Tom RamstackTom RamstackFebruary 15, 201824min106

H.R. 620: ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017

This was a vote to pass H.R. 620 in the House.

H.R. 620 is intended to protect disabled persons while providing business owners with the opportunity to remedy alleged Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) violations before incurring litigation costs. The bill amends the private enforcement provisions of the ADA’s Title III to require a notice and cure period before litigation. It requires the Justice Department to develop a program to educate state and local governments and property owners on strategies to promote access to public accommodations for disabled persons. It requires the Judicial Conference of the United States to develop a model program to promote alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to resolve claims of architectural barriers for public accommodations.The 1990 ADA is designed to “provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities.” Title III prohibits places of public accommodation from discriminating against the disabled persons. The U.S. Attorney General has issued regulations and guidance to ensure that no individual is discriminated against on the basis of disability for access to public accommodations. The public accommodations must be made free from architectural and communications barriers. Title III also provides a private right of action for preventive relief, which can include an injunction or restraining order.

Passed.

No  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
No  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yes  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
No  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

H.R. 3299: Protecting Consumers’ Access to Credit Act of 2017

This was a vote to pass H.R. 3299 in the House.

H.R. 3299 is intended to clear up uncertainties about interest rates on home loans. It amends the Home Owners’ Loan Act, the Federal Credit Union Act and the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to require interest rates on certain loans to remain unchanged when banks sell or assign loans to third parties. The bill is largely a reaction to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 2015 ruling in Madden v. Midland Funding. The court said that while the National Bank Act allows federally chartered banks to charge interest under the laws of their home states, non-banks that buy the loans could not continue to collect the same interest because they are subject to limits of the borrower’s state. The Second Circuit did not apply the “valid when made” doctrine and held that the National Bank Act did not preempt state usury laws because Midland was not a national bank but rather a “third party.” The Madden decision created market uncertainty and risk for bank lending programs, including “bank model” marketplace lending in which national banks originate loans and then transfer them to non-bank third parties. Sponsors of the bill said offering consistent terms nationwide is vital to keeping interest rates low by allowing lenders to access cheaper investment capital and to pass along the savings to borrowers.

Passed.

No  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
No  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yes  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
No  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

H.R. 3978: TRID Improvement Act of 2017

This was a vote to pass H.R. 3978 in the House.

H.R. 3978 includes the text of six bills intended to ensure transparency in the financial industry and to clarify the duties of parties to transactions.

Title I: TRID Improvement (H.R. 3978)

Title I amends the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 to direct the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to require mortgage lenders to disclose in the closing documents for mortgages the discounted rates given to consumers for certain title insurance premiums.

Title II: Protection of Source Code (H.R. 3948)

Title II amends the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Investment Company Act of 1940 and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to require the Securities and Exchange Commission to first issue a subpoena before it compels anyone to produce algorithmic trading source codes or similar intellectual property.

Title III: Fostering Innovation (H.R. 1645)

Title III amends Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to extend the exemption of emerging growth companies from the auditor attestation of a company’s internal controls over financial reporting requirement. Current law allows the exemption for five years. This bill extends the exemption until the earlier of ten years after the emerging growth company goes public, the end of the fiscal year in which the company’s average gross revenues exceed $50 million or when the company qualifies with the Securities and Exchange Commission as a large accelerated filer.

Title IV: National Security Exchange Regulatory Parity (H.R. 4546)

Title IV modifies Section 18 of the Securities Act of 1933 to eliminate references to specific national securities exchanges. The Title also clarifies that the state ‘‘blue sky’’ exemption shall be available for all securities that qualify for trading in the national market system under section 11A(2) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Title V: Eliminating Barriers to Jobs for Loan Originators (H.R. 2948)

Title V amends the Secure and Fair Enforcement Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008 to provide temporary loan origination authority to anyone registered as a loan originator who meets requirements to continue to originate loans after: (1) moving from a financial institution to a state-licensed non-bank originator or (2) moving interstate to a state-licensed loan originator in another state.

