|Tuesday, December 8, 2020|
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 6395 – William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (Rep. Smith (WA) – Armed Services)
This bill authorizes $732 billion in discretionary spending for our national defense, including approximately $69 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), to maintain military readiness, bolster national security and technological advancements, support our service members, respond to our current health crisis, make key investments in military infrastructure, and promote accountability and transparency.
Click here for a summary of significant wins from the Armed Services Committee.
Click here for a list of authorities that will expire if the NDAA does not pass this year.
Click here for the full conference report.
Click here for a joint explanatory statement.
Suspensions (13 bills)
1. S. 1811 – Water Resources Development Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. DeFazio – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill authorizes the study and construction of locally-driven projects that were developed in cooperation and consultation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), including 46 pending Corps Chief’s Reports, 27 feasibility studies, and six comprehensive river basin studies. The bill also unlocks the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, directs the Secretary of the Army to equitably allocate harbor maintenance expenditures, and invests additional Federal resources for the construction of inland waterways projects.
2. S. 1014 – Route 66 Centennial Commission Act (Sen. Duckworth – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill establishes a Route 66 Centennial Commission to develop a plan to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the road in 2026.
3. S. 4902 – To designate the United States courthouse located at 351 South West Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, as the “Orrin G. Hatch United States Courthouse” (Sen. Lee – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill renames a U.S. courthouse in Utah after former Senator Orrin Hatch.
4. S. 578 – ALS Disability Insurance Access Act of 2019 (Sen. Whitehouse – Ways and Means)
This bill eliminates the 5-month waiting period for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for individuals diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Under current law, all SSDI beneficiaries must wait 5 months after becoming disabled, before their benefit payments may begin.
5. H.R. 1375 – PAID Act, as amended (Rep. Kind – Ways and Means)
6. H.R. 2477 – BENES Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Ruiz – Ways and Means)
This bill addresses long-standing coordination and education issues for those first enrolling in Medicare. Specifically, it requires information to be sent to seniors approaching ages 63-65 and individuals with disabilities about their Medicare coverage before they enroll. The bill would also streamline enrollment by eliminating needless coverage gaps.
7. H.R. 8161 – The One Stop Shop Community Reentry Program Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Bass – Judiciary)
This bill provides grants to community-based organizations for the creation of one-stop reentry centers to combine the provision of various reentry services in one location, making it easier for returning citizens to access them.
8. S. 2258 – Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act of 2019 (Sen. Grassley – Judiciary)
This bill establishes new whistleblower protections for employees who report a criminal antitrust violation to the federal government or a supervisor.
9. H.R. 683 – PPRADA (Rep. Velazquez – Judiciary)
This bill establishes transparency requirements regarding compensation for bankruptcy cases initiated under the Puerto Rico Oversight Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA).
10. S. 134 – Combat Online Predators Act (Sen. Toomey – Judiciary)
This bill increases the maximum prison term for a stalking offense by five years if the victim is under 18 years of age, but creates an exception if the offender is under 18 at the time of the offense.
11. H.R. 8354 – Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Escobar – Judiciary)
This bill permanently establishes the Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative within the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division in order to promote the legal interests of servicemembers, veterans, and their families.
12. H.R. 8235 – Open Courts Act of 2020 (Rep. Johnson (GA) – Judiciary)
This bill would modernize the federal judiciary’s court records systems and would eliminate the paywall (called PACER) that requires the public to pay more than $140 million each year to access these public records. The new system will provide a stable, secure, and easily searchable site to file and access court records, which will be available to the public free of charge.
13. S. 3989 – United States Semiquincentennial Commission Amendments Act of 2020, as amended (Sen. Toomey – Oversight and Reform)
This bill would modify certain requirements of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, which was established to provide for the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States and related events. The bill would modify the membership requirements of the commission; change certain reporting requirements; and grant the commission the power to authorize, license and derive income from the usage of official marks, products, and logos.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”