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Putting America First

Defense

H.R. 5515 -- FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (Signed into law) 

●     This bill takes the crucial next steps to rebuilding our military and reforming the Pentagon. This legislation authorizes the $80 billion increase in defense spending approved by Congress. It increases funding for troop readiness and rebuilding our military, and includes a 2.6% pay raise for our troops.

H.R. 1625 -- Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Signed into law)

●     The bill provides $654.6 billion for the Department of Defense, the largest investment in our armed forces in 15 years, and funds a 2.4 percent pay raise for our troops.

H.R. 6157, Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations Act

●     The bill totals $674.6 billion for the Department of Defense-consistent with the National Defense Authorization Act and the recent budget agreement. This funding will continue to rebuild our Armed Forces, restore military readiness, and care for our service members and their families, including full funding for the largest troop pay raise in nine years.

H.R. 3364 -- Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (Signed into law) 

●     Includes sanctions against Iran, Russia, and North Korea -- including the Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017, Countering Russian Influence in Europe and Eurasia Act of 2017, and Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act

H.R. 3898 -- Otto Warmbier North Korea Sanctions Act

●     Named after a U.S. student who died after he was imprisoned in North Korea, this bill would strengthen and expand existing sanctions and Congress's oversight of North Korea sanctions.

H.R. 1698 -- Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act

●     Mandates the president impose sanctions on foreign persons and entities involved with Iran's ballistic missile program and those who provide or receive conventional weapons from Iran.

H.R. 4744 -- Iran Human Rights and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act

●     Increase sanctions on the Iranian regime for egregious human rights violations. It will impose sanctions on Iranian officials and their family members responsible for politically motivated detentions of U.S. citizens and residents, or abuses against Iranian expatriates.

H.R. 1638 -- Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act

●     Requires the Department of the Treasury to release an annual report of funds or assets held, directly or indirectly, by specific Iranian officials. This is an effort to prevent the financing of terrorism, money laundering, and to make financial institutions' required compliance with remaining sanctions more easily understood.

H.R. 4324 -- Strengthening Oversight of Iran's Access to Finance Act

●     Requires the Department of the Treasury to report to the Congress on the financing of aircraft purchases by Iran. It directs the Secretary of the Treasury to certify whether or not those transactions involve activities that could be sanc­tioned under current law.

H.R. 3329 -- Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act

●     Further ramps up pressure on entities that provide weapons to the terrorist organization Hezbollah. Targets Hezbollah's fundraising and recruiting efforts-including its attempts to crowdsource small donations to support its fighters.

H.R. 3342 -- Sanctioning Hezbollah's Illicit Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act

●     Identifies and sanctions Hezbollah commanders complicit in or responsible for ordering or directing the use of human shields. Extends sanctions to those who provide material support to those involved in this significant human rights abuse.

Workforce Development

H.R. 2 -- SNAP Workforce Solutions (Farm Bill) 

●     Creates a streamlined, simplified work requirement through meaningful investments in workforce development.

H.R.1989--VET TECAct (Signed into law) 

●     Creates pilot program to provide eligible veterans with the opportunity to enroll in high technology programs of education through the GI Bill.

H.R.2353 -- Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Signed into law)

●     This bill amends the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins Act) to help more Americans enter the workforce with the skills necessary to compete for and succeed in high-skilled, in-demand careers. It simplifies the application process for receiving federal funds and provides more flexibility to use federal resources to respond to changing education and economic needs.

H.R. 2842 -- Accelerating Individuals Into the Workforce

●     Provides funding for wage subsidies, encourages employers to work directly with state and local agencies to hire TANF recipients and provide them the work experience they need to secure a job.

H.R. 4111 -- Spurring Business in Communities Act of 2017

●      Requires the Small Business Administration to put a focus on how applications are reviewed and processed, and help increase the amount of capital flowing throughout the Small Business Investment Company program to underserved areas of the country.

H.R. 1680 -- Women’s Business Centers Improvements Act of 2018

●      Will reauthorize the Women's Business Centers (WBCs) program through 2022 and improve the accreditation process. There are more than 100 WBC educational centers throughout the United States, which are set up to help women starting and growing small businesses.

H.R. 3170 -- Small Business Development Center Cyber Security Training Act of 2017

●      Establishes a cyber-counseling certification program in lead Small Business Development Centers to better assist small businesses with planning and implementing cybersecurity measures to defend against cyber-attacks.

H.R. 255 -- Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act (Signed into law) 

●      Authorize the National Science Foundation to encourage its entrepreneurial programs to recruit and support women to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and into the commercial world.

Immigration/Border Security

H.R. 3219 -- Provisions to Fully Fund the President's Request for a Border Wall

●      Fully funds President Trump's FY2018 $1.6 billion request

H.R. 3004 -- Kate's Law

●      Enhances penalties for individuals who unlawfully return to the United States.

H.R. 3003 -- No Sanctuary for Criminals Act

●      Strengthens the law to combat dangerous sanctuary policies that shield criminal unlawful immi­grants from federal immigration enforcement.

Tax Reform

H.R. 1 -- Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Signed into law) 

●     Major elements of the bill include reducing tax rates for businesses and individuals; a personal tax simplifica­tion by increasing the standard deduction and family tax credits, reducing the alternative minimum tax for individuals and eliminating it for corporations; reducing the number of estates impacted by the estate tax; and repealing the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Regulatory Reform

H.R. 26 -- REINS Act

●     The REINS Act requires every new regulation that costs more than $100 million to be approved by Congress. The idea behind this bill is simple: If a regulation from a federal agency is going to have a major impact on the economy, then Congress ought to have a say.

H.R. 5 -- Regulatory Accountability Act

●     This bill requires agencies to choose the least-costly option available to accomplish their goals. It also prohibits large rules from going into effect while they are being challenged in court. Further, it would end "Chevron deference," a doctrine that stacks the legal system in favor of the bureaucracy by directing judges to defer to an agency's interpretation of its own rules.

CRAs

H.J. Res 38 -- The Stream Buffer Rule (Signed into law) 

●     Repeals a rule that would have saddled mines with unnecessary regulations, putting up to 64% of America's coal reserves off limits and threatening between 40,000 to 70,000 mining jobs.

H.J. Res 41 -- The SEC Disclosure Rule for Resource Extraction (Signed into law) 

●     Repeals a rule that would have put an unreasonable compliance burden on publicly-traded American energy companies, putting them at a disadvantage to foreign-owned businesses.

H.J. Res 40 -- The Social Security Service's Second Amendment Restrictions (Signed into law) 

●     Repeals restrictions that would increase scrutiny on up to 4.2 million law-abiding disabled Americans attempting to purchase firearms, potentially depriving people of their constitutional rights without proper due process protections.