Title VI: Financial Stability Oversight Council Improvement (H.R. 4061)

Title VI codifies into law the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s transparency and systemically important financial institution (SIFI) designation process improvements. It is supposed to authorize non-bank financial companies to self-cure by carrying out de-risking activities before being designated a SIFI. By promoting transparency in the SIFI designation process, this legislation is supposed to facilitate clearer analysis of the methods the Financial Stability Oversight Council uses to assess the risk associated with the asset management industry.

Passed.

No  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
Yes  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yes  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
No  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

H.Res. 129: Calling on the Department of Defense, other elements of the federal government and foreign governments to intensify efforts to investigate, recover, and identify all missing and unaccounted-for personnel of the United States.

This was a vote to agree to H.Res. 129 in the House.

H.Res. 129 calls on the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, other federal agencies and foreign governments to continue to account for missing U.S. personnel from past wars and conflicts. The resolution is based on evidence that there is no account of the fate of more than 83,000 U.S. military personnel from past wars and conflicts. They include about 50,000 World War II Navy personnel lost at sea who are unlikely to be recovered. The National League of POW/MIA Families has led the accounting effort since 1970. They have been joined by Korean War, Cold War and World War II families with support from the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, Jewish War Veterans, AMVETS, Vietnam Veterans of America, Special Forces Association, Special Operations Association and Rolling Thunder.

Passed.

Yes  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
Yes  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yes  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
Yes  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

H.R. 3542: Hamas Human Shields Prevention Act

This was a vote to pass H.R. 3542 in the House.

H.R. 3542 says U.S. policy condemns the use of human shields by the militant Palestinian organization Hamas and their supporters as an act of terrorism and a violation of human rights and international humanitarian law. The bill urges the president to direct the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations to use U.S. influence at the U.N. Security Council to secure support for a resolution imposing sanctions against Hamas’ use of human shields. The president is required to prohibit property transactions and U.S. entry for all Hamas members and their associates or anyone who has helped in the use of human shields. The president can waive a sanction for 180 days after congressional certification that the waiver is vital to U.S. national security interests. Evidence for the bill was drawn from reports that Hamas uses human shields to deter attacks on military targets and to exploit any incidental harm caused by military attacks.

Passed.

Yes  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
Yes  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yes  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
Yes  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

Sources: GovTrack and congressional reports


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Tom RamstackTom RamstackFebruary 11, 201821min359

H.R. 1153: Mortgage Choice Act of 2017

This was a vote to pass H.R. 1153 in the House.

The Mortgage Choice Act of 2017 approved this week is intended to make mortgage lending easier for financial institutions by excluding some charges from the points and fee calculations. It also is supposed to incrementally drive down the cost to consumers to obtain a mortgage. The bill has the support of the Credit Union National Association. “These common sense changes will help low and moderate income families as well as first-time homebuyers access affordable mortgage credit and experience the benefits of one-stop shopping by ensuring that safe, properly underwritten mortgages pass the qualified mortgage test,” said Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., who sponsored the bill. It limits the points and fees for “Qualified Mortgages” to no more than 3 percent of the loan value. It also removes title insurance purchased from a company affiliated with the lender as well as escrowed homeowners insurance premiums from the points and fees calculation.    

Passed.

No  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
No  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yes  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
Yes  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

H.R. 1997: Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act of 2017

This was a vote to pass H.R. 1997 in the House.

The “Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act” is intended to promote U.S.-Ukraine cooperation for cybersecurity while both the Ukraine and United States are concerned about Russian hacking. This week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that the Russians are likely to try to hack American computer systems to influence the upcoming midterm elections. He also said the United States is unprepared. Under the legislation the House approved this week, the U.S. will offer Ukraine support to secure its government computer networks. In addition, Ukrainian officials hope to reduce their dependence on Russian information and communications technology. In return, the U.S. government will get opportunities for cybersecurity information-sharing. The sponsors of the bill said it is authorized under the U.S.–Ukraine Charter on Strategic Partnership and the Budapest Memorandum on security assurances. The bill still needs Senate approval.

Passed.

