H.Con.Res. 90: Condemning ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya and calling for an end to the attacks in and an immediate restoration of humanitarian access to the state of Rakhine in Burma
This was a vote to agree to H.Con.Res. 90 in the House.
This resolution was a House of Representatives condemnation of what it called “ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya” in Myanmar, also called Burma. The nearly unanimous resolution called for an end to attacks against the Muslim minority. The resolution is a first step toward possible economic sanctions to pressure the Burmese military and to pave the way for U.S. economic assistance to help Rohingya refugees now living in Bangladesh return to Myanmar. About 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh, which is overwhelmed by the humanitarian crisis. The Burmese military has reportedly killed hundreds of Rohingya, burned at least 200 villages and set landmines along the border with Bangladesh. The resolution also calls on Burmese political and military leaders to cooperate in bringing humanitarian aid and reconciliation to the Rohingya.
H.R. 38: Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017
This was a vote to pass H.R. 38 in the House.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would require all states to recognize concealed-carry gun permits issued by different states. Reciprocity means each state gives the full force of law to each others’ laws and regulations. Under current state laws, anyone carrying a concealed gun with a permit issued by another state still could be arrested or fined. H.R. 38 would eliminate the risk of arrest or fines. The states would not be required to change their own laws on obtaining a gun permit.
S. 1266: Enhancing Veteran Care Act
This was a vote to pass S.1266 in the House.
S.1266 seeks a another watchdog over veteran care. It authorizes the Veterans Administration to contract with nonprofit organizations that accredit health care organizations to investigate deficiencies at VA medical centers. The Veterans Health Administration is the largest U.S. health care system, serving 8.9 million veterans. It operates 1,233 health care facilities, which includes 168 medical centers and 1,053 outpatient sites. The health care facilities are grouped into 18 Veterans Integrated Services Networks (VISNs). S.1266 authorizes VISN or medical center directors to hire outside entities to audit VA medical facilities with a goal of improving care. To prevent duplication, the bill requires the directors to inform the VA Secretary, inspector general and Government Accountability Office of each investigation before starting.
H.R. 3317: SAFE Act
This was a vote to pass H.R. 3317 in the House.
H.R. 3317 would increase the federal prison sentence for female genital mutilation from a maximum of five years to 15 years. The bill calls on states to approve laws requiring health care providers, school officials and adult legal guardians to report suspected female genital mutilation to local law enforcement. The acronym SAFE stands for “Stopping Abusive Female Exploitation Act.” The bill followed an incident earlier this year in Michigan, where three people were arrested after mutilating the genitals of seven-year-old girls. They explained it was a practice of the Islamic religion. The World Health Organization estimates more than 200 million women and girls are subjected to genital mutilation worldwide. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control estimates 513,000 women and girls are at risk.
H.R. 3731: Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017
This was a vote to pass H.R. 3731 in the House.
H.R. 3731 removes some limits on overtime pay for Secret Service agents who either provided protective services in 2017 or will provide them in 2018. Current law prohibits Secret Service agents from being paid overtime after reaching the maximum annual salary for a GS-15 federal employee. The Secret Service recently reported more than 1,000 agents, or a third of its workforce, has reached the maximum pay for their annual overtime and salary under the cap. The bill approved this week is similar to legislation enacted last year to fund overtime pay for 1,400 Secret Service employees during the 2016 presidential campaign year.