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NATaT Weekly Legislative Report

June 3, 2024

Congressional Outlook

Both chambers are in session this week. The House and Senate return to Washington on Monday evening.

The House will vote on 24 bills under suspension of the rules, all post office naming bills. For the remainder of the week, the House will consider the Illegitimate Court Counteraction Act (H.R. 8282), which requires the president to impose sanctions against individuals involved in International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutions against Americans or individuals from allied nations who have not consented to the court’s jurisdiction; and the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Military Construction—Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill (H.R. 8580), which provides $147.5 billion in discretionary funding for the Veterans Affairs (VA) Department, military construction projects, and related agencies.

Per a Dear Colleague letter sent on Sunday by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate will take a procedural vote this Wednesday to consider the Right to Contraception Act (S. 4381), which would codify and strengthen the right to contraception. With a 60-vote threshold required to advance the bill, at least nine Senate Republicans would need to vote in favor of the procedural motion for the bill to receive debate and a vote. The Senate will also vote on several judicial and executive nominations, including Christopher Hanson to be member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a five-year term expiring on June 30, 2029; Tanya Jones Bosier and Judith Pipe to be Associate Judges of the D.C. Superior Court for 15-year terms; and Stephanie Sullivan to be U.S. Ambassador to the African Union.

For the remainder of the week, the House will hold several hearings and markups, including Appropriations Subcommittee markups for the FY 2025 Homeland Security, State-Foreign Operations, Defense, and Financial Services-General Government spending bills; a Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on “Stakeholder Perspectives on OSHA’s Proposed Rule to Update the Fire Brigades Standard”; a Natural Resources Subcommittee hearing “Examining the President’s FY 2025 Budget Request for the U.S. Forest Service”; and an Oversight and Accountability Committee hearing on “Oversight of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”

The Senate will also hold several hearings, including an Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the “A Review of the President’s Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Treasury”; an Energy and Natural Resources Committee meeting to consider four nominees to be Members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on “The Assault on Women’s Freedoms: How Abortion Bans Have Created a Health Care Nightmare Across America”; an Agriculture Subcommittee hearing on “Pathways to Farming: Helping the Next Generation of Farmers”; an Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on “Oversight and Budget of the Federal Highway Administration”; and a Budget Committee hearing on “Riskier Business: How Climate is Already Challenging Insurance Markets.”

On Monday evening, Republican Representative-elect Vince Fong will be sworn-in by House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) as a Member of Congress, representing California’s 20th Congressional District for the remainder of the 118th Congress after winning a special runoff election on May 21 with 60.6% of the vote. Fong will succeed former Speaker Kevin McCarthy in this House seat, after McCarthy resigned from the House on December 31, 2023. The House Republican majority will now hold 218 seats and the Democratic minority will continue to hold 213 seats, with 4 vacancies remaining.

Bills and Regulations of Interest to You

 

BillTitleSponsorsBackground
H.R. 8467Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024Rep. GT Thompson (R-PA)Authorizes a broad array of programs and policies that define much of the federal government’s role in the agricultural sector.
H.R. 8486Thriving Communities Act of 2024Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA)Creates a grant program at DOT, authorized at $100 million, to provide technical assistance and capacity building support to help underserved communities advance transformative, and equitable infrastructure projects.
H.R. 8525George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2024Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)Makes it easier for the federal government to successfully prosecute police misconduct cases, ends racial and religious profiling and eliminates qualified immunity for law enforcement.
H.R. 8527Climate Justice Act of 2024Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)Establishes a Climate Justice Working Group comprised of representatives from federal agencies, community organizations, cities, states, and indigenous nations with the mission of helping to guide the country’s just and equitable transition towards a clean, climate-resilient, zero-emission economy.
H.R. 8582Federal Disaster Assistance Improvement ActRep. Julia Brownley (D-CA)Improves Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster programs to better address the impacts of highly localized disasters.
H.R. 8583Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Equity ActRep. Steve Cohen (D-TN)Updates the current U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) CDBG funding criteria and adopts a single formula for grants based on factors reflecting current needs.
S. 4367Water Resources Development Act of 2024Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE)Authorizes flood control, navigation and ecosystem restoration projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
S. 4392Build the Wall Act of 2024Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY)Establishes the “Southern Border Wall Construction Fund” and requires the Department of Homeland Security to use any unobligated Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) to construct and maintain physical barriers along the southern border of the United States.

