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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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: 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.             


Floor Schedule and Procedure:

Continue Consideration of H.R. 4350 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (Rep. Smith (WA) – Armed Services)

This bill makes historic policy changes that will benefit our service members and their families while investing in future capabilities that will allow for the United States to confront the unprecedented challenges facing our nation at home and abroad. 


The FY22 NDAA includes funding to support a 2.7 percent pay increase for our service members and civilians and increases the allowable parental leave for primary and secondary caregivers. The bill also makes historic changes to combat sexual assault in the military and gives the DC mayor control of the DC National Guard for the first time in history. The FY22 NDAA authorizes $768 billion in discretionary spending for national defense, providing historic investments in our service members, innovation, and emerging technologies to ensure the Department of Defense has the capability to modernize its national security processes and confront new challenges.  


The bill authorizes nearly $1 billion in additional cybersecurity investments and $500 million for DoD relocation support for SIV holders and at-risk Afghans. The bill contains provisions to address strategic challenges posed by China, includes significant funding to promote academic partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, requires the Department of Defense to establish a sustainable aviation fuel pilot program to lower its carbon footprint, and requires the Department of Defense to use enforceable state standards for clean-up of PFAS contamination when they are more strict than federal regulations. The bill does not include the arbitrary statutory prohibitions on transfer of detainees out of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that hinder progress toward its closure. 


The bill also provides for the sense of Congress recognizing the men and women of the Armed Services for securing Hamid Karzai International Airport and supporting the largest Noncombatant Evacuation Operation in United States history. The sense of Congress also recognizes the ultimate sacrifice of the 13 servicemembers—11 Marines, one sailor, and one solider—who gave their lives for this mission. 


Click here for the bill text


Click here for a full summary and a short summary from the Armed Services Committee.

The Rule provides for no further general debate and makes in order 476 amendments and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc.  A full list of amendments can be found here.

As of yesterday, the House has completed general debate and amendment debate on H.R. 4350, through Schiff Amendment #24.

Postponed Amendment Votes (6):

Dean Amendment #5

Directs the holder of a private education loan to discharge the loan in the event of the borrower's death or total and permanent disability

Plaskett Amendment #6

Provides for U.S. Virgin Islands nonimmigrant visitor visa waivers (as currently provided for Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands) for stays of up to 45 days in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Tlaib Amendment #11

Strengthens servicemember consumer protections with regards to medical debt collections and credit reporting, including prohibiting the collection of medical debt for the first two years and prohibiting debt arising from medically necessary procedures from ever appearing on servicemember credit reports

Slotkin/Fitzpatrick Amendment #15

Directs the Secretary of Defense to provide DOD medical providers with mandatory training with respect to the potential health effects of PFAS; requires EPA to obtain analytical reference standards for PFAS for the development of protocols and methodologies and enforcement activities; clarifies the scope of the PFAS Data Reporting from the 2020 NDAA; amends Title III, Section 318 to: (1) clarify that DOD must comply with safe incineration of PFAS as enacted in section 330 of the NDAA for FY2020; (2) require the report on DOD progress to comply with EPA safe PFAS disposal guidelines to be submitted one year after enactment of the act and include report submission to the Committee on Armed Services of the 8 Senate and House; (3) require the report to include actions DOD has taken to comply with section 330 of NDAA FY2020 and recommendations for the safe storage of PFAS; (4) and define the scope of prohibition to ensure PFAS materials sent to third parties for disposal are also covered on the provision; expresses the sense of Congress that the Air Force has contaminated real property with PFOS and PFOA chemicals and should use existing authority to acquire property and provide relocation assistance; requires a report detailing contamination sites and acquisition and relocation status; requires a national primary drinking water regulation for PFAS; and clarifies Congressional intent by requiring manufacturers to disclose all PFAS discharges over 100 lbs.

DeGette Amendment #16

Adds the text of Titles I - VI of the Protecting America's Wilderness and Public Lands Act.

Neguse Amendment #17

Adds the text of H.R. 577, the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act, and H.R. 1052, the Grand Canyon Protection Act to the bill.

Following last votes, the House will resume consideration of amendments.  

Possible Passage of Postponed Suspensions (8 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. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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.


“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves”

-Abraham Lincoln 

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