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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

House Meets at...

Votes Predicted at...

9:00 a.m. Morning Hour
11:00 a.m. Legislative Business   
Fifteen "One Minutes" per side (at 12:00 p.m.)     

First Votes: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Last Votes: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.             


Floor Schedule and Procedure:

H.R. 5304 An act making continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022, and for providing emergency assistance, and for other purposes (Rep. DeLauro – Appropriations) (Subject to a Rule)

Possible Passage of Postponed Suspensions (10 votes)

1. S. 848 – Consider Teachers Act of 2021 (Sen. Braun – Education and Labor)

This bill would codify Department of Education (ED) regulations to improve the administration of the TEACH Grant program.  These changes will help reduce the amount of grants that convert to loans by creating an appeal process for erroneously converted grants and providing better counseling to students.  The bill also requires ED to extend the service window for current recipients by 3 years to ensure that individuals can complete their service during the pandemic

2. S. 1828 – HAVANA Act of 2021 (Sen. Collins – Foreign Affairs)

The bill amends the Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949 to authorize payment to personnel of the CIA who incur qualifying injuries to the brain, and authorizes payment to personnel of the Department of State who incur similar injuries.

3. H.R. 1029 – Free Veterans from Fees Act (Rep. Steube – Natural Resources)

This bill waives special use permit application fees for special events at war memorials on land administered by the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., and its environs when a majority of attendees are veterans or Gold Star Families.

4. H.R. 1154 – Great Dismal Swamp National Heritage Area Act (Rep. McEachin – Natural Resources)

This bill authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to assess the suitability and feasibility of designating certain land as the Great Dismal Swamp National Heritage Area.

5. H.R. 3533 – To establish occupational series for Federal positions in software development, software engineering, data science, and data management, and for other purposes, as amended (Rep. Obernolte – Oversight and Reform)

This bill would require the Office of Personnel Management to update or establish occupational series for federal government positions in software development, software engineering, data science, and data management within 270 days of enactment.

6. H.R. 3599 – Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Khanna – Oversight and Reform)

This bill would establish a personnel rotation program for cybersecurity professionals at federal agencies.  OPM would issue an operational plan providing policies, processes, and procedures for the program, and GAO would report on agency and employee participation in the program.

7. H.R. 1204 – District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer Salary Home Rule Act, as amended (Rep. Norton – Oversight and Reform)

This bill would give the District of Columbia the authority to pass a law to increase the pay of its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) above the existing statutory allowable pay for the CFO

8. H.R. 978 – Chai Suthammanont Remembrance Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Connolly – Oversight and Reform)

This bill would require federal agencies to create evidence-based reentry plans for employees required to return to federal offices after a public health emergency  The bill would require agency officials to develop and make public the requirements and specifications for how the government would protect the health and safety of federal employees while continuing operations and providing vital services to the public

9. H.R. 2617 – Performance Enhancement Reform Act, as amended (Rep. Connolly – Oversight and Reform)

This bill would require agencies’ chief performance officers to work in consultation with the chief human capital officer, the chief information officer, the chief data officer, and the chief financial officer to prepare the annual performance plans required of each agency by law.

10. S. 2382To authorize the National Cyber Director to accept details from other elements of the Federal Government on nonreimbursable basis, and for other purposes (Sen. Portman – Oversight and Reform)

This bill would allow the National Cyber Director to accept details from other elements of the federal government on a non-reimbursable basis

Possible Consideration of Suspensions (5 bills)

1. H.R. 4611 – DHS Software Supply Chain Risk Management Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Torres (NY) – Homeland Security)

This bill seeks to enhance the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ability to protect its networks from malicious cyberattacks.  It does so by requiring the issuance of Department-wide guidance to improve DHS’s insight into the software purchased from information and communications technology or services (ICT(S)) contractors. Specifically, the directs DHS to require its contractors to provide a software a “bill of materials” that identifies key information, such as the origin, on each part or component of open-source or third-party software supplied to the Department. It also requires contractors to certify that each item listed is free from known security vulnerabilities or defects and to notify DHS of any identified issues and plans for addressing them. Moreover, the guidance is to include enforcement and accountability provisions.

2. H.R. 4089 – Darren Drake Act, as amended (Rep. Gottheimer – Homeland Security)

This bill seeks to enhance DHS’ efforts to prevent and mitigate acts of vehicle-based terrorism involving rental vehicles. Specifically, the bill requires DHS to develop and disseminate best practices for vehicle rental facilities and dealers to report suspicious behavior to law enforcement. These best practices are to be developed and updated in consultation with rental industry stakeholders. The bill also requires DHS to report to Congress regarding the implementation of these best practices and other ways to improve coordination between DHS and rental vehicle providers. H.R. 4089, which was named in honor of a victim of a 2017 ISIS-inspired truck attack in New York City, was introduced in the 115th, 116th, and current Congresses, each time with bipartisan support.

3. S. 1917 – K-12 Cybersecurity Act of 2021 (Sen. Peters – Homeland Security)

This bill directs CISA to collaborate with teachers, school administrators, other Federal agencies, and private sector organizations to conduct a study of the cybersecurity risks facing K-12 educational institutions. Based on the study’s findings, CISA is to develop recommendations that include cybersecurity guidelines for K-12 educational institutions and provide an online training toolkit with information on the guidelines and how to implement them. S. 1917 was introduced by Senator Peters (D-MI) and Senator Scott (R-FL) and was reported out of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee by voice vote on July 14, 2021 and passed the full Senate by unanimous consent on August 9, 2021. Representatives Matsui (D-CA), Garbarino (R-NY) and Clyde (R-GA) are original cosponsors of the House version of the bill that was sponsored by Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI). 

4. H.R. 4094 – One-Stop Pilot Program Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Katko – Homeland Security)

This bill would establish a multi-year TSA pilot program to create “one-stop” screening procedures for arriving international passengers from certain foreign last point of departure (LPD) airports to continue on to their connecting flights upon arrival in the U.S. without needing to be rescreened by TSA. For airports to participate in the program, TSA would need to determine that security screening standards and procedures at the foreign LPD airport are comparable to TSA security screening measures. The pilot is loosely modeled after Customs and Border Protection’s Preclearance program, where CBP Officers screen and carry out customs processing at LPDs for outbound passengers. 

5. H.R. 4682 – UAS Act, as amended (Rep. Guest – Homeland Security)

This bill would prohibit DHS from operating, providing financial assistance for, or entering into or renewing a contract for the procurement of certain unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Specifically, the prohibition applies to UAS manufactured in or consisting of parts made in foreign countries deemed to be an adversary by either the intelligence community or the Secretary of Homeland Security. The prohibition also applies to UAS that use software developed in countries labeled as strategic competitors as well as UAS that use network connectivity or data storage located in such countries. The DHS Secretary may waive the prohibition for certain reasons such as national interest but requires written notification to Congress. Finally, the bill requires the DHS Secretary to report to Congress on information related to covered UAS, including the results of any threat assessments conducted by DHS and a list of covered UAS in operation by the Department. A version of this bill (H.R. 4753) passed the House by voice vote on February 10, 2020 in the 116th Congress.

Begin Consideration of H.R. 4350 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (Rep. Smith (WA) – Armed Services) (Subject to a Rule)

Members are advised that following last votes the House is expected to begin debate on H.R. 4350.  The House will complete consideration of the bill later in the week


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