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Use this request to search the title and full text of legislation by keyword to get the 20 most recent bills. Searches cover House and Senate bills from the 113th Congress through the current Congress (115th). If multiple words are given (e.g. query=health care) the search is treated as multiple keywords using the OR operator. Quoting the words (e.g. query="health care") makes it a phrase search. Search results can be sorted by date (the default) or by relevance, and in ascending or descending order.

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GET https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/bills/search.json?query={query}

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Parameter Description
query keyword or phrase
sort _score or date (default is date)
dir asc or desc (default) is desc

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curl "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/bills/search.json?query=megahertz"
  -H "X-API-Key: PROPUBLICA_API_KEY"

The above command returns JSON structured like this:

{
   "status":"OK",
   "copyright":"Copyright (c) 2017 Pro Publica Inc. All Rights Reserved.",
   "results":[
      {
         "num_results": 10,
         "offset": 0,
         "bills": [
              {
                 "bill_id": "hr2739-113",
                 "bill_type": "hr",
                 "number": "H.R.2739",
                 "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/113/bills/hr2739.json",
                 "title": "Efficient Use of Government Spectrum Act of 2013",
                 "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                 "sponsor_id": "M001163",
                 "sponsor_name": "Doris Matsui",
                 "sponsor_state": "CA",
                 "sponsor_party": "D",
                 "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/M001163.json",
                 "gpo_pdf_uri": "http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr2739ih/pdf/BILLS-113hr2739ih.pdf",
                 "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/2739",
                 "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr2739",
                 "introduced_date": "2013-07-18",
                 "active": false,
                 "house_passage": null,
                 "senate_passage": null,
                 "enacted": null,
                 "vetoed": null,
                 "cosponsors": 4,
                 "committees": "House Armed Services Committee",
                 "committee_codes": ["HSAS","HSIF"],
                 "subcommittee_codes": ["HSAS26","HSIF16"],
                 "primary_subject": "Science, Technology, Communications",
                 "summary": "Efficient Use of Government Spectrum Act of 2013 - Directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), within three years after enactment of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, to: (1) reallocate electromagnetic spectrum between the frequencies from 1755 to 1780 megahertz (currently, such frequencies are occupied by the Department of Defense [DOD] and other federal agencies); and (2) as part of the competitive bidding auctions required by such Act, grant new initial licenses, subject to flexible-use service rules, for the use of such spectrum, paired with the spectrum between frequencies from 2155 to 2180 megahertz already designated for auction. Directs the proceeds attributable to the competitive bidding of the 1755 to 1780 megahertz range to be allocated in the same manner as other specified frequencies pursuant to such Act for uses including reimbursements to agencies for relocation and sharing costs, the building of the nationwide public safety broadband network, and deposits or reimbursements to the U.S. Treasury.  Requires such spectrum to be relocated in a manner to ensure cooperation between federal and commercial entities under procedures in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act, except for DOD-operated spectrum, which shall be relocated under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000. Directs federal entities operating a federal government station, within a specified period before commencement of competitive bidding, to identify stations that cannot be relocated without jeopardizing essential military capability. Requires the transition plans of federal entities identifying such essential spectrum to: (1) provide for non-federal users to share such stations, and (2) limit any necessary exclusion zones to the smallest possible zones.  Directs the President to withdraw assignments upon relocation or to modify assignments to permit federal and non-federal use.",
                 "summary_short": "Efficient Use of Government Spectrum Act of 2013 - Directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), within three years after enactment of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, to: (1) reallocate electromagnetic spectrum between the frequencies from 1755 to 1780 megahertz (currently, such frequencies are occupied by the Department of Defense [DOD] and other federal agencies); and (2) as part of the competitive bidding auctions required by such Act, grant new initial lic...",
                 "latest_major_action_date": "2013-08-29",
                 "latest_major_action": "Referred to the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats & Capabilities."
