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H.Con.Res. 71: Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027.

Legislation Coming Up: This resolution has been added to the House's schedule for the coming week, according to the House Majority Leader. More information can be found at http://docs.house.gov/floor.
Last Action: This resolution has been passed in the House and the Senate, but the Senate made changes and sent it back to the House on October 19, 2017.

Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

Shown Here:
Passed House without amendment (01/04/2017)

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)

Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act

(Sec. 2) This bill requires that the website of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) include a program inventory that identifies each program of the federal government for which there is more than $1 million in annual budget authority. Such inventory shall include: (1) any activity that is commonly referred to as a program by a federal agency, and (2) any activity that is referenced in law as a program after June 30, 2019.

For programs identified in such inventory for which there is more than $1 million and not more than $10 million in annual budget authority (smaller programs), the inventory must include:

  • an identification of the program activities that are aggregated, disaggregated, or consolidated as part of identifying programs;
  • for each such program activity, the amount of funding for the current fiscal year and the previous two fiscal years;
  • an identification of the statutes that authorize the program and any major regulations specific to the program;
  • a description of the individuals served by a program and beneficiaries who received financial assistance under a program for the most recent fiscal year; and
  • links to any evaluation, assessment, or program performance reviews by the agency, an Inspector General, or the Government Accountability Office released during the preceding five years.

For programs identified in such inventory for which there is more than $10 million in annual budget authority (larger programs), the inventory must include:

  • an identification of the program activities that are aggregated, disaggregated, or consolidated as part of identifying programs;
  • for each program activity, the amount of funding for the current fiscal year and the previous two fiscal years;
  • an estimate of the amount of funding for the program;
  • an identification of the statutes that authorize the program and any major regulations specific to the program;
  • a description and estimate of the number of individuals served by a program and beneficiaries who received financial assistance under a program for the most recent fiscal year;
  • a description of the federal employees who administer the program and other individuals whose salary is paid in full or in part by the federal government through a grant, contract, cooperative agreement, or another form of financial award or assistance;
  • links to any evaluation, assessment, or program performance reviews by the agency, an Inspector General, or the Government Accountability Office released during the preceding five years; and
  • financial and other information for each program activity required to be reported under the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006.

The OMB shall: (1) archive and preserve the information included in the program inventory; and (2) not later than February 1 of each fiscal year, publish on a public website the total amount of undisbursed grant funding remaining in grant accounts for which the period of availability to the grantee has expired.

(Sec. 3) The bill requires the OMB, not later than June 30, 2018, to: (1) prescribe guidance to implement this Act, and (2) issue guidance to assist agencies in identifying how the program activities used in budget or appropriations accounts correspond with programs identified in the program inventory required by this Act. The OMB may: (1) issue guidance to agencies to ensure that programs are presented at a similar level of detail across agencies and are not duplicative or overlapping; (2) exempt from the requirements of this Act, based on an analysis of the costs of implementation, agencies that are not required to have a chief financial officer and that have not more than $10 million in budget authority; and (3) extend the Act's implementation deadline by not more than one year.

Implementation of the requirements in this bill must be completed not later than June 30, 2019.



Published: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:27:37 -0400

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H.R. 2266: Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017

Legislation Coming Up: This bill has been added to the Senate's floor schedule for the next legislative day.
nLast Action: This bill passed in the Senate and the House, but the House made changes and sent it back to the Senate on October 12, 2017.

Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

Shown Here:
Passed House amended (05/17/2017)

Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2017

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the federal judicial code to:

  • convert certain temporary bankruptcy judges to permanent bankruptcy judges and authorize the appointment of additional bankruptcy judges in Delaware and Michigan;
  • convert temporary bankruptcy judges to permanent bankruptcy judges in specified judicial districts in Florida, Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Virginia; and
  • authorize the appointment of an additional bankruptcy judge in the middle district of Florida.

(Sec. 4) The bill increases the quarterly fee payable to the U.S. trustee by chapter 11 (reorganization) debtors whose disbursements equal or exceed $1 million in a fiscal year unless the balance in the United States Trustee System Fund exceeds $200 million.

For FY2018-FY2022, 97.5% of the quarterly U.S. trustee fees shall be deposited as offsetting collections to the United States Trustee System Fund and 2.5% shall be deposited in the general fund of the Treasury.



Published: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:24:25 -0400

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H.R. 3329: Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2017

Legislation Coming Up: This bill has been added to the House's schedule for the coming week, according to the House Majority Leader. More information can be found at http://docs.house.gov/floor.
Last Action: The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on September 28, 2017.



Published: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:10:32 -0400

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Bills scheduled for debate in the week ahead by the House Majority Leader or in the day ahead according to the Senate Floor Schedule.
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H.Con.Res. 71: Establishing the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2018 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2019 through 2027.

