U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson - 2nd District of Idaho
U.S. Congressman Mike Simpson - 2nd District of Idaho
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Recently in Washington 

Last week, the House agreed to a motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, by a vote of 392 to 20.  The House also passed H. Res. 990, a resolution supporting the officers and personnel who carry out the important mission of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, by a vote of 244 to 35.  The resolution resolves that the House expresses its continued support for all United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and personnel who carry out the important mission of ICE; denounces calls for the complete abolishment of ICE; and supports the efforts of all Federal agencies, State law enforcement, and military personnel who bring law and order to our Nation’s borders.

On Thursday, the House passed H. Con. Res. 119, by a vote of 229 to 180.   The concurrent resolution expresses the sense of Congress that a carbon tax would be detrimental to American families and businesses and is not in the best interest of the United States.

The House also passed H.R. 6147, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019, by a vote of 217 to 199.  The bill provides $35.25 billion to fund the Interior Department, EPA, roll back burdensome regulations, and help fight and prevent wildfires.  The bill also provides $23.4 billion to fund the Treasury Department, the White House, the Judiciary and multiple federal agencies.  These amounts are equal to the FY 2018 enacted level.  Congressman Simpson supported all four of these pieces of legislation.


House Passes Interior Bill with Idaho Priorities
Simpson authored provisions would benefit Idaho and the West

The House of Representatives passed the fiscal year 2019 Interior and Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill by a vote of 217-199. Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson authored several of the provisions in the bill that directly benefit Idaho. This legislation also continues many important provisions from the 2018 Omnibus, such as rolling back onerous rules and regulations, providing funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes Program (PILT), and fully funding wildfire suppression to ensure western states have the resources to battle catastrophic wildfires.

“Land managers have a duty to be good neighbors to Idahoans,” said Simpson. “That is why Congress needs to adequately fund these agencies to ensure that they have the resources to carry out their missions. The legislation passed by the House does that by funding PILT, wildfire prevention and suppression programs, and providing a check on the executive branch from past rules and regulations that have been a burden to communities across Idaho.”

The bill will now move to the Senate for further consideration. To read about more Idaho provisions in the bill visit: https://simpson.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398651


Committee Schedule  

Wednesday
At 10:00 a.m., the House Appropriations Committee will hold a full committee markup of the fiscal year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations bill.


Floor Schedule

MONDAY, JULY 23RD
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. 2345 - National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Chris Stewart / Energy and Commerce Committee)


2) H.R. 4881 - Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Latta / Energy and Commerce Committee)

3) H.R. 5709 - PIRATE Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Leonard Lance / Energy and Commerce Committee)

4) H.R. 3994 - ACCESS BROADBAND Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Tonko / Energy and Commerce Committee)

5) H.R. 959 - Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. David Joyce / Energy and Commerce Committee)

6) H.R. 1676 - Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engel / Energy and Commerce Committee)

7) H.R. 3728 - EMPOWER Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Michael Burgess / Energy and Commerce Committee)

8) H.R. 5385 - Dr. Benjy Frances Brooks Children’s Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Gene Green / Energy and Commerce Committee)

9) H.R. 5954 - Anti-terrorism Clarification Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte / Judiciary Committee)

10) H.R. 1689 - Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner / Judiciary Committee)

11) H.R. 4100 - Foundation of the Federal Bar Association Charter Amendments Act of 2017 (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Chabot / Judiciary Committee)

12) S. 2245 - KIWI Act (Sponsored by Sen. Mazie Hirono / Judiciary Committee)

13) H.R. 2630 - La Paz County Land Conveyance Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar / Natural Resources Committee)

14) H.R. 1220 - To establish the Adams Memorial Commission to carry out the provisions of Public Law 107–62, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Stephen Lynch / Natural Resources Committee)

15) H.R. 3045 - Eastern Legacy Extension Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Luke Messer / Natural Resources Committee)

16) H.R. 5875 - To amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act and the Dingell-Johnson Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, to provide parity for United States territories and the District of Columbia, to make technical corrections to such Acts and related laws, and for other purposes, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Madeleine Bordallo / Natural Resources Committee)

17) H.R. 5979 - Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Hal Rogers / Natural Resources Committee)

18) H.R. 6077 - National Comedy Center Recognition Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Reed / Natural Resources Committee)

19) S. 2850 - To amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund (Sponsored by Sen. Jeff Flake / Natural Resources Committee)

20) H.R. 5613 - Quindaro Townsite National Historic Landmark Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Kevin Yoder / Natural Resources Committee)

TUESDAY, JULY 24TH

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 1201 - EACH Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Rodney Davis / Ways and Means Committee)

2) H.R. 1476 - Native American Health Savings Improvement Act (Sponsored by Rep. John Moolenaar / Ways and Means Committee)

3) H.R. 519 - Water and Agriculture Tax Reform Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ken Buck / Ways and Means Committee)

4) H.R. 3500 - Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem / Ways and Means Committee)

5) H.R. 6084 - Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Bishop / Ways and Means Committee)

6) H.R. 4952 - Improving Seniors Access to Quality Benefits Act (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelly / Ways and Means Committee)

7) H.R. 6138 - ASC Payment Transparency Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes / Ways and Means Committee)

8) H.R. 6124 - Tribal Social Security Fairness Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Reichert / Ways and Means Committee)

9) House Amendment to S. 1182 - National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Rep. Tom MacArthur / Financial Services Committee)

10) H.R. 2409 - To allow servicemembers to terminate their cable, satellite television, and Internet access service contracts while deployed, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ryan Costello / Veterans Affairs Committee)

11) H.R. 2787 - VET MD Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Marcy Kaptur / Veterans Affairs Committee)

12) H.R. 5538 - To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the inclusion of certain additional periods of active duty service for purposes of suspending charges to veterans’ entitlement to educational assistance under the laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs during periods of suspended participation in vocational rehabilitation programs (Sponsored by Rep. Scott Peters / Veterans Affairs Committee)

13) H.R. 5649 - Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William ‘Bill’ Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvements Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jodey Arrington / Veterans Affairs Committee)

14) H.R. 5882 - Gold Star Spouses Leasing Relief Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Cheri Bustos / Veterans Affairs Committee)

15) H.R. 5864 - VA Hospitals Establishing Leadership Performance Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Bost / Veterans Affairs Committee)

16) H.R. 5938 - Veterans Serving Veterans Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jenniffer Gonzalez / Veterans Affairs Committee)

17) H.R. 5974 - VA COST SAVINGS Enhancements Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Denham / Veterans Affairs Committee)

H.R. 184 - Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2017 (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen / Ways and Means Committee)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25TH AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.

On Friday, no votes are expected in the House

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 6414 - To amend title 23, United States Code, to extend the deadline for promulgation of regulations under the tribal transportation self-governance program (Sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

2) House Amendment to S. 756 - Save Our Seas Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Dan Sullivan / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)

3) H.Res. 981 - Condemning the violence, persecution, intimidation, and murders committed by the Government of Nicaragua against its citizens, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen / Foreign Affairs Committee)

4) H.R. 5535 - Energy Diplomacy Act of 2018, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Michael McCaul / Foreign Affairs Committee)

H.R. 6199 - Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins / Ways and Means Committee)

H.R. 6311 - Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Peter Roskam / Energy and Commerce Committee)

Possible Consideration of the Conference Report to Accompany of H.R. 5515 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019

Additional Legislative Items are Possible



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