TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2019                                                                                                           

House Meets At… Votes Predicted At…
12:00 p.m. Morning Hour

2:00 p.m. Legislative Business

Unlimited “One Minutes”

First/Last Votes: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

ANY ANTICIPATED MEMBER ABSENCES FOR VOTES TODAY SHOULD BE REPORTED

IMMEDIATELY TO THE OFFICE OF THE MAJORITY WHIP AT 6-3210.

Floor Schedule and Procedure:

Suspensions (6 bills)

  1. H.R. 439 – National FFA Organization’s Federal Charter Amendments Act (Rep. Langevin – Judiciary)

This bill updates the charter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) to bring the role of the Department of Education on its board and governing committee in line with other Congressionally chartered organizations. The changes will provide the National FFA Organization more autonomy while allowing it to collaborate with federal agencies on matters of mutual interest. It also shifts the purpose of the FFA toward agriculture career and technical education, provides for online publications, and allows the headquarters to be located outside of Washington, D.C.

  1. H.R. 498 – Clean Up the Code Act of 2019 (Rep. Chabot – Judiciary)

Repeals several criminal penalties for violations that do not involve wrongdoing serious enough to warrant criminal prosecution and the consequence of a criminal record. For example, the bill repeals laws that make the unauthorized for-profit use of the “Smokey the Bear” and “Woodsy Owl” character punishable by fine and/or imprisonment for up to 6 months.

  1. H.R. 31 – Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Engel – Foreign Affairs)

This bill requires the President to impose new sanctions on anyone who is supporting the Syrian government and their atrocities against the Syrian people.  These sanctions could be suspended if the Syrian government stops the violence against the Syrian people; allows international humanitarian access; releases political prisoners; takes steps to fulfill its obligations with respect to chemical weapons; and permits the safe, dignified and voluntary return of Syrian displaced people.

  1. H.R. 353 – To direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to regain observer status for Taiwan in the World Health Organization, and for other purposes (Rep. Yoho – Foreign Affair)

This bill encourages Department of State efforts to secure Taiwan’s participation as an observer at the annual summit of the World Health Assembly (WHA) held by the WHO. It also requires annual reports submitted by the Department of State to include details on adaptations to their strategy following any annual WHA meeting at which Taiwan does not obtain observer status.

  1. H.R. 676 – NATO Support Act (Rep. Panetta – Foreign Affairs)

This bill expresses Congress’ support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and its role in protecting US security. It encourages NATO members to spend 2% of their GDP on defense, expresses the Sense of Congress that the President shall not withdraw the US from NATO, and prohibits any funds from being used to withdraw the US from NATO.

  1. H.R. 328 – Hack Your State Department Act (Rep. Lieu – Foreign Affairs

This bill will strengthen the State Department’s cybersecurity in two ways: firstly, it will require the Secretary to take a hard look at the Department’s cyber vulnerabilities. Secondly, it will establish a pilot program in which the State Department will reward people who identify unknown security risks in the Department’s computer systems.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice anywhere.”

                                                               – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.