Watchlist 2017-12-06T15:38:41+00:00

These bills are sponsored or co-sponsored by Jason Lewis, are not yet out of committee, and have little or no Democrat support.

H. R. 1876, Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act of 2017.

Bill Summary: This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to shield a health care professional from liability under federal or state law for harm caused by any act or omission if: (1) the professional is serving as a volunteer in response to a disaster; and (2) the act or omission occurs during the period […]

H.R. 5413, Improving Veterans Access to Congressional Services Act of 2018

Bill Summary: From the text of the bill: To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to permit Members of Congress to use facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs for the purposes of meeting with constituents, and for other purposes.. Bill Sponsor: Brian Mast (R-FL)  

H. R. 5358, DRIVE-Safe Act.

Bill Summary: This bill directs the Secretary of Transportation to issue regulations relating to commercial motor vehicle drivers under the age of 21, and for other purposes. Bill Sponsor: Duncan Hunter (R-CA)  

H.R. 5275, Agricultural Certainty for Reporting Emissions Act

Bill Summary: From the text of the bill: To amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 to provide an exemption from certain notice requirements and penalties for air emissions from animal waste at farms. Bill Sponsor: Billy Long (R-MO)  

H.R. 4852, Pay Our Protectors Not Our Politicians Act of 2018

Bill Summary: This bill provides FY2018 appropriations for military pay during any period in which interim or full-year appropriations for FY2018 are not in effect. The appropriations provided by this bill are available until the earlier of: (1) the enactment into law of specified appropriations legislation, or (2) January 1, 2019. … Bill Sponsor: Martha […]

H.R. 2996, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Reform Act of 2017

Bill Summary: This bill amends the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to modify the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program) work requirements that apply to able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs). … The bill also modifies the congressional declaration of policy to specify that the purpose of SNAP is to […]

H. R. 755, REAL ID Privacy Protection Act

Bill Summary: This bill amends the REAL ID Act of 2005 to repeal the requirements that each state, in the issuance of drivers’ licenses and identification cards: (1) retain paper copies of source documents for 7 years or images of source documents for 10 years, and (2) provide to all other states electronic access to […]

H. R. 896, To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt amounts paid for aircraft management services from the excise taxes imposed on transportation by air

Bill Summary: This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to exempt from the excise tax on transportation of persons and property by air amounts paid by an aircraft owner or lessee for aircraft management services related to maintenance and support of the aircraft or flights on such aircraft. Aircraft management services include assisting an aircraft owner with […]

H. R. 1154, Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act

Bill Summary: This bill requires the U.S. Coast Guard to: (1) address the regulation of discharges incidental to the normal operation of a commercial vessel into navigable waters, including ballast water discharges; and (2) preempt applicable state laws and federal regulations issued under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water […]

H. R. 878, Right to Try Act of 2017

Bill Summary: This bill requires the federal government to allow unrestricted manufacturing, distribution, prescribing, and dispensing of experimental drugs, biological products, and medical devices that are: (1) intended to treat a patient who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and (2) authorized by state law. The federal government must allow unrestricted possession and use […]

H. R. 631, Death Tax Repeal Act of 2017

Bill Summary: This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) repeal the estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes, and (2) make permanent the maximum 35% gift tax rate and the lifetime gift tax exemption. The bill provides for an inflation adjustment to such exemption amount. Bill Sponsor: Kristi L. Noem (R-SD)

H. R. 850, Agency Accountability Act of 2017

Bill Summary: This bill requires any agency that receives a fee, fine, penalty, or proceeds from a settlement to deposit the amount in the general fund of the Treasury. The funds may not be used unless the funding is provided in advance in an appropriations bill. Any amounts deposited during the fiscal year in which this […]

H. R. 1339, Freedom from Government Competition Act of 2017

Bill Summary: This bill requires each executive or military department or independent establishment to obtain all goods and services necessary for or beneficial to the accomplishment of its authorized functions by procurement from private sources, except if: (1) such goods or services are required by law to be produced or performed by such agency; or […]

