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The Latest: A Weekly Federal Update (06/27/22)



Upcoming Events & Activities

June 27, 2021 - July 1, 2022

All events in Eastern Daylight Time


Monday, June 27th

1:30 PM - House Oversight & Reform Committee: Hearing titled, "Examining the 2022 National Drug Control Strategy & the Federal Response to the Overdose Crisis"


Tuesday, June 28th

10:00 AM - House Appropriations Committee: Hearing titled, "Markup of FY2023 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies & Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bills"


11:00 AM - House Energy & Commerce Committee: Hearing titled, "Protecting America's Seniors: Oversight of Private Sector Medicare Advantage Plans"


Wednesday, June 29th

10:00 AM - House Appropriations Committee: Hearing titled, "FY2023 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs & Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bills"


Thursday, June 30th

10:00 AM - House Appropriations Committee: Hearing titled, "Markup of FY2023 Transportation, Housing & Urban Development, and Related Agencies; Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bills and Revised Report on the Suballocation of Budget Allocations for FY2023"


Friday, July 1st

The events to report.

 

Energy, Water & Environment

The latest from the House and Senate committees on energy (infrastructure), WIFIA, water treatment and wastewater management, environmental issues, natural resources, or environmental justice.

Legislation

H.R. 8224, To require the Secretary of the Interior to carry out certain offshore oil and has lease sales and finalize the next offshore oil and gas leasing program

Sponsor: Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO-03) referred to Natural Resources Committee Date Introduced: June 24, 2022


H.R. 8090, To reauthorize funding for the Reclamation Climate Change & Water Program

Sponsor: Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA-45) referred to Natural Resources Committee

Date Introduced: June 15, 2022


H.R. 8068, To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to include in a report the amount available to the Secretary of Energy to make certain loan guarantees, to amend the Energy Policy Act of 1992 to provide for direct loans to Indian Tribes and tribal energy development organizations for energy development

Sponsor: Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-NM-03) referred to Energy & Commerce; Science, Space, & Technology; Natural Resources Committees

Date Introduced: June 16, 2022


H.R. 8053 - GRID Act, To provide the Secretary of Energy with the authority to enter into contracts and cooperative agreements to improve the resilience of defense critical electric infrastructure and reduce the vulnerability of critical defense facilities to the disruption of the supply of electric energy to those facilities

Sponsor: Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO-06) referred to Energy & Commerce Committee Date Introduced: June 14, 2022

News

Politico: 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Won't Reconsider Climate Tort Ruling

On June 7th, the federal appellate court said it will not reconsider its April ruling that ordered climate change lawsuits brought by San Mateo and several Californian cities and counties against fossil fuel producers to be heard in state courts.


Politico: Trucking, Environmental Groups Line up to Oppose a Gas Tax Holiday

On June 22, the main trade group that represents trucking companies, the American Trucking Association (ATA), said proposals to temporarily suspend the federal gas tax, including the 24.4¢ per gallon diesel tax, would not make a different for consumers but would hurt the federal government's ability to fund infrastructure projects. The ATA has long favored increasing the federal gas tax to fund more road improvements, in part because their members spend thousands every year on repairs and lost productivity due to deteriorating roads and bridges.

 

Transportation & Infrastructure

The latest from the House and Senate committees on industrial and commercial mechanical insulation, telecommunications and information technologies, cybersecurity, electric vehicle charging, supply chains, port authority, public transit, or airports.

Legislation

H.R. 8232, To amend the Defense Production Act to restrict its authority to be exercised only when Congress has formally declared war

Sponsor: Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA-10) referred to Financial Services Committee

Date Introduced: June 24, 2022


H.R. 8195, To amend the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act to raise public awareness for skilled trade programs

Sponsor: Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA-15) referred to Education & Labor Committee

Date Introduced: June 23, 2022


H.R. 8178, To require the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications & Information to carry out a grant and revolving loan program to provide funding for projects to increase the resiliency and energy efficiency of communications networks

Sponsor: Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY-09) referred to Energy & Commerce Committee

Date Introduced: June 22, 2022


News

Fortune: More than 75% of Global CEOs Think a Recession Will Hit Soon, New Survey Finds

A majority of business executives are convinced a recession is inevitable over the next year and a half, or that it’s already underway, according to a survey released Friday. Over three-quarters of global CEOs say they expect a recession to hit the region their business primarily operates in by 2023, the Conference Board found in its latest survey of 750 CEOs and other C-suite executives. The findings show a staggering change in economic outlook from the 22% who reported seeing recession risk in the business research firm’s late 2021 survey. Compared to CEOs, other C-suite executives expressed slightly less certainty that a recession is coming. Among them, CFOs were the least convinced; 60% expected a recession in their region by the end of next year.

 

Public Safety & Justice Administration

The latest from the House and Senate committees on immigration, detention, homeland security, border security, asylum policy, criminal justice reform, and firearm regulation.

