This is a day late because it took the folks at Thomas.LOC.gov some extra time to list the 242 bills that were introduced on Thursday. This was the last day that both the House and Senate were scheduled to be in Washington until November 12th so the number of political posturing bills was huge. Of all of those bills it looks like there are five that may be of specific interest to readers of this blog:
HR 5532 Latest Title: To improve the Compliance, Safety, Accountability initiative of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Barletta, Lou (R,PA)
HR 5534 Latest Title: To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to increase assistance for States, water systems, and disadvantaged communities; to encourage good financial and environmental management of water systems; to strengthen the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to enforce the requirements of the Act; and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Tonko, Paul (D,NY)
HR 5593 Latest Title: To amend the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 to enhance security clearance investigation procedures, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Gabbard, Tulsi (D,HI)
S 2858 Latest Title: A bill to enhance rail safety and provide for the safe transport of hazardous materials, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Menendez, Robert (D,NJ)
S 2869 Latest Title: A bill to enhance the homeland security of the United States, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Coats, Daniel (R,IN)
The chances are slim that any of these bills will do anything more than take up space in the Library of Congress. I don’t expect that any of them will make it to committee consideration in the lame duck session.