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October Monthly Legislative Wrap Up


October Legislative Updates

LEGISLATION PASSED

H.R.1199 the VA Website Accessibility Act of 2019 directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study regarding the accessibility of websites of the Department of Veterans Affairs to individuals with disabilities.
Sponsored by Rep. Elaine Luria: Passed the House and received in the Senate

H.R. 2385 to permit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to establish a grant program to conduct cemetery research and produce educational materials for the Veterans Legacy Program.
Sponsored by Rep. Conor Lamb: Passed the House and received in the Senate

H.R.4406 the Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act of 2019 amends the Small Business Act to improve the small business development centers program, and for other purposes.
Sponsored by Rep. Jared Golden: Passed the House and received in the Senate

SPONSORED LEGISLATION

H.R.4694 the United States-Turkey Relations Review Act of 2019 requires a review of United States-Turkey relations, and for other purposes.
Sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger

H.R.4719 the Funding Instruction for Safety, Health, and Security Avoids Fishing Emergencies Act amends the Federal share of the fishing safety standards grants.
Sponsored by Rep. Jared Golden

H.R.4748 the Justice for ALS Veterans Act of 2019 amends title 38, United States Code, to extend increased dependency and indemnity compensation paid to surviving spouses of veterans who die from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, regardless of how long the veterans had such disease prior to death.
Sponsored by Rep. Gil Cisneros

H.R.4753 the Drone Origin Security Enhancement Act prohibits the Secretary of Homeland Security from operating or procuring foreign-made unmanned aircraft systems, and for other purposes.
Sponsored by Rep. Dan Crenshaw

H.R.4770 the CFTC Advisory Committee Improvement Act revises and improves the advisory committees of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Sponsored by Rep. Jim Baird

H.R.4817 the VA Directly Returning Opioid Prescriptions Act directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to ensure that certain Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities have physical locations for the disposal of controlled substances medications.
Sponsored by Rep. Jim Baird
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Don Bacon, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, Rep. Jason Crow, Rep. Jared Golden,
Rep. Conor Lamb, Rep. Elaine Luria, Rep. Brian Mast, Rep. Seth Moulton, Rep. Max Rose, Rep. Greg Steube, Rep. Van Taylor and Rep. Michael Waltz

H.R.4873 provides for special immigrant status for Syrian Kurds and other Syrians who partnered with the United States Government in Syria, and for other purposes.
Sponsored by Rep. Jason Crow
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Don Bacon, Rep. Seth Moulton, Rep. Michael Waltz.

H.R.4889 improves communication between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and State law enforcement agencies.
Sponsored by Rep. Greg Steube
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Gil Cisneros

H.R.4907 saves and strengthens critical social contract programs of the Federal Government.
Sponsored by Rep. Mike Gallagher

H.R.4929 improves communication from executive agencies to individuals by requiring clear instructions, and for other purposes.
Sponsored by Rep. Seth Moulton
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Gil Cisneros

H.R.4939 amends title 18, United States Code, to combat straw purchases of firearms.
Sponsored by Rep. Don Bacon
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Gil Cisneros

CO-SPONSORED LEGISLATION

H.R.4588 the Modernizing VA’s Records Management Program Act amends title 38, United States Code, to treat digitized records as originals with respect to claims under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor:Rep. Greg Steube

H.R.4589 makes permanent the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make grants for the transportation of highly rural veterans to medical care.
Original Co-Sponsor:Rep. Greg Steube

H.R.4607 amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to include certain employment as a health care practitioner as eligible for public service loan forgiveness, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Dan Crenshaw

H.R.4615 the Stop College Closures Act of 2019 amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require an institution of higher education to submit a teach-out plan under certain circumstances, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Seth Moulton

H.R.4679 the Climate-Ready Fisheries Act of 2019 requires the Comptroller General of the United States to submit to Congress a report examining efforts by the Regional Fishery Management Councils, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and the National Marine Fisheries Service to prepare and adapt United States fishery management for the impacts of climate change, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor:Rep. Brian Mast

H.R.4692 the Countering Turkish Aggression Act of 2019 imposes sanctions with respect to Turkey, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Don, Bacon, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, Rep. Mike Gallagher, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Rep. Greg Steube and Rep. Michael Waltz

H.R.4728 the Youth Tax Fairness Act of 2019 amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the taxation of unearned income of certain children.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Gil Cisneros, Rep. Jimmy Panetta and Rep. Greg Steube

H.R.4729 the Courtney Wild Crime Victims’ Rights Reform Act of 2019protects the rights of crime victims, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Gil Cisneros

H.R.4739 the Synthetic Opioid Exposure Prevention and Training Act amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to protect U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, agents, other personnel, and canines against potential synthetic opioid exposure, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Max Rose

H.R.4761 the DHS Opioid Detection Resilience Act of 2019 ensures U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, agents, and other personnel have adequate synthetic opioid detection equipment, that the Department of Homeland Security has a process to update synthetic opioid detection capability, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Max Rose

H.R.4777 the Protect our Elections Actamends the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require States to take steps to ensure domestic ownership and control of election service providers, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Dan Crenshawand Rep. Greg Steube

H.R.4782 the National Commission on Online Platforms and Homeland Security Actestablishes a national commission on online platforms and homeland security, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Max Rose

H.R.4789 allows Federal law enforcement officers to purchase retired service weapons, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Don Bacon and Rep. Greg Steube

H.R.4822 promotes and ensures delivery of high-quality special education and related services to students with visual disabilities or who are deaf or hard of hearing or deaf-blind through instructional methodologies meeting their unique learning needs, to enhance accountability for the provision of such services, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Seth Moulton

H.R.4864 develops and implements policies to advance early childhood development,provides assistance for orphans and other vulnerable children in developing countries, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Gil Cisneros

H.R.4901 enables the admission of Puerto Rico as a State of the Union, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor:Rep. Don Bacon and Rep. Michael Waltz

H.R.4916 amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for terms and conditions for nonimmigrant workers performing agricultural labor or services, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Jim Baird and Rep. Jimmy Panetta

H.R.4917 directs the Secretary of Defense to conduct a study on the renovation, repair, or expansion needs of certain elementary schools and secondary schools that educate dependents of active duty military personnel.
Original Co-Sponsors: Rep. Seth Moulton and Rep. Jimmy Panetta

H.R.4941 amends title 10, United States Code, to improve the Transition Assistance Program by allowing certain veterans’ service organizations to contact veterans regarding benefits and to better inform veterans of employment opportunities, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Gil Cisneros

H.R.4967 authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to establish a program to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and for other purposes.
Original Co-Sponsor: Rep. Elaine Luria