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Bill Introductions Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday June 30, 2019 ( 54 items )  

Rep. Bilirakis Introduces Bill on Credit Against Tax for Disaster Mitigation Expenditures
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3462) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 "to provide a credit against tax for disaster mitigation expenditures." The bill was introduced on June 25 and was co-sponsored by Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla. It was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. For more information, Rep. Gus Bilirakis, 2227 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; 202/225-5755; or in the district offices at St. Pete  more

Rep. Bilirakis Introduces Bill on VA Specially Adapted Housing Program
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3504) to amend title 38, U.S. Code, "to provide for improvements to the specially adapted housing program of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill was introduced on June 26 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., and Mike Levin, D-Calif. It was referred to the House Veterans' Affairs Committee. For more information, Rep. Gus Bilirakis, 2227 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; 20  more

Rep. Brown Introduces Bill to Amend Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Anthony G. Brown, D-Md. has introduced legislation (H.R. 3468) to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide that sex includes sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill was introduced on June 25 and has eight co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. David N. Cicilline, D-R.I., Charlie Crist, D-Fla., Gwen Moore, D-Wis., Debra Haaland, D-N.M., Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Darren Soto, D-Fla., Angie Craig, D-Minn., and Del. Eleanor Holmes-Norton, D-D.C. The   more

Rep. Butterfield Introduces Bill on Report on Suspected Unlawful Robocalls
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3434) to "require the Federal Communications Commission to publish an annual report on suspected unlawful robocalls." The bill was introduced on June 24 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, Darren Soto, D-Fla., and Greg Gianforte, R-Mont. It was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. For more information, Rep. G.K. Butterfield, 2080 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 2  more

Rep. Carbajal Introduces Bill on Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Preparedness
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Rep. Salud O. Carbajal, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3541) to amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 "to require the Secretary of Commerce to establish a coastal climate change adaptation preparedness and response program." The bill was introduced on June 27 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Francis Rooney, R-Fla. It was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee. For more information, Rep. Salud O. Carbajal, 1431 Lon  more

Rep. Cartwright Introduces Bill to Secure Rights of Public Employees to Organize
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Matthew Cartwright, D-Pa., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3463) to "secure the rights of public employees to organize, act concertedly, and bargain collectively, which safeguard the public interest and promote the free and unobstructed flow of commerce." The bill was introduced on June 25 and has 27 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., Robert C. Scott, D-Va., Frederica S. Wilson, D-Fla., Adriano   more

Rep. Chu Introduces Bill on Federal Direct Stafford Loans
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3418) to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 "to reinstate the authority of the Secretary of Education to make Federal Direct Stafford Loans to graduate and professional students." The bill was introduced on June 21 and has 16 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Peter A. DeFazio, D-Ore., Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., Darren Soto, D-Fla., Scott Peters, D-Calif., Juan C. Vargas, D-Calif., Grac  more

Rep. Cicilline Introduces Bill on National Instant Criminal Background Check System
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Rep. David N. Cicilline, D-R.I., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3552) to amend the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 "to provide notification to relevant law enforcement agencies in the event that a background check conducted by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System determines that a person may not receive a firearm." The bill was introduced on June 27 and has 17 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Frederica S. Wilson, D-Fla., Ro Khanna, D-Calif  more

Rep. Cicilline Introduces Bill to Ensure Traceable Firearms
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Rep. David N. Cicilline, D-R.I., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3553) to amend chapter 44 of title 18, U.S. Code, to ensure that all firearms are traceable. The bill was introduced on June 27 and has 27 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Frederica S. Wilson, D-Fla., Ro Khanna, D-Calif., Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., Jahana Hayes, D-Conn., Max Rose, D-N.Y., Gil Cisneros, D-Calif., Donna Shalala, D-Fla., Katie Hill, D-Calif., Andy Levin, D-Mic  more

Rep. Cicilline Introduces Bill to Incentivize State Reporting Systems
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Rep. David N. Cicilline, D-R.I., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3554) to "incentivize State reporting systems that allow mental health professionals to submit information on certain individuals deemed dangerous for purposes of prohibiting firearm possession by such individuals." The bill was introduced on June 27 and has 18 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Frederica S. Wilson, D-Fla., Ro Khanna, D-Calif., Jahana Hayes, D-Conn., Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Debbie Mucar  more

