Wednesday, September 16, 2020
House Meets at… Votes Predicted at…
9:00 a.m. Morning Hour
10:00 a.m. Legislative Business
Fifteen “One Minutes” Per Side
First/Last Votes: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 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:

H.R. 2574 – Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act of 2019 (Rep. Scott (VA) – Education and Labor)

This bill takes steps to hold federally funded programs, including schools, accountable for their responsibility to provide all students with equal opportunity for a quality education.

Click here for a fact sheet from the Committee on Education and Labor.

The Rule provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and Labor.  

Suspensions (7 bills)

1. H.R. 7909 – Ensuring Children and Child Care Workers Are Safe Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Finkenauer – Education and Labor)

This bill strengthens federal and state technical assistance and support to ensure child care services are provided safely during the pandemic.  Despite their essential role during the pandemic, child care providers have received insufficient actionable guidance on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while providing high-quality care.  The bill expands federal technical assistance and provides states the resources to better inform child care providers how to keep children, families, and workers safe from COVID-19.

2. S. 2683 – Child Care Protection Improvement Act of 2020, as amended (Sen. Burr – Education and Labor)

This bill addresses existing barriers to states’ ability to implement hiring requirements for staff employed in child care programs.  States have faced institutional hurdles in trying to implement criminal record checks codified in the latest reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act.  This bill creates an inter-agency task force to examine and recommend best practices to help states come into compliance with the law and ensure children’s safety in child care settings.

3. H.R. 3659 – Danny’s Law, as amended (Rep. Rose (NY) – Education and Labor)

This bill establishes a federal roundtable on bullying prevention in k-12 schools. Congressional leadership from each party along with the Secretary of Education will each appoint members from various stakeholder groups such as teachers, parents, students and school psychologists to the roundtable. The roundtable will study bullying through hearings and direct requests from relevant federal agencies to identify best practices for bullying prevention. Upon 270 days after convening, the round table is required to submit a best practices report to the Secretary of Education who will make the report public. One year after convening, the roundtable shall submit recommendations to Congress.

4. H.R. 8162 – 21st Century Community Learning Centers Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Wild – Education and Labor)

This bill expresses a sense of Congress that the flexibility needed in the 21st CCLC program for the 2020-2021 school year is provided through the Department of Education’s recent notice in the Federal Register, which allows state education agencies to waive the definition of community learning center for implementation of services during “non-school hours or periods when school is not in session (such as before and after school or during summer recess).” The 21st CCLC program is the only federal funding source dedicated to supporting afterschool, before-school, and summer learning programs.  Accordingly, this new flexibility will ensure 21st CCLC subgrantees can provide services virtually, in addition to school-aged child care during the workday to help meet the needs of students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

5. S. 881 – PROSWIFT Act (Sen. Peters – Science, Space, and Technology)

This bill improves understanding and forecasting of space weather events, and for other purposes.

6. H.R. 4979 – Rural STEM Education Act, as amended (Rep. Lucas – Science, Space, and Technology)

This bill directs the Director of the National Science Foundation to support STEM education and workforce development research focused on rural areas, and for other purposes.

7. H.R. 4990Election Technology Research Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Sherrill – Science, Space, and Technology)

This bill directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Science Foundation to carry out research and other activities to promote the security and modernization of voting systems.

                  

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”
Maya Angelou