              },
                           {
                 "bill_id": "hr3355-113",
                 "bill_type": "hr",
                 "number": "H.R.3355",
                 "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/113/bills/hr3355.json",
                 "title": "Reducing Employer Burdens, Unleashing Innovation, and Labor Development Act of 2013",
                 "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                 "sponsor_id": "G000558",
                 "sponsor_name": "Brett Guthrie",
                 "sponsor_state": "KY",
                 "sponsor_party": "R",
                 "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/G000558.json",
                 "gpo_pdf_uri": "http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr3355ih/pdf/BILLS-113hr3355ih.pdf",
                 "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/3355",
                 "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr3355",
                 "introduced_date": "2013-10-28",
                 "active": false,
                 "house_passage": null,
                 "senate_passage": null,
                 "enacted": null,
                 "vetoed": null,
                 "cosponsors": 0,
                 "committees": "House Armed Services Committee",
                 "committee_codes": ["HSFA","HSSY","HSAP","HSRU","HSJU","HSHA","HSII","HSED","HSAS","HSWM","HSIF"],
                 "subcommittee_codes": ["HSAS26","HSED02","HSED13","HSJU05","HSSY20","HSIF14","HSII24","HSII06"],
                 "primary_subject": "Economics and Public Finance",
                 "summary": "Reducing Employer Burdens, Unleashing Innovation, and Labor Development Act of 2013 - Expresses the sense of Congress that increasing the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers will strengthen the national economy. Title I: Investing in America's Workforce - Investing in America's Workforce Act - Amends the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to require state or local workforce investment systems to use youth activities funds allocated to a local area for programs that provide training, which may include priority consideration for training programs that lead to recognized postsecondary credentials aligned with in-demand occupations or industries in the local area involved.  Authorizes the operator and employees of a one-stop center, in assisting individuals in selecting programs of training services, to give priority consideration to such programs.  Adds to eligibility requirements for providers of training services and providers of youth activities for such programs. Requires programs of training services and youth activities programs that lead to a recognized postsecondary credential to meet quality criteria established by the state governor.  Amends the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 and the Trade Act of 1974 to require the same priority consideration in the state and local plans for career and technical education programs as well as in tech prep programs and trade adjustment assistance (TAA) programs. Title II: Research and Development Tax Credits - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) extend through 2014 the tax credit for increasing research activities, and (2) increase and make permanent the alternative simplified research tax credit.  Title III: Comprehensive Tax Reform - Directs the Chair of the Joint Committee on Taxation to notify Congress of any introduced tax reform bill that contains proposals for: (1) a transition to a more globally competitive corporate tax code, (2) a reduction in the complexity of the tax code, and (3) the elimination of special interest loopholes in the tax code. Sets forth procedures for expedited congressional consideration of such bill. Title IV: Federal Oil and Gas Resources - Subtitle A: Expanding Offshore Energy Development - Amends the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) regarding the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and natural gas leasing program to direct the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary in this title) to make lands available for leasing and to conduct lease sales that include: (1) at least 50% of the available unleased acreage within each OCS planning area considered to have the largest undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas resources, with an emphasis upon offering the most geologically prospective parts; and (2) any state subdivision of an OCS planning area whose state governor requests that the land be made available for leasing.  Directs the Secretary to make available for leasing in each five-year oil and gas leasing program, OCS planning areas that are estimated to contain more than 2.5 billion barrels of oil or more than 7.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Directs the Secretary, when determining such planning areas, to use the document entitled "Minerals Management Service Assessment of Undiscovered Technically Recoverable Oil and Gas Resources of the Nation's Outer Continental Shelf, 2006." Requires the Secretary, when developing a five-year oil and gas leasing program that applies before 2027, to determine increased domestic strategic production goals. Subtitle B: Coastal Plain of Alaska - American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act - Directs the Secretary to: (1) establish a competitive oil and gas leasing program that will result in an environmentally sound program for the exploration, development, and production of the oil and gas resources of the Coastal Plain; and (2) ensure the oil and gas exploration, development, and production activities on the Coastal Plain will result in no significant adverse effect on fish and wildlife, their habitat, subsistence resources, or the environment, including by requiring the application of the best commercially available technology for oil and gas exploration, development, and production to all exploration, development, and production operations under this subtitle in a manner that ensures the receipt of fair market value by the public for the mineral resources to be leased.  Amends the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 to repeal the prohibition against production of oil and gas from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and against leasing or other development leading to such production. Authorizes the Secretary to designate as a Special Area up to 45,000 acres of the Coastal Plain.  Permits directional drilling in the Special Area. Directs the Secretary to implement a competitive leasing program for the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas resources on the Coastal Plain of Alaska.  Permits lease sales to be conducted through an Internet leasing program. Prescribes procedures governing Coastal Plain lease sales, as well as lease terms and conditions. Authorizes the Secretary to grant Coastal Plain lands to the highest responsible qualified bidder in a lease sale upon the lessee's payment of a bonus.  