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MAJORITY WHIPLINE: TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2021

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

House Meets at...

Votes Predicted at...

10:00 a.m. Morning Hour
12:00 p.m. Legislative Business   
Fifteen "One Minutes" per side                   

First Votes: 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Last Votes: 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 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 (13 bills)

1. H.R. 1870 – Strengthening Local Transportation Security Capabilities Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Barragan – Homeland Security)

This bill directs DHS to prioritize the assignment of officers and analysts from TSA and, as appropriate, the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis to fusion centers in jurisdictions with high-risk surface transportation systems. Assigned federal officers and analysts are directed to generate and disseminate classified intelligence products related to threats of terrorism, including domestic and international terrorism, and other threats, including targeted violence, to surface transportation systems to enhance security and assist State, local, and tribal authorities in their efforts to mitigate such threats. The bill also directs the DHS Secretary to assist appropriate owners of surface transportation assets and others involved in security high-risk surface transportation systems with the security clearance process. Additionally, the bill authorizes DHS to develop a training program to enhance the protection, preparedness, and response capabilities of law enforcement agencies with respect to terrorism and other threats, including targeted violence, at surface transportation assets. Nearly identical versions of this measure passed the full House in both the 115th and 116th Congresses.

2. H.R. 1893 – Transportation Security Preparedness Act of 2021 (Rep. Watson Coleman – Homeland Security)

This bill requires the Transportation Security Administration (TSA or Administration) to survey its workforce on how the Administration handled COVID-19 and develop a transportation security preparedness plan for future communicable disease outbreaks. The survey will inquire about the workforce’s viewpoints on TSA’s efforts to communicate clearly about the virus with its workforce; provide employees with personal protective equipment (PPE); adjust scheduling, leave, and telework policies; conduct contact tracing; and encourage and facilitate worker vaccinations. Once the survey is completed, TSA is directed to develop a transportation security preparedness plan to navigate future communicable disease outbreaks like the coronavirus. In the plan, TSA is required to outline a pandemic-response strategy that details how TSA will communicate and collaborate with relevant federal and private partners during a future pandemic; protect its workforce; adjust checkpoint operations to maximize hygiene and security; and assess obstacles to TSA’s ability to respond to future outbreaks. In addition, the bill directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review TSA’s plan one year after dissemination. 

3. H.R. 1895 – Transportation Security Public Health Threat Preparedness Act of 2021 (Rep. Gimenez – Homeland Security)

This bill authorizes TSA to detail staff to other DHS components and Federal agencies to improve response efforts to public health threats to the nation’s transportation security system. This measure also requires TSA to conduct a risk analysis of the Department and other Federal agencies’ preparedness to respond to public health threats to the transportation security system. TSA must then brief Congress on the risk analysis as well as on technologies, policies, and procedures to combat public health threats, and on TSA’s role in ensuring public health threats to the transportation security system are mitigated. 

4. H.R. 1877 – Security Screening During COVID-19 Act, as amended (Rep. Cleaver – Homeland Security)

This bill directs TSA to issue and begin implementing a plan, not later than 90 days after enactment of this Act, to enhance security operations during the COVID-19 pandemic to reduce the spread of the virus at passenger screening checkpoints and among the TSA workforce. Under the bill, the TSA Administrator is directed to coordinate with the Chief Medical Officer within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a plan that identifies best practices among foreign governments, airports, and air carriers regarding COVID-19 and pinpoints specific operational changes that TSA can make to reduce the spread of the coronavirus at checkpoints based on those best practices. The TSA Administrator is required to consult with stakeholders and the TSA workforce when developing the plan and submit the finalized plan to Congress. GAO is directed to review implementation of the Act. 

5. H.R. 1871 – Transportation Security Transparency Improvement Act (Rep. Bishop (NC) – Homeland Security)

This bill requires TSA to review and improve the agency’s processes for designating Sensitive Security Information (SSI) and communicating with stakeholders about Security Directives and Emergency Amendments (EA). The measure requires TSA to develop a schedule to review guidelines associated with the communication of SSI and for any changes to these guidelines to be documented and provided to aviation security stakeholders. Additionally, this measure requires TSA to develop adjacent guidelines for international aviation security with respect to last point of departure (LPD) airports and engage with international aviation security stakeholders to ensure that security directives and EA’s are focused on defined security outcomes. Following the review and development of these guidelines, the bill directs TSA to brief Congress. Last Congress, the Committee favorably reported an identical version of the bill (H.R. 5760) to the House.

6. H.R. 2795 – DHS Blue Campaign Enhancement Act, as amended (Rep. Meijer – Homeland Security)

This bill would enhance the availability of human trafficking prevention training opportunities and the development of such trainings and materials. The bill requires the DHS Blue Campaign, a Department-wide coordinated effort to address human trafficking, to develop and provide online training videos for law enforcement officers, among others.  H.R. 2795 also establishes an Advisory Board composed of representatives from DHS components and offices. The Director of the Blue Campaign is required to consult the Board regarding the development of trainings, materials, and tools to prevent instances of human trafficking. The Director is also to consult the Board on the identification of persons and entities uniquely positioned to recognize signs of human trafficking and development of materials for such persons. This bill (H.R.5804) passed the House by voice vote on September 30, 2020 in the 116th Congress. 

