Monday, September 19, 2022
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Suspensions (26 bills)
1. H.R. 1456 – Peace Corps Reauthorization Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Garamendi – Foreign Affairs)
The bill provides additional resources to advance the Peace Corps’ mission around the world and better support current and returned Peace Corps Volunteers. The bill authorizes appropriations up to $230.5 million in Fiscal Year 2023 and 2024 and updates benefits to Volunteers and returned Volunteers that include readjustment allowance, re-enrollment priority, transition assistance, health insurance, non-competitive eligibility for federal employment and updated workers’ compensation. It provides Volunteers with protection against retaliation or reprisals for reporting waste, fraud or abuse; updates safety and security policies; modernizes the Peace Corps National Advisory Council; and provides authorization to recruit Volunteers for virtual services as well as for domestic service at the request of another agency.
2. S. 3895 – United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2022 (Sen. Rubio – Foreign Affairs)
This legislation reauthorizes the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom through 2024.
3. H.R. 7240 – READ Act Reauthorization Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Bass – Foreign Affairs)
This bill reauthorizes the Reinforcing Education Accountability in Development (READ) Act of 2017 by modifying current law to require the presidential strategy to promote access to basic education for children around the world to be carried out for an additional five years through 2027.
4. H.R. 8503 – Securing Global Telecommunications Act (Rep. Manning – Foreign Affairs)
This legislation authorizes the International Digital Economic and Telecommunication Advisory within the State Department, requires the development of a strategy to promote the use of secure telecommunications infrastructure, and mandates a report on Chinese and Russian influence in the International Telecommunications Union.
5. H.R. 8520 – Countering Untrusted Telecommunications Abroad Act (Rep. Wild – Foreign Affairs)
This legislation requires the State Department to provide information on the use of unsafe telecommunications equipment produced by Chinese companies and requires companies to disclose the use of unsafe equipment in their networks.
6. H.R. 7338 – Russia Cryptocurrency Transparency Act, as amended (Rep. Meeks – Foreign Affairs)
This legislation authorizes a new lead position overseeing the intersection of digital assets and sanctions at the State Department, requires congressional notification for any State Department rewards paid out in crypto, and requires reports on how cryptocurrencies are being in the context of Russia’s illegal and unjustified invasion of Ukraine.
7. H.R. 6265 – CAPTAGON Act (Rep. Hill – Foreign Affairs)
This bill would require the federal government to develop an interagency strategy to disrupt and dismantle narcotics production and trafficking and affiliated networks linked to the Assad regime in Syria.
8. H.R. 6846 – CORRUPT Act, as amended (Rep. Malinowski – Foreign Affairs)
This bill requires the President to submit a determination of whether any of the 198 persons listed in the bill meets the criteria for the imposition of sanctions under provisions of law that authorize sanctions for activities related to corruption or human rights violations.
9. H.Res. 558 – Urging the European Union to designate Hizballah in its entirety as a terrorist organization, as amended (Rep. Deutch – Foreign Affairs)
Currently, the EU only includes Hezbollah’s military wing – and not its political wing – on its list of sanctioned terrorist organizations. The United States makes no distinction between its branches and includes Hezbollah in its entirety on the U.S. Foreign Terrorist Organization list. This resolution urges the European Union (EU) to fully designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization.
10. H.R. 8453 – Upholding the Dayton Peace Agreement Through Sanctions Act, as amended (Rep. Wagner – Foreign Affairs)
The bill would state the policy of the United States to support a unified, sovereign, and multiethnic Bosnia and its Euro-Atlantic integration; use sanctions against those who undermine the Dayton Accords and Bosnian democracy; encourage the EU to join the U.S. in sanctioning Dodik; expose Russia’s role in fueling instability in Bosnia and imperiling the Office of the High Representative and EU peacekeeping presence in Bosnia; and work to protect the Office of the High Representative in multilateral fora. It would also codify and tailor the authority to impose sanctions on foreign persons and adult family members who undermine the Dayton Accords or otherwise threaten the security of Bosnia and makes these sanctions mandatory. Finally, it requires Presidential determination on sanctions and a report justifying such a determination upon request of the Chair and Ranking Member of the appropriate congressional committees.
11. H.R. 1433 – Helen Keller National Center Reauthorization Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Pocan – Education and Labor)
This bill reauthorizes the Helen Keller National Canter which provides training and resources to individual who are over 16 and have combined vision and hearing loss. The Center was first authorized in 1967 and provides individualized training in assistive technology, vocational services, orientation and mobility, communication and independent living at the headquarters in Sands Point, New York. The Hellen Keller National Center is also a leader in professional learning, “training the trainers” to work with the Deaf-Blind community. Additionally, services are provided through a nationwide network of regional offices. The Center’s authorization ended in 2003, but it has continued to receive funding through appropriations, this authorization covers the period from 2023 through 2027.
