U.S. House of Representatives: June 22-26


With Independence Day recess next week, the U.S. House of Representatives has a busy schedule this week. Members of Congress return tomorrow to consider 14 bills under suspension of the rules including H.R. 805, the DOTCOM Act, which limits the ability of the Commerce Department to relinquish responsibility over the assignment of Internet domain names. The majority of the other bills to be considered under suspension come from the Homeland Security Committee.

After consideration of the suspension bills, legislation on the floor for a vote this week includes:

H.R. 1190: Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2015. The bill repeals the provisions of Obamacare that created the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).

  • Alabama co-sponsors: Rep. Bradley Byrne (AL-1), Rep. Martha Roby (AL-2), Rep. Robert Aderholt (AL-4),Rep. Mo Brooks (AL-5)

H.R. 2042: the Ratepayer Protection Act. The bill postpones when states and existing fossil-fuel power plants must comply with current or future EPA rules aimed at reducing carbon emissions until all judicial challenges are exhausted, and it allows state governors to opt out of EPA emission reduction rules for existing power plants if he or she certifies the requirements would have an adverse effect on the state’s electricity ratepayers.

  • Alabama co-sponsors: Rep. Bradley Byrne (AL-1), Rep. Martha Roby (AL-2), Rep. Mike Rogers (AL-3), Rep. Mo Brooks (AL-5), Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-7)

H.R. 2822: the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY 2016. The bill provides a total of $30.2 billion in discretionary spending in FY 2016 for the Interior Department, the EPA, the Forest Service and a variety of other agencies.

It is also possible the House could consider legislation related to Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).


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