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SD52 Central Committee Meetings
4th Tuesday of every month at 6:45 PM

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285 Westview Drive
West St Paul, MN 55118

 

May
17
Fri
U. S. House Legislative Update: Results for May 13 – 17, 2019 @ U.S. House of Representatives
May 17 – May 24 all-day

NOTES:

    • (If you don’t know who represents you, go to this site).
    • Information source: (U. S. House of Representatives Website and govTrack)
    • 5,592 bills have been introduced as of this post. See all of them here.
    • Our representatives voted on 17 bills and 1 resolution this week.
    • These 17 bills/resolutions  from the 116th Congress have become law.
    • Here is another way to communicate with your representatives. (Issue Voter)

LEGISLATION PASSED BY RECORDED VOTE:

H.R. 987 – Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act (Rep. Blunt Rochester – Energy and Commerce) (Subject to a Rule). This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct outreach and educational activities regarding federally-facilitated exchanges (i.e., health insurance exchanges that are established and operated within states by HHS). The activities must inform potential enrollees of the availability of coverage and related financial assistance under the exchanges and must be provided in culturally and linguistically appropriate formats.

H.R. 5Equality Act (Rep. Cicilline – Judiciary) (Subject to a Rule). This bill prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit, and the jury system. Specifically, the bill defines and includes sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation.

  1. The bill expands the definition of public accommodations to include places or establishments that provide (1) exhibitions, recreation, exercise, amusement, gatherings, or displays; (2) goods, services, or programs; and (3) transportation services.
  2. The bill allows the Department of Justice to intervene in equal protection actions in federal court on account of sexual orientation or gender identity.
  3. The bill prohibits an individual from being denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual’s gender identity.

H.R. 299 – Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Takano – Veterans’ Affairs). To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2379 – To reauthorize the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, as amended (Rep. Pascrell – Judiciary).

H.R. 1892 – Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Technical Corrections Act of 2019 (Rep. Watson Coleman – Homeland Security). To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to make technical corrections to the requirement that the Secretary of Homeland Security submit quadrennial homeland security reviews, and for other purposes.

H.R. 375 – To amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian Tribes, and for other purposes (Rep. Cole – Natural Resources). To amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian Tribes, and for other purposes.

H.R. 312 – Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act (Rep. Keating – Natural Resources) (Subject to a Rule). This bill reaffirms the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe reservation as trust land in Massachusetts. In addition, the bill requires actions, including actions pending in federal court, relating to the land to be dismissed.

LEGISLATION PASSED BY VOICE VOTE OR WITHOUT OBJECTION:

Homeland Security

H.R. 1594 – First Responder Access to Innovative Technologies Act (Rep. Payne – Homeland Security). To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish a process to review applications for certain grants to purchase equipment or systems that do not meet or exceed any applicable national voluntary consensus standards, and for other purposes. 3 Cosponsors

H.R. 1313 – Transit Security Grant Program Flexibility Act (Rep. King (NY) – Homeland Security). To amend the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 to clarify certain allowable uses of funds for public transportation security assistance grants and establish periods of performance for such grants, and for other purposes. 0 Cosponsors

H.R. 1437 – Securing Department of Homeland Security Firearms Act of 2019 (Rep. Correa – Homeland Security). To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Under Secretary for Management of the Department of Homeland Security to achieve security of sensitive assets among the components of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes. 2 Cosponsors

H.R. 1912 – DHS Acquisition Documentation Integrity Act of 2019 (Rep. Torres Small – Homeland Security). To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for requirements relating to documentation for major acquisition programs, and for other purposes. 0 Cosponsors

H.R. 2066 – DHS Intelligence Rotational Assignment Program of 2019 (Rep. Gallagher – Homeland Security). To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the Intelligence Rotational Assignment Program in the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes. 0 Cosponsors

Financial Services

H.R. 2578 – National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2019 (Rep. Waters – Financial Services). To reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program, and for other purposes. 1 Cosponsor

