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MAJORITY WHIPLINE: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2022

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

 

House Meets at...

Votes Predicted at...

10:00 a.m. Legislative Business         
Fifteen “One Minutes” per side

First/Last Votes: 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 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:


S. 3969 – PAVA Program Inclusion Act (Sen. Lujan – House Administration)

 

This bill amends the Help America Vote Act’s PAVA program to ensure voting is accessible and equitable for people with disabilities in the Northern Mariana Islands and the Four Corners Region, two areas that were previously excluded from HAVA. In 2002, the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) authorized funding for the Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access (PAVA) Program, through Protection & Advocacy (P&A) Systems, to help ensure eligible voters with disabilities have full access to the voting process – whether through disability training for poll workers, distributing materials for how to conduct an accessible campaign, examining polling places for accessibility, and more.  This bill rectifies the exclusion of the Protection and Advocacy Systems in the Northern Mariana Islands and the system serving the American Indian Consortium, which serves Native Americans living in the Four Corners Region, by explicitly authorizing the distribution of grant funding to these two P&As. 


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

H.R. 7780 – Mental Health Matters Act (Rep. DeSaulnier – Education and Labor)

 

This bill is a comprehensive proposal to address America’s mental health crisis while providing support to student, families, and educators .

 

This bill includes provisions to support the behavioral health of children and school staff, strengthen school-based behavioral health care, and ensure access to mental health and substance use disorder benefits for workers and families. The bill increases the number of mental health professionals in elementary and secondary schools in high-need areas and directs the Department of Education to award grants for recruiting and retaining these professionals. The bill ensures that students whose disabilities were documented in elementary and secondary school are able to receive accommodations that will enable them to succeed in college. The bill also creates a grant program to increase students’ access to evidence-based trauma support, ensures that private, employer-sponsored group health plans fulfill their responsibility to provide mental health and substance use disorder benefits in parity with physical health benefits, and strengthens the ability of individuals with private, employer-sponsored plans to hold plan sponsors accountable when benefits are improperly denied.

 

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

 

Click here for a section-by-section from the Education and Labor Committee.

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 and makes the following amendments in order:
 

Porter Amendment

 

Directs the Secretary of Education to study student mental health at institutions of higher education and to issue guidance on compliance with federal law for mental health and substance use disorder conditions.


Mrvan Amendment

 

Directs the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to establish an occupational research program on mental health.
 

H.R. 3843 – Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2022 (Rep. Neguse – Judiciary)

 

This is a package of three separate bills, H.R. 3843, H.R. 5639, and H.R. 3460, that promote competition by providing resources to the federal antitrust agencies, protecting national security interests through increased transparency of foreign interests in acquisitions, and protecting the resources of state antitrust enforcers through changes to the multidistrict litigation process.

 

The package increases the filing fees that merging parties are required to pay to federal antitrust agencies for proposed transactions of $1 billion or more, and decreases the fees paid by merging parties below this threshold. It also requires the disclosure of subsidies from foreign economic adversaries in agency-reviewed mergers. The bill also brings states into parity with the federal government by exempting state enforcement of the federal antitrust laws from multidistrict litigation.

 

Click here for a one-pager from the Judiciary Committee.


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

Suspensions (2 bills)

 

1. S. 4791 – A bill to amend section 301 of title 44, United States Code, to establish a term for the appointment of the Director of the Government Publishing Office (Sen. Blunt – House Administration)

 

The bill establishes a renewable 10 year term of appointment for the director of GPO. 

 

2. H.R. 8982 – To amend the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to suspend temporarily rates of duty on imports of certain infant formula base powder used in the manufacturing of infant formula in the United States, and for other purposes (Rep. DelBene – Ways and Means)

 

Additional Legislative Items Are Possible

Postponed Suspensions (25 votes)

 

1. S. 4900 – SBIR and STTR Extension Act of 2022 (Sen. Cardin – Small Business)

 

This bill reauthorizes the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs through fiscal year 2025, establishes additional reporting requirements, enhances commercialization benchmarks, and assesses program security risks. 

 

2. H.R. 8956 – FedRAMP Authorization Act (Rep. Connolly – Oversight and Reform)

 

The bill provides statutory authority for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) within the General Services Administration (GSA).  GSA must establish a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment and authorization for cloud computing products and services.  Agencies must ensure that their cloud computing services meet GSA requirements. The bill establishes a Federal Risk and Authorization Program (FedRAMP) Board to conduct security assessments of cloud computing services and issue provisional authorizations to operate to cloud service providers that meet FedRAMP security guidelines. The bill also establishes a Federal Secure Cloud Advisory Committee. 

