|WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2019
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Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Suspensions (5 bills)
H.R. 876 directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop a plan to identify funds to purchase the equipment necessary for an earthquake early warning system and to report to Congress on the implementation of the plan. The bill also requires the President to establish an Earthquake and Tsunami Task Force to develop a comprehensive strategy and recommendations on how the U.S. should prepare and plan for, mitigate against, respond to, recover from, and more successfully adapt to an earthquake, tsunami, or combined earthquake and tsunami event in the Cascadia Subduction Zone.
H.R. 866 requires certain public buildings that have a public restroom to provide a lactation room, other than a bathroom, to be available for use by members of the public to express milk. Such a lactation room must be a hygienic place, shielded from public view and free from intrusion, and contain a chair, a working surface, and an electrical outlet. There is a limited exclusion from this requirement if the official responsible for the public building deems that the building does not have a space that could be repurposed as a lactation room; a space could be made private by using portable materials, at a reasonable cost; or if the cost of new construction required to create a lactation room is not feasible.
H.R. 543 requires the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) to provide Members of Congress with notice when a comprehensive safety assessment is being conducted on an intercity or commuter rail transit agency that serves their district. The notice must come within ten days of the start of that safety assessment and go to relevant Representatives, Senators, and Congressional Committees. Once the assessment is completed, FRA has 90 days to inform those parties of the assessment’s findings, including specific defects and any recommendations to address them.
H.R. 831 ensures that there is a process once again for states, tribes, and federal land management agencies to request designations for roads that meet the scenic byways criteria. The National Scenic Byways program was created in 1991. Since that time, the program has helped designate and provide funding for 150 scenic roads across the country. However, dedicated funding for the program was eliminated in 2012 and the U.S. Department of Transportation has not designated any new scenic byways since then.
H.R. 66 establishes a Route 66 Centennial Commission to honor Route 66 and make plans to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the road in 2026. The bill requires the Commission to submit a report within five years of enactment on specific recommendations for the commemoration of the centennial of Route 66 and related events. The Commission’s authority expires on June 30, 2027. H.R. 66 also directs the Secretary of Transportation, in consultation with the Governors of eight states, to prepare a plan on the preservation needs of Route 66 and to submit this plan to Congress no later than three years after the date of enactment of the bill.
|QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“In this time of division and crisis, we must come together and stand for, and with, one another. America has stumbled time and again on its quest towards justice and equality; but with each generation, we have revisited our fundamental truths, and where we falter, we make amends.
– Stacey Abrams