Saturday, September 16, 2017

Federal Pro-Life Funding Policies, Fiscal Year 2018

This week the House approved H.R. 3354, Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018. The consolidated appropriations bill includes all 12 appropriations bills.

H.R. 3354 contained several new pro-life policies and funding level changes. Most of these provisions were included in the chairmen’s base bills or added during committee consideration. The Palmer Amendment (Division D) was added during floor consideration.

Division D (Financial Services)
  • Harris Multi-State Plan Abortion Funding Ban — This provision would eliminate elective abortion coverage from the Multi-State Plan Program, created by Obamacare.
  • Harris Amendment to Repeal DC Legalization of Physician Assisted Suicide — This provision nullifies the 2016 DC law that authorizes a DC adult resident who has been diagnosed as terminally ill to request and receive a prescription for lethal medication.
  • Palmer Amendment to prevent implementation of the D.C. Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA) — RHNDA is a 2014 DC law that prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals based on “reproductive health decisions,” including the decision to have an abortion. RHNDA could be used to force religious or pro-life advocacy groups to make personnel decisions that are inconsistent with their sincerely held beliefs about the sanctity of human life. The Palmer Amendment was adopted on the House floor today by a vote of 214-194. 212 Republicans and 2 Democrats (Lipinski, Peterson) voted for the Palmer amendment, 183 Democrats and 11 Republicans (Coffman, Costello, Curbelo, Dent, Fitzpatrick, Katko, McSally, Meehan, Poliquin, Reed, Stefanik) voted against, and 25 Members did not vote.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Senate Committee Schedule — Week of July 31, 2017

Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017
An oversight hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund program.
Hearings to examine America's affordable housing crisis, focusing on challenges and solutions.
Hearings to examine the nominations of Lance Allen Robertson, of Oklahoma, to be Assistant Secretary for Aging, Brett Giroir, of Texas, and Robert P. Kadlec, of New York, both to be a Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service, and to be Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and Elinore F. McCance-Katz, of Rhode Island, to be Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, all of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Jerome M. Adams, of Indiana, to be Medical Director in the Regular Corps of the Public Health Service, and to be Surgeon General of the Public Health Service.
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017
Business meeting to consider
  • S. 154, to amend the Small Business Act to ensure small businesses affected by the onset of transmissible diseases are eligible for disaster relief,
  • S. 650, to amend the Small Business Act to expand tax credit education and training for small businesses that engage in research and development,
  • S. 690, to extend the eligibility of redesignated areas as HUBZones from 3 years to 7 years,
  • S. 929, to improve the HUBZone program,
  • S. 1038, to require the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to submit to Congress a report on the utilization of small businesses with respect to certain Federal contracts, and
  • S. 1428, to amend section 21 of the Small Business Act to require cyber certification for small business development center counselors.
Business meeting to consider
  • S. 374, to enable concrete masonry products manufacturers to establish, finance, and carry out a coordinated program of research, education, and promotion to improve, maintain, and develop markets for concrete masonry products,
  • S. 754, to support meeting our Nation's growing cybersecurity workforce needs by expanding the cybersecurity education pipeline,
  • S. 1322, to establish the American Fisheries Advisory Committee to assist in the awarding of fisheries research and development grants,
  • S. 1425, to reauthorize the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009,
  • S. 1532, to disqualify from operating a commercial motor vehicle for life an individual who uses a commercial motor vehicle in committing a felony involving human trafficking,
  • S. 1536, to designate a human trafficking prevention coordinator and to expand the scope of activities authorized under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's outreach and education program to include human trafficking prevention activities,
  • S. 1586, to require the Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere to update periodically the environmental sensitivity index products of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for each coastal area of the Great Lakes,
  • S. 1621, to require the Federal Communications Commission to establish a methodology for the collection by the Commission of information about commercial mobile service and commercial mobile data service, and the nominations of Ajit Varadaraj Pai, of Kansas, Jessica Rosenworcel, of Connecticut, and Brendan Carr, of Virginia, each to be a Member of the Federal Communications Commission, David J. Redl, of New York, to be Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, Peter B. Davidson, of Virginia, to be General Counsel, Karen Dunn Kelley, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, and Elizabeth Erin Walsh, of the District of Columbia, to be Assistant Secretary and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service, all of the Department of Commerce, Steven Gill Bradbury, of Virginia, to be General Counsel, Mark H. Buzby, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Maritime Administration, and Ronald L. Batory, of New Jersey, to be Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, all of the Department of Transportation, and Robert L. Sumwalt III, of South Carolina, to be Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.
Hearings to examine increasing water security and drought preparedness through infrastructure, management, and innovation.
Hearings to examine the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters consolidation project.
Hearings to examine assessing the Colombia peace process, focusing on the way forward in United States-Colombia relations.
To receive a closed briefing on the Authorizations for the Use of Military Force, focusing on Administration perspectives.
Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017
Hearings to examine insurance fraud in America, focusing on current issues facing industry and consumers.
Hearings to examine Federal and nonfederal collaboration, including through the use of technology, to reduce wildland fire risk to communities and enhance firefighting safety and effectiveness.
Hearings to examine the nominations of Gilbert B. Kaplan, of the District of Columbia, to be Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, and Matthew Bassett, of Tennessee, to be an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Senate votes on ACA repeal; House passes national security legislation

