Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Bills Introduced – 12-03-18

With both the House and Senate in session yesterday, there were 14 bills introduced. I will be watching three of these in the short time left in the 115th Congress:

HR 7213 To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office, and for other purposes. Rep. Donovan, Daniel M., Jr. [R-NY-11]

HR 7214 To direct the Secretary of Education to establish a pilot program to award competitive grants for the integration of cybersecurity education, and for other purposes. Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2]

HJ Res 143 Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes. Rep. Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. [R-NJ-11]

HR 7213 is a perennial favorite, but I suspect this version is unique in that it would include CISA language. I am interested in this bill for possible provisions concerning chemical weapons and more importantly the weaponization of industrial chemicals.

HR 7214 looks like an interesting concept from a Congressman noted for his interest in cybersecurity issues. Note: he will be a tad bit more important next year in the Democratic House and this bill will almost certainly reappear then.

HJ Res 143 is a two-week continuing resolution that continues funding those portions of the Government without a passed funding bill (principally DHS and State) until December 21st, 2018. Ostensibly this is required because the House and Senate will be honoring the late President HW Bush today and tomorrow and they will not be able to work on the actual spending bill during that time. This is a relatively ‘clean’ CR as the only added provision is a similar extension of the flood insurance program. This bill will be passed in the House on Thursday and either Thursday or Friday in the Senate.

NOTE: Only HJ Res 143 will see any action in this session; the other two are ‘look what I have done’ bills.

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