Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Bills Introduced – 01-08-19

Yesterday with both the House and Senate in Washington there were 132 bills introduced. Of these 8 may receive further attention in this blog:

HR 265 Making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes. Rep. Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [D-GA-2]

HR 266 Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes. Rep. McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4]

HR 267 Making appropriations for the Department of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes. Rep. Price, David E. [D-NC-4]

HR 269 To reauthorize certain programs under the Public Health Service Act and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to public health security and all-hazards preparedness and response, to clarify the regulatory framework with respect to certain nonprescription drugs that are marketed without an approved drug application, and for other purposes. Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18]

HR 327 To prohibit entities from requiring individuals to submit to arbitration for disputes arising from a security breach, and for other purposes. Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33]

HR 328 To require the Secretary of State to design and establish a Vulnerability Disclosure Process (VDP) to improve Department of State cybersecurity and a bug bounty program to identify and report vulnerabilities of internet-facing information technology of the Department of State, and for other purposes. Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33]

HR 334 To increase cybersecurity education and job growth, and for other purposes. Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33]

HR 350 Making continuing appropriations for the Coast Guard. Rep. Van Drew, Jefferson [D-NJ-2]

FY 2019 Spending Bills

It looks like the Democratic leadership in the House has accepted that the Senate will not take action on the two spending bills that they had passed last week (no surprise here). So they are going to go through the ‘normal’ legislative process for each of the four (of five) spending bills that were not passed last session (well they missed the DHS bill, but I think they are going to go with the CR for DHS that was passed last week for the time being). I have not included HR 264, Financial Services and General Government, in the list above because there is little in that bill that I am interested in.

The House will begin considering these bills today, starting with HR 264. This is a major change from the legislative plan for the week that was announced last Friday. The GPO has not yet printed any of these bills (they are behind because of the large (but not unusual) number of bills introduced in the first days of this session), so we will only get to see ‘draft’ copies on the Majority Leader’s web site sometime the day before the bill is considered. The leadership is already violating their ’72 hour’ rule, but this was to be expected in ‘fast moving’ situations like this.

The House Rules Committee adopted a single rule yesterday for the consideration of all four of the spending bills. It provides for a closed rule with limited debate and no amendments. I expect that we will see a party-line vote on each of these bills in the House and the Senate will ignore them as well (at least until some sort of agreement is reached between the Democrats and the President).

In any case, the Democrats will point to these actions as ‘proof’ that they are actively working on opening the government. Political grandstanding? Just a little.

HR 269

This is the medical emergency response bill that I discussed yesterday. It was passed in the House last night on a very strongly bipartisan vote of 401 to 17 with very little debate. It will be interesting to see how long it takes the Senate to take up this bill, but there is no guarantee that it will. If it does reach the Senate floor, I expect that it will do so under their unanimous consent process.

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