ACA Repeal Attempts

Senate Rejects First ACA Repeal Proposal

Senate blocks proposal to repeal and replace ACA

Senate Republicans turned down their first option to replace ACA

Tom Price: Senate searching for 'lowest common denominator' on ACA repeal

Senate votes down 'clean repeal' of ACA

Single-payer amendment fails 0-57 in Senate


ACA Penalties Repeal Attempt

GOP leader: Senate could pass scaled-down ACA repeal

“Skinny” ACA Repeal Bill Takes Shape

Paul Ryan: We can conference with Senate 'skinny' ACA repeal

Mitch McConnell urges support for skinny repeal

McCain sinks GOP's “skinny repeal” of ACASen. McCain Statement

Conservatives hold out hope on ACA repeal as GOP leaders move to tax reform

Nancy Pelosi says Democrats will support parts of Senate Republicans' failed healthcare plan





House Votes

A modest step forward on cyber policy with DHS bill passage in the House

House votes to assist Capitol Police officers injured in baseball shooting

House passes bill to expand veterans' GI benefits

House votes overwhelmingly to approve new Russia sanctions

House votes to repeal consumer arbitration rule

House votes to kill consumer lawsuit rule

House calls for release of political prisoners in Iran

House avoids floor fight over transgender people in military

GOP fails to pass budget rider to slash energy funding by 10 percent

House Defeats Amendment to Cut One-Third of CBO Staff

House passes $790 billion national security bill, including $1.6 billion for border wall

House votes to authorize intelligence agencies


Russia

Russia sanctions bill heads to Trump after Senate approval


Members of Congress

Steve Scalise calls into House whip meeting for first time since shooting

Tennessee House member reveals he has cancer

Scalise released from Washington hospital

House votes to let lawmakers use taxpayer funds for home security





Commitee News

5 takeaways from Jared Kushner's statement for the Senate Intelligence Committee

House panel wants CEOs of Google, Facebook, AT&T to testify on internet rules

House panel approves legislation to speed deployment of self-driving cars


Schedule Outlook

Analysis: Senators Writing Placeholder Defense Money Bill

Trump appeals court nominee wins bipartisan praise

RSC: Budget resolution coming in early September

Rand Paul Wants AUMF Debate With Defense Authorization

Ryan signals readiness to move to tax reform

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Senate Committee Schedule — Week of July 24, 2017