Rep. Clay Introduces Bill to Reduce Gun Violence
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Rep. William Clay Jr., D-Mo., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3435) to "encourage States to allow local governments to implement laws to reduce gun violence." The bill was introduced on June 24 and has six co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., Val Butler Demings, D-Fla., Bobby L. Rush, D-Ill., Andre Carson, D-Ind., Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Del. Eleanor Holmes-Norton, D-D.C. The legislation was referred to the House Judiciary Committee. For more  more

Rep. Cohen Introduces Bill on Alien's Involvement in Human Rights Violation
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3441) to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act "to allow the Secretary of State to make available to the public records pertaining to the refusal of a visa or permit based on an alien's involvement in a violation of human rights or acts of significant corruption." The bill was introduced on June 24 and has six co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., Joe Wilson,   more

Rep. Collins Introduces Bill on Improper Interference in U.S. Election
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3442) to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act "to provide that aliens who engage in improper interference in a United States election are inadmissible and deportable." The bill was introduced on June 24 and has seven co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, Tom McClintock, R-Calif., Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Greg Steube, R-Fla., Ben Cline, R-Va., Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., and Ken Buck, R-Colo. T  more

Rep. Crist Introduces Bill on Portable, Electronically-Aerated Bait Containers
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3556) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 "to provide a reduced excise tax rate for portable, electronically-aerated bait containers." The bill was introduced on June 27 and was co-sponsored by Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla. It was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. For more information, Rep. Charlie Crist, 215 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; 202/225-5961; or in the district   more

Rep. Cummings Introduces Bill on Covert Testing, Risk Mitigation Improvement
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3469) to "direct the Transportation Security Administration to carry out covert testing and risk mitigation improvement of aviation security operations." The bill was introduced on June 25 and has 24 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., William Clay Jr., D-Mo., Stephen F. Lynch, D-Mass., Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., Raja Krishnamoo  more

Rep. Davis Introduces Bill on Cybersecurity Threats
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3412) to protect the administration of Federal elections against cybersecurity threats. The bill was introduced on June 21 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Mark Walker, R-N.C., Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., Michael Waltz, R-Fla., Doug Collins, R-Ga., and Fred Upton, R-Mich. It was jointly referred to the House Administration and Intelligence Permanent Select committees. For more information, Rep. Rodney Davis, 1740 Long  more

Rep. Garamendi Introduces Bill to Reauthorize Peace Corps
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3456) to amend the Peace Corps Act "to reauthorize the Peace Corps, better support current, returning, and former volunteers." The bill was introduced on June 25 and has five co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass., Garret Graves, R-La., Donna Shalala, D-Fla., Albio Sires, D-N.J., and Del. Amata Radewagen, R-A.S. It was jointly referred to the House Foreign Affairs and Education   more

Rep. Garcia Introduces Bill to Ensure Humane Treatment of Pregnant Women
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, has introduced legislation (H.R. 3563) to "ensure the humane treatment of pregnant women by reinstating the presumption of release and prohibiting shackling, restraining, and other inhumane treatment of pregnant detainees." The bill was introduced on June 27 and has 33 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., Andre Carson, D-Ind., Raul M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., Veronica  more

Rep. Gomez Introduces Bill on Funding Assistance for Low-Income Programs
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3421) to "provide for a 3-year extension of funding outreach and assistance for low-income programs." The bill was introduced on June 21. It was jointly referred to the House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce committees. For more information, Rep. Jimmy Gomez, 1530 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; 202/225-6235; or in the district office at 350 S. Bixel St., Ste. 120, Los Angeles, CA 9  more

Rep. Green Introduces Bill to Control Export of Technology to China
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Rep. Mark Green, R-Tenn., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3532) to "control the export to the People's Republic of China of certain technology and intellectual property important to the national interest of the U.S." The bill was introduced on June 27 and has 15 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., Rick Crawford, R-Ark., Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., Bill Flores, R-Texas, Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., Bob Gibbs, R  more

Rep. Grijalva Introduces Bill to Improve Federal Population Surveys
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3509) to "improve Federal population surveys by requiring the collection of voluntary, self-disclosed information on sexual orientation and gender identity in certain surveys." The bill was introduced on June 26 and has 82 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., Julia Brownley, D-Calif., Salud O. Carbajal, D-Calif., Tony Cardenas, D-Calif  more

Rep. Harder Introduces Bill to Amend Title 10 of U.S. Code
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Rep. Josh Harder, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3400) to amend title 10, U.S. Code, "to authorize the enlistment in the Armed Forces of certain aliens who are unlawfully present in the United States and were younger than 15 years of age when they initially entered the United States, but who are otherwise qualified for enlistment, and to provide a mechanism by which such aliens, by reason of their honorable service in the Armed Forces, may be lawfully admitted   more

