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Bill Introductions Involving Massachusetts Newsletter for Sunday July 26, 2020 ( 29 items )  

Rep. Bass Introduces Bill to Address Health Needs of Incarcerated Women
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7718) to "address the health needs of incarcerated women related to pregnancy and childbirth." The bill was introduced on July 22 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa., Katherine M. Clark, D-Mass., and Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz. It was referred to the House Judiciary Committee. For more information, Rep. Karen Bass, 2059 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; 202/225-7084; or in distric  more

Rep. Blumenauer Introduces Bill to Limit Use of Federal Law Enforcement Officers for Crowd Control
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7719) to "limit the use of Federal law enforcement officers for crowd control." The bill was introduced on July 22 and has 38 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., Don S. Beyer, D-Va., Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, David N. Cicilline, D-R.I., Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., J. Luis Correa, D-Calif., Peter A. DeFazio, D-Ore., Ted Deutch, D-Fla., Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y.,  more

Rep. DeLauro Introduces Bill to Establish National Evictions Database
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-Conn., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7743) to "require the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to establish a national evictions database." The bill was introduced on July 23 and has 18 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass., Debra Haaland, D-N.M., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Frederica S. Wilson, D-Fla., Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif., Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, Jesus Garcia, D-Ill., Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., Dwight Ev  more

Rep. Engel Introduces Bill to Support Civilian-Led Democratic Transition
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7682) to "support a civilian-led democratic transition, promote accountability for human rights abuses, and encourage fiscal transparency in Sudan." The bill was introduced on July 20 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Michael T. McCaul, R-Texas, Karen Bass, D-Calif., James McGovern, D-Mass., Daniel Kildee, D-Mich., and Barbara Lee, D-Calif. It was jointly referred to the House Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, and Financ  more

Rep. Kennedy Introduces Bill on Assistance Under Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief & Emergency Assistance Act
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7748) to "ensure that after a declaration of a major disaster affected States, local governments, and Indian tribal governments receive immediate approval for services and assistance provided under section 416 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act." The bill was introduced on July 23 and was co-sponsored by Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Calif. It was referred to the House Transp  more

Rep. Kennedy Introduces Bill to Amend Public Health Service Act
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7686) to amend the Public Health Service Act "to establish a program to provide full compensation to any essential COVID-19 frontline worker who was seriously injured or died as a result of having COVID-19." The bill was introduced on July 20. It was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. For more information, Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, 304 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20  more

Rep. Kennedy Introduces Bill to Establish Position of Interagency Coordinator for Behavioral Health
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7723) to "establish the position of Interagency Coordinator for Behavioral Health to coordinate the programs and activities of the Federal Government relating to mental health." The bill was introduced on July 22 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Doris O. Matsui, D-Calif., Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., Tony Cardenas, D-Calif., and David Trone, D-Md. It was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. For mor  more

Rep. Kildee Introduces Bill to Protect Firefighters From Exposure to PFAS
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Daniel Kildee, D-Mich., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7687) to "protect firefighters from exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, to establish a presumption of service connection for certain veterans exposed to such substances." The bill was introduced on July 20 and was co-sponsored by Reps. James McGovern, D-Mass., and Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich. It was jointly referred to the House Veterans' Affairs, Science, Space, and Technology, and Transportation and I  more

Rep. Lujan Introduces Bill to Prohibit Unfair, Deceptive Acts
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Ben Lujan, D-N.M., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7750) to "prohibit unfair or deceptive acts or practices in connection with the public health emergency resulting from COVID-19." The bill was introduced on July 23 and has 12 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass., David Loebsack, D-Iowa, Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., Tony Cardenas, D-Calif., Raul M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., Ed Case, D-Hawaii, Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J.  more

Rep. Meeks Introduces Bill to Establish Community Investment Programs
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, D-N.Y., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7709) to amend the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act "to establish community investment programs." The bill was introduced on July 21 and has eight co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Al Green, D-Texas, Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, David Scott, D-Ga., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., David Trone, D-Md., and William Clay Jr., D-Mo. The legislation   more

Rep. Meng Introduces Bill on Presidential Memorandum on Excluding Illegal Aliens From Apportionment Base
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7724) to "prohibit the use of Federal funds to implement, administer, or enforce the Presidential Memorandum on Excluding Illegal Aliens From the Apportionment Base Following the 2020 Census, issued on July 21, 2020." The bill was introduced on July 22 and has 45 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Nydia M. Velazquez, D-N.Y., Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., Filemon Vela, D-Texas, Donna Shalala, D-Fla., Donald M. Payne Jr.,  more

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Introduces Bill to Require Display of Identification for Law Enforcement Officers
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7711) to "require the display of certain identification for certain law enforcement officers." The bill was introduced on July 21 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Jared Huffman, D-Calif., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Del. Eleanor Holmes-Norton, D-D.C. It was referred to the House Judiciary Committee. For more information, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 229 C  more

Rep. Swalwell Introduces Bill to Provide for Student Loan Forgiveness for Public Service Workers
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7761) to "provide for student loan forgiveness for public service workers whose employment may have been affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic." The bill was introduced on July 23 and has 17 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. David Joyce, R-Ohio, Gil Cisneros, D-Calif., Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., Jahana Hayes, D-Co  more

