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Bill Introductions Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday September 22, 2019 ( 34 items )  

Rep. Axne Introduces Bill on Qualified Health Plans
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, has introduced legislation (H.R. 4379) to amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act "to require qualified health plans to have in place a process to remove from publicly accessible provider directories of such plans providers that are no longer within the network of such plans." The bill was introduced on Sept. 18 and has seven co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Haley Stevens, D-Mich., Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., Susie Lee, D-N  more

Rep. Bernice-Johnson Introduces Bill to Improve Quality of Undergraduate STEM Education
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Eddie Bernice-Johnson, D-Texas, has introduced legislation (H.R. 4372) to "direct Federal science agencies and the Office of Science and Technology Policy to undertake activities to improve the quality of undergraduate STEM education and enhance the research capacity at the Nation's HBCUs, TCUs, and MSIs." The bill was introduced on Sept. 18 and was co-sponsored by Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla. It was referred to the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. For  more

Rep. Butterfield Introduces Bill to Encourage Treatments for Rare Pediatric Diseases
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 -- Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., has introduced legislation (H.R. 4439) to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act "to make permanent the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue priority review vouchers to encourage treatments for rare pediatric diseases." The bill was introduced on Sept. 20 and has nine co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Michael T. McCaul, R-Texas, Jackie Speier, D-Calif., Mike Kelly, R-Pa., Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y., Gus   more

Rep. Cartwright Introduces Bill to Enhance Preparation for Extreme Weather
Washington, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Matthew Cartwright, D-Pa., has introduced legislation (H.R. 4347) to "enhance the Federal Government's planning and preparation for extreme weather and the Federal Government's dissemination of best practices to respond to extreme weather, thereby increasing resilience, improving regional coordination, and mitigating the financial risk to the Federal Government from such extreme weather." The bill was introduced on Sept. 17 and has nine co-sponsors. Co-sponsors incl  more

Rep. Crist Introduces Bill on Coast Guard Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps Program
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., has introduced legislation (H.R. 4413) to "authorize the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating to establish a Coast Guard Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program in cooperation with Pinellas Park High School." The bill was introduced on Sept. 19. It was referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. For more information, Rep. Charlie Crist, 215 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D  more

Rep. Crist Introduces Bill on Custodial Deposits
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., has introduced legislation (H.R. 4384) to amend the Federal Deposit Insurance Act "to ensure that certain custodial deposits of a well capitalized insured depository institution are not considered to be funds obtained by or through a deposit broker." The bill was introduced on Sept. 18 and was co-sponsored by Rep. J. French Hill, R-Ark. It was referred to the House Financial Services Committee. For more information, Rep. Charlie Crist, 215 C  more

Rep. Diaz-Balart Introduces Bill on Relief Efforts Related to Hurricane Dorian
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., has introduced legislation (H.R. 4415) to "provide a temporary increase in the limitation on deductible contributions made for relief efforts related to Hurricane Dorian." The bill was introduced on Sept. 19 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., and Ross Spano, R-Fla. It was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. For more information, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, 404 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; 2  more

Rep. Doggett Introduces Bill on Medicare, Disability Insurance Benefits
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, has introduced legislation (H.R. 4386) to amend title II of the Social Security Act "to eliminate the Medicare and disability insurance benefits waiting periods for disabled individuals." The bill was introduced on Sept. 18 and has 33 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., Judy Chu, D-Calif., David N. Cicilline, D-R.I., Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., Rosa L. DeLauro, D-Conn.,  more

Rep. Dunn Introduces Bill on Report on Estimated Cost of Disaster Impact
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Neal P. Dunn, R-Fla., has introduced legislation (H.R. 4376) to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act "to require Federal agencies impacted by a major disaster to submit to Congress a report on the estimated cost of the impact." The bill was introduced on Sept. 18. It was jointly referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Rules committees. For more information, Rep. Neal P. Dunn, 316 Cannon House Office Building,  more

Rep. Finkenauer Introduces Bill on Feasibility of Single Certification for Programs
Washington, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa, has introduced legislation (H.R. 4342) to "direct the Secretary of Education to conduct a study on the feasibility of a single certification for certain programs under the Higher Education Act of 1965." The bill was introduced on Sept. 17 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Frederica S. Wilson, D-Fla., Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and David B. McKinley, R-W.Va. It was referred to the House Education and Labor Committee. For more information, Rep. A  more

Rep. Fitzpatrick Introduces Bill on Pediatric Cancer Research
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 -- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., has introduced legislation (H.R. 4429) to "ensure that a fair percentage of Federal cancer research funds are dedicated to pediatric cancer research." The bill was introduced on Sept. 20 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., Stephanie N. Murphy, D-Fla., Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., and Mike Kelly, R-Pa. It was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. For more information, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick  more

