Beefing UP DHS
‘HR 5459 amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to expand the responsibilities of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) State, Local, and Regional Fusion Center Initiative to include serving as a point of contact to ensure the dissemination of cybersecurity risk information within the scope of its information sharing environment with state, local, and regional fusion centers.’ Scheduled. Not debated
Global Nuclear Detection
“HR 5391 directs the Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) to develop and maintain documentation that provides information on how the Office’s research investments align with gaps in the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture (GNDA) and the research challenges identified by the DNDO Director. ” Scheduled. Not debated
HR 5346 amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Health Affairs responsible for coordinating the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security related to food, agriculture, and veterinary defense against terrorism. Scheduled. Not debated
HR 2285 designate a principal coordinator within U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, respectively, to direct, manage, coordinate, and update their respective policies and procedures, as well as conduct interagency communications, regarding illegally imported cultural property. Scheduled. Not debated
Standing With Ukraine
HR 5094 states It is the policy of the United States to further assist the Government of Ukraine in restoring its sovereignty and territorial integrity to contain, reverse, and deter Russian aggression in Ukraine. That policy shall be carried into effect, among other things, through a comprehensive effort, in coordination with allies and partners of the United States. Passed House.
HR 3924 establishes in USAID the United States Global Development Lab, whose responsibilities includes increasing the application of science, technology, innovation, and partnerships to develop new solutions to poverty. Passed House.
CR Would Solve Zika Funding Delay
Iran Bills Pass House
Arms to Saudi Arabia Bill Tabled in Senate
Terror Bill Passes House
CR and Zika
Senators continue to work up a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded past the end of the fiscal year (October 1st) but details of the resolutions content are limited. It is understood that the bill will contain $1.1 billion to continue research and prevention efforts to combat the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The bill is also reported to be without content regarding Zika that caused the bill to go off track two weeks ago. The CR is riding on HR 5325, the House-passed bill appropriating funds to operate the US House and related agencies. The Senate funding would be in a separate bill.
Two bill addressed issues some Members have with Iran:
HR 5461 requires the Treasury Secretary to develop and post online a list estimating the “funds and assets” held by senior Iranian political and military leaders, along with a description of how they acquired the assets and how those assets are employed. The bill states its purpose is to provide that information to Iranian citizens so they “might better understand the nature of their own economy.” The other Iran bill, HR 5931,establishes that it shall be the policy of the United States Government not to pay ransom or release prisoners for the purpose of securing the release of United States citizens taken hostage abroad and prohibits such behavior regarding Iran. Payments can be made on a case-by-case basis. HR 5931 Passed House.
Arms to Saudi Arabia
SJ Res 39 aimed to prohibit the sale of M1A1/A2 Abrams Tank structures and other major defense equipment and ammunition to Saudi Arabia. The bill Sponsor, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) attempted to discharge the bill from committee to the Senate floor for debate but a motion to table the bill offered by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) succeeded with a 71 to 27 vote killing the bill’s progress.
HR 5859 would amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the major metropolitan area counter-terrorism training and exercise grant program. Eligible for the grants are emergency response providers and jurisdictions that are currently receiving, or that previously received grant funding to conduct training and exercises consistent with preventing, preparing for, and responding to the most likely terrorist attack scenarios, including active shooters. Passed House.
HR 3957 attempts to address the citrus greening disease wreaking havoc on Florida fruit trees by allowing a full deduction in the current taxable year of the cost of replanting lost or damaged citrus plants. Passed House.
The Uber Option?
HR 5625 provides for the reimbursement for the use of a transportation network company or innovative mobility technology by any Federal employee traveling on official business…except that the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts shall prescribe such regulations with respect to employees of the judicial branch of the Government.’ Scheduled. Not debated.
HR 5690 authorizes the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to obtain federal agency records required to discharge the GAO’s duties (including audit, evaluation, and investigative duties), including through bringing civil actions to require an agency to produce a record. Passed House.
Also, Congress often requires that the Government Accountability Office perform an annual examination of a program, agency, or other federal activity. H.R. 5687 would modify or repeal nine of those activities. Passed House.
Info Tech Upgrade
HR 6004 establishes in each agency an information technology system modernization and working capital fund for necessary expenses to improve, retire, or replace existing information technology systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness and to assist and support covered agency efforts to provide adequate, risk-based, and cost-effective information technology capabilities that address evolving threats to information security. Scheduled. Not debated
HR 5946 excludes from gross income, for income tax purposes, the value of any medal or prize money received on account of competition in the Olympic Games or Paralympic Games. Scheduled. Not debated.
