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Recent Federal Bills

Below are summaries of Bills Introduced, Committee Reports, Chamber Actions, and Public Laws reported in the most recent issue of ELR's Weekly Update. For previous summaries, visit the Federal Bills Archive.

Volume 45, Issue 15

H.R. 2422, Bill Introduced

would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to third-party quality system assessments.

H.R. 2419, Bill Introduced

would amend the Public Health Services Act to reauthorize funding for the National Institutes of Health.

H.R. 2418, Bill Introduced

would reduce the fuel economy obligations of automobile manufacturers whose fleets contain at least 50 percent fuel choice enabling vehicles.

H.J. Res. 56

would provide for Congressional approval of the proposed Agreement for Cooperation between the United States and China concerning peaceful uses of nuclear energy transmitted on April 21, 2015.

S. 1462, Bill Introduced

would improve the safety of oil shipments by rail.

S. 1458, Bill Introduced

would amend the SMCRA to ensure scientific transparency in the development of environmental regulations.

H.R. 2564, Bill Introduced

would accelerate the adoption of smart building technologies in the private sector and key federal agencies.

H.R. 2560, Bill Introduced

would authorize EPA to waive any emission standard or other requirement under the CAA applicable to the control of asbestos emissions in the demolition or renovation of a condemned building for which there is a reasonable expectation of structural failure.

H.R. 2558, Bill Introduced

would authorize the provision of health care for certain individuals exposed to environmental hazards at Atsugi Naval Air Facility, and establish an advisory board to
examine exposures to environmental hazards at the facility.

H.R. 2556, Bill Introduced

would amend the CWA to repeal the authorization for program development and implementation grants for coastal recreation water quality monitoring and notification.

H.R. 2554, Bill Introduced

would designate certain land in Colorado as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System, and designate the Tenmile Recreation Management Area and Porcupine Gulch Protection Area.

H.R. 2553, Bill Introduced

would direct NOAA to conduct a coastal community vulnerability assessments related to ocean acidification.

H.R. 2544, Bill Introduced

would amend the USEC Privatization Act to require DOE to issue a long-term, federal excess uranium inventory management plan.

H.R. 2541, Bill Introduced

would amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to add Rhode Island to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

H.R. 2538, Bill Introduced

would take lands in Sonoma County, California, into trust as part of the reservation of the Lytton Rancheria.

H.R. 2529, Bill Introduced

would establish limitations on the quantity of inorganic arsenic in rice and rice products.

H.R. 2517, Bill Introduced

would extend certain expiring energy tax incentives.

H.R. 2497, Bill Introduced

would direct DOT to establish a program to eliminate duplicative environmental reviews and approvals under state and federal law of rail and highway projects.

H.R. 2494, Bill Introduced

would support global anti-poaching efforts, strengthen the capacity of partner countries to counter wildlife trafficking, and designate major wildlife trafficking countries.

H.R. 2492, Bill Introduced

would direct the Army Corps of Engineers to provide for modification of certain federal water resource development projects on the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint Rivers.

H.R. 2489, Bill Introduced

would amend the National Dam Safety Program Act to establish a program to provide grant assistance to states for the rehabilitation and repair of deficient dams.

S. 501, Chamber Action

would make technical corrections to the Navajo water rights settlement in New Mexico.

H.R. 2028, Committee Action

would make appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016.

S. 1449, Bill Introduced

would amend the Energy Independence and Security Act to add certain medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles to the advanced technology vehicles manufacturing incentive program.

S. 1448, Bill Introduced

would designate the Frank Moore Wild Steelhead Sanctuary in Oregon.

S. 1447, Bill Introduced

would provide for the implementation of a sustainable chemistry program.

S. 1436, Bill Introduced

would require DOI to take land into trust for certain Indian tribes.

S. 1434, Bill Introduced

would amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act to establish an energy storage portfolio standard.

S. 1432, Bill Introduced

would require DOE to conduct a study on the technology, potential lifecycle energy savings, and economic impact of recycled carbon fiber.

