Monday, November 14, 2022
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Suspensions (29 bills)
1. S. 2159 – To name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic, located at 400 College Drive, Middleburg, Florida, the "A.K. Baker VA Clinic" (Sen. Rubio – Veterans’ Affairs)
2. H.R. 5481 – A bill to name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Forest City, North Carolina, as the “Master Sergeant Jerry K. Crump VA Clinic”, as amended (Rep. Foxx – Veterans’ Affairs)
3. H.R. 6722 – To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in French Camp, California, as the “Richard A. Pittman VA Clinic” (Rep. McNerney – Veterans’ Affairs)
4. H.R. 6863 – To designate the medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Memphis, Tennessee, as the “Lt. Col. Luke Weathers, Jr. VA Medical Center” (Rep. Cohen – Veterans’ Affairs)
5. H.R. 7903 – A bill to designate the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic located in Canton, Michigan, as the “Major General Oliver W. Dillard VA Clinic”, as amended (Rep. Stevens – Veterans’ Affairs)
6. H.R. 7925 – A bill to designate the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic located in Palm Desert, California, as the “Sy Kaplan VA Clinic”, as amended (Rep. Ruiz – Veterans’ Affairs)
7. S. 3369 – Max Cleland VA Medical Center Act (Sen. Warnock – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill designates the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Atlanta, Georgia, as the Joseph Maxwell Cleland Atlanta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center or the Joseph Maxwell Cleland Atlanta VA Medical Center.
8. S. 4359 – Senator Jonny Isakson VA Regional Office Act of 2022 (Sen. Ossoff – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill designates the Department of Veterans Affairs Atlanta Regional Office in Georgia as the Senator Johnny Isakson Department of Veterans Affairs Atlanta Regional Office or the Isakson VA Atlanta Regional Office.
9. H.R. 5721 – VIPER Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Takano – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill authorizes VA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) and gives VA new research authorities and updates the process by which the VA uses commercial institutional review boards in sponsored clinical trials among other things.
10. H.R. 7299 – SVAC Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Mrvan – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill requires a federally funded research and development center to conduct an independent assessment of VA’s cybersecurity readiness. This bill is necessary because of the poor performance of VA in recent FISMA audits and independent audits from the VA OIG on individual sites.
11. H.R. 7277 – Improving Oversight of the Veterans Community Care Providers Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Pappas – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill requires the Veterans Health Administration to carry out a plan to improve the methods by which VA identifies health care providers that are not eligible to participate in the Veterans Community Care Program.
12. H.R. 2250 – Department of Veterans Affairs Information Technology Reform Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Rosendale – Veterans’ Affairs)
The bill defines what is a “Major Information Technology Project” at VA to require cost schedule and performance information is required before funds are obligated. The bill also requires that each major information technology project is managed by an interdisciplinary team to include a certified project manager.
13. H.R. 3630 – Lymphedema Treatment Act, as amended (Rep. Schakowsky – Energy and Commerce)
This bill provides for Medicare coverage of lymphedema compression treatment items. Specifically, the bill provides for coverage of (1) standard and custom fitted gradient compression garments that are prescribed by a physician or other specified health care professional to treat lymphedema, and (2) other devices determined to be effective in the prevention or treatment of lymphedema.
14. H.R. 4275 – Ensuring Phone and Internet Access Through Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity Program Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Luria – Energy and Commerce)
This bill requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to annually, for two years, submit a report to Congress on enrollment in Lifeline and, separately, the Affordable Connectivity Program, broken down by how individuals participating in each of the programs qualify for enrollment. The FCC will use only information for the report to which it already has access. The legislation also requires the Government Accountability Office to submit a report to Congress identifying outreach and publicity efforts to promote participation and enrollment in the Lifeline program and the Affordable Connectivity Program.
This bill requires the Department of Commerce to establish a section of the manufacturing.gov website to serve as the primary hub for information relating to federal manufacturing programs. In addition to serving as the primary hub for this information, the hub must also (1) provide the contact information for relevant program offices carrying out federal manufacturing programs; (2) provide an avenue for public input and feedback relating to these programs; and (3) host web pages that focus on topics such as trade, workforce development, and small and medium manufacturers.