Rep. Grijalva Introduces Bill to Terminate Rules Relating to Endangered Species
Washington, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, D-Ariz., has introduced legislation (.R. 4348) to "terminate certain rules issued by the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Commerce relating to endangered and threatened species." The bill was introduced on Sept. 17 and has 23 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Don S. Beyer, D-Va., Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., Ed Case, D-Hawaii, Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., Debra Haaland, D-N.M., Jared Huffman, D-Calif., Ted Lieu, D-  more

Rep. Hastings Introduces Bill to Prevent Human Trafficking
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., has introduced legislation (H.R. 4388) to amend the Public Health Service Act "to provide for the implementation of curricula for training students, teachers, and school personnel to understand, recognize, prevent, and respond to signs of human trafficking and exploitation in children and youth." The bill was introduced on Sept. 18 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and Greg Steube, R-Fla  more

Rep. Huffman Introduces Bill on Endangered Species Conservation
Washington, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (H.R. 4341) to "assist in the conservation of critically endangered species in foreign countries." The bill was introduced on Sept. 17 and has 12 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., Pete King, R-N.Y., Susan Wild, D-Pa., Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., Don S. Beyer, D-Va., Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif., Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Stev  more

Rep. Jackson-Lee Introduces Bill to Eliminate Racial Profiling by Law Enforcement
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 -- Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas has introduced legislation (H.R. 4339) to eliminate racial profiling by law enforcement. The bill was introduced on Sept. 16 and has 55 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Alma S. Adams, D-N.C., Nanette D. Barragan, D-Calif., Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, Sanford D. Bishop Jr., D-Ga., Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., Andre Carson, D-Ind., Matthew Cartwright, D-Pa., Kathy Castor, D-Fla., Judy Chu, D-Calif., David N. Cicilline, D-R.I., Yvette Clarke, D-  more

Rep. Jeffries Introduces Bill to Forbid Use of Chokeholds
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., has introduced legislation (H.R. 4408) to amend section 242 of title 18, U.S. Code, "to forbid the use of chokeholds by persons subject to that provision's prohibitions." The bill was introduced on Sept. 19 and has 27 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., Karen Bass, D-Calif., Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., Robin Kelly, D-Ill., John Lewis, D-Ga., Andre Carson, D-Ind., Jose E.  more

Rep. Khanna Introduces Bill to Provide That Federal Law Enforcement Officer May Not Use Deadly Force
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (H.R. 4359) to "provide that a Federal law enforcement officer may not use deadly force or less lethal force unless such force is necessary, to encourage States to adopt similar laws or policies." The bill was introduced on Sept. 17 and has 22 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. William Clay Jr., D-Mo., Bobby L. Rush, D-Ill., Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Gregory W. Meeks, D-N.Y., Yvette Clarke,   more

Rep. Latta Introduces Bill on Abortion Drugs
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Robert Latta, R-Ohio, has introduced legislation (H.R. 4399) to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act "to prohibit the approval of new abortion drugs, to prohibit investigational use exemptions for abortion drugs, and to impose additional regulatory requirements with respect to previously approved abortion drugs." The bill was introduced on Sept. 19 and has 29 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., Ralph Norman, R-S.C., Pete Olson, R-Texa  more

Rep. Lawrence Introduces Bill on Mental Health Screenings, Assessments
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., has introduced legislation (H.R. 4420) to amend subpart 1 of part B of title IV of the Social Security Act "to ensure that mental health screenings and assessments are provided to children and youth upon entry into foster care." The bill was introduced on Sept. 19 and has 13 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Karen Bass, D-Calif., Jim Langevin, D-R.I., Nanette D. Barragan, D-Calif., Grace F. Napolitano, D-Calif., Frederica S. Wilson, D-  more

Rep. Lawson Introduces Bill to Designate National Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Memorial
WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 -- Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., has introduced legislation (H.R. 4446) to "designate the POW/MIA Memorial and Museum in Jacksonville, Florida, as the National POW/MIA Memorial and Museum." The bill was introduced on Sept. 20 and has eight co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. John H. Rutherford, R-Fla., Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., Darren Soto, D-Fla., Neal P. Dunn, R-Fla., Ross Spano, R-Fla., Kathy Castor, D-Fla., Ted Yoho, R-Fla., and Michael Waltz, R-Fla. The legislation was  more

Rep. Lofgren Introduces Bill on Bankruptcy Proceedings
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (H.R. 4421) to amend title 28, U.S. Code, to modify venue requirements relating to bankruptcy proceedings. The bill was introduced on Sept. 19 and was co-sponsored by Reps. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., R-Wis., Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and Greg Steube, R-Fla. It was referred to the House Judiciary Committee. For more information, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, 1401 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; 202/225-3072;  more

Rep. Lujan Introduces Bill on Marijuana Use, Possession
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Ben Lujan, D-N.M., has introduced legislation (H.R. 4390) to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act "by striking marijuana use, possession, and distribution as grounds of inadmissibility and removal." The bill was introduced on Sept. 18 and has 21 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., J. Luis Correa, D-Calif., Jesus Garcia, D-Ill., Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., To  more

