U. S. House Legislative Update: Results for February 10-14, 2020.

February 14, 2020 @ 4:11 am – February 24, 2020 @ 5:11 am

  • Information source: (U. S. House of Representatives Website and Govtrack)
  • (If you don’t know who represents you, go to this site).
    • 13,002 bills have been introduced as of this post. See them here.
    • This week, our representatives voted on 11 bills and 1 resolution.
    • See additional votes on rules and amendments here. Navigate the days at the bottom of the linked page.
    • Laws from the 116th Congress: 115 bills signed by the President


Natural Resources

H.R. 2546 – Protecting America’s Wilderness Act of 2019 (Rep. DeGette – Natural Resources) (Subject to a Rule). This bill designates specified lands in Colorado managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or the Forest Service as wilderness and as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System. The bill designates specified lands in Colorado administered by the BLM, the National Park Service, and Bureau of Reclamation as wilderness and as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Such lands shall be incorporated into the West Elk Wilderness. 1 Cosponsor


H.J.Res. 79 – Removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment (Rep. Speier – Judiciary) (Subject to a Rule). This joint resolution eliminates the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, which prohibits discrimination based on sex. The amendment was proposed to the states in House Joint Resolution 208 of the 92nd Congress, as agreed to in the Senate on March 22, 1972. The amendment shall be part of the Constitution whenever ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the states. 224 Cosponsors including Representative Craig

Homeland Security

H.R. 2932 – Homeland Security for Children Act, as amended (Rep. Payne – Homeland Security). This bill requires the Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review and incorporate into DHS policy feedback from organizations representing the needs of children. The bill directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to identify and integrate the needs of children into activities to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against the risk of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters, including by appointing a technical expert to coordinate such integration. 3 Cosponsors

H.R. 3413 – DHS Acquisition Reform Act of 2019 (Rep. Crenshaw – Homeland Security). To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for certain acquisition authorities for the Under Secretary of Management of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes. 2 Cosponsors

House Administration

H.R. 1980 – Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act (Rep. Carolyn Maloney – House Administration). This bill establishes in the Smithsonian Institution a comprehensive women’s history museum. Such museum shall be named by the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution. The bill establishes a council, that, among other things, shall make recommendations to the board on the planning, design, and construction of the museum. The board shall designate a site for the museum, with priority given to a site that is on or near the National Mall.


Homeland Security

H.R. 1494 – Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Homeland Security Partnerships Act, as amended (Rep. Thompson (MS) – Homeland Security). To strengthen partnerships between historically Black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions and the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes. 20 Cosponsors

S. 2107 – Protecting America’s Food and Agriculture Act of 2019 (Sen. Peters – Homeland Security). This bill authorizes U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), every fiscal year, to hire, train, and assign 240 new agricultural specialists until the total number of specialists equals and sustains the requirements identified each year in the Agriculture Resource Allocation Model. 6 Cosponsors

H.R. 5273 – Securing America’s Ports Act (Rep. Torres Small – Homeland Security). To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a plan to increase to 100 percent the rates of scanning of commercial and passenger vehicles entering the United States at land ports of entry along the border using large-scale non-intrusive inspection systems to enhance border security, and for other purposes. 9 Cosponsors

H.R. 504 (as amended by the Senate) – DHS Field Engagement Accountability Act, as amended (Rep. Bacon – Homeland Security). This bill requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop and update at least once every five years a strategy for DHS engagement with fusion centers. The term “fusion center” means a collaborative effort of two or more government agencies that combines resources, expertise, or information to maximize the ability of such agencies to detect, prevent, investigate, apprehend, and respond to criminal or terrorist activity. 15 Cosponsors

H.R. 4737 – Department of Homeland Security Climate Change Research Act, as amended (Rep. Clarke – Homeland Security). To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Under Secretary for Science and Technology of the Department of Homeland Security to research and evaluate existing Federal research regarding approaches to mitigate climate change on homeland security to identify areas for further research within the Department, research and develop approaches to mitigate the consequences of climate change on homeland security, and for other purposes. 2 Cosponsors

H.R. 4432 – Protecting Critical Infrastructure Against Drones and Emerging Threats Act (Rep. Richmond – Homeland Security). To require the Department of Homeland Security to prepare a terrorism threat assessment relating to unmanned aircraft systems, and for other purposes. 1 Cosponsor

H.R. 4753 – Drone Origin Security Enhancement Act (Rep. Crenshaw – Homeland Security). This bill prohibits the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from operating, financing, or procuring foreign manufactured unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). DHS may waive the prohibition in specified circumstances for (1) the national interest of the United States; (2) counter-UAS surrogate testing and training; or (3) intelligence, electronic warfare, or information warfare operations, testing, analysis, and training. 6 Cosponsors

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