16. H.R. 5441 – PAST Act of 2021 (Rep. Cohen – Energy and Commerce)
This bill addresses the practice of soring horses. 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 expands 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.
17. H.R. 5502 – To require online marketplaces to verify certain information regarding high-volume third party sellers of consumer products on such online marketplaces and to disclose to consumers certain contact and other information regarding such high-volume third party sellers (Rep. Schakowsky – Energy and Commerce)
This bill requires online marketplaces to collect and verify certain contact and financial information from third-party sellers whose transactions and related revenues exceed specified thresholds. The bill provides the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general with the authority to enforce these requirements.
18. S. 533 – Guidance Clarity Act of 2021 (Sen. Lankford – Oversight and Reform)
This bill requires federal agencies to state on the first page of guidance documents that such guidance (1) does not have the force and effect of law, and (2) is intended only to provide clarity to the public about existing legal requirements or agency policies.
19. S. 3655 – Civil Rights Cold Case Investigations Support Act of 2022 (Sen. Ossoff – Oversight and Reform)
This bill extends the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Review Board until 2026 (or 2027 if the board opts for an additional one-year extension). The board reviews the decisions of federal agencies to postpone the disclosure of civil rights cold case records (i.e., unsolved civil rights cases from 1940-1979).
20. House Amendment to S. 407 – Air America Act of 2022 (Sen. Rubio – Oversight and Reform)
This bill authorizes payments to Air America employees and their survivors. Air America was a government-owned airline that provided air transport for certain covert operations in Southeast Asia, including Laos and Vietnam, between 1950 and 1976. The bill applies to U.S. citizens who were employees of Air America or another affiliated company, as specified, between January 1, 1950 and December 31, 1976. Benefit applications must be filed within two years of the date of enactment of this bill.
21. S. 3510 – Disaster Resiliency Planning Act (Sen. Peters – Oversight and Reform)
This bill requires the Office of Management and Budget to establish guidance that requires federal agencies to incorporate natural disaster resilience into real property asset management and investment decisions.
22. S. 1941 – MAPS Act of 2021 (Sen. Peters – Oversight and Reform)
This bill directs the Office of Management and Budget to provide information about, changes to the standards for designating a core-based statistical area (CBSA). The standards are used to delineate metropolitan and micropolitan areas for statistical purposes. Any change to the standards of CBSA delineations (1) shall not apply automatically for any nonstatistical use by any domestic assistance program, and (2) shall apply for such uses only if a relevant agency determines that the change supports the purposes of the program and is in the public interest and the change is adopted through rulemaking procedures.
23. H.R. 7899 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 75 Commerce Drive in Grayslake, Illinois, as the ‘‘Army Specialist Joseph ‘Joey’ W. Dimock II Post Office Building’’ (Rep. Schneider – Oversight and Reform)
24. H.R. 6917 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 301 East Congress Parkway in Crystal Lake, Illinois, as the ‘‘Ryan J. Cummings Post Office Building’’ (Rep. Casten – Oversight and Reform)
25. H.R. 2473 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 275 Penn Avenue in Salem, Ohio, as the ‘‘Howard Arthur Tibbs Post Office’’ (Rep. Johnson (OH) – Oversight and Reform)
26. H.R. 7518 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 23200 John R Road in Hazel Park, Michigan, as the ‘‘Roy E. Dickens Post Office’’ (Rep. Levin (MI) – Oversight and Reform)
27. S. 3826 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1304 4th Avenue in Canyon, Texas, as the ‘‘Gary James Fletcher Post Office Building’’ (Sen. Cornyn – Oversight and Reform)
28. S. 3825 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 3903 Melear Drive in Arlington, Texas, as the ‘‘Ron Wright Post Office Building’’ (Sen. Cornyn – Oversight and Reform)
29. S. 3884 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 404 U.S. Highway 41 North in Baraga, Michigan, as the ‘‘Cora Reynolds Anderson Post Office’’ (Sen. Peters – Oversight and Reform)
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