|Wednesday, December 9, 2020|
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Suspensions (10 bills)
1. H.R. 8900 – Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021, and Other Extensions Act (Rep. Lowey – Appropriations)
This bill provides a one-week extension of government funding and expiring health care programs to allow for additional negotiations on fiscal year 2021 appropriations and emergency coronavirus relief.
2. H.Res. 549 – Reaffirming the commitment to media diversity and pledging to work with media entities and diverse stakeholders to develop common ground solutions to eliminate barriers to media diversity (Rep. Demings – Energy and Commerce)
This resolution reaffirms the commitment of the House of Representatives to media diversity. It also pledges that Congress will work with media entities and diverse stakeholders to develop common ground solutions to eliminate barriers to media diversity.
3. H.R. 3361 – RIVER Act (Rep. McKinley – Energy and Commerce)
This bill would amend section 242 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct05) to reauthorize the hydroelectric production incentives program. Additionally, the bill reauthorizes the hydroelectric efficiency improvement program set forth in EPAct05 section 243. The hydroelectric production incentives program provides payments to owners or operators of hydroelectric facilities that are added to existing dams or conduits. The hydroelectric efficiency improvement program similarly provides payments, but for the purpose of making changes in a facility that improve its efficiency by three percent or more. H.R. 3361 reauthorizes both programs from Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 through FY 2036 at the originally authorized level of $10 million each year.
4. H.R. 5541 – Tribal Power Act, as amended (Rep. O’Halleran – Energy and Commerce)
This bill would amend sections 2601 and 2602 of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct92), reauthorizing programs to assist consenting Indian tribes in meeting energy education, planning, and management needs. Congress authorized the establishment of an Indian energy resources development program in EPAct92 and it established an Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs at the Department of Energy (DOE) in EPAct05. The legislation amends the definition of Indian Land to extend eligibility for grant funding to consenting Alaskan Native Tribes. The bill also provides DOE’s Director of the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs the authority to expand programmatic access by reducing applicable cost-share based on criteria such as proven financial need. Finally, the bill reauthorizes the program at $30 million annually from FY 2021 through FY 2025.
5. H.R. 1426 – Timely Review of Infrastructure Act (Rep. Olson – Energy and Commerce)
The bill amends section 401 of the Department of Energy Organization Act by adding a new subsection (k) at the end. The new subsection grants the FERC Chairman additional authority to adjust compensation for a category of employees and other personnel without regard to certain civil service laws. The Chairman must publicly certify that other approaches to retaining and attracting employees are inadequate and that the adjustment to compensation is necessary to carry out the functions of the Commission in a timely, efficient, and effective manner. The bill also requires that the Chairman periodically submit to Congress a report including information related to hiring, vacancies, compensation, and efforts to retain and attract employees.
6. H.R. 5758 – Ceiling Fan Improvement Act of 2020 (Rep. Guthrie – Energy and Commerce)
This bill would amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to make technical corrections to the energy conservation standard for large-diameter ceiling fans. On February 12, 2020, the Subcommittee on Energy held a legislative hearing on H.R. 5758. DOE issued a final rule in January 2017 setting energy efficiency standards for ceiling fans with a compliance date of January 2020. The bill amends the final rule to adjust compliance requirements related to total airflow and power consumption for large-diameter ceiling fans.
7. H.R. 3797 – Medical Marijuana Research Act, as amended (Rep. Blumenauer – Energy and Commerce)
This bill would facilitate research with marijuana for medical purposes by streamlining the registration process under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) for researchers and directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ensure a supply of marijuana for research purposes.
8. H.R. 1570 – Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Payne – Energy and Commerce)
This bill waives Medicare coinsurance requirements with respect to colorectal cancer screening tests, regardless of the code billed for a resulting diagnosis or procedure.
9. H.R. 7898 – To amend title XXX of the Public Health Services Act to provide for a technical correction to provide the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Service certain authorities with respect to investigations of information blocking, and for other purposes, as amended (Rep. Burgess – Energy and Commerce)
This bill would clarify the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General’s authority under the 21st Century Cures Act to investigate and enforce the information blocking.
10. H.R. 1966 – Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Mfume – Energy and Commerce)
This bill acknowledges Henrietta Lacks’ decades-long contribution to medical research and requires the Government Accountability Office to complete a study that reviews barriers to participation in federally funded cancer clinical trials by populations that have been traditionally underrepresented in research and provide recommendation to Congress for addressing such barriers.
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