enhancement Act (Sen. Barrasso – Natural Resources)
This bill enhances wildlife and habitat through a package of bipartisan, bicameral provisions including reauthorizing the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and programs to restore and conserve the Chesapeake Bay; improving invasive species management; establishing fish habitat partnerships; and addressing chronic wasting disease.
7. H.R. 5126 – DESCEND Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Graves (LA) – Natural Resources)
This bill requires every commercial or recreational vessel engaged in fishing for Gulf reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico to have on board a venting tool or descending device that is rigged and ready to use while fishing in order to prevent reef fish mortality when releasing back into the ocean, and a related study and guidance.
8. H.R. 5068 – Women Who Worked on the Home Front World War II Memorial Act (Rep. Norton – Natural Resources)
This bill authorizes the Women Who Worked on the Home Front Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs in commemoration of the commitment and service represented by the women who worked on the home front during World War II.
9. S. 3758 – A bill to amend the Klamath Basin Water Supply Enhancement Act of 2000 to make certain technical corrections (Sen. Merkley – Natural Resources)
This bill amends the Klamath Basin Water Supply Enhancement Act to support water conservation and efficiency measures in the Klamath River Basin in Oregon and California. The bill also allows two irrigation districts in eastern Montana (the Kinsey Irrigation Company and the Sidney Water Users Irrigation District) to continue to be eligible for preferred federal electricity rates.
10. H.R. 5139 – Stop Sexual Assault and Harassment in Transportation Act, as amended (Rep. DeFazio – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill seeks to protect personnel and passengers during passenger transportation by air, motor carrier, commuter and intercity rail, transit, vessel, and rideshare from sexual assault and harassment and to improve the response to and facilitate the reporting of such incidents.
11. S. 2638 – Friendly Airports for Mothers Improvement Act (Sen. Duckworth – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill requires small hub airports to maintain a lactation area for nursing mothers and a baby changing table in at least one men’s and one women’s restroom in each passenger terminal building of the airport.
12. S. 4075 – RLF Act (Sen. Capito – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill allows the Economic Development Administration to waive, with conditions, federal interest in revolving loan funds (RLF) funding and relieve the grantee of permanent reporting requirements.
13. H.R. 5912 – Expedited Delivery of Airport Infrastructure Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Graves (MO) – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill permits airports to use Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds to make incentive payments to contractors for early completion of an airport planning or development project.
14. H.R. 4470 – To rename the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, as amended (Rep. Kaptur – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill renames the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation to the Great Lakes Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.
15. S. 1982 – Save Our Seas 2.0 Act, as amended (Sen. Sullivan – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill improves efforts to combat marine debris.
Possible Consideration of H.Res. 1153 – Condemning unwanted, unnecessary medical procedures on individuals without their full, informed consent (Rep. Jayapal – Judiciary)
This resolution condemns medical practices at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC), in Ocilla, Georgia, which may have resulted in unwanted and unnecessary surgeries that, in some cases, are reported to have resulted in life altering injuries to the reproductive health of immigrant women held at that facility.
Possible Consideration of H.Res. 1154 – Condemning QAnon and rejecting the conspiracy theories it promotes (Rep. Malinowski – Judiciary)
This resolution expresses the House’s condemnation of conspiracy theories propagated by QAnon and other groups, which undermine democratic institutions and exacerbate political polarization. The resolution also calls upon federal law enforcement agencies to redouble efforts to prevent violence, threats, harassment, and intimidation stemming from such fringe conspiracy theories, encourages the intelligence community to investigate any foreign support for QAnon, and urges Americans to seek information from authoritative sources and engage in political debate from a common factual foundation.
Possible Consideration of House Amendment to the Senate Amendments to H.R. 925 – Updated Heroes Act (Rep. Lowey – Appropriations)
The bill includes many of the provisions of the original Heroes Act, like state and local funding; testing, tracing, and treatment; an additional round of direct payments; an employee retention credit to help businesses keep employees on the payroll; provisions to protect worker safety; extension of enhanced unemployment payments; housing, food, and health care assistance; and support for our elections, the Census, and the Postal Service.
Click here for an updated version of the Heroes Act.
Click here for a one-pager from the Appropriations Committee.
Click here for a section-by-section from the Appropriations Committee.
Click here for additional information on the state and local relief provisions.
The Rule provides for two hours of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Appropriations.
Postponed Suspension (1 vote)
H.R. 5572 – Family Support Services for Addiction Act of 2020 (Rep. Trone – Energy and Commerce)
This bill would authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award grants to support family community organizations that develop, expand, and enhance evidence-informed family support services for families and family members living with substance use disorders or addiction. The grants may be used to build connections between family support networks, with behavioral health and primary care providers, and foster care services, among others. The grant may also be used to reduce stigma around addiction and addiction treatment, family support outreach activities, and connect families to peer support programs.
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.”