Rep. McAdams Introduces Bill on Fiscal Terms for Fossil Fuel Development
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, has introduced legislation (H.R. 4364) to amend the Mineral Leasing Act "to make certain adjustments to the fiscal terms for fossil fuel development and to make other reforms to improve returns to taxpayers for the development of Federal energy resources." The bill was introduced on Sept. 17 and was co-sponsored by Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla. It was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee. For more information, Rep. Ben McAdams, 130 C  more

Rep. Mucarsel-Powell Introduces Bill to Amend Higher Education Act of 1965
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., has introduced legislation (H.R. 4396) to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 "to remove the record of default on a loan made, insured or guaranteed under title IV from a borrower's credit history upon repayment of the full amount due on such loan." The bill was introduced on Sept. 19 and was co-sponsored by Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Mich. It was referred to the House Education and Labor Committee. For more information, Rep. Debbie Mu  more

Rep. Stevens Introduces Bill to Amend Higher Education Act of 1965
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Haley Stevens, D-Mich., has introduced legislation (H.R. 4395) to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 "to require the removal of the record of default from credit history upon obtaining a Federal Direct Consolidation Loan that discharges the defaulted loan." The bill was introduced on Sept. 19 and was co-sponsored by Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla. It was referred to the House Education and Labor Committee. For more information, Rep. Haley Stevens, 227 Canno  more

Rep. Takano Introduces Bill on Flores Settlement Agreement
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (H.R. 4394) to "prohibit Federal funds from being used to violate the terms of the Flores settlement agreement." The bill was introduced on Sept. 18 and has 14 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Thomas R. Suozzi, D-N.Y., Nydia M. Velazquez, D-N.Y., Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y., Gregory W. Meeks, D-N.Y., Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., Jose E. Serrano, D-N.Y., J. Luis Correa, D-Calif., Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, Jesus Ga  more

Rep. Tipton Introduces Bill on Thorium-Bearing Rare Earth Refinery Cooperative
WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 -- Rep. Scott R. Tipton, R-Colo., has introduced legislation H.R. 4410) to "provide for the establishment of the Thorium-Bearing Rare Earth Refinery Cooperative." The bill was introduced on Sept. 19 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., Jason Smith, R-Mo., Chris Stewart, R-Utah, David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., and Ted Yoho, R-Fla. It wasjointly referred to the House Armed Services and Energy and Commerce committees. For more information, Rep. Scott R. Tipton, 218   more

Rep. Walker Introduces Bill to Expand Access to Apprenticeships
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., has introduced legislation (H.R. 4369) to expand access to apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships among certain populations. The bill was introduced on Sept. 17 and has seven co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Troy Balderson, R-Ohio, Ross Spano, R-Fla., Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Ron Wright, R-Texas, John H. Rutherford, R-Fla., Dan Meuser, R-Pa., and Rick Crawford, R-Ark. The legislation was jointly referred to the House Education an  more

Rep. Walorski Introduces Bill on Floor Plan Financing
Washington, Sept. 18 -- Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., has introduced legislation (H.R. 4349) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 "to provide that floor plan financing includes the financing of certain trailers and campers The bill was introduced on Sept. 17 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Stephanie N. Murphy, D-Fla., and Dina Titus, D-Nev. It was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. For more information, Rep. Jackie Walorski, 419 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 205  more

Sen. McSally Introduces Bill on Child Tax Credit
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., has introduced legislation (S. 2490) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 "to make permanent certain changes made by Public Law 115-97 to the child tax credit." The bill was introduced on Sept. 17 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Mike Braun, R-Ind., and Rick Scott, R-Fla. It was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. For more information, Sen. Martha McSally, B40-D Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 205  more

Sen. Rubio Introduces Bill on Admission of Canadian Retirees as Long-Term Visitors
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has introduced legislation (S. 2507) to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act "to authorize admission of Canadian retirees as long-term visitors for pleasure described in section 101(a)(15)(B) of such Act." The bill was introduced on Sept. 18 and was co-sponsored by Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla. It was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. For more information, Sen. Marco Rubio, 284 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC, 20510; 202/  more

Sen. Rubio Introduces Bill on U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has introduced legislation (S. 2503) to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom The bill was introduced on Sept. 18 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., and Christopher Coons, D-Del. It was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. For more information, Sen. Marco Rubio, 284 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC, 20510; 202/224-3041  more

Sen. Scott Introduces Bill to Ban Federal Procurement of Drones
WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 -- Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., has introduced legislation (S. 2502) to "ban the Federal procurement of certain drones and other unmanned aircraft systems." The bill was introduced on Sept. 18 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. It was referred to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. For more information, Sen. Rick Scott, 716 Hart S  more

Sen. Wicker Introduces Bill to Counter Efforts to Harass Individuals
Washington, Sept. 18 -- Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., has introduced legislation (S. 2483) to "counter efforts by foreign governments to pursue, harass, or otherwise persecute individuals for political and other unlawful motives overseas." The bill was introduced on Sept. 17 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo. It was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. For more information, Sen. Roger Wic  more