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October 2020 Monthly Legislative Wrap-Up


October 2020 Legislative Updates

A monthly summary of the cross-partisan legislative activity sponsored by Congress’s independent, Member-led For Country Caucus comprised of principled military veterans.

PASSED LEGISLATION

H.R.2359 the Whole Veteran Act directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress a report on the Department of Veterans Affairs advancing of whole health transformation.
Sponsored by Rep. Conor Lamb
Update: Bill became law​

H.R.6168 the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2020 increases, effective as of December 1, 2020, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans.
Sponsored by Rep. Elaine Luria
Update: Bill became law​

SPONSORED LEGISLATION

H.R.8444 the Vital STATS Act of 2020 directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to enter into an agreement with the National Academy of Medicine under which the National Academy agrees to conduct a one-year study assessing the effectiveness of current vital statistics reporting and data sharing between State, local, and Federal agencies.
Sponsored by Rep. Van Taylor

H.R.8537 directs the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to modify any caps on emergency EIDL advances to certain veterans service organizations.
Sponsored by Rep. Jared Golden

H.R.8591 the Daniel Anderl Judicial Security and Privacy Act of 2020 provides for judicial security and privacy.
Sponsored by Rep. Mikie Sherrill

H.R.8611 designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 4755 Southeast Dixie Highway in Port Salerno, Florida, as the “Joseph Bullock Post Office Building”.
Sponsored by Rep. Brian Mast
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Greg Steube and Rep. Michael Waltz

H.R.8631 establishes competitive grant programs to incentivize the safe and responsible storage of firearms.
Sponsored by Rep. Jared Golden

H.Res.1199 congratulates the Tampa Bay Lightning for winning the 2020 Stanley Cup Final.
Sponsored by Rep. Greg Steube
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Brian Mast and Rep. Michael Waltz

CO-SPONSORED LEGISLATION

H.R.8480 the Visit America Act authorizes the position of Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Travel and Tourism, to statutorily establish the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Jimmy Panetta

H.R.8483 the Pandemic Assistance for Student Veterans Act of 2020 amends title 38, United States Code, to make certain modifications to the educational assistance programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs in light of the COVID-19 emergency.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Max Rose

H.R.8494 the Guaranteeing Israel’s QME Act of 2020 reaffirms the critical role of congressional consultation and to require appropriate deliberation to assess the effects of the sale or export of major defense equipment to countries in the Middle East on the qualitative military edge of Israel.
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Gil Cisneros, Rep. Elaine Luria, Rep. Jimmy Panetta, and Rep. Max Rose

H.R.8533 the Support Allowing Volume Exception for (SAVE) Federally-Assisted Housing Act provides an exception to the volume cap requirement for private activity bonds used to finance the preservation, improvement, or replacement of certain Federally-assisted buildings.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Gil Cisneros

H.R.8540 the Keeping Seniors Safe from COVID-19 Through Home Design Act requires the Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, and Health and Human Services to conduct a study of how housing design can help prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Max Rose

H.R.8560 provides first-time, low-level, nonviolent simple possession offenders an opportunity to expunge that conviction after successful completion of court-imposed probation.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Van Taylor

H.R.8598 the Social Security Expansion Act provides for a 3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for social security and supplemental security income beneficiaries in calendar year 2021.
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Salud Carbajal and Rep. Max Rose

H.R.8601 Payer State Transparency Act of 2020 assess the State by State impact of Federal taxation and spending.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Van Taylor

H.R.8619 awards posthumously the Congressional Gold Medal to Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Don Bacon

H.R.8623 the Securing Affordable Vaccines Equally (SAVE) for Seniors Act amends the CARES Act to clarify the inclusion of certain COVID-19 vaccines covered under the Medicare program without any cost sharing.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Chrissy Houlahan

H.R.8633 the Humane Research and Testing Act of 2020 amends the Public Health Service Act to provide for the establishment of the National Center for Alternatives to Animals in Research and Testing.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Mikie Sherrill

H.R.8638 the Status of Child Marriages in the United States Act directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a study on the effect of State laws on child marriages and forced marriages.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Van Taylor

H.R.8662 directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to support research on, and expanded access to, investigational drugs for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Don Bacon and Rep. Gil Cisneros

H.R.8675 requires the Federal banking agencies to exclude Paycheck Protection Program loans from certain asset calculations.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Van Taylor