S. 1430, Bill Introduced

would improve the ability of NOAA, the Coast Guard, and costal states to sustain healthy ocean and coastal ecosystems by maintaining and sustaining their capabilities relating to oil spill preparedness, prevention, response.

S. 1428, Bill Introduced

would require DOE to issue a long-term, federal excess uranium inventory management plan.

S. 1424, Bill Introduced

would prohibit the sale or distribution of cosmetics containing synthetic plastic microbeads.

S. 1423, Bill Introduced

would designate certain federal lands in California as wilderness.

S. 1416, Bill Introduced

would limit executive authority to reserve water rights when designating a national monument.

S. 1414, Bill Introduced

would amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to add Rhode Island to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

S. 1420, Bill Introduced

would amend the Department of Energy Organization Act to provide for the collection of information on critical energy supplies, and to establish a Working Group on Energy Markets.

H.R. 2485, Bill Introduced

would establish an infrastructure accelerator program within the Department of the Treasury to facilitate investments in, and financing of certain infrastructure projects.

H.R. 2469, Bill Introduced

would amend the CWA to establish a Columbia River Basin Restoration Program within EPA.

H.R. 2463, Bill Introduced

would authorize the Attorney General to provide grants for drug disposal sites.

S. 1407, Bill Introduced

would promote the development of renewable energy on public land.

S. 1405, Bill Introduced

would require a coordinated response to coal fuel supply emergencies that could impact electric power system adequacy or reliability.

S. 1404, Bill Introduced

would allow states to spend gas tax revenues on their transportation priorities.

S. 1403, Bill Introduced

would amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to promote sustainable conservation and management for the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic fisheries and the communities that rely on them.

S. 1398, Bill Introduced

would extend, improve, and consolidate energy research and development programs.

S. 1395, Bill Introduced

would reinstate certain mining claims in Alaska.

S. 1394, Bill Introduced

would amend the CWA to establish a Columbia River Basin Restoration Program within EPA.

S. 1393, Bill Introduced

would require EPA to include an analysis that does not include any other proposed or unimplemented rule in each regulatory impact analysis for a proposed or final rule.

H.R. 1561, Chamber Action

would improve the NOAA's weather research through a focused program of investment on affordable and attainable advances in observational, computing, and modeling capabilities in order to support substantial improvement in weather forecasting and prediction of high impact weather events, and would expand commercial opportunities for the provision of weather data.

H.R. 1561, Committee Action

would improve NOAA's weather research through a focused program of investment on affordable and attainable advances in observational, computing, and modeling capabilities, would support substantial improvement in weather forecasting and prediction of high impact weather events, and would expand commercial opportunities for the provision of weather data.

H.R. 2459, Bill Introduced

would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to enhance the reporting requirements pertaining to use of antimicrobial drugs in food animals.

H.R. 2453, Bill Introduced

would authorize the National Capital Planning Commission to designate and modify the boundaries areas of the National Mall in the District of Columbia reserved for the location of commemorative works of preeminent historical significance to the United States, and would require DOI and the General Services Administartion to make recommendations for the termination of the authority of a person to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs.

H.R. 2430, Bill Introduced

would designate certain federal portions of the red rock canyons of the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin Deserts in Utah as wilderness.

H.R. 2423, Bill Introduced

would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to valid scientific evidence.

H.R. 2415, Bill Introduced

would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for establishment of a streamlined data review program.

H.R. 2410, Bill Introduced

would authorize highway infrastructure and safety, transit, motor carrier, rail, and other surface transportation programs.

H.R. 2406, Bill Introduced

would protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting.

S. 1372, Bill Introduced

would repeal the crude oil export ban.

S. 1371, Bill Introduced

would impose a tax on certain trading transactions to invest in infrastructure and the environment.

S. 1370, Bill Introduced

would adequately fund bridges in the United States.

S. 1375, Bill Introduced

would designate certain federal portions of the red rock canyons of the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin Deserts in Utah as wilderness.

H.R. 2403, Bill Introduced

would amend SMCRA to transfer certain funds to the Multiemployer Health Benefit Plan and the United Mine Workers of America Pension Plan.

