Recently in Washington
On Monday, the House passed S. 534, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, as amended, by a vote of 406 to 3. The bill extends the mandatory reporting requirements of child abuse to national governing bodies, like USA gymnastics, and affiliated amateur sports organizations, to ensure that reports are immediately made to local or federal law enforcement authorities.
On Tuesday, the House concurred in the Senate Amendments with an amendment to H.R. 695, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, by a vote of 250 to 166. The bill is virtually the same as the Fiscal Year 2018 Defense Appropriations bill that passed the House in July 27, 2017 (H.R. 3219), and the bill that passed again on September 14, 2017 (H.R. 3354), as part of a larger funding package. The bill includes $659.2 billion in full-year, Fiscal Year 2018 funding for the Department of Defense (DOD). This includes $584 billion for base funding and $75.1 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding. It also fully funds a 2.4% pay raise, and supports an increase in troop numbers for Active, Reserve, and Guard. When added to the $4.7 billion in emergency missile defeat and ship repair funds requested by the President in November, which has already been enacted in Public Law 115-96, funding for Fiscal Year 2018 DOD appropriations totals $664 billion – fully consistent with the enacted National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. Congressman Simpson supported both of these bills.
Simpson Responds to SOTU
Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson issued the following statement after President Trump’s State of the Union.
“In today’s divided political climate it may seem difficult to find consensus. However, it is undisputable that the American economy is strong and on the rise. President Trump signed into law the largest tax reform policy in more than three decades and the results have been overwhelming. Businesses all over the world are investing and reinvesting in America, and families are keeping more of their hard-earned money in their pockets through bonuses, increased wages, added benefits, stock options, and lower utility bills.
“I was very glad to hear the President’s emphasis on addressing our massive infrastructure needs. Whether it be our water and sewer systems, our roads and bridges, public lands, or our national grid, we have long been the beneficiaries of investments that our forefathers made. It is our job to maintain this backbone of our economy for future generations.
“In the past year, the President and Congress have rolled back thousands of pages of burdensome regulations that have stifled American innovation and job creation. This is a key part of our economic success, and will also be crucial in ensuring infrastructure projects can be completed in an efficient and cost effective time frame.
“There is still more work to be done on many issues, including immigration, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the Administration to address the most pressing issues our nation faces.”
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH
On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 4547 - Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Sam Johnson / Ways and Means Committee)
2) H.R. 2371 - Western Area Power Administration Transparency Act (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar / Natural Resources Committee)
3) H.R. 2888 - Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park Establishment Act (Sponsored by Rep. Jason Smith / Natural Resources Committee)
4) S. 1438 - Gateway Arch National Park Designation Act (Sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt / Natural Resources Committee)
5) H.R. 2504 - To ensure fair treatment in licensing requirements for the export of certain echinoderms (Sponsored by Rep. Chellie Pingree / Natural Resources Committee)
6) H.R. 219 - Swan Lake Hydroelectric Project Boundary Correction Act (Sponsored by Rep. Don Young / Natural Resources Committee)
7) H.R. 2646 - United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Extension Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen / Foreign Affairs Committee)
8) H.R. 1997 - Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Brendan Boyle / Foreign Affairs Committee)
9) H.R. 3851 - War Crimes Rewards Expansion Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Virginia Foxx / Foreign Affairs Committee)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.
On Wednesday, the House is scheduled to meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.
H.R. 772 - Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers / Energy and Commerce Committee)
H.R. 1153 - Mortgage Choice Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Huizenga / Financial Services Committee)
Consideration of Legislation Making Further Appropriations for FY 18
Additional Legislative Items are Possible