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MAJORITY WHIPLINE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2021

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Friday, September 24, 2021

House Meets at...

Votes Predicted at...

9:00 a.m. Legislative Business                
Five "One Minutes" per side    

First/Last Votes: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.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. 3755 – Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021 (Rep. Chu – Energy and Commerce)

This bill would establish the federal right for health care providers to carry out an abortion, and for patients to receive abortion care, free from state bans and restrictions intended to impede or block this access.

 

The bill ensures that patients can access, and health care providers can provide abortion services without medically unnecessary and burdensome restrictions that single out abortion services as compared with other medical procedures with similar risk. The bill further prohibits various restrictions on the statutory right to provide and receive abortion services, which include, but are not limited to: a requirement that a health care provider perform tests or medical procedures in connection to the abortion services unless generally required for the provision of medically comparable procedures; a prohibition on abortion prior to viability; a requirement that patients make medically unnecessary in-person visits prior to obtaining an abortion; and a requirement that a health care provider offer or provide the patient seeking abortion services medically inaccurate information in advance of or during abortion services.

 

The bill states that access to safe, legal abortion services is central to women’s ability to participate equally in economic and social life, and that restrictions on abortion do not confer any societal, health, or safety benefits on a patient and also acknowledges that the U.S. Supreme Court has a history of upholding the right to access safe, legal abortion services, and that this right has been obstructed by states laws throughout the United States for reasons that are not based on medical evidence. This bill ultimately ensures that the constitutional right to an abortion remains protected.

 

Click here for bill text.

 

Click here for a one-pager from the Energy and Commerce Committee.

The Rule provides for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce 

Possible Passage of Postponed Suspensions (8 votes)

1. S. 848 – Consider Teachers Act of 2021 (Sen. Braun – Education and Labor)

This bill would codify Department of Education (ED) regulations to improve the administration of the TEACH Grant program.  These changes will help reduce the amount of grants that convert to loans by creating an appeal process for erroneously converted grants and providing better counseling to students.  The bill also requires ED to extend the service window for current recipients by 3 years to ensure that individuals can complete their service during the pandemic

2. H.R. 1029 – Free Veterans from Fees Act (Rep. Steube – Natural Resources)

This bill waives special use permit application fees for special events at war memorials on land administered by the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., and its environs when a majority of attendees are veterans or Gold Star Families.

3. H.R. 1154 – Great Dismal Swamp National Heritage Area Act (Rep. McEachin – Natural Resources)

This bill authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to assess the suitability and feasibility of designating certain land as the Great Dismal Swamp National Heritage Area.

4. H.R. 3533 – To establish occupational series for Federal positions in software development, software engineering, data science, and data management, and for other purposes, as amended (Rep. Obernolte – Oversight and Reform)

This bill would require the Office of Personnel Management to update or establish occupational series for federal government positions in software development, software engineering, data science, and data management within 270 days of enactment.

5. H.R. 3599 – Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Khanna – Oversight and Reform)

This bill would establish a personnel rotation program for cybersecurity professionals at federal agencies.  OPM would issue an operational plan providing policies, processes, and procedures for the program, and GAO would report on agency and employee participation in the program.

6. H.R. 1204 – District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer Salary Home Rule Act, as amended (Rep. Norton – Oversight and Reform)

This bill would give the District of Columbia the authority to pass a law to increase the pay of its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) above the existing statutory allowable pay for the CFO

7. H.R. 978 – Chai Suthammanont Remembrance Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Connolly – Oversight and Reform)

This bill would require federal agencies to create evidence-based reentry plans for employees required to return to federal offices after a public health emergency  The bill would require agency officials to develop and make public the requirements and specifications for how the government would protect the health and safety of federal employees while continuing operations and providing vital services to the public

8. H.R. 2617 – Performance Enhancement Reform Act, as amended (Rep. Connolly – Oversight and Reform)

This bill would require agencies’ chief performance officers to work in consultation with the chief human capital officer, the chief information officer, the chief data officer, and the chief financial officer to prepare the annual performance plans required of each agency by law.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

"We must be the great arsenal of democracy."

-Franklin Delano Roosevelt 

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