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Bill Introductions Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday May 10, 2020 ( 18 items )  

Rep. Adams Introduces Bill to Include Eating Disorder Prevention Within Local School Wellness Policy
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- Rep. Alma S. Adams, D-N.C., has introduced legislation (H.R. 6703) to amend the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act "to include eating disorder prevention within local school wellness policy." The bill was introduced on May 5 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., Filemon Vela, D-Texas, Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and John Katko, R-N.Y. It was referred to the House Education and Labor Committee. For more information, Rep. Alma S. Ad  more

Rep. Cartwright Introduces Bill on Hazard Payments to High-Risk Health Care Workers
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- Rep. Matthew Cartwright, D-Pa., has introduced legislation (H.R. 6709) to "direct the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a coronavirus fund to provide hazard payments to high-risk health care workers and essential workers." The bill was introduced on May 5 and has six co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Linda T. Sanchez, D-Calif., Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and Paul Tonko, D-N.Y. The legislation was  more

Rep. Crow Introduces Bill on Expedited Procurement of Equipment Needed to Combat COVID-19
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo. has introduced legislation (H.R. 6711) to "provide for the expedited and transparent procurement and distribution of equipment and supplies needed to combat COVID-19." The bill was introduced on May 5 and has 48 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, Katie Porter, D-Calif., Bradley Schneider, D-Ill., Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Pa., Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., Angie Craig, D-Minn., Paul Tonko  more

Rep. Curtis Introduces Bill to Amend Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- Rep. John R. Curtis, R-Utah, has introduced legislation (H.R. 6712) to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 "to allow health share pools to be deemed an employer under section 3(5) of such Act for purposes of offering a group health plan or group health insurance coverage." The bill was introduced on May 5 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Jodey C. Arrington, R-Texas, and Jody Hice, R-Ga. It was referred to the House Education and Labor Committee. For more  more

Rep. Eshoo Introduces Bill to Require Longitudinal Study on Impact of COVID-19
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (H.R. 6701) to require a longitudinal study on the impact of COVID-19. The bill was introduced on May 5 and was co-sponsored by Reps. Michael C. Burgess, R-Texas, Diana DeGette, D-Colo., and Brett Guthrie, R-Ky. It was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. For more information, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, 202 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; 202/225-8104; or in the district office at 698 Eme  more

Rep. Kuster Introduces Bill to Establish Commission to Determine Essential Employment During COVID-19 Crisis Period
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- Rep. Ann Kuster, D-N.H., has introduced legislation (H.R. 6699) to "establish a commission to determine essential employment during the COVID-19 crisis period and provide loan repayment and education credit to workers employed in such essential employment during such crisis." The bill was introduced on May 5 and has 21 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., Stephen F. Lynch, D-Mass., Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, Madeleine Dean, D  more

Rep. Meng Introduces Bill to Facilitate Expedited Review of COVID-19 Hate Crimes
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., has introduced legislation (H.R. 6721) to facilitate the expedited review of COVID-19 hate crimes. The bill was introduced on May 5 and has 19 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif., Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass., Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J., Barbara Lee, D-Calif., Jahana Hayes, D-Conn., Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y., Nydia M. Velazquez, D-N.Y., Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., Earl Blume  more

Rep. Peterson Introduces Bill to Clarify Broadband Internet Access Services Eligibility for Federal Universal Service Support
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., has introduced legislation (H.R. 6723) to amend the Communications Act of 1934 "to clarify the eligibility of broadband internet access services for Federal universal service support." The bill was introduced on May 5 and has nine co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. Don Young, R-Alaska, Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., TJ Cox, D-Calif., Harold Rogers, R-Ky., Frank D. Lucas, R-Okla., Angie Craig, D-Minn., Ed Case, D-Hawaii, Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texa  more