Rep. Kilmer Introduces Bill to Publish Report on Use of Deepfake Technology
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3600) to "require the Secretary of Homeland Security to publish an annual report on the use of deepfake technology." The bill was introduced on June 28 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Pete King, R-N.Y., Stephanie N. Murphy, D-Fla., and Will Hurd, R-Texas. It was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. For more information, Rep. Derek Kilmer, 1410 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515;  more

Rep. Larson Introduces Bill to Establish National & Community Service Administration
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. John B. Larson, D-Conn., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3464) to "establish a National and Community Service Administration to carry out the national and volunteer service programs, to expand participation in such programs." The bill was introduced on June 25 and has 184 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass., Seth Moulton, D-Mass., Donna Shalala, D-Fla., Katie Hill, D-Calif., Doris O. Matsui, D-Calif., David E. Price, D-N.C., Alma S.  more

Rep. Lieu Introduces Bill to Prohibit Commercial Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3570) to prohibit commercial sexual orientation conversion therapy. The bill was introduced on June 27 and has 64 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Karen Bass, D-Calif., Ami Bera, D-Calif., Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., Julia Brownley, D-Calif., Tony Cardenas, D-Calif., David N. Cicilline, D-R.I., Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., J. Luis Correa, D-Calif., Charlie Crist, D-Fla.,  more

Rep. Lujan Introduces Bill on Commercialization of Technologies for Energy Foundation
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Rep. Ben Lujan, D-N.M., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3575) to "establish the Increasing and Mobilizing Partnerships to Achieve Commercialization of Technologies (IMPACT) for Energy Foundation." The bill was introduced on June 27 and has 13 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., Daniel Lipinski, D-Ill., Tom Reed, R-N.Y., Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., Da  more

Rep. Murphy Introduces Bill on Covered Classified Information
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Stephanie N. Murphy, D-Fla., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3476) to "express the sense of Congress that section 502 of the National Security Act of 1947, together with other intelligence community authorities, obligate an element of the intelligence community to submit to the congressional intelligence committees written notification, by not later than 7 days after becoming aware, that an individual in the executive branch has disclosed covered classified informati  more

Rep. Murphy Introduces Bill on Unauthorized Intrusion Into Election System
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Rep. Stephanie N. Murphy, D-Fla., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3529) to "require the Secretary of Homeland Security to promptly notify appropriate State and local officials and Members of Congress if Federal officials have credible evidence of an unauthorized intrusion into an election system and a basis to believe that such intrusion could have resulted in voter information being altered or otherwise affected, to require State and local officials to notify potentially  more

Rep. Murphy Introduces Bill to Limit Authority to Modify Duty Rates
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Stephanie N. Murphy, D-Fla., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3477) to "limit the authority of the President to modify duty rates for national security reasons and to limit the authority of the United States Trade Representative to impose certain duties or import restrictions." The bill was introduced on June 25 and was co-sponsored by Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., and Joe Cunningham, D-S.C. It was jointly referred to the House Ways and Means and Rules committees. For mo  more

Rep. Napolitano Introduces Bill on Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Grace F. Napolitano, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3465) to "authorize the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs." The bill was introduced on June 25 and has 16 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Tom Cole, R-Okla., John Sarbanes, D-Md., James McGovern, D-Mass., Tony Cardenas, D-Calif., Jared Huffman, D-Calif., Gil Cisneros, D-Calif., Salud O. Carbajal, D-Calif., Julia Bro  more

Rep. Pocan Introduces Bill to Review Discharge Characterization
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3517) to "direct the Secretary of Defense to review the discharge characterization of former members of the Armed Forces who were discharged by reason of the sexual orientation of the member." The bill was introduced on June 26 and has 100 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Katie Hill, D-Calif., Don S. Beyer, D-Va., Chris Pappas, D-N.H., Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Robin Kelly, D-Ill., Ted Deutch, D-Fla., Dina Titus  more

Rep. Posey Introduces Bill on Death Gratuities
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3518) to "prohibit the payment of death gratuities to the surviving heirs of deceased Members of Congress." The bill was introduced on June 26. It was referred to the House Administration Committee. For more information, Rep. Bill Posey, 2150 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; 202/225-3671; or in the district office at 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Bldg. C, Melbourne, FL 32940; 321/632-1776.  more

