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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 22

S. 2003, Bills Introduced

would facilitate the free market for distributed energy resources.

S. 2008, Bills Introduced

would enhance transportation programs in order to achieve an interconnected transportation system which connects people to jobs, schools, and other essential services through a multimodal network, and for other purposes.

S. 1523, Chamber Action

ammended the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the National Estuary Program.

 

H.R. 212, Chamber Action

Senate passed H.R. 212, to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to provide for the assessment and management of the risk of algal toxins in drinking water.

S. 1999, Bills Introduced

would authorize the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard is operating to act, without liability for certain damages, to prevent and respond to the threat of damage from pollution of the sea by crude oil, and for other purposes.

S. 1997, Bills Introduced

would amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to provide for wildfire mitigation grants and financial assistance in certain areas affected by wildfires.

S. 1995, Bills Introduced

would provide grants for projects to acquire land and water for parks and other outdoor recreation purposes and to develop new or renovate existing outdoor recreation facilities.

S. 1987, Bills Introduced

would amend the Toxic Substances Control Act relating to lead-based paint renovation and remodeling activities.

S. 1983, Bills Introduced

would authorize the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians Water Rights Settlement, and for other purposes.

S. 1955, Bill Introduced

would amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to provide for equitable allotment of land to Alaska Native veterans.

S. 1953, Bills Introduced

would amend the Solid Waste Disposal Act to authorize States to restrict interstate waste imports and impose a higher fee on out-of-State waste.

S. 1943, Bills Introduced

would modify the boundary of the Shiloh National Military Park located in the State of Tennessee and Mississippi, to establish Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield as an affiliated area of the National Park System, and for other purposes.

S. 1942, Bill Introduced

would require a land conveyance involving the Elkhorn Ranch and the White River National Forest in the State of Colorado, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1138, Chamber Action

Senate passed H.R. 1138, to establish certain wilderness areas in central Idaho and to authorize various land conveyances involving National Forest System land and Bureau of Land Management land in central Idaho.

S. 986, Committee Action

would require the Secretary of the Interior to take into trust 4 parcels of Federal land for the benefit of certain Indian Pueblos in the State of New Mexico.

S. 1936, Bill Introduced

would provide for drought preparedness measures in the State of New Mexico, and for other purposes.

S. 1933, Bills Introduced

would establish a comprehensive United States Government policy to encourage the efforts of countries in sub-Saharan Africa to develop an appropriate mix of power solutions, including renewable energy, for more broadly distributed electricity access in order to support poverty reduction, promote development outcomes, and drive economic growth, and for other purposes.

S. 1931, Bills Introduced

would reaffirm that certain land has been taken into trust for the benefit of certain Indian tribes.

S. 1924, Bills Introduced

would transfer administrative jurisdiction over certain Bureau of Land Management land from the Secretary of the Interior to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for inclusion in the Black Hills National Cemetery, and for other purposes.

S.1918, Bill Introduced

would amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to extend the import- and export-related provision of that Act to species proposed for listing as threatened or endangered under that Act.

H.J. Res. 63, Bills Introduced

would provide for the approval of the Congress of the proposed Agreement for Cooperation Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Korea Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy transmitted on June 16, 2015.

H.R. 3434, Bills Introduced

would amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act with respect to the guidelines for specification of certain disposal sites for dredged or fill material.

S. 1914, Bills Introduced

would amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act with respect to the guidelines for specification of certain disposal sites for dredged or fill material.

S. 1907, Bill Introduced

would reduce the Federal budget deficit by closing big oil tax loopholes, and for other purposes.

S. 373, Committee Action

would provide for the establishment of nationally uniform and environmentally sound standards governing discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. 1898, Bills Introduced

would establish a program to assist in the importation and care of abused, injured, or abandoned nonhuman primates.

S. 1894, Bills Introduced

would provide short-term water supplies to drought-stricken California.

S. 1891, Bills Introduced

would amend the Mineral Leasing Act to improve coal royalties, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1992, Committee Action

would reduce temporarily the royalty required to be paid for sodium produced on federal lands, and for other purposes.

H.R. 3271, Bill Introduced

would amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to allow preservation leasing as a form of compensatory mitigation for discharges of dredged or fill material affecting State or Indian land, and for other purposes

H.R. 3270, Bill Introduced

would amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to exempt Indian tribes from compensatory mitigation requirements in connection with certain discharges of dredged or fill material, and for other purposes.