H. R. 1568, Transportation and Logistics Hiring Reform Act of 2017

Bill Summary: This bill would “enhance interstate commerce by creating a national hiring standard for motor carriers, and for other purposes.” Bill Sponsor: John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN)

H. R. 462, REG Act of 2017.

Bill Summary: This bill requires guidance documents of federal agencies to be considered rules that are subject to the congressional review process. A “guidance document” is a statement of general applicability and future effect, other than a regulatory action, issued by a federal agency that sets forth: (1) a policy on a statutory, regulatory, or […]

H. R. 433, Sensible Nuclear Waste Disposition Act.

Bill Summary: This bill prohibits the Department of Energy (DOE) from planning, developing, or constructing a defense waste repository until the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves or disapproves the license to construct the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in Nevada. (A defense waste repository is a site used for storing high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear […]

H. R. 246, Repeal the annual fee on health insurance providers.

Bill Summary: This bill repeals a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that imposes an annual fee on a health insurance provider based on its net premium income. Bill Sponsor: Kristi L. Noem (R-SD At Large)

H. R. 184, Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2017.

Bill Summary: This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to repeal the excise tax on the sale of a medical device by the manufacturer, producer, or importer. Bill Sponsor: Erik Paulsen (R-MN)

H. R. 1919, Child Tax Credit Protection Act

Bill Summary: This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to expand the identification requirements for the child tax credit to require taxpayers to provide a valid identification number (i.e., a Social Security account number issued by the Social Security Administration) on their tax returns in addition to the name and taxpayer identification number of each qualifying child. […]

H. R. 2133, CLEARR Act of 2017

Bill Summary: This bill provides regulatory relief to community financial institutions.  Changes are proposed to the Fair Housing Act to require intent to discriminate.  A change in the Truth in Lending Act would exempt “small creditors” from some loan requirements, but a small creditor is defined as a creditor with assets of $50 billion or less.  Those […]

H. J. Res 51, Discontinuation of the Independent Medicare Advisory Board.

Bill Summary: This joint resolution initiates the process to terminate the Independent Medicare Advisory Board, which issues annual recommendations for reducing growth in Medicare expenditures. Under current law, the enactment of a such a joint resolution is required in order to terminate the board. Bill Sponsor: David Roe (R-TN)

H. R. 2629, Representation Fairness Restoration Act

Bill Summary: This bill amends the National Labor Relations Act to provide for appropriate designation of collective bargaining units Bill Sponsor: Francis Rooney (R-FL)

H. R. 2714, Revamping American Infrastructure Act of 2017

Bill Summary: This bill facilitates the use of outcome-based performance standards by the Department of Transportation. Bill Sponsor: Mark Meadows (R-NC)

H. R. 2871, Preserving Patient Access to Compounded Medications Act of 2017

Bill Summary: This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to compounding pharmacies. Bill Sponsor: H. Morgan Griffith (R-VA)

H. R. 3957, To Repeal Title VIII of the Higher Opportunity Act & Title VIII of the Higher Education Act of 1965

Bill Summary: This bill repeals title VIII of the Higher Education Opportunity Act and title VII of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Bill Sponsor: Francis Rooney (R-FL)

H. R. 4119, Student Loan Disclosure Modernization Act

Bill Summary: This bill amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to direct the Secretary of Education to develop a plain language disclosure form for borrowers of Federal student loans. Bill Sponsor: Luke Messer (R-IN)

H. R. 4336, College Completion and Success Act

Bill Summary: This bill amends the institutional refunds provision of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Bill Sponsor: Jason Lewis (R-MN)

H. R. 4372, Help Students Repay Act

Bill Summary: This bill  amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require borrowers to repay Federal student loans under an income-based repayment plan or a standard repayments plan. Bill Sponsor: A. Drew Ferguson IV (R-GA)