This week the House votes on bills related to protecting children and improving access to benefits for veterans. The Senate will vote on nominations for the ambassador to China and the deputy secretary of State. Senators may also vote on the first Trump appeals court nomination.

Look for two significant developments this week: the president’s budget will be formally transmitted to Congress on Tuesday and the “score” of the House health bill is expected from the Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday.


In the Senate: Nominations


The Senate will vote Monday on the nomination of Iowa governor Gov. Terry Branstad to be the ambassador to China. While he is expected to be confirmed by a large margin, the majority was forced to file cloture on the vote, rather than just proceeding through unanimous consent.

The Senate will also vote on the nomination of former Bush official John Sullivan to be deputy secretary of State.
 


In the House: Eliminating permitting requirements for certain pesticides


The House will vote on a bill that would eliminate the permit requirement under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) for certain discharges of pesticides if their use is authorized under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, or in cases where the discharge is regulated as either a stormwater, municipal, or industrial discharge under the Clean Water Act.

 

H.R. 953: Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017

Sponsor:
Rep. Bob Gibbs [R, OH-7]
 


 

Child Protection

 

H.R. 1862: Global Child Protection Act of 2017

Sponsor:
Rep. Martha Roby[R, AL-2]
 

The bill would broaden the coverage of current laws relating to unlawful sexual conduct with minors.


 

H.R. 1842: Strengthening Children’s Safety Act of 2017

Sponsor:
Rep. John Ratcliffe [R, TX-4]
 

The bill would include state crimes of violence as grounds for an enhanced penalty when sex offenders fail to register or report certain information as required by Federal law.


 

H.R. 1188: Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act

Sponsor:
Rep. James Sensenbrenner [R, WI-5]
 

The bill would authorize the appropriation of $80 million annually over the 2018-2022 period for Department of Justice (DOJ) activities related to the registration of sex offenders.


 

H.R. 883: Targeting Child Predators Act of 2017

Sponsor:
Rep. Ron DeSantis [R, FL-6]
 

The bill would amend the current process for issuing nondisclosure requirements for subpoenas in certain cases of child exploitation.


 

H.R. 695: Child Protection Improvements Act of 2017

Sponsor:
Rep. Adam Schiff [D, CA-28]
 

The bill would require the Department of Justice (DOJ) to establish a program to allow organizations that provide services to youth, the elderly, and the disabled to obtain information from criminal background checks in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprint database.


 

H.R. 1625: Targeted Rewards for the Global Eradication of Human Trafficking (TARGET) Act

Sponsor:
Rep. Edward Royce [R, CA-39]
 

The bill would include severe forms of trafficking in persons within the definition of transnational organized crime for purposes of the rewards program of the Department of State.


 

H.R. 1809 Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017

Sponsor:
Rep. Jason Lewis [R, MN-2]
 

The bill would authorize the appropriation of about $1.6 billion over the 2018-2022 period for the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to operate programs to reduce juvenile justice delinquency, assist runaway and homeless youths, and locate missing children.


 

H.R. 1808: Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act of 2017

Sponsor:
Rep. Brett Guthrie [R, KY-2]
 

The bill would make several changes to the laws that govern the use of funds provided to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), a nonprofit organization funded mostly by the Department of Justice.


 

H.R. 2473: Put Trafficking Victims First Act

Sponsor:
Rep. Ann Wagner [R, MO-2]
 

The bill would provide training to prosecutors on investigating and processing cases with a trauma-informed and victim-centered approach, and encourage states to provide appropriate services to victims of trafficking. It calls for reports on the implementation of state safe harbor provisions and on how to improve mandatory restitution procedures for victims of trafficking in federal courts.


 

H.R. 1973: Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act

Sponsor:
Rep. Susan Brooks [R, IN-5]
 

The bill would provide training to prosecutors on investigating and processing cases with a trauma-informed and victim-centered approach, and encourage states to provide appropriate services to victims of trafficking. It calls for reports on the implementation of state safe harbor provisions and on how to improve mandatory restitution procedures for victims of trafficking in federal courts.


 

H.R. 1761: Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act

Sponsor:
Rep. Mike Johnson [R, LA-4]
 

The bill would make it a crime to knowingly consent to the visual depiction, or live transmission, of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.


 

 

 

 

H.R. 2052 PRIVATE Act Protecting the Rights of IndiViduals Against Technological Exploitation Act

Sponsor:
Rep. Martha McSally [R, AZ-2]


 

H.R. 467: VA Scheduling Accountability Act

Sponsor:
Rep. Jackie Walorski [R, IN-2]


 

H.R. 1005: To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans

Sponsor:
Rep. Lee Zeldin[R, NY-1]


 

H.R. 1162: No Hero Left Untreated Act

Sponsor:
Rep. Stephen Knight [R, CA-25]


 

H.R. 1329: Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017

Sponsor:
Rep. Mike Bost [R, IL-12]


 

H.R. 2288: Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act

Sponsor:
Rep. Mike Bost [R, IL-12]


 

H.R. 1545: VA Prescription Data Accountability Act

Sponsor:
Rep. Ann Kuster [D, NH-2]


 

H.R. 1725: Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act

Sponsor:
Rep. Timothy Walz [D, MN-1]


 

H.R. 1370: Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act

Sponsor:
Rep. Michael McCaul [R, TX-10]


Also in the House:

 

H.R. 624: Social Security Fraud Prevention Act Exploitation Act

Sponsor:
Rep. David Valadao [R, CA-21]


 

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

Sponsor:
Rep. Dennis Ross [R, FL-15]





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