Legislation Coming Up: This resolution has been added to the House's schedule for the coming week, according to the House Majority Leader. More information can be found at http://docs.house.gov/floor.
Last Action: This resolution has been passed in the House and the Senate, but the Senate made changes and sent it back to the House on October 19, 2017.

Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

Shown Here:
Passed House without amendment (01/04/2017)

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)

Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act

(Sec. 2) This bill requires that the website of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) include a program inventory that identifies each program of the federal government for which there is more than $1 million in annual budget authority. Such inventory shall include: (1) any activity that is commonly referred to as a program by a federal agency, and (2) any activity that is referenced in law as a program after June 30, 2019.

For programs identified in such inventory for which there is more than $1 million and not more than $10 million in annual budget authority (smaller programs), the inventory must include:

  • an identification of the program activities that are aggregated, disaggregated, or consolidated as part of identifying programs;
  • for each such program activity, the amount of funding for the current fiscal year and the previous two fiscal years;
  • an identification of the statutes that authorize the program and any major regulations specific to the program;
  • a description of the individuals served by a program and beneficiaries who received financial assistance under a program for the most recent fiscal year; and
  • links to any evaluation, assessment, or program performance reviews by the agency, an Inspector General, or the Government Accountability Office released during the preceding five years.

For programs identified in such inventory for which there is more than $10 million in annual budget authority (larger programs), the inventory must include:

  • an identification of the program activities that are aggregated, disaggregated, or consolidated as part of identifying programs;
  • for each program activity, the amount of funding for the current fiscal year and the previous two fiscal years;
  • an estimate of the amount of funding for the program;
  • an identification of the statutes that authorize the program and any major regulations specific to the program;
  • a description and estimate of the number of individuals served by a program and beneficiaries who received financial assistance under a program for the most recent fiscal year;
  • a description of the federal employees who administer the program and other individuals whose salary is paid in full or in part by the federal government through a grant, contract, cooperative agreement, or another form of financial award or assistance;
  • links to any evaluation, assessment, or program performance reviews by the agency, an Inspector General, or the Government Accountability Office released during the preceding five years; and
  • financial and other information for each program activity required to be reported under the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006.

The OMB shall: (1) archive and preserve the information included in the program inventory; and (2) not later than February 1 of each fiscal year, publish on a public website the total amount of undisbursed grant funding remaining in grant accounts for which the period of availability to the grantee has expired.

(Sec. 3) The bill requires the OMB, not later than June 30, 2018, to: (1) prescribe guidance to implement this Act, and (2) issue guidance to assist agencies in identifying how the program activities used in budget or appropriations accounts correspond with programs identified in the program inventory required by this Act. The OMB may: (1) issue guidance to agencies to ensure that programs are presented at a similar level of detail across agencies and are not duplicative or overlapping; (2) exempt from the requirements of this Act, based on an analysis of the costs of implementation, agencies that are not required to have a chief financial officer and that have not more than $10 million in budget authority; and (3) extend the Act's implementation deadline by not more than one year.

Implementation of the requirements in this bill must be completed not later than June 30, 2019.



Published: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:27:37 -0400

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H.R. 2266: Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017

Legislation Coming Up: This bill has been added to the Senate's floor schedule for the next legislative day.
nLast Action: This bill passed in the Senate and the House, but the House made changes and sent it back to the Senate on October 12, 2017.

Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

Shown Here:
Passed House amended (05/17/2017)

Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2017

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the federal judicial code to:

  • convert certain temporary bankruptcy judges to permanent bankruptcy judges and authorize the appointment of additional bankruptcy judges in Delaware and Michigan;
  • convert temporary bankruptcy judges to permanent bankruptcy judges in specified judicial districts in Florida, Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Virginia; and
  • authorize the appointment of an additional bankruptcy judge in the middle district of Florida.

(Sec. 4) The bill increases the quarterly fee payable to the U.S. trustee by chapter 11 (reorganization) debtors whose disbursements equal or exceed $1 million in a fiscal year unless the balance in the United States Trustee System Fund exceeds $200 million.

For FY2018-FY2022, 97.5% of the quarterly U.S. trustee fees shall be deposited as offsetting collections to the United States Trustee System Fund and 2.5% shall be deposited in the general fund of the Treasury.



Published: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:24:25 -0400

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H.R. 3329: Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 2017

Legislation Coming Up: This bill has been added to the House's schedule for the coming week, according to the House Majority Leader. More information can be found at http://docs.house.gov/floor.
Last Action: The committees assigned to this bill sent it to the House or Senate as a whole for consideration on September 28, 2017.



Published: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:10:32 -0400

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