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Dec. 23, 2020

Ep. 438 | Capital Hill Weekly

Ep. 438 | Capital Hill Weekly

House and Senate Bills this Week

H.R. 8900 – Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021, and Other Extensions Act (Rep. Lowey – Appropriations)

This bill provides a one-week extension of government funding and expiring health care programs to allow for additional negotiations on fiscal year 2021 appropriations and emergency coronavirus relief.

Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 295 – 125 (Roll no. 152).

Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote.(text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR S6723-6974)

Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 6395 – William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (Rep. Smith (WA) – Armed Services)

Conference report agreed to in House: On agreeing to the conference report Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 335 – 78, 1 Present (Roll no. 238).

Conference Report to accompany H.R. 6395 (National Defense Authorization Act), post-cloture. Yeas and Nays ordered. Passed with a vote of 84–13.

This bill authorizes $732 billion in discretionary spending for our national defense, including approximately $69 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), to maintain military readiness, bolster national security and technological advancements, support our service members, respond to our current health crisis, make key investments in military infrastructure, and promote accountability and transparency.
PASSED 335-78,1

  1. H.R. 3797 – Medical Marijuana Research Act, as amended (Rep. Blumenauer – Energy and Commerce) This bill would facilitate research with marijuana for medical purposes by streamlining the registration process under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) for researchers and directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ensure a supply of marijuana for research purposes.  Agreed to by voice vote.
  2. H.Res. 549 – Reaffirming the commitment to media diversity and pledging to work with media entities and diverse stakeholders to develop common ground solutions to eliminate barriers to media diversity (Rep. Demings – Energy and Commerce)  Agreed to by voice vote.
  3. H.R. 7898 – To amend title XXX of the Public Health Services Act to provide for a technical correction to provide the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Service certain authorities with respect to investigations of information blocking, and for other purposes, as amended (Rep. Burgess – Energy and Commerce) Agreed to by voice vote.
  4. H.R. 3361 – RIVER Act (Rep. McKinley – Energy and Commerce) This bill extends through FY2036 authorization and eligibility for the program of hydroelectric production incentives and incentive payments to the owners or operators of hydroelectric facilities at existing dams to make capital improvements directly related to improving efficiency. Agreed to by voice vote.
  5. H.R. 5541 – Tribal Power Act, as amended (Rep. O’Halleran – Energy and Commerce)  To amend the Energy Policy Act of 1992 to reauthorize programs to assist consenting Indian Tribes in meeting energy education, planning, and management needs, Agreed to by voice vote.
  6. H.R. 1426 – Timely Review of Infrastructure Act (Rep. Olson – Energy and Commerce)  This bill authorizes the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to address insufficient compensation of its personnel without regard to civil service laws  Agreed to by voice vote.
  7. H.R. 5758 – Ceiling Fan Improvement Act of 2020 (Rep. Guthrie – Energy and Commerce) his bill revises the energy conservation standard for ceiling fans.  Agreed to by voice vote.
  8. H.R. 1570 – Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Payne – Energy and Commerce)  This bill waives Medicare coinsurance requirements with respect to colorectal cancer screening tests, regardless of the code billed for a resulting diagnosis or procedure. Agreed to by voice vote.
  9. S. 906 – Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act (Sen. Feinstein – Natural Resources)  Currently, the use of large-scale drift gillnets with a total length of 2.5 kilometers or more is prohibited in the United States. The bill expands the definition of large-scale driftnet fishing to prohibit the use of gillnets with a mesh size of 14 inches or greater. This expanded prohibition does not apply within the U.S. exclusive economic zone for five years. Agreed to by voice vote.
  10. H.R. 970 – Robert E. Lee Statue Removal Act, as amended (Rep. Brown – Natural Resources) This bill directs the National Park Service to remove and appropriately dispose of the monument to General Robert E. Lee at the Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland. Agreed to by voice vote.
  11. H.R. 1240 – Young Fishermen’s Development Act, as amended (Rep. Young – Natural Resources)  This bill directs the National Sea Grant Office in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to establish a Young Fishermen’s Development Grant Program to provide training, education, outreach, and technical assistance initiatives for young fishermen. Agreed to by voice vote.
  12. H.R. 5040 – AIR Safety Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Curtis – Natural Resources) This bill directs the Bureau of Land Management to study the effects of drone incursions on the suppression of wildfires concerning lands managed by the Department of the Interior or the Department of Agriculture.  Agreed to by voice vote.
  13. H.R. 5458 – Rocky Mountain National Park Boundary Modification Act (Rep. Neguse – Natural Resources)  This bill authorizes the Department of the Interior to acquire, by donation, approximately 40 acres of specified nonfederal land for inclusion in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Upon acquisition, Interior shall (1) modify the boundary of the park to include the acquisition, and (2) administer the acquired land as part of the park. Agreed to by voice vote.
  14. H.R. 5459 – Rocky Mountain National Park Ownership Correction Act (Rep. Neguse – Natural Resources)  This bill authorizes the Department of the Interior to acquire, by donation, approximately 40 acres of specified nonfederal land for inclusion in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. Upon acquisition, Interior shall (1) modify the boundary of the park to include the acquisition, and (2) administer the acquired land as part of the park. Agreed to by voice vote.
  15. H.R. 7098 – Saguaro National Park Boundary Expansion and Study Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Grijalva – Natural Resources) his bill modifies the boundary of Saguaro National Park in Arizona by adding approximately 1,232 acres to the park, Agreed to by voice vote.
  16. H.R. 7489 – Long Bridge Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Wittman – Natural Resources)  This bill authorizes the National Park Service (NPS) to convey to Virginia or the District of Columbia any federal land or interest in federal land under the jurisdiction of the NPS that is identified by Virginia or the District as necessary for the Long Bridge Project, a project to expand commuter and regional passenger rail service and provide bicycle and pedestrian access crossings over the Potomac River. Agreed to by voice vote.

Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on motion to discharge S.J.Res.78: providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed foreign military sale to the United Arab Emirates of certain defense articles and services (F-35).  Not agreed to: 47-49.

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