H.J. Res 37 -- The Federal Contracts Blacklisting Rule (Signed into law) 

●     Repeals a rule that would unjustly block many businesses accused of violating labor laws from federal contracts before they've even had a chance to defend themselves in court.

H.J. Res. 36 -- The Bureau of Land Management Venting and Flaring Rule (Failed in the Senate) 

●     Repeals a rule that would further cap methane emissions in the oil and gas industry at a time when the industry is already dramatically reducing emissions, potentially wiping out family-owned marginal wells and costing an estimated $1 billion.

H.J. Res 44 -- The Bureau of Land Management Planning 2.0 Rule (Signed into law) 

●     Repeals a rule that would reduce local authority over large swaths of land out west, massively expanding the federal government's control more than 175 million acres of land-about 4,000 times the size of Washington, D.C.-in 11 western states.

H.J. Res 58 -- The Teacher Preparation Rule (Signed into law) 

●     Repeals a rule that would force states to use Washington's standards to determine whether a teacher prepa­ration program is effective, undermining local control over education and potentially exacerbating the shortage of special education teachers.

H.J. Res 57 -- The Education Accountability Rule (Signed into law) 

●   Repeals a rule that would be an unfunded mandate imposing Washington's standard for how to assess schools on state and local governments.

H.J. Res. 42 -- The Unemployment Insurance Drug Testing Rule (Signed into law) 

●   Repeals a rule that would severely restrict states' ability to limit drug abusers from receiving unemployment benefits even if the drug users are not able and available for work, as the law requires.

H.J. Res 66 -- The State Retirement Plan Rule (Signed into law) 

●   Repeals a rule that would treat employees unequally by allowing states to force some workers into second-ti­er government-run retirement accounts that lack the same protections as private-sector accounts.

H.J. Res 67 --The Local Retirement Plan Rule (Signed into law) 

●     Repeals a rule that would treat employees unequally by allowing certain localities to force some workers into second-tier government-run retirement accounts that lack the same protections as private-sector accounts .

H.J. Res 69 -- The National Wildlife Hunting and Fishing Rule (Signed into law) 

●     Repeals a rule that would infringe on Alaska's right to sustainably manage fish and wildlife by over-regulating hunting-a move that could set the stage for the federal government to undermine local control across the U.S.

H.J. Res 43 -- The Title X Abortion Funding Rule (Signed into law) 

●     Repeals a rule that would force states to administer Title X health funding to abortion providers, even if states want to redirect those funds to community health centers and hospitals that offer more comprehensive coverage.

H.J. Res 83 -- The OSHA Power Grab Rule (Signed into law) 

●     Repeals a rule that is clearly unlawful. The law explicitly states that employers can only be targeted for failing to keep proper health and safety records within a six-month time period. The rule we overturned would have extended that to a full five years.

H.J. Res 34 -- FCC Internet Service Provider Rule (Signed into law) 

●     This bill would treat internet service providers (ISPs) the same as other companies like Google and Facebook by applying the same privacy rules to everyone.

H.J. Res 111 -- CFPB Rule (Signed into law) 

●     This bill would nullify the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) harmful arbitration rule.

S.J. Res. 57 -- Congressional Review Act Resolution to disapprove the CFPB's 2013 Auto Bulletin (Signed into law) 

●     Nullifies the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's 2013 guidance addressing indirect auto lending. This guidance describes auto lenders' responsibility, established by the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, to avoid discriminatory lending practices. Lending discrimination in the auto market, substantiated by data time and again, has long been prevalent.

Community Bank Relief (Dodd-Frank Reform)

S.2155 Economic Growth -- Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (Signed into law)

●     Helps tailor regulatory standards for community banks and smaller financial institutions, which were dispro­portionately hurt by the one-size-fits-all regulations of Dodd-Frank. This will allow community banks to free up resources to do their jobs - supporting community growth and serving small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Access to Capital

S. 488 -- JOBS and Investor Confidence Act of 2018 (House amendment).

●     The bill combines provisions of numerous bills primarily designed to spur entrepreneurship by reinvigorating business startups and initial public offerings.

HR 79-- HALOS Act

●     This bill directs the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to revise Regulation D, which exempts certain offerings from SEC registration requirements but prohibits general solicitation or general advertising with respect to such offerings.

HR 477 -- Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2017

●     Updates requirements for merger-and-acquisition brokers that facilitate transfer of ownership in private­ly-held companies with earnings or revenues under a specified threshold.

HR 1153 -- Mortgage Choice Act of 2017

●     Provides clarity on the points and fees necessary to become a qualified mortgage, increasing the choice for low and moderate-income borrowers and first-time homebuyers. This legislation preserves consumer choice and helps our fellow Americans achieve the dream of becoming homeowners.

HR 1585 -- Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act

●      This bill amends the Securities Act of 1933 to modify the definition of "accredited investor" for purposes of participating in private offerings.

HR 2396 -- Privacy Notification Technical Clarification Act

●     This bill amends the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to exempt a financial institution, under specified circumstances, from the requirement to annually disclose its privacy policies to consumers.

HR 2706-- Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2017

●     This bill specifies that a federal banking agency may not request or order a depository institution to termi­nate a customer account.

HR 3312-- Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act of 2017

●     Allows the Federal Reserve Board (FRB) to subject a bank holding company to enhanced supervision. again, has long been prevalent.

HR 3903 -- Encouraging Public Offerings Act of 2017

●     Allows an issuer of securities to communicate with potential investors to ascertain interest in a contemplated securities offering, either before or after the filing of a registration statement (i.e., "test the waters").

HR 3911-- Risk-Based Credit Examination Act

●     Provides the Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Credit Ratings with discretion concerning reviewable matters during its annual examination of nationally recognized statistical rating organizations.

HR 3973 -- Market Data Protection Act of 2017

●     Requires the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and the operator of the consolidated audit trail (a database that tracks trading in equities and options markets) to develop internal risk control mechanisms to protect stored market data.

HR 3978--TRID Improvement Act of 2017

●     Modifies disclosure requirements applicable to mortgage loan transactions. Specifically, the disclosed charges for any title insurance premium shall be equal to the amount charged for each individual title insurance policy, subject to any discounts as required by either state regulation or the title company rate filings.

HR 4292--Financial Institution Living Will Improvement Act of 2017

●     This bill amends the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to limit the frequency with which certain nonbank financial companies and bank holding companies shall be required to submit a
"living will" (i.e., the company's plan for rapid and orderly resolution in the event of financial distress or failure) to the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), the Financial Stability Oversight Council, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Specifically, such companies shall be required to do so no more than once every two years.

