Tuesday, September 13, 2022
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Suspensions (18 bills)
1. S. 3103 – Eliminating Limits to Justice for Child Sex Abuse Victims Act of 2022 (Sen. Durbin – Judiciary)
The bill would eliminate the statute of limitations for minor victims of certain federal sex abuse offenses seeking civil damages in federal court. It is a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Durbin, Blackburn, Feinstein, Cornyn, and Leahy.
2. S. 4785 – A bill to extend by 19 days the authorization for the special assessment for the Domestic Trafficking Victims' Fund (Sen. Klobuchar – Judiciary)
This bipartisan bill would extend until September 30, 2022 the mandatory special assessment of $5,000 imposed on nonindigent persons or entities convicted of certain offenses involving sexual abuse or human trafficking. The fees collected from the special assessment are transferred to the Domestic Trafficking Victims’ Fund and used to fund and enhance victim services and programming for trafficking survivors. This mandate expired on September 11, 2022.
3. H.R. 5315 – Drone Infrastructure Inspection Grant Act, as amended (Rep. Stanton – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill creates a drone infrastructure inspection grant program and a drone education and workforce training grant program at the U.S. Department of Transportation to support more efficient inspection, maintenance, and repair of the nation’s critical infrastructure.
4. H.R. 884 – National Aviation Preparedness Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Larsen – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill instructs federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Transportation, in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security to develop a clear, comprehensive plan of action for future communicable disease outbreaks.
5. H.R. 5774 – Expediting Disaster Recovery Act, as amended (Rep. Graves (LA) – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill would expedite the delivery of federal disaster assistance and address the unmet needs of disaster survivors.
6. H.R. 1468 – Securities and Exchange Commission Real Estate Leasing Authority Revocation Act, as amended (Rep. Norton – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill revokes the SEC’s independent leasing authority and requires the Comptroller General of the United States to update a 2016 GAO review of federal entities with independent leasing authority.
7. H.R. 1066 – Wildfire Recovery Act, as amended (Rep. Neguse – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill provides that Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAGs) shall have a federal share of not less than 75 percent and requires FEMA to complete a rulemaking to establish criteria that will be used to inform when FEMA may recommend a cost share adjustment for such grants.
8. S. 2293 – CREW Act (Sen. Peters – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill provides certain employment rights to reservists of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
9. S. 4205 – PAW Act (Sen. Peters – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill ensures the needs of animals have been adequately considered before disaster strikes by requiring the Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator to establish an advisory group to encourage and foster collaborative efforts among individuals and entities working to address the needs of animals in disaster preparedness.
10. S. 442 – BRIGHT Act (Sen. Peters – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill requires the General Services Administration to ensure that public buildings are using the most life-cycle cost effective and energy efficient technology to the extent practicable when performing normal maintenance, altering, or constructing public buildings.
11. H.R. 7939 – Student Veteran Emergency Relief Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Levin (CA) – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill makes permanent many of the COVID related education provisions to ensure student veterans are not impacted by temporary periods of remote learning. Expands the veteran readiness and employment program to allow more veterans access to self-employment training. Also clarifies existing VA regarding GI Bill program approval. Finally, expands servicemember civil relief act to cover cancelation of home utility services, and allows for portability of professional licenses for servicemembers and their spouses.
12. H.R. 7846 – Veterans’ Compensation Cost of Living Adjustment Act of 2022 (Rep. Luria – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to increase the amounts payable for wartime disability compensation, additional compensation for dependents, the clothing allowance for certain disabled veterans, and dependency and indemnity compensation for surviving spouses and children. VA must increase the amounts by the same percentage as the cost-of-living increase for Social Security recipients that is effective on December 1, 2022.
13. H.R. 7735 – Improving Access to the VA Home Loan Benefit Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Bost – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to update the appraisal requirements for certain loans guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. VA is directed to conduct an internal review of causes of home loan approval delays, and make needed changes to program.
14. H.R. 5916 – Wounded Warrior Access Act, as amended (Rep. Aguilar – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish and maintain a secure, internet-based website to enable a claimant or their representative to make records requests related to VA claims and benefits. Requests for records must specify in which format the copy is desired. The VA must notify a requester within 10 days that their request has been received and must fulfill the request within 120 days.
15. H.R. 8260 – Faster Payments to Veterans Survivors’ Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Pappas – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill will improve processes at the Department of Veterans Affairs for identifying, locating, and paying hard-to-find survivors of recently deceased veterans the life insurance benefits they are owed. This will shorten the time for spouses and children of veterans to receive the funds after the death of the veteran policyholder.
16. H.R. 5952 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 123 East Main Street, in Vergas, Minnesota, as the "Jon Glawe Post Office" (Rep. Fischbach – Oversight and Reform)
17. H.R. 5650 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 16605 East Avenue of the Fountains in Fountain Hills, Arizona, as the "Dr. C.T. Wright Post Office Building’ (Rep. Schweikert – Oversight and Reform)
18. H.R. 5865 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4110 Bluebonnet Drive in Stafford, Texas, as the "Leonard Scarcella Post Office Building" (Rep. Green (TX) – Oversight and Reform)
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“The world owes nothing to any man, but every man owes something to the world.”