PEACE OF MIND FOR FAMILIES

H.R. 3053, Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments of 2018
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Improves the Department of Energy’s (DOE) nuclear waste management program to store and dispose of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and high-level radioactive waste.

H.R. 5192, Protecting Children from Identity Theft Act
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES:  Reduces synthetic identity fraud by allowing financial institutions to verify the accuracy of a name, SSN, and date of birth before passing that information to credit bureaus.  Synthetic identity fraud is a form of identity theft that begins when fraudsters combine a real SSN and fictitious information, such as a name and date of birth, to apply for credit with a financial institution that passes that information to credit bureaus for a credit check.  Credit bureaus create a record based on the fraudulent credentials that, over time, establishes a synthetic identity based on the valid SSN but wrong name.

H.R. 5444, Taxpayer First Act
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES:  Redesigns the Internal Revenue Service by improving taxpayer rights, enhancing customer service, and reforming the organizational structure of the agency.

H.R. 5445, 21st Century IRS Act
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Modernizes the Internal Revenue Service’s information technology (IT) infrastructure, enhances the role of the agency’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), and provides additional tools to protect taxpayer information and to combat identity theft tax refund fraud. 

H.R. 4712, Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES:  Ensures that any child born alive during an abortion procedure receives the same degree of professional care to save the life of the child that any other child born alive at the same gestational age would receive; mandates that abortion survivors are immediately admitted to a hospital; bars women who receive abortions from being prosecuted, and allows them to file civil action; establishes criminal penalties for those who harm babies born alive, let them die, or attempt to harvest body parts (up to five years in prison, criminal fines, or both); and subjects individuals who commit overt acts to kill a child born alive to criminal prosecution for murder. 

H.R. 1865, Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act
Passed the House
Signed into law

WHAT IT DOES:  Enhances criminal penalties for websites that facilitate illegal prostitution or sex trafficking and provides sex trafficking victims with restitution. 

S. 534, Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017
Passed the House
Signed into law

WHAT IT DOES:  Extends the mandatory reporting requirements of child abuse to national governing bodies, like USA gymnastics, and affiliated amateur sports organizations, to ensure that reports are immediately made to local or federal law enforcement authorities. 

H.R. 4909, Stop School Violence Act
Passed the House
Signed into law

WHAT IT DOES:  Creates a grant program to train students, teachers, school officials, and local law enforcement how to identify and intervene early when signs of violence arise, creates a coordinated reporting system, and implements school threat assessment protocols to prevent school shootings before they happen.

H.R. 1153, Mortgage Choice Act of 2017
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES:  Changes the way points and fees are calculated by excluding fees paid for affiliated title charges and escrow charges for insurance and taxes, preserving consumer choice and helping Americans achieve the dream of becoming homeowners.

H.R. 2219, End Banking for Human Traffickers Act of 2018
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES:  Seeks to choke off human traffickers’ access to the financial system by enhancing the financial industry’s efforts to detect and deter money laundering related to human trafficking and by encouraging foreign governments to have in effect a framework to prevent financial transactions involving the proceeds of severe forms of trafficking.

H.R. 4203, Combat Online Predators Act
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES:  Amends the federal criminal code to increase the maximum prison term for a stalking offense by 5 additional years, if the victim is under 18 years of age. It also requires the Attorney General to issue a report on best practices on the enforcement of state, local, tribal, and Federal stalking laws.

H.R. 2954, Home Mortgage Disclosure Adjustment Act
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES:  Exempts certain financial institutions from burdensome and onerous paperwork requirements to ensure consumers have access to needed financing to achieve the American dream of home ownership.

H.R. 1625,Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018
Passed the House
Signed into law

WHAT IT DOES:  Provides nearly $4B to address the opioid epidemic and help fulfill the President's Opioid Initiative.

H.R. 3922, CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act
Passed by the House

WHAT IT DOES: Funds important programs like the state Children’s Health Insurance Program, community health centers, and other important public health priorities.

H.R. 2874, 21st Century Flood Reform Act
Passed by the House 

WHAT IT DOES: Reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance Program for five years, introduces private market competition, and provides programmatic reforms to help policyholders.

Resources to Fight the Opioid Epidemic   

H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017  
Passed the House
Passed the Senate
Signed into Law

WHAT IT DOES: Funds the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2017. Battles the nationwide opioid epidemic by increasing funding for substance abuse and prevention and treatment programs by more than $650 million above Fiscal Year 2016.


New Tools to End Human Trafficking   

H.R. 2664, the Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Raises awareness of human trafficking by directing the Secretary of Labor to effectively educate DOL employees on the issue, ensure they have the tools/resources to detect cases of exploitation, and establishes a clear framework to assist law enforcement.

H.R. 2480, the Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Expands the ability of the Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grants Program (Byrne JAG) to enable law enforcement agencies to compete for federal funding, specifically to develop and carry out programs that fight sex trafficking demand.

