|TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2019
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Suspensions (6 bills)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.