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Bill Introductions Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday July 05, 2020 ( 23 items )  

Rep. Allred Introduces Bill to Amend Title 38 of U.S. Code
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Rep. Colin Allred, D-Texas, has introduced legislation (H.R. 7443) to amend title 38, U.S. Code, "to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide the representative of record of a claimant for compensation or benefits administered by the Secretary an opportunity to review a proposed determination regarding that claim." The bill was introduced on July 1 and was co-sponsored by Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn. It was referred to the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. For   more

Rep. Clyburn Introduces Bill on Rural Digital Opportunity Fund
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Rep. James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7447) to "direct the Federal Communications Commission to take certain actions to accelerate the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction." The bill was introduced on July 1 and has 18 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Fred Upton, R-Mich., Robin Kelly, D-Ill., Jahana Hayes, D-Conn., Thomas R. Suozzi, D-N.Y., TJ Cox, D-Calif., Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., Tom Reed, R-N.Y., Troy Balderson, R-Ohio, Bennie G.   more

Rep. Courtney Introduces Bill to Refinance Federal, Private Student Loans
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7449) to refinance Federal and private student loans. The bill was introduced on July 1 and has 29 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., David N. Cicilline, D-R.I., Gil Cisneros, D-Calif., Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., Jahana Hayes, D-Conn., Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., Ann Kuster, D-N.H., John B. Larson, D-Conn., Ben Lujan, D-N.M., Sean Patrick Mal  more

Rep. Curtis Introduces Bill to Designate Hong Kong Residents as Priority 2 Refugees of Special Humanitarian Concern
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Rep. John R. Curtis, R-Utah, has introduced legislation (H.R. 7415) to "designate residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as Priority 2 refugees of special humanitarian concern." The bill was introduced on June 30 and has 13 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., Brad Sherman, D-Calif., Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., Thomas R. Suozzi, D-N.Y., Harley Rouda, D-Calif., Ted Yoho, R-Fla., Chris Stewart, R-Utah, Ben McAda  more

Rep. Flores Introduces Bill on Approval of Authorizations Under Natural Gas Act
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, has introduced legislation (H.R. 7401) to "provide for Federal and State agency coordination in the approval of certain authorizations under the Natural Gas Act." The bill was introduced on June 29. It was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. For more information, Rep. Bill Flores, 2228 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; 202/225-6105; or in district offices at 400 Austin Ave., Ste. 302, Waco, TX 76701; 254/732-0  more

Rep. Garcia Introduces Bill on Domestic Maritime Workforce Training, Education
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, has introduced legislation (H.R. 7456) to "establish a grant program for domestic maritime workforce training and education." The bill was introduced on July 1 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Don Young, R-Alaska, Anthony G. Brown, D-Md., Brian Babin, R-Texas, and Steven M. Palazzo, R-Miss. It was referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. For more information, Rep. Sylvia Garcia, 1620 Longworth House Office Building, Wash  more

Rep. Garcia Introduces Bill to Provide Temporary Moratorium on Eviction Filings
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Rep. Jesus Garcia, D-Ill., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7402) to provide a temporary moratorium on eviction filings. The bill was introduced on June 29 and has 25 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., Debra Haaland, D-N.M., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Nydia M. Velazquez, D-N.Y., James McGovern, D-Mass., Jose E. Serrano, D-N.Y., Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., Adriano Espaillat,   more

Rep. Gibbs Introduces Bill to Establish National Motor Carrier Safety Selection Standard
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, has introduced legislation (H.R. 7457) to "establish a national motor carrier safety selection standard for entities that contract with certain motor carriers to transport goods." The bill was introduced on July 1 and was co-sponsored by Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas. It was referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. For more information, Rep. Bob Gibbs, 2446 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; 202/225-6265; o  more

Rep. Gosar Introduces Bill to Prevent Duplication of Federal Programs
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7438) to amend section 719 of title 31, U.S. Code, "to require the Comptroller General of the U.S. to analyze certain legislation in order to prevent duplication of and overlap with existing Federal programs, offices, and initiatives." The bill was introduced on July 1 and has nine co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., Andy Harris, R-Md., Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., Glenn R. Grothman, R-Wis., James  more

Rep. Harder Introduces Bill to Reestablish Coronavirus Service Corps
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Rep. Josh Harder, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7459) to "authorize the President to reestablish the Coronavirus Service Corps as a means of providing gainful employment to unemployed and underemployed citizens of the United States through the performance of useful public work." The bill was introduced on July 1 and has seven co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Bill Foster, D-Ill., Darren Soto, D-Fla., Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., Andre Carson, D-Ind., Shei  more

Rep. Johnson Introduces Bill to Allow for Interstate Internet Sales of State-Inspected Meat
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7425) to amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act "to allow for the interstate internet sales of certain State-inspected meat." The bill was introduced on June 30 and was co-sponsored by Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas. It was referred to the House Agriculture Committee. For more information, Rep. Dusty Johnson, 1508 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; 202/225-  more