Sets forth: (1) a "no significant adverse effect" standard to govern Coastal Plain activities, and (2) guidelines for expedited judicial review of complaints. Requires the Secretary to prepare and update periodically a plan for the siting and construction of facilities for the exploration, development, production, and transportation of Coastal Plain oil and gas resources.  Establishes the ANWR Alternative Energy Trust Fund as repository for 50% of the amount of bonus, rental, and royalty revenues from federal oil and gas leasing and operations authorized under this title.  Title V: Energy Consumers Relief - Requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), before promulgating a final rule that regulates any aspect of the production, supply, distribution, or use of energy (or that provides for such regulation by state or local governments) and that is estimated by the Administrator or the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to impose aggregate costs of more than $1 billion, to submit a report that contains: (1) an estimate of the total costs and benefits of the rule, (2) an estimate of the increases in energy prices that may result from implementation or enforcement of the rule, and (3) a detailed description of the employment effects that may result from implementation or enforcement of the rule.  Requires the Secretary of Energy (DOE): (1) to prepare an independent analysis to determine whether such rule will cause any increase in energy prices for consumers, any impact on fuel diversity of the nation's electricity generation portfolio or on electric reliability, or any adverse effect on energy supply, distribution, or use; and (2) upon making such a determination, to determine whether the rule will cause significant adverse effects to the economy and publish such determination in the Federal Register. Prohibits the Administrator from promulgating any such final rule if the Secretary determines that such rule will cause significant adverse effects to the economy. Prohibits the Administrator from using the social cost of carbon in any cost-benefit analysis relating to an energy-related rule estimated to cost more than $1 billion unless and until a federal law is enacted authorizing such use.   Title VI: Repeal of the Health Care Law and Health Care-Related Provisions in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 - Repealing the Health Care Law Act - Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the health care provisions of the Health Care and Education and Reconciliation Act of 2010, effective as of their enactment. Restores or revives provisions amended or repealed by such Act or such health care provisions.  Title VII: Cooperative Governing of Individual Health Insurance Coverage - Amends the Public Health Service Act to require that the laws of the state designated by a health insurance issuer (primary state) shall apply to individual health insurance coverage offered by that issuer in the primary state and in any other state (secondary state), but only if the coverage and issuer comply with conditions of this title. Title VIII: Renewal of Trade Promotion Authority - Amends the Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2002 to authorize the President to enter into trade agreements with foreign countries regarding tariff and nontariff trade barriers: (1) on and after enactment of this Act and before July 1, 2018; or (2) on and after July 1, 2018, and before July 1, 2020, if certain congressional trade authorities procedures for implementing trade bills are extended for that period.  Applies certain congressional and presidential trade authorities requirements to trade agreements that resulted from negotiations commenced before enactment of this Act.  Title IX: Reform of Export Control Policies - Expresses the sense of Congress that the Export Administration Act of 1979, as continued in effect by the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, is obsolete and should be reformed and reauthorized. Title X: Efficient Use of Government Spectrum - Efficient Use of Government Spectrum Act of 2013 - Directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), within three years after enactment of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012: (1) to reallocate electromagnetic spectrum between the frequencies from 1755 to 1780 megahertz (currently, such frequencies are occupied by the Department of Defense [DOD] and other federal agencies) for commercial use; and (2) as part of the competitive bidding auctions required by such Act, to grant new initial licenses, subject to flexible-use service rules, for the use of such spectrum, paired with the spectrum between frequencies from 2155 to 2180 megahertz already designated for auction. Directs the proceeds attributable to the competitive bidding of the 1755 to 1780 megahertz range to be allocated in the same manner as other specified frequencies pursuant to such Act for uses including reimbursements to agencies for relocation and sharing costs, the building of the nationwide public safety broadband network, and deposits or reimbursements to the U.S. Treasury.  Requires such spectrum to be relocated in a manner to ensure cooperation between federal and commercial entities under procedures in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act, except for DOD-operated spectrum, which shall be relocated under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000. Directs federal entities operating a federal government station, within a specified period before commencement of competitive bidding, to identify stations that cannot be relocated without jeopardizing essential military capability. Requires the transition plans of federal entities identifying such essential spectrum to: (1) provide for non-federal users to share such stations, and (2) limit any necessary exclusion zones to the smallest possible zones.  Directs the President to withdraw assignments upon relocation or to modify assignments to permit federal and non-federal use.",
                 "summary_short": "Reducing Employer Burdens, Unleashing Innovation, and Labor Development Act of 2013 - Expresses the sense of Congress that increasing the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers will strengthen the national economy. Title I: Investing in America's Workforce - Investing in America's Workforce Act - Amends the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to require state or local workforce investment systems to use youth activities funds allocated to a local area for programs that provide training, which may...",
                 "latest_major_action_date": "2014-01-24",
                 "latest_major_action": "Referred to the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats & Capabilities."
