|TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2019
Floor Schedule and Procedures
Suspensions (6 bills)
This bill amends the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 to direct the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to establish a clearinghouse to disseminate information regarding available programs and financing mechanisms for energy efficiency projects for schools.
This bill amends the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978 to extend the closure date of the Cheney Disposal Cell in Grand Junction, Colorado –which is used to dispose of radioactive mill tailings– to September 2048, or until the cell is filled, whichever comes first.
This bill reauthorizes the West Valley Demonstration Project which was created to remediate the Western New York Service Center site in West Valley, New York. The bill authorizes $75,000,000 for the Project for each of the fiscal years 2020 through 2026 and requires the Comptroller General to report on the origins of and disposal options for radioactive waste at that site.
This bill will require the VA to expand the current Burn Pit Registry Act to include a field in the online self-reported data that will allow family members or designated individuals to update the registry with a veteran’s cause of death. This is to ensure the VA has access to mortality information so that information can be used by researchers studying the effects that open air burn pits had on veterans who served in the armed forces in a location(s) where burn pits were used.
This pilot would require the VA Secretary to establish a one-year pilot program, starting not later than August 2021, at not more than five locations. The pilot is designed to increase future health professionals’ awareness, knowledge, and empathy for conditions that are prevalent in the veteran population; increase diversity in the VA’s recruitment pool; and expand clinical observation opportunities for students interested in health care.
This bill designates the Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center in North Ogden, UT after Major Brent Taylor, a Utah native. Major Taylor was killed in action in Afghanistan on November 3, 2018.
|QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“…We must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.”
– Mary McLeod Bethune