H.R. 389 – Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Rewards Act (Rep. Lynch – Financial Services).This bill establishes in the Department of the Treasury the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Rewards Program. The program may provide rewards to individuals furnishing information leading to the restraining, seizure, forfeiture, or repatriation of stolen assets linked to foreign government corruption. The bill provides for the administration of the program, including reward payment and eligibility. 3 Cosponsors

H.R. 1060 – BUILD Act (Rep. Loudermilk – Financial Services). This bill allows nonprofit organizations offering mortgage loans for charitable purposes to use certain alternative forms to satisfy disclosure requirements. 2 Cosponsors

H.R. 1037 – Banking Transparency for Sanctioned Persons Act of 2019 (Rep. Riggleman – Financial Services). This bill requires the Department of the Treasury to report semiannually on financial services provided to benefit a state sponsor of terrorism or specified sanctioned persons. Treasury may waive these reporting requirements with respect to a foreign financial institution if the institution credibly assures Treasury that it will cease conducting transactions for such persons, or the waiver is important to the national interest. 0 Cosponsors

House Administration

H. Res. 30 – Requiring each Member, officer, and employee of the House of Representatives to complete a program of training in workplace rights and responsibilities each session of each Congress, and for other purposes. 1 Cosponsor

S. 1436 – To make technical corrections to the computation of average pay under Public Law 110-279. 2 Cosponsors

U. S. House Legislative Update: Schedule for May 20 – 24, 2019 @ U.S. House of Representatives
May 17 – May 24 all-day

NOTES:

  • (If you don’t know who represents you, go to this site).
  • Information source: (U. S. House of Representatives Website)
  • 5,592 bills have been introduced as of this post. See them here.
  • Our representatives are scheduled to vote on 17 bills and 1 resolution this week.
  • No votes are scheduled for Friday.
  • Majority Leader’s view of the schedule.
  • Here is another way to communicate with your representatives about this legislation. (Issue Voter)

LEGISLATION LIKELY TO PASS BY RECORDED VOTE:

H.R. 1500 – Consumers First Act (Rep. Waters – Financial Services) (Subject to a Rule). To require the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to meet its statutory purpose, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1994Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (Rep. Neal – Ways and Means) (Subject to a Rule). This bill modifies the requirements for employer-provided retirement plans, individual retirement accounts (IRAs), and other tax-favored savings accounts. (Full Summary)

LEGISLATION LIKELY TO PASS BY VOICE VOTE OR WITHOUT OBJECTION:

Foreign Affairs

H.R. 2116 – Global Fragility Act (Rep. Engel – Foreign Affairs). To enhance stabilization of conflict-affected areas and prevent violence and fragility globally, and for other purposes. 15 Cosponsors

H.R. 615 – Refugee Sanitation Facility Safety Act of 2019 (Rep. Meng – Foreign Affairs). This bill directs the Department of State, when providing overseas assistance for refugees, to ensure the provision of safe and secure access to sanitation facilities, with a special emphasis on women, girls, and vulnerable populations. 42 Cosponsors

H.R. 1359 – Digital Global Access Policy Act of 2019 (Rep. Wright – Foreign Affairs). To promote Internet access in developing countries and update foreign policy toward the Internet, and for other purposes. 6 Cosponsors

H.R. 1952 – Intercountry Adoption Information Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Collins (GA) – Foreign Affairs). To amend the Inter-country Adoption Act of 2000 to require the Secretary of State to report on inter-country adoptions from countries which have significantly reduced adoption rates involving immigration to the United States, and for other purposes. 6 Cosponsors

H.R. 753 – Global Electoral Exchange Act of 2019 (Rep. Castro – Foreign Affairs). To promote international exchanges on best election practices, cultivate more secure democratic institutions around the world, and for other purposes. 4 Cosponsors

H.Res. 106 – Denouncing female genital mutilation/cutting as a violation of the human rights of women and girls and urging the international community and the Federal Government to increase efforts to eliminate the harmful practice (Rep. Frankel – Foreign Affairs). 28 Cosponsors

