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February 2020 Monthly Legislative Wrap-Up


February 2020 Legislative Updates

PASSED LEGISLATION

H.R. 3749 the Legal Services for Homeless Veterans Act amends title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make grants to entities that provide legal services for homeless veterans and veterans at risk for homelessness.
Sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Panetta
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Don Bacon, Rep. Gil Cisneros, Rep. Greg Steube, Rep. Brian Mast and Rep. Michael Waltz
Update:
Legislation has passed the House of Representatives

H.R.4613 the VA Reporting Transparency Act directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish and maintain a website of the Department that allows the public to obtain electronic copies of certain legislatively requested reports of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
Sponsored by Rep. Max Rose
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Gil Cisneros
Update:
Legislation has passed the House of Representatives

CO-SPONSORED LEGISLATION

H.R.5397 the Rural Education Investment Act amends title II of the Higher Education Act of 1965 with respect to partnership grants for the establishment of rural teaching residency programs, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Jack Bergman, Rep. Jared Golden, Rep. Adam Kinzinger

H.R. 5756 the Resiliency Enhancement Act of 2020 amends the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to extend the provision of assistance for critical services with respect to certain disasters, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Salud Carbajal

H.R.5786 the VA Quality Health Care Accountability and Transparency Act directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make certain information publicly available on one internet website of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Conor Lamb

H.R. 5789 the Small Business Child Care Investment Act allows nonprofit child care providers to participate in the loan programs of the Small Business Administration.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Van Taylor

H.R. 5823 the State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement Act establishes a program to make grants to States to address cybersecurity risks and cybersecurity threats to information systems of State, local, Tribal, or territorial governments, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Max Rose

H.R.5830 the Preventing Foreign CENSORSHIP in America Act protects American workers and enterprises from Chinese and other foreign efforts to extraterritorially censor free speech and inhibit lawful advocacy, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Mike Gallagher

H.R.5853 the Great Dismal Swamp National Heritage Area Act authorizes to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to assess the suitability and feasibility of designating certain land as the Great Dismal Swamp National Heritage Area, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Elaine Luria

H.R.5855 the Bipartisan Solution to Cyclical Violence Act of 2020 Amends the Public Health Service Act to establish a grant program supporting trauma center violence intervention and violence prevention programs, and for other purposes
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Adam Kinzinger

H.R.5859 the Trillion Trees Act establishes forest management, reforestation, and utilization practices which lead to the sequestration of greenhouse gases, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Don Bacon

H.R.5876 the Jobs and Childcare for Military Families Act of 2020 provides a work opportunity tax credit for military spouses and provides for flexible spending arrangements for childcare services for military families.
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Don Bacon, Rep. Gil Cisneros, Rep. Jason Crow

H.R.5882 the GENE Therapy Payment Act amends title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide States with the option under the Medicaid program to pay for covered outpatient drugs through risk-sharing value-based agreements, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Jason Crow

H.R.5953 the Preventing Disaster Revictimization Act amends the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to waive certain debts owed to the United States related to covered assistance provided to an individual or household, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Salud Carbajal

H.R.5958 the Senior Health Planning Account Act amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to create senior health planning accounts funded by the proceeds of the sale or assignment of life insurance contracts.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Greg Steube

H.R.5973 directs the Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, to establish a pilot program to help State prisons and local jails improve the documentation of incarcerated veterans.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Jason Crow, Rep. Mikie Sherrill

H.R.5987 designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 909 West Holiday Drive in Fate, Texas, as the “Ralph Hall Post Office”.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Van Taylor

H.R.5988 designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2600 Wesley Street in Greenville, Texas, as the “Audie Murphy Post Office Building”.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Van Taylor

H.R.5994 requires the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to identify a consistent, Federal set of best available forward-looking meteorological information and to require the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology to convene an effort to make such set available, with advice and technical assistance, to standards-developing organizations, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Don Bacon

H.R. 6008 directs the Attorney General to develop crisis intervention training tools for use by first responders related to interacting with persons who have a traumatic brain injury, another form of acquired brain injury, or post-traumatic stress disorder, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Don Bacon