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Bills before Congress, April 23-27

SENATE:

S 1789 The 21st Century Postal Service Act is a bipartisan bill that would allow the U.S. Postal Service restructure its retirement payments in a bid to keep the USPS fiscally sound. The Senate made progress Tuesday on this bill over Republican objections that it would increase the deficit. The Senate voted on several amendments Tuesday, and has maybe 10 more amendments before finishing the bill Wednesday. SJRes 36 The Senate is expected to hold a procedural vote on SJRes 36, a Republican resolution that disapproves of a 2010 ruling by the National Labor Relations Board meant to speed up union elections. The resolution did not pass and the NLRB rule will take effect Monday, April 30. S 1925 Senate leaders on Tuesday agreed to move the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act along as quickly as possible, although it’s still unclear whether Republicans will insist on changes to this bill. Republicans have introduced their own bill, S. 2338, that would make substantive changes, including changes the GOP says would make sure the bill does not increase the deficit.

HOUSE:

HR 3523 The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protect Act, from Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI-8), which would allow the government to share information with companies to help protect their networks. HR 4257 The Federal Information Security Amendments Act, from Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA-49), is aimed at “improving the framework for securing information technology of federal government systems.” HR 2096 The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, from Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX-10), is meant to foster coordinated research between federal agencies to help address cyber threats. HR 3834 The Advancing America’s Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Act, from Science, Space, and Technology Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX-4), would reauthorize the government’s NITRD cybersecurity program. NOTE: highlighting a bill doesn’t imply a POPVOX endorsement in any way.