Education and Labor

H.R. 2480 – Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, as amended (Rep. Schrier – Education and Labor). To reauthorize the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, and for other purposes. 42 Cosponsors

Veterans Affairs

H.R. 2359 – Whole Veteran Act (Rep. Lamb – Veterans’ Affairs). To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to prioritize the assignment of certain officers and intelligence analysts from the Transportation Security Administration and the Office of Intelligence and Analysis of the Department of Homeland Security to locations with participating State, local, and regional fusion centers in jurisdictions with a high-risk surface transportation asset in order to enhance the security of such assets, including by improving timely sharing of classified information regarding terrorist and other threats, and for other purposes. 0 Cosponsors

H.R. 1947 – To amend title 38, United States Code, to exempt transfers of funds from Federal agencies to the Department of Veterans Affairs for nonprofit corporations established under subchapter IV of chapter 73 of such title from certain provisions of the Economy Act, as amended (Rep. Roe – Veterans’ Affairs). 1 Cosponsor

H.R. 1812Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act (Rep. Roe – Veterans’ Affairs). To amend title 38, United States Code, to furnish Vet Center readjustment counseling and related mental health services to certain individuals. 1 Cosponsor

H.R. 2326 – Navy Seal Chief Petty Officer William “Bill” Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvement Act of 2019 (Rep. Levin (CA) – Veterans’ Affairs). To amend the Social Security Act, to amend the Dignified Burial and Other Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2012, and to direct the Secretaries of Veterans Affairs, Defense, Labor, and Homeland Security, and the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, to take certain actions to improve transition assistance to members of the Armed Forces who separate, retire, or are discharged from the Armed Forces, and for other purposes. 5 Cosponsors

H.R. 2333 – Support for Suicide Prevention Coordinators Act (Rep. Brindisi – Veterans’ Affairs). To direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an assessment of the responsibilities, workload, and vacancy rates of Department of Veterans Affairs suicide prevention coordinators, and for other purposes. 10 Cosponsors including Representative Angie Craig

H.R. 2340 – FIGHT Veteran Suicide Act (Rep. Rose (NY) – Veterans’ Affairs). To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide to Congress notice of any suicide or attempted suicide of a veteran in a Department of Veterans Affairs facility, and for other purposes. 9 Cosponsors including Representative Angie Craig

H.R. 1200 – Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-living Adjustment Act of 2019 (Rep. Luria – Veterans’ Affairs). To increase, effective as of December 1, 2019, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans, and for other purposes. 14 Cosponsors

H.R. 2372 – Veterans’ Care Quality Transparency Act (Rep. Underwood – Veterans’ Affairs). To direct the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an assessment of all memoranda of understanding and memoranda of agreement between Under Secretary of Health and non-Department of Veterans Affairs entities relating to suicide prevention and mental health services. 1 Cosponsor

H.R. 2045 – Veterans’ Education, Transition, and Opportunity Prioritization Plan Act of 2019 (Rep. Wenstrup – Veterans’ Affairs). 3 cosponsors

May
21
Tue
Stop Abortion Bans Rally @ Minnesota State Capitol
May 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, Planned Parenthood Minnesota Advocate and NCJW Minnesota on May 21st for a national day of action to stop abortion bans! We will meet on the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol.

Alabama and Georgia passed the most restrictive abortion bans in the nation this week. Many other states have worked to ban abortion before patients even know they are pregnant. In Minnesota, we’re fighting against a 20-week abortion ban brought forth by extremists in the state legislature. We must stop these dangerous abortion bans and fight to keep abortion safe, legal and accessible.

Please RSVP for this event here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0548a9ae2ba2f58-stop

Link to Facebook Event

Stop the Bans: Rally to Protect Safe, Legal Abortion @ Minnesota State Capitol
May 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us this Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at noon at the Minnesota State Capitol to show up, speak out, and fight back against the wave of extreme, unconstitutional abortion bans sweeping the nation. We’ll gather with activists from across Minnesota and our partners in the fight for reproductive freedom to get loud and say together: Stop the bans.

