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March 9, 2020

Capital Hill Weekly - 9 March 2020

Capital Hill Weekly - 9 March 2020

H.R. 6074 — “Making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, and for other purposes.” This bill provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 415 – 2 (Roll no. 86). Senate passage imminent.

H.R. 5931 – Improving FHA Support for Small Dollar Mortgages Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Clay – Financial Services)  This bill directs the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to report on barriers to making Federal Housing Administration (FHA) single-family mortgage insurance available for mortgages under $70,000. Specifically, HUD must report on policies, practices, and products used by the FHA and actions that will be taken to remove such barriers.   Agreed to by voice vote.

H.R. 5003 – Fair Debt Collection Practices for Service members Act, as amended (Rep. Dean – Financial Services)  This bill prohibits a debt collector from (1) representing to service members that failure to cooperate with a debt collector will result in a reduction of rank, a revocation of security clearance, or military prosecution; or (2) communicating with a service member’s superiors in the chain of command.   Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 355 – 0 (Roll no. 79).

H.R. 5932 – Ensuring Chinese Debt Transparency Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Hill – Financial Services)  This bill states that it is U.S. policy to push for greater transparency with respect to financing provided by China to another country through international financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund. The National Advisory Council on International Monetary and Financial Policies within the Department of the Treasury shall report annually on progress made toward advancing this policy.   Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 356 – 0 (Roll no. 80).

H.R. 4351 – Yes In My Backyard Act, as amended (Rep. Heck – Financial Services) This bill requires certain Community Development Block Grant program recipients to submit to the Department of Housing and Community Development information regarding their implementation of certain land-use policies (e.g., policies for reducing minimum lot size).Agreed to by voice vote.

H. Res. 387 Central African Republic and supporting efforts to achieve a lasting political solution to the conflict, as amended (Rep. Cicilline – Foreign Affairs)  Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 378 – 7 (Roll no. 81).

H.R. 4508 – Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act, as amended (Rep. Jeffries – Foreign Affairs)  This bill requires the U.S. Agency for International Development to award at least 50% of the number of scholarships under the Merit and Needs-Based Scholarship Program to Pakistani women for each of the calendar years 2020-2022.  Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 374 – 16 (Roll no. 82).

S. 1678 – Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act of 2019, as amended (Sen. Gardner – Foreign Affairs) Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. Senate-Agreed to by voice vote. House-Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 415 – 0 (Roll no. 85).

H.Res. 230 – Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States condemns all forms of violence against children globally and recognizes the harmful impacts of violence against children, as amended (Rep. McGovern – Foreign Affairs)   Agreed to by voice vote

H.R. 1140 – Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act of 2020 (Rep. Thompson (MS) – Homeland Security) (Subject to a Rule)  To enhance the security operations of the Transportation Security Administration and stability of the transportation security workforce by applying the personnel system under title 5, United States Code, to employees of the Transportation Security Administration who provide screening of all passengers and property.

Motion to Proceed to S. 2657 (Legislative Vehicle for the American Energy Innovation Act), post-cloture. The Motion to Proceed was agreed to by a vote of 90-4.

 S. 2657 (Legislative Vehicle for the American Energy Innovation Act), The Secretary shall support an initiative among the Office of Fossil Energy, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and the private sector to modify, improve, and demonstrate the use in geothermal energy development of relevant advanced technologies and operation techniques used in the oil and gas sector.

H.R. 8 (The Bipartisan Background Checks Act).  prohibits a firearm transfer between private parties unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check. The prohibition does not apply to certain firearm transfers, such as a gift between spouses in good faith.  House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 240 – 190 (Roll no. 99).  Senate-Murphy asked unanimous consent that the bill be read three times and passed. Enzi objected.

S. 893 (Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2019). T his bill requires the President, in consultation with relevant federal agencies, to develop a strategy to secure and protect U.S. fifth and future generations (5G) systems and infrastructure. Such strategy shall (1) ensure the security of 5G wireless communications systems and infrastructure within the United States; (2) assist mutual defense treaty allies, strategic partners, and other countries in maximizing the security of 5G systems and infrastructure; and (3) protect the competitiveness of U.S. companies, privacy of U.S. consumers, and integrity of standards-setting bodies.  Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.

H.R.5214 (To amend title 5, United States Code, to prevent fraud by representative payees). It shall be unlawful for a representative payee to embezzle or in any manner convert all or any part of the amounts received from payments received as a representative payee to a use other than for the use and benefit of the minor or individual on whose behalf such payments were received. House-Agreed to by voice vote. Senate-Passed Senate without amendment by Voice Vote Passed by voice vote.

H.R.4334 (To amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2020 through 2024).  Among other things, the bill reauthorizes through FY2024 and revises programs that support caregivers of the elderly;informational services, such as pension counseling;nutritional services, such as meal delivery; disease prevention and health promotion services;community and workforce training regarding elder care; and abuse and neglect prevention services. House Agreed to by voice vote. Senate – The Collins amendment at the desk was agreed to. The bill as amended was agreed to by voice vote.

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