Prepare for the week of September 26: Congress’ race to fund the government before Friday’s shutdown | Alston and bird

The House and Senate are in session this week, but votes won’t take place until Tuesday evening in observance of Rosh Hashanah. They are entering the final week to pass an interim government funding bill before fiscal 2022 funds expire on Friday.

The Senate will take the initiative to introduce the continuing resolution, but as of this weekend, the text of the bill has not been released. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is pushing for 60 votes for his energy-authorizing legislation so it can be included in the bill. It is likely that the House will have to consider and pass the continuing resolution with very little time this weekend.

A bipartisan group of Agriculture Committee senators hopes to confirm three nominees by unanimous consent this week. This includes: Alexis Taylor as the Department of Agriculture’s Undersecretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs; Jose Emilio Esteban as Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture for Food Security; and Vincent Garfield Logan as a member of the Farm Credit Administration Board of Directors.

Administration

On Tuesday, Vice President Kamala Harris will be in Japan for the funeral of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. On Wednesday, President Biden will host the first U.S.-Pacific island nations summit.

Home side

On Wednesday, the House will reconvene to consider several suspended bills.

  • S.4900 – SBIR and STTR Extension Act of 2022 (Sen. Cardin – Small Business). The bill would authorize through fiscal year 2025 small business innovation research, small business technology transfer and other pilot programs.
  • HR 8956 – FedRAMP Authorization Act (Rep. Connolly – Oversight and Reform). The bill would formally authorize the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), a government-wide program designed to standardize the use of cloud computing services and ensure they meet federal security requirements.
  • HR 8466 – Chai Suthammanont Healthy Federal Workplaces Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Connolly – Oversight and Reform). The measure would require federal agencies to publish plans to protect employees and contractors during a declared nationwide public health emergency for an infectious disease.
  • S.3470 – End Human Trafficking in Government Contracts Act of 2022 (Sen. Lankford – Oversight and Reform). The bill would require federal agencies to refer any contractor or grantee found guilty of human trafficking to their suspension and exclusion officers.
  • S.2551 – AI Training Act (Sen. Peters – Oversight and Reform). The measure would direct the Office of Management and Budget to develop an artificial intelligence training program for the federal procurement workforce.
  • HR 6967 – Chance to Compete Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Hice – Oversight and Reform). The bill would change the federal hiring process to allow the use of competency-based assessments to assess applicants and allow subject matter experts to conduct reviews.
  • HR 8163 – Trauma and Emergency Care Systems Improvement Act, as amended (Rep. O’Halleran – Energy and Commerce). The legislation would reauthorize and modify Department of Health and Human Services programs to improve emergency medical services and trauma care in rural areas.
  • HR 5141 – Maximizing results through better investments in lifesaving equipment for the Health Care Act (MOBILE) (Rep. Susie Lee – Energy and Commerce). The measure would allow federally licensed health centers to use new access point grants to establish mobile health units.
  • HR 4081 – Informing Consumers about Smart Devices Act (Rep. Curtis – Energy and Commerce). The legislation would require manufacturers of certain internet-connected devices to disclose whether a product contains a camera or microphone as a component.
  • HR 6965 – Visit America Act (Rep. Titus – Energy and Trade). The bill would create an assistant secretary position within the Department of Commerce to develop a strategy to support the recovery of the U.S. travel and tourism industry from the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • HR 6889 – Credit Union Board Modernization Act (Rep. Vargas – Financial Services). The bill would direct the board of directors of a federal credit union to meet at least six times a year with at least one meeting quarterly.
  • HR 2710 – Banking Transparency Act 2021 for Sanctioned Persons (Rep. Steil – Financial Services). The legislation would require the Treasury Department to report to Congress twice a year on all authorizations granted to financial institutions to transact with sanctioned individuals.
  • HR 6364 – Amend the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Improvement Act to expand the exception to the closure of certain roads in the recreation area for local businesses and other purposes (Rep. Cartwright – Natural resources).
  • HR 7321 – Global Aircraft Maintenance Safety Improvement Act, as amended (Rep. DeFazio – Transportation and Infrastructure). The legislation would subject aircraft repair stations located outside the United States to annual unannounced inspection and require air carriers to submit reports to the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • HR 3482 – National Center for the Advancement of Aviation Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Carson – Transportation and Infrastructure). The legislation would establish the National Center for the Advancement of Aviation as a private, tax-exempt, federally chartered organization focused on developing a skilled and hardy American workforce in the field of aviation and aerospace.