Rep. Schrier Introduces Bill to Provide State Option for Cash-Value Voucher Increases
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- Rep. Kim Schrier, D-Wash., has introduced legislation (H.R. 6726) to "provide a State option for certain cash-value voucher increases during the COVID-19 public health emergency." The bill was introduced on May 5 and was co-sponsored by Rep. Ron Wright, R-Texas. It was referred to the House Education and Labor Committee. For more information, Rep. Kim Schrier, 1123 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; 202/225-7761; or in the district offices at 1445 N.W.   more

Rep. Thompson Introduces Bill to Approve Plans to Provide Nutritious Meals to Individuals in Need
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., has introduced legislation (H.R. 6700) to "authorize the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to approve State, local, and Indian tribal government plans to partner with small and mid-size restaurants and nonprofit organizations to provide nutritious meals to individuals in need, to waive certain matching fund requirements." The bill was introduced on May 5 and has 20 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Reps. James McGovern, D-  more

Sen. Alexander Introduces Bill to Ensure Fairness in Medicare Hospital Payments
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., has introduced legislation (S. 3665) to amend the title XVIII of the Social Security Act "to preserve access to rural health care by ensuring fairness in Medicare hospital payments." The bill was introduced on May 7 and has seven co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Doug Jones, D-Ala., David Perdue, R-Ga., and Tim Kaine, D-Va. The legislation   more

Sen. Corny Introduces Bill on Tax Treatment of Ordinary Business Expenses
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has introduced legislation (S. 3612) to "clarify for purposes of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that receipt of coronavirus assistance does not affect the tax treatment of ordinary business expenses." The bill was introduced on May 5 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Thomas R. Carper, D-Del. It was referred to the Senate Finance Committee. For more information, Sen. John Cornyn, 5  more

Sen. Cotton Introduces Bill to Allow Danger Pay for U.S. Marshals Service
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., has introduced legislation (S. 3661) to amend section 151 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991 "to allow danger pay for the U.S. Marshals Service." The bill was introduced on May 7 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and John Cornyn, R-Texas. It was referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. For more information, Sen. Tom Cotton, 326 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510; 202  more

Sen. Cotton Introduces Bill to Maintain List of Country of Origin of All Drugs Marketed in U.S.
WASHINGTON, May 8 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., has introduced legislation (S. 3635) to "require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to maintain a list of the country of origin of all drugs marketed in the U.S., to ban the use of Federal funds for the purchase of, or reimbursement for, drugs manufactured in China." The bill was introduced on May 6 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Rick Scott, R-Fla. It was referred to the  more

Sen. Grassley Introduces Bill on Public Safety Officer Death Benefits
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has introduced legislation (S. 3607) to "extend public safety officer death benefits to public safety officers whose death is caused by COVID-19." The bill was introduced on May 5 and has 14 co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Thom Tillis, R-N.C., Christopher Coons, D-Del., Steve Daines, R-Mont., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Rick Scott, R-Fla., Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Kelly L  more

Sen. Hoeven Introduces Bill on Strategic Petroleum Reserve
WASHINGTON, May 6 -- Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., has introduced legislation (S. 3597) to appropriate funds for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) Petroleum Account. The bill was introduced on May 4 and has nine co-sponsors. Co-sponsors include Sens. Doug Jones, D-Ala., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss. The legislation was referred to the Sen  more

Sen. Perdue Introduces Bill to Enhance Nurse, Physician Workforce
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., has introduced legislation (S. 3599) to "enhance our Nation's nurse and physician workforce during the COVID-19 crisis by recapturing unused immigrant visas." The bill was introduced on May 5 and was co-sponsored by Sens. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., Todd Young, R-Ind., Christopher Coons, D-Del., John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt. It was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. For more information, Sen. David Perdue, 455 Russell S  more

Sen. Peters Introduces Bill to Discount Single-Family Mortgage Insurance Premium Payments
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., has introduced legislation (S. 3639) to "require the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to discount FHA single-family mortgage insurance premium payments for first-time homebuyers who complete a financial literacy housing counseling program." The bill was introduced on May 7 and was co-sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. It was referred to the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. For more information, Sen. Gary Peter  more