Bills upcoming for a vote in the legislature.
DHS Overseas Personnel Enhancement Act of 2019
This bill directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to semiannually brief the congressional homeland security committees regarding DHS personnel with primary duties that take place outside of the United States. DHS must submit to such committees a plan to enhance the effectiveness of DHS personnel at foreign locations.
Supporting Research and Development for First Responders Act
This bill directs the Department of Homeland Security to designate the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory, previously known as the Environmental Measurements Laboratory.
The laboratory shall (1) conduct tests, evaluations, and assessments of current and emerging technologies for emergency response providers, including cybersecurity of such technologies that can connect to the Internet; (2) conduct research and development on radiological and nuclear response and recovery; and (3) act as a technical advisor to emergency response providers.
Pay Our Coast Guard Parity Act of 2019
This bill provides continuing appropriations to the U.S. Coast Guard for any period during FY2019 in which interim or full-year appropriations for the Coast Guard are not in effect.
The appropriations are provided to the Coast Guard for
The appropriations are provided until the enactment of specified Coast Guard appropriations legislation.
The bill compensates civilian Coast Guard employees furloughed as a result of a lapse in appropriations that began on or about December 22, 2018, and ended upon the enactment of this bill.
The bill also ratifies and approves certain obligations incurred in anticipation of the appropriations made and the authority granted by this bill.
Ocean Acidification Innovation Act of 2019
This bill reauthorizes through FY2024 and revises the Federal Ocean Acidification Research and Monitoring Act of 2009. The bill authorizes a federal agency with a representative serving on the Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification to carry out a program that awards prizes competitively for innovative efforts to research or respond to ocean acidification. Priority must be given to establishing programs that address communities, environments, or industries that are in distress due to the impacts of ocean acidification.
Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2019
This bill requires the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct and update at least once every seven years an ocean acidification coastal community vulnerability assessment with a corresponding public report. The assessment must identify (1) U.S. coastal communities that are most dependent on coastal and ocean resources that may be impacted by ocean acidification; (2) the nature of those communities' vulnerabilities, including the economic impact on local or regional commercial fisheries and recreational opportunities; and (3) key knowledge gaps where research could be devoted to better understand the possible ocean acidification impacts and possible adaptation strategies for the communities.
In carrying out the assessment, NOAA must collaborate with state, U.S. territory, local, and tribal government entities that are conducting or have completed vulnerability assessments, strategic research planning, or other similar activities related to ocean acidification to determine whether those activities may serve as a model for others and to identify opportunities for federal agencies to support those activities.
Coastal and Ocean Acidification Stressors and Threats Research Act of 2019 or the COAST Research Act of 2019
This bill addresses the effects of ocean and coastal acidification on marine organisms and ecosystems. Specifically, the bill reauthorizes through FY2024 and revises the Ocean Acidification Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the ocean acidification grant program of the National Science Foundation. The bill expands those programs, as well as the ocean acidification activities of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), to include efforts to research and monitor the effects of coastal acidification.
National Estuaries and Acidification Research Act of 2019 or the NEAR Act of 2019
This bill directs the Department of Commerce to arrange with the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies for the board to conduct a study that:
American Dream and Promise Act of 2019
This bill cancels and prohibits removal proceedings against certain aliens and provides such aliens with a path toward permanent resident status.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or the Department of Justice (DOJ) shall cancel removal proceedings against certain aliens who entered the United States as minors and grant such aliens conditional permanent residence status for 10 years. The bill imposes various qualification requirements, such as the alien being continuously physically present in the United States and being enrolled in or having completed certain educational programs. Aliens who were eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status and not disqualified for renewal also qualify.
DHS shall remove the conditional permanent resident status granted to such aliens, if the alien applies and meets certain requirements, such as completing certain programs at an educational institution or serving at least two years in the Uniformed Services and being discharged honorably.
This bill also repeals a restriction that bars states from providing higher education benefits to undocumented aliens unless those benefits are available to all U.S. citizens.
DHS or DOJ shall cancel removal proceedings against certain aliens who qualified for temporary protected status or Deferred Enforced Departure status on certain past dates (both statuses temporarily protect covered aliens from removal). For such aliens who apply, DHS shall grant permanent residence status.
When DHS eliminates temporary protected status for nationals of a foreign country, it shall report to Congress its reasons for doing so.
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2020
This bill provides FY2020 appropriations for the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies.
The bill provides appropriations to USDA for Agricultural Programs, including
The bill also provides appropriations to USDA for Farm Production and Conservation Programs, including
The bill provides appropriations to the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Fund and the Commodity Credit Corporation Fund.
For USDA Rural Development programs, the bill includes appropriations for
Within the Food and Nutrition Service budget, the bill includes appropriations for
Within the Foreign Agricultural Service budget, the bill provides appropriations for Food for Peace Title II Grants and McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program Grants.
The bill also provides appropriations for
Additionally, the bill sets forth requirements and restrictions for using funds provided by this and other appropriations Acts.
Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act of 2019
This bill requires the Department of Homeland Security to develop and conduct an exercise related to the detection and prevention of terrorist and foreign fighter travel.
The bill requires the national exercise program (a program to test and evaluate the national preparedness goal, National Incident Management System, National Response Plan, and other related plans and strategies) to include emerging threats.