              },
                           {
                 "bill_id": "s2473-113",
                 "bill_type": "s",
                 "number": "S.2473",
                 "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/113/bills/s2473.json",
                 "title": "Wireless Innovation Act of 2014",
                 "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                 "sponsor_id": "R000595",
                 "sponsor_name": "Marco Rubio",
                 "sponsor_state": "FL",
                 "sponsor_party": "R",
                 "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/R000595.json",
                 "gpo_pdf_uri": "http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113s2473is/pdf/BILLS-113s2473is.pdf",
                 "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/2473",
                 "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s2473",
                 "introduced_date": "2014-06-12",
                 "active": false,
                 "house_passage": null,
                 "senate_passage": null,
                 "enacted": null,
                 "vetoed": null,
                 "cosponsors": 0,
                 "committees": "Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee",
                 "committee_codes": ["SSCM"],
                 "subcommittee_codes": [],
                 "primary_subject": "Science, Technology, Communications",
                 "summary": "Wireless Innovation Act of 2014 - Amends the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act to require the Secretary of Commerce to report to the President and Congress with recommendations to reallocate a span of at least 200 megahertz of spectrum, located below 5 gigahertz, from federal government use to: (1) commercial use on an exclusive, licensed basis; (2) unlicensed use to protect licensed services from harmful interference; and (3) shared use between federal government stations and non-federal stations.   Requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to begin auctioning specified amounts of such spectrum beginning not later than December 31, 2018, and to continue such auctions at 18-month intervals according to a staggered schedule.  Authorizes the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to use a percentage of the proceeds from the first auction to pay federal entities to: (1) conduct feasibility analyses regarding the potential future reallocation of additional spectrum from federal use to exclusive non-federal use or shared use; and (2) develop efficiency guidelines to increase the flexibility of federal spectrum-dependent systems through multiple-band tuning capabilities, the use of commercial systems, and public-private partnerships.  Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to establish a presumption under which an application to the FCC for the transfer of a construction permit or station license is deemed to be in the public interest, convenient, and necessary, unless the FCC acts to deny the application, if the application does not: (1) involve a broadcast, common carrier, aeronautical en route, or aeronautical fixed radio station license that is prohibited from being granted to or held by an alien or foreign corporation; (2) require a premerger notification and waiting period under the Clayton Act; and (3) concern a merger, acquisition, or takeover subject to review under the Defense Production Act of 1950.  Requires applications qualifying for such presumption to be granted within 90 days after the FCC issues a public notice of the application.  Directs federal agencies seeking a new or modified frequency assignment for a mobile or other radio service to submit to the Secretary and the OMB a report analyzing whether the federal agency could instead use commercial services, use an existing or already planned federal service, share with another federal agency, use unlicensed spectrum, or lease from commercial providers.  Directs the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the OMB to incorporate spectrum efficiency guidelines into budget and procurement processes. Requires NTIA to develop a framework for determining the annual economic opportunity cost of each specific federal spectrum band allocated for federal entities, with the value determined as if such spectrum were to be reallocated on a licensed basis to the highest commercial alternative use that currently does not have access to that spectrum.  Requires federal entities assigned or allocated use of federal spectrum to: (1) report the opportunity cost of spectrum bands in budgets and annual financial statements; and (2) compare, every five years, the entity's spectrum opportunity cost to the projected costs of relocating, co-locating, leasing, or contracting out for spectrum activities.",
                 "summary_short": "Wireless Innovation Act of 2014 - Amends the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act to require the Secretary of Commerce to report to the President and Congress with recommendations to reallocate a span of at least 200 megahertz of spectrum, located below 5 gigahertz, from federal government use to: (1) commercial use on an exclusive, licensed basis; (2) unlicensed use to protect licensed services from harmful interference; and (3) shared use between feder...",
                 "latest_major_action_date": "2014-06-12",
                 "latest_major_action": "Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation."
