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MAJORITY WHIPLINE: WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2022

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

House Meets at...

Votes Predicted at...

10:00 a.m. Morning Hour 
12:00 p.m. Legislative Business    
Fifteen "One Minutes" per side                  

First/Last Votes: 2:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.       

 


Floor Schedule and Procedure:

Suspension (1 bill)

1. S. 4119 – RECA Extension Act of 2022 (Sen. Lee – Judiciary)

This bill would extend the life of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) Trust Fund to two years after the date of the bill’s enactment. The RECA Trust Fund is currently set to expire on July 10, 2022.  The bill would also extend the time to file a RECA claim to within two years after the date of enactment.  

H.R. 2499 – Federal Firefighters Fairness Act of 2022 (Rep. Carbajal – Education and Labor)

This bill improves access to injury and illness benefits for federal firefighters.

 

This bill provides a list of diseases for which an automatic presumption of work-related illness would apply if the firefighter has had 5 years of fire protection employment and directs the Secretary of Labor to inform any federal firefighter submitting a FECA claim about the opportunity to participate in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s National Firefighter Registry Program. The bill also requires the Secretary of Labor to evaluate if breast cancer should be added to the list of diseases, enables individuals to propose additions to the initial disease list, and directs the Secretary to review these proposals and add additional diseases to the list if the science demonstrates significant risk to firefighters.

 

Click here for bill text.

 

Click here for a fact sheet from the Education and Labor Committee.

 

Click here for a section-by-section from the Education and Labor Committee.

The Rule, which was adopted on Tuesday, provides for one hour equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and Labor.

The Rule also makes the following amendments in order and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc:

Houlahan Amendment

Includes a Review of Science of Gynecological Cancers to study the potential risk and connection between fire protection activities and likelihood of developing gynecological cancers

Jackson-Lee Amendment

Adds a study regarding the health and safety impacts on firefighters from circumstances encountered as firefighters.

Joyce (OH)/Carson Amendment

Adds the Kenneth Meisel Public Servants’ Claimant Fairness Act, which amends the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA) to establish that claimants who have been asked by the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs to provide additional evidence to support their occupational illness, traumatic injury, or death claim have at least 60 days to provide such evidence.

Keller Amendment

This substitute strikes all of the bill text and inserts a provision establishing the Firefighter Special Claims Unit at the Department of Labor to process any claim relating to occupational disease filed by a federal firefighter. Directs GAO to submit a report describing any known barriers to the delivery of health care to federal firefighters, evaluating claims submitted by federal firefighters, and providing information on the standard the Department uses to determine causation with respect to claims

Stanton Amendment

Requires the Secretary to notify Congress when approving or denying petitions to add diseases to the list.

Tlaib Amendment

Adds an annual reporting requirement on the total number of and demographics of employees with diseases and conditions covered by this Act desegregated by the specific condition or conditions, for the purposes of understanding the scope of the problem. The report may include recommendations for additional steps to be taken to minimize the risk of adverse health impacts for firefighters

Torres (CA) Amendment #7

The Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health shall conduct a comprehensive study on longterm health effects that Federal wildland firefighters, who are eligible to receive workers’ compensation, experience after being exposed to fires, smoke, and toxic fumes when in service.

Torres (CA) Amendment #8

Directs the Secretary, not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, to evaluate the best available scientific evidence of the risk to an employee in fire protection activities of developing rhabdomyolysis

Postponed Suspensions (23 votes)

1. H.R. 847 – Promoting Digital Privacy Technologies Act, as amended (Rep. Stevens – Science, Space, and Technology)

The purpose of the bill is to support research on privacy enhancing technologies and promote responsible data use.

2. H.R. 5324 – NWR Modernization Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Bice – Science, Space, and Technology)

The purpose of the bill is to expand coverage and increase reliability of the NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) by upgrading technologies and increasing the number of transmitters leading to modernization of the NOAA Weather Radio for the 21st Century.

3. S. 66 – South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act of 2021 (Sen. Rubio – Science, Space, and Technology)

The purpose of the bill is to require the Interagency Task Force on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and Hypoxia to produce an integrated assessment and action plan on HABs and hypoxia in South Florida.

4. H.R. 7077 – Empowering the U.S. Fire Administration Act, as amended (Rep. Torres (NY) – Science, Space, and Technology)

The purpose of the bill is to authorize the USFA Administrator to send incident investigators, including safety specialists; fire protection engineers; codes and standards experts; researchers; and fire training specialists, to the site of a major fire to conduct investigations in collaboration with Federal, State, and local authorities.

5. H.R. 1437 – PRECIP Act, as amended (Rep. Sherrill – Science, Space, and Technology)

The purpose of the bill is to direct the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support a study to understand best practices to support precipitation estimation, to regularly update out-of-date precipitation data in the U.S., and authorize funding for the study and for the precipitation estimates outlined in this bill.

6. S. 1872 – United States Army Rangers Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act (Sen. Ernst – Financial Services)

This bill would award a Congressional Gold Medal to the U.S. Army Rangers Veterans of World War II in recognition of their dedicated service during World War II.

7. H.R. 5911 – Fair Hiring in Banking Act, as amended (Rep. Beatty – Financial Services)

This bill would expand employment opportunities at banks and credit unions by reducing barriers to employment based on past minor criminal offenses. The bill specifically provides an exception for certain criminal charges from an indeterminate timeline of look back to 7 years post-commission of the offense; and 5 years post incarceration; and provides a clear definition for the term, “criminal offense involving dishonesty.” The bill also makes it clear that criminal offenses that have been expunged, sealed, or dismissed are not included in the FDIC or NCUA review of eligibility to work for an insured bank or credit union.