 

3. H.R. 8466 – Chai Suthammanont Healthy Federal Workplaces Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Connolly – Oversight and Reform)

 

The bill would require federal agencies to establish a plan to protect the safety of federal employees and contractors present at any covered worksite during a nationwide public health emergency declared for an infectious disease.  The Office of the Inspector General for each agency would report to Congress on plan implementation.

 

4. S. 3470 – End Human Trafficking in Government Contracts Act of 2022 (Sen. Lankford – Oversight and Reform)

 

The bill requires, upon receipt of an office of inspector general report substantiating an allegation that the recipient of a contract, grant, or cooperative agreement (or any subgrantee, subcontractor, or agent of the recipient) engaged in human trafficking, that the agency refer the matter to the agency suspension and debarment office.  The Office of Management and Budget must report to Congress on implementation of provisions to end human trafficking in government contracting.

 

5. S. 2551 – AI Training Act (Sen. Peters – Oversight and Reform)

 

The bill requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to establish or otherwise provide an artificial intelligence (AI) training program for the acquisition workforce of executive agencies (e.g., those responsible for program management or logistics), with exceptions.  The purpose of the program is to ensure that the workforce has knowledge of the capabilities and risks associated with AI. The OMB must (1) update the program at least every two years, and (2) ensure there is a way to understand and measure the participation of the workforce and to receive and consider feedback from program participants.

 

6. H.R. 6967 – Chance to Compete Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Hice – Oversight and Reform)

 

The bill would modernize the evaluations used by federal agencies to assess the skills of job candidates by requiring agency subject matter experts with designing assessments that test knowledge specific to a position for which the agency is hiring.  The Office of Personnel Management would create an online tool for agencies to share and modify these technical assessments.  OPM would submit annual reports on the use of assessments to fill competitive service positions.

 

7. H.R. 8163 – Improving Trauma Systems and Emergency Care Act, as amended (Rep. O’Halleran – Energy and Commerce)

 

This bill reauthorizes grants through fiscal year (FY) 2027 to support the improvement of emergency medical services and trauma care readiness and coordination. The bill requires the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) to develop guidance for and otherwise support states—and consortia of states—to coordinate and improve emergency medical services and trauma care during declared emergencies. The bill also expands eligibility and revises grants for improving emergency medical services and trauma care in rural areas and competitive grants for improving regional emergency medical and trauma systems.

8. S. 958 – Maximizing Outcomes through Better Investments in Lifesaving Equipment for (MOBILE) Health Care Act, as amended (Sen. Rosen – Energy and Commerce)

 

This legislation would allow Federally Qualified Health Centers to use New Access Point grants for establishing mobile health units.

 

9. H.R. 4081 – Informing Consumers about Smart Devices Act, as amended (Rep. Curtis – Energy and Commerce)

 

This legislation requires manufacturers of certain internet-connected devices (e.g., smart appliances) that are equipped with a camera or microphone to disclose to consumers that a camera or microphone is part of the device.  The legislation also requires the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to issue guidance to assist regulated entities with compliance and provides authority for the FTC to enforce violations, including the authority to seek civil penalties for violations.

 

10. H.R. 6965 – Visit America Act, as amended (Rep. Titus – Energy and Commerce)

 

This legislation implements measures to support the U.S. travel and tourism industry, including requiring the Department of Commerce to develop a 10-year strategy with annual goals to boost the industry.  The legislation also establishes the position of Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Travel and Tourism to be appointed by the President.

 

11. H.R. 6889 – Credit Union Board Modernization Act, as amended (Rep. Vargas – Financial Services)

 

This bill would modify the minimum number of board of director meetings for Federal credit unions. Specifically, Federal credit unions with a composite rating or either 1 or 2 and a management rating of 1 or 2 under the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) CAMELS rating system (which are examination grades on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the highest score) would be required to meet at least six times annually, instead of 12 times, with at least one meeting held during each fiscal quarter. De novo Federal credit unions would still have to meet at least monthly during the first five years of their charter, as well as Federal credit unions with composite ratings of either 3, 4, or 5 or with a management rating of either 3, 4, or 5. 

