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MAJORITY WHIPLINE: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2021

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

House Meets at...

Votes Predicted at...

10:00 a.m. Legislative Business    
Fifteen "One Minutes" per side         

First/Last Votes: 2:30 p.m. - ???        

 


Floor Schedule and Procedure:

Suspensions (19 bills)

1. H.R. 5545 – REMOTE Act, as amended (Rep. Trone – Veterans’ Affairs)

This bill would extend remote learning waivers for student veterans through the Spring 2022 term, ensuring student veterans continue receiving full housing benefits despite participating in remote learning. The bill allows U.S. universities to continue recruiting foreign students and ensure student bodies remain diverse and simplifies the verification process for tuition reimbursement to minimize paperwork for student veterans. The bill also authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide the monthly housing stipend for those who are “rounding out” their final semester if the number of credits they need to complete their program is less than the number of credits that would constitute enrollment on a more that half-time basis and if they enroll in an additional course that is not required for completion of their program, but would put them over the threshold for enrollment on a more than half-time basis. This legislation would permit student veterans to take an additional course that is not required for degree completion during their final semester in order to continue receiving their VA education benefits. The bill also removes a statutory limit on the number of Equal Employment Opportunity counselors at VA. The bill also requires VA to report within 60 days on the effect of removing this statutory limit.

2. H.R. 5746 – NASA Enhanced Use Leasing Extension Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Beyer – Science, Space, and Technology)

The purpose of the bill is to extend to December 31, 2031 the authority of National Aeronautics and Space Administration enter into leases of non-excess property of the Administration.

3. H.R. 4996 – Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Garamendi – Transportation and Infrastructure)

This bill bolsters the enforcement capabilities of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) by establishing a shipping exchange registry through the FMC, requiring an independent process for detention and demurrage practices, and providing safeguards to combat retaliation and deter unfair business practices. It also requires the Department of Transportation to enter into an agreement with the National Academies of Sciences to evaluate and report on data sharing capabilities within the supply chain.

4. H.R. 4616 – Adjustable Interest Rate (LIBOR) Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Sherman – Financial Services)

This bill would establish a process for certain financial contracts that reference LIBOR and do not contain sufficient language that would allow them to continue to function as originally intended after LIBOR is discontinued, to instead reference SOFR or an appropriately adjusted form of SOFR without the need to be amended or subject to litigation. The bill directs the Federal Reserve Board to issue regulations regarding the appropriate SOFR or adjusted SOFR replacement reference interest rate that should be used for specific categories of LIBOR-based contracts that fall within the scope of the legislation.

5. H.R. 5290 – To extend authorization for livestock mandatory reporting (Rep. Scott (GA) – Agriculture)

The bill extends Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) until September 30th, 2022. LMR requires USDA to publish price reports for cattle, boxed beef, wholesale pork, swine, and lamb. It was first established in 1999 to introduce more transparency to livestock markets and is administered by the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).

6. H.R. 5608 – Chronic Wasting Disease Research and Management Act (Rep. Kind – Agriculture)

The bill authorizes $70 million annually for FY22-28 for research and management of chronic wasting disease, with the money to be split evenly between research and management, administered by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

7. H.R. 4489 – National Forest Restoration and Remediation Act, as amended (Rep. Schrier – Agriculture)

This bill would allow the Forest Service to retain interest on settlement funds and apply those additional resources to complete necessary restoration work on lands damaged by mining activities and wildfires. 

8. H.R. 5609 – Cattle Contract Library Act of 2021 (Rep. Johnson (SD) – Agriculture)

The bill directs USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to establish a contract library for cattle contracts. This is modeled off of the swine contract library that already exists, with improvements to make it more user-friendly. The objective of a cattle contract library is to provide cattle producers with more market transparency, by requiring USDA to publish reports on contracts between producers and packers for the sale of fed cattle - terms such as prices, premiums and discounts and transportation costs.

9. H.R. 1155 – Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, as amended (Rep. McGovern – Foreign Affairs)

This bill will impose sanctions on people or entities that contribute to forced-labor practices in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China and will ban the importation of goods presumed to be made using forced labor.

10. H.Res. 837 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the International Olympic Committee failed to adhere to its own human rights commitments, as amended (Rep. Wexton – Foreign Affairs)

This resolution calls for guarantees for the safety and freedom of Peng Shuai after she came forward with sexual assault allegations against former vice premier of the PRC Zhang Gaoli and presses the PRC for an investigation and assurances of Peng’s safety and protection from retaliation. 

