|TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2019
Floor Schedule and Procedures
Suspensions (13 bills):
This bill would extend the presumption of exposure for service connection for diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange to US Navy veterans who served offshore of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War and veterans who served in or near the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). In addition to disability compensation, Blue Water Navy veterans may be eligible for healthcare if they develop a disease linked to herbicide exposure. The bill also extends eligibility for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits to certain children with spina bifida who were born to veterans who served in Thailand and were exposed to Agent Orange.
This bill would permanently reauthorize the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program, which expires in 2020. This program provides funding to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in providing bulletproof vests to their officers. The authorized funding level would be increased from $25 million per year to $30 million per year.
This bill would amend Section 2(b) of the Lanham Act to allow governmental entities to obtain federal trademark registration for their flags, insignias and seals, including police/firefighter insignias. Federal trademark registration would mean governments would have more tools to take action against such counterfeiting and to have counterfeit items seized at ports of entry so that that they never enter into the stream of commerce.
This bill would direct FEMA to implement a standard process for reviewing applications to purchase equipment that does not meet consensus standards or for equipment not included on the Authorized Equipment List maintained by FEMA, based on other factors, such as the use of international standards, the lack of consensus standards, and the equipment’s ability to address capability gaps for the applicant. Additionally, it requires the DHS Inspector General to assess the implementation of the review process established under this bill. A previous version of this bill passed the House on a voice vote (HR 687) on 1/31/17.
This bill would allow the Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) to be used for backfill associated with security training, and amends the period of performance for the grant program to at least 36 months, or at least 55 months when the funds are being used for security improvements for public transportation systems or infrastructure. It also mandates a report by GAO on the TSGP. A previous version of HR 1313 was voice voted from the Committee in the 115th Congress, and passed the House on a voice vote (HR549) on 1/31/18.
This bill requires DHS to develop and disseminate a Department-wide directive for securing Department-issued firearms and other sensitive assets, and establishes reporting and recordkeeping requirements for lost firearms or sensitive assets. Moreover, the bill mandates that heads of DHS components provide personnel with training and guidance on how to adhere to safeguarding requirements, and in the event a firearm is lost or stolen, how to properly report the loss or theft. A previous version of this bill was voice voted out of Committee in the 115th Congress (HR4433), and passed the House on a voice vote on 1/9/18.
This bill requires the Secretary of Homeland Security, through DHS component heads, to maintain complete, accurate, timely, and valid documentation for each major acquisition program (those with a life-cycle cost estimated at $300 million or more). The bill further requires that cost estimates and schedules for major acquisition programs be consistent with best practices as identified by GAO. Finally, the bill requires that the Secretary report to Congress on the status of DHS acquisitions and limits the Secretary’s authority to waive acquisition documentation requirements. A previous version of this legislation passed the House by voice vote in the 115th congress (HR 347, 1/31/17).
This bill makes technical corrections regarding the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR), a framework for the missions and goals of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that is required every four years. Among the key provisions are refinements to the deadline, more specificity on outreach to stakeholders, and requirements for supporting documentation. A previous version of this bill was reported from the Committee on a voice vote in the 115th Congress (HR 1297), and passed the House under suspension 415-0 (3/20/17).
This bill would direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chief Human Capital Officer, in conjunction with the Chief Intelligence Officer to establish an Intelligence Rotational Assignment Program. The program would provide cross training of DHS analysts as well as expose intelligence analysts to their counterparts in other DHS intelligence components. The goal of the program is to provide DHS employees with a boost in morale and fresh perspective on the mission but also to enrich DHS’ contributions to the intelligence enterprise. A previous version of this bill was reported from the Committee in the 115th congress (HR 2453) and agreed to in the House by voice vote on 9/12/17.
This bill would extend the National Flood Insurance Program’s authorization to September 30, 2019. The NFIP is currently set to expire on May 31, 2019.
This bill establishes a rewards program to incentivize individuals to notify the U.S. government of assets that are linked to foreign corruption, allowing authorities to recover and return these assets and prevent further enabling foreign corruption and terrorist financing. The rewards in the bill are paid for with funds taken from the recovered stolen assets. This bill will go a long way in punishing the bad acts of the criminals and helping victims recover.
This bill allows nonprofit organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, offering mortgage loans for charitable purposes to use certain alternative forms to satisfy disclosure requirements.
This bill requires the Department of the Treasury to report semiannually on financial services provided to benefit a state sponsor of terrorism or specified sanctioned persons.
|QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Every moment is a fresh beginning.”