Recently in Washington
On Wednesday, the House passed H.R. 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017, by a vote of 378-48. This legislation makes important changes to the selection process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights. On Thursday, the House passed H.R. 1694, the Fannie and Freddie Open Records Act of 2017, by a vote of 425-0. Following the financial crisis, taxpayers bailed out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the tune of $187.5 billion. This legislation applies Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requirements to Fannie and Freddie, allowing the American people the right to know what these entities are doing with taxpayer dollars. On Friday, the House passed H.J. Res. 99, the Short-Term Continuing Resolution, by a vote of 382-30. H.J. Res. 99 is a seven-day Continuing Resolution (CR) for Fiscal Year 2017 to fund the government through May 5, 2017. The CR maintains current funding levels and is necessary to give the House and Senate Appropriations Committees time to complete negotiations on a final FY2017 appropriations bill to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year (through September 30, 2017). Congressman Simpson supported all three bills.
At 10:30 a.m., Chairman Simpson will host a House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee hearing regarding the Army Corps of Engineers Fiscal Year 2016 budget request.
MONDAY, MAY 1ST
1) H.R. 910 - Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. French Hill / Financial Services Committee)
TUESDAY, MAY 2ND AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.
1) H.R. 1665 - Disaster Declaration Improvement Act (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Davis / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
H.R. 1180 - Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017, as amended (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Martha Roby / Education and the Workforce Committee)
Consideration of Legislation Making Further Appropriations for FY 2017
Additional Legislative Items are Possible
Simpson shares information on new VA appointment app
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