Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Begin Consideration of S. 1098 – Joint Consolidation Loan Separation Act (Sen. Warner – Education and Labor)
This bill provides the ability for borrowers to sever an existing consolidated loan.
This bill permits borrowers who previously joined their loans as a married couple to submit an application to the Department of Education to split their joint consolidated loan into two separate federal direct loans, split proportionally based on the percentages that each borrower originally brought into the loan. The two new federal direct loans would have the same interest rate as the consolidated loan. The bill also provides a pathway for a borrower to apply to separate their debt from an ex-spouse or current spouse, including in the event of an absentee or unresponsive spouse, an act of domestic violence, or economic abuse. This bill was passed by unanimous consent in the Senate.
1. 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.
2. 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.
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, as amended (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.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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. S. 2490 – Blackwell School National Historic Site Act (Sen. Cornyn – Natural Resources)
This bill establishes the Blackwell School National Historic Site in Marfa, Texas.
12. 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.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.”