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MAJORITY WHIPLINE: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2022

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

 

House Meets at...

Votes Predicted at...

12:00 p.m. Morning Hour

2:00 p.m. Legislative Business         
Unlimited “One Minutes” per side

First/Last Votes: 6:30 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:

 

H.Res. ___ – Rule Providing for Consideration of H.R. 7780 – Mental Health Matters Act (Rep. DeSaulnier – Education and Labor), H.R. 3843 – Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act of 2022 (Rep. Neguse – Judiciary), and S. 3969 – PAVA Program Inclusion Act (Sen. Lujan – House Administration)

Suspensions (32 bills)

 

1. S. 4900 – SBIR and STTR Extension Act of 2022 (Sen. Cardin – Small Business)

 

This bill reauthorizes the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs through fiscal year 2025, establishes additional reporting requirements, enhances commercialization benchmarks, and assesses program security risks. 

 

2. H.R. 8956 – FedRAMP Authorization Act (Rep. Connolly – Oversight and Reform)

 

The bill provides statutory authority for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) within the General Services Administration (GSA).  GSA must establish a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment and authorization for cloud computing products and services.  Agencies must ensure that their cloud computing services meet GSA requirements. The bill establishes a Federal Risk and Authorization Program (FedRAMP) Board to conduct security assessments of cloud computing services and issue provisional authorizations to operate to cloud service providers that meet FedRAMP security guidelines. The bill also establishes a Federal Secure Cloud Advisory Committee. 

 

3. H.R. 8466 – Chai Suthammanont Healthy Federal Workplaces Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Connolly – Oversight and Reform)

 

The bill would require federal agencies to establish a plan to protect the safety of federal employees and contractors present at any covered worksite during a nationwide public health emergency declared for an infectious disease.  The Office of the Inspector General for each agency would report to Congress on plan implementation.

 

4. S. 3470 – End Human Trafficking in Government Contracts Act of 2022 (Sen. Lankford – Oversight and Reform)

 

The bill requires, upon receipt of an office of inspector general report substantiating an allegation that the recipient of a contract, grant, or cooperative agreement (or any subgrantee, subcontractor, or agent of the recipient) engaged in human trafficking, that the agency refer the matter to the agency suspension and debarment office.  The Office of Management and Budget must report to Congress on implementation of provisions to end human trafficking in government contracting.

 

5. S. 2551 – AI Training Act (Sen. Peters – Oversight and Reform)

 

The bill requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to establish or otherwise provide an artificial intelligence (AI) training program for the acquisition workforce of executive agencies (e.g., those responsible for program management or logistics), with exceptions.  The purpose of the program is to ensure that the workforce has knowledge of the capabilities and risks associated with AI. The OMB must (1) update the program at least every two years, and (2) ensure there is a way to understand and measure the participation of the workforce and to receive and consider feedback from program participants.

 

6. H.R. 6967 – Chance to Compete Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Hice – Oversight and Reform)

 

The bill would modernize the evaluations used by federal agencies to assess the skills of job candidates by requiring agency subject matter experts with designing assessments that test knowledge specific to a position for which the agency is hiring.  The Office of Personnel Management would create an online tool for agencies to share and modify these technical assessments.  OPM would submit annual reports on the use of assessments to fill competitive service positions.

 

7. H.R. 6267 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 15 Chestnut Street in Suffern, New York, as the ‘‘Sergeant Gerald T. ‘Jerry’ Donnellan Post Office’’ (Rep. Jones – Oversight and Reform)

 

8. H.R. 6080 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5420 Kavanaugh Boulevard in Little Rock, Arkansas, as the ‘‘Ronald A. Robinson Post Office’’ (Rep. Hill – Oversight and Reform)

 

9. H.R. 8163 – Improving Trauma Systems and Emergency Care Act, as amended (Rep. O’Halleran – Energy and Commerce)

 

This bill reauthorizes grants through fiscal year (FY) 2027 to support the improvement of emergency medical services and trauma care readiness and coordination. The bill requires the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) to develop guidance for and otherwise support states—and consortia of states—to coordinate and improve emergency medical services and trauma care during declared emergencies. The bill also expands eligibility and revises grants for improving emergency medical services and trauma care in rural areas and competitive grants for improving regional emergency medical and trauma systems.