Tuesday, Jul. 25, 2017
Hearings to examine commodities, credit, and crop insurance, focusing on perspectives on risk management tools and trends for the 2018 Farm Bill.
Business meeting to consider the nominations of J. Paul Compton, Jr., of Alabama, to be General Counsel, and Anna Maria Farias, of Texas, and Neal J. Rackleff, of Texas, both to be an Assistant Secretary, all of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Richard Ashooh, of New Hampshire, to be an Assistant Secretary, and Elizabeth Erin Walsh, of the District of Columbia, to be Assistant Secretary and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service, both of the Department of Commerce, and Christopher Campbell, of California, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.
Hearings to examine efforts on marine debris in the oceans and Great Lakes.
Hearings to examine developing and deploying advanced clean energy technologies.
Hearings to examine the nominations of Ralph R. Erickson, of North Dakota, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eighth Circuit, Dabney Langhorne Friedrich, of California, to be United States District Judge for the District of Columbia, Stephen S. Schwartz, of Virginia, to be a Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims, and Brian Allen Benczkowski, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice.
Business meeting to markup an original bill entitled, "Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018".
Business meeting to markup an original bill entitled, "Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018."
Hearings to receive testimony on options and considerations for achieving a 355-ship Navy from naval analysts.
Hearings to examine assessing the maximum pressure and engagement policy toward North Korea.
Closed business meeting to consider pending intelligence matters; to be immediately followed by a closed briefing on certain intelligence matters.
Wednesday, Jul. 26, 2017
Hearings to examine progress toward a cure for Type I Diabetes, focusing on research and the artificial pancreas.
Hearings to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2018 for the Department of the Treasury.
Hearings to examine the nominations of Karen Dunn Kelley, of Pennsylvania, to be Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, and Peter B. Davidson, of Virginia, to be General Counsel, both of the Department of Commerce, and Mark H. Buzby, of Virginia, to be Administrator of the Maritime Administration, and Ronald L. Batory, of New Jersey, to be Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, both of the Department of Transportation.
Hearings to examine
  • S. 32, to provide for conservation, enhanced recreation opportunities, and development of renewable energy in the California Desert Conservation Area,
  • S. 90, to survey the gradient boundary along the Red River in the States of Oklahoma and Texas,
  • S. 357, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain public lands in San Bernardino County, California, to the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District, and to accept in return certain exchanged non-public lands,
  • S. 436, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to retire coal preference right lease applications for which the Secretary has made an affirmative commercial quantities determination, to substitute certain land selections of the Navajo Nation, to designate certain wilderness areas,
  • S. 467, to provide for the disposal of certain Bureau of Land Management land in Mohave County, Arizona,
  • S. 468, to establish a procedure for resolving claims to certain rights-of-way,
  • S. 614, to require the Secretary of the Interior to establish a pilot program for commercial recreation concessions on certain land managed by the Bureau of Land Management,
  • S. 785, to amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to provide for equitable allotment of land to Alaska Native veterans,
  • S. 837, to provide for the conveyance of certain land to Washington County, Utah, to authorize the exchange of Federal land and non-Federal land in the State of Utah,
  • S. 884, to amend the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 to require the Bureau of Land Management to provide a claimant of a small miner waiver from claim maintenance fees with a period of 60 days after written receipt of 1 or more defects is provided to the claimant by registered mail to cure the 1 or more defects or pay the claim maintenance fee,
  • S. 941, to withdraw certain National Forest System land in the Emigrant Crevice area located in the Custer Gallatin National Forest, Park County, Montana, from the mining and mineral leasing laws of the United States,
  • S. 1149, to amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to repeal a provision limiting the export of timber harvested from land conveyed to the Kake Tribal Corporation under that Act,
  • S. 1230, to prohibit the conditioning of any permit, lease, or other use agreement on the transfer of any water right to the United States by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture,
  • S. 1271, to designate certain mountain peaks in the State of Colorado as "Fowler Peak" and "Boskoff Peak", and
  • S. 1548, to designate certain land administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service in the State of Oregon as wilderness and national recreation areas and to make additional wild and scenic river designations in the State of Oregon
Hearings to examine South Sudan's conflict and famine; to be immediately followed by a full committee hearing to examine the nominations of Michael Arthur Raynor, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and Maria E. Brewer, of Indiana, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Sierra Leone, both of the Department of State.
Business meeting to consider
  • S. 873, to amend section 8433 of title 5, United States Code, to provide for flexibility in making withdrawals from the Thrift Savings Fund,
  • S. 288, to require notice and comment for certain interpretative rules,
  • S. 886, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish an Acquisition Review Board in the Department of Homeland Security,
  • S. 906, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for congressional notification regarding major acquisition program breaches,
  • S. 1199, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to reauthorize the Border Enforcement Security Task Force program within the Department of Homeland Security,
  • S. 938, to require notice of cost-free Federal procurement technical assistance in connection with registration of small business concerns in procurement systems,
  • S. 1208, to direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to provide for an option under the Secure Mail Initiative under which a person to whom a document is sent under that initiative may elect to have the United States Postal Service use the Hold for Pickup service or the Signature Confirmation service in delivering the document, S.Con.Res. 15, expressing support for the designation of October 28, 2017, as "Honoring the Nation's First Responders Day",
  • H.R. 1293, to amend title 5, United States Code, to require that the Office of Personnel Management submit an annual report to Congress relating to the use of official time by Federal employees,
  • H.R. 1117, to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit a report regarding certain plans regarding assistance to applicants and grantees during the response to an emergency or disaster,
  • H.R. 1679, to ensure that the Federal Emergency Management Agency's current efforts to modernize its grant management system includes applicant accessibility and transparency,
  • H.R. 195, to amend title 44, United States Code, to restrict the distribution of free printed copies of the Federal Register to Members of Congress and other officers and employees of the United States,
  • H.R. 194, to ensure the effective processing of mail by Federal agencies, and an original bill to amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to reauthorize the Judicial Conference of the United States to redact sensitive information contained in financial disclosure reports of judicial officers and employees
An oversight hearing to examine the Foreign Agents Registration Act and attempts to influence United States elections, focusing on lessons learned from current and prior administrations.
An oversight hearing to examine the Government Accountability Office reports on human trafficking of American Indian and Alaska Natives in the United States.
An oversight hearing to examine Federal infrastructure permitting and the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council.
Thursday, Jul. 27, 2017
Hearings to examine the nominations of Rostin Behnam, of New Jersey, Brian D. Quintenz, of Ohio, and Dawn DeBerry Stump, of Texas, each to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Hearings to examine the nominations of Joseph Otting, of Nevada, to be Comptroller of the Currency, Department of the Treasury, and Randal Quarles, of Colorado, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, to be a Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Reappointment), and to be Vice Chairman for Supervision of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
Closed business meeting to markup pending intelligence matters.
Business meeting to markup
  • an original bill entitled, "Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018",
  • an original bill entitled, "Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018",
  • and an original bill entitled, "Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2018".

