Tuesday, December 10, 2019

House Meets at… Votes Predicted at…
10:00 a.m. Morning Hour
12:00 p.m. Legislative Business
Fifteen “One Minutes” Per Side
First Votes: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Last Votes: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.



Floor Schedule and Procedure:

Under a Rule (1 bill):

H.R. 729 – Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act (Rep. Kilmer – Natural Resources)

This is a package of bipartisan bills that protects vulnerable coastal and Great Lakes communities impacted by the climate crisis. The bill creates programs to support tribal, state, and local community projects that protect, restore, and preserve coastal zones and working waterfronts; helps communities prepare for and respond to climate change; and uses data to address coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes management. It also protects American commercial and recreational fisheries and the communities that depend on them by authorizing programs that preserve fish habitats and research Great Lakes fisheries management. The bill also strengthens our marine and coastal science and policy workforce by reauthorizing and updating the National Sea Great College Program.

Click here for a fact sheet from the House Committee on Natural Resources.

The Rule provides for one hour of general debate, makes in order 29 amendments, and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc.  A full list of amendments can be found here and below.

Hastings Amendment #1
Expands the list of eligible activities for the award of Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project Implementation Grants to include projects to address the immediate and long-term degradation or loss of coral and coral reefs.
Hastings Amendment #2
Includes coral reefs as eligible under the National Fish Habitat Conservation Through Partnerships program.
Morelle Amendment
Ensures that up to 5 percent of the funds appropriated under this section will be used by the Secretary to provide technical assistance, which will help accelerate early-stage resources and planning assistance for communities.
Brown Amendment
Authorizes the NOAA Administrator to award grants to eligible entities for collaborative research projects on the conservation, restoration, or management of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.
McEachin Amendment
Includes communities that may not have the resources necessary to prepare for or respond to coastal hazards to the list of priority areas the NOAA Administrator shall consider when determining living shoreline projects to receive federal grants. These communities include low-income communities, communities of color, Tribal communities, and rural communities.
Huizenga Amendment
Requires no less than 10 percent of the funds awarded under the Living Shoreline grant program be available to projects located within the Great Lakes.
Lipinski Amendment
Requires that climate change adaptation plans for Great Lakes coastal states shall include adaptive management strategies for Great Lakes ecosystems and resources.
Katko/ Brindisi Amendment #8
Adds research on harmful algal bloom development to U.S. Geological Survey research conducted under H.R. 729.
Katko/ Brindisi Amendment #9
Provides grant eligibility under H.R. 729 to projects that assess the impact of water level regulating practices on the Great Lakes on coastal resiliency.
Moore Amendment #10
Amends the Climate Change Adaption program to add invasive species as a target of the adaptive management strategies to be included in the plans and to require such proposals to describe how they will involve and address concerns regarding the impact of climate change in coastal communities on nearby tribes and low-income and low-resource communities.
Moore Amendment #11
Amends the Living Shoreline Grant Program to require plans to include an education and outreach component for the community stakeholders most affected by the proposal and to add tribes and tribal organizations to the list that the Administrator may consult with in developing program standards.
Crist Amendment
Clarifies that Section 323, the Climate Change Adaptation Preparedness and Response Program, includes projects to address harmful algal blooms.
Higgins (NY) Amendment
Directs USGS research to include the impacts of harmful algal blooms, nutrient pollution, and dead zones on Great Lakes fisheries.
Panetta Amendment
Adds a finding that collaborations and partnerships between institutions of higher education and Federal agencies help ensure digital data focused on coastal management issues are communicated effectively between such entities.
Speier Amendment
Specifies that “built and natural environments” in terms of infrastructure would include sea walls and living shorelines.
Bonamici Amendment #16
Adds studying coastal acidification and hypoxia as allowable activities through the Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project Implementation Grant program.
Bonamici Amendment #17
Directs NOAA to enter into an agreement with the National Academy of Sciences to assess the need for and feasibility of establishing an Advanced Research Projects Agency-Oceans (ARPA-O).
Kildee Amendment
Requires NOAA to update the Environmental Sensitivity Index for the Great Lakes every seven years.
Plaskett Amendment
Permits a waiver of certain non-Federal contribution requirements for a fish habitat conservation project at the discretion of the Secretary.
Jayapal Amendment #20
Amends the legislation to increase the membership of the Fish Habitat Board by one seat to provide an additional seat for tribal representation.
Jayapal Amendment #21
Amends the legislation to ensure that grant funds awarded through the Living Shoreline Grant Program may be used to incentivize landowners to engage in living shoreline projects.
Jayapal Amendment #22
Amends the legislation to ensure that in developing minimum standards to be used in selecting eligible entities to receive grants under the Living Shoreline Grant Program, the Administrator considers entities with systems to disburse funding from a single grant to support multiple small-scale projects.
Mucarsel-Powell Amendment
Ensures that corals are included as a natural element eligible for grants provided for by the Living Shoreline Grant Program.
Levin Amendment #24
Specifies avian habitat protection and restoration projects as eligible activities to be considered for the Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project Implementation grants in this bill.
Levin Amendment #25
Adds research into the effects of PFAS chemicals, mercury, and other contaminants on fisheries and fishery ecosystems to the list of research activities that may be conducted in the Great Lakes Basin by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Luria Amendment
Directs NOAA to consider the potential of a living shoreline project to support the resiliency of military communities when developing criteria for grant applications.
Rouda Amendment #27
Adds a new section to the bill for a prize competition to stimulate innovation to advance coastal risk and resilience measures.
Rouda Amendment #28
Adds a new section to the bill that would require the development of a catalog of research on applicable coastal risk reduction and resilience measures.
Johnson (LA) Amendment
Amends the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to limit the scope of the moratorium on taking and importing marine mammals and marine mammal products, and revises the requirements for obtaining an authorization for incidentally taking by harassment marine mammals.

Suspensions (2 bills):

  1. H.R. 5035 – Television Viewer Protection Act of 2019 (Rep. Doyle – Energy and Commerce)

This bill addresses two provisions of law expiring at the end of 2019 that facilitate consumers’ ability to view broadcast television stations over cable and satellite TV services and to provide consumers basic protections and transparency when consumers purchase these services.  The bill also provides consumer protections to ensure consumers are not wrongly charged for broadband equipment they don’t receive.

  1. H.R. 5363 – FUTURE Act, as amended (Rep. Adams – Education and Labor/Ways and Means)

    This bill reauthorizes and provides funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions authorized under Part F of Title III of the Higher Education Act and authorizes limited sharing of data between the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Education to improve the administration of Federal Student Financial Aid programs.


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