  • Senate Amendment to HR 5641 – SPEED Act (Rep. Sam Graves – Transport and Infrastructure). The measure would raise the threshold for eligibility for disaster relief assistance to cover “small projects” to $1 million.
  • HR 5703 – Post-Disaster Mental Health Response Act, as amended (Rep. Pressley – Transportation and Infrastructure). The legislation would authorize professional counseling services for victims of declared emergencies.
  • HR 3304 – AUTO for Veterans Act, as amended (Rep. Fletcher – Veterans’ Affairs). The bill would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide or assist in providing an eligible disabled veteran with an additional automobile or other transportation through its Automobile and Adaptive Equipment Allowance program.
  • HR 8888 – Law on food security for all veterans (Rep. Peltola – Veterans Affairs). The bill would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish an office to provide veterans with information on the availability and eligibility requirements for federal nutrition assistance programs.
  • HR 8875 – Guards and Reservists Home Loan Expansion Act (Rep. Sean Ryan – Veterans Affairs). The bill would extend eligibility for Department of Veterans Affairs housing loans to members of the National Guard who have served active duty for at least 90 cumulative days, including a consecutive 30-day period.
  • HR 5918 – Amend Title 38 of the United States Code to ensure that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs reimburses members of the Armed Forces for certain contributions made by those members for post-9/11 education assistance, as amended (Rep. Banks-Veterans’ Affairs).
  • HR 7589 – DELETE the Copays Act, as amended (Rep. Takano – Veterans Affairs). The bill would prohibit the Department of Veterans Affairs from charging or collecting copayments for a veteran’s first three outpatient mental health care visits in a calendar year.
  • S.1198 – Solid Start Act of 2022 (Sen. Hassan – Veterans’ Affairs). The legislation would codify and expand the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Solid Start program for recently separated service members.
  • HR 8510 – Strengthening whistleblower protection under the Department of Veterans Affairs Act (Rep. Pappas – Veterans Affairs). The Department of Veterans Affairs would no longer have the authority to investigate whistleblower claims, which would instead be referred to the Office of Special Counsel, and whistleblowers would receive additional protections under the legislation.
  • S.2794 – Supporting Families of the Fallen Act (Sen. Tuberville – Veterans’ Affairs). The bill would increase life insurance payments for military and veterans from $400,000 to $500,000.
  • S.4791 – A bill to amend Section 301 of Title 44, United States Code, to establish terms of reference for the appointment of the Director of the Government Publishing Office (Sen. Blunt – House Administration).
  • HR 8681 – John Lewis Civil Rights Fellowship Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Nikema Williams – Foreign Affairs). The bill would create a John Lewis Civil Rights Fellowship program to fund international internships and research fellowships for early-career individuals to study nonviolent movements and civil rights.
  • HR 8446 – Global Food Security Reauthorization Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. McCollum – Foreign Affairs). The measure would reauthorize the Global Food Security Act of 2016 until fiscal year 2028.
  • HR 8463 – Millennium Challenge Corporation Eligibility Expansion Act (Rep. Castro – Foreign Affairs). The bill would expand eligibility for aid from the Millennium Challenge Corporation to include the world’s 125 poorest countries, if they are not disqualified by other criteria.
  • HR 4821 – Law on Combating the Persecution of Religious Groups in China, as amended (Rep. Hartzler – Foreign Affairs). The bill would consider the persecution of Christians or other religious minorities by senior Chinese government officials a gross violation of human rights under US policy.

From Thursday to Friday, the House will meet for legislative business.

  • Invoices expected under a rule
    • HR 7780 – Mental Health Matters Act (Rep. DeSaulnier – Education and Labour). The bill would create grant programs to increase the hiring and retention of school mental health service providers.
    • HR 3843 – Merger Filing Fee Modernization Act 2022 (Rep. Neguse – Judiciary). The bill would change and index inflation filing fees for pre-merger notifications.
    • S.3969 – PAVA Program Inclusion Act (Sen. Lujan – House Administration). The legislation would allow the Northern Mariana Islands and a Native American consortium to receive voting accessibility grants.

Senate side

On Tuesday, the Senate will vote to invoke closure on the motion to move to HR 6833, the legislative vehicle for the continuing resolution. 60 votes are needed to advance debate and passage of the final interim funding bill.

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