Review Legislative Bills of Interest
American Health Care Act, H.R. 1628
The American Health Care Act of 2017, referred to by the acronym AHCA and nicknamed variously as Trumpcare, Ryancare, Republicare, and Obamacare-Lite, is a bill that seeks to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a broad swath of health care reform initiatives.
Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, H.R. 244
This legislation, also known as the omnibus, will fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2017. This bill funded the Intercity Bus Security Grant Program at $2 million. The bill was passed by both the House and Senate, signed by the President and became Public Law No. 115.31.
Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Coordination and Planning Area Reform Final Rule Repeal, H.J. Res 84
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) jointly issued a rule proposing revisions to transportation planning regulations to support more effective regional planning by states on December 20, 2016. The compliance date is set for some time in 2022 following the 2020 census. This regulation would consolidate a number of regional planning entities and fundamentally change the local planning process. This regulation has been targeted for repeal by Congressional resolution.
Workplace Tracking of Injuries and Illnesses Regulations Final Rule Repeal, H.J. Res 83 and S.J. Res 27
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) imposed a final rule that requires employers to inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses free from retaliation. These provisions become effective August 10, 2016, but OSHA delayed their enforcement until Dec. 1, 2016 following a ruling by a Texas court. These regulations, which included the ability to bring enforcement actions against improperly reporting employers up to 5 years back have now been targeted for repeal by Congressional action under Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions (H.J. Res 83 – S.J. Res 27). These resolutions passed both the House and the Senate.
Buses United for Safety, Regulatory Reform, and Enhanced Growth for the 21st Century Act, H.R. 2120
This legislation is sponsored by Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) and would direct the Secretary of Transportation to take actions to address issues affecting motorcoach and school bus operators. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
Surface and Maritime Transportation Security Act, S. 763
This legislation is intended to address the perceived shortcomings of the Transportation Security Administration of not placing sufficient emphasis on the security of surface and maritime modes, in terms of oversight and use of resources. A report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General is driving this legislation. The bill passed through the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on April 5, 2017 and is awaiting consideration from the full Senate.
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