HR 4545--Financial Institutions Examination Fairness and Reform Act

●     This bill amends the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council Act of 1978 to set deadlines for final examination reports and exit interviews of a financial institution by a federal financial regulatory agency, and establish the Office of Independent Examination Review to adjudicate appeals and investigate complaints from financial institutions concerning examination reports.

HR 4061--Financial Stability Oversight Council Improvement Act of 2017

●     This bill amends the Financial Stability Act of 2010 to require the Financial Stability Oversight Council, in determining whether a non bank financial company shall be designated as systemically important and conse­quently be supervised by the Federal Reserve Board and subject to prudential standards, to consider the appro­priateness of imposing such standards as opposed to other forms of regulation to mitigate identified risks to U.S. financial stability.

HR 4566--Alleviating Stress Test Burdens to Help Investors Act

●     This bill amends the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to: (1) eliminate the Federal Reserve Board's authority to conduct stress tests of nonbank financial companies more than once annually, and (2) exempt certain financial companies not primarily regulated by either a federal banking agency or the Federal Housing Finance Agency from requirements to conduct stress tests.

HR 4790--Volcker Rule Regulatory Harmonization

●     This bill amends the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 to grant exclusive rulemaking authority under the Volcker Rule to the Federal Reserve Board.

HR 5078--TRID Improvement Act of 2018

●     This bill amends the Real Estate Settlement Procedures of 1974 to modify disclosure requirements applicable to mortgage loan transactions.

H.R. 4111 -- Spurring Business in Communities Act of 2017

●     The bill would increase the amount of capital flowing to rural and underserved areas of the country by refo­cusing the SBIC program to focus on forming in these areas"

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H.R. 2 --Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 - Farm BILL

●     To provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agricul­ture through fiscal year 2023, and for other purposes. The Farm Bill supports the current and long-term devel­opment of rural broadband.
 
H.J. Res 38 --The Stream Buffer Rule (CRA) (Signed into law) 

●     Repeals a rule that would have saddled mines with unnecessary regulations, putting up to 64% of America's coal reserves off limits and threatening between 40,000 to 70,000 mining jobs.
 
H.J. Res. 36 --The Bureau of Land Management Venting and Flaring Rule (CRA) (Failed in the Senate) 

●     Repeals a rule that would further cap methane emissions in the oil and gas industry at a time when the industry is already dramatically reducing emissions, potentially wiping out family-owned marginal wells and costing an estimated $1 billion.
 
H.J. Res 44 --The Bureau of Land Management Planning 2.0 Rule (CRA) (Signed into law) 

●     Repeals a rule that would reduce local authority over large swaths of land out west, massively expanding the federal government's control more than 175 million acres of land-about 4,000 times the size of Washington, D.C.-in 11 western states.

H.R 4986-RAY BAUM'S Act (Signed into law)

●     FCC reauthorization included $600 million for a rural broadband pilot program managed by the U.S. Depart­ment of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Services.

H.R. 8 --Water Resources and Development Act

●     H.R. 8 authorizes Army Corps of Engineers civil works activities and builds on previous reform efforts to ensure improvements are made to the nation's ports, inland waterways, locks, dams, flood protection, ecosys­tem restoration, and other water resources infrastructure.
 
H.R. 23 --Gaining Responsibility on Water Act of 2017

●     Works to make more water available to families, farmers, and entire communities in California and bordering Western states.

H.R. 2874-- 21st Century Flood Reform Act

●     Reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years, introduces private market competi­tion, and provides programmatic reform to help policyholders.
 
NDAA Amendment #122 -- Critical Minerals Development

●     Facilitates streamlined permitting for critical and strategic minerals.
 
Farm Bill Amendment #16 --WOTUS repeal

●     Would repeal the Obama-era definition of 'navigable waters' under the Clean Water Act that unconstitution­ally expanded the EPA's jurisdiction over transient and insignificant waters, and in a way that was also inconsis­tent with the underlying Clean Water Act.
 
Farm Bill Amendment #31 --Streamlining the permitting process for rural broadband

●     Would streamline and expedite the regulatory framework necessary to utilize federal lands for broadband infrastructure deployment and improve broadband coverage in Rural America
 
H.R. 289 -- Guides and Outfitters Act (GO Act) 

●     Eliminates regulations that inhibit outdoor recreation and increases opportunities for all Americans to access and enjoy the nation's federal lands.
 
H.R. 2883 -- Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act

●     Updates permitting requirements for oil and natural gas pipelines and electric transmission facilities that cross international borders.
 
H.R.2936 -- Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017

●     Expedites forest health projects under the National Environmental Policy Act and improves forest manage­ment activities on public lands and and Tribal lands to return resilience to overgrown, fire-prone forested lands.
 
H.R. 2910 -- Promoting lnteragency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act

●     Would specify timeframes and procedures for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other affected agencies to follow in conducting environmental reviews related to natural gas pipelines.
 
H.R. 3043 -- Hydropower Policy Modernization Act

●     Modernizes the regulatory permitting process and encourages the expansion of hydropower generation by improving administrative efficiency, accountability, and transparency; promotes new hydropower infrastructure; requires balanced and timely decision making; and reduces duplicative oversight.
 
H.R. 238 -- Commodity End-User Relief Act

●     Reauthorizes the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to better protect futures customers, to provide end-users with market certainty, to make basic reforms to ensure transparency and accountability at the Com­mission, to help farmers, ranchers, and end-users manage risks, to help keep consumer costs low, and for other purposes.
 
H.R. 1238 -- Securing our Agriculture and Food Act (Signed into law) 

●     Authorizes a program within the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Health Affairs to coordinate efforts to defend U.S. food, agriculture, and veterinary systems against terrorism.
 
H.R. 1654 -- Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act

●     Creates a "one-stop-shop" permitting process through the Bureau of Reclamation to streamline the current multi-agency permitting processes for new or expanded non-federal surface storage facilities.
 
H.R. 1873 --Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act

●     Provides streamlined processes for the removal of hazardous vegetative overgrowth within or adjacent to electricity infrastructure on federal lands.
 
H.R. 3144 -- Dam Protection

●     Provides for the continued operations of the four Lower Snake River Dams in the Pacific Northwest through September 30, 2022 in accordance with the best available science and a biological opinion previously approved by the previous Administration. Under the bill, only an act of Congress or a subsequent final biological opinion could cause a departure from current operations or make structural modifications to the four dams addressed by this legislation.