 

 

12. H.R. 1638 – Gilt Edge Mine Conveyance Act, as amended (Rep. Johnson (SD) – Natural Resources)

 

This bill directs the Secretary of Agriculture to transfer certain National Forest System land to the State of South Dakota

 

13. H.R. 7321 – Global Aircraft Maintenance Safety Improvement Act, as amended (Rep. DeFazio – Transportation and Infrastructure)

 

This bill requires the FAA to take specific measures to improve its repair station oversight. 

 

14. Senate Amendment to H.R. 5641 – SPEED Act (Rep. Graves (MO) – Transportation and Infrastructure)

 

This bill updates the small project threshold to $1 million under the Stafford Act and will allow communities to recover more quickly from disaster.

 

15. House Amendment to S. 3662 – Preventing PFAS Runoff at Airports Act (Sen. Peters – Transportation and Infrastructure)

 

This bill incentivizes the broad adoption of airport firefighting testing technology to ensure airports are able to limit the spread of PFAS into their local communities.

 

16. H.R. 3304 – AUTO for Veterans Act, as amended (Rep. Fletcher – Veterans’ Affairs)

 

This bill authorizes the VA Secretary to provide assistance to disabled veterans to purchase or modify vehicles for mobility access with immediate priority for veterans who have waited more than 25 years for assistance, and then authorizes the assistance to be available every ten years beginning in 2032.

 

17. H.R. 8888 – Food Security for All Veterans Act (Rep. Peltola – Veterans’ Affairs)

 

This bill will establish a VA Office of Food Security headed by a director who is a career appointee. This office would provide information to veterans regarding availability of federal programs and will coordinate with other federal agencies to better provide resources to veterans for food security.

 

18. H.R. 8875 – Expanding Home Loans for Guard and Reservists Act, as amended (Rep. Ryan (NY) – Veterans’ Affairs)

 

This bill updates the definition used to determine home loan benefit eligibility for national guard members and reservists to more accurately capture eligible days of service. 

 

19. S. 1198 – Solid Start Act of 2022 (Sen. Hassan – Veterans’ Affairs)

 

This bill permanently authorizes and expands the Solid Start program, which is an outreach program for veterans in their first year of separation from the military. 

 

20. H.R. 8510 – Strengthening Whistleblower Protections at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Act, as amended (Rep. Pappas – Veterans’ Affairs)

 

This bill improves whistleblower protection and independence and accountability within VA’s Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (OAWP). Specifically, the bill establishes independent counsel at OAWP, requires better tracking and enforcement of agency settlement agreements with whistleblowers who have experienced retaliation, and removes OAWP’s investigative authority – instead, referring all of VA’s whistleblower retaliation cases to the independent Office of Special Counsel (OSC).

 

21. S. 2794 – Supporting Families of the Fallen Act (Sen. Tuberville – Veterans’ Affairs)

 

This bill increases from $400,000 to $500,000 the maximum coverage amount for members (or former members) of a uniformed service under the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance program and the Veterans' Group Life Insurance program. 

 

22. H.R. 8681 – John Lewis Civil Rights Fellowship Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Williams (GA) – Foreign Affairs)

 

The bill establishes the John Lewis Civil Rights Fellowship program within the Fulbright program administered by the U.S. State Department.  The program promotes studies, research and international exchange in the subject of nonviolent civil rights movements around the world.

 

23. H.R. 8446 – Global Food Security Reauthorization Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. McCollum – Foreign Affairs)

 

The bill reauthorizes the Global Food Security Act of 2016 for an additional five years through 2028 with new requirements around promoting agriculture-led economic growth, building resilience, strengthening food systems, and improving nutrition. The bill also increases the authorized funding levels for both the Global Food Security Strategy and the Emergency Food Security Program, and enhances transparency, reporting, and multisectoral coordination.

 

24. H.R. 8463 – Millennium Challenge Corporation Eligibility Expansion Act (Rep. Castro – Foreign Affairs)

 

The bill modifies the requirements under the Millennium Challenge Act of 2003 to expand the number of eligible candidate countries for development partnerships with the Millennium Challenge Corporation by adjusting the income thresholds used to define the MCC’s candidate country pool as the world’s 125 poorest countries.

 

25. H.R. 4821 – Combating the Persecution of Religious Groups in China Act, as amended (Rep. Hartzler – Foreign Affairs)

 

The bill affirms U.S. policy to hold accountable senior government officials of the PRC who are responsible for or have directly carried out, at any time, the persecution of religious minorities in the PRC and expresses the sense of Congress that the U.S. should promote religious freedom in the PRC.
 

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.”

-Nelson Mandela

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