Yes  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
Yes  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yes  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
Yes  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

H.R. 1892: Honoring Hometown Heroes Act

This was a vote to pass H.R. 1892 in the House.

The Honoring Hometown Heroes Act modifies the federal flag code to give governors and the mayor of Washington, D.C., authority to “proclaim that the U.S. flag shall be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder (public safety officer) working in such jurisdiction who dies while serving in the line of duty.” The bill’s sponsor, Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., said in a statement, “First responders are the nation’s front line of defense here at home. In the unfortunate times when the ultimate sacrifice is given, they deserve the respect of having our nation’s flag flown at half-staff. Amending the Flag Code is the least we can do.” The standards for handling and displaying the U.S. Flag are defined by the U.S. Flag Code. It authorizes the president to order the flag to be flown at half-staff when governors or high-ranking U.S. government figures die. H.R. 1892 extends the authority to governors to honor local police, firefighters and emergency responders killed in the line of duty.

Passed.

No  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
No  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yes  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
No  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

H.R. 772: Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017

This was a vote to pass H.R. 772 in the House.

This bill clarifies the Obamacare menu labeling rules to give restaurant owners greater flexibility in posting the nutrition information of the food they sell. The “Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act” is a response to concerns of the food industry, which has complained that food labeling provisions of the Affordable Care Act placed too much of a burden on them. Current law requires chain restaurants, convenience stores, movie theaters and supermarkets with at least 20 locations to post nutrition information on their in-store menu boards to comply with the requirements. The Food and Drug Administration announced in November the rules would take effect May 7. The guidelines would have required a listing of calorie counts next to each food item on the menu. Supporters of the Obamacare rules say the menu labeling requirements encourage public health by informing consumers about their food orders. However, pizza chains and other fast food restaurants say the rules can be misleading. Nutrition information can vary widely depending on toppings customers choose, the restaurants say. Instead, they want to post nutrition information on their websites. The Republican-endorsed H.R. 772 would give them that option. They also could list the nutrition information through phone recordings or mobile apps.

Passed.

No  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
No  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yes  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
No  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

H.R. 4547: Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2017

This was a vote to pass H.R. 4547 in the House.

H.R. 4547 would increase oversight of the Social Security Administration’s payee representative program, which handles payments to persons who are too young, disabled or elderly to manage their benefits themselves. The Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2017 was a reaction to reports of abuses by payee representatives who sometimes embezzled money paid to more than eight million beneficiaries under the program. The House bill is intended to protect the beneficiaries through a more rigorous process of selecting and managing payee representatives. Complaints about abuses came from government watchdog groups and stakeholders in the program, which the Social Security Administration has used since 1938 to administer funds. Some of them testified during congressional hearings leading up to passage of H.R. 4547. Provisions of the bill would increase the number of performance reviews of payee representatives. The reviews would be done by the Protection and Advocacy system of each state. The legislation also would eliminate the requirement for spouses and parents who live with their children to file annual payee accounting forms.

Passed.

Yes  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
Yes  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yes  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
Yes  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

 

Sources: GovTrack, press statements, congressional and media reports



Tom RamstackTom RamstackJanuary 21, 201819min300

H.J.Res. 99: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2017, and for other purposes

This was a vote to pass H.J. Res. 99 in the House.

The House passed a resolution Thursday night to continue federal spending at last year’s levels while Congress wrangles over a new budget. The only other alternative was a government shutdown. However, the bill faces a tougher struggle in the Senate, where several senators have said continuing resolutions are not the best way to fund the government. Health care, such as funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program for low-income families, and immigration disputes are among the top issues that have deadlocked Congress on approving a new budget. A breakthrough on passing the continuing resolution came Thursday after an appeal by President Trump to the House Freedom Caucus, which consists of about 40 conservative Republicans. Their agreement to vote for the stopgap resolution might have averted a government shutdown.

Passed.

