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Legislative Updates

Keeping you up to date on policy action from the president's administration and the U.S. Congress.

June 2015

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» International Affairs

Obama Administration Hoping to Move TransPacific Partnership Along
President Barack Obama is looking to fast track the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) which would allow a free trade agreement between the U.S., Canada, and 10 other countries in the Asia-Pacific area. The administration argues that the TPP will lead to greater opportunity for U.S. exports as well as increase U.S. strength in foreign policy.

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TransPacific Partnership (United States Trade Representative)
The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact: What’s in it for the U.S.? (The Los Angeles Times)

» Business and Economic Development

Congress Passes a Budget, the First in Five Years
Congress has passed a budget, the first in 5 years. While the first hurdle has been jumped, Congress will deliberate how the budget will be implemented through spending bills.

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Republicans pass a budget, flexing power of majority (The Hill)
Congress’ Republicans pass budget, but that’s the easy part: Showdowns loom (The Los Angeles Times)
 

» Emergency Preparedness, Cyber and Homeland Security

The Patriot Act Expires and President Obama Signs the USA Freedom Act
President Obama signed the USA Freedom Act after provisions of The Patriot Act expired earlier this month. The USA Freedom Act restored three major provisions which allowed the government to collect bulk data on telephone records on U.S. citizens, target surveillance on suspected terrorists acting alone and not connected to any terrorist organization, and target individuals rather than their cell phones. These parts of the bill have been modified to curtail government control. The federal government will no longer be able to collect information on telephone records but rather that would be left to the telephone companies. The federal government could then petition the telephone companies for that information.

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Here’s What Happens Now That the Patriot Act Has Expired (USA Today)
Patriot Act provisions have expired: What happens now? (CNN)
Congressional Action on NSA is a Milestone in the Post-9/11 World (The Washington Post)
Obama Signs Bill Reforming Surveillance Program (Reuters)

Obama Bans Some Military-Grade Weapons to Local Police Departments
Through the Department of Defense’s Surplus Program also known as the 1033 program, local law enforcement agencies have been able to receive military style weapons such as tanks, grenade launchers, and high-intensity firearms. The administration has moved to ban some of these weapons and more in an attempt to rein in the program and provide the appropriate oversight. The program has received national attention in the wake of protests and demonstrations following the death of several unarmed Black citizens across the U.S.

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Obama administration Bans Some Military-Style Assault Gear from Local Police Departments (The Washington Post)
Obama to Limit Police Acquisition Of Some Military-Style Equipment (NPR)

What’s Happening on the Hill?

