Saturday, November 16, 2019

House Floor Schedule

Madam Speaker, we will consider several bills under suspension of the rules, including H.R. 4634, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, a very significant and very bipartisan bill. The complete list of suspension bills will be announced by the close of business today.

In addition, Madam Speaker, the House will be considering a continuing resolution through December 20 to keep the government open and operating on behalf of the American people. Madam Speaker, I am deeply disappointed by the Senate's failure to complete their work on appropriations, forcing us to consider another continuing resolution. This is evidence of failure, not of success. It is absolutely essential that we pass the CR to keep our government operating, but it is an indication that we have not gotten our business done as we should. I would remind House Members that we passed 96 percent of the funding of government by June 26 this year, or approximately 3 months before the end of the fiscal year, a little over 3 months. By the end of the fiscal year, the United States Senate had passed not a single appropriations bill. I am disappointed by that but recognize that passing a CR is absolutely essential. Rather than kick the can further down the road, however, we must use that time between now and December 20 to work on an agreement on 302(b) allocations, which will allow us to move appropriation bills done in line with the bipartisan budget caps agreement.

Lastly, Madam Speaker, the House will consider H.R. 1309, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act. This bipartisan bill directs the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue a standard requiring healthcare and social service employers to write and implement a workplace violence prevention plan to prevent and protect employees from violent incidents at work.

Full floor colloquy on next week's House schedule

On Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 3702 – Reforming Disaster Recovery Act of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Al Green / Financial Services Committee)

2) H.R. 4300 – Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Act of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Madeleine Dean / Financial Services Committee)

3) H.R. 4029 – Tribal Access to Homeless Assistance Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Denny Heck / Financial Services Committee)

4) H.R. 5084 – Improving Corporate Governance through Diversity Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. Gregory Meeks / Financial Services Committee)

5) H.R. 4344 – Investor Protection and Capital Markets Fairness Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ben McAdams / Financial Services Committee)

6) H.R. 4634Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Maxine Waters / Financial Services Committee)

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.

On Friday, no votes are expected in the House.

Legislation Making Further Appropriations for FY 2020

H.R. 1309Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Joe Courtney / Education and Labor Committee)

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 182 – To extend the authorization for the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Keating / Natural Resources Committee)

2) H.R. 255 – Big Bear Land Exchange Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Cook / Natural Resources Committee)

3) H.R. 263 – To rename the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge as the Congressman Lester Wolff Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge (Sponsored by Rep. Tom Suozzi / Natural Resources Committee)

4) H.R. 737 – Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act of 2019, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Gregorio Sablan / Natural Resources Committee)

5) H.R. 925 – North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act (Sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson / Natural Resources Committee)

6) H.R. 1088 – FIRST Act (Sponsored by Rep. Roger Marshall / Natural Resources Committee)

7) H.R. 1446 – Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Reauthorization Act of 2019 (Sponsored by Rep. William Lacy Clay / Natural Resources Committee)

8) H.R. 1472 – To rename the Homestead National Monument of America near Beatrice, Nebraska, as the Homestead National Historical Park (Sponsored by Rep. Adrian Smith / Natural Resources Committee)

9) H.R. 1487 – Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Boundary Adjustment Study Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ted Lieu / Natural Resources Committee)

Additional Legislative Items Are Possible

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