No  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
Yes  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yes  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
Yes  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

S. 139: FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017

This was a vote to pass S. 139 in the Senate.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Reauthorization Act is a controversial government surveillance law that allows U.S. intelligence agencies to collect information on foreign targets. The bill also authorizes the FBI to gather information from a database on Americans living abroad. However, investigators must get a warrant based on probable cause before they can view the content of the computerized information. “It enables our intelligence community to collect communications from foreign terrorists on foreign soil who threaten America and our allies,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a statement after the bill won Senate approval. The Act “does not allow the targeting of American citizens,” he said. “Nor does it permit the targeting of anyone – no matter their nationality — who is known to be located here in the U.S.” The House passed the companion bill last week.

Passed.

No  D   Bennet, Michael CO
No  R   Gardner, Cory CO

H.R. 4279: Expanding Investment Opportunities Act

This was a vote to pass H.R. 4279 in the House.

The Expanding Investment Opportunities Act seeks to simplify the registration process for closed-end mutual funds. Closed-end funds (CEF) or closed-ended funds use collective investments based on a fixed number of shares that are not redeemable from the fund. Unlike open-end funds, managers of new shares in a closed-end fund do not seek to meet demand from investors. Instead, the shares can be purchased and sold only in the stock market, similar to a mutual fund. Some financial advisors have complained regulatory burdens and lack of public information about closed-end funds have impeded their public acceptance. “Notwithstanding the benefits these funds provide to investors and the capital markets, the last several years have seen a steady decline in the number of closed-end funds and new closed-end fund offerings,” said Paul Schott Stevens, president of the Investment Company Institute, a public policy organization. “By simplifying the closed-end fund offering process and liberalizing existing restrictions on communications with investors before and during an offering, the legislation would reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens that raise costs for investors.” H.R. 4279 directs the Securities and Exchange Commission to amend its rules to reclassify closed-end funds that meet certain requirements to be considered “well-known seasoned issuers” (WKSIs). The SEC also would be required to make the filing and offering regulations for closed-end funds the same as for traditional operating companies.

Passed.

Yes  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
Yes  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yes  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
Yes  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

H.R. 3326: World Bank Accountability Act of 2017

This was a vote to pass H.R. 3326 in the House.

The World Bank Accountability Act of 2017 reauthorizes U.S. participation in the International Development Association, the World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries, but with new conditions. The bill funds the association at the level requested by the Trump administration but only if the World Bank adopts reforms to prevent corruption. One set of conditions would allow the U.S. government to withhold 15 percent of its annual contribution if the World Bank fails to reform its staff incentives, gender-based violence and accountability for trust funds. Current staff incentives are based on volume of lending. H.R. 3326 conditions full U.S. funding on targeting loans to reduce poverty and encourage development among poor countries. Gender-based violence refers to avoiding a repeat of loans that contributed to the sexual abuse of teenage girls during the Uganda Transport Sector Development Project. Other aid conditions require tougher standards for World Bank projects, such as by supporting human rights, minimizing corruption, auditing work and denying support to terrorists. The bill instructs the U.S. executive director at the World Bank to oppose assistance to countries that refuse to enforce sanctions against North Korea.

Passed.

No  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
Yes  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yes  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
No  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

H.R. 4258: Family Self-Sufficiency Act

This was a vote to pass H.R. 4258 in the House.

The Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) Act permanently reauthorizes the FSS program, combines it with the Housing Choice Voucher program and public housing and expands eligibility to include families in privately-owned properties subsidized with Housing and Urban Development project-based rental assistance. The program also offers new services for financial literacy and education. “Growing up in public housing, I am well aware of how important it is that we provide residents with opportunities to become independent and self-sufficient,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., a sponsor of the bill. “A program like FSS helps participants access essential supportive services, putting them on a path towards success. The program has strong support nationally and has been successful in improving outcomes in my own congressional district.” Since its establishment, the FSS program has enabled families living in public or project-based assisted housing or using Housing Choice Vouchers to access workforce training and other resources to pursue higher-paying employment. Families enrolled in the FSS program receive an interest-bearing escrow account to help them save money and apply the savings to work-related purchases. The House bill mirrored the Senate bill introduced last year by Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Jack Reed, D-R.I. The National Low Income Housing Coalition and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities wrote letters to Congress supporting the Family Self-Sufficiency Act.