H.R. 2402, Bill Introduced

would amend the Federal Power Act to prohibit the public disclosure of protected information.

H.R. 2401, Bill Introduced

would direct DOI and USDA to require annual permits and assess annual fees for commercial filming activities on federal land for film crews five people or less.

H.R. 2399, Bill Introduced

would establish the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee to advise DOI and USDA on wildlife and habitat conservation, hunting, and recreational shooting.

H.R. 2397, Bill Introduced

would amend the Small Business Act to allow the use of physical damage disaster loans for the construction of safe rooms.

H.R. 2394, Bill Introduced

would reauthorize the National Forest Foundation Act.

H.R. 2393, Bill Introduced

would amend the Agricultural Marketing Act to repeal country of origin labeling requirements with respect to beef, pork, and chicken.

S. 653, Committee Action

would amend the Water Resources Research Act to reauthorize grants for, and require applied water supply research from the water resources research and technology institutes established under the act.

S. 611, Committee Action

would amend the SDWA to reauthorize technical assistance for small public water systems.

S. 1365, Bill Introduced

would authorize DOI to use designated funding to pay for construction of authorized rural water projects.

S. 1363, Bill Introduced

would require DOE to submit Congress a report assessing the capability of the agency to authorize, host, and oversee privately funded fusion and fission reactor prototypes and related demonstration facilities at DOE sites.

S. 1361, Bill Introduced

would improve the Indian coal production tax credit.

H.R. 1335, Committee Action

would amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability for fishermen.

H.R. 2388, Bill Introduced

would reverse the designation by DOI and USDA of certain communities in Alaska as nonrural.

H.R. 2386, Bill Introduced

would provide for the recognition of certain Native communities and the settlement of certain claims under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

H.R. 2379, Bill Introduced

would prohibit the transportation of certain volatile crude oil by rail.

H.R. 2369, Bill Introduced

would lift the oil export ban and modernize federal policies regarding the nationwide supply and distribution of energy.

H.R. 2358, Bill Introduced

would amend FLPMA to facilitate vegetation management on federal lands in order to enhance the reliability of the electrical grid and reduce the threat of wildfires to and from electric transmission and distribution facilities.

H.R. 2352, Bill Introduced

would amend the ESA to require making all data that is the basis of determining a species' status as threatened or endangered available to states affected by the determinations.

H.R. 2346, Bill Introduced

would extend the authorization of appropriations for allocation to carry out approved wetlands conservation projects under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act through fiscal year 2020.

H.R. 2345, Bill Introduced

would extend the date after which interest earned on obligations held in the wildlife restoration fund may be available for apportionment.

H.R. 2333, Bill Introduced

would authorize DOI to acquire certain property related to the Fort Scott National Historic Site in Kansas.

H.R. 2332, Bill Introduced

would direct DOT to establish a transformational infrastructure competitive grant program.

H.R. 2328, Bill Introduced

would amend TSCA relating to lead-based paint renovation and remodeling activities.

H.R. 2324, Bill Introduced

would provide for the conveyance of small parcels of National Forest System land and small parcels of BLM administered lands to private landowners, state, county, and local governments, or Indian tribes whose lands share a boundary with public lands.

H.R. 2316, Bill Introduced

would establish a demonstration program for local, sustainable forest management for counties and local governments containing National Forest System land.

S. 1346, Bill Introduced

would require DOE to establish an e-prize competition pilot program to provide up to four financial awards to eligible entities that develop and verifiably demonstrate technology that reduces the cost of electricity or space heat in a high-cost region.

S. 1343, Bill Introduced

would require NOAA to maintain a project to improve hurricane forecasting.

S. 1342, Bill Introduced

would require DOE to conduct a study and issue a report quantifying the energy savings benefits of operational efficiency programs and services for commercial, institutional, industrial, and governmental entities.

S. 1340, Bill Introduced

would amend the Mineral Leasing Act to improve coal leasing.

S. 1338, Bill Introduced

would amend the Federal Power Act to provide licensing procedures for certain types of projects.

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