Weekly Legislation Tracker

H.R.4576: Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act

Sponsor: Rep. Radewagen, Aumua Amata Coleman [R-AS-At Large] (Introduced 02/12/2016)

Committees: House - Natural Resources

Committee Report: https://www.congress.gov/congressional-report/114th-congress/house-report/718/1

Latest Action: 09/12/2016 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

This bill authorizes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to promulgate regulations to implement U.S. participation in the North Pacific Fisheries Convention and South Pacific Fisheries Convention. These conventions are designed to ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of fishery resources and marine ecosystems in the North Pacific and South Pacific Ocean of the United States.

The North Pacific Fisheries Commission and the Commission of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation were both established by the North and South Pacific fishery conventions, respectively. The U.S. must be represented by five commissioners on the North Pacific commission and not more than three on the South Pacific commission. In addition, permanent advisory committees are established to represent groups concerned with the fishery resources covered by each convention.

Why this is important: Our marine ecosystems are suffering from the effects of commercial fisheries and related activity, especially in the largest ocean on Earth - the Pacific Ocean. We applaud those who continue to support this bill, as its passing would be a clear indicator to the international community that we take sustainability seriously, and truly care about the condition of our one home - planet Earth.

H.Res.835: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should adopt a national policy for technology to promote consumers' access to financial tools and online commerce to promote economic growth and consumer empowerment.

Sponsor: Rep. Kinzinger, Adam [R-IL-16] (Introduced 07/14/2016)

Committees:    House - Energy and Commerce

Roll Call Votes: There has been 1 roll call vote (On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 385 - 4, 1 Present)

Committee Report: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-resolution/835/text

Latest Action: 09/12/2016 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

Introduced in House (07/14/2016)

Expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States should:

  • develop a national policy to encourage the development of tools for consumers to learn and protect their assets in a way that maximizes the promise customized, connected devices hold to empower consumers, foster future economic growth, and create new commerce and markets;
  • prioritize accelerating the development of alternative technologies that support transparency, security, and authentication in a way that recognizes their benefits, allows for future innovation, and responsibly protects consumers' personal information;
  • recognize that technology experts can play an important role in the future development of consumer-facing technology applications for manufacturing, automobiles, telecommunications, tourism, health care, energy, and general commerce; and
  • support further innovation and economic growth and ensure cybersecurity and the protection of consumer privacy.

Calls for innovators in technology, manufacturing, automobiles, telecommunications, tourism, health care, and energy industries to commit to improving the quality of life for future generations by developing new technology that is safe and consumer protective and that is aimed at improving consumers' access to commerce.

Why this is important: This bill is a national call for innovators across a multitude of tech-related industries, and encourages the business community to work hand-and-hand with the federal government to create a safer internet environment. As we look toward the immediate future, things like smart homes and self-driving cars will begin to dominate the market, and Americans and consumers around the world deserve to utilize these amazing technological advancements with confidence that criminals cannot easily access their private information, or cause physical harm by sabotaging equipment functions.
 

H.R. 295: To reauthorize the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Historic Preservation program.

Sponsor: Rep. Clyburn, James E. [D-SC-6] (Introduced 01/13/2015)

Committees: House - Natural Resources

Committee Reports: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/295/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22H.R.+295%22%5D%7D&resultIndex=1

Latest Action: 09/12/2016 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

Introduced in House (01/13/2015)

Amends the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996 to reauthorize, for FY2016-FY2025, Historic Preservation Fund activities related to the preservation and restoration of historic buildings and structures on the campuses of historically black colleges and universities.

Why this is important: We believe that the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Historic Preservation program has played a pivotal role in increasing interest in college attendance among African-American and a wealth of other minority students. This legislation will ensure that for years to come, students around the country will be able to attend a historically black college or university and reap the benefits that come with this federal recognition.