|WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2019
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Suspensions (15 bills):
This bill reauthorizes, strengthens, and supports the United States Coast Guard in its critical missions to save lives, safeguard our shores, protect living marine resources, and help ensure a 21st century maritime transportation system for America. H.R. 3409 authorizes a total of $11.1 billion in discretionary funding for the Coast Guard for fiscal year 2020, and $11.6 billion for fiscal year 2021 to execute their eleven statutory missions and support their 41,000 member force.
This bill directs the Office of Management and Budget to compile, aggregate, and organize all federal disaster relief assistance information it currently collects into an annually produced, user-friendly, publicly-available report.
This bill directs the transfer of a bridge over the Wabash River from the White County Bridge Commission (in Indiana) to the New Harmony River Bridge Authority and the New Harmony and Wabash River Bridge Authority.
This establishes a centralized online repository for the submission of details, updates, and expenditures of specific disaster recovery activities by federal agencies. The bill also makes the submitted information publicly available through a subpage on USASpending.gov.
This bill contains various provisions to strengthen the management and operations of the Department of State, including to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, bolster embassy and information security, and improve the Department’s capacity to carry out public diplomacy, anti-corruption activities, and security assistance. It also authorizes activities and positions in a number of key Department bureaus and offices, and authorizes funding for the Embassy Security, Construction, and Maintenance account.
This bill takes myriad actions aimed at relieving consumers from the onslaught of robocalls. Among other things, H.R. 3375 requires the implementation of nation-wide call authentication technology so consumers can again trust the number that appears on their caller ID. The legislation also provides for carriers to offer call blocking services, and requires it be offered at no additional line-item charge, and directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue rules to protect consumers from calls they did not agree to receive and to ensure consumers can withdraw consent.
This bill reauthorizes the Lifespan Respite Care program at $20 million in fiscal year (FY) 2020 and increases the authorization by $10 million each year thereafter through FY 2024. H.R. 2035 also adds new reporting requirements for program grantees. This program provides funding to states to support respite care, which is described as “planned or emergency care provided to a child or adult with a special need in order to provide temporary relief to the family caregiver of that child or adult.” States have flexibility to use program funds to support the availability of respite services in a variety of ways such as providing funds for consumer-directed respite vouchers and training of volunteer and paid respite providers.
This bill reauthorizes the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program at $22.334 million each fiscal year (FY) for FYs 2020 through 2024. The EMSC program is the only federal grant program specifically focused on addressing needs of children in emergency medical systems. The program consists of six main investments: (1) the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network; (2) the State Partnership; (3) State Partnership Regionalization of Care; (4) the Targeted Issues initiative; (5) EMSC Data Center; and (6) the EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center.
This bill reauthorizes funding for programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through fiscal year (FY) 2024. The legislation expands efforts to conduct research, surveillance, education, detection, and intervention for all individuals with autism spectrum disorder across their lifespan, regardless of age. The bill also aims to reduce disparities among individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, geographic, or linguistic backgrounds, and directs additional care to rural and underserved areas. The five-year reauthorization includes annual authorizations of $23.1 million for developmental disabilities surveillance and research, $50.599 million for autism education, early detection, and intervention, and $296 million to carry out the work of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) and other programs at the NIH.
This bill reauthorizes newborn screening programs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for five years. The bill includes reforms to ensure that the activities of the Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (ACHDNC) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) are transparent, including requiring the creation of a publicly accessible website which details the uniform screening panel nomination process. The bill also requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to standardize data collection and reporting to track and monitor newborn screening in real time. Additionally, the bill orders a study on the modernization of newborn screening. The bill authorizes appropriations of $60.65 million per fiscal year (FY) 2020 through FY 2024.
This bill ends the abusive practice of horse soring. The soring of horses includes various actions taken on horses’ limbs to produce higher gaits that may cause pain, distress, inflammation, or lameness. Specifically, the bill strengthens soring regulation and enforcement at horse shows, exhibitions, sales, and auctions, including by establishing a new system for inspecting horses for soring. In addition, the bill increases penalties for violations.
The bill makes two critical revisions to modernize the tax code and affirm the dignity of all married couples, including LGBTQ+ couples. First, the PRIDE Act allows married same-sex couples to file claims for credits and refunds related to a change in their marital status back to their year of marriage. Second, the PRIDE Act amends the tax code so that provisions that apply to married couples use gender-neutral language (for instance, by changing terms such as “husband and wife” to “any married couple”). These revisions are meant to update the statutory language of the Internal Revenue Code to recognize the equal dignity of all married couples.
This bill makes technical corrections to the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act, (Title 17, Public Law 114-328) to address an insufficiency of the language in the original law that is preventing the release of available funds that are already being set aside to pay Guam WWII Survivor Claims.
This bill provides for a study of the proposed Emancipation National Trail, running from Galveston to Houston along an historic migration route taken by newly freed slaves during the 19th century.
This bill amends the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and Alabama and Coushatta Indian Tribes of Texas Restoration Act of 1987, Pub. L. No. 100-89, to clarify that the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act applies to both Tribes.
Under a Rule (2 bills):
This bill addresses the multiemployer pensions crisis and preserves benefits for thousands and thousands of retirees. It would create a new office within the Treasury Department, which would be called the Pension Rehabilitation Administration (PRA). The PRA would allow pension plans to borrow the money they need to remain solvent and continue providing retirement security for retirees and workers for decades to come.
The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendment:
Roe Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Sets the loan interest rates at 5% per annum for the first 5 years and 9% per annum thereafter.
This bill requires every individual in CBP custody to receive a health screening by a medical professional to identify acute conditions and high-risk vulnerabilities. Each facility will be required to maintain the personnel, equipment, and supplies that are necessary to conduct health screenings, provide basic medical care, and ensure that emergency care is available as needed. In addition, the bill will create standards to ensure that detainee’s nutritional needs are met; that they are provided with sufficient drinking water and personal hygiene products; and are housed in clean, humane conditions.
The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
Kuster Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
Directs DHS OIG to pay particular attention to whether CBP meets its own sexual violence prevention standards when inspecting ports of entry, border patrol stations, and detention facilities.
Kuster Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
Requires the Secretary of Homeland Security make publicly available data about sexual abuse allegations every 3 months in order to improve transparency about sexual abuse at CBP facilities.
|QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”
John F. Kennedy