THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - February 5, 2016

Feb 7, 2016

In this issue:

  • Cool & Connected webinar
  • Opportunities - Federal grants, jobs for/in the Marianas
  • Highlights in the legislative program


Cool & Connected webinar.

How to use broadband service to promote community development is the topic of a series of webinars being hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency. A team of experts will assist participants in developing strategies and action plans to use in their communities. A growing number of communities have combined broadband service with other local assets such as cultural and recreational amenities to attract and retain investment and people, including young people. This can help diversify local economies. Learn more on February 9 or on February 16 at 7 am ChST. Register here.

Opportunites - Federal grants, jobs for and in the Marianas


  • Special Education - State Personnel Development Grants – The purpose of this program is to assist State educational agencies in reforming and improving their systems for personnel preparation and professional development in early intervention, educational, and transition services in order to improve results for children with disabilities. Current closing date is March 21, 2016. For more information, go to
  • Community Assistance Program State Support Services Element – The State Support Services Element program provides funding for technical assistance to communities in the National Flood Insurance Program and to evaluate community performance in implementing NFIP floodplain management activities. Current closing date is April 15, 2016. For more information, go to
  • Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma – The Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma Program seeks to address unhealthy behaviors in minority and/or disadvantaged youth, ages 5-15 years, who have been exposed to childhood trauma. ACT is intended to test the effectiveness of innovative approaches in promoting healthy behaviors among minority and/or disadvantaged youth at-risk for poor health/life outcomes due to childhood trauma. Current closing date is April 18, 2016. For more information, go to
  • Hazardous Materials Public Sector Training and Planning Grants – The purpose of this grant program is to increase effectiveness in safely and efficiently handling hazardous materials incidents, enhance implementation of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, and encourage a comprehensive approach to emergency training and planning by incorporating the unique challenges of responses to transportation situations. Current closing date is May 2, 2016. For more information, go to


  • Electronics Technician – The Department of the Navy is accepting applications for an Electronics Technician in Guam. Incumbent will perform Defense Switched Network administration, operation, maintenance, and system control functions within the Naval Computer Telecommunications Station. Position is open until February 8, 2016. For more information, go to
  • Health System Specialist – The Air Force Personnel Center, Department of the Air Force is accepting applications for a Health System Specialist in Guam. Incumbent analyzes, evaluates, advises on and/or coordinates health care delivery systems and operations supporting the provision of health care to authorized beneficiaries. Position is open until April 30, 2016. For more information, go to
Highlights in the Legislative Program


On the floor

  • H.R. 2187– Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act (Passed, 347-8)
  • H.R. 4168 – Small Business Capital Formation Enhancement Act (Passed, 390-1)
  • H.R. 515 – International Megan’s Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders (Concurred in Senate amendments, by voice vote)
  • H.R. 4188 – Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 (Concurred in Senate amendments, by voice vote)
  • H.R. 3700 – Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2015 (Passed, 427-0)
  • H.R. 3662 – Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act (Passed, 246-181)
  • President’s Veto Message on H.R. 3762 – Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015 (Failed, 241-186)
  • H.R. 766 – Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2015 (Passed, 250-169)


On the floor

  • H.R. 3293 – Scientific Research in the National Interest Act
  • H.R. 3442 – Debt Management and Fiscal Responsibility Act
  • H.R. 2107 – Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act

Committee Hearings

February 10