H.R. 4111-- Spurring Business in Communities Act of 2017

●     The bill would increase the amount of capital flowing to rural and underserved areas of the country by refo­cusing the SBIC program to focus on forming in these areas"

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Human Trafficking

S. 534 -- Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017 (Signed into law)

●     Extends the mandatory reporting requirements of child abuse to national governing bodies, like USA Gymnastics, and affiliated amateur sports organizations, to ensure that reports are immediately made to local or federal law enforcement authorities.

H.R. 1865 - Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (Signed into law)

●     Gives states and victims the power to sue websites that support and facilitate human trafficking.

S. 1532 – No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act (Signed into law)

●     Will permanently ban any individual from commercial vehicle operation if their vehicle is found to have been used in trafficking people.

S. 1536 – Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act (Signed into law)

●     Will require the Department of Transportation to designate an official to coordinate human trafficking prevention efforts across DOT and other federal agencies and take into account the unique challenges of combating human trafficking within different transportation modes. 

H.R 1625 -- Consolidated Appropriations Act (Signed into law)

●     Amends the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to authorize the State Department and law enforcement agencies to target international human traffickers by offering financial rewards for their arrest or conviction. The Department currently has a rewards program that uses appropriated funds to offer cash awards to deter transnational organized crime.

H.R. 1625 -- TARGET Act

●     Turns the tables on human traffickers by allowing the State Department to use cash rewards to help bring them to justice.

H.R. 1842 -- Strengthening Children’s Safety Act

●     This bill amends the federal criminal code to add violent state crimes to the list of violent offenses that trigger an additional five-year consecutive mandatory minimum prison term for a defendant who fails to comply with sex offender registration requirements and commits such offense. Additionally, it expands the prior military sex offense convictions that trigger an enhanced mandatory minimum prison term for a defendant who subsequently commits aggravated child sex abuse or certain child pornography offenses.

H.R. 1188 -- Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2017

●     A bill to reauthorize certain programs established by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, and for other purposes. The Walsh Act organizes sex offenders into three tiers according to the crime committed, and mandates that Tier 3 offenders (the most serious tier) update their whereabouts every three months with lifetime registration requirements.

H.R. 883 – Targeting Child Predators Act

●     This bill amends the federal criminal code to modify the process for issuing a nondisclosure requirement in connection with administrative subpoenas in four categories of investigations: health care offenses, child sexual exploitation or abuse, unregistered sex offenders, and imminent threats to an individual protected by the U.S. Secret Service. It lengthens the period of time during which a recipient of an administrative subpoena is prohibited from disclosure. The bill subjects a nondisclosure requirement to judicial review, requires the administrative subpoena to include notice of the availability of judicial review, and establishes a process for judicial review.

H.R. 2473 – Put Trafficking Victims First Act

●     The bill directs the Attorney General to provide training for prosecutors on investigating and processing cases with a trauma-informed and victim-centered approach, and encourages states to provide appropriate services to victims of trafficking. The bill also requires reports on the implementation of state safe harbor provisions and on how to improve mandatory restitution procedures for victims of trafficking in federal courts.

H.R. 1808 – Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act

●     Encourages and increases public awareness of new and innovative ways to recover and protect missing and exploited children. Better protects the growing number of children who go missing from state care and those who are victims of sex trafficking. Improves assistance in identifying and locating abductors, criminal offenders, and missing children. Prevents children from becoming the victims of exploitation online. Provides transparency surrounding recovery and prevention efforts.

H.R. 1809 -- The Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017

●     Provides state and local leaders greater flexibility to meet the needs of delinquent youth in their communities and improve public safety. Helps at-risk youth avoid the juvenile justice system by improving support for prevention services. Prioritizes what works and focuses on evidence-based strategies with proven track records. Improves accountability and oversight to deliver positive outcomes for kids and protect taxpayers.

H.R. 2200 – The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act

●     Reauthorizes $130 million to fund the prevention of human trafficking, protect victims, and prosecute traffickers.

H.R. 2052 – The PRIVATE Act

●     Protects troops from non-consensual sharing of intimate media by other military members. Gives the military the tools to crack down on the perpetrators and prevent this behavior in the future by defining when private photo sharing is a military criminal act -- which is not clear in current law -- while protecting whistleblowers.

H.R. 1973 - Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act of 2017

●     This bill amends the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 to extend the duty to report suspected child abuse to adults who are authorized to interact with minor or amateur athletes at an amateur sports organization facility or at an event sanctioned by a national governing body (NGB) or member of an NGB.

H.R. 1761 - Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017

●     It would eliminate the requirement that a defendant had “specific intent” to create or distribute child pornography.

H.R. 2219- End Banking for Human Traffickers Act of 2018

●     This bill amends the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 to add the Secretary of the Treasury as a member of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking

H.R. 1862 - Global Child Protection Act of 2017

●     Combats global sex tourism by closing loopholes that allow child predators to go unpunished for their abuse of children overseas. Expands the conduct covered for child sexual exploitation cases that involve abuse occurring abroad to include sexual contact. Broadens the offenses covered in the recidivist enhancement provisions in current law to protect the youngest of child victims. 

H.R. 2480 – Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act

●     Permits states and localities to receive grant funding for programs that combat human trafficking, including programs aimed at reducing demand for commercial sex.

Safe Communities

H.R. 4909 -- STOP School Violence Act (Signed into law)

●     Creates a grant program to train students, teachers, school officials, and local law enforcement how to identify and intervene early when signs of violence arise, creates a coordinated reporting system, and implements school threat assessment protocols to prevent school violence before it happens. 

FY18 omnibus -- FIX NICS Act (Signed into law)

●     Helps fill in gaps in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and strengthens our nation’s existing laws. It will help ensure that both federal and state authorities are appropriately reporting criminals to NICS. These measures make sure that states improve their overall reporting and hold federal agencies accountable who fail to properly report the necessary records.

H.R. 38 -- Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017

●     Allows a qualified person to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

Healthcare

CHIP Reauthorization (Signed into law)

●     10-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program

H.R. 1628 -- American Health Care Act of 2017

●     AHCA repeals and replaces Obamacare (ACA). It also defunds Planned Parenthood. It repeals Medicaid expansion and many taxes. 

H.R. 372 -- Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017

●     This bill amends the McCarran-Ferguson Act to declare that nothing in that Act modifies, impairs, or supersedes the operation of antitrust laws with respect to the business of health insurance, including the business of dental insurance.

