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MAJORITY WHIPLINE: WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2022

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

 

House Meets at...

Votes Predicted at...

10:00 a.m. Legislative Business           
Fifteen “One Minutes” Per Side

First Votes: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Last Votes: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 

ANY ANTICIPATED MEMBER ABSENCES FOR VOTES TODAY SHOULD BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY TO THE OFFICE OF THE MAJORITY WHIP AT 6-3210.

 

Floor Schedule and Procedure:

Suspension (1 bill)

  1. H.R. 4990 – ITS Codification Act, as amended (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.

 

H.R. 3771 – South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act of 2022 (Rep. Jayapal – Energy and Commerce)

 

The bill would increase resources and awareness for heart disease and other heart ailments among communities disproportionately affected, including South Asian Americans who have four times the risk of heart disease compared to the general population

The Rule, which was adopted on Tuesday, provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and makes in order the following amendment:

Sherrill Amendment

 

Requires the Secretary of HHS to enter into an agreement with the National Academies (or another appropriate entity) to conduct a study on the relationship between COVID-19 and rates of morbidity and mortality as a result of heart disease in at-risk populations.

H.R. 4040 – Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID–19 Act of 2022 (Rep. Cheney – Energy and Commerce)

 

This bill will ensure that access to telehealth services, including audio-only services, will continue to be available after the public health emergency (PHE) to all Medicare patients regardless of where they live.

The Rule will provide for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R. 6929 – Susan Muffley Act of 2022 (Rep. Kildee – Ways and Means/Education and Labor)

 

The bill would fully restore Delphi pension plan benefits by directing the PBGC to recalculate benefits for participants and beneficiaries in Delphi plans without regard to the statutory maximum limits on their guarantee. The bill addresses which plans, participants and beneficiaries would be eligible for increased benefits and how benefits of eligible participants and beneficiaries would be calculated and paid.

The Rule, which was adopted on Tuesday, provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ways and Means and makes in order the following amendment:

Scott (VA) Amendment

 

Requires the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) to issue a request for information to the public regarding ways to ensure the long-term solvency of the agency’s insurance programs and submit a report, with recommendations, to Congress.


Postponed Suspensions (12 votes)

 

1. 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.

 

2. 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.

 

3. 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.

 

4. 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.

 

5. 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.

6. 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.

 

7. 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.

 

8. 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.

 

9. 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.

 

10. 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.

 

11. 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.

 

12. 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.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If enough of us keep trying, we’ll get someplace.”

-Amelia Earhart

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