7. H.R. 3138 – State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement Act, as amended (Rep. Clarke – Homeland Security)

This bill would authorize a new DHS grant program to address cybersecurity vulnerabilities on State and local government networks. The new grant program would be authorized at $500 million with a graduating cost-share that incentivizes States to increase funding for cybersecurity in their budgets. Under the bill, State, tribal, and territorial governments would be required to develop comprehensive cybersecurity plans to guide the use of grant fuds. The bill also requires CISA to develop a strategy to improve the cybersecurity of State, local, tribal, and territorial governments, among other things, identify Federal resources that could be made available to State and local governments for cybersecurity purposes, and set baseline objectives for State and local cybersecurity efforts. CISA would also be required to assess the feasibility of implementing a short-term rotational program for the detail of approved State, local, Tribal, and territorial government employees in cyber workforce positions at CISA. Lastly, the bill establishes a State and Local Cybersecurity Resilience Committee comprised of representatives from State, local, tribal, and territorial governments to advise and provide situational awareness to CISA regarding the cybersecurity needs of such governments. In the 116th Congress, the House passed by voice vote a similar version of this bill (H.R. 5823) which was introduced by Rep. Richmond.

8. H.R. 1833 – DHS Industrial Control Systems Capabilities Enhancement Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Katko – Homeland Security)

This bill requires the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to lead Federal efforts to detect and mitigate threats and vulnerabilities to industrial control systems. The measure also requires CISA to maintain cross-sector incident response capabilities, provide technical assistance to stakeholders and collect, coordinate, and provide vulnerability information about industrial control systems to stakeholders. Industrial control systems (ICS) monitor, control, and safeguard operational processes in critical infrastructure such as electric power generators, dams, water treatment facilities, medical devices, nuclear power plants, and natural gas pipelines. In the 115th Congress, a nearly identical version of the measure (H.R. 5733) passed the House by voice vote on June 25, 2018.

9. H.R. 2980 – Cybersecurity Vulnerability Remediation Act, as amended (Rep. Jackson-Lee – Homeland Security)

This bill would authorize the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure agency (CISA) to develop and distribute “playbooks,” in consultation with private sector experts, to provide procedures and mitigation strategies for the most critical, known vulnerabilities – especially those affecting software or hardware that is no longer supported by a vendor. The playbooks would be available to Federal agencies, industry, and other stakeholders.  H.R. 2980 would also allow for the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), in consultation with CISA, to establish a competition program for industry, individuals, academia, and others to provide remediation solutions for cybersecurity vulnerabilities that are no longer supported.  The ANS is updated to emphasize the prioritization of industrial control systems of critical infrastructure that may be targeted like the systems that underpin water systems and pipelines.

10. H.R. 3223 – CISA Cyber Exercise Act (Rep. Slotkin – Homeland Security)

This bill establishes a National Cyber Exercise program within CISA.  This legislation builds upon language in H.R. 6395, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which directed the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Attorney General, the Secretary of Defense, and the Director of National Intelligence, to carry out at least three exercises over 12 years to test the national capability to respond to cyber attacks involving critical infrastructure.  H.R. 3223 complements the capstone exercise program authorized in H.R. 6395 by directing CISA, in consultation with sector risk management agencies, as appropriate, to develop an exercise program that is designed to more regularly test and asses systemic preparedness and resilience to cyber attacks against critical infrastructure, including by developing model exercises that State and local governments and private sector entities can readily adapt.

11. H.R. 3264 – Domains Critical to Homeland Security Act (Rep. Katko – Homeland Security)

This bill authorizes DHS to conduct research and development into supply chain risks for critical domains of the United States economy. The bill would require DHS to conduct a risk analysis for each critical domain to determine potential homeland security threats caused by disruption, corruption, exploitation, or dysfunction of the domain. Based on the results of the risk analysis, the bill would authorize the Department to do further research into those critical domains considered highest risk to analyze the industries within the domains, examine performance under varying conditions, and identify ways to establish supply chain resiliency, among other things. The bill directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to report annually to Congress through fiscal year 2026 on the results of the Department’s research, along with actions the Secretary has taken or plans to take in response to the results.

12. H.R. 1850 – Supporting Research and Development for First Responders Act (Rep. Rice (NY) – Homeland Security)

This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL) within the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). Located in Manhattan, New York, the NUSTL is charged with testing and evaluating emerging technologies and conducting research and development (R&D) to assist emergency response providers in preparing for, and protecting against, threats of terrorism. Additionally, NUSTL conducts nuclear and radiological R&D in support of response and recovery as well as provides technical advisory services to emergency response professionals. In the Fiscal Year 2018, 2019, and 2020 budget requests, the Trump Administration proposed closing NUSTL along with other Homeland Security laboratories and centers of excellence. In both the 115th and 116th Congresses, nearly identical versions of this measure the full House.