Rep. Posey Introduces Bill on Notice of Proposed Rule Making
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3449) to "require that in a notice of proposed rule making for a new rule, the notice shall identify two rules which the agency intends to repeal." The bill was introduced on June 24. It was referred to the House Judiciary Committee. For more information, Rep. Bill Posey, 2150 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; 202/225-3671; or in the district office at 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Bldg. C, Melb  more

Rep. Posey Introduces Bill to Amend Title 5 of U.S. Code
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3603) to amend chapter 7 of title 5, U.S. Code, "to provide that in the case of an agency that appeals the ruling of a court under that chapter, and does not prevail on appeal, the court shall award the prevailing party reasonable attorney's fees and costs." The bill was introduced on June 28. It was referred to the House Judiciary Committee. For more information, Rep. Bill Posey, 2150 Rayburn House Office Buildin  more

Rep. Richmond Introduces Bill to Mint Commemorative Coins
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Cedric L. Richmond, D-La., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3483) to "require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint commemorative coins in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the integration of baseball." The bill was introduced on June 25 and has 109 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Roger Williams, R-Texas, Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., John Katko, R-N.Y., Michael F. Doyle, D-Pa., TJ Cox, D-Calif., Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., File  more

Rep. Rooney Introduces Bill to Repeal EPA Renewable Fuel Program
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3427) to repeal the renewable fuel program of the Environmental Protection Agency. The bill was introduced on June 21 and has seven co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, Tom McClintock, R-Calif., Mark Meadows, R-N.C., Lance Gooden, R-Texas, Ted Budd, R-N.C., Jody Hice, R-Ga., and Chip Roy, R-Texas. For more information, Rep. Francis Rooney, 120 Cannon House Office Building, Washington,   more

Rep. Ruiz Introduces Bill to Protect Health Care Consumers
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3502) to amend the Public Health Service Act and title XI of the Social Security Act to protect health care consumers from surprise billing practices. The bill was introduced on June 26 and has 32 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., Joseph D. Morelle, D-N.Y., Ami Bera, D-Calif., Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, Donna Shalala, D-Fla., Van Taylor, R-Texas, Phil Roe, R-Tenn., Jim Banks, R-Ind., Brian   more

Rep. Rush Introduces Bill to Amend Title IX of Public Health Service Act
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Rep. Bobby L. Rush, D-Ill., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3534) to amend title IX of the Public Health Service Act to revise the operations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The bill was introduced on June 27 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., Judy Chu, D-Calif., and Neal P. Dunn, R-Fla. It was jointly referred to the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees. For more information, Rep. Bobby L. Rush, 2188 Rayburn House Office Bui  more

Rep. Rutherford Introduces Bill on Moratorium on Oil, Gas Exploration
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Rep. John H. Rutherford, R-Fla., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3585) to "provide for a moratorium on oil and gas leasing and exploration on the outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Florida until 2029." The bill was introduced on June 27 and has 17 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Al Lawson, D-Fla., Stephanie N. Murphy, D-Fla., Darren Soto, D-Fla., Charlie Crist, D-Fla., Kathy Castor, D-Fla., Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., Matt Gaet  more

Rep. Schneider Introduces Bill to Codify Boots to Business Program
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Ill., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3537) to amend the Small Business Act to codify the Boots to Business Program. The bill was introduced on June 27 and was co-sponsored by Rep. Ross Spano, R-Fla. It was referred to the House Small Business Committee. For more information, Rep. Bradley Schneider, 1432 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; 202/225-4835; or in the district offices at 111 Barclay Blvd., Ste. 200, Lincolnshire,   more

Rep. Sensenbrenner Introduces Bill to Establish U.S. Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., R-Wis., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3493) to amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to establish a United States Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs. The bill was introduced on June 26 and was co-sponsored by Rep. Brian J. Mast, R-Fla. It was referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee. For more information, Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, 2449 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; 202/225-5101; o  more

Rep. Smith Introduces Bill to Reauthorize Stem Cell Therapeutic, Research Act of 2005
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3520) to reauthorize the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005. The bill was introduced on June 26 and was co-sponsored by Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla. It was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. For more information, Rep. Chris Smith, 2373 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; 202/225-3765; or in the district offices at 4573 S. Broad St., Hamilton, NJ 08620; 609/585-7878; 11  more