H.R. 3269, Bill Introduced

would implement the Convention on the Conservation and Management of the High Seas Fisheries Resources in the North Pacific Ocean, as adopted at Tokyo on February 24, 2012, and for other purposes.

H.R. 3268, Bill Introduced

would amend the Horse Protection Act to designate additional unlawful acts under the Act, strengthen penalties for violations of the Act, improve Department of Agriculture enforcement of the Act, and for other purposes.

H.R. 3266, Bill Introduced

would improve the productivity and energy efficiency of the manufacturing sector by directing the Secretary of Energy, in coordination with the National Academies and other appropriate Federal agencies, to develop a national smart manufacturing plan and to provide assistance to small- and medium-sized manufacturers in implementing smart manufacturing programs, and for other purposes.

H.R. 3263, Bill Introduced

would make innovative technology loan guarantee support available for battery storage technologies.

H.R. 3249, Bill Introduced

would direct the Secretary of Agriculture to convey to the Pat Harrison Waterway District approximately 8,307 acres of National Forest System land within the Bienville National Forests in Mississippi.

H.R. 3237, Bill Introduced

would authorize the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to award grants for municipal solid waste prevention and recycling program development, and for other purposes.

S. 764, Chamber Action

would reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act.

S. 1334, Committee Action

would strengthen enforcement mechanisms to stop illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, to amend the Tuna Conventions Act of 1950 to implement the Antigua Convention.

H.R. 774, Chamber Action

would strengthen enforcement mechanisms to stop illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, and amend the Tuna Conventions Act of 1950 to implement the Antigua Convention.

H.R. 1138, Chamber Action

would establish certain wilderness areas in central Idaho and to authorize various land conveyances involving National Forest System land and Bureau of Land Management land in central Idaho.

H.R. 1138, Committee Action

would establish certain wilderness areas in central Idaho and to authorize various land conveyances involving National Forest System land and Bureau of Land Management land in central Idaho, and for other purposes.

H.R. 348, Committee Action

would provide for improved coordination of agency actions in the preparation and adoption of environmental documents for permitting determinations, and for other purposes

H. Res. 381, Bill Introduced

would refer H.R. 3133, a bill making congressional reference to the United States Court of Federal Claims pursuant to sections 1492 and 2509 of title 28, United States Code, of certain Indian land-related takings claims of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan and its individual members.

H.R. 3228, Bill Introduced

would require that until a comprehensive study is completed, the volume of cellulosic biofuel mandated under the renewable fuel program be limited to what is commercially available, and for other purposes.

H.R. 1599, Chamber Action

would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to food produced from, containing, or consisting of a bioengineered organism, the labeling of natural foods, and for other purposes.

H. Res. 376, Bill Introduced

would refer H.R. 3133, a bill making congressional reference to the United States Court of Federal Claims pursuant to sections 1492 and 2509 of title 28, United States Code, of certain Indian land-related takings claims of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan and its individual members.

H.R. 3212, Bill Introduced

would amend the Grand Ronde Reservation Act to make technical corrections, and for other purposes.

H.R. 3211, Bill Introduced

would provide for the addition of certain real property to the reservation of the Siletz Tribe in the State of Oregon.

H.R. 3202, Bill Introduced

would amend section 42 of title 18, United States Code, popularly known as the Lacey Act, to add certain species of lionfish to the list of injurious species that are prohibited from being imported or shipped.

H.R. 3190, Bill Introduced

would amend title 31, United States Code, to enhance the Federal Government's planning and preparation for extreme weather, and the Federal Government's dissemination of best practices to respond to extreme weather, thereby increasing resilience, improving regional coordination, and mitigating the financial risk to the Federal Government from such extreme weather.

H.R. 3176, Bill Introduced

would amend title 18, United States Code, to establish a criminal violation for injuring or destroying property under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, and for other purposes.

H.R. 3173, Bill Introduced

would promote conservation for the purpose of enhancing hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreational opportunities.

S.834, Committee Action

would amend the law relating to sport fish restoration and recreational boating safety, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S. 764, Committee Action

would reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.

