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Bill Introductions Involving Massachusetts Newsletter for Sunday June 28, 2020 ( 30 items )  

Rep. Connolly Introduces Bill on Support for Federal Workforce During COVID-19
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7341) to "provide support and flexibility for the Federal workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic." The bill was introduced on June 25 and has eight co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., John Sarbanes, D-Md., Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., Stephen F. Lynch, D-Mass., Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Jimmy Gomez, D-Calif., Jackie Speier, D-Calif., and Del. Eleanor Holmes-Norton, D-D.C. The legislat  more

Rep. Connolly Introduces Bill to Ensure Provision of Personal Protective Equipment
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7340) to "ensure that personal protective equipment and other equipment and supplies needed to fight coronavirus are provided to employees required to return to Federal offices." The bill was introduced on June 25 and has seven co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., John Sarbanes, D-Md., Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., Stephen F. Lynch, D-Mass., Jamie Raskin, D-Md., and Jackie Speier, D  more

Rep. Horsford Introduces Bill to Nullify Effect of Executive Order That Requires Sharing of Citizenship Data
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7291) to "nullify the effect of the recent executive order that requires Federal agencies to share citizenship data." The bill was introduced on June 22 and has 25 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Tony Cardenas, D-Calif., Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, Judy Chu, D-Calif., Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., Jesus Garcia, D-Ill., Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, Jimmy Gomez, D-Calif  more

Rep. Jayapal Introduces Bill to Prohibit Biometric Surveillance Without Explicit Statutory Authorization
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7356) to "prohibit biometric surveillance by the Federal Government without explicit statutory authorization and to withhold certain Federal public safety grants from State and local governments that engage in biometric surveillance." The bill was introduced on June 25 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y. It was jointly referred to the House  more

Rep. Kaptur Introduces Bill on Forgiveness of Accelerated, Advance Payments Under Medicare
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, has introduced legislation (H.R. 7292) to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act "to provide for forgiveness of certain accelerated and advance payments under parts A and B of the Medicare program." The bill was introduced on June 22 and has 29 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, C.A. 'Dutch' Ruppersberger, D-Md., Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, Bobby L. Rush, D-Ill., Doug LaMalfa  more

Rep. Lowey Introduces Child Care for Economic Recovery Act
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Nita M. Lowey, D-N.Y., has introduced the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act (H.R. 7327) "making additional supplemental appropriations for disaster relief requirements for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020." The bill was introduced on June 25 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., Rosa L. DeLauro, D-Conn., Katherine M. Clark, D-Mass., Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., and Linda T. Sanchez, D-Calif. It was jointly referred to the House Appropriations  more

Rep. Lynch Introduces Bill on Grants for Buses, Bus Facilities
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7365) to amend title 49, U.S. Code, "with respect to grants for buses and bus facilities." The bill was introduced on June 25. It was referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. For more information, Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, 2109 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; 202/225-8273; or in district offices at 1 Harbor St., Ste. 304, Boston, MA 02210; 617/428-2000; 37 Belmont  more

Rep. Moulton Introduces Bill on Mental Health Evaluation
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7368) to amend title 10, U.S. Code, "to improve the process by which a member of the Armed Forces may be referred for a mental health evaluation." The bill was introduced on June 25. It was referred to the House Armed Services Committee. For more information, Rep. Seth Moulton, 1127 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; 202/225-8020; or in district office at 21 Front St., Salem, MA 01970; 978/5  more

Rep. Porter Introduces Bill to Suspend Federal Perkins Loans Repayments During COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7294) to suspend Federal Perkins Loans repayments during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill was introduced on June 22 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., Lori Trahan, D-Mass., Alma S. Adams, D-N.C., and Susie Lee, D-Nev. It was jointly referred to the House Education and Labor, Judiciary, and Ways and Means committees. For more information, Rep. Katie Porter, 1117 Longworth House Office Building  more

Rep. Schiff Introduces Bill to Authorize Campaign on Efficacy of Cloth Face Coverings in Reducing Spread of COVID-19
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7317) to "authorize a public service announcement campaign on the efficacy of cloth face coverings in reducing the spread of COVID-19, to authorize a program to provide cloth face coverings to any American who requests one free of charge." The bill was introduced on June 24 and has 30 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas,   more

Rep. Stefanik Introduces Bill to Support Establishment of Personal Reemployment Accounts
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7321) to amend the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act "to establish grants to support the establishment of personal reemployment accounts to assist Americans in gaining skills and returning to work following the economic disruption caused by COVID-19." The bill was introduced on June 24 and was co-sponsored by Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass. It was referred to the House Education and Labor Committee. For more  more

Rep. Thompson Introduces Bill on Incentives for Renewable Energy
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7330) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 "to provide incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency." The bill was introduced on June 25 and has 47 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., John Lewis, D-Ga., Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, John B. Larson, D-Conn., Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., Ron Kind, D-Wis., Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J., Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., Linda T. Sanchez, D-Cal  more

Sen. Blumenthal Introduces Bill to Prohibit Selling of Firearms Prior to Completion of Background Check
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has introduced legislation (S. 4068) to "prohibit firearms dealers from selling a firearm prior to the completion of a background check." The bill was introduced on June 25 and has 23 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif., Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.,  more

Sen. Feinstein Introduces Bill to Develop Comprehensive Database, Repository on Military Aviators
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (S. 4043) to "require the Secretary of Defense to develop a comprehensive database and repository on military aviators and conduct a study on such aviators to determine the incidence of cancer diagnosis and mortality among such aviators." The bill was introduced on June 23 and was co-sponsored by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., an  more

