Tuesday, September 29, 2020
House Meets at… Votes Predicted at…
12:00 p.m. Legislative Business
Fifteen “One Minutes” Per Side
First/Last Votes: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

 

ANY ANTICIPATED MEMBER ABSENCES FOR VOTES TODAY SHOULD BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY TO THE OFFICE OF THE MAJORITY WHIP AT 6-3210.

Floor Schedule and Procedure:

1. H.R. 362 – Energy Emergency Leadership Act, as amended (Rep. Rush – Energy and Commerce)

This bill creates a new Department of Energy Assistant Secretary position with jurisdiction over all energy emergency and security functions related to energy supply, infrastructure, and cybersecurity.  The suspension amends the bill to include language requiring the Secretary of Energy implement the bill in coordination with other relevant federal agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security.

2. H.R. 360 – Cyber Sense Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Latta – Energy and Commerce)

This bill requires the Secretary of Energy to establish the Cyber Sense Program.  This voluntary program would identify cyber-secure products that could be used in the bulk-power system. The suspension amends the bill to include language requiring the Secretary of Energy implement the bill in coordination with other relevant federal agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security.

3. H.R. 359 – Enhancing Grid Security through Public-Private Partnerships Act, as amended (Rep. McNerney – Energy and Commerce)

This bill directs the Secretary of Energy, in consultation with States, other Federal agencies, and industry stakeholders, to create and implement a program to enhance the physical and cybersecurity of electric utilities. The bill also requires an update to the Interruption Cost Estimate (ICE) Calculator, an electric reliability planning tool for estimating electricity interruption costs and the benefits associated with reliability improvements, at least once every 2 years. The suspension amends the bill to include language requiring the Secretary of Energy implement the bill in coordination with other relevant federal agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security.

4. H.R. 1289 – PHONE Act of 2020 (Rep. Thompson (CA) – Energy and Commerce)

This bill would amend the Communications Act to prohibit providers of voice service from reassigning phone numbers of subscribers in certain designated areas, within an area subject to a major disaster declaration, for at least a year after the declaration. The prohibition may extend for a period of up to one additional year if requested by the subscriber. The bill also prohibits providers of voice service from assessing early termination fees to cancel service, or connection fees to re-subscribe at a new address, for subscribers whose residence is rendered inaccessible or uninhabitable due to a major disaster.

5. H.R. 1754 – Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Tonko – Energy and Commerce)

This bill would establish minimum standards for racing surfaces, pre-race inspections, equine medical directors, workout requirements, and safety stewards. Further, this bill would provide federal recognition and enforcement power to the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (the Authority), an independent, non-governmental regulatory body, for purposes of developing and implementing both a horse racing anti-doping and medication control program and a racetrack safety program.

6. H.R. 8134 – Consumer Product Safety Inspection Enhancement Act, as amended (Rep. Schakowsky – Energy and Commerce)

This bill would amend the Consumer Product Safety Act to enhance the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) ability to identify unsafe consumer products entering the United States, especially small value e-commerce shipments. Specifically, the bill would require the CPSC to enhance the targeting, surveillance, and screening of consumer products.

7. H.R. 8128 – Consumer Safety Technology Act (Rep. McNerney – Energy and Commerce)

This bill requires the CPSC to establish a pilot program to explore the use of artificial intelligence for at least one of the following purposes: 1) tracking injury trends; 2) identifying consumer product hazards; 3) monitoring the retail marketplace for the sale of recalled consumer products; or 4) identifying unsafe imported consumer products. This bill also directs the Department of Commerce (DOC) to conduct a study and submit to Congress a report on the state of blockchain technology in commerce. Additionally, this bill directs the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to submit to Congress a report and recommendations on unfair or deceptive acts or practices relating to digital tokens.