 

AgencyTitleProposed RegulationComment Deadline
NOAAComment for themes and framework for the Sixth National Climate Assessment (NCA6)The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), which seeks public comment on the proposed themes and framework of the Sixth National Climate Assessment (NCA6) as indicated by the Draft ProspectusJune 7, 2024
HUDReducing Barriers to HUD-Assisted HousingThe proposed amendments would revise existing regulations that govern admission for applicants with criminal records or a history of involvement with the criminal justice system and eviction or termination of assistance of persons on the basis of illegal drug use, drug-related criminal activity, or other criminal activity.June 10, 2024
DOTNational Multimodal Freight NetworkDOT request RFI from public on the best approach to identify critical freight facilities and corridors that will make up a National Multimodal Freight Network (NMFN) that is vital to achieving the national multimodal freight policy goals of the United States.June 11, 2024
HUDIron, Steel, Construction Materials, and Manufactured Products Used in Housing Programs Pursuant to the Build America, Buy America ActRequest for Information Regarding Iron, Steel, Construction Materials, and Manufactured Products Used in Housing Programs Pursuant to the Build America, Buy America ActJune 17, 2024 (Extension)
DOTOpportunities and Challenges of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in TransportationThe purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to obtain input from a broad array of stakeholders on AI opportunities, challenges and related issues in transportation pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 14110 of October 30, 2023 entitled “Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence”.July 1, 2024
CISACyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act (CIRCIA) Reporting RequirementsThe Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act of 2022 (CIRCIA), which proposes regulations implementing the statute's covered cyber incident and ransom payment reporting requirements for covered entitiesJuly 3, 2024 (Extension)
FERCStandards for Business Practices and Communication Protocols for Public UtilitiesAmends its regulations to incorporate by reference, with certain exceptions, the latest version (Version 004) of the Standards for Business Practices and Communication Protocols for Public Utilities adopted by the Wholesale Electric Quadrant of the North American Energy Standards Board.July 5, 2024
DOCAI and Open Government Data Assets Required for InformationThis Request for Information (RFI) seeks valuable insights from industry experts, researchers, civil society organizations, and other members of the public on the development of AI-ready open data assets and data dissemination standards.July 16, 2024
FEMAIndividual Assistance Program EquityAmending its regulations governing the Individual Assistance program to increase equity by simplifying processes, removing barriers to entry, and increasing eligibility for certain types of assistance under the program.July 22, 2024
OSHAEmergency Response StandardThe proposed rule would expand the scope of OSHA's standard to include a broad range of hazards emergency responders encounter during emergency response activities and would bring the standard in line with FEMA’s National Response Framework. It would also modernize the standard to align with the current industry consensus standards issued by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) on the safe conduct of emergency response activities.July 22, 2024 (Extension)
HUDHOME Investment Partnerships Program Updates and StreamliningThis proposed rule would revise the current HOME regulations to update, simplify, or streamline requirements, better align the program with other Federal housing programs, and implement recent amendments to the HOME statute.July 29, 2024
EPAWater System Restructuring Assessment RuleThe proposed regulations would: establish a new mandatory restructuring assessment authority for states; require states with primary enforcement authority (primacy) to develop mandatory restructuring assessment programs and submit primacy revisions for EPA review and approvalJuly 29, 2024
IRSSection 45Y Clean Electricity Production Credit and Section 48E Clean Electricity Investment CreditThe proposed regulations would provide rules for: determining greenhouse gas emissions rates resulting from the production of electricity; petitioning for provisional emissions rates; and determining eligibility for these credits in various circumstances.August 2, 2024
Army CorpsProposals for Inclusion in the Annual Report to Congress on Future Water Resources DevelopmentArmy Corps seeks comments for proposals for inclusion in the 2025 Annual Report to Congress on Future Water Resources Development (Annual Report). The Annual Report includes proposals submitted by non-federal interests for new feasibility studies, proposed modifications to authorized water resources development projects or feasibility studies, and proposed modifications to environmental infrastructure program authoritiesAugust 30, 2024

Week in Review

Scalise lays out ambitious summer appropriations timetable

Border bill fails Senate test vote as Democrats seek to underscore Republican resistance

EPW Committee Advances Water Resources Development Act of 2024

US House committee advances farm bill draft with little support from Democrats

Biden signs law to help states recruit law enforcement officers

California lawmaker Vince Fong wins special election to finish ousted House Speaker McCarthy’s term