12. S. 3157 – Bridging the Gap for New Americans Act (Sen. Klobuchar – Education and Labor)
This bill requires the Department of Labor (DOL) to study and issue a report on the barriers immigrants and refugees face in obtaining professional credentials in the United States that they have already obtained from another country. Specifically, the bill asks to identify: the types of occupations immigrants and refugees had in their home country; what professional credentials are needed in the United States to be employed in that same occupation; what barriers exist in obtaining those credentials; and what public and private resources are available to mitigate those barriers. The bill also requires DOL to offer policy recommendations to Congress to alleviate those barriers. The report is due to Congress 18 months after the bill’s enactment.
13. H.R. 7566 – Stop Human Trafficking in School Zones Act (Rep. Jackson-Lee – Judiciary)
This bill would increase the maximum penalty available under current law for the commission of the offenses of sex trafficking and coercion and enticement committed within school zones or on, or within 1,000 feet of, school-sponsored activities or institutions of higher education by up to five years.
14. H.R. 7181 – Human Trafficking Prevention Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Jeffries – Judiciary)
This bill would provide for the posting of the contact information for the National Human Trafficking Hotline in a visible place in all federal buildings, and in the restrooms of all U.S airplanes, airports, trains, train stations, buses, bus stations, and ports of entry, so that any victim, or anyone who notices a potential victim of human trafficking, knows where to turn for help.
15. S. 169 – ARTS Act (Sen. Tillis – Judiciary)
This bill would waive the filing fee for an application to register a copyright for a student’s work that has won the Congressional Art Competition or the Congressional App Challenge, thereby introducing these students to the intellectual property system and its benefits.
16. H.R. 4330 – PRESS Act, as amended (Rep. Raskin – Judiciary)
This bill creates a qualified, federal statutory privilege that protects journalists from being compelled by the federal government to reveal confidential sources and information and prohibits the federal government from compelling an electronic service provider that stores a journalist's information to disclose that information to the government, unless a court determines that there is a reasonable threat of imminent violence absent the information's disclosure, and subject to other requirements and certain specified exceptions.
17. H.R. 3034 – To amend title 28, United States Code, to provide an additional place for holding court for the Western District of Washington, and for other purposes (Rep. DelBene – Judiciary)
This bill would add Mount Vernon, Washington as an additional place of holding court for the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. It would reduce travel times and administrative burdens for witnesses, defendants, lawyers, and federal agents in getting to court.
18. H.R. 4009 – Enslaved Voyages Memorial Act, as amended (Rep. Norton – Natural Resources)
This bill authorizes the Georgetown African American Historic Landmark Project and Tour to establish a commemorative work, the Enslaved Voyagers Memorial, in the District of Columbia and its environs.
19. H.R. 6353 – National Service Animals Memorial Act, as amended (Rep. Wild – Natural Resources)
This bill authorizes the National Service Animals Monument Corporation to establish a commemorative work, the National Service Animals Memorial, in the District of Columbia and its environs.
20. H.R. 6734 – Keep America’s Refuges Operational Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Jeffries – Natural Resources)
This bill reauthorizes through FY2027 the volunteer services, community partnerships, and refuge education programs of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
21. H.R. 7618 – To designate the Kol Israel Foundation Holocaust Memorial in Bedford Heights, Ohio, as a national memorial (Rep. Brown (OH) – Natural Resources)
This bill designates the Kol Israel Foundation Holocaust Memorial in Bedford Heights, Ohio, as a national memorial.
22. S. 2490 – Blackwell School National Historic Site Act (Sen. Cornyn – Natural Resources)
This bill establishes the Blackwell School National Historic Site in Marfa, Texas.
23. H.R. 820 – New Philadelphia National Historical Site Act, as amended (Rep. LaHood – Natural Resources)
This bill establishes the New Philadelphia National Historical Park in the State of Illinois as a unit of the National Park System.
24. H.R. 4358 – Little Manatee Wild and Scenic River Act, as amended (Rep. Buchanan – Natural Resources)
This bill amends the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to designate for study segments of the Little Manatee River as a component of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
25. H.R. 7698 – To designate the outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Ventura, California, as the "Captain Rosemary Bryant Mariner Outpatient Clinic" (Rep. Brownley – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill names the VA outpatient clinic in Ventura, California, as the “Captain Rosemary Bryant Mariner Outpatient Clinic.”
26. S. 2771 – To rename the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in San Angelo, Texas, the "Colonel Charles and JoAnne Powell VA Clinic" (Sen. Cornyn – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill names the VA community-based outpatient clinic in San Angelo, Texas, as the “Colonel Charles and JoAnne Powell Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic“
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Success is its own reward, but failure is a great teacher too, and not to be feared.”