8. H.R. 8132 – American COMPETE Act, as amended (Rep. McMorris Rodgers – Energy and Commerce)

This bill directs the DOC and the FTC to study and report to Congress on the state of artificial intelligence (AI), quantum computing, blockchain, and new and advanced materials. The bill also requires the DOC to study and report to Congress on the state of the Internet of Things (IOT), IOT manufacturing, three-dimensional printing, and unmanned delivery services and directs the FTC to study how AI may be used to address online harms.

9. H.R. 4764 – TRANSPLANT Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Matsui – Energy and Commerce)

This bill reauthorizes the C.W. Bill Young Transplantation Program (the Program) at level funding of $30 million each year from fiscal year (FY) 2021 through FY 2025. The bill also requires Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Advisory Council on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation to meet at least twice a year and requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to review the state of the science related to adult stem cells and birthing tissues for the purpose of potentially including these innovative therapies in the Program. In addition, the bill would reauthorize the cord blood inventory program under the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005 at level funding of $23 million for each year from FY 2021 through FY 2025.

10. H.R. 5373 – United States Anti-Doping Agency Reauthorization Act of 2020 (Rep. Thompson (CA) – Energy and Commerce)

This legislation authorizes the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the entity charged with administering anti-doping programs for certain sports in the United States, through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2029.  In anticipation of hosting the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles, this bill steadily increases the authorization past the Olympic year through FY 2029.  The bill would direct USADA to promote positive youth sports experiences. It would also require certain federal agencies to coordinate with USADA on efforts to prevent the use of performance-enhancing drugs or prohibit performance-enhancing methods by sharing information that may be relevant to preventing the use of such drugs or prohibiting such methods.

11. H.R. 4439 – Creating Hope Reauthorization Act, as amended (Rep. Butterfield – Energy and Commerce)

This bill will extend the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Pediatric Rare Disease Priority Review Voucher (PRV) program for four years.  Under this program, certain manufacturers of rare pediatric disease drugs can be eligible for a voucher that can be used or transferred to obtain a priority review for a subsequent drug after the date of approval of the rare pediatric disease drug.

12. H.R. 4078 – EARLY Act Reauthorization of 2019 (Rep. Wasserman Schultz – Energy and Commerce)

This bill reauthorizes the “Young Women’s Breast Health Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act of 2009.”  This program, which is aimed at educating young people and those at risk about breast cancer, was authorized and funded at $4.9 million each year from Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 through FY 2019.  The bill would increase the authorization to $9 million each year from FY 2020 through FY 2024.

13. H.R. 4996 – Helping MOMS Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Kelly (IL) – Energy and Commerce)

This bill provides a state option to extend Medicaid coverage for postpartum mothers to up to a year after birth.

14. H.R. 2468 – School-Based Allergies and Asthma Management Program Act (Rep. Hoyer – Energy and Commerce)

This bill expands upon the current Children’s Asthma Treatment Grant Program to include additional funding prioritization for states with comprehensive plans in place for school-based allergies and asthma management programs at all of the elementary and secondary schools, in addition to plans that maintain a school nurse or other trained personnel on the premises of those schools during all operating hours.

15. H.R. 3131 – South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act of 2020 (Rep. Jayapal – Energy and Commerce)

This bill authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award heart health promotion grants to States for heart health awareness initiatives, educational materials, and training workshops for communities disproportionately impacted by heart disease. It also authorizes the Secretary to conduct or support research regarding cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and other heart health-related ailments among at risk populations, including the South Asian populations. The Secretary may also establish research catalogs for existing heart health research and treatment options.

16. H.R. 5572 – Family Support Services for Addiction Act of 2020 (Rep. Trone – Energy and Commerce)

This bill would authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award grants to support family community organizations that develop, expand, and enhance evidence-informed family support services for families and family members living with substance use disorders or addiction.  The grants may be used to build connections between family support networks, with behavioral health and primary care providers, and foster care services, among others.  The grant may also be used to reduce stigma around addiction and addiction treatment, family support outreach activities, and connect families to peer support programs.