H.R. 1101 -- Small Business Health Fairness Act

●     This bill allows small businesses to join together in association health plans (AHP) across state lines through bona fide trade associations to become larger purchasers of health insurance. Specifically, the bill relieves small businesses that form AHPs from state-mandated benefit laws that often make coverage prohibitively expensive.

H.R. 1215 -- Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017

●     This bill imposes a $250,000 cap on damages that could be brought in most medical malpractice lawsuits. It caps noneconomic damages such as emotional distress, suffering, and mental anguish.

H.R. 6199--Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018

●     The bill modernizes HSA rules in various ways to help more people access HSAs

H.R. 6311--Increasing Access to Lower Premium Plans and Expanding Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018

●     The bill expands the utility of tax-preferred health accounts to help individuals plan and save for their health care needs

H.R. 2372--VETERAN ACT

●     Under current law, people who are eligible to receive insurance through work or government programs – such as TRICARE, Medicare, or Medicaid – are not eligible to receive help to purchase health insurance in the individual insurance marketplace. An existing regulation makes an exception for veterans – who are eligible for, but not enrolled in, insurance through the VA – so they have the support and flexibility to purchase insurance on the individual marketplace if they choose. The VETERAN Act puts this regulation into law so veterans will continue to have access to health insurance, either with ObamaCare subsidies or the AHCA tax credits.

H.R. 2579--Broader Options for Americans Act

●     Under current law, people who lose their job – or experience a similar qualifying life event – can continue using the health insurance they received through work (known as COBRA continuation coverage); however, they must pay the full premium costs – and sometimes more – without access to ObamaCare’s subsidies. The Broader Options for Americans Act helps people who recently lost their job continue using the insurance they received through work by providing access to the American Health Care Act’s monthly tax credits. The bill applies to Americans who have similar coverage provided through churches or other houses of worship.

H.R. 2581--Verify First Act

●     Under current law, Obamacare’s subsidies can be dispersed without fully verifying a person’s eligibility, including a person’s legal status. As a result, taxpayer dollars are going toward those who are not legally eligible – jeopardizing access to help for those who truly need it. The Verify First Act Protects taxpayer dollars from waste, fraud, and abuse by verifying a person’s eligibility before they can receive financial support to purchase insurance – either with Obamacare’s subsidies or with the American Health Care Act’s monthly tax credits, should they take effect.

Opioids (More Than 50 total opioid bills)

H.R. 449 Synthetic Drug Awareness Act of 2018, as amended

●     This bill requires the U.S. Surgeon General to report to Congress on the public health effects of the rise in synthetic drug use among youth aged 12 to 18 years old in order to further educate parents and the medical community on the health effects of synthetics.

H.R. 4284- INFO Act, as amended

●     This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to create a public and easily accessible electronic dashboard linking to all of the nationwide efforts to combat the opioid crisis. In addition, the legislation creates an Interagency Substance Use Disorder Coordinating Committee to review and coordinate opioid use disorder (OUD) and other substance use disorder (SUD) research, services, and prevention activities across all relevant Federal agencies, evaluate the effectiveness of these activities, and make specific recommendations for actions that agencies can take to better coordinate the administration of services for patients with OUD and SUD.

H.R. 4684- Ensuring Access to Quality Sober Living Act of 2018, as amended

●     This bill authorizes the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to develop, publish, and disseminate best practices for operating recovery housing that promotes a safe environment and sustained recovery from substance use disorders.

H.R. 5002- ACE Research Act

●     This bill provides the National Institutes of Health new authorities to conduct research on innovative non-addictive pain medications.

H.R. 5009-Jessie’s Law, as amended

●     Would help ensure doctors have access to a consenting patient's prior history of addiction in order to make fully informed decisions for care and treatment.

H.R. 5102-Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Act of 2018

●     This bill creates a loan repayment program for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment providers. Specifically, the legislation offers student loan repayment of up to $250,000 for participants who agree to work as a SUD treatment professional in areas most in need of their services.

H.R. 5176-Preventing Overdoses While in Emergency Rooms Act, as amended

●     This bill requires the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop protocols and a grant program for health care providers to address the needs of people who survive a drug overdose. Specifically, the protocols would address the provision of naloxone upon discharge, connection with peer-support specialists, and the referral to treatment and other services that best fit the patient’s needs. The bill authorizes $50 million in FY2019 for the grant program.

H.R. 5197-ALTO Act, as amended

●     This bill directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to carry out a demonstration program to test alternative pain management protocols to limit the use of opioids in hospital emergency departments. Following the completion of the three-year demonstration, the Secretary of Health and Human Services will submit a report to Congress on the results of the program and issue recommendations for broader implementation. The legislation authorizes $10 million annually in grants for fiscal years 2019-2021.

H.R. 5261-TEACH to Combat Addiction Act of 2018, as amended

●     This bill directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to designate regional Centers of Excellence to enhance and improve how health professionals are educated in substance abuse disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery through development, evaluation, and distribution of evidence-based curricula for health profession schools. The bill authorizes $4 million annually for grants to those programs over the 2019-2023 period.

H.R. 5272-Reinforcing Evidence-Based Standards Under Law in Treating Substance Abuse Act of 2018

●     This bill requires the newly established National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory to issue guidance to applicants for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants that support evidence-based practices.

H.R. 5327-Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers Act of 2018, as amended

●     This bill directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award grants to at least 10 providers that offer treatment services for people with opioid use disorder. These Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers would serve as models for comprehensive treatment and recovery and would utilize the full range of Food and Drug Administration approved medications and evidence-based treatments, have strong linkages with the community, generate meaningful outcomes data, and dramatically improve the opportunities for individuals to establish and maintain long-term recovery.

H.R. 5329- Poison Center Network Enhancement Act of 2018, as amended

●     This bill reauthorizes the national network of Poison Control Centers. Specifically, the legislation reauthorizes the toll-free number, national media campaign, and grant program under the Public Health Service Act. The legislation increases the share of poison control center funding that could be provided through federal grants, and authorizes $30 million per year over the 2019-2023 period

H.R. 5353- Eliminating Opioid-Related Infectious Diseases Act of 2018, as amended

●     This bill authorizes the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to undertake an injection drug-use associated infection elimination initiative and work with states to improve education, surveillance, and treatment of infections associated with injection drug use.

H.R. 5587-Peer Support Communities of Recovery Act, as amended

●     This bill enhances the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act’s Building Communities of Recovery Program and authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award grants to peer support specialist organizations for the development and expansion of recovery services. Grants shall be awarded to nonprofit organizations that support community-based, peer delivered support, including technical support for the establishment of recovery community organizations, independent, nonprofit groups led by people in recovery and their families.