Rep. Levin Introduces Bill to Establish Library Stabilization Fund
WASHINGTON, July 4 -- Rep. Andy Levin, D-Mich., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7486) to "establish a Library Stabilization Fund to respond to and accelerate the recovery from coronavirus." The bill was introduced on July 2 and has 27 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Don Young, R-Alaska, Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Barbara Lee, D-Calif., David N. Cicilline, D-R.I., Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, Sanford D. Bishop Jr., D-Ga., Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., Kathy Castor, D-Fla., Terri A  more

Rep. Levin Introduces Bill to Implement System to Conduct Representation Elections Remotely
WASHINGTON, July 4 -- Rep. Andy Levin, D-Mich., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7485) to "direct the National Labor Relations Board to implement a system and procedures to conduct representation elections remotely using an electronic voting system." The bill was introduced on July 2 and has 45 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., Andre Carson, D-Ind., Ed Case, D-Ha  more

Rep. McCaul Introduces Bill to Abolish U.S., Foreign Commercial Service
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Rep. Michael T. McCaul, R-Texas, has introduced legislation (H.R. 7408) to abolish the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service. The bill was introduced on June 29 and was co-sponsored by Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas. It was jointly referred to the House Foreign Affairs, Financial Services, and Small Business committees. For more information, Rep. Michael T. McCaul, 2001 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; 202/225-2401; or in district offices at 3301 Northland   more

Rep. Pannill Fletcher Introduces Bill on Participation in Skillbridge Programs
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Rep. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, D-Texas, has introduced legislation (H.R. 7453) to amend title 10, U.S. Code, "to permit members of the Armed Forces to continue to participate in Skillbridge programs after their date of discharge or separation from active duty in the Armed Forces." The bill was introduced on July 1. It was referred to the House Armed Services Committee. For more information, Rep. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, 1429 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC   more

Rep. Vela Introduces Bill on Programs to Notify Veterans of Potential Exposure to Herbicide Agents Outside of Vietnam
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas, has introduced legislation ( H.R. 7476) to "direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit a report to Congress on programs to notify veterans of potential exposure to certain herbicide agents outside of Vietnam." The bill was introduced on July 1. It was referred to the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. For more information, Rep. Filemon Vela, 307 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; 202/225-9901; or in district offices 800  more

Rep. Vela Introduces Bill on Special Enrollment Period Under Federal Employees Health Benefits Program
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas, has introduced legislation (H.R. 7475) to amend title 5, U.S. Code, "to provide that the period of a nationwide pandemic is a special enrollment period under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program." The bill was introduced on July 1. It was referred to the House Oversight and Reform Committee. For more information, Rep. Filemon Vela, 307 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; 202/225-9901; or in district offices 800 N., Expr  more

Sen. Cornyn Introduces Bill to Increase Access to Biosimilar Products Under Medicare Program
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has introduced legislation (S. 4134) to "establish a demonstration project to increase access to biosimilar products under the Medicare program." The bill was introduced on July 1 and was co-sponsored by Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. It was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. For more information, Sen. John Cornyn, 517 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510; 202/224-2934; or in state at 222 E. Van Buren, Ste. 404, Harlingen, TX 7  more

Sen. Cruz Introduces Bill to Expand Payment of Fees for Disaster Loans
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has introduced legislation (S. 4101) to "expand the payment of principal, interest, and fees for certain disaster loans under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act." The bill was introduced on June 30 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C. It was referred to the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. For more information, Sen. Ted Cruz, 127-A   more

Sen. Cruz Introduces Bill to Increase Penalties for Illegal Reentry to U.S.
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has introduced legislation (S. 4119) to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act "to increase penalties for individuals who illegally reenter the U.S. after being removed." The bill was introduced on July 1. It was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. For more information, Sen. Ted Cruz, 127-A Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510; 202/224-5922; or in state at 300 E. 8th, Ste. 961, Austin, TX 78701; 512/916-5834; Lee Park Tow  more

Sen. Fischer Introduces Bill to Provide Certainty for Airport Funding
WASHINGTON, July 4 -- Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., has introduced legislation (S. 4162) to provide certainty for airport funding. The bill was introduced on July 2 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. It was referred to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. For more information, Sen. Deb Fischer, 454 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510; 202/224-6551; or in state at 440 N. 8th St., Ste. 120, Lin  more

Sen. Harris Introduces Bill to Amend Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938
WASHINGTON, July 4 -- Sen. Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (S. 4207) to amend the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended "to require news outlets that are agents of a foreign principal to provide adequate disclosure of their status." The bill was introduced on July 2 and was co-sponsored by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Ben Sasse, R-Neb. It was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. For more information, Sen. Kamal  more

Sen. Scott Introduces Bill to Improve Emergency Unemployment Relief
WASHINGTON, July 4 -- Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., has introduced legislation (S. 4209) to amend title IX of the Social Security Act "to improve emergency unemployment relief for governmental entities and nonprofit organizations." The bill was introduced on July 2 and has 26 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Ron Wyden, D-Ore., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., James Lankford, R-Okla., Robert Casey Jr., D-Pa., David Perdue, R-Ga., Marg  more