ABRAHAM, RALPH LEE (A REPRESENTATIVE FROM LOUISIANA)

ABRAHAM, RALPH LEE (a Representative from Louisiana)

ABRAHAM, RALPH LEE (a Representative from Louisiana)

Amendments

Dept. of Defense: authorizing appropriations for military activities, prescribing personnel strengths, and military construction (H.R. 5515), H4574 [22MY]

Dept. of the Interior, environment, and related agencies: making appropriations (H.R. 6147), H6523 [18JY]

Energy and water development: making appropriations (H.R. 5895), H4925 [7JN]

Appointments

Conferee: H.R. 2, Agriculture and Nutrition Act, H6501 [18JY]

Bills and resolutions cosponsored

Armed Forces: provide permanent appropriations for death gratuities and related survivor benefits for survivors of deceased members in the event of lapsed appropriations (see H.R. 1928), H4849 [6JN]

——— remove prohibition on eligibility for TRICARE Reserve Select of members of Reserve components who are eligible to enroll in certain health benefits plans (see H.R. 5121), H4243 [18MY]

Army: express that not fully resourcing the Army in a timely manner erodes its ability to maintain readiness and poses risk to its ability to conduct military operations (see H. Res. 1007), H6649 [23JY]

Budget: constitutional amendment to require balanced (see H.J. Res. 2), H3064 [9AP]

Census: require any questionnaire used in determining the decennial census of population shall contain an option for respondents to indicate citizenship status or lawful presence in the U.S. (see H.R. 3600), H1179 [14FE]

Dept. of Commerce: provide civil space situational awareness services and information (see H.R. 6226), H5748 [26JN]

Dept. of Defense: intensify efforts to investigate, recover, and identify all missing and unaccounted-for U.S. personnel (see H. Res. 129), H1179 [14FE]

——— recognize importance of Congress completing appropriations legislation, reconcile differences between House and Senate versions, and present to the President before the start of new fiscal year (see H. Res. 995), H6263 [16JY]

Dept. of Energy: authorize Office of Science basic research programs (see H.R. 5905), H5817 [27JN]

——— establish policy for Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) (see H.R. 5906), H5817 [27JN]

——— make transparent direct and indirect costs incurred by power marketing administrations for compliance with environmental laws impacting fish and wildlife conservation (see H.R. 5556), H3441 [18AP]

——— provide directors of the National Laboratories signature authority for certain agreements (see H.R. 5907), H5817 [27JN]

Dept. of HHS: nullify certain contractual provisions prohibiting or penalizing a pharmacist’s disclosure of availability of equivalent alternative drugs or methods of purchasing less expensive drugs (see H.R. 5343), H5286 [19JN]

Dept. of Homeland Security: support officers and employees of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and denounce efforts to abolish agency (see H. Res. 990), H6111 [11JY]

Dept. of Justice: reauthorize Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Program Secure Our Schools grant program (see H.R. 4909), H1610 [14MR]

Dept. of the Treasury: update dollar amount thresholds for certain currency transaction and suspicious activity reports and improve sharing of suspicious activity reports to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism (see H.R. 6068), H6559 [18JY]

Dept. of Transportation: extend I-14 interstate highway to additional areas in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi (see H.R. 6111), H5199 [14JN]

——— issue regulations allowing qualified drivers under the age of 21 who complete a vehicle operation and mentor-apprentice training program to move freight across State lines (see H.R. 5358), H4981 [7JN]

——— modify hours of service requirements relative to transportation of certain live animals (see H.R. 6079), H5093 [12JN]

——— update hours of service regulations for truck drivers (see H.R. 5417), H3148 [11AP]

Dept. of Veterans Affairs: permit Members of Congress use of departmental facilities for purposes of meeting with constituents (see H.R. 5413), H4139 [16MY]

——— provide inscriptions for veterans’ spouses and children on certain headstones and markers (see H.R. 6409), H7735 [31JY]

Depts. of Energy and Veterans Affairs: conduct collaborative research to improve health care services for veterans (see H.R. 6398), H6462 [17JY]

Employment: make E-verify program for employment eligibility confirmation permanent and mandatory (see H.R. 6417), H6557 [18JY]

Endangered species: provide for consideration of the totality of conservation measures in determining impact of proposed Federal agency action (see H.R. 6346), H6173 [12JY]

EPA: direct program offices to carry out certain assessments relative to chemical toxicity (see H.R. 6399), H6462 [17JY] (see H.R. 6468), H6648 [23JY]

——— exempt certain pesticides and air emissions from animal waste at farms from certain reporting requirements under CERCLA (see H.R. 5275), H1607 [14MR]

FAA: address need for pilot development and encourage more individuals to enter the field of aviation (see H.R. 6957), H9150 [27SE]