HOUSE CALENDAR
Thursday, June 11, 2015
  • Committee on Science, Space, and Technology | Subcommittee on Space, “Transforming America’s Air Travel” 9:00 AM | 2318 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on the Judiciary | Hearing: H.R. 9 the “Innovation Act,” 10:00 AM | 2141 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Agriculture | Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, “Implementing the Agricultural Act of 2014,” 10:00 AM | 1300 Longworth HOB
  • Committee on Small Business | Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade, “Squeezed: Current Challenges for Small Citrus Operations,” 10:00 | 2360 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Energy and Commerce | Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, “Oversight of FCC Field Offices,” 10:00 AM | 2123 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Energy and Commerce | Subcommittee on Health, “Examining H.R. 1786 James Zadroga 911 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act,” 10:15 AM | 2123 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Oversight and Government Reform | Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules,” Examining Fraud Waste and Abuse at the Export-Import Bank,” 1:00 PM | 2154 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Veterans’ Affairs | Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, “Exploring VBA’s Fiduciary Program,” 2:00 PM | 334 Cannon HOB
  • Committee on Foreign Affairs | Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, “The Goldman Act to Return Abducted American Children: Assessing the Compliance Report and Required Action,” 2:00 PM | 2200 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Foreign Affairs | Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, “Retreat or Revival: A Status Report on Democracy in Asia,” 2:00 PM | 2172 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Armed Services | Subcommittee on Military Personnel, “The Department of Defense Views on the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commissions: Recommendations for Military Health Care Reform,” 2:00 PM | 2212 Rayburn HOB
Friday, June 12, 2015
  • Committee on Science, Space, and Technology | Subcommittee on Research and Technology, “U.S. Surface Transportation: Technology Driving the Future,” 9:00 AM | 2318 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Energy and Commerce | Subcommittee on Energy and Power, “EPAs Proposed Ozone Rule,” 9:30 AM | 2123 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Energy and Commerce | Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, “Oversight Failures Behind the Radiological Incident at DOEs Waste Isolation Pilot Plant,” 9:45 AM | 2322 Rayburn HOB
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
  • Committee on Natural Resources | Subcommittee on Federal Lands, Legislative Hearing on H.R. 482, H.R. 496, H.R. 959, H.R. 1138, H.R. 1554, H.R. 2223, 10:00 AM | 1324 Longworth HOB
  • Committee on Oversight and Government Reform | OPM: Data Breach, 10:00 AM | 2154 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Homeland Security | Subcommittee on Transportation Security, “Safeguarding our Nations Surface Transportation Systems Against Evolving Terrorist Threats” 10:00 AM | 311 Cannon HOB
  • Committee on Foreign Affairs |”Advancing United States Interests at the United Nations,” 10:00 AM | 2172 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Energy and Commerce | Subcommittee on Energy and Power, “EPA’s Proposed Ozone Rule: Potential Impacts on Manufacturing, “10:00 AM | 2123 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Energy and Commerce | Subcommittee on Health, “Examining H.R. 2646 the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act,” 10:00 AM | 2322 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Education and the Workforce | Full Committee “Child Nutrition Assistance: Are Federal Rules and Regulations Serving the Best Interests of Schools and Families?” 10:00 A.M. | 2175 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Natural Resources | Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, “Oversight Hearing on “Arctic Resources and American Competitiveness” 10:30 AM | 1334 Longworth HOB
  • Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure | Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, “Saving Taxpayer Dollars in Federal Real Estate: Reducing the Governments Space Footprint,” 1:00 PM | 2167 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Foreign Affairs | Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats Reviewing the Administrations FY 2016 Budget Request for Europe and Eurasia 2:00 PM | 2172 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Energy and Commerce | Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, “Progress Toward a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network,” 2:00 PM | 2123 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on the Judiciary | Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial, and Antitrust Law, “H.R. ____ the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews through Equal Rules Act of 2015,” 2:00 PM | 2141 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Education and the Workforce | Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, “H.R. 511, Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015,” 2:00 PM | 2175 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Oversight and Government Reform | Subcommittee on Government Operations, “ Fair Competition in International Shipping,” 2:00 PM | 2154 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Science, Space, and Technology | Subcommittee on Research and Technology, “The Science and Ethics of Genetically Engineered Human DNA,” 2:00 PM | 2318 Rayburn HOB 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
  • Committee on Education and the Workforce | Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, “Restricting Access to Financial Advice: Evaluating the Costs and Consequences for Working Families and Retirees” 10:00 AM | 2175 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Science, Space, and Technology | Subcommittee on Energy, “Department of Energy Oversight: Energy Innovation Hubs, “10:00 AM | 2318 Rayburn HOB
  • Committee on Natural Resources | Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs, Legislative Hearing on H.R. 1157, H.R. 2386, H.R. 2538, 11:00 AM | 1324 Longworth HOB
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
  • Committee on Veterans’ Affairs | Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs “Legislative Hearing on H.R. 2214; H.R. 1380; H.R. 2001; H.R. 2706; H.R. 2691; H.R. 303; H.R. 1338; H.R. 1302; H.R. 2605; and H.R. 1384” 2:00 PM | 334 Cannon HOB
Thursday, June 25, 2015
  • Committee on Veterans’ Affairs | Full Committee, The State of VA’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget, 10:30 AM | 334 Cannon HOB

SENATE CALENDAR
Thursday, June 11, 2015
  • Environment and Public Works, Nomination Hearing: Ann Elizabeth Dunkin, of California, and Thomas A. Burke, and Jane Toshiko Nishida, both of Maryland, all to be to be an Assistant Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, 9:30 AM | Senate Dirksen-406
  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, “Blowing the Whistle on Retaliation: Accounts of Current and Former Federal Agency Whistleblowers,” 10:30 AM | Senate Dirksen-342
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
  • Energy and Natural Resources, Nomination Hearing: Jonathan Elkind, of Maryland, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (International Affairs), and Monica C. Regalbuto, of Illinois, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Environmental Management), 10:00 AM | Senate Dirksen-366
  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, “Federal Real Property Reform: How Cutting Red Tape and Better Management Could Achieve Billions in Savings” 10:00 AM | Senate Dirksen-342
  • Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, “Achieving the Promise of Health Information Technology: What Can Providers and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Do To Improve the Electronic Health Record User Experience?” 10:00 AM | Senate Dirksen-430