Category Archives: Environment & Natural Resources

H.R.1654 – Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending June 23, 2017 H.R.1654 – Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act Brief – “H.R. 1654 would direct the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) to act as the lead federal agency for coordinating with 17 western states for issuing permits to construct new water storage projects on land managed by the Department of the […]

H.R.953 – Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending May 26, 2017 H.R.953 – Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017 Brief – CBO explains “H.R. 953 would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and states authorized to issue permits under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) from requiring a permit for some discharges of pesticides. Specifically, public and private […]

H.R.1678 – To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act concerning the statute of limitations for actions to recover disaster or emergency assistance payments,

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending May 5, 2017 H.R.1678 – To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act concerning the statute of limitations for actions to recover disaster or emergency assistance payments, and for other purposes. Brief – With respect to disaster or emergency assistance provided to a State or local government […]

H.R.1679 – FEMA Accountability, Modernization and Transparency Act of 2017

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending May 5, 2017 H.R.1679 – FEMA Accountability, Modernization and Transparency Act of 2017 Brief – In general.—The Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency shall ensure the ongoing modernization of the grant systems for the administration of assistance under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. […]

H.R.1665 – Disaster Declaration Improvement Act

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending May 5, 2017 H.R.1665 – Disaster Declaration Improvement Act Brief – The bill aims to “…ensure that Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency considers severe local impact in making a recommendation to the President for a major disaster declaration.” To that end – “In making recommendations to the President regarding […]

H.R.353 – Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending April 5, 2017 H.R.353 – Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 Brief – HR 353 authorizes several National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) programs with the aim of enhancing weather forecasting and severe weather alerts. To those ends the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research is directed to conduct […]

H.R.1430 – HONEST Act

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending March 31, 2017 H.R.1430 – HONEST Act Brief – Under the bill the EPA Administrator shall not propose, finalize, or disseminate a covered action unless all scientific and technical information relied on to support such covered action is the best available science; specifically identified; and  publicly available online in a manner […]

H.R.1431 – EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2017

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending March 31, 2017 H.R.1431 – EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2017 Brief – The bill aims to ‘amend the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to provide for Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) member qualifications, public participation, and for other purposes.’ The SAB and its subcommittees and […]

H.R.1029 – Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act of 2017

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending March 24, 2017 H.R.1029 – Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act of 2017 Brief – The bill claims ‘To amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to improve pesticide registration and other activities under the Act, to extend and modify fee authorities’ cbo – “H.R. 1029 would modify the Federal Insecticide,Fungicide, and […]

H.R.1238 – Securing our Agriculture and Food Act

TheWeekInCongress.com (TM) Week ending March 17, 2017 H.R.1238 – Securing our Agriculture and Food Act Brief – The bill aims “To amend 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 […]