|THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2019
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Under a Rule (2 bills):
This bill directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to research innovative approaches to address capability gaps for providing medical screenings at the border and mandates the implementation of an electronic health record system.
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The Rule, which was adopted yesterday, provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security.
Suspensions (11 bills):
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.
This bill amends the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act (HABHRCA) to require its Interagency Task Force on harmful algal blooms (HABs) to produce an integrated assessment. The assessment would look at the causes, consequences, and mitigation options for HABs and hypoxia in South Florida, and identify gaps in research, monitoring and management of HABs and hypoxia in South Florida. Additionally, the bill requires the Task Force to work with stakeholders to develop an action plan in response to the assessment that would detail methods for reducing and mitigating HABs and hypoxia in South Florida.
This bill would authorize the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure agency (CISA) to develop and distribute “playbooks,” in consultation with private sector experts, to provide procedures and mitigation strategies for the most critical, known vulnerabilities – especially those affecting software or hardware that is no longer supported by a vendor. The playbooks would be available to Federal agencies, industry, and other stakeholders. H.R. 3710 would also allow for the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), in consultation with CISA, to establish a competition program for industry, individuals, academia, and others to provide remediation solutions for cybersecurity vulnerabilities that are no longer supported.
This bill directs the Secretary Homeland Security through DHS’s Chief Intelligence Officer, in coordination with intelligence components of DHS, to develop and disseminate written DHS-wide guidance for the processing, analysis, production, and dissemination of homeland security information and terrorism information. The Act also requires an assessment and description of how the dissemination to the intelligence community and Federal law enforcement of such information assists such entities in carrying out their respective missions.
This bill requires the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to come up with a plan to have signs, videos, audio messages, websites, press releases, social media postings and other communications available in the languages other than English used by the people who work and travel through our nation’s major airports. The legislation requires TSA to consider the primary languages used at each major airport, and to improve materials to communicate in such languages and to communicate to individuals with vision or hearing impairments. The bill requires GAO to review TSA’s implementation of its plan. This bill will help airport security processes to welcome visitors and reflect local communities and cultures.
This bill requires a GAO review of DHS’s trusted traveler programs to examine the extent to which the Department tracks and monitors trends such as identity-matching errors in enrollment and restoration of revoked privileges; coordination with other federal, state, or local entities regarding redress procedures for disqualifying offenses not covered by the DHS’s redress process that impact an individual’s enrollment in a trusted traveler program; improvements to help individuals access redress procedures; and the extent to which travelers are informed about redress procedures. In addition, the bill requires that when an individual’s enrollment in a trusted traveler is revoked in error, the individual’s enrollment is extended appropriately to account for lost time.
This bill mandates training for frontline personnel regarding the screening of pregnant women and families with young children to include awareness of concerns over the use of Advanced Imaging Technology machines and appropriate opt-out and alternative procedures. The training must include guidelines to assist pregnant women and families in divesting and completing the screening process efficiently. Furthermore, it requires the Transportation Security Administration to develop a way to inform women and families of these new procedures and guidelines. This legislation also requires an assessment of the feasibility of having dedicated family screening lanes. Finally, it mandates that TSA brief the appropriate congressional committees on the progress of implementing this Act.
This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize a Joint Task Force within the Department of Homeland Security to prevent synthetic opioids from entering the United States. This bill authorizes collaboration with both governmental and private sector organizations. Collaboration with private sector organizations under this bill must be for a period not exceeding two years. All costs associated with such agreement must be borne by the private sector actor. The Secretary of Homeland Security is directed to subsequently report on its effectiveness. A prior version of this bill passed the House in the 115th Congress by a voice vote.
This bill requires a GAO review of the Transportation Security Administration’s implementation of the Bottles and Breastfeeding Equipment Screening Act (P.L. 114-293) to make sure the agency is providing clear and consistent screening of formula, breast milk, purified water and juice at all checkpoints. The review must address: (1) whether screeners screen beyond what is required by current procedures for nursing products; (2) the need to update and revise screening procedures for nursing products; (3) the agency’s tracking of passenger complaints over the screening of nursing products; (4) the agency’s communications for passengers, air carriers, and airports relating to protocols for such screening; (5) screening procedures for nursing products; and (6) recommendations for improving the screening of nursing products.
This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 by providing that U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) National Targeting Center enhance border security by seeking to disrupt and dismantle foreign terrorist organizations. The Commissioner of CBP may assign personnel to different agencies or organizations, with overseas postings permitted. Finally, the bill requires the Commissioner of CBP to report biannually to the Committee on Homeland Security and the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. A previous version of this bill passed the House in the 115th Congress by a vote of 410-2.
H.R. 3106 – Domestic and International Terrorism DATA Act, as amended (Rep. Thompson (MS) – Homeland Security)
This bill would foster transparency and facilitate informed policymaking on domestic terrorism by: (1) requiring FBI, DOJ, and DHS to produce an annual, unclassified joint report that provides the following: data on domestic terrorist incidents; assessments, investigations, indictments, prosecutions, and convictions with a domestic terrorism nexus; and the number of full-time staff working on domestic terrorism employed by DOJ and DHS; (2) requiring GAO to audit the annual joint reports; (3) establish a DHS university-based research center (a Center of Excellence) to study domestic terrorism and publish a database on domestic terrorist incidents in the United States; (3) requiring DHS’ Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) to study transnational links between groups linked to domestic terrorism in the United States, such as white supremacists, and their counterparts abroad; and (4) authorizing an annual appropriation of $20 million to carry out the Act, of which $1 million would fund the annual joint report, $18 million would fund the Center of Excellence on domestic terrorism, and $1 million would fund S&T’s research on domestic terrorism.
|QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.”