8. H.R. 5914 – Empowering States to Protect Seniors from Bad Actors Act, as amended (Rep. Gottheimer – Financial Services)

This bill would move the responsibility for administering the Senior Investor Protection Grant Program established by Sec. 989A of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The bill would establish an interdivisional task force within the SEC to review grant applications and oversee the administration of the program. The bill would authorize $10 million annually in appropriations for the program for the period of FY 2023-2028. The bill would provide that the entities that would be eligible to apply for grants under the program are state securities regulators and state insurance regulators, and would cap the amount of grant funding that could be awarded to any single “eligible entity” at $500,000.

9. H.R. 935 – Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Huizenga – Financial Services)

This bill codifies a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) no action letter that exempts certain merger-and-acquisition brokers from securities registration requirements that facilitate the transfer of ownership in privately held companies with earnings or revenues under specified thresholds, provided such brokers meet certain conditions.

10. H.R. 7066 – Russia and Belarus Financial Sanctions Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Sherman – Financial Services)

This bill would clarify that U.S. financial institutions that are obligated to comply with various sanctions against Russia and Belarus, must take all necessary and available actions to ensure that any entity it owns or controls, including any foreign subsidiaries, comply with the sanctions.

11. H.R. 7081 – Ukraine Comprehensive Debt Payment Relief Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Garcia (IL) – Financial Services)

This legislation would direct the Department of Treasury to use the voice, vote, and influence of the U.S. at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and other relevant multilateral development banks to advocate for the immediate suspension all debt service payments owed to these institutions by Ukraine. It also directs the Secretary of Treasury, in coordination with the Secretary of State, to commence immediate efforts with other official bilateral creditors and commercial creditor groups to pursue similar comprehensive debt payment relief for Ukraine.

12. H.R. 6891 – Isolate Russian Government Officials Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Wagner – Financial Services)

This bill would make it the policy of the United States to seek to exclude government officials of the Russian Federation, to the maximum extent practicable, from participating in meetings, proceedings, and other activities of the Group of 20 (G-20), Bank for International Settlements (BIS), Basel Committee for Banking Standards (BCBS), Financial Stability Board (FSB), International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), and International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). This bill sunsets on the earlier of 5 years after enactment, or 30 days after the President certifies Russia has ceased its destabilizing activities with respect to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Additionally, the President may waive the law’s application if doing so is in the national interest of the United States.

13. H.R. 6899 – Russia and Belarus SDR Exchange Prohibition Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Hill – Financial Services)

The bill would prohibit the Secretary of the Treasury from providing U.S. dollars in exchange or any Special Drawing Rights held by the Russian Federation or Belarus. It also mandates that the Secretary of the Treasury vigorously advocate that other governments which hold freely usable currencies similarly refuse to convert any Special Drawing Rights held by the Russian Federation or Belarus into a hard currency. The legislation also mandates the Secretary of the Treasury to instruct the United States representative at each international financial institution (such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank) to oppose the provision of financial assistance from the respective institution to the Russian Federation and Belarus, except to address the basic human needs of the civilian population.

14. H.R. 6531 – Targeting Resources to Communities in Need Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Clyburn – Oversight and Reform)

This bill would increase federal funding for areas of persistent poverty, defined as areas in which the poverty rate is at least 20% for 25 of the prior 30 years.  The bill would also require the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to issue guidance on methods to increase targeted federal investments to areas of high and persistent poverty.  

15. H.R. 224 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5302 Galveston Road in Houston, Texas, as the "Vanessa Guillén Post Office Building" (Rep. Garcia (TX) – Oversight and Reform)

16. H.R. 700 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 303 East Mississippi Avenue in Elwood, Illinois, as the "Lawrence M. 'Larry' Walsh Sr. Post Office" (Rep. Foster – Oversight and Reform)

17. H.R. 5900 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2016 East 1st Street in Los Angeles, California, as the "Marine Corps Reserve PVT Jacob Cruz Post Office" (Rep. Gomez – Oversight and Reform)

18. H.R. 6386 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 450 West Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg, Illinois, as the "Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial Post Office Building" (Rep. Krishnamoorthi – Oversight and Reform)

19. H.R. 91 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 810 South Pendleton Street in Easley, South Carolina, as the "Private First Class Barrett Lyle Austin Post Office Building" (Rep. Duncan (SC) – Oversight and Reform)

20. H.R. 92 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 110 Johnson Street in Pickens, South Carolina, as the "Specialist Four Charles Johnson Post Office" (Rep. Duncan (SC) – Oversight and Reform)

21. H.R. 207 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 215 1st Avenue in Amory, Mississippi, as the "Command Sergeant Major Lawrence E. 'Rabbit' Kennedy Post Office Building" (Rep. Kelly (MS) – Oversight and Reform)

22. H.R. 209 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 305 Highway 15 North in Pontotoc, Mississippi, as the "Lance Corporal Marc Lucas Tucker Post Office Building" (Rep. Kelly (MS) – Oversight and Reform)

23. H.R. 3508To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 39 West Main Street, in Honeoye Falls, New York, as the "CW4 Christian J. Koch Memorial Post Office" (Rep. Jacobs (NY) – Oversight and Reform)

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

"America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand."

 -Harry S. Truman

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