Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
H.Res. __ – Rule Providing for Consideration of H.R. 6929 – Susan Muffley Act of 2022, H.R. 3771 – South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act of 2022, and H.R. 5118 – Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act
1. H.R. 6552 – Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Smith (NJ) – Foreign Affairs)
The bill is a five-year reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, which expired September 30, 2021. It authorizes funding from FY 2022 to 2026 and reauthorizes and enhances programs, strengthens laws, and adds accountability to reflect the needs for prevention, protection, and prosecution to combat human trafficking domestically and abroad.
2. H.R. 6845 – Commercial Remote Sensing Amendment Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Lucas – Science, Space, and Technology)
The purpose of the bill is to provide for transparent licensing of private remote sensing systems and to amend reporting requirements on the licenses.
3. H.R. 7569 – Energy Cybersecurity University Leadership Act of 2022 (Rep. Ross – Science, Space, and Technology)
The purpose of the bill is to direct the Secretary of Energy to establish a program to provide financial assistance to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers pursuing certain courses of study relating to cybersecurity and energy infrastructure.
4. H.R. 6933 – Cost-Share Accountability Act of 2022 (Rep. Obernolte – Science, Space, and Technology)
The purpose of the bill is to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to require reporting relating to certain cost-share requirements, and for other purposes.
5. H.R. 7289 – Federal PFAS Research Evaluation Act, as amended (Rep. Fletcher – Science, Space, and Technology)
The bill directs the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to enter into agreements with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct consensus studies to assess research and knowledge gaps related to human exposure, toxicity, management, treatment and development of alternatives of per and polyfluoroalkyl substances.
6. H.R. 3952 – NOAA Chief Scientist Act, as amended (Rep. Sherrill – Science, Space, and Technology)
This bill directs the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to consider recommendations and minimum qualifications when selecting a Chief Scientist for the agency. The bill also requires that the Chief Scientist adhere to and uphold all agency and departmental scientific integrity policies, and to advise on the agency’s science and technology strategy.
7. H.R. 7361 – National Weather Service Communications Improvement Act (Rep. Feenstra – Science, Space, and Technology)
The purpose of the bill is to require the National Weather Service to improve its current legacy instant messaging communications system (referred to as ‘NWSChat’) by upgrading to a cloud-based commercial communications system.
8. H.R. 3588 – Mathematical and Statistical Modeling Education Act, as amended (Rep. Houlahan – Science, Space, and Technology)
The purpose of the bill is to coordinate Federal research and development efforts focused on modernizing mathematics in STEM education through mathematical and statistical modeling, including data-driven and computational thinking, problem, project, and performance-based learning and assessment, interdisciplinary exploration, and career connections, and for other purposes.
9. H.R. 7180 – Brycen Gray and Ben Price COVID-19 Cognitive Research Act (Rep. Gonzalez (OH) – Science, Space, and Technology)
The purpose of the bill is to provide for multidisciplinary research at the National Science Foundation on the disruption of regular cognitive processes associated with COVID–19 infection.
10. H.R. 7132 – Safe Connections Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Kuster – Energy and Commerce)
This bill amends the Communications Act by requiring mobile service providers, after receiving a line separation request from a survivor of domestic violence, human trafficking, or other related crimes for a mobile service contract shared with an abuser, to separate the line of the survivor (and the line of any individual in the care of the survivor) from the shared mobile service contract or separate the line of the abuser from the shared mobile service contract when technically feasible. The legislation also directs the FCC to issue rules, within 18 months of the Act’s enactment, implementing line separation requests from survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other related crimes and to establish emergency communications support for these survivors.
11. H.R. 7624 – Spectrum Innovation Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Doyle – Energy and Commerce)
This bill would make available additional frequencies in the 3.1–3.45 gigahertz (GHz) band for non-federal use, shared federal and non-federal use, or a combination thereof and allow the Federal Communications Commission to continue auctioning other portions of the airwaves for the next 18 months. Not later than seven years after the date of enactment, the FCC, in coordination with the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, must commence a system of competitive bidding under section 309(j) of the Communications Act for the at least 200 megahertz of frequencies identified in the 3.1-3.45 GHz band. The legislation also funds from auction proceeds the Secure and Trusted Reimbursement Program, a newly authorized Next Generation 9-1-1 grant program, and the development of an incumbent informing capability.
12. H.R. 4990 – ITS Codification Act (Rep. Carter (GA) – Energy and Commerce)
The legislation amends the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Organization Act by providing statutory authority for the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences. It also requires the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information to establish an initiative at NTIA to develop emergency communication technologies for use in locating individuals trapped in areas where mobile connectivity may not be available.
13. H.R. 5313 – Reese’s Law, as amended (Rep. Kelly (IL) – Energy and Commerce)
The legislation requires the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to establish mandatory safety standards to protect children from ingesting button cell batteries or coin batteries. These standards must include a performance standard requiring battery compartments for such batteries that prevent access to the batteries by children six years of age or younger and requirements for button cell battery packaging that warn of the hazards of ingestion and instruct consumers to keep new and used batteries out of the reach of children. The bill is named after Reese Hamsmith, an 18-month-old child who tragically died after ingesting a button cell battery.
14. H.R. 4551 – RANSOMWARE Act (Rep. Bilirakis – Energy and Commerce)
This bill requires the FTC to report on cross-border complaints received that involve ransomware or other cyber-related attacks committed by certain foreign individuals, companies, and governments. The report must focus specifically on attacks committed by Russia, China, North Korea, or Iran or individuals or companies that are located in or have ties to those countries.
