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March 2, 2020

Capital Hill Weekly - 2 March 2020

Capital Hill Weekly - 2 March 2020

H.R. 2227 – Gold Star Spouses and Spouses of Injured Servicemembers Leasing Relief Expansion Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Bustos – Veterans’ Affairs)  This bill authorizes spouses of military servicemembers to terminate leases of premises and motor vehicles in certain situations. Specifically, the bill allows the spouse of a servicemember lessee to terminate the leases within one year of the date on which the servicemember incurs a catastrophic injury or illness connected with their military service.Agreed to by voice vote.The bill also allows the spouse of a servicemember lessee who died in military service to terminate a motor vehicle lease within one year of the death of the servicemember. Agreed to without objection.

H.R. 4852 – GIVE Act (Rep. Torres – Veterans’ Affairs) Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 412 – 0 (Roll no. 72).

H.R. 3749 – Legal Services for Homeless Veterans Act, as amended (Rep. Panetta – Veterans’ Affairs)
  to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make grants to entities that provide legal services for homeless veterans and veterans at risk for homelessness.  Agreed to by voice vote.

H.R. 4613 – VA Reporting Transparency Act (Rep. Rose (NY) – Veterans’ Affairs)  to establish and maintain a website of the Department that allows the public to obtain electronic copies of certain legislatively requested reports of the Department of Veterans Affairs,  Agreed to by voice vote.

H.R. 561 – Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Bergman – Veterans’ Affairs)  Agreed to by voice vote

H.R. 35 – Emmett Till Antilynching Act, as amended (Rep. Rush – Judiciary)
  This bill specifies that an offense involving lynching is a hate crime act. A violator is subject to criminal penalties—a prison term, a fine, or both. Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 410 – 4 (Roll no. 71).

H.R. 560 – Northern Mariana Islands Relief Act, as amended (Rep. Sablan – Natural Resources)
  This bill provides Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Resident status to certain otherwise qualifying aliens who do not meet a current requirement of having resided continuously and lawfully in the Northern Mariana Islands from November 28, 2009, through January 25, 2019.Specifically an alien shall be exempt from this residency requirement if the alien (1) was admitted as a Commonwealth Only Transitional Worker during FY2015 and every subsequent fiscal year before July 24, 2018, or (2) resided in the Northern Mariana Islands as an investor and is currently residing as a Northern Mariana Islands-only nonimmigrant under the immigration law.To qualify for CNMI Resident status, the alien must meet other existing requirements related to such status. Agreed to by voice vote.

H.R. 2427 – Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network Reauthorization Act of 2019 (Rep. Sarbanes – Natural Resources)  To amend the Chesapeake Bay Initiative Act of 1998 to reauthorize the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network. Agreed to by voice vote.

H.R. 473 – To authorize the Every Word We Utter Monument to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes, as amended (Rep. Neguse – Natural Resources)  This bill authorizes the establishment on federal land in the District of Columbia of the Every Word We Utter Monument in commemoration of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.  Agreed to by voice vote.

H.R. 2490 – To amend the National Trails System Act
 to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail, and for other purposes (Rep. Fortenberry – Natural Resources)  Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 402 – 10 (Roll no. 73).

H.R. 2819 – Gold Star Mothers Families National Monument Extension Act, as amended (Rep. Kim – Natural Resources)
  To extend the authority for the establishment of a commemorative work in honor of Gold Star Families,  Scheduled

H.R. 3399 – To amend the Nutria Eradication and Control Act of 2003 to include California in the program, and for other purposes (Rep. Harder – Natural Resources)  To amend the Nutria Eradication and Control Act of 2003 to include California in the program Agreed to by voice vote.

H.R. 1492 – Yucca House National Monument Expansion Act (Rep. Tipton – Natural Resources)  This bill authorizes the Department of the Interior to acquire, by donation, the approximately 160 acres of land and any interests in such land that is identified as the Yucca House National Monument Proposed Boundary Addition. Agreed to by voice vote.

H.R. 2339 – Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019 (Rep. Pallone – Energy and Commerce/Ways and Means) (Subject to a Rule)  To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the sale and marketing of tobacco products .Scheduled

S. 995 (Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019). The committee reported substitute amendment was agreed to. The bill passed as amended by Voice Vote.

Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed S. 3275 (Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act). The Motion to Invoke Cloture was not agreed to by a vote of 53-44.

Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed S. 311 (Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act).  To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion. The Motion to Invoke Cloture was not agreed to by a vote of 56-41.

Motion to Proceed S. 3275 (Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act). This bill establishes a new criminal offense for performing or attempting to perform an abortion if the probable post-fertilization age of the fetus is 20 weeks or more. A violator is subject to criminal penalties—a fine, a prison term of up to five years, or both. The bill provides exceptions for an abortion (1) that is necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman, or (2) when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. A physician who performs or attempts to perform an abortion under an exception must comply with specified requirements. A woman who undergoes a prohibited abortion may not be prosecuted for violating or conspiring to violate the provisions of this bill.

Senator Durbin asked Unanimous Consent to call up and pass S. 916 (MOMMA’s Act).  To improve Federal efforts with respect to the prevention of maternal mortality, and for other purposes. Bill would increase taxes on tobacco products believed to be a cause of maternal deaths at childburth. Senator Sasse objected

 

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