Legislation

H.R. 8230, To terminate certain contracts relating to the construction of the border fence and to transfer unused border fence material to the States along the southwest border

Sponsor: Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA-02) referred to Oversight & Reform Committee

Date Introduced: June 24, 2022


H.R. 8228, To amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for punishment for the knowing distribution of fentanyl, if death results

Sponsor: Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ-04) referred to Judiciary Committee

Date Introduced: June 24, 2022


H.R. 8154, To prohibit use of facial recognition technology on any image acquired by body-worn cameras of law enforcement officers

Sponsor: Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA-08) referred to Judiciary Committee

Date Introduced: June 21, 2022


News

New York Daily News: NY Court Strikes Down NYC Law Permitting Noncitizens to Vote

On June 27th, a Staten Island judge struck down a New York City law that would allow legal residents who have been in the city for at least 30 days, including those with green cards and DACA recipients, to vote in city elections starting in 2023. More than a dozen communities across the U.S. already allow non-citizens to cast ballots in local elections, including 11 towns in Maryland and two in Vermont, but New York would have been the first major city to do so. Some states, including Alabama, Arizona, Colorado and Florida, have adopted rules that would preempt any attempts to pass laws like the one in New York City.

 

Healthcare & Public Health

The latest from House and Senate committees on health insurance, rural hospitals, Covid-19 vaccination and testing, Medicare & Medicaid, telehealth, tobacco and other regulated substances, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Food & Drug Administration, or Indian Health Service.

Legislation

H.R. 8229, To clarify the applicability of certain parity provisions to mental health and substance use disorder telehealth benefits

Sponsor: Rep. Kathy Manning (D-NC-06) referred to Energy & Commerce Committee

Date Introduced: June 24, 2022


H.R. 8202, To require a recall of electronic nicotine delivery systems that have not been subject to premarket review

Sponsor: Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA-11) referred to Energy & Commerce Committee

Date Introduced: June 23, 2022


H.R. 8179, To provide parity with respect to access to the mortgage insurance for hospitals program for licensed hospitals

Sponsor: Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN-06) referred to Financial Services Committee

Date Introduced: June 22, 2022


H.R. 8169, To establish a Rural Telehealth Access Task Force to determine how to address barriers to the adoption of telehealth technology and access to broadband internet access service in rural areas

Sponsor: Rep. Greg Pence (R-IN-06) referred to Energy & Commerce Committee

Date Introduced: June 22, 2022

News

Politico: Juul Files for Emergency Stay of FDA's Ban

On June 24th, the e-cigarette maker filed an emergency motion for a stay of the FDA' decision ordering the company's products off the market. The company requested a stay on enforcement until the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit receives a full briefing on the request, which Juul said it expects to file on June 27th.


NBC News: Majority of Americans Opposes Supreme Court's Dobbs Decision

A new NPR/PBS/Marist poll, conducted June 24-25, finds that a majority of Americans (56%) say they oppose the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which guaranteed and reinforced, respectively, the right to abortion in the country, versus 40% who support the ruling. In addition, the poll has majorities of women (59%), men (54%), non-whites (60%), whites (54%), those under 45 (60%) and those 45 and older (54%) opposing the court’s decision. But notably, three-quarters of self-described white evangelical Christians (75%) say they support the decision.

 

Finance & Federal Partnerships


The latest from House and Senate committees on taxation, Social Security, small business, federal contracting, or monetary policy.

Legislation

H.R. 8157, To amend title 41, United States Code, to require additional transparency in Federal procurement during supply chain disruptions

Sponsor: Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL-19) referred to Oversight & Reform Committee

Date Introduced: June 21, 2022


Updates from the Federal Register

DOJ: Home Confinement Under the CARES Act

The Office of the Attorney-General is proposing a rule to affirm that the Director of the Bureau of Prisons has the authority to allow prisoners placed in home confinement under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to remain in home confinement after the expiration of the covered emergency period. The DOJ is accepting comments until July 21, 2022.


DOT: National EV Infrastructure Formula Program

The Federal Highway Administration has proposed to establish regulations setting minimum standards and requirements for projects funded under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program and projects for the construction of publicly accessible EV chargers under certain statutory authorities. The standards and requirements proposed would apply to the installation, operation, or maintenance of EV charging infrastructure; the interoperability of EV charging infrastructure; traffic control device or on-premises signage acquired, installed, or operated in concert with EV charging infrastructure; data, including the format and schedule for the submission of such data; network connectivity of EV charging infrastructure; and information on publicly available EV charging infrastructure locations, pricing, real-time availability, and accessibility through mapping applications. The Federal Highway Administration is accepting comments until August 22, 2022.


EPA: Air Plan Approval for the Commonwealth of Virginia

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to approve a state implementation plan revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia, which provides Virginia's determination for the 2015 Ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), via a negative declaration, that there are no sources within the Northern Virginia volatile organic compound (VOC) Emissions Control Area subject to EPA's 2016 Oil & Natural Gas control techniques guidelines (2016 Oil & Gas CTG). The EPA is accepting comments until July 27, 2022.


FCC: Affordable Connectivity Program

The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comments on the annual collection of data relating to price and subscription rates of Internet service offerings received by households in the Affordable Connectivity Program, mechanism for collecting such data, and format for the data's publication, as required by Section 60502(c) of the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act. The FCC is accepting comments until July 25, 2022.

 

Special Reports


The latest reports, studies, and research issued from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), Government Accountability Office (GAO), public policy organizations such as the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), Resources For the Future (RFF), Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), and others.