              },
                           {
                 "bill_id": "s2278-114",
                 "bill_type": "s",
                 "number": "S.2278",
                 "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/114/bills/s2278.json",
                 "title": "Promoting Unlicensed Spectrum Act of 2015",
                 "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                 "sponsor_id": "S001194",
                 "sponsor_name": "Brian Schatz",
                 "sponsor_state": "HI",
                 "sponsor_party": "D",
                 "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/S001194.json",
                 "gpo_pdf_uri": "http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114s2278is/pdf/BILLS-114s2278is.pdf",
                 "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/2278",
                 "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s2278",
                 "introduced_date": "2015-11-10",
                 "active": false,
                 "house_passage": null,
                 "senate_passage": null,
                 "enacted": null,
                 "vetoed": null,
                 "cosponsors": 0,
                 "committees": "Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee",
                 "committee_codes": ["SSCM"],
                 "subcommittee_codes": [],
                 "primary_subject": "Science, Technology, Communications",
                 "summary": "Promoting Unlicensed Spectrum Act of 2015  This bill requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure that spectrum allocation and assignment produces a balance between radio frequency bands available for: (1) exclusive licensing through an auction, and (2) unlicensed operations on a nonexclusive basis without the expectation of protection from interference.  The FCC must consider whether to adopt rules that permit unlicensed operations in spectrum assigned by auction until the licensee brings the spectrum into use by initiating commercial service.  The bill declares that it is the policy of the United States to:   maximize the utility of the spectrum resources of the United States, advance innovation and investment in wireless broadband services, and  promote a balanced spectrum policy that makes adequate spectrum resources available for both licensed and unlicensed technologies.  The FCC must consult with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to develop a national strategy for making additional radio frequency bands available for unlicensed operations. The strategy must: (1) identify proposed radio frequency bands to be cleared of incumbent users; (2) ensure that consumers have access to additional low-, mid-, and high-band frequencies for unlicensed operations; and (3) consider rules and other ways to promote spectrum sharing and improve spectrum utilization. The NTIA, in conjunction with the FCC and the Office of Management and Budget, must submit to Congress a report on the steps necessary to designate additional radio frequency bands used by federal entities for unlicensed operations without causing harmful interference to government operations. The report must consider the impact on homeland security or national security communications and include recommendations to ensure the solvency of the Spectrum Relocation Fund. ",
                 "summary_short": "Promoting Unlicensed Spectrum Act of 2015  This bill requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure that spectrum allocation and assignment produces a balance between radio frequency bands available for: (1) exclusive licensing through an auction, and (2) unlicensed operations on a nonexclusive basis without the expectation of protection from interference.  The FCC must consider whether to adopt rules that permit unlicensed operations in spectrum assigned by auction until the ...",
                 "latest_major_action_date": "2015-11-10",
                 "latest_major_action": "Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation."
              },
                           {
                 "bill_id": "s1618-114",
                 "bill_type": "s",
                 "number": "S.1618",
                 "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/114/bills/s1618.json",
                 "title": "Wireless Innovation Act of 2015",
                 "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                 "sponsor_id": "R000595",
                 "sponsor_name": "Marco Rubio",
                 "sponsor_state": "FL",
                 "sponsor_party": "R",
                 "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/R000595.json",
                 "gpo_pdf_uri": "http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114s1618is/pdf/BILLS-114s1618is.pdf",
                 "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1618",
                 "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s1618",
                 "introduced_date": "2015-06-18",
                 "active": false,
                 "house_passage": null,
                 "senate_passage": null,
                 "enacted": null,
                 "vetoed": null,
                 "cosponsors": 5,
                 "committees": "Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee",
                 "committee_codes": ["SSCM"],
                 "subcommittee_codes": [],
                 "primary_subject": "Science, Technology, Communications",
                 "summary": "Wireless Innovation Act of 2015 Amends the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act to require the Secretary of Commerce to report to the President and Congress with recommendations to reallocate a span of at least 200 megahertz of spectrum, located below 5 gigahertz, from federal government use to: (1) commercial use on an exclusive, licensed basis; (2) unlicensed use to protect licensed services from harmful interference; and (3) shared use between federal government stations and nonfederal stations.  Requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to begin auctioning specified amounts of such spectrum beginning not later than December 31, 2018, and to continue such auctions at 18-month intervals according to a staggered schedule.  Authorizes the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to use a percentage of the proceeds from the first auction to pay federal entities to: (1) conduct feasibility analyses regarding the potential future reallocation of additional spectrum from federal use to exclusive nonfederal use or shared use; and (2) develop efficiency guidelines to increase the flexibility of federal spectrum-dependent systems through multiple-band tuning capabilities, the use of commercial systems, and public-private partnerships.  Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to establish a presumption under which an application to the FCC for the transfer of a construction permit or station license is deemed to be in the public interest, convenient, and necessary, unless the FCC acts to deny the application, if the application does not: (1) involve a broadcast, common carrier, aeronautical en route, or aeronautical fixed radio station license that is prohibited from being granted to or held by an alien or foreign corporation; (2) require a premerger notification and waiting period under the Clayton Act; and (3) concern a merger, acquisition, or takeover subject to review under the Defense Production Act of 1950.  Requires applications qualifying for such presumption to be granted within 90 days after the FCC issues a public notice of the application.  Directs federal agencies seeking a new or modified frequency assignment for a mobile or other radio service to submit to the Secretary and the OMB a report analyzing whether the federal agency could instead use commercial services, use an existing or already planned federal service, share with another federal agency, use unlicensed spectrum, or lease from commercial providers.  Directs the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the OMB to incorporate spectrum efficiency guidelines into budget and procurement processes. Requires the NTIA to develop a framework for determining the annual economic opportunity cost of each specific federal spectrum band allocated for federal entities, with the value determined as if such spectrum were to be reallocated on a licensed basis to the highest commercial alternative use that currently does not have access to that spectrum.  Requires federal entities assigned or allocated use of federal spectrum to: (1) report the opportunity cost of spectrum bands in budgets and annual financial statements; and (2) compare, every five years, the entity's spectrum opportunity cost to the projected costs of relocating, co-locating, leasing, or contracting out for spectrum activities. Revises federal easement and right-of-way procedures to allow an executive agency, a state, a person, a firm, or an organization to apply for the grant of a real property interest (including a lease, license, easement, or right-of-way) to, in, over, or on a building or other property owned by the federal government for the right to install, construct, modify, and maintain a communications facility installation. Requires the executive agency that owns the building or other property on behalf of the federal government to grant to the applicant, if technically feasible, a real property interest to perform such installation, construction, modification, and maintenance.  Sets forth requirements concerning the fees and terms of years for such real property interests. Provides for the collection of: (1) a standard fee established by the General Services Administration (GSA), or (2) agency-specific fees established by executive agencies. Directs the GSA to consult with designated agencies regarding the master application forms and standard contracts that executive agencies are required to accept for the placement of such facilities, unless the GSA determines that the forms or contracts are not adequate for a specific building or property.",
                 "summary_short": "Wireless Innovation Act of 2015 Amends the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act to require the Secretary of Commerce to report to the President and Congress with recommendations to reallocate a span of at least 200 megahertz of spectrum, located below 5 gigahertz, from federal government use to: (1) commercial use on an exclusive, licensed basis; (2) unlicensed use to protect licensed services from harmful interference; and (3) shared use between federal...",
                 "latest_major_action_date": "2015-06-18",
                 "latest_major_action": "Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation."
              },
                           {
                 "bill_id": "s2555-114",
                 "bill_type": "s",
                 "number": "S.2555",
                 "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/114/bills/s2555.json",
                 "title": "MOBILE NOW Act",
                 "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                 "sponsor_id": "T000250",
                 "sponsor_name": "John Thune",
                 "sponsor_state": "SD",
                 "sponsor_party": "R",
                 "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/T000250.json",
                 "gpo_pdf_uri": "https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114s2555rs/pdf/BILLS-114s2555rs.pdf",
                 "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/2555",
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                 "summary": "Making Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles to Wireless Act or the MOBILE NOW Act  (Sec. 3) This bill requires the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), by December 31, 2020, to make available at least 255 megahertz of federal and nonfederal spectrum below the frequency of 6000 megahertz for mobile and fixed wireless broadband use. At least: (1) 100 megahertz shall be made available on an unlicensed basis; and (2) 100 megahertz shall be made available on an exclusive, licensed basis for commercial mobile use, subject to the FCC's regulatory purview, including consideration of continued use of such spectrum by incumbent federal or nonfederal entities in designated geographic areas indefinitely. In making such spectrum available, the Department of Commerce and the FCC must consider: (1) the need to preserve critical existing and planned federal government capabilities; (2) the impact on existing state, local, and tribal government capabilities; (3) international implications; (4) appropriate enforcement mechanisms and authorities; and (5) the importance of the deployment of wireless broadband services in rural areas. (Sec. 4) The NTIA must submit to Congress and the FCC an assessment of the feasibility of authorizing mobile or fixed terrestrial wireless operations, including for advanced mobile service operations, on federal entities and operations in specified frequency bands. The FCC must publish a notice of proposed rulemaking within two years after enactment of this bill, or within 90 days after it receives the NTIA's feasibility assessment, whichever is earlier, to consider service rules authorizing such operations. (Sec. 5) Commerce and the FCC must submit reports evaluating the feasibility of allowing commercial wireless services to share use of specified frequencies between 3100 and 4200 megahertz. If such sharing is feasible, the reports must identify which of the frequencies are most suitable for sharing with commercial wireless services through the assignment of new licenses by competitive bidding, for sharing with unlicensed operations, or through a combination of licensing and unlicensed operations. The FCC must seek public comment regarding these reports.  (Sec. 6) Before 2017, the FCC must take action in its Program Alternatives for Small Wireless Communications Facility Deployments proceeding. (Sec. 7) The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 is amended to require executive agencies, within 270 days after receiving an application, to grant or deny easements, rights-of-way, or leases to, in, over, or on federal property to install, construct, modify, or maintain a communications facility installation. Executive agencies must: (1) notify applicants of the reasons for denials, and (2) designate an agency point of contact for applicants. The bill expands the categories of infrastructure, antennas, wiring, and wireless transmission equipment for which applicants may seek such easements, rights-of-way, or leases. The NTIA must coordinate with the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Defense, and Transportation (DOT), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the General Services Administration to develop recommendations for tracking and expediting such applications. (Sec. 8) To facilitate installation of broadband infrastructure, DOT must ensure that states receiving federal-aid highway funds: (1) identify a broadband utility coordinator to coordinate the broadband infrastructure right-of-way needs of the state with federal-aid highway projects, (2) register broadband infrastructure entities that seek to be included in those coordination efforts, (3) coordinate statewide telecommunication and broadband plans and state and local transportation and land use plans, (4) provide strategies to minimize repeated excavations, and (5) ensure that any existing broadband infrastructure entities are not disadvantaged. (Sec. 9) The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) must establish a single database of real property owned, leased, or managed by executive agencies that is capable of supporting a communications facility installation. The OSTP must make the database available to: (1) entities that construct or operate communications facility installations or provide communications service, and (2) state and local governments so that they may provide information regarding state and local properties to include in the database. The OSTP must report to Congress regarding potential ways to incentivize state and local governments to provide such information. (Sec. 10) After notice and an opportunity for public comment, Commerce must submit recommendations to incentivize federal entities to relinquish, or share with federal or nonfederal users, federal spectrum for commercial wireless broadband services. It must consider whether permitting eligible federal entities to accept payments could expedite access to eligible frequencies. (Sec. 11) The FCC must collaborate with the NTIA to determine the best means of providing federal entities flexible access to nonfederal spectrum on a shared basis across a range of short-, mid-, and long-range timeframes, including for intermittent purposes like emergency use. (Sec. 12) After public notice and comment, the FCC must adopt rules that permit unlicensed services to use guard bands designated to protect frequencies allocated by competitive bidding if it would not cause harmful interference.  (Sec. 13) The OMB may provide pre-auction funding to federal agencies for auctions intended to occur within eight years (currently, five years) after the transfer of funds.  (Sec. 14) Federal entities may request an immediate transfer of funds to pay for relocation or sharing costs after the frequencies are reallocated by competitive bidding. (Sec. 15) The FCC must provide notice and an opportunity for public comment before it submits reports regarding: (1) the results of rule changes relating to the frequencies between 3550 and 3650 megahertz, and (2) proposals to promote and identify additional spectrum bands that can be shared between incumbent uses and new licensed and unlicensed services under such rules and that identify at least 1 gigahertz between 6 and 57 gigahertz for such use. (Sec. 16) The Government Accountability Office must recommend policies to increase the availability of broadband Internet access using unlicensed spectrum and wireless networks in low-income neighborhoods, particularly for elementary and school-aged children. (Sec. 17) The FCC must assess whether to establish a program, or modify existing programs, under which a licensee that receives a license for the exclusive use of spectrum in a specific geographic area may partition or disaggregate the license by sale or long-term lease to provide services consistent with the license and make unused spectrum available to: (1) unaffiliated small carriers with not more than 1,500 employees, or (2) other unaffiliated carriers to serve rural areas. (Sec. 18) The bill declares that it is U.S. policy to: (1) maximize U.S. spectrum resources to benefit U.S. people, (2) advance wireless broadband innovation and investment, and (3) make available on an unlicensed basis radio frequency bands sufficient to meet consumer demand. The FCC must ensure that its spectrum allocation and assignment efforts make available on an unlicensed basis radio frequency bands sufficient to meet demand for unlicensed wireless broadband operations if doing so is reasonable and in the public interest after taking into account the future needs of other spectrum users. (Sec. 19) The FCC must develop a national plan for making additional radio frequency bands available for unlicensed operations. The NTIA must recommend reforms to the Spectrum Relocation Fund to address federal entities' sharing costs and expenditures under the plan. (Sec. 20) The NTIA must conduct prize competitions to accelerate the development and commercialization of technology that improves spectrum efficiency and is capable of cost-effective deployment.  Not more than $5 million, in the aggregate, may be awarded to prize competition winners.  The FCC must publish a technical paper providing criteria that may be used for the design of such competitions. Wireless Telecommunications Tax and Fee Collection Fairness Act of 2016 (Sec. 21) State and local jurisdictions are prohibited from requiring a person to collect from, or remit on behalf of, any other person a state or local tax, fee, or surcharge imposed on the purchase or use of any wireless telecommunications service within the state unless the collection or remittance is in connection with a financial transaction between: (1) the person that the state or local jurisdiction requires to collect or remit the tax, fee, or surcharge; and (2) the purchaser or user of the wireless telecommunications service. Any person who is aggrieved by a violation of such prohibition may bring a civil action in U.S. district court for equitable relief.",