H.R. 2200, the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Reauthorizes $130 million to fund the prevention of human trafficking, protect victims, and prosecute traffickers.

H.R. 1862, the Global Child Protection Act of 2017
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Combats global sex tourism by closing loopholes that allow child predators to go unpunished for their abuse of children overseas. Expands the conduct covered for child sexual exploitation cases that involve abuse occurring abroad to include sexual contact. Broadens the offenses covered in the recidivist enhancement provisions in current law to protect the youngest of child victims.

H.R. 1842, the Strengthening Children’s Safety Act of 2017
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Makes communities safer by enhancing penalties for sex offenders who fail to register in the national sex offender registry when they have a prior state conviction for a violent crime. Ensures enhanced penalties for child exploitation crimes apply equally to all dangerous sex offenders.

H.R. 1188, the Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2017
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Reauthorizes the two primary programs of the Adam Walsh Act—the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act and Sex Offender Management Assistance Program -- for five years and makes targeted changes to make the system more efficient and just. These programs help prevent child abuse by ensuring the public has access to information on known sex offenders who may live in their neighborhood.

H.R. 883, the Targeting Child Predators Act of 2017
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Helps protect valuable information used to prosecute and convict child predators. Under current law, law enforcement is able to obtain the IP address of a suspected child predator and then subpoena Internet Service Providers for the user information attached to the IP address. The provider then may notify the user of the law enforcement inquiry, allowing the alleged child predator to destroy critical evidence. Under H.R. 883, Internet Service Providers must wait 180 days before notifying customers in child predator cases, where law enforcement has certified that such notification would endanger a person, cause the destruction of or tampering with evidence, cause flight from prosecution, or cause the intimidation of a potential witness.

H.R. 695, the Child Protection Improvements Act of 2017
Passed the House
Passed Senate (amended)

WHAT IT DOES: Ensures that youth-serving organizations have access to national background checks on prospective staff and volunteers through the FBI’s database. Currently, many youth-serving organizations only have access to state-level background check systems.

H.R. 1625, the TARGET Act
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Turns the tables on human traffickers by allowing the State Department to use cash rewards to help bring them to justice.

H.R. 1809, the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Proves state and local leaders greater flexibility to meet the needs of delinquent youth in their communities and improve public safety. Helps at-risk youth avoid the juvenile justice system by improving support for prevention services. Prioritizes what works and focuses on evidence-based strategies with proven track records. Improves accountability and oversight to deliver positive outcomes for kids and protect taxpayers.

H.R. 1808, the Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act of 201
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Encourages and increases public awareness of new and innovative ways to recover and protect missing and exploited children. Better protects the growing number of children who go missing from state care and those who are victims of sex trafficking. Improves assistance in identifying and locating abductors, criminal offenders, and missing children. Prevents children from becoming the victims of exploitation online. Provides transparency surrounding recovery and prevention efforts.

H.R. 4708, the Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act of 2017
Passed the House
Passed Senate (amended)

WHAT IT DOES: Authorizes the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to deter, detect, and mitigate instances of human trafficking. It provides resources that will allow DHS to continue partnering with state, local, tribal, and territorial entities to provide training on how to raise awareness of human trafficking and coordinate efforts to prevent it.

H.R. 2473, the Put Trafficking Victims First Act of 2017
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Directs the Attorney General to ensure prosecutors are trained in how to investigate and process cases where a victim has suffered trauma, and encourages states to provide child welfare services and trauma-informed programming to victims of human trafficking. It would also encourage states to never refer to child trafficking victims as “child prostitutes” or “underage sex workers,” recognizing that these children are victims, not criminals.

H.R. 2052, the PRIVATE Act
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Protects troops from non-consensual sharing of intimate media by other military members. Gives the military the tools to crack down on the perpetrators and prevent this behavior in the future by defining when private photo sharing is a military criminal act -- which is not clear in current law -- while protecting whistleblowers.

H.R. 1761, the Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Protects child pornography victims by remedying a federal court ruling in United States v. Palomino-Coronado. This decision allowed a defendant to walk free from production of child pornography charges, despite photographic evidence that he had engaged in sexual abuse of a seven-year-old child, because the court found that he lacked the specific intent to produce child pornography prior to abusing the child. To address this loophole in the law, the Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act adds additional bases of liability to the crime of child pornography production to prevent this heinous crime and bring criminals to justice.

H.R. 1973, the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act of 2017
Passed the House 

WHAT IT DOES: Requires prompt reporting of suspected cases of abuse, mandatory training, and implementation of policies and procedures for preventing, reporting, and addressing allegations of sexual abuse at amateur athletic governing bodies. It responds to recent allegations of sexual abuse made against personnel involved with USA Gymnastics, USA Swimming, and USA Taekwondo.

S. 1536, the Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act
Passed the House
Passed the Senate
Signed into law

WHAT IT DOES:  Directs the Secretary of Transportation to designate a human trafficking prevention coordinator from within the Department.

S. 1532, the No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act
Signed into law

WHAT IT DOES:  Disqualifies individuals from operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for their lifetime if they used a CMV to commit a felony involving human trafficking

 

Sanctions on Hostile Regimes

H.R. 1644, the Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES:  Amends the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 to modify and increase the President’s authority to impose sanctions on persons in violation of certain U.N. Security Council resolutions regarding North Korea.
 

H.R. 1677, the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2017
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES:  Requires the Departments of State and the Treasury to impose sanctions on people and entities responsible for the security and humanitarian crisis in Syria.

H.R. 3898, Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions Act
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES:   Imposes secondary sanctions with respect to North Korea in order to cut off Pyongyang’s ability to finance its weapons programs.

H.R. 3364, Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act
Passed the House
Signed into law on August 2

WHAT IT DOES: The bill imposes sweeping sanctions on Iran, Russia, and North Korea for threatening their neighbors undermining U.S. national security.

H.R. 3342, Sanctioning Hizballah's Illicit Use of Civilians as Defenseless Shields Act
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Mandates that the President identify and impose sanctions on foreign persons or entities affiliated with Hizballah who are responsible for violations of human rights due to their use of civilians as human shields, or have provided, tried to provide, or facilitated the provision of material support to that terrorist group. The bill also requires the President to provide and update Congress with a list of people or entities identified under this bill. Additionally, the bill provides the authority to revoke visas from such identified individuals or declare them ineligible for visas.

H.R. 3329, Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act of 201
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Requires the President to impose sanctions on foreign persons who provide significant support to Hizballah’s fundraising and recruitment efforts; to impose sanctions on agencies of foreign governments that provide financial support and arms, including stiffer sanctions for designated state-sponsors of terrorism; and calls for sanctions on financial intuitions that serve Lebanese officials affiliated with Hizballah.

H.R. 1698, Iran Ballistic Missiles and International Sanctions Enforcement Act Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Mandates the President to impose sanctions on foreign persons and entities involved with Iran’s ballistic missile program and those who provide or receive conventional weapons from Iran.  


Stronger Border Security  

H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017
Passed the House
Signed into law

WHAT IT DOES: Includes the largest increase for border security technologies and infrastructure improvement in more than a decade. Ensures our borders are protected. Provides the resources ICE needs to enforce our laws.


Tougher Enforcement of Immigration Laws

H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Provides more tools to fight sanctuary policies and punish rogue cities, and protects the public from dangerous criminals.

H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law  
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Enhances penalties for deported felons who return to the United States so that they aren’t free to roam our streets and harm innocent lives.  

H.R. 3697,  the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Ensures that alien gang members are kept off our streets by barring them from coming to the United States and detaining and removing them if they are criminal gang members or participate in gang activity.

 

Permanent Pro-Life Protections   

H.J. Res. 43, the Title X Abortion Funding Rule
Passed the House
Signed into law

WHAT IT DOES: Repeals Obama administration rule that would have forced states to give Title X funding to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.

H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Makes the Hyde Amendment permanent and government-wide, and bans taxpayer money from funding abortions here at home.

H.R.36, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES:  Restricts abortions 20 weeks or more after fertilization. Specifically, H.R. 36 establishes criminal penalties for any person who performs or attempts an abortion on a fetus after the 20-week mark. In addition, this bill provides exceptions to save the life of the mother, and in the case of rape or incest.


Increased Energy Resources  

H.R. 1, Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
Passed by the House
Passed by the Senate

WHAT IT DOES (ANWR):  Establishes an environmentally-friendly and responsible oil and gas program in the non-wilderness area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to boost American energy production.

H.R. 244, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017  
Passed the House
Signed into Law

WHAT IT DOES: Advances an all-of-the-above energy strategy that capitalizes on America’s rich natural resources. Invests in fossil fuels, nuclear and other energy resources to improve our energy independence and keep consumer prices affordable. Funds basic energy research, the development of high-performance computing systems, and research into the next generation of energy sources. These investments lay the groundwork for a more secure energy future, maintaining U.S. science leadership and ensuring continued economic growth.

H.R. 2910, the Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Increases transparency and accountability and promotes better coordination among agencies involved when siting interstate natural gas pipelines.

H.R. 2883, the Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Establishes a predictable and transparent process to permit the construction of cross-border pipelines and electric facilities.

H.R. 1873, the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES:  Provides streamlined processes for the removal of hazardous vegetative overgrowth within or adjacent to electricity infrastructure on federal lands.

H.R. 3279, Helium Extraction Act of 2017
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Amends the Mineral Leasing Act to authorize the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to lease federal land for the purpose of helium production under the same lease terms used for oil and gas development.

H.R. 3043, Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017
Passed the House

WHAT IT DOES: Streamlines hydropower relicensing processes in America to encourage the continued use and expansion of low-cost, renewable hydroelectric energy in Washington state and beyond.