Legislative Updates

For the benefit of ACUS members, our agency partners, and the wider administrative law community, the Office of the Chair regularly compiles summaries of congressional activity that implicates agency operations, regulatory or adjudicative procedure, and other selected topics in the field of administrative law.

ACUS Legislative Updates are published every Monday when Congress is in session and present relevant congressional activity from the preceding week. Past Legislative Updates are available through the archive link located at the bottom of this page.

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Legislative Updates for the Week of September 25 - September 30, 2023:

 

SENATE

MEASURES PASSED:

Continuing Appropriations Act, 2024 and Other Extensions Act: By 88 yeas to 9 nays (Vote No. 247), Senate passed H.R. 5860, making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2024, by the order of the Senate of Saturday, September 30, 2023, 60 Senators having voted in the affirmative, and after agreeing to the motion to proceed thereto. [9/30/23]

MEASURES INTRODUCED:

S. 2981. A bill to require review of tax regulatory actions by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. [Sen. Lankford (R-OK); 9/28/23]

S. 2980. A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to eliminate the requirement for cost-benefit analyses in the establishment of minimum safety standards for pipeline transportation and pipeline facilities, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. [Sen. Markey (D-MA); 9/28/23]

S. 2953. A bill to consolidate or repeal unnecessary agency major rules, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. [Sen. Scott (R-FL); 9/27/23]

S. 2930. A bill to make exclusive the authority of the Federal Government to regulate the labeling of products made in the United States and introduced in interstate or foreign commerce, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. [Sen. Lee (R-UT); 9/26/23]

COMMITTEE MEETINGS:

Committee on Rules and Administration: Committee concluded a hearing to examine AI and the future of our elections, after receiving testimony from Steve Simon, Minnesota Secretary of State, Saint Paul; Trevor Potter, former Commissioner and Chairman of the Federal Election Commission, Campaign Legal Center, Maya Wiley, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Ari Cohn, TechFreedom, all of Washington, D.C.; and Neil Chilson, Utah State University Center for Growth and Opportunity, Logan. [9/27/23]

 

HOUSE

MEASURES PASSED:

Making Continuing Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2024: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 5860, as amended, making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2024, by a 2⁄3 yea-and-nay vote of 335 yeas to 91 nays, Roll No. 513. [9/30/23]

MEASURES CONSIDERED:

Continuing Appropriations and Border Security Enhancement Act, 2024: The House failed to pass H.R. 5525, making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2024, by a yea-and-nay vote of 198 yeas to 232 nays, Roll No. 511. [9/29/23]

MEASURES INTRODUCED:

H.R. 5860. A bill making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2024, and for other purposes; to the Committees on Appropriations, the Budget, and Ways and Means considered and passed. [Rep. Granger (R-TX12]; 9/30/23]

H.R. 5838. A bill to improve immigration adjudicatory capacity, and for other purposes; to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs. [Rep. Gonzalez (T-TX23); 9/29/23]

H.R. 5795. A bill to direct the heads of Federal agencies and departments to publish certain data with respect to disaster relief, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. [Rep. Donalds (R-FL19); 9/28/23]

H.R. 5745. A bill to provide for the regulation of digital assets, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Financial Services, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture, and Ways and Means. [Rep. Beyer (D-VA8); 9/27/23]

H.R. 5700. A bill to direct the Secretary of State to develop and submit to Congress a strategy to improve the processing of passport applications; to the Committee on Foreign Affairs. [Rep. Caraveo (D-CO8); 9/26/23]

H.R. 5696. A bill to provide for a period of continuing appropriations in the event of a lapse in appropriations under the normal appropriations process, and establish procedures and consequences in the event of a failure to enact appropriations; to the Committee on Appropriations, and in addition to the Committees on Rules, House Administration, the Budget, and Oversight and Accountability. [Rep. Arrington (R-TX19); 9/26/23]

COMMITTEE MEETINGS:

Committee on Veterans’ Affairs: Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs held a hearing entitled ‘‘VA’s Fiduciary Program: Ensuring Veterans’ Benefits are Properly Managed’’. Testimony was heard from Kevin Friel, Deputy Director, Pension and Fiduciary Service, Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs; and Lisa Van Haeren, Director, Claims and Fiduciary Division, Office of Audits and Evaluations, Office of Inspector General, Department of Veterans Affairs. [9/28/23]

 


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