Family Violence Prevention and Services Act: reauthorize (see H.R. 6014), H6465 [17JY]

Federal agencies and departments: prohibit from using or contracting with an entity that uses certain telecommunications services or equipment (see H.R. 4747), H1227 [23FE]

Foreign policy: support continued cooperation with Israel, ensure adequate capabilites to counter Iran’s destabilizing activities, and support stability and safety in the Middle East (see H. Res. 785), H3931 [10MY]

Gleason, Stephen M.: award Congressional Gold Medal (see H.R. 5499), H5153 [13JN]

Government regulations: eliminate effect on constitutionally protected expression of religion by Federal, State, and local officials from threat of litigants seeking damages and attorney’s fees (see H.R. 6213), H5648 [25JN]

Graham, Billy: tribute (see H.J. Res. 130), H1334 [27FE]

Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act: amend (see H.R. 6771), H8169 [12SE]

Historic buildings and sites: provide for public and private sector partnerships to preserve, conserve, and enhance visitor experiences at significant battlefields of the American Revolution, War of 1812, and Civil War (see H.R. 6108), H6042 [10JY]

Immigration: create a nonimmigrant H-2C work visa program for agricultural workers (see H.R. 6417), H6557 [18JY]

——— fund construction of southern border wall, ensure compliance with Federal immigration law, and combat sanctuary cities, transnational gangs, human trafficking, and drugs (see H.R. 7059), H9439 [19OC]

——— provide that any alien who has been convicted of a felony or two misdemeanors, is deportable (see H.R. 5653), H3741 [27AP]

——— reform (see H.R. 4760), H678 [29JA]

Indianapolis (U.S.S.): award a Congressional Gold Medal to the crew (see H.R. 4107), H9431 [12OC]

Iran: impose sanctions against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (see H.R. 5132), H3211 [12AP]

Israel: allow State and local governments to divest from entities engaging in boycott, divestment, or sanctions activities targeting Israel (see H.R. 2856), H3148 [11AP]

——— authorize military assistance, support ability to address conventional and emerging threats, and enhance cooperation in areas of mutual interest (see H.R. 5141), H3707 [26AP]

Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of: call for dismantling of labor camp system, investigate crimes against humanity, end human rights abuses, and allow monitoring of prisoner rehabiltation (see H. Res. 763), H1610 [14MR]

Labor unions: protect the free choice of individual employees relative to participation in labor organizations (see H.R. 785), H1543 [13MR]

Marine Corps: recognize readiness, end strength, and modernization challenges and that budgetary uncertainty impedes ability to meet ongoing and unexpected threats, putting national security at risk (see H. Res. 994), H6263 [16JY]

Medicare: ensure equal access of beneficiaries to community pharmacies in underserved areas as network pharmacies under Medicare prescription drug coverage (see H.R. 1939), H5581 [22JN]

——— prohibit prescription drug plan sponsors and Medicare Advantage prescription drug organizations from retroactively reducing payment on clean claims submitted by pharmacies (see H.R. 1038), H6041 [10JY]

——— provide for pharmacy benefits manager standards under the prescription drug program and Medicare Advantage program to further transparency of payment methodology of pharmacies (see H.R. 1316), H5286 [19JN]

——— provide that Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs final regulation on payments for drugs and biologicals shall have no force or effect (see H.R. 4392), H18 [8JA]

——— repeal changes to exception to the prohibition on certain physician referrals for hospitals (see H.R. 1156), H7735 [31JY]

——— require reporting of certain data by providers and suppliers of air ambulance services for purposes of reforming reimbursements for such services (see H.R. 3378), H5201 [14JN]

——— restructure payment adjustment for non-emergency end-stage renal disease ambulance transports (see H.R. 6269), H7735 [31JY]

NASA: authorize programs (see H.R. 5503), H3343 [16AP]

National FFA Organization: update charter (see H.R. 5595), H5817 [27JN]

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: allow for certain third party payments (see H.R. 3976), H5286 [19JN]

Postal Service: establish rates for delivery of inbound international mail that do not discriminate between foreign and domestic mailers and review foreign practices relative to exchange of e-commerce goods with the U.S. (see H.R. 5524), H3342 [16AP]

Public welfare programs: amend Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (see H.R. 5861), H5095 [12JN]

Religion: ensure organizations with religious or moral convictions are allowed to provide child welfare services (see H.R. 1881), H5286 [19JN]

Science: provide for a coordinated Federal program to accelerate quantum research and development for economic and national security (see H.R. 6227), H5748 [26JN]

Social Security: eliminate waiting period for disability insurance benefits for individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) (see H.R. 1171), H4139 [16MY]