 

10. H.R. 5141 – Maximizing Outcomes through Better Investments in Lifesaving Equipment for (MOBILE) Health Care Act, as amended (Rep. Lee (NV) – Energy and Commerce)

 

This legislation would allow Federally Qualified Health Centers to use New Access Point grants for establishing mobile health units.

 

11. H.R. 4081 – Informing Consumers about Smart Devices Act, as amended (Rep. Curtis – Energy and Commerce)

 

This legislation requires manufacturers of certain internet-connected devices (e.g., smart appliances) that are equipped with a camera or microphone to disclose to consumers that a camera or microphone is part of the device.  The legislation also requires the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to issue guidance to assist regulated entities with compliance and provides authority for the FTC to enforce violations, including the authority to seek civil penalties for violations.

 

12. H.R. 6965 – Visit America Act, as amended (Rep. Titus – Energy and Commerce)

 

This legislation implements measures to support the U.S. travel and tourism industry, including requiring the Department of Commerce to develop a 10-year strategy with annual goals to boost the industry.  The legislation also establishes the position of Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Travel and Tourism to be appointed by the President.

 

13. H.R. 6889 – Credit Union Board Modernization Act, as amended (Rep. Vargas – Financial Services)

 

This bill would modify the minimum number of board of director meetings for Federal credit unions. Specifically, Federal credit unions with a composite rating or either 1 or 2 and a management rating of 1 or 2 under the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) CAMELS rating system (which are examination grades on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the highest score) would be required to meet at least six times annually, instead of 12 times, with at least one meeting held during each fiscal quarter. De novo Federal credit unions would still have to meet at least monthly during the first five years of their charter, as well as Federal credit unions with composite ratings of either 3, 4, or 5 or with a management rating of either 3, 4, or 5. 

 

14. H.R. 2710 – Banking Transparency for Sanctioned Persons Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Steil – Financial Services)

 

This bill requires the Department of the Treasury to report to Congress semiannually with a copy of any license issued by the Secretary of Treasury in the preceding 180 days that authorizes a U.S. financial institution to provide financial services benefitting a state sponsor of terrorism and certain other sanctioned entities such as human rights abusers and corrupt officials. The bill allows the report to contain a classified annex to protect confidential information. The bill sunsets 7 years after enactment of the Act. 

 

15. H.R. 6364 – To amend the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Improvement Act to extend the exception to the closure of certain roads within the Recreation Area for local businesses, and for other purposes, as amended (Rep. Cartwright – Natural Resources)

 

This bill amends the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Improvement Act to extend the use of Highway 209, a federally owned road within the boundaries of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, by certain commercial vehicles that serve local businesses until September 30, 2026.

 

16. H.R. 1638 – Gilt Edge Mine Conveyance Act, as amended (Rep. Johnson (SD) – Natural Resources)

 

This bill directs the Secretary of Agriculture to transfer certain National Forest System land to the State of South Dakota

 

17. H.R. 7321 – Global Aircraft Maintenance Safety Improvement Act, as amended (Rep. DeFazio – Transportation and Infrastructure)

 

This bill requires the FAA to take specific measures to improve its repair station oversight. 

 

18. H.R. 3482 – National Center for the Advancement of Aviation Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Carson – Transportation and Infrastructure)

 

This bill helps address aviation workforce issues by creating a “National Center for the Advancement of Aviation,” a federally chartered, private entity to support and promote the civil aviation and aerospace workforce.

 

19. Senate Amendment to H.R. 5641 – SPEED Act (Rep. Graves (MO) – Transportation and Infrastructure)

 

This bill updates the small project threshold to $1 million under the Stafford Act and will allow communities to recover more quickly from disaster.

 

20. House Amendment to S. 3662 – Preventing PFAS Runoff at Airports Act (Sen. Peters – Transportation and Infrastructure)

 

This bill incentivizes the broad adoption of airport firefighting testing technology to ensure airports are able to limit the spread of PFAS into their local communities.