15. H.R. 3962 – SECURE Notarization Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Dean – Energy and Commerce)
The legislation permits and establishes nationwide standards and technical requirements for remote online notarization. This bill allows a notary public commissioned under state law to remotely notarize electronic records and perform notarizations for remotely located individuals. The bill requires United States courts and states to recognize remote notarizations, including remote notarizations from notary publics commissioned in other states or U.S. territories, that occur in or affect interstate commerce. State laws that meet or exceed the minimum national standards and technical requirements of the bill will remain in effect.
16. H.R. 8454 – Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act (Rep. Blumenauer – Energy and Commerce)
The Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act amends the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to reform registrations and protocols for conducting research with marijuana and cannabidiol (CBD) derived from marijuana. The bill establishes manufacturing registration requirements for the production of marijuana to be used in federal research. The bill also requires the Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), to regularly assess whether there is an adequate and uninterrupted supply of marijuana for research purposes. The bill clarifies that it shall not be a violation of federal law for physicians to discuss marijuana and CBD with their patients. Within one year of passage, the bill requires the Secretary of HHS to submit a report to Congress on the effects of marijuana and CBD consumption on the human brain and body and existing barriers to research, among other things.
17. H.R. 623 – Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act 2.0, as amended (Rep. Wexton – Energy and Commerce)
This bill reauthorizes the Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program (Kids First) program for an additional five years and increases the funding authorization to $25 million annually.
18. H.R. 7734 – Timely Delivery of Bank Secrecy Act Reports Act, as amended (Rep. Waters – Financial Services)
This bill establishes a time frame for the production of Bank Secrecy Reports to Congress by requiring that the Secretary of the Treasury, upon the request of the congressional committees or subcommittees of appropriate jurisdiction, deliver BSA reports to Congress not later than the end of a 30-day period beginning on the date such information is requested by Congress. Similarly, it would require that a financial institution, upon subpoena by the congressional committees or subcommittees of appropriate jurisdiction, deliver BSA reports to Congress not later than the return date specified for such reports in the subpoena.
19. H.R. 7733 – CDFI Bond Guarantee Program Improvement Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Cleaver – Financial Services)
This bill would reduce the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program minimum issuance threshold from $100 million to $25 million and reauthorize the program for four years, and it would require two studies to examine the impact of the program.
20. H.R. 310 – To posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal, collectively, to Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, J. Christopher Stevens, and Sean Smith, in recognition of their contributions to the Nation, as amended (Rep. Lynch – Financial Services)
This bill posthumously awards a Congressional Gold Medal to commemorate Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, and Sean Smith, four Americans killed in the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. After the medal has been awarded, it shall be displayed at the Central Intelligence Agency Museum.
21. H.R. 5128 – Expanding Access to Capital for Rural Job Creators Act (Rep. Axne – Financial Services)
The bill would require SEC's Small Business Advocate, as part of its annual report to Congress, to report on issues encountered by rural-area small businesses.
22. H.R. 7981 – Public and Federally Assisted Housing Fire Safety Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Dean – Financial Services)
This bill would require the installation of either tamper resistant or hardwired smoke alarms in public and federally assisted housing to improve the reliability of fire prevention measures to better ensure tenant safety.
23. H.R. 4586 – Risk-Based Credit Examination Act, as amended (Rep. Wagner – Financial Services)
This bill provides discretion to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to prioritize its examination process of credit rating agencies as it deems appropriate. It does not remove the requirement that the SEC examine credit rating agencies annually.
24. H.R. 6528 – Housing Temperature Safety Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Torres (NY) – Financial Services)
This bill establishes a pilot at the Department of Housing and Urban Development to install and study the efficacy of temperature sensors in public and federally assisted housing to better ensure tenant health and safety.
25. H.R. 4590 – Promoting New and Diverse Depository Institutions Act, as amended (Rep. Auchincloss – Financial Services)
This bill would require Federal banking regulators to conduct an 18-month study examining challenges prospective de novo depository institutions face. (A de novo depository institution is a newly chartered depository institution.) The bill would also require Federal banking regulators to develop a strategic plan based on the study to promote the creation of newly chartered depository institutions, especially minority depository institutions (MDIs) and community development financial institutions (CDFIs), in a manner that promotes increased access to financial services, including in banking deserts, as well as safety and soundness, consumer protection, and community reinvestment.
26. H.R. 4227 – Developing and Empowering our Aspiring Leaders Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Hollingsworth – Financial Services)
The bill directs the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise venture capital investment regulations to allow investments acquired through secondary transactions or investments in other venture capital funds to be considered as qualifying investments for venture capital funds if it find that the revision would facilitate capital formation without reducing investor protections.
27. H.R. 1057 – Greatest Generation Commemorative Coin Act, as amended (Rep. Kaptur – Financial Services)
This bill directs the Department of the Treasury to mint commemorative coins in honor of the National World War II Memorial in the District of Columbia. The design of the coins shall be emblematic of the memorial and the service and sacrifice of American soldiers and civilians during World War II. All surcharges received from the sale these coins shall be paid to the Friends of the National World War II Memorial to support the National Park Service in maintaining and repairing the memorial, and for educational and commemorative programs.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"It is beyond a doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience."