THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - April 12, 2019

Apr 15, 2019

In this issue:

Students deserve quality education

Addressing the nation’s school chiefs

Democrats intro new disaster bill

$4.5M for hazard mitigation

No to hollowed out health plans

Head, Heart, Hands, and Health

Humane Champion

Tinian office open April 16, 18

VA town hall, resource fair May 7


Legislative Highlights


Supplemental disaster funding

House and Senate Democrats have introduced a new bill appropriating funds for the Marianas and other communities struck by natural disasters. This time around the proposal includes areas hit by flooding and storms in 2019, not just the 2018 events covered in H.R. 268. That bill passed the House on January 16 with amendments I added during floor debate that upped food stamp funding for the Marianas to $25.2 million and increased our Medicaid assistance to $36 million. In the Senate, the disaster bill is stuck because of opposition from President Trump. And Republican versions of the bill in the Senate leave out the $36 million in Marianas Medicaid, even though our program is currently out of money. Senate Republican bills—and the new proposals by Democrats this week—continue to include other money I fought for—$10.4 million for sewer and water repairs in the Marianas and $56 million for our solid waste facilities—as well as eligibility for funding for:

Talks will continue over the two week district work period that begins yesterday.

$4.5M for hazard mitigation

Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced a $4,500,000 award to the Commonwealth for post-Yutu assistance. The Hazard Mitigation Grant will be used to help prevent loss of life in future storms and reduce damage to our energy systems, roads, schools, hospitals and clinics, and other important public facilities. Congress authorized the funds in Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

No to hollowed-out health plans 

When someone in your family gets sick, you never want to hear your insurance does not cover the illness. That is the risk with hollowed out health plans the Trump administration wants to let insurers sell. Together with my Democratic colleagues on the House Education and Labor Committee on Wednesday I voted for H.R. 1010, legislation that would nullify the Trump administration’s Short-Term, Limited Duration Insurance rule that permits deficient plans that short-change consumers. Watch the statement I made in support of H.R. 1010 at the Committee session here.



Public Comments:



On the Floor

  • H.R. 1644 – Save the Internet Act of 2019 (Passed, 232-190)
  • H.R. 1759 – BRIDGE for Workers Act (Passed, 393-24)
  • H.R. 1957 – Taxpayer First Act of 2019 (Agreed to by voice vote)
  • H.R. 1331 – Local Water Protection Act (Passed, 329-56)
  • H.R. 639 – To amend section 327 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to clarify that National Urban Search and Rescue Response System task forces may include Federal employees (Agreed to by voice vote)

·     H.R. 2030 – Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act (Agreed to by voice vote)

Legislation I Cosponsored


The House is in session for the District Work Period.