H.R. 5812-CONNECTIONS Act

●     This bill will authorize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to carry out certain controlled substances overdose prevention and surveillance activities in order to improve data collection and integration into physician clinical workflow so that timely, complete, and accurate information will get into the hands of providers and dispensers so that they can make the best clinical decisions for their patients.

H.R. 5228-SCREEN Act, as amended

●     This bill will provide the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with stronger recall and seizure authority to disrupt the entry of counterfeit and illicit drugs through International Mail Facilities (IMFs).

H.R. 5473- Better Pain Management Through Better Data Act of 2018, as amended

●     This bill directs the Food and Drug Administration to hold a public meeting and issue guidance to industry addressing data collection and labeling for medical products that reduce pain and may replace, delay, or reduce the use of oral opioids.

H.R. 5752- Stop Illicit Drug Importation Act of 2018, as amended

●     This bill  amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C) to strengthen the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) seizure powers and enhance its authority to detain, refuse, seize, or destroy illegal products offered for import. The legislation would subject more people to debarment and civil penalties under the Act.

H.R. 5800- Medicaid IMD ADDITIONAL INFO Act

●     This bill directs the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) to conduct a study on institutions for mental disease that receive Medicaid reimbursement. The study shall report on the requirements and standards that state Medicaid programs have in place for institutions for mental diseases (IMD). MACPAC shall summarize the findings and make recommendations on best practices and data collection no later than January 2020.

H.R. 5583- To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to require States to annually report on certain adult health quality measures, and for other purposes

●     This bill requires states to include behavioral health indicators in their annual reports on the quality of care under Medicaid beginning in 2024.

H.R. 3331- To amend title XI of the Social Security Act to promote testing of incentive payments for behavioral health providers for adoption and use of certified electronic health record technology, as amended

●     This bill authorizes the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to test a program offering incentive payments to behavioral health providers that adopt and use certified electronic health record technology.

H.R. 5582- Abuse Deterrent Access Act of 2018, as amended

●     This bill requires the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to report to Congress on existing barriers to access to “abuse-deterrent opioid formulations” by Medicare Part C and D beneficiaries.

H.R. 5685- Medicare Opioid Safety Education Act of 2018

●     This bill requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to provide Medicare beneficiaries with educational resources regarding opioid use and pain management, as well as descriptions of covered alternative (non-opioid) pain-management treatments.

H.R. 4275- Empowering Pharmacists in the Fight Against Opioid Abuse Act, as amended

●     This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop and disseminate training programs and materials on: (1) the circumstances under which a pharmacist may refuse to fill a controlled substance prescription suspected to be fraudulent, forged, or indicative of abuse or diversion; and (2) federal requirements related to such refusal.

H.R. 5041- Safe Disposal of Unused Medication Act, as amended

●     An Act to amend the Controlled Substances Act to authorize the employees of a hospice program to handle controlled substances lawfully in the possession of a deceased hospice patient for the purpose of disposal.

H.R. 5202- Ensuring Patient Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatments Act of 2018

●     H.R. 5202 would allow pharmacists to dispense medication-assisted treatments to doctors, rather than directly to patients, in an attempt to improve dispensing of implantable and injectable therapies developed to make abuse, misuse, and diversion more difficult.

H.R. 5483 – Special Registration for Telemedicine Clarification Act of 2018, as amended

●     Amends the Controlled Substances Act to establish a deadline for the Drug Enforcement Administration to promulgate regulations for the special registration of practitioners to practice telemedicine.

H.R. 5294 –Treating Barriers to Prosperity Act of 2018

●     This bill allows the Appalachian Regional Commission to support projects and activities addressing drug abuse, including opioid abuse.

H.R. 6029 – REGROUP Act of 2018

●     Reauthorizes the comprehensive opioid abuse grant program, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2147 – Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act of 2018, as amended

●     This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to hire at least 50 Veterans Justice Outreach Specialists under the Veterans Justice Outreach Program. Each of these specialists must serve as part of a justice team in a veterans treatment court or other veteran-focused court.

H.R. 4635 – To direct VA to increase the number of peer-to-peer counselors providing counseling for women veterans, and for other purposes, as amended

●     This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to emphasize appointing peer support counselors for women veterans. The VA shall recruit women peer support counselors with expertise in gender-specific issues and services, VA services and benefits, and employment mentoring.

H.R. 5892 - To establish an Advisory Committee on Opioids and the Workplace to advise the Secretary of Labor on actions the Department of Labor can take to address the impact of opioid abuse on the workplace

●     This bill would create an Advisory Committee to advise the Secretary of Labor on actions the Department can take to address the impact of opioid abuse on the workplace.

S. 1091 Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act (House amendment)

●     The bill establishes an Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.

H.R. 5890 -- the Assisting States’ Implementation of Plans of Safe Care Act

●   The bill requires HHS to provide states with guidance to support their implementation of the plans of safe care assurance, including by enhancing their understanding of the law, addressing state-identified challenges, sharing best practices, and supporting collaboration.

H.R. 2851 - Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues Act of 2017

●     This bill outlaws 13 different synthetic drugs of the most pernicious varieties, by creating a new “schedule” (a term for “categorization”) to the list of banned substances on the Controlled Substances Act.

H.R. 5788 - Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention Act of 2018

●     This bill would require the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to transmit advance electronic data (AED) to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on at least 70 percent of international packages by December 31, 2018, and 100 percent of international packages by December 31, 2020. The data will enable CBP to target high-risk shipments for inspection and seizure. The bill would require USPS to refuse shipments for which AED is not furnished after December 31, 2020 or to take remedial measures, including law enforcement actions, to ensure compliance.

H.R. 3192 - CHIP Mental Health Parity Act, as amended

●     Works to ensure access to mental health services for children under the Children's Health Insurance Program, and for other purposes.

H.R. 4005 - Medicaid Reentry Act, as amended

●     Allows Medicaid payment for medical services furnished to an incarcerated individual during the 30-day period preceding the individual's release.

H.R. 5590 - Opioid Addiction Action Plan Act

●     This bill requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop an action plan to provide recommendations on changes to the Medicare and Medicaid programs to enhance: (1) the treatment and prevention of opioid addiction, and (2) the coverage and reimbursement of medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction.

H.R. 5687--SOUND Disposal and Packaging Act, as amended

●         The bill will direct the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to work with manufacturers to establish programs for efficient return or destruction of unused Schedule II drugs, with an emphasis on opioids.

