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Major Congressional Legislation

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S.Res. 685: A resolution to authorize testimony and representation of Senate employee in United States v. Adam Albrett, etc.

Agreed To (Simple Resolution):
Last Action: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

There is one summary for S.685. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in Senate (03/21/2017)

Clean Water for Rural Communities Act

This bill authorizes the Department of the Interior to carry out the projects entitled: (1) the "Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority System" in accordance with the Dry-Redwater Regional Water System Feasibility Study, which received funding from the Bureau of Reclamation on September 1, 2010; and (2) the "Musselshell-Judith Rural Water System" in accordance with the Musselshell-Judith Rural Water System Feasibility Report. The bill defines the service areas of such projects in North Dakota and Montana.

Interior must enter into a cooperative agreement with the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority and the Central Montana Regional Water Authority to provide federal assistance for the planning, design, and construction of such water systems. The bill sets forth the federal share of such costs and the authorized uses of federal funds, which exclude operation, maintenance, or replacement of the water systems.

The Western Area Power Administration must make available to the Dry-Redwater System a quantity of power (up to one and a half megawatt capacity) required to meet the system's pumping and incidental operation requirements between May 1 and October 31 of each year: (1) from the water intake facilities; and (2) through all pumping stations, water treatment facilities, reservoirs, storage tanks, and pipelines up to the point of delivery of water to all storage reservoirs and tanks and each entity that distributes water at retail to individual users.

The system is eligible to receive such power only if it: (1) operates on a nonprofit basis, and (2) is constructed pursuant to the cooperative agreement with the Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority. The bill provides for the purchase of additional power.

The authority is responsible for: (1) charges for such additional power, (2) the costs of non-federal transmission and distribution system delivery and service arrangements, and (3) funding any upgrades to the transmission system owned by the Western Area Power Administration Basin Electric Power District and the Heartland Consumers Power District required to deliver power to the system.

The bill authorizes appropriations and adjustments in authorized amounts in accordance with ordinary fluctuations in development costs.



Published: Fri, 12 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0400

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S.Res. 680: A resolution calling on Congress, schools, and State and local educational agencies to recognize the significant educational implications of dyslexia that must be addressed, and designating October 2018 as “National Dyslexia Awareness Month”.

Agreed To (Simple Resolution):
Last Action: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

There is one summary for S.680. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in Senate (03/21/2017)

Security and Privacy in Your Car Act of 2017 or the SPY Car Act of 2017

This bill directs the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to conduct a rulemaking to issue motor vehicle cybersecurity regulations that require motor vehicles manufactured for sale in the United States to protect against unauthorized access to: (1) electronic controls or driving data, including information about the vehicle's location, speed, owner, driver, or passengers; or (2) driving data collected by electronic systems built into a vehicle while that data is stored onboard the vehicle, in transit from the vehicle to another location, or subsequently stored or used off-board the vehicle. The regulations must require vehicles with accessible data or control signals to be capable of detecting, reporting, and stopping attempts to intercept such driving data or control the vehicle.

A violator is liable to the U.S. government for a civil penalty of up to $5,000 for each violation.

NHTSA must also conduct a rulemaking to require the fuel economy labeling that manufacturers attach to motor vehicles to display a "cyber dashboard" with a standardized graphic to inform consumers about the extent to which the vehicle protects individuals' cybersecurity and privacy beyond the minimum requirements.

The Federal Trade Commission is required to conduct a rulemaking to: (1) require motor vehicles to notify owners or lessees about the collection, transmission, retention, and use of driving data; (2) provide owners or lessees with the option to terminate such data collection and retention (except onboard safety systems required for post-incident investigations, emissions, crash avoidance, and other regulatory compliance programs) without losing navigation tools or other features; and (3) prohibit manufacturers from using collected information for advertising or marketing purposes without the owner's or lessee's consent. Violations are to be treated as unfair or deceptive acts or practices under the Federal Trade Commission Act.



Published: Thu, 11 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0400

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S.Res. 682: A resolution designating October 30, 2018, as a national day of remembrance for nuclear weapons program workers.

Agreed To (Simple Resolution):
Last Action: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent.

There is one summary for S.682. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in Senate (03/21/2017)

Save Access to a Valuable Investment Needed to Generate Savings Act of 2017 or the SAVINGS Act

This bill directs the Department of the Treasury to allow: (1) an individual taxpayer to use a portion or all of a tax refund to purchase U.S. savings bonds in paper form for the taxpayer or for any individual designated by the taxpayer; or (2) an option for a tax return that allows for the gifting of such bonds and that serves individuals who rarely, if ever, have held a bank account and individuals who lack access to the Internet.



Published: Thu, 11 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0400

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Coming Up Soon in Congress

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.R. 6: SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act

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: This bill was passed by Congress on October 3, 2018 and goes to the President next.

There is one summary for H.R.6. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (01/03/2017)

Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act or the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act

This bill makes several changes to state Medicaid programs to address opioid and substance use disorders. Specifically, the bill:

  • modifies provisions related to coverage for juvenile inmates and former foster care youth,
  • establishes a demonstration project to increase provider treatment capacity for substance use disorders,
  • requires the establishment of drug management programs for at-risk beneficiaries,
  • establishes drug review and utilization requirements,
  • extends the enhanced federal matching rate for expenditures regarding substance use disorder health home services, and
  • temporarily requires coverage of medication-assisted treatment.

The bill also alters Medicare requirements to address opioid use. Specifically, the bill:

  • exempts substance use disorder telehealth services from specified requirements,
  • requires the initial examination for new enrollees to include an opioid use disorder screening,
  • modifies provisions regarding electronic prescriptions and post-surgical pain management,
  • requires prescription drug plan sponsors to establish drug management programs for at-risk beneficiaries, and
  • requires coverage for services provided by certified opioid treatment programs.

The bill also addresses other opioid-related issues. Specifically, the bill:

  • establishes and expands programs to support increased detection and monitoring of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, and
  • increases the maximum number of patients that health care practitioners may initially treat with medication-assisted treatment (i.e., under a buprenorphine waiver).

Additionally, the bill temporarily eliminates the enhanced federal matching rate for Medicaid expenditures regarding specified medical services provided by certain managed care organizations.



Published: Tue, 25 Sep 2018 22:20:19 -0400

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H.R. 2319: Consumer Financial Choice and Capital Markets Protection Act of 2018

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 January 18, 2018.

Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Reported to House with amendment(s) (08/24/2018)

Consumer Financial Choice and Capital Markets Protection Act of 2018

This bill amends the Investment Company Act of 1940 to allow a money market fund, under specified conditions, to elect to operate using a different method of valuation than is otherwise required.

Under specified conditions, a money market fund shall not be subject to certain requirements related to the imposition of liquidity fees.

Certain federal assistance may not be provided directly to any money market fund. This limitation on federal assistance must be disclosed in a money market fund's advertising and sales literature.



Published: Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:16:22 -0400

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H.R. 302: FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018

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: This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 5, 2018.

Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Passed Senate amended (09/06/2018)

Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act of 2017

(Sec. 2) This bill extends the liability insurance coverage of a state-licensed medical professional to another state when the professional provides medical services to an athlete, athletic team, or team staff member pursuant to a written agreement. Prior to providing such services, the medical professional must disclose to the insurer the nature and extent of the services. This extension of coverage does not apply at a health care facility or while a medical professional licensed in the state is transporting the injured individual to a health care facility.



Published: Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:57:19 -0400

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Published: Thu, 11 Oct 2018 10:53:29 -0400




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Published: Wed, 10 Oct 2018 15:45:54 -0400




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Published: Tue, 09 Oct 2018 12:00:09 -0400