13. H.R. 3263 – DHS Medical Countermeasures Act (Rep. Miller-Meeks – Homeland Security)

This bill would require the Secretary of DHS to establish a medical countermeasures program to support DHS mission continuity and facilitate the readiness, and protection of DHS personnel, and working animals, in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosives attack, naturally occurring disease outbreak, or pandemic.  The bill seeks to improve DHS’s ability to provide medical countermeasures in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosives attack, naturally occurring disease outbreak, or pandemic. This bill would require the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of DHS to provide programmatic oversight of the Medical Countermeasures Program.  It also seeks to support the Department’s ability to maintain medical countermeasure supplies to primarily protect the Department’s workforce.  

H.R. 2668 – Consumer Protection and Recovery Act (Rep. Cardenas – Energy and Commerce)

This bill restores the Federal Trade Commission’s longstanding authorities to pursue relief on behalf of consumers against corporations that violate federal law.  It responds to the Supreme Court’s recent decision to block the FTC from using this authority as it has for the last four decades to send billions in relief back into consumers’ pockets in cases of telemarketing fraud, anticompetitive pharmaceutical practices, data security and privacy, and others.

 

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

Postponed Suspensions (11 votes)

1. H.R. 2928 – Cyber Sense Act of 2021 (Rep. Latta – Energy and Commerce)

The bill requires the Secretary of Energy to establish the Cyber Sense Program.  This voluntary program would identify cyber-secure products that could be used in the bulk-power system.

2. H.R. 1250 – Emergency Reporting Act (Rep. Matsui – Energy and Commerce)

This bill directs the FCC to issue reports following the activation of the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS) and to make improvements to network outage reporting. 

3. H.R. 1754 – MEDIA Diversity Act of 2021 (Rep. Long – Energy and Commerce)

This bill Requires the FCC to consider market entry barriers for socially disadvantaged individuals in the communications marketplace.

4. H.Res. 277 – Reaffirming the commitment to media diversity and pledging to work with media entities and diverse stakeholders to develop common ground solutions to eliminate barriers to media diversity (Rep. Demings – Energy and Commerce)

This resolution would reaffirm the commitment of the House of Representatives to media diversity. It also pledges that Congress will work with media entities and diverse stakeholders to develop common ground solutions to eliminate barriers to media diversity.

5. H.R. 3003 – Promoting United States Wireless Leadership Act of 2021 (Rep. Walberg – Energy and Commerce)

This bill directs NTIA to encourage participation by trusted American companies and other stakeholders in standards-setting bodies, and to offer technical assistance to such stakeholders that elect to participate, in the course of developing standards for 5G networks and future generations of communications networks. 

6. H.R. 678 – PHONE Act of 2021 (Rep. Thompson (CA) – Energy and Commerce)

This bill would amend the Communications Act to prohibit providers of voice service from reassigning phone numbers of subscribers in area covered by a major disaster declaration, for the duration of the declaration. The prohibition may extend for a period of up to two years if requested by the subscriber. The bill also prohibits providers of voice service from assessing early termination fees to cancel service, or connection fees to re-subscribe at a new address, for subscribers whose residence is rendered inaccessible or uninhabitable due to a major disaster.

7. H.R. 1158 – Refugee Sanitation Facility Safety Act of 2021 (Rep. Meng – Foreign Affairs)

The bill directs the Department of State, when providing overseas assistance for refugees, to ensure the provision of safe and secure access to sanitation facilities, with a special emphasis on safe access to sanitation for women, girls, and vulnerable populations.

8. H.Res. 294 – Encouraging reunions of divided Korean-American families (Rep. Bass – Foreign Affairs)

The resolution calls on the U.S. and North Korea to begin the process of reuniting Korean-American divided family members with their immediate relatives, restore the contact between divided families, and pursue reunions as a humanitarian priority of immediate concern. 

9. H.R. 2118 – Securing America From Epidemics Act (Rep. Bera – Foreign Affairs)

The bill authorizes United States participation in the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). CEPI is a partnership between several countries and private partners to produce, finance, and coordinate vaccines developments for epidemic threats in situations where traditional markets either do not exist or cannot meet sufficient demand. By supporting CEPI, the bill aims to protect the United States’ own population from epidemic threats, protect United States’ national security interests, and support burden sharing.

10. H.R. 1079 – Desert Locust Control Act, as amended (Rep. Smith (NJ) – Foreign Affairs)

The bill establishes an interagency task force to combine the efforts of USAID, State, the US Mission to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and others to assess the scope and impact of the locust outbreak, how COVID restrictions impact locust control efforts, as well as the effectiveness of regional and multilateral control efforts.

11. H.R. 1036Bassam Barabandi Rewards for Justice Act (Rep. Wilson (SC) – Foreign Affairs)

The bill authorizes the Department of State to offer rewards for information about the identity or location of individuals who defy sanctions imposed by the United States or the United Nations.

                   


QUOTE OF THE DAY:

"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome."

-Booker T. Washington

 
 

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