 

21. H.R. 3304 – AUTO for Veterans Act, as amended (Rep. Fletcher – Veterans’ Affairs)

 

This bill authorizes the VA Secretary to provide assistance to disabled veterans to purchase or modify vehicles for mobility access with immediate priority for veterans who have waited more than 25 years for assistance, and then authorizes the assistance to be available every ten years beginning in 2032.

 

22. H.R. 8888 – Food Security for All Veterans Act (Rep. Peltola – Veterans’ Affairs)

 

This bill will establish a VA Office of Food Security headed by a director who is a career appointee. This office would provide information to veterans regarding availability of federal programs and will coordinate with other federal agencies to better provide resources to veterans for food security.

 

23. H.R. 8875 – Expanding Home Loans for Guard and Reservists Act, as amended (Rep. Ryan (NY) – Veterans’ Affairs)

 

This bill updates the definition used to determine home loan benefit eligibility for national guard members and reservists to more accurately capture eligible days of service. 

 

24. H.R. 5918 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs repays members of the Armed Forces for certain contributions made by such members towards Post-9/11 Educational Assistance, as amended (Rep. Banks – Veterans’ Affairs)

 

This bill simplifies the process through which veterans who have paid into the Montgomery GI Bill can receive a refund of up to $1200 if they do not fully access their benefits.

 

25. H.R. 7589 – REMOVE Copays Act, as amended (Rep. Takano – Veterans’ Affairs)

 

This bill prohibits the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from imposing or collecting any co-payment for the first three mental health outpatient care visits in a calendar year for a veteran who is enrolled in the VA health care system. 

 

26. S. 1198 – Solid Start Act of 2022 (Sen. Hassan – Veterans’ Affairs)

 

This bill permanently authorizes and expands the Solid Start program, which is an outreach program for veterans in their first year of separation from the military. 

 

27. H.R. 8510 – Strengthening Whistleblower Protections at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Act, as amended (Rep. Pappas – Veterans’ Affairs)

 

This bill improves whistleblower protection and independence and accountability within VA’s Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (OAWP). Specifically, the bill establishes independent counsel at OAWP, requires better tracking and enforcement of agency settlement agreements with whistleblowers who have experienced retaliation, and removes OAWP’s investigative authority – instead, referring all of VA’s whistleblower retaliation cases to the independent Office of Special Counsel (OSC).

 

28. S. 2794 – Supporting Families of the Fallen Act (Sen. Tuberville – Veterans’ Affairs)

 

This bill increases from $400,000 to $500,000 the maximum coverage amount for members (or former members) of a uniformed service under the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance program and the Veterans' Group Life Insurance program. 

 

29. H.R. 8681 – John Lewis Civil Rights Fellowship Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Williams (GA) – Foreign Affairs)

 

The bill establishes the John Lewis Civil Rights Fellowship program within the Fulbright program administered by the U.S. State Department.  The program promotes studies, research and international exchange in the subject of nonviolent civil rights movements around the world.

 

30. H.R. 8446 – Global Food Security Reauthorization Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. McCollum – Foreign Affairs)

 

The bill reauthorizes the Global Food Security Act of 2016 for an additional five years through 2028 with new requirements around promoting agriculture-led economic growth, building resilience, strengthening food systems, and improving nutrition. The bill also increases the authorized funding levels for both the Global Food Security Strategy and the Emergency Food Security Program, and enhances transparency, reporting, and multisectoral coordination.

 

31. H.R. 8463 – Millennium Challenge Corporation Eligibility Expansion Act (Rep. Castro – Foreign Affairs)

 

The bill modifies the requirements under the Millennium Challenge Act of 2003 to expand the number of eligible candidate countries for development partnerships with the Millennium Challenge Corporation by adjusting the income thresholds used to define the MCC’s candidate country pool as the world’s 125 poorest countries.

 

32. H.R. 4821 – Combating the Persecution of Religious Groups in China Act, as amended (Rep. Hartzler – Foreign Affairs)

 

The bill affirms U.S. policy to hold accountable senior government officials of the PRC who are responsible for or have directly carried out, at any time, the persecution of religious minorities in the PRC and expresses the sense of Congress that the U.S. should promote religious freedom in the PRC.
 

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

"If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress."

-Barack Obama

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