Rep. Tlaib Introduces Bill to Increase Take-Home Pay of American Workers
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3590) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 "to establish a refundable tax credit to increase the take-home pay of American workers and enhance their financial stability." The bill was introduced on June 27 and has 12 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. David N. Cicilline, D-R.I., Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., Jesus Garcia, D-Ill., Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas,  more

Rep. Trone Introduces Bill to Establish Advisory Commission
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. David Trone, D-Md., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3489) to "authorize the Secretary of Education to establish an Advisory Commission on Serving and Supporting Students with Mental Health Disabilities in Institutions of Higher Education." The bill was introduced on June 25 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Susan Wild, D-Pa., John Joyce, R-Pa., Donna Shalala, D-Fla., and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa. It was referred to the House Education and Labor Committee. For more infor  more

Rep. Velazquez Introduces Bill to Amend Section 287 of Immigration and Nationality Act
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez, D-N.Y., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3498) to amend section 287 of the Immigration and Nationality Act "to prohibit immigration officers or agents of the Department of Homeland Security from wearing clothing or other items bearing the word police." The bill was introduced on June 26 and has 22 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. James McGovern, D-Mass., Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., Jesus Garcia  more

Rep. Welch Introduces Bill on Reference Prices for Prescription Drugs
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., has introduced legislation (H.R. 3523) to "require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish reference prices for prescription drugs for purposes of Federal health programs." The bill was introduced on June 26 and was co-sponsored by Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla. It was jointly referred to the House Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Armed Services, Veterans' Affairs, Oversight and Reform and Natural Resources committees. For more i  more

Sen. Brown Introduces Bill to Prohibit Unfair Credit Practices
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has introduced legislation (S. 1961) to amend the Truth in Lending Act to prohibit certain unfair credit practices. The bill was introduced on June 25 and was co-sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. It was referred to the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. For more information, Sen. Sherrod Brown, 503 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510, 202/224-2315; or in the state at 200 N. High St., Ste. 614, Columbus, OH   more

Sen. Cantwell Introduces Bill on Procurement Contracts With SBA
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., has introduced legislation (S. 1981) to "modify the unconditional ownership requirement for women-owned and minority-owned small business concerns for purposes of procurement contracts with the Small Business Administration." The bill was introduced on June 26 and was co-sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. It was referred to the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. For more information, Sen. Maria Cantwell, 511 Hart Senate  more

Sen. Cornyn Introduces Bill on Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship Program
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has introduced legislation (S. 2011) to amend title 38, U.S. Code, "to reduce the credit hour requirement for the Edith Nourse Rogers STEM Scholarship program of the Department of Veterans Affairs." The bill was introduced on June 27 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas. It was referred to the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. For more information, Sen. John Co  more

Sen. Cotton Introduces Bill to Help Individuals Obtain Rehabilitative Services
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., has introduced legislation (S. 2016) to "help individuals receiving disability insurance benefits under title II of the Social Security Act obtain rehabilitative services and return to the workforce." The bill was introduced on June 27 and was co-sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. It was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. For more information, Sen. Tom Cotton, 326 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510; 202/224-2353; or in  more

Sen. Perdue Introduces Bill to Modify Definition of Agricultural Commodities
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., has introduced legislation (S. 2025) to amend the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 to modify the definition of agricultural commodities. The bill was introduced on June 27 and has seven co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and James M. Inhofe, R-Okla. For more information, Sen. David Perdue, 455 Russe  more

Sen. Peters Introduces Bill on Cybersecurity Assistance to Small Business Concerns
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., has introduced legislation (S. 2034) to "authorize small business development centers to provide cybersecurity assistance to small business concerns." The bill was introduced on June 27 and was co-sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. It was referred to the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. For more information, Sen. Gary Peters, 724 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510; 202/224-6221; or in the state at Sen. Pat  more

Sen. Shaheen Introduces Bill to Reauthorize Small Business Innovation Research Program
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., has introduced legislation (S. 2045) to "reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs." The bill was introduced on June 27 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Benjamin Cardin, D-Md. It was referred to the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. For more information, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, 506 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510; 20  more

Sen. Wyden Introduces Bill on Detecting, Preventing Money Laundering
WASHINGTON, June 28 -- Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has introduced legislation (S. 1978) to "ensure that persons who form corporations or limited liability companies in the United States disclose the beneficial owners of those corporations or limited liability companies, in order to prevent wrongdoers from exploiting United States corporations and limited liability companies for criminal gain, to assist law enforcement in detecting, preventing, and punishing terrorism, money laundering, and other mis  more