Sen. Harris Introduces Bill to Provide Direct Funding to Entities
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Sen. Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (S. 4047) to "permit the Secretary of the Treasury to provide direct funding to certain entities." The bill was introduced on June 23 and has seven co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and Jack Reed, D-R.I. The legislation was referred to the Senate Banking, Hous  more

Sen. Klobuchar Introduces Bill to Establish Contingency Plans in Response to Disasters, Emergencies
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., has introduced legislation (S. 4033) to "require States to establish contingency plans for the conduct of elections for Federal office in response to national disasters and emergencies." The bill was introduced on June 22 and has 33 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., Christopher Coons, D-Del., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Cory  more

Sen. Markey Introduces Bill on Appropriations for Maritime Environmental, Technical Assistance Program
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (S. 4025) to "authorize appropriations for the maritime environmental and technical assistance program." The bill was introduced on June 22. It was referred to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. For more information, Sen. Edward J. Markey, 255 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510; 202/224-2742; or in state at 975 President John F. Kennedy Federal Bldg., 222 Milliken Blvd.,  more

Sen. Markey Introduces Bill on Moratorium on Electric, Natural Gas Utility Disconnections
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (S. 4029) to "express the sense of Congress regarding the need for a nationwide moratorium on electric and natural gas utility disconnections during the nationwide emergency relating to the spread of the novel coronavirus." The bill was introduced on June 22 and has seven co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Ki  more

Sen. Markey Introduces Bill to Designate Juneteenth National Independence Day as Legal Public Holiday
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (S. 4019) to amend title 5, U.S. Code, "to designate Juneteenth National Independence Day as a legal public holiday." The bill was introduced on June 22 and has 46 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Tina Smith, D-Minn., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Robert Casey Jr., D-Pa., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Bern  more

Sen. Markey Introduces Bill to Eliminate Threats Posed by Nuclear Weapons to U.S.
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (S. 4045) to "reduce and eliminate threats posed by nuclear weapons to the U.S." The bill was introduced on June 23 and was co-sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. It was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. For more information, Sen. Edward J. Markey, 255 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510; 202/224-2742; or in state at 975 President John F. Kennedy Federal Bldg., 222 Mil  more

Sen. Markey Introduces Bill to Enhance Maritime Cybersecurity
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (S. 4023) to enhance maritime cybersecurity. The bill was introduced on June 22. It was referred to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. For more information, Sen. Edward J. Markey, 255 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510; 202/224-2742; or in state at 975 President John F. Kennedy Federal Bldg., 222 Milliken Blvd., Ste. 312, Fall River, MA 02721; 508/677-0523; 1550 Main St.  more

Sen. Markey Introduces Bill to Establish Intercity Passenger Rail Service Investment Grant Program
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (S. 4030) to establish an intercity passenger rail service investment grant program. The bill was introduced on June 22. It was referred to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. For more information, Sen. Edward J. Markey, 255 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510; 202/224-2742; or in state at 975 President John F. Kennedy Federal Bldg., 222 Milliken Blvd., Ste. 312, Fall Rive  more

Sen. Markey Introduces Bill to Expand Provision of American Citizen Services
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (S. 4026) to "expedite and expand provision of American Citizen Services worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic." The bill was introduced on June 22 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Robert Casey Jr., D-Pa. It was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. For more information, Sen. Edward J. Markey, 255 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510; 202/224-2742; or i  more

Sen. Markey Introduces Bill to Prevent Unconstitutional War With North Korea
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (S. 4020) to prevent an unconstitutional war with North Korea. The bill was introduced on June 22 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. It was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. For more information, Sen. Edward J. Markey, 255 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510; 202/224-2742; or in state at 975 President John F.   more

Sen. Markey Introduces Bill to Prohibit Biometric Surveillance Without Explicit Statutory Authorization
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (S. 4084) to "prohibit biometric surveillance by the Federal Government without explicit statutory authorization and to withhold certain Federal public safety grants from State and local governments that engage in biometric surveillance." The bill was introduced on June 25 and was co-sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. It was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. For more information, Sen. Edward J. Mark  more

Sen. Markey Introduces Bill to Strengthen U.S.-South Korea Mutual Defense Treaty
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (S. 4018) to "strengthen the Mutual Defense Treaty between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea." The bill was introduced on June 22. It was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. For more information, Sen. Edward J. Markey, 255 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510; 202/224-2742; or in state at 975 President John F. Kennedy Federal Bldg., 222 Milliken Blvd., Ste. 312, Fall River, MA 027  more

Sen. Markey Introduces Bill to Update National Broadband Plan
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (S. 4022) to "require the Federal Communications Commission to update the national broadband plan." The bill was introduced on June 22. It was referred to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. For more information, Sen. Edward J. Markey, 255 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510; 202/224-2742; or in state at 975 President John F. Kennedy Federal Bldg., 222 Milliken Blvd., Ste.  more

Sen. Merkley Introduces Bill to Award Grants to Purchase Zero Emissions Port Equipment, Technology
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., has introduced legislation (S. 4046) to "direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a program to award grants to eligible entities to purchase, and as applicable install, zero emissions port equipment and technology." The bill was introduced on June 23 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. It was re  more

Sen. Merkley Introduces Bill to Protect Agricultural Workers From Impacts of Coronavirus
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., has introduced legislation (S. 4042) to protect agricultural workers from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The bill was introduced on June 23 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt. It was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. For more information, Sen. Jeff Merkley, 313 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington  more

Sen. Warren Introduces Bill to Remove Confederate Names, Paraphernalia From DOD Assets
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (S. 4076) to "remove Confederate names, symbols, displays, monuments, and paraphernalia from assets of the Department of Defense." The bill was introduced on June 25 and has 35 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Robert Casey Jr., D-Pa., Sheldo  more