House Committee Schedule — Week of July 24, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

H.J.Res. 111 — Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to Arbitration Agreements.; H.R. 3219 — Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018 [Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018] (Rules Committee Print 115-30, showing the text of H.R. 3219, H.R. 3162, H.R. 2998, and H.R. 3266 as reported by the Committee on Appropriations with modifications.)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Examining Sue and Settle Agreements: Part II

Examining Advancements in Biofuels: Balancing Federal Research and Market Innovation

Deter, Detect and Interdict: Technologys Role in Securing the Border.

Authorization for the Use of Military Force and Current Terrorist Threats

Oversight and Reauthorization of the Federal Communications Commission

Hearing on the Internal Revenue Services Record Retention Policies

No Regulation Without Representation: H.R. 2887 and the Growing Problem of States Regulating Beyond Their Borders

Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Coast Guard Sea, Land, and Air Capabilities, Part II

PTSD Claims: Assessing Whether VBA is Effectively Serving Veterans

Securing Air Cargo: Industry Perspectives.

Evaluating DOD Equipment and Uniform Procurement in Iraq and Afghanistan

Examining the Presidents FY 2018 Budget Proposal for Europe and Eurasia

Held for Ransom: The Families of Irans Hostages Speak Out

On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, the Committee on Natural Resources will convene at 4:00p.m. for opening statements only, for a Full Committee markup in 1324 Longworth House Office Building. The Committee will reconvene the markup on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in 1324 Longworth House Office Building.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Office of National Drug Control Policy: Reauthorization in the 115th Congress"

On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, the Committee on Natural Resources will convene at 4:00p.m. for opening statements only, for a Full Committee markup in 1324 Longworth House Office Building. The Committee will reconvene the markup on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in 1324 Longworth House Office Building.

STEM and Computer Science Education: Preparing the 21st Century Workforce

U.S. Cyber Diplomacy

Powering America: A Review of the Operation and Effectiveness of the Nations Wholesale Electricity Markets

Renegotiating NAFTA: Opportunities for Agriculture

Expanding Options for Employers and Workers Through Earn-and-Learn Opportunities

Examining the Extension of Special Needs Plans

Oversight of the Library of Congress' Strategic Plan

Protecting Small Businesses from Cyber Attacks: the Cybersecurity Insurance Option

Markup of:
  • H.R. 2626, (Mr. Hurd), the Strong Visa Integrity Secures America Act.
  • H.R. 2805, (Miss Rice of New York), To permanently authorize the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card Program.
  • H.R. 3202, (Ms. Jackson Lee), the Cyber Vulnerability Disclosure Reporting Act.
  • H.R. 3284, (Mr. Fitzpatrick), the Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshop Series Act of 2017.
  • H.R. 3328, (Mr. Katko), the Cuban Airport Security Act of 2017.
  • H.R. ___, (Mr. McCaul), The "Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017".
  • H.Res. 447, (Mrs. Watson Coleman), Directing the Secretary of Homeland Security to transmit certain documents to the House of Representatives relating to Department of Homeland Security policies and activities relating to businesses owned or controlled by President Donald J. Trump.
Assessing the U.S.-Qatar Relationship

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Challenges to Freedom of Speech on College Campuses

Legislative Hearing on H.R. 1778 (Rep. Liz Cheney), H.R. 3117 (Rep. Evan Jenkins), and the Discussion Draft of H.R. ____ (Rep. Tom Emmer)

Employee Misconduct: How Can FEMA Improve the Integrity of its Workforce.