Passed.

Yes  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
Yes  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yes  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
Yes  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

 

Sources: GovTrack, Congress.gov, media reports and congressional statements


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Tom RamstackTom RamstackJanuary 12, 201819min149

H.R. 4578: Counter Terrorist Network Act

This was a vote to pass H.R. 4578 in the House.

This bill was one element of a series of congressional efforts to strengthen the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to conduct terror threat assessments, increase sharing of data collected on persons associated with terrorist organizations and reduce the vulnerability of computer systems. H.R. 4578 requires the National Targeting Center to collaborate with federal, state and international organizations to improve border security through operations that seek to disrupt and dismantle groups that threaten the United States, including foreign terrorists.

Passed.

Yes  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
Yes  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yes  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
Yes  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

S. 139: Rapid DNA Act of 2017

This was a vote to pass S. 139 in the House.

Rapid DNA is a new technique that can analyze DNA samples in about 90 minutes, instead of the previous delay of days or weeks. This bill would expand the use of the technology. The Rapid DNA Act establishes a system for coordinating use of Rapid DNA nationwide among law enforcement agencies. The FBI’s Combined DNA Index System would be the clearinghouse for the information. Former FBI Director James Comey said in congressional testimony to support passage of the bill, “[It will] allow us, in booking stations around the country, if someone’s arrested, to know instantly — or near instantly — whether that person is the rapist who’s been on the loose in a particular community before they’re released on bail and get away or to clear somebody, to show that they’re not the person.” Supporters of the bill say it would save time and taxpayer money by speeding up the DNA analysis process without reducing effectiveness. Critics of the legislation said it risks a privacy violation by giving the government too much information about private citizens.

Passed.

No  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
No  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
No  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
Yes  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

H.R. 4567: DHS Overseas Personnel Enhancement Act of 2017

This was a vote to pass H.R. 4567 in the House.

This bill would require Homeland Security Department officials to update Congress about the activities of their personnel posted overseas. Congress wants assurances the overseas personnel are assigned to locations and job duties that promote counterterrorism. They also want to know about their training and how they communicate information about potential threats to their headquarters and other agencies. In particular, the bill seeks to improve coordination among the U.S. counterterrorism agencies and foreign governments that might face similar terrorism risks.

Passed.

Yes  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
Yes  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yes  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
Yes  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

H.R. 4581: Screening and Vetting Passenger Exchange Act of 2017

This was a vote to pass H.R. 4581 in the House.

This bill is designed to keep travelers safe through improved vetting procedures. It would require the Department of Homeland Security to develop a list of best practices for using passenger information to detect threats and dangers for travel on airlines and other public transportation. The bill was introduced by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-PA, who said in a statement, “Advanced passenger information, or biographic information about a traveler, and passenger name record data, or data about a traveler’s reservation and itinerary, are valuable tools used for screening and vetting potential criminals and terrorists. Department of Homeland Security, especially Customs and Border Patrol and the Transportation Security Administration, utilize these data sets to confirm the identities and travel patterns of travelers before they are able to enter the U.S.” The legislation authorizes the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate efforts with other nations that adopt similar procedures for identifying threats.

Passed.

Yes  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
Yes  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yes  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
Yes  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th

H.R. 4564: Post-Caliphate Threat Assessment Act of 2017

This was a vote to pass H.R. 4564 in the House.

This bill require the Homeland Security Department, the State Department and the Director of National Intelligence to cooperate in assessing threats to the United States by foreign terrorists. The threat assessment is supposed to include a summary of foreign terrorist fighter travel and trends, including countries of origin, travel destinations and means of travel. It also is supposed to include an analysis of any country with a significant increase in foreign terrorist fighter activity as well as an analysis of foreign terrorist fighter travel trends in and out of Iraq and Syria. The agencies’ report is supposed to be submitted to Congress.

Passed.

Yes  D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
Yes  D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
Yes  R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
Yes  R   Buck, Ken CO 4th
Yes  R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
Yes  R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
No Vote  D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th