|Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Under a Rule (3 bills):
H.R. 5038 – Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019 (Rep. Lofgren – Judiciary)
This bill will stabilize the agricultural sector and preserve our rural heritage by ensuring that farmers can meet their labor needs well into the future. Specifically, the bill establishes a program for agricultural workers in the United States (and their spouses and minor children) to earn legal status through continued agricultural employment and reforms the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program to provide more flexibility for employers, while ensuring critical protections for workers. It also establishes a mandatory, nationwide E-Verify system for all agricultural employment, phased in after all legalization and H-2A reforms have been implemented, and including necessary due process protections for authorized workers who are incorrectly rejected by the system.
Click here for a fact sheet from the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Conference Report to Accompany S. 1790 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (Rep. Smith (WA) – Armed Services)
This bipartisan, bicameral agreement authorizes $738 billion for defense spending, below the President’s request of $750 billion and consistent with the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019. This legislation strengthens the entire federal workforce by providing 12 weeks of paid parental leave for all federal employees and adopting the Fair Chance Act, which prevents all branches of the federal government and federal contractors from requesting criminal history information at the start of the hiring process.
Click here for a full list of Democratic priorities included in the agreement.
Click here for a full summary of the conference report.
Click here for the text of the conference report.
Begin Consideration of H.R. 3 – Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019 (Rep. Pallone/Rep. Neal/Rep. Scott (VA) – Energy and Commerce/Ways and Means/Education and Labor)
Postponed Vote (1 Vote):
Motion to Table the Motion to Reconsider H.R. 729 – Coastal and Great Lakes Communities Enhancement Act
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“We must reinforce argument with results.”
Booker T. Washington