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Capital Hill Weekly - 16 March 2020

Capital Hill Weekly - 16 March 2020

HR. 2877 – To add Ireland to the E-3 nonimmigrant visa program (Rep. Neal – Judiciary)This bill expands the E-3 visa program to cover Irish nationals. The E-3 visa is a nonimmigrant visa currently only available to Australian nationals coming to the United States for employment in a specialty occupation. For Irish E-3 initial applications, the Department of State may approve each fiscal year no more than 10,500 minus the number of Australian initial applications approved the previous fiscal year.  Agreed to by voice vote.

Senate Amendment to HR. 1365– To make technical corrections to the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act (Rep. San Nicolas – Natural Resources)
This bill modifies the use of amounts deposited in the Guam World War II Claims Fund, which is used to pay claims of victims and survivors of the attack and occupation of Guam by Imperial Japanese military forces   Resolving differences — House actions: On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

Res. 754– Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should continue to support the people of Nicaragua in their peaceful efforts to promote democracy and human rights, and use the tools under United States law to increase political and financial pressure on the government of Daniel Ortega, as amended (Rep. Sires – Foreign Affairs) Agreed to by voice vote.

Res. 410 – Encouraging reunions of divided Korean-American Families (Rep. Bass – Foreign Affairs)Encouraging reunions of divided Korean-American families.  Agreed to by voice vote

HR. 2444– Eastern European Security Act, as amended (Rep. McCaul – Foreign Affairs)  This bill authorizes the President to make direct loans to countries that joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) after March 1, 1999, for the purchase of U.S. defense articles. Agreed to by voice vote.

HR. 1771– Divided Families Reunification Act (Rep. Meng – Foreign Affairs)  This bill directs the Department of State to consult with South Korea on potential opportunities to reunite Korean Americans with family in North Korea. The State Department’s Special Envoy on North Korean Human Rights Issues shall periodically consult with representatives of Korean Americans with family in North Korea on reunification efforts. Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 391 – 0 (Roll no. 92).

H.R. 6020 – To require an evaluation by the Government Accountability Office of the social, economic, and historic contributions that Minor League Baseball has made to American life and culture (Rep. Trahan – Oversight and Reform) (Introduced in the House)

H.Res. 756 – Implementing recommendations adopted by the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (Rep. Kilmer – House Administration)establishes a centralized human resources program; revises orientation for Members-Elect; requires a survey of Members to determine the level of interest in establishing an academy to provide continuing education opportunities for Members; and requires reports on actions to address technology issues, the accessibility of legislative information, and the accessibility of U.S. Capitol buildings and grounds. (Introduced in the House)

H.R. 760 – Support for Veterans in Effective Apprenticeships Act of 2019 (Sen. Peters – Education and Labor)This bill requires the Department of Labor to amend rules and procedures for its registered-apprenticeship programs to include additional program requirements for increasing the access of veterans and their survivors or dependents to such programs.  Passed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote

H.R. 3598 – FREED Vets Act, as amended (Rep. Lamb – Education and Labor)To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to automatically discharge the loans of certain veteran borrowers (Introduced in the House)

Rep. Chu House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 2486 – NO BAN Act (Rep. Chu – Judiciary) (Subject to a Rule) This bill requires the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to disclose certain tax return information to the Department of Education (ED) for the purpose of administering financial aid and loan programs.   Passed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote.

Rep. Jayapal House Amendment to Senate Amendment to H.R. 2486 – Access to Counsel Act of 2020 (Rep. Jayapal – Judiciary) (Subject to a Rule)

Possible Consideration of S.J.Res. 68 – To direct the removal of United States Armed Forces from hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran that have not been authorized by Congress (Sen. Kaine – Foreign Affairs) (Subject to a Rule)  Passed Senate with amendments by Yea-Nay Vote. 55 – 45. Record Vote Number: 52.  On passage Passed by recorded vote: 227 – 186 (Roll no. 101).

S.J. Res. 56 (A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to “Borrower Defense Institutional Accountability”).  The Motion to Proceed was agreed to by a vote of 55-41.

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