Wednesday, September 23, 2020
House Meets at… Votes Predicted at…
9:00 a.m. Morning Hour
11:00 a.m. Legislative Business
Fifteen “One Minutes” Per Side
First/Last Votes: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 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:

Suspensions (5 bills):

1. S. 785 – Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019 (Sen. Tester – Veterans’ Affairs)

This bill develops a grant program that will allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide grant funds to nonprofit organizations that conduct outreach and provide group mindfulness activities. It also provides additional tools and resources to assist VA in reducing veteran suicide.

2. H.R. 5245 – SHIELD for Veterans Act, as amended (Rep. Pappas – Veterans’ Affairs)

This bill prohibits the creation of overpayment debts due to delays in VA processing times; prohibits VA from charging interest or fees on certain debts; establishes goals and timelines for improving notification to beneficiaries; requires the creation of a de minimis threshold for reporting debts to consumer reporting agencies; and extends the window to request relief from recovery of debts.

3. H.R. 7105 – DELIVER Act, as amended (Rep. Levin (CA) – Veterans’ Affairs)

This bill provides flexibility for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in caring for homeless veterans during a covered public health emergency, and for other purposes. Allows expansion of the HUD-VASH, Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Programs, and Transition Assistance Program to provide dependable employment and living improvements for veterans.

4. H.R. 8247 – Veterans Comprehensive Prevention, Access to Care, and Treatment Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Takano – Veterans’ Affairs)

This bill expands access and eligibility for veterans to receive emergency mental health care regardless of cost; makes improvements to the transition of servicemembers to the Department of Veterans Affairs, suicide prevention for veterans, education for veteran family members, and care and services for women veterans.

5. H.R. 3798 – Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act (Rep. Brownley – Veterans’ Affairs

This bill prohibits the Department of Veterans Affairs from requiring payment from a veteran for any contraceptive item or service that is required to be covered by health insurance plans without a cost-sharing requirement.

Begin Consideration of H.R. 4447 – Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act (Rep. Pallone – Energy and Commerce)

This bill makes long-overdue reforms to U.S. energy policy and authorizes major investments in the transition to a low-carbon future. This legislation promises to usher in a new era in American innovation, serving as a down-payment on comprehensive climate action. It includes programs to develop and deploy renewable and distributed energy resources; improve the efficiency of our homes and businesses; electrify our transportation sector; modernize the grid and enhance its resiliency; prioritize the needs of environmental justice communities; reduce carbon pollution from industrial and traditional sources; and much more. Taken together, these measures provide a path towards modernizing our energy system while taking an important step to tackling the climate crisis and growing our economy.

Click here for a fact sheet from the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Click here for a section-by-section from the Energy and Commerce Committee.

The Rule provides for 90 minutes of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and Science, Space, and Technology.  The Rule makes in order 98 amendments and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc.  A full list of amendments can be found here.

Postponed Suspension (1 Vote)

H.R. 451 – Don’t Break Up the T-Band Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Engel – Energy and Commerce)

This bill repeals the requirement on the FCC to reallocate and auction the T-Band.  H.R. 451 also requires the FCC to adopt rules limiting the use of 9-1-1 fees by States or other taxing jurisdictions to (1) the support and implementation of 9-1-1 services and (2) operational expenses of public safety answering points.

                  

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

Paulo Coelho