H.R. 5605 - Advancing High Quality Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders in Medicare Act, as amended

●     This bill requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to carry out a demonstration program to: (1) increase access of opioid use disorder treatment services for Medicare beneficiaries, (2) improve physical and mental health outcomes for such beneficiaries, and (3) reduce Medicare expenditures.

H.R. 5796 - REACH OUT Act of 2018, as amended

●     This bill requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to award grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements to qualifying organizations in order to support efforts to curb outlier prescribers of opioids under the Medicare prescription drug benefit and Medicare Advantage prescription drug plans.

H.R. 5801 - Medicaid PARTNERSHIP Act, as amended

●     This bill seeks to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for requirements under the Medicaid program relating to the use of qualified prescription drug monitoring programs and prescribing certain controlled substances.

H.R. 6042- To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to delay the reduction in Federal medical assistance percentage for Medicaid personal care services furnished without an electronic visit verification system, and for other purposes, as amended

●     Delays the reduction in Federal medical assistance percentage for Medicaid personal care services furnished without an electronic visit verification system, and for other purposes pertaining to residents of hospitals and care facilities.

H.R. 5773- PASS Act of 2018, as amended

●   Requires Medicare prescription drug plans to establish drug management programs for at-risk beneficiaries, require electronic prior authorization for covered part D drugs, and to provide for other program integrity measures under parts C and D of the Medicare program.

H.R. 5676- SENIOR Communities Protection Act of 2018, as amended

●     This bill authorizes the suspension of payments to a pharmacy under the Medicare prescription drug benefit and Medicare Advantage prescription drug plans pending the investigation of a credible allegation of fraud by the pharmacy. A fraud hotline tip, without other evidence, may not be considered a credible allegation of fraud.

H.R. 5723- Expanding Oversight of Opioid Prescribing and Payment Act of 2018, as amended

●     This bill requires the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to report to Congress on: (1) how Medicare pays for opioid and non-opioid pain management treatments in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings; (2) current incentives for prescribing opioid and non-opioid treatments under Medicare inpatient and outpatient prospective payment systems, along with recommendations to address any identified adverse incentives; and (3) how opioid use is currently tracked and monitored through Medicare and any areas for improvement.

H.R. 5774- COACH Act of 2018, as amended

●     This bill requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to: (1) publish guidance for hospitals on pain management and opioid-use disorder prevention strategies for Medicare beneficiaries, (2) convene a technical expert panel to recommend opioid and opioid-use disorder quality measures for possible use in hospital payment and reporting models under Medicare, and (3) publish and periodically update all guidance issued since January 1, 2016 related to the prescription of opioids for Medicare beneficiaries.

H.R. 5775- Providing Reliable Options for Patients and Educational Resources Act of 2018

●     Requires Medicare Advantage plans and part D prescription drug plans to include information on the risks associated with opioids, coverage of certain non-opioid treatments used to treat pain, and on the safe disposal of prescription drugs, and for other purposes.

H.R. 6110 - Dr. Todd Graham Pain Management, Treatment, and Recovery Act of 2018

●     A bill to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a study and submit to Congress a report containing recommendation on how to improve the use of non-opioid treatments for acute and chronic pain management for individuals entitled to benefits under part A or enrolled under part B of the Medicare program.

H.R. 5762 - Joint Task Force to Combat Opioid Trafficking Act of 2018, as amended

●     Authorizes a Joint Task Force to enhance integration of the Department of Homeland Security's border security operations to detect, interdict, disrupt, and prevent narcotics, such as fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, from entering the United States.

H.R. 5797- Individuals in Medicaid Deserve Care that is Appropriate and Responsible in its Delivery Act (as reported)

●     This bill temporarily allows states to apply to receive federal Medicaid payment for services provided in institutions for mental diseases (IMDs) and for other medically necessary services for enrollees (aged 21 to 64) with opioid use disorders. Services may be covered for a total of up to 30 days in a 12-month period for an eligible enrollee. States must include specified information in their applications, including plans to improve access to outpatient care.

H.R. 6082- Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act

●   This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to align federal privacy standards for substance use disorder (SUD) patient records more closely with standards under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Specifically, the bill authorizes the disclosure of SUD patient records without a patient's written consent to: (1) a covered entity for the purposes of treatment, payment, and health care operations, as long as the disclosure is made in accordance with HIPAA; and (2) a public health authority, as long as the content of the disclosure meets HIPAA standards regarding de-identified information. Current law authorizes disclosure of SUD patient records without a patient's written consent only to medical personnel in a medical emergency, to specified personnel for research or program evaluations, or pursuant to a court order.

H.R. 6- Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act

This bill includes numerous bills to improve prevention and public health efforts, enhance treatment and recovery programs, provide communities more tools to counter opioid abuse, and bolster efforts to fight deadly illicit synthetic drugs like Fentanyl. 

H.R. 5811 -Long-Term Opioid Efficacy Act of 2018

●      This bill seeks to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to post approval study requirements for certain controlled substances.

H.R. 5735 -- Transitional Housing for Recovery in Viable Environments Demonstration Program Act

●      The bill establishes a five-year demonstration program to support transitional housing for individuals recover­ing from opioid addiction. The bill sets aside 10,000 Section 8 housing vouchers specifically for people with an opioid use disorder. The vouchers would only be available for people in programs that provide opioid abuse and substance abuse treatment and job skills training according to standards established by the HUD Secretary.

H.R. 5483 -- Special Registration for Telemedicine Clarification Act of 2018

● .     The bill will clarify telemedicine waivers. Federal law permits the Attorney General to issue a special registra­tion to health care providers to prescribe controlled substances via telemedicine in legitimate emergency situations, such as a lack of access to an in-person specialist.

H.R. 5891 -- Improving the Federal Response to Families Impacted by Substance Use Disorder Act

●     The bill establishes an interagency task force to develop a strategy on how federal agencies can implement a coordinated approach to responding to the opioid epidemic, with a particular focus on the existing programs that support infants, children, and their families.

GANGS

H.R. 3249- Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2018 (Signed into law)

●     Provides aid to local law enforcement and gives them the necessary resources to combat violent criminal gangs in their communities. 

H.R. 3697 -- the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act

●     Ensures that alien gang members are kept off our streets by barring them from coming to the United States and detaining and removing them if they are criminal gang members or participate in gang activity.

VETERANS

H.R. 3218 Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 (Signed into law)

●     Removes time constrictions to use the GI Bill, enabling future eligible recipients to use their GI benefits for their entire lives, as opposed to the current 15-year timeline.

S. 1094- Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of  2017 (Signed into law)

●     This bill expands the secretary’s authority to fire lower level staff, not just senior managers as the previous law allowed. And it makes it easier to take away such employees’ pensions or bonuses.

