Conservative Checkpoint - RSC Week in Review - Week of June 25th


Last week the House wrapped 4 weeks of session.  The House passed DOD Approps and sent the bill to the Senate.  The House will consider additional appropriations bills in July.  After additional consideration, the House voted on Goodlatte #2 (also known as the compromise bill) after being postponed from the previous week.  The bill did not pass.  In addition, the Speaker appointed conferees for NDAA and CFIUS (SEE BELOW).

NDAA Conference
Last week the House voted to go to Conference on NDAA.  The below Members from the House Armed Services Committee were appointed to the Conference Committee. Additional non-committee Members will be appointed at a later date. 

Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX)
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)
Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT)
Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH)
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL)
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA)
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX)
Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
Rep. Robert Wittman (R-VA)
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)
Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA)
Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA)
Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL)
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)
Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE)
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN)

CFIUS Negotiations
The Speaker also appointed Members to participate in the House & Senate negotiations on the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act.  This legislation would address reforms to CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States). 

Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) - Energy and Commerce Committee
Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) - Energy and Commerce Committee
Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) - Foreign Affairs Committee
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) - Foreign Affairs Committee
Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) - Financial Services Committee
Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) - Financial Services Committee






From the Chairman's Desk




Last week the RSC Steering Committee released an official statement regarding the Senate version of the Farm Bill:

“As the Senate considers passage of the Farm Bill, they should include the work and job job training requirements as passed in the House version. Work and job training requirements will break countless men and women from the cycle of poverty. These requirements are about hope, not judgement. We do not want any American to say they never had a chance to succeed. For this reason, many House conservatives will not consider any conferenced version of the Farm Bill that does not include beneficial work and job training reforms to SNAP.”





Floor Review


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.


Looking Ahead




The House will be in recess this week for the 4th of July holiday.  The House will return on Tuesday, July 10th for 3 weeks of session before the August work period.