The Need for the Balanced Budget Amendment

Antitrust Concerns and the FDA Approval Process

Combatting Homegrown Terrorism

Markup of
  • H.Res. 422, Urging adherence to the "one country, two systems" policy as prescribed in the Joint Declaration between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and the Government of the People's Republic of China on the Question of the Hong Kong
  • H.Res. 445, Honoring the life and legacy of Liu Xiaobo for his steadfast commitment to the protection of human rights, political freedoms, free markets, democratic elections, government accountability, and peaceful change in the People's Republic of China
  • H.R. 2732, North Korea Travel Control Act
  • H.R. 3320, To direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to regain observer status for Taiwan in the World Health Organization, and for other purposes
U.S. Interests in the Asia-Pacific: FY 2018 Budget Hearing

House Committee Meetings ScheduleWeek of July 23 - 29, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

House Floor Schedule — Week of July 24, 2017

On Monday, the House will meet at noon for morning hour and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, the House will meet at 10 a.m. for morning hour and noon for legislative business. On Friday, the House will meet at 9 a.m. for legislative business. The House will consider a number of suspensions next week, a complete list of which will be announced by close of business tomorrow.

Now, one suspension worth highlighting is H.R. 3218, the Forever GI Bill, sponsored by Representative Phil Roe. This bipartisan legislation will remove the 15-year cap for benefits that forces veterans to use it or lose it, while enabling vets to take advantage of innovative new models like nanodegrees and massive open online courses. Education in the 21st century is a process of lifelong learning, and I look forward to the House passing this important reform on behalf of the men and women who bravely serve our Nation.

In addition, the House will use the Congressional Review Act to disapprove of the CFPB rule on arbitration agreements. This rule hurts consumers at the expense of class-action trial lawyers, and we will work with our colleagues in the Senate to overturn this misguided regulation.

The House will also consider H.R. 3219, the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, sponsored by Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen. This is vital that we demonstrate our commitment to America's servicemembers and uphold our constitutional duty to provide for the common defense.

This security package includes the committee's marked and reported bills for Defense, Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.

Among many positives, the bill
  • gives a 2.4 percent pay raise for our troops,
  • increases funding for our Capitol Police,
  • ensures greater oversight and accountability at the VA, and
  • fully funds the President's request for a wall along our southern border.
As always, Members are advised that late-night votes are likely next week during the consideration of this appropriations package. Finally, additional legislative items are possible in the House, and I will be sure to notify Members of any additions to our schedule.

Full floor colloquy on next week's House schedule

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pro-Life Policy in the Homeland Security Appropriations bill

Tuesday the House Appropriations Committee approved the Homeland Security Appropriations bill.

Rep. Robert Aderholt offered a pro-life amendment to prevent funding for elective abortion for detainees of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and to safeguard the conscience rights of any ICE employee who objects to facilitating an abortion. Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman Rep. John Carter (R-TX) rose in support of the Aderholt amendment. Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) also spoke in support.

The Aderholt amendment was adopted by a vote of 29-21; 28 Republicans and 1 Democratic Member, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), voted to adopt the pro-life language. 21 Democratic Members voted in opposition to the amendment. 2 Republicans, Reps. Mark Amodei (R-NV) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA), did not vote.

The Aderholt amendment mirrors the longstanding language applied to the Bureau of Prisons in the CJS bill and codifies the Administration’s current practice with regard to ICE. However, until this policy is supported in law, it could be changed at any time. The Aderholt Amendment has been included in the House Homeland Security bill from FY13-17 and was included in President Trump’s Budget Request for FY2018.

Also, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) offered an amendment to make Charlie Gard a lawful permanent resident of the US. The text of her amendment is similar to the private bills introduced by Reps. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and Trent Franks (R-AZ) (H.R. 3190 and H.R. 3188 respectively). The amendment was adopted by voice vote.