17. H.R. 2075 – School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization Act of 2019 (Rep. Sarbanes – Energy and Commerce)

This bill would reauthorize funding for the school-based health centers program through Fiscal Year (FY) 2024, and make technical changes, including allowing more health centers serving medically underserved children and adolescents to qualify for funding.

18. H.R. 7948 – Tribal Health Data Improvement Act of 2020 (Rep. Gianforte – Energy and Commerce)

This bill addresses longstanding disparities in the collection and availability of public health data with respect to Indian Tribes by amending the Public Health Service Act to strengthen the ability of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address and improve public health data sharing to Indian Tribes, Tribal organizations, and Tribal epidemiology centers (TECs). The legislation also requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to report on existing data sharing agreements between states, the CDC, and tribal communities and identify best practices. The legislation also reauthorizes CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.

19. H.R. 5469 – Pursuing Equity in Mental Health Act (Rep. Watson Coleman – Energy and Commerce)

This bill would authorize federal funding to address mental health disparities among underserved populations, including communities of color.  H.R. 5469 includes provisions that would: create a grant program targeted at high-poverty communities for culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services; support research into disparities in mental health; reauthorize the Minority Fellowship Program to support more students of color entering the mental health workforce; and study the impact of smartphones and social medica on adolescents.

20. H.R. 1109 – Mental Health Services for Students Act of 2020 (Rep. Napolitano – Energy and Commerce)

This bill authorizes grants to fund school-based mental health services.  The program would support screening for social, emotional, mental, and behavioral issues, including suicide or substance use disorders; treatment and referral for these issues; development of evidence-based programs for students experiencing these issues; and other strategies for schools to support students and the communities that surround them.  The goal of the program is to create partnerships between schools and community-based mental health professionals across the country.

21. H.R. 2519 – Improving Mental Health Access from the Emergency Department Act of 2020 (Rep. Ruiz – Energy and Commerce)

This bill would authorize the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to award grants to qualifying emergency departments for the purpose of supporting mental health services. Grant recipients must use funds to support the provision of follow-up services for individuals who present for care of acute mental health episodes, such as placement in appropriate facilities.

22. H.R. 4861 – Effective Suicide Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Bilirakis – Energy and Commerce)

This bill would create a grant program to improve the identification, assessment, and treatment of patients in emergency departments who are at risk for suicide by: developing policies and procedures for identifying and assessing individuals who are at risk of suicide; and enhancing the coordination of care for such individuals after discharge.

23. H.R. 7293 – STANDUP Act of 2020 (Rep. Peters – Energy and Commerce)

This bill would require State and Tribal educational agencies that receive priority mental health grants under Section 520A of the Public Health Service Act to establish and implement a school-based student suicide awareness and prevention training policy, and collect information on training activities. The training policy would be focused on grades six through twelve and would train students on self-harm and suicidal ideation.  The bill would also ensure the school-based policies are culturally and linguistically appropriate and to make technical and conforming changes to the bill.

24. H.R. 3539 – Behavioral Intervention Guidelines Act of 2020 (Rep. Ferguson – Energy and Commerce)

This bill requires Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)to develop best practices for schools to establish behavioral intervention teams and properly train them on how to intervene and avoid inappropriate use of mental health assessments and law enforcement. No later than one year after enactment, best practices shall be made publicly available on a website of the Department of Health and Human Services.

25. H.R. 5760 – Grid Security Research and Development Act (Rep. Bera – Science, Space, and Technology)

This bill authorizes a comprehensive interdisciplinary research, development, and demonstration initiative to strengthen the capacity of the energy sector to prepare for and withstand cyber and physical attacks and improve the security of the energy sector.

26. H.Res. __Reaffirming the House of Representative’s commitment to the orderly and peaceful transfer of power called for in the Constitution of the United States, and for other purposes (Rep. Swalwell – Judiciary)

This resolution reaffirms the House of Representatives’s commitment to an orderly and peaceful transfer of power and it’s intention that there should be no disruptions by the President or others in power to overturn the will of the people of the United States.

                  

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

Jackie Robinson