Under HR 5523, to seize funds the IRS believes to have been structured to avoid Bank Secrecy Act reporting requirements, the IRS would have to show probable cause that those funds were derived from an illegal source or connected to other criminal activity. Scheduled. Not debated
HR 2315 prohibits the wages earned by an employee who performs employment duties in more than one state from being subject to income tax in any state other than the state of the employee’s residence, and the state within which the employee is present and performing employment duties for more than 30 days during the calendar year. Passed House.
Under HR 5883 any person engaged in the business of buying or selling livestock in commerce through online, video, or other electronic methods on a commission or other fee basis when handling or providing a means to handle receivables or proceeds from the sale of that livestock would be considered a marketing agency. Scheduled. Not debated
Employee Stock Purchases
HR 5719 would amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow certain employees to defer for up to seven years the recognition of income on compensation paid to them in the form of certain company restricted stock units or stock options. Under current law, employees must generally include such compensation in taxable income for both income and payroll tax purposes. Scheduled. Not debated
Banks in Distress
HR 1309 amends the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to authorize the Financial Stability Oversight Council to subject a bank holding company to enhanced supervision and prudential standards by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, if the Council makes a final determination that either material financial distress at the bank holding company, or the nature, scope, size, scale, concentration, interconnectedness, or mix of its activities, could threaten the financial stability of the United States. Scheduled. Not debated
Annuities for Air Traffic Controllers
HR 5785 amends the US Code “to provide for an annuity supplement for certain air traffic controllers working full time or as an instructor. Passed House.
Transportation Regs Notice
Under HR 5977 the Secretary of Transportation shall provide to Congress notice of an announcement concerning a covered project at least 3 full business days before the announcement is made. Passed House.
HR 6014 bill directs the FAA to allow certain construction or alteration of by States without requiring an aeronautical study providing there is engineering expertise and the project meets FAA standards. Passed House.
HR 5943 amends the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 to clarify certain allowable uses of funds for public transportation security assistance grants and establish periods of performance. Scheduled. Not debated
HR 5944 provides that an airport owner or operator who renews a covered lease shall not be treated as violating a written assurance requirement under this section as a result of such renewal.’ Passed House.
Health & Safety
HR 670 allows non-elderly disabled to create a special needs trust for themselves and provides for tobacco cessation benefits for mothers of newborns during the first year of the baby’s life. Passed House.
HR 5963 would help State, tribal, and local governments address juvenile crime through technical assistance, research, training, evaluation, and the dissemination of current and relevant information. Scheduled.
HR 5659 ‘amends title XVIII of the Social Security Act with respect to expanding Medicare Advantage coverage for individuals with end-stage renal disease. Passed House.
H.R. 5713 would modify Medicare’s payments to Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs) and would prohibit Medicare from paying for items or services furnished by certain newly enrolled providers in select areas of the country. Passed House.
HR 5613 requires the department of Health and Human Services to continue to instruct Medicare contractors not to enforce requirements for direct physician supervision of outpatient therapeutic services in critical access and small rural hospitals through 2016.’ Passed House.
Under HR 5147 male and female restrooms in a public building shall be equipped with baby changing facilities that the Administrator determines are physically safe, sanitary, and appropriate. Passed House.
Breast Milk on Planes
HR 5065 directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to notify air carriers and security screening personnel of the Transportation Security Administration of such Administration’s guidelines regarding permitting baby formula, breast milk, and juice on airplanes. Scheduled. Not debated
Under HR 6007,Act, the Administrator of the FAA shall initiate a rule-making regarding air or space navigation facilities and equipment and the impact on launch and reentry for launch and reentry vehicles arriving or departing from a launch site or reentry site licensed by the Secretary. Passed House.
Safe SS Numbers
HR 5320 aims to protect individuals’ personal information by requiring the removal of SSNs from documents mailed by the SSA unless such inclusion is deemed to be necessary by the Commissioner of Social Security. Scheduled. Not debated
HR 470 the Secretary authorized, under such terms and conditions as the Secretary may prescribe, to sell or exchange any or all rights, title, and interest of the United States in 3,814 acres of National Forest System land. rights-of-way or other rights or interests are reserved. Scheduled. Not debated
Business Cyber Protection
Under HR 5064 the Small Business Administration (SBA) and DHS are required to jointly develop a strategy that provides guidance to SBDCs on how they can leverage existing Federal resources to provide better access to much-needed cyber support services. Passed House.