STOP THE BANS: RALLY TO PROTECT SAFE, LEGAL ABORTION
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 noon
Minnesota State Capitol

This is not a drill. With the recent onslaught of abortion bans around the country, including the bans just passed in Alabama, Georgia, and Missouri—Roe is at real risk. We have now seen fifteen state bans on abortion pass in the first five months of 2019. This year legislators in Minnesota introduced several abortion restrictions—including a six-week ban like the one in Alabama—all in an effort to make abortion inaccessible.

#StopTheBans

A Minnesota Story – NCJW Minnesota Annual Fundraiser @ St. Paul JCC
May 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Heavy Appetizers, Minnesota craft brews and iconic desserts,
the inside scoop on local politics with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (and other special guests!), and the answer to the burning question:

How can men elevate a feminist vision for Minnesota?

AND HONORING

Sheila Brod
Holly and Rachel Brod Farber
Jennifer Faulkner and
Stephanie, Elana and Maya Levine
with the Hannah G. Solomon Leadership Award

You won’t want to miss this remarkable evening!

Tickets and Sponsorship Opportunities Available NOW!

Policy Happy Hour! @ Kaposia Club
May 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a monthly conversation about specific, timely topics with political organizers, elected representatives and a bunch of good friends!

One day after the Legislative Session, how did West St. Paul do? How do the legislative sessions affect municipalities?

Plus, a conversation about effective communication: How to exert influence and get things done.

Link to Facebook Event

May
22
Wed
Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee: Impacts of Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request” @ Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2167
May 22 @ 10:00 am

MN02 Representative, Angie Craig, is a member of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. Contact her at (202) 225-2271 or (651) 846-2120.

Hearing Title: Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Hearing: “Policies, Recommendations, and Impacts of the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request”

Hearing Website

 

Witness List

  • TBD – Check Back in a couple of days.

NOTE: Check the hearing website above for a live/recorded video of the hearing.

U. S. House Committee on Small Business Hearing: Immigration and the Small Business Workforce. @ Room 2360 of the Rayburn House Office Building
May 22 @ 11:30 am

MN02 Representative, Angie Craig, is a member of the Committee on Small Business. Contact her at (202) 225-2271 or (651) 846-2120.

Hearing Website

Temporary and permanent immigration have long been at the forefront of national conversation. Much of the time, the labor force needs and concerns of small businesses in every sector are overlooked. Members will hear testimony from witnesses on the challenges they face in recruitment and retention of domestic workers, and what solutions immigrant labor has provided in addressing these issues. The hearing will also examine the current challenges small businesses face in hiring qualified foreign labor and what legislative solutions would help them.

Witness List:

Mr. Dan Wallace
Director of Special Projects
New American Economy
New York, NY
Testimony

Mr. Derek Shoare
Senior Vice President
Challenger Sports
Lenexa, KS
Testimony* 

Mr. Nick Sabino
President
Deer Park Roofing, Inc.
Cincinnati, OH
Testimony *

Mr. Daniel Griswold
Senior Research Fellow
Co-Director, Trade and Immigration Project
Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Arlington, VA
Testimony*

*Witness testimony will be posted to the committee website within 24 hours after the hearing’s occurrence
May
23
Thu
Amy for America Office Opening Party
May 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We’re so excited to be settled in our new office space nestled just blocks away from where Amy announced her run for president. We’d love for you to join Amy and our HQ staff to celebrate this big move and welcome you to our space! Hope to see you soon!

You can RSVP here: secure.ngpvan.com/Otinr3xJ_0aSM8Eube0WHg2

May
24
Fri
8th Annual MN DFL Humphrey-Mondale Dinner @ Minneapolis Convention Center
May 24 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Reserve your tickets or table sponsorship online today!

A range of tickets and sponsorship options are available in limited quantities. For questions or to purchase by phone, contact Tyler Blackmon at tblackmon@dfl.org, or call 651-251-6390.

Tickets and Tables