——— replace windfall elimination provision with a formula equalizing benefits for certain individuals with non-covered employment (see H.R. 6933), H9436 [16OC]

Taxation: allow for a credit against tax for placing in service qualified broadband property to expand the level of broadband service in a qualified rural census tract (see H.R. 6871), H8883 [25SE]

——— eliminate requirement that the taxpayer’s basis in a building be reduced by the amount of the rehabilitation credit determined relative to such building (see H.R. 6081), H7156 [24JY]

——— make permanent certain tax relief for individuals, families, and small business (see H.R. 6760), H8733 [17SE]

——— make permanent the individual tax rates in effect for taxable years 2018–2025 (see H.R. 4886), H676 [29JA]

——— oppose Federal efforts to establish a carbon tax on fuels for electricity and transportation (see H. Con. Res. 119), H4243 [18MY]

——— provide a special rule for certain casualty losses of uncut timber (see H.R. 4962), H974 [7FE]

——— treat obligations financing professional sports stadiums as private activity bonds if such obligations meet the private business use test (see H.R. 811), H3743 [27AP]

Turkey: restrict loans from international financial institutions until the Turkish Government ends detention of U.S. citizens (see H.R. 6633), H7724 [26JY]

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: define endangered species petition backlogs and provide expedited means for discharging petitions during such a backlog (see H.R. 6355), H6173 [12JY]

——— increase State and local involvement in management plans under the Endangered Species Act (see H.R. 6364), H6196 [13JY]

——— prohibit designation as critical habitat of certain areas in artificial water diversion or delivery facilities under the Endangered Species Act (see H.R. 6354), H6173 [12JY]

——— provide for greater certainty and improved planning for incidental take permit holders under the Endangered Species Act (see H.R. 6360), H6173 [12JY]

——— provide for greater county and State consultation relative to petitions under the Endangered Species Act (see H.R. 6345), H6173 [12JY]

——— provide for improved precision in listing, delisting, and downlisting of endangered and potentially endangered species (see H.R. 6356), H6173 [12JY]

——— provide grants to non-Federal landowners who protect or restore habitat and contribute to recovery of an endangered or threatened species (see H.R. 6344), H6173 [12JY]

Waters, Representative: censure and condemn relative to remarks about President Trump, members of his administration, and his supporters (see H. Res. 966), H5748 [26JN]

Bills and resolutions introduced

Dept. of Transportation: establish Revitalize Rural America Grant Program (see H.R. 5016), H1177 [14FE]

Medicare: improve home health payment reforms (see H.R. 6932), H9149 [27SE]

Wildlife: authorize a special resource study on spread of vectors of chronic wasting disease among deer, elk, and moose (see H.R. 6272), H5974 [28JN]

Constitutional authority statements

Dept. of Transportation: establish Revitalize Rural America Grant Program (H.R. 5016), H1178 [14FE]

Medicare: improve home health payment reforms (H.R. 6932), H9151 [27SE]

Wildlife: authorize a special resource study on spread of vectors of chronic wasting disease among deer, elk, and moose (H.R. 6272), H5976 [28JN]

Pledge of Allegiance 

House of Representatives, H3509 [25AP]

Remarks

American Legion: mint coins in commemoration of anniversary (S. 1182), H7129 [24JY]

Animals: prohibit the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption (H.R. 6720), H8117, H8118 [12SE]

Baton Rouge, LA: tribute to Kids’ Orchestra (organization), H9095 [27SE]

Corps of Engineers: construction account funding, H4925, H4926 [7JN]

Dept. of the Interior, environment, and related agencies: making appropriations (H.R. 6147), H6523 [18JY]

Energy and water development: making appropriations (H.R. 5895), H4925, H4926 [7JN]

FEMA: extend National Flood Insurance Program, H7129 [24JY]

Louisiana: tribute to Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program, H3065 [10AP]

March for Life: commend marchers and recognize the right to life, H468 [17JA]

Monroe, LA: anniversary of Monroe Rotary Club, H4586 [23MY]

National K9 Veterans Day: observance, H1532 [13MR]

National Rice Month: observance, H9096 [27SE]

Supreme Court: anniversary of Roe v. Wade decision, H468 [17JA]

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: prohibit funding to limit or prohibit use of genetically modified crops in commercial agricultural operations conducted on national wildlife refuges, H6523 [18JY]

Tributes

Achord, Russell, H557 [19JA]

Brown, Grady (Bubber), H1510 [13MR]

Kendrick, William A., Jr., H5098 [13JN]

Miller, Robert, H8745 [25SE]

Post, Glen, H4853 [7JN]

Quattrone, Joe, H1229 [26FE]

Tenney, T.F., H4742 [5JN]

Wesselhoeft, Adolf (Wes), H8891 [26SE]