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|Author:||Ben Stafford [ Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:27 am ]|
|Post subject:||Federal Update from the Normandy Group for 10 July|
House. On Tuesday, July 7, the House passed legislation that would facilitate U.S. weapons transfers to Jordan in the fight against Islamic State militants.
On Tuesday, July 7, the House voted to affirm that stores on federal lands operated by the National Park Service cannot sell Confederate flags, in light of a new policy announced in the aftermath of the shooting in Charleston, S.C.
On Tuesday, July 7, the House passed a measure to prohibit the display of Confederate flags on graves in federal cemeteries.
On Wednesday, July 8, the House rejected a proposal to eliminate a provision in a GOP spending bill that would restrict the Obama administration’s ability to enforce air quality standards for ozone.
On Wednesday, July 8, the House voted to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind law, resurrecting a bill that Republican leaders were forced to pull from the floor earlier this year due to conservative opposition.
On Thursday, July 9, the House passed legislation to overhaul the way the U.S. Forest Service responds to wildfires in national forests. The bill, passed 262-167, would require litigants to post a cash bond when filing lawsuits against forest restoration projects as a means of handling the Forest Service’s legal costs.
On Friday, July 10, the House voted to approve a multi-billion dollar medical cures bill that supporters say will speed up new treatments for patients. The legislation includes $8.75 billion worth of new research dollars for the National Institutes of Health. It also overhauls the process that the Food and Drug Administration uses to assess and approve new medicines.
Senate. On Tuesday, July 7, the Senate approved its first circuit judge nomination of the year.
Administration. On Friday, July 10, it was announced the Obama Administration faces an uphill battle when it seeks to convince a panel of federal judges to let the President’s executive actions on immigration take effect.
On Friday, July 10, the Obama Administration set final rules for contraception coverage in workers’ health insurance plans.
On Friday, July 10, it was announced that President Obama created three new national monuments via executive order, setting aside more than 1 million acres of public land in three states. The three new monuments are: Berryessa Snow Mountain in northern California, Waco Mammoth in Texas, and Basin and Range in Nevada. Obama has issued the orders under the federal Antiques Act, a law he has now used to establish or expand 19 national monuments.
Also, on Friday, July 10, Katherine Archuleta, the director of the Office of Personnel Management resigned under pressure, one day after the government revealed that two sweeping cyber-intrusions at the agency had resulted in the theft of the personal information of more than 22 million people, including those who had applied for sensitive security clearances.
Upcoming Committee Hearings:
• On Tuesday, July 14, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship will hold a Legislative Hearing to examine challenges and opportunities for small businesses engaged in energy development and energy intensive manufacturing.
• On Thursday, July 16, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will hold a Legislative Hearing to examine the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs' role in the regulatory process.
• On Tuesday, July 14, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will hold a Legislative Hearing titled: Advancing Commercial Weather Data: Collaborative Efforts to Improve Forecasts Part II.
• On Tuesday, July 14, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a Legislative Hearing on Promoting Broadband Infrastructure Investment.
• On Tuesday, July 14, the House Committee on Homeland Security will hold a Legislative Hearing titled: Weapons of Mass Destruction: Bolstering DHS to Combat Persistent Threats to America.
• On Wednesday, July 15, the House Committee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold a Legislative Hearing titled: The Future of Hydraulic Fracturing on Federally Managed Lands".
• On Wednesday, July 15, the House Committee on Small Business will hold a Legislative Hearing titled: Taking Flight: Small Business Utilization of Unmanned Aircraft.
• On Wednesday, July 15, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a Legislative Hearing titled: Cyber security: The Department of the Interior.
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