11. H.Res. 317 – Condemning the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity being committed against Uyghurs and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups by the People’s Republic of China, as amended (Rep. McCaul  – Foreign Affairs)

This resolution states that the Chinese government is responsible for ongoing abuses against the Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups and that these abuses constitute genocide and crimes against humanity. The resolution also condemns such genocide and crimes against humanity and calls on the President to take certain actions to put an end to these atrocities.

12. H.R. 3537 – Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act, as amended (Rep. Quigley – Energy and Commerce)

This bill would award grants to certain small drug manufacturers to cover the cost of investigational drugs for the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, or cure of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), research associated with the investigational drug, and the provision of the investigational drug to patients not eligible for clinical trials.  Further, the legislation would establish a Public-Private Partnership for Neurodegenerative Diseases to support the development of treatments for ALS and other rare neurodegenerative diseases, require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop and publish an action plan to foster the development of drugs for ALS and other rare neurodegenerative diseases and facilitate access to investigational drugs for such diseases, and create a grant program at FDA for rare neurodegenerative disease research and development activities.

13. H.R. 5487 – SHINE for Autumn Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Herrera Beutler – Energy and Commerce)

This bill would authorize grants to states for surveillance and data collection relating to stillbirth and stillbirth risk factors, develop guidelines and educational materials for state departments of health, and support a Perinatal Pathology Fellowship Program at NIH to increase research on stillbirth.  The legislation authorizes $9 million for these activities each fiscal year (FY) from FY 2022-2026.

14. H.R. 5561 – Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Guthrie – Energy and Commerce)

This bill reauthorizes the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), authorizes $17.818 million for activities at HRSA each year for fiscal years (FY) 2022-2026, and authorizes $16 million for activities at CDC each year from FY 2022-2026.

15. H.R. 5551 – Improving the Health of Children Act, as amended (Rep. Carter (GA) – Energy and Commerce)

This bill reauthorizes the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), expands the scope of programmatic work, incorporates funding for folic acid education and research into core NCBDDD duties, and increases the overall authorization level for NCBDDD to  $186,010,000 for these activities each fiscal year (FY) from FY 2022-2026. 

16. H.R. 1193 – Cardiovascular Advances in Research and Opportunities Legacy Act, as amended (Rep. Barr – Energy and Commerce)

This bill authorizes a grant program administered by National Institutes of Health (NIH) in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to support research on valvular heart disease and for convening a workshop of subject matter experts and stakeholders to identify research needs and treatment guidelines for individuals diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse, a type of valvular heart disease (VHD).  The legislation authorizes $20 million for these activities each fiscal year (FY) from FY 2022-2026.  The bill also requires the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to carry out projects to increase education, awareness, or diagnosis of VHD, and to reduce cardiac deaths caused by VHD, including publishing best practices for physicians and health care providers who provide care to individuals with VHD. 

17. H.R. 1667 – Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, as amended (Rep. Wild – Energy and Commerce)

This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award grants for relevant mental and behavioral health training for health care students, residents, or professionals. This legislation also requires HHS to conduct a campaign to encourage health care providers to seek support and treatment for mental and behavioral health concerns, and disseminate best practices to prevent suicide and improve mental health and resiliency among health care providers.  

18. H.R. 4555 – Oral Health Literacy and Awareness Act of 2021 (Rep. Cardenas – Energy and Commerce)

This bill authorizes a public education campaign across all relevant programs of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to increase oral health literacy and awareness.  The legislation authorizes $750,000 for these activities each year from fiscal year (FY) 2022-2026.

19. H.R. 5119 – To amend title VI of the Social Security Act to extend the coverage of Coronavirus Relief Fund payments to Tribal Governments, as amended (Rep. O’Halleran – Oversight and Reform)

The bill would extend the availability of funding provided under the CARES Act to Tribes until December 31, 2022.

Possible Postponed Suspensions (14 votes)

1. H.R. 2355 – Opioid Prescription Verification Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Rodney Davis – Energy and Commerce)

This bill directs federal agencies to develop, disseminate, and periodically update training materials for pharmacists on verifying the identity of individuals picking up a prescription for a controlled substance.  It also creates a preference for grants awarded to states by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for evidence-based overdose prevention activities to states that utilize prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), require prescribers of controlled substances in schedule II, III, or IV controlled substances to issue such prescriptions electronically, and require dispensers to enter information about the purchase of such controlled substances into the state’s PDMPs, including the National Drug Code, the quantity dispensed, the patient identifier, and the date filled.

