|Tuesday, September 22, 2020|
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Suspensions (11 bills):
1. H.R. 991 – Extension of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (Rep. Sewell – Ways and Means)
This bill extends the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA)to September 30, 2030. Under the CBTPA, certain countries within the Caribbean basin receive duty-and-quota free treatment, subject to specific conditions, for select textile, apparel, and luggage products. Additionally, the CBTPA provides duty-free treatment for certain footwear, canned tuna, petroleum products, watches and watch parts, handbags, flat goods, work gloves, and leather wearing apparel.
2. H.R. 6210 – Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (Rep. McGovern – Foreign Affairs)
This bill addresses the exploitation of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China by establishing a rebuttable presumption that goods made, in whole or in part, in the XUAR are made with forced labor and thus cannot be imported into the United States. It also authorizes asset and visa blocking sanctions on foreign persons who knowingly engage in, contribute to or assist in forced labor in XUAR and requires the Secretary of State to issue a determination related to the crimes being committed in XUAR. It amends Section 13 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require companies disclose whether they knowingly engaged in an activity with an entity directly or indirectly involved in forced labor in XUAR.
3. H.R. 2166 – Global Health Security Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Connolly – Foreign Affairs)
This bill requires the President to establish a U.S. Global Health Security Coordinator, a position previously located at the National Security Council and eliminated by President Trump. It also establishes an interagency review council to ensure global health security preparedness activities are coordinated and prioritized across the federal government, and requires that a global health security strategy be submitted to Congress.
4. H.R. 4864 – Global Child Thrive Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Castro – Foreign Affairs)
This bill reauthorizes programs to provide assistance to orphans and other vulnerable children in developing countries across sectors such as water and sanitation, nutrition, basic education, and child protection. It highlights the need to build on reductions in childhood mortality and support the healthy development of children’s brains, and empowers the Special Advisor for Assistance to Orphans and Vulnerable Children to better coordinate early childhood development efforts across the US Government.
5. H.R. 5664 – Leveraging Information on Foreign Traffickers Act, as amended (Rep. McCaul – Foreign Affairs)
This legislation ensures that U.S. anti-trafficking and law enforcement officials receive timely information about traffickers denied entry into the U.S., changes the State Department’s deadline to submit the annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, and extends the survivor-led Advisory Council on Human Trafficking through 2025.
6. H.R. 4908 – Native American PACT Act, as amended (Rep. Gallego – Veterans’ Affairs)
In order to uphold trust and treaty obligations, this bill brings the Department of Veterans Affairs in line with other federal health systems and prohibits VA from collecting copayments from American Indian or Alaska Native veterans for hospital care or medical services.
7. H.R. 3010 – Honoring All Veterans Act (Rep. Rice (NY) – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill amends the VA Mission Statement to be more inclusive, and establishes the VA motto as follows: ‘To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise to care for those ‘who shall have borne the battle’ and for their families, caregivers, and survivors.’
8. H.R. 6589 – Department of Veterans Affairs Chief Financial Officer Authority and Collaboration Act of 2020 (Rep. Lee (NV) – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill requires VA to address Inspector General audit findings regarding the organizational structure of the office of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO); requires improved coordination regarding financial planning and projections; and requires the Secretary to report to Congress on its plan to provide the CFO with sufficient authority to comply with section 902 of Title 31, the CFO Act.
9. H.R. 3228 – VA Mission Telehealth Clarification Act (Rep. Carter (GA) – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill amends title 38, United States Code, to authorize health professional trainees to provide treatment via telemedicine, and for other purposes.
10. H.R. 6092 – Veteran’s Prostate Cancer Treatment and Research Act (Rep. Dunn – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a national clinical pathway for prostate cancer, access to life-saving extending precision clinical trials and research, and for other purposes.
11. H.R. 7795 – Veterans Benefits Fairness and Transparency Act of 2020 (Rep. Barr – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to publish on its website the disability benefit questionnaire forms for non-VA medical providers submitting evidence regarding a disability of a claimant for purposes of VA benefits.
Possible Consideration of H.R. 8319 – the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act of 2020 (Rep. Lowey – Appropriations)
This bill extends funding at the levels in the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations bills through December 11, preventing a government shutdown at the end of the month.
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