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                 "title": "Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015",
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                 "sponsor_name": "Pat Meehan",
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                 "summary": "(This measure has not been amended since the Senate agreed to the House amendment to the Senate amendment on October 30, 2015. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015  TITLE I--BUDGET ENFORCEMENT  (Sec. 101) This bill amends the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to increase the discretionary spending limits for FY2016 and FY2017. The bill revises procedures for implementing the sequester of direct spending, which is required under current law and involves cuts that interact with discretionary spending levels. The bill requires the sequester to take place in FY2016 and FY2017 as if the amendments that this bill makes to the discretionary spending limits have not been made. It also adds an additional year to the sequester in FY2025 and adjusts the cuts required for Medicare.  (Direct spending, also known as mandatory spending, is spending provided by laws other than appropriations bills. Sequestration is a process of automatic, usually across-the-board spending reductions under which budgetary resources are permanently cancelled to enforce specific budget policy goals.)  The bill requires the discretionary spending limits in FY2016 and FY2017 to be increased by specified amounts for overseas contingency operations.  (Sec. 102) The chairman of the Senate Budget Committee must file for publication in the Congressional Record committee allocations, aggregate spending and revenue levels, and levels of revenues and outlays for Social Security consistent with this bill. The chairman may also include reserve funds contained in the FY2016 budget resolution that are extended by one year.  The bill provides that the allocations, aggregates, and levels submitted by the chairman are enforceable in the Senate as if they were included in a budget resolution conference agreement. The provisions in this section expire if Congress agrees to a budget resolution for FY2017.  TITLE II--AGRICULTURE  (Sec. 201) The bill amends the Federal Crop Insurance Act to require the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to renegotiate the Standard Reinsurance Agreement no later than December 31, 2016, and at least once every five years thereafter.  (The Standard Reinsurance Agreement is an agreement between USDA and the private companies that administer the federal crop insurance program. It specifies details such as administrative and operating expense reimbursements and risk sharing between USDA and the companies in the operation of the program.)  The bill establishes an 8.9% cap on the overall rate of return for insurance providers under the agreement, which is a decrease from the current negotiated rate of approximately 14.5%.  TITLE III--COMMERCE  (Sec. 301) The bill amends the Communications Act of 1934 to authorize the use of automated telephone equipment to call cellular telephones for the purpose of collecting debts owed to the U.S. government. The Federal Communications Commission must issue regulations implementing this section within nine months of enactment of this bill. The regulations may restrict the number and duration of the calls. TITLE IV--STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE  (Sec. 401) The Energy Policy and Conservation Act is amended to revise the requirement that the Department of Energy (DOE) transmit a detailed explanation to Congress regarding a test drawdown and sale or exchange of petroleum products from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). DOE shall notify Congress of the test at least 14 days before the date on which it is conducted, unless an emergency requires the test, in which case DOE must notify Congress as soon as possible.  The detailed description of the test DOE is currently required to submit to Congress must be submitted within 180 days after completion of the test.  The term "severe energy supply interruption" shall now include a national energy supply shortage resulting, or is likely to result, from an act of terrorism. (Sec. 402) DOE shall within 180 days after enactment of this Act:    complete a long-range strategic review of the SPR and submit to Congress a proposed action plan and implementation schedule specifying both near- and long-term roles of the SPR relative to U.S. energy and economic security;  describe whether existing legal authorities governing SPR policies, configuration, and capabilities are adequate to ensure that the SPR can meet current and future U.S. energy and economic security objectives; identify SPR configuration and performance capabilities; recommend an action plan to achieve the optimal capacity, location, and composition of SPR petroleum products in addition to storage and distributional capabilities; and   estimate the resources required to attain and maintain SPR long-term sustainability and operational effectiveness.  (Sec. 403) For each of FY2018-FY2025 DOE shall draw down and sell from the SPR specified barrels of crude oil ranging from 5 million (FY2018) to 10 million barrels (FY2025).  DOE shall not, however, draw down and sell crude oil in amounts that would limit presidential authority to sell the full amount of petroleum products authorized when necessary to prevent or reduce the adverse impact of severe domestic energy supply interruptions. (Sec. 404) There is established in the Treasury the Energy Security and Infrastructure Modernization Fund for the deposit of SPR crude oil sales proceeds to provide for the construction, maintenance, repair, and replacement of SPR facilities. To protect the U.S. economy from the impacts of emergency product supply disruptions, DOE shall establish an SPR modernization program, for which appropriations are authorized for FY2017-2020. DOE authority to draw down and sell crude oil from the SPR under this section shall