S.1845, Bill Introduced

would amend the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act to provide for State and tribal management and protection of wild free-roaming horses and burros, and for other purposes

S. 1844, Bill Introduced

would amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to provide for voluntary country of origin labeling for beef, pork, and chicken; to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

H.R. 1734, Chamber Action

would amend subtitle D of the Solid Waste Disposal Act to encourage recovery and beneficial use of coal combustion residuals and establish requirements for the proper management and disposal of coal combustion residuals that are protective of human health and the environment.

H.R. 521, Committee Action

would provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation located in Bethel, Alaska, with an amendment.

H.R. 3172, Bill Introduced

would amend the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act to provide for State and tribal management and protection of wild free-roaming horses and burros, and for other purposes.

H.R. 3162, Bill Introduced

would amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to improve the disclosure of certain expenditures under that Act.

H.R. 3161, Bill Introduced

would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent certain provisions of the Heartland, Habitat, Harvest, and Horticulture Act of 2008 relating to timber, and for other purposes

S. 1837, Bill Introduced

would provide drought assistance and improved water supply reliability to the State of California, other western States, and the Nation.

S. 1825, Bill Introduced

would require the Secretary of Energy to obtain the consent of affected State and local governments before making an expenditure from the Nuclear Waste Fund for a nuclear waste repository.

H.R. 1599, Committee Action

would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to food produced from, containing, or consisting of a bioengineered organism, the labeling of natural foods, and other purposes.

H.R. 1289, Committee Action

would authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acquire approximately 44 acres of land in Martinez, California.

H.R. 3143, Bill Introduced

would provide for a smart water resource management pilot program.

H.R. 3140, Bill Introduced

would require Federal oil and gas leases to report and pay royalties on oil and gas production based on the actual volume of oil and gas withdrawn under a lease.

H.R. 3137, Bill Introduced

would reaffirm the trust status of land taken into trust by the United States pursuant to the Act of June 18, 1934, for the benefit of an Indian tribe that was federally recognized on the date that the land was taken into trust.

H.R. 3135, Bill Introduced

would amend section 413 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 with respect to energy efficiency standards for manufactured housing.

H.R. 3133, Bill Introduced

would relate to certain Indian land-related takings claims of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians of Michigan and its individual members.

H.R. 3129, Bill Introduced

would direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to change the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure rule with respect to certain farms.

H.R. 3127, Bill Introduced

would provide for the conveyance of certain National Forest System land within Kisatchie National Forest in the State of Louisiana.

H.R. 3120, Bill Introduced

would amend the Food Security Act of 1985 to require the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a Great Lakes basin initiative for agricultural nonpoint source pollution prevention.

H.R. 3121, Bill Introduced

would improve Federal land management, resource conservation, environmental protection, and use of Federal real property, by requiring the Secretary of the Interior to develop a multipurpose cadastre of Federal real property and identifying inaccurate, duplicate, and out-of-date Federal land inventories.

S. 1824, Bill Introduced

would authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study to assess the suitability and feasibility of designating certain land as the Finger Lakes National Heritage Area.

S. 546, Committee Action

would establish the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Subcommittee under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Advisory Council to provide recommendations on emergency responder training and resources relating to hazardous materials incidents involving railroads.

S. 1822, Bill Introduced

would take certain Federal land located in Tuolumne County, California, into trust for the benefit of the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

H.R. 774, Committee Action

would strengthen enforcement mechanisms to stop illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and amend the Tuna Conventions Act of 1950 to implement the Antigua Convention.

H.R. 3113, Bill Introduced

would prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from obligating or expending funds for alternative energy generation projects unless specifically authorized by law.

H.R. 3108, Bill Introduced

would improve energy savings by the Department of Defense.

H.R. 3104, Bill Introduced

would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce carbon pollution in the United States, invest in the Nation's infrastructure, and cut taxes for working Americans. 

H.R. 3098, Bill Introduced

would establish the Brownfield Redevelopment and Economic Development Innovative Financing program to promote urban renewal.

H.R. 3094, Bill Introduced

would amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to transfer to States the authority to manage red snapper fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico. 

H.R. 3085, Bill Introduced

would amend section 1018 of the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 to make violators of such section liable to residents and invitees of target housing for such violations.

S. 1800, Committee Action

would make appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016. 

S. 1140, Committee Action

would require the Secretary of the Army and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to propose a regulation revising the definition of the term "waters of the United States.''