Tuesday, October 22, 2019

House Meets at… Votes Predicted at…
10:00 a.m. Morning Hour
12:00 p.m. Legislative Business
Fifteen “One Minutes” Per Side
First Votes: 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Last Votes: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.



H.R. 2513 – Corporate Transparency Act of 2019 (Rep. Carolyn Maloney – Financial Services)

This bill will close significant loopholes that are commonly abused by bad actors and will make it harder for terrorists, traffickers, corrupt officials, and other criminals to hide, launder, move, and use their money. The bill has been amended to also include the text of H.R. 2514, the COUNTER Act, introduced by Representative Emmanuel Cleaver of Missouri, which would close financial crime loopholes in high-risk commercial real estate transactions and in the transfer of arts and antiquities.

Click here for a fact sheet from the House Committee on Financial Services.

The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:

Burgess Amendment
Requires an annual report to Congress of anonymized data on the number of beneficial owners per reporting corporation or LLC, the industry of each reporting corporation or LLC, and the location of the beneficial owners.

Hill (AR) Amendment
Requires FinCEN to develop procedures by which entities may gain access to the beneficial ownership database and to report to Congress annually on: 1) the number of times law enforcement, banks, or other third parties have accessed the beneficial ownership database; 2) the number of times the database was inappropriately accessed; and 3) the number of subpoenas obtained to gain access to the database.

Brown Amendment
Requires local, tribal, state, or federal law enforcement agencies that have access to beneficial ownership information to be trained at least every two years to ensure procedures protecting the privacy of beneficial owners are followed.

Levin (MI) Amendment 
Ensures FinCEN may use the information obtained by this bill to notify industry and the public about criminal trends, while maintaining safeguards on the privacy of beneficial owners.

Davidson Amendment
Strikes the bill’s reporting mandate on small businesses, terminates the Customer Due Diligence Rule even before the beneficial ownership database is set up, and requires Treasury to conduct a study about all existing federal information databases available to law enforcement to discern the beneficial ownership of companies. This amendment effectively guts the database created by the bill, and would enable criminals to launder money through shell companies.

Floor Schedule and Procedure:

Suspensions (8 bills):

  1. H.R. 835 – Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Jackson-Lee – Judiciary)

This bill imposes criminal sanctions under Title 18 of the United States Code on certain persons involved in international doping fraud conspiracies, provides restitution for victims of such conspiracies, and requires sharing of information with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to assist its fight against doping.

  1.  H.R. 2426 – CASE Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Jeffries – Judiciary)

    This bill creates a voluntary small claims process for copyright claims within the Copyright Office. Upon receiving notification of a claim, respondents have the right to opt-out or to stay in the proceeding. The new proceedings are intended to resolve disputes that are too low-value to be worth pursuing in federal court with potential damages that are capped at a fraction of what is available in federal court. The Librarian of Congress will appoint three Board judges having experience in bringing and defending copyright claims or in alternative dispute resolution to hear claims. The Board’s decisions are reviewable by the head of the Copyright Office and in district court in limited circumstances. The Board is empowered to penalize abusive behavior, and the Copyright Office can temporarily block repeat offenders from using the proceedings.

  2. S. 693National POW/MIA Flag Act (Sen. Warren – Judiciary)

This bill effectively requires that the POW/MIA flag be flown every day at certain locations. The locations where the POW/MIA flag must be flown are: (1) the Capitol; (2) the White House; (3) the World War II, Korean War Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans Memorials; each national cemetery; the buildings containing the offices of the Secretaries of Defense, State, and Veterans Affairs and of the Director of the Selective Service System; each major military installation; each Veterans Affairs Medical Center; and each post office.

  1. H.R. 724 – PACT Act, as amended (Rep. Deutch – Judiciary)

This bill would amend the current federal prohibition on the distribution of video depictions of certain acts of animal torture to prohibit the acts of cruelty themselves.

  1. H.R. 1123 – Divisional Realignment for the Eastern District of Arkansas Act of 2019 (Rep. Crawford – Judiciary)

This bill redraws the divisions within the Eastern District of Arkansas so that there are three rather than five divisions, to better correspond to currently operating courthouses.

  1. H.R. 598 – Georgia Support Act, as amended (Rep. Connolly – Foreign Affairs)

This bill provides U.S. support for the democratic institutions, sovereignty, and Euro-Atlantic integration of the Republic of Georgia as it continues to fight against Russian aggression. The bill also imposes sanctions against those responsible for human rights abuses in the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, currently occupied by Russia.

  1. H.Res. 552 – Calling on the Government of the Russian Federation to provide evidence of wrongdoing or to release United States citizen Paul Whelan (Rep. Stevens – Foreign Affairs)

    This resolution urges the Russian government to present credible evidence on the allegations against Paul Whelan, an American citizen arrested in Russia in December 2018 on charges of espionage, or else to immediately release him.

  2. H.Con.Res. 32 – Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the execution-style murders of United States citizens Ylli, Agron, and Mehmet Bytyqi in the Republic of Serbia in July 1999 (Rep. Zeldin – Foreign Affairs)

This resolution demands justice for three U.S. citizens — Ylli, Agron, and Mehmet Bytyqi — who were murdered by Serbian authorities in 1999.

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”

Winston Churchill