Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
This bipartisan, bicameral legislation protects the rights of survivors of sexual assault and harassment by prohibiting the use of pre-dispute nondisclosure and non-disparagement agreements, or “forced NDAs.” It improves transparency and accountability in sexual assault and harassment cases by ensuring that survivors are no longer silenced through the widespread use of forced NDAs in everyday contracts.
1. S. 3369 – Max Cleland VA Medical Center Act (Sen. Warnock – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill designates the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Atlanta, Georgia, as the Joseph Maxwell Cleland Atlanta Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center or the Joseph Maxwell Cleland Atlanta VA Medical Center.
2. S. 4359 – Senator Jonny Isakson VA Regional Office Act of 2022 (Sen. Ossoff – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill designates the Department of Veterans Affairs Atlanta Regional Office in Georgia as the Senator Johnny Isakson Department of Veterans Affairs Atlanta Regional Office or the Isakson VA Atlanta Regional Office.
3. H.R. 5721 – VIPER Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Takano – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill authorizes VA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) and gives VA new research authorities and updates the process by which the VA uses commercial institutional review boards in sponsored clinical trials among other things.
4. H.R. 7299 – SVAC Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Mrvan – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill requires a federally funded research and development center to conduct an independent assessment of VA’s cybersecurity readiness. This bill is necessary because of the poor performance of VA in recent FISMA audits and independent audits from the VA OIG on individual sites.
5. H.R. 7277 – Improving Oversight of the Veterans Community Care Providers Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Pappas – Veterans’ Affairs)
This bill requires the Veterans Health Administration to carry out a plan to improve the methods by which VA identifies health care providers that are not eligible to participate in the Veterans Community Care Program.
6. H.R. 2250 – Department of Veterans Affairs Information Technology Reform Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Rosendale – Veterans’ Affairs)
The bill defines what is a “Major Information Technology Project” at VA to require cost schedule and performance information is required before funds are obligated. The bill also requires that each major information technology project is managed by an interdisciplinary team to include a certified project manager.
7. H.R. 3630 – Lymphedema Treatment Act, as amended (Rep. Schakowsky – Energy and Commerce)
This bill provides for Medicare coverage of lymphedema compression treatment items. Specifically, the bill provides for coverage of (1) standard and custom fitted gradient compression garments that are prescribed by a physician or other specified health care professional to treat lymphedema, and (2) other devices determined to be effective in the prevention or treatment of lymphedema.
8. H.R. 4275 – Ensuring Phone and Internet Access Through Lifeline and Affordable Connectivity Program Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Luria – Energy and Commerce)
This bill requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to annually, for two years, submit a report to Congress on enrollment in Lifeline and, separately, the Affordable Connectivity Program, broken down by how individuals participating in each of the programs qualify for enrollment. The FCC will use only information for the report to which it already has access. The legislation also requires the Government Accountability Office to submit a report to Congress identifying outreach and publicity efforts to promote participation and enrollment in the Lifeline program and the Affordable Connectivity Program.
9. H.R. 6290 – Manufacturing.gov Act, as amended (Rep. Tonko – Energy and Commerce)
This bill requires the Department of Commerce to establish a section of the manufacturing.gov website to serve as the primary hub for information relating to federal manufacturing programs. In addition to serving as the primary hub for this information, the hub must also (1) provide the contact information for relevant program offices carrying out federal manufacturing programs; (2) provide an avenue for public input and feedback relating to these programs; and (3) host web pages that focus on topics such as trade, workforce development, and small and medium manufacturers.
10. H.R. 5502 – INFORM Consumers Act, as amended (Rep. Schakowsky – Energy and Commerce)
This bill requires online marketplaces to collect and verify certain contact and financial information from third-party sellers whose transactions and related revenues exceed specified thresholds. The bill provides the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general with the authority to enforce these requirements.
11. S. 533 – Guidance Clarity Act of 2021 (Sen. Lankford – Oversight and Reform
This bill requires federal agencies to state on the first page of guidance documents that such guidance (1) does not have the force and effect of law, and (2) is intended only to provide clarity to the public about existing legal requirements or agency policies.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.”