On Monday, the House passed H.R. 5783, the Cooperate with Law Enforcement Agencies and Watch Act of 2018. The bill would provide a safe harbor for banks that receive “keep open” letters from federal or state law enforcement agencies, safeguarding them from liability for keeping certain customer accounts open.
The House also passed H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2018. The bill would extend the presumption of exposure for purposes of entitlement to service connection for diseases associated with exposure to herbicide agents, such as Agent Orange, to Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans. Additionally, the same presumption of exposure would be extended to veterans who served in or near the Korean demilitarized zone during a specific period of time. The bill would also make changes to VA guaranteed loans.
On Tuesday, the House passed H.R. 4294, the Prevention of Private Information Dissemination Act of 2017. The bill would amend the Financial Stability Act of 2010 to provide for criminal monetary penalties against employees of federal financial regulatory agencies for the unauthorized disclosure of or wrongfully requests or obtains certain identifiable information.
The House also passed H.R. 2083, the Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act. The bill would allow the secretary to issue permits to authorize the killing of individual sea lions that are part of a population that are not considered depleted or strategic in the Columbia River in an effort to protect endangered or threatened salmon, steelhead or eulachon, or species of lamprey or sturgeon that are listed as a species of concern.
The House passed H.R. 5841, the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018. The bill would implement a series of reforms to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), an interagency committee advising the President in overseeing the national security implications of foreign investment. These reforms would specifically relate to regulation of foreign investment, export controls, and day-to-day operations of the committee to include hiring practices and annual reporting requirements.
On Wednesday, House voted on H.R. 6136, the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act. The bill was rejected by a vote of 121 to 301. The bill would reform America’s immigration system by limiting chain migration, providing funding for a southern border wall, enforcing biometric entry-exit tracking, and providing a pathway to citizenship through a temporary, merit-based system for DACA eligible individuals and children of certain worker visas.
The House also rejected a motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018.
On Thursday, the House passed H. Res. 970, a resolution insisting that the Department of Justice fully comply with the requests, including subpoenas, of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the subpoena issued by the Committee on the Judiciary relating to potential violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by personnel of the Department of Justice and related matters.
The House also passed H.R. 6157, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2019. The bill would provide appropriations for the Department of Defense.