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Below are summaries of Bills Introduced, Committee Reports, Chamber Actions, and Public Laws reported in the most recent issue of ELR's Weekly Update. For previous summaries, visit the Federal Bills Archive.

Recent Federal Bills

Volume 46, Issue 34

H.R. 6422, Bill Introduced

would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat qualified alternative commuter programs as an excludable qualified transportation fringe benefit.

H.R. 6418, Bill Introduced

would amend certain provisions of the SDWA.

H.R. 6383, Bill Introduced

would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend for two years the credit for qualified microturbine property.

S. 3493, Bill Introduced

would revise the boundaries of certain John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System units in New Jersey.

S. 8, Bill Introduced

would provide for the approval of the Agreement for Cooperation between the Government of the U.S. and the Government of the Kingdom of Norway Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.

H.R. 1561, Chamber Action

which would improve NOAA's weather research through a focused program of investment on affordable and attainable advances in observational, computing, and modeling capabilities to support substantial improvement in weather forecasting and prediction of high impact weather events, was passed by the Senate.

H.R. 1561, Chamber Action

which would improve NOAA's weather research through a focused program of investment on affordable and attainable advances in observational, computing, and modeling capabilities to support substantial improvement in weather forecasting and prediction of high impact weather events, was passed by the Senate.

S. 2058, Chamber Action

which would require the Secretary of Commerce to study the coverage gaps of the Next Generation Weather Radar of the National Weather Service to develop a plan for improving radar coverage and hazardous weather condition detection and forecasting, was passed by the Senate.

H.R. 845, Public Law

which directs the Secretary of Agriculture to publish in the Federal Register a strategy to significantly increase the role of volunteers and partners in National Forest System trail maintenance, was signed into law by President Obama on November 28, 2016.

H. Res. 938

would recognize the Weatherization Assistance Program during it 40th anniversary year for its history of reducing energy costs of families with low incomes, making low-income households safer, positively impacting the environment, and supporting jobs and new technology.

H.R. 6413, Bill Introduced

would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require oil polluters to pay the full cost of oil spills.

H.R. 6411, Bill Introduced

would amend FWPCA to clarify that fill material cannot be comprised of waste. 162 Cong. Rec. H7058 (daily ed. Nov. 30, 2016). The bill was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

H.R. 6410, Bill Introduced

would prohibit the commercial harvesting of Atlantic Striped Bass in the coastal waters and the exclusive economic zone.

H.R. 6408, Bill Introduced

would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand the new energy efficient home credit.

H.R. 6403, Bill Introduced

would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide additional new markets tax credits for distressed coal communities.

H.R. 34, Chamber Action

which would authorize and strengthen NOAA's tsunami detection, forecast, warning, research, and mitigation program, was passed by the House.

H.R. 34, Chamber Action

which would authorize and strengthen NOAA's tsunami detection, forecast, warning, research, and mitigation program, was passed by the House.

H.R. 6400, Bill Introduced

would revise the boundaries of certain John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System units in New Jersey.

H.R. 5920, Committee Action

would enhance whistleblower protection for contractor and grantee employees.

H.R. 1219, Committee Action

would authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain land and appurtenances of the Arbuckle Project, Oklahoma, to the Arbuckle Master Conservancy District.

S. 546, Chamber Action

which would establish the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Subcommittee under FEMA's Advisory Council to provide recommendations on emergency responder training and resources relating to hazardous materials incidents involving railroads, was passed by the House.

S. 3099, Committee Action

would preserve and enhance saltwater fishing opportunities for recreational anglers.

S. 3086, Committee Action

would reauthorize and amend the Marine Debris Act to promote international action to reduce marine debris.

S. 3059, Committee Action

would reauthorize and amend the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue and Response Grant Program.

S. 2817, Committee Action

would seek to improve understanding and forecasting of space weather events.

H.R. 4665, Chamber Action

which would require the Secretary of Commerce to conduct an assessment and analysis of the outdoor recreation economy of the United States, was passed by the Senate. 

S. 2325, Chamber Action

which would require the Secretary of Commerce, acting through NOAA, to establish a constituent-driven program to provide a digital information platform capable of efficiently integrating coastal data with decision-support tools, training, and best practices and to support collection of priority coastal geospatial data to inform and improve local, state, regional, and federal capacities to manage the coastal region, was passed by the Senate.

H.R. 5259, Committee Action

would direct the Secretary of the Interior to reestablish the Royalty Policy Committee in order to further a more consultative process with key federal, state, tribal, environmental, and energy stakeholders.

H.R. 2387, Committee Action

would amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to provide for equitable allotment of land to Alaska Native Veterans.

H.R. 6386, Bill Introduced

would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend for one year the credit for qualified fuel cell property.

H.R. 6385, Bill Introduced

would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend for two years the credit for qualified fuel cell property.

H.R. 6384, Bill Introduced

would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend for one year the credit for qualified microturbine property.