Rep. Tlaib Introduces Bill to Authorize Federal Reserve Banks to Purchase COVID-19 Related Municipal Issuances
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7717) to authorize Federal reserve banks to purchase COVID-19 related municipal issuances. The bill was introduced on July 21 and has 15 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., Jesus Garcia, D-Ill., Al Green, D-Texas, Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Michael San Nic  more

Rep. Wasserman Schultz Introduces Bill to Increase Knowledge of Virus That Causes COVID-19
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., has introduced legislation (H.R. 7732) to "direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to carry out a national campaign to increase awareness and knowledge of the virus that causes COVID-19." The bill was introduced on July 22 and has 13 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., Susan A. Davis, D-Calif., Ted Deutch, D-Fla., K  more

Sen. Harris Introduces Bill to Help Reduce Racial, Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 Testing
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (S. 4248) to "establish a grant program to provide funds for health care entities to establish or improve bias and anti-racism training to help reduce racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 testing, treatment, health outcomes, and vaccine access." The bill was introduced on July 21 and has 15 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Richard J. D  more

Sen. Leahy Introduces Bill to Amend Voting Rights Act of 1965
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., has introduced legislation (S. 4263) to amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 "to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act." The bill was introduced on July 22 and has 47 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Doug Jones, D-Ala., Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., Christopher Coons, D-Del., Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif., Sheldon W  more

Sen. Markey Introduces Bill to Authorize Appropriations for Offsetting Costs Related to Reductions in Research Productivity
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (S. 4286) to "authorize appropriations for offsetting the costs related to reductions in research productivity resulting from the coronavirus pandemic." The bill was introduced on July 22 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo. It was referred to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. For more information, Sen. Edward J. Markey, 255 D  more

Sen. Markey Introduces Bill to Reauthorize Healthy High-Performance Schools
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (S. 4277) to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act "to reauthorize healthy high-performance schools." The bill was introduced on July 22. It was referred to the Senate Environment and Public Works 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,   more

Sen. Markey Introduces Bill to Reduce Health Risks of Heat
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (S. 4280) to "reduce the health risks of heat by authorizing the National Integrated Heat Health Information System Interagency Committee to improve extreme heat preparedness and response, requiring a study, and establishing a grant program to address heat effects." The bill was introduced on July 22. It was referred to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. For more information, Sen. Edward   more

Sen. Markey Introduces Bill to Require Disclosure of Presidential Emergency Action Documents
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (S. 4279) to "require the disclosure to Congress of presidential emergency action documents." The bill was introduced on July 22 and was co-sponsored by Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. It was referred to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs 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  more

Sen. Markey Introduces Bill to Support Efforts to Provide Fare-Free Transit Service
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., has introduced legislation (S. 4278) to "direct the Secretary of Transportation to carry out a grant program to support efforts to provide fare-free transit service." The bill was introduced on July 22. It was referred to the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs 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 F  more

Sen. Menendez Introduces Bill on Appropriations to Community Development Financial Institutions Fund
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., has introduced legislation (S. 4294) to "provide supplemental appropriations to the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund." The bill was introduced on July 23 and has 11 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass.,   more

Sen. Menendez Introduces Bill to Develop COVID-19 Public Awareness Campaigns
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., has introduced legislation (S. 4262) to "direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop an action plan, make targeted grants, and develop public awareness campaigns with respect to COVID-19 and the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on racial and ethnic minorities and other vulnerable populations." The bill was introduced on July 22 and has 17 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., Elizabeth  more

Sen. Merkley Introduces Bill to Limit Use of Federal Law Enforcement Officers for Crowd Control
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., has introduced legislation (S. 4220) to "limit the use of Federal law enforcement officers for crowd control." The bill was introduced on July 20 and has 20 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Kamala D. Harris, D-Calif., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Patty Murray, D-Wash., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Ric  more

Sen. Murray Introduces Bill on Religious Exemptions, Accommodations for Coverage of Preventive Services Under Affordable Care Act Rule
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., has introduced legislation (S. 4246) to "provide that the rules entitled Religious Exemptions and Accommodations for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act and Moral Exemptions and Accommodations for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act shall have no force or effect." The bill was introduced on July 21 and has 39 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Robert Casey Jr., D-Pa., Sherr  more

Sen. Van Hollen Introduces Bill to Prohibit Withdrawal From International Agreements Without Joint Resolution of Approval
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., has introduced legislation (S. 4304) to "prohibit actions to terminate or withdraw the U.S. from certain international agreements without a joint resolution of approval." The bill was introduced on July 23 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. It was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. For more information, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, 110 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20  more

Sen. Whitehouse Introduces Bill to Provide Bankruptcy Protections for Medically Distressed Debtors
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., has introduced legislation (S. 4305) to amend title 11, U.S. Code, "to provide bankruptcy protections for medically distressed debtors." The bill was introduced on July 23 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. It was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. For more information, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, 530 Hart Senate Office Building, Washin  more

Sen. Wyden Introduces Bill on Funding to Improve Unemployment Compensation Programs
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has introduced legislation (S. 4252) to "provide funding for States to improve their unemployment compensation programs." The bill was introduced on July 21 and has 10 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. The legislation was referred to the Senate Finance   more