2. H.R. 2364 – Synthetic Opioid Danger Awareness Act, as amended (Rep. Kim (NJ) – Energy and Commerce)

This bill would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement a public education campaign related to synthetic opioids, including fentanyl and its analogues.  In addition, the Secretary of Health and Human Services would be required to publish a training guide and webinar for first responders and other individuals who may be at high risk of exposure to synthetic opioids that details how to prevent such exposure.

3. H.R. 3743 – Supporting the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the Food and Drug Administration Act (Rep. Hudson – Energy and Commerce)

This bill would increase the transfer authority of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for funding to their supporting foundations, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) and the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the Food and Drug Administration.

4. H.R. 3894 – CARING for Social Determinants Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Blunt Rochester – Energy and Commerce)

This bill requires the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide guidance and technical assistance to states on how to address social determinants of health through Medicaid and CHIP. It also requires that the guidance be updated every three years.

5. H.R. 897 – Agua Caliente Land Exchange Fee to Trust Confirmation Act, as amended (Rep. Ruiz – Natural Resources)

This bill takes approximately 2,560 acres of specified lands in California into trust for the benefit of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Lands taken into trust shall be part of the tribe’s reservation.

6. H.R. 2074 – Indian Buffalo Management Act, as amended (Rep. Young – Natural Resources)

This bill establishes a permanent program within the Department of the Interior to develop and promote tribal ownership and management of buffalo and buffalo habitat on Indian lands.

7. H.R. 3531 – Women Who Worked on the Home Front World War II Memorial Act, as amended (Rep. Norton – Natural Resources)

This bill authorizes the Women Who Worked on the Home Front Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs in commemoration of the commitment and service represented by the women who worked on the home front during World War II.

8. H.R. 4706 – Blackwell School National Historic Site Act (Rep. Gonzales – Natural Resources)

This bill establishes the Blackwell School National Historic Site in Marfa, Texas, as a unit of the National Park System.

9. H.R. 5677 – To make technical amendments to update statutory references to certain provisions classified to title 2, United States Code, title 50, United States Code, and title 52, United States Code (Rep. Dean – Judiciary)

This bill makes necessary changes to statutory cross references due to OLRC’s reorganization of chapters 3 and 4 in Title 2 of the Code (The Congress), chapter 15 of title 50 of the Code (War and National Defense), and its transfer of provisions relating to voting and elections from titles 2 and 42 into a new title 52 (Voting and Elections).

10. H.R. 5679 – To make technical amendments to update statutory references to certain provisions classified to title 7, title 20, and title 43, United States Code (Rep. Jones – Judiciary)

This bill makes necessary changes to statutory cross references due to OLRC’s reorganization of title 7 (Agriculture), its transfer of part C of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 from title 42 (The Public Health and Welfare) to title 20 of the Code (Education), and its reorganization of title 43 (Public Lands).

11. H.R. 5695 – To make technical amendments to update statutory references to certain provisions which were formerly classified to chapters 14 and 19 of title 25, United States Code (Rep. Issa – Judiciary)

This bill makes necessary changes to statutory cross references due to OLRC’s transfer of provisions from chapter 14 (“Miscellaneous”) in title 25 (Indians) into four new chapters toward the end of title 25. 

12. H.R. 5705 – To make technical amendments to update statutory references to provisions reclassified to title 34, United States Code (Rep. Bentz – Judiciary)

This bill makes necessary changes to statutory cross references due to OLC’s transfer of a number of provisions related to crime control and law enforcement into a new title 34 (Crime Control and Law Enforcement).

13. H.R. 5961 – To make revisions in title 5, United States Code, as necessary to keep the title current, and to make technical amendments to improve the United States Code (Rep. Neguse – Judiciary)

This bill moves three important government accountability laws adopted in the 1970s—the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Inspector General Act (IG Act), and the Ethics in Government Act—from an appendix to title 5 (Government Organization and Employees) into the body of title 5 itself.

14. H.R. 5982 – To make revisions in title 51, United States Code, as necessary to keep the title current, and to make technical amendments to improve the United States Code (Rep. Fischbach – Judiciary)

This bill moves several recent laws involving space policy into title 51 (National and Commercial Space Programs), a positive-law title.    

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