S.585 - Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 (Signed into law)

●     This bill provides additional protections to Federal employees who are retaliated against for disclosing waste, fraud, and abuse in the Federal government. Specifically, the legislation increases protections for federal employees, increases awareness of federal whistleblower protections, and increases accountability and requires discipline for supervisors who retaliate against whistleblowers.

H.R. 1545 -- the VA Prescription Data Accountability Act (Signed into law)

●     Clarifies current law to stipulate that VHA is required to disclose information to state controlled substance monitoring programs for anyone – veteran or non-veteran – who is prescribed these medications through VA.

S. 114 -- VA Choice and Quality Employment Act (Signed into law)

●     Provides $2.1 billion to continue the Choice Program for six months while Congress works on other reforms to the Choice Program. It would also authorize 28 major medical facility leases and enhance the recruitment, retention and training of the VA workforce.

H.R. 3122 -- Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2017 (Signed into law)

●     Directs VA to provide additional warnings for veterans and their families about dishonest individuals that prey on sick and elderly beneficiaries.

H.R. 3949 -- VALOR Act (Signed into law)

●     Simplifies the GI Bill-approved apprenticeship program approval process by allowing companies to register their apprenticeship programs with one central approval agency. It also streamlines the GI Bill apprenticeship program by eliminating the mandatory second signature requirement that adds unnecessary delays in providing apprenticeship payments to veterans.

H.R. 2288 -- Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (Signed into law)

●     Creates three “lanes” for veterans’ appeals, including the “Local Higher Level Review Lane” in which an adjudicator reviews the same evidence considered by the original claims processor; the “New Evidence Lane,” in which the veteran could submit new evidence for review and have a hearing; and the “Board Lane,” in which jurisdiction for the appeal would transfer immediately to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.

S. 2372 -- the VA MISSION Act of 2018 (Signed into Law)

●   The bill consolidates VAs multiple community care programs and authorities into one veteran-centric program that ensures veterans receive timely and convenient access to care.

PRISON REFORM

H.R.5682- FIRST STEP act  

●     Reforms and improves the federal prison system by: Placing inmates in facilities closer to their families; offering individualized, evidence-based recidivism reduction plans to all inmates; programs could include vocational training, educational support, substance abuse treatment, mental health care, anger-management courses, faith-based initiatives or other resources proven to lower recidivism; supporting inmates as the transition from custody by allowing them to serve the final days of their sentences in halfway houses or home confinement; and providing identification documents that are often prerequisites for work to inmates transitioning from custody

DISASTER RELIEF

Disaster Recovery Reform Act (included in FAA Reauthorization)

●     Updates the Stafford Act to better support disaster mitigation and incentivize building and rebuilding communities smarter and stronger to better withstand disasters in the future

H.R. 601 -- Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017 (Signed into Law)

●   The bill provides $15.25 billion in emergency funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA}, the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fund the initial response and recovery efforts following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The bill also continues to fund the government through December 8, 2017 and extends the debt limit and National Flood Insurance Program through the same date. 

H.R. 3732 -- Emergency Aid to American Survivors of Hurricanes Irma and Jose Overseas Act (Signed into Law)

●    The bill allows for increased levels of emergency assistance to be used to aid the recovery of Americans living abroad who have or will be impacted by the hurricanes affecting the southeast region of the country.

H.R. 3823 -- the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017 (Signed into Law)

●      The bill reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for six months, provides certain tax cuts and tax benefits for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and reauthorizes certain expiring health programs.

S. 1866 -- Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria Education Relief Act of 2017 (Signed into Law)

●      The bill provides the Secretary of Education with waiver authority for the reallocation rules and authority to extend the deadline by which funds have to be reallocated in the campus-based aid programs for those affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

H.R. 2266 -- Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017 (Signed into Law)

●       The bill provides a total of $36.5 15illion in emergency funding for urgent, short-term, immediate needs related to recovery from recent hurricanes and wildfires. Specifically, the bill includes $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), $16 billion for debt relief for the National Flood Insurance Program, and $576.5 million for wildfire suppression. The bill also enables Puerto Rico to receive the same emergency Disaster Nutrition Assistance Program benefits that other states receive.

H.R. 1679 -- FEMA Accountability, Modernization and Transparency Act of 2017 (Signed into Law)

●      Requires FEMA to ensure its ongoing efforts to modernize its grant management system, provide secure online access to applicants, and include robust accsessibility and transparency measures.

LIFE

H.R 36 -- Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection

●     A bill to ban late-term abortions nationwide after 20 weeks post-fertilization on the basis that the fetus is capable of feeling pain during an abortion at and after that point of pregnancy. 

H.R. 7 – No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure

● This bill will end the immoral practice where taxpayers are forced to pay for abortions, regardless of their views on the matter. It does matter if you are pro-life or pro-abortion, we should make people to pay for something they are deeply and morally opposed to.

H.R. 1628- American Health Care Act of 2017

●     Includes provision to defund Planned Parenthood

H.R. 3354 – Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment

●      Blocks the District of Columbia from using funds to carry out the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act. 

H.R. 4712 – Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

● Requires any health care practitioner who is present when a child is born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion to: (1) exercise the same degree of care as reasonably provided to any other child born alive at the same gestational age, and (2) ensure that such child is immediately admitted to a hospital. 

H.J. Res 43 – The Title X Abortion Funding Rule (Signed into Law)

●     Repeals a rule would force states to administer Title X health funding to abortion providers, even if states want to redirect those funds to community health centers and hospitals that offer more comprehensive coverage.

STRONGER FAMILIES

H.R. 2866 - Reducing Barriers for Relative Foster Parents

●     Reviews and improves licensing standards for placement in a relative foster family home. 

H.R. 2834 - Partnership Grants to Strengthen Families Affected by Parental Substance Abuse

●     Helps to keep families together by strengthening the Regional Partnership Grant program that provides funding to state and regional grantees seeking to provide evidence-based services to prevent child abuse and neglect related to substance abuse. 

H.R. 2857 - Supporting Families in Substance Abuse Treatment

●     Allows for foster care payments, for up to 12 months, for a child in foster care who is placed with a parent in a licensed residential family-based treatment facility. 

H.R. 2847 - Improving Services for Older Youth in Foster Care Act

●     Improves support for the transition to adulthood by allowing states the option of continuing to assist older former foster youth up to age 23, including providing education and training vouchers. 

H.R. 2842 -- Modernizing the Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care

●     Supports states in modernizing the records system to allow a foster child’s records to move easily across state lines if they move to a different state.