This week in the U.S. House of Representatives: Nov. 16 – Nov. 20

United States Capitol_ U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate

The U.S. House of Representatives is back in session this week after last week’s Veterans Day recess.

On Monday, the House is in session and will consider several bills under suspension of the rules. A full list of bills can be found here.

That same day, the House may also consider a motion to concur in the Senate amendment to H.R. 2262: Spurring Private Aerospace Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship (SPACE) Act. The bill includes numerous provisions to bolster the U.S. commercial space industry.

They may also consider a short-term reauthorization of federal-aid highway and transit programs. House and Senate conferees are currently negotiating a long-term reauthorization but are not expected to reach a final agreement this week. The current authorization expires on Friday, Nov. 20.

On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives the remainder of the week:

H.R. 511: the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act. The bill adds Native American tribes to the list of entities that are excluded from the definition of “employer” in the National Labor Relations Act and re-instating Congress’ initial intent when it first passed the NLRA in 1935, thereby treating them similarly to state and local governments.

The House may consider a motion to go to conference on legislation reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, which under its last reauthorization was known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The House in July passed H.R. 5, the Student Success Act to reauthorize ESEA through 2019 and make fundamental changes to many of its programs, while the Senate later that month passed its own ESEA reauthorization (S. 1177).

H.R. 1737: the Reforming CFPB Indirect Auto Financing Guidance Act. The bill nullifies 2013 guidance issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) denying the public a chance to comment on regulations directly impacting them.

  • Alabama co-sponsors: None

H.R. 1210: the Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act. The bill creates a safe harbor from lawsuits for banks that originate non-qualified mortgages that do not comply with ability-to-repay requirements, as long as the bank retains the mortgage in its own portfolio. The bill is meant to unwind certain restrictive Dodd-Frank regulations in order to expand access to mortgages and home ownership.

  • Alabama co-sponsors: None

H.R. 3189: the Fed Oversight Reform and Modernization (FORM) Act. The bill brings greater accountability and transparency to the Federal Reserve.

  • Alabama co-sponsors: None

On Friday, the House is not in session.


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