Congress Votes! – Week of 3/20/17

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House of Representatives


H.R. 382100 Years of Women in Congress Act

  • Amends the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade (F.A.C.T) Act of 1990 to designate Jeannette Ranking Women and Minorities in STEM Fields Program Grants the current research and extension grants to increase participation of women and minorities in the STEM field

Amends the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act to refine pesticide registration, increase the maintenance fee, and more.

  • Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make the Assist. Secretary of Homeland Security (H.S) for Health Affairs in charge for Dept. HS related to food, veterinary defense against terrorism and agriculture

Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require a multiyear acquisition strategy of the Dept. HS. (Other purposes too)

Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide acquisition authorities for the Under Secretary of Management of the Dept. HS. (Other purposes too)

Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 for technical corrections to the requirement that the Secretary of HS needs to submit quadrennial homeland security reviews. (Other purposes too)

H.R. 1302Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act of 2017

Should the DHS plan and conduct exercises to test law enforcement for terrorist attack preparation?

Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and United States Code Section 114, to clarify the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and replacing Department of Transportation with Department of HS

Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require more detailing of the 5-year strategic technology investment plan of the TSA

Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to add more detailing in the tasks for the Under Secretary Management


Amends the McCarran-Ferguson Act in order to clarify that the Act in no way “modifies, impairs, or supersedes the operation of antitrust laws with respect to the business of health insurance, including the business of dental insurance” (Congress Summary)


H.R. 1101Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017

Allows small businesses to create association health plans (AHPs) to collectively bargain better in the health insurance industry for more affordable healthcare for their employees

Note: The American Health Care Act of 2017 will be brought into Congress this week – HR number is unknown (Sorry!)



  • Pro Forma Session

Judiciary Session: Confirmation hearing for nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court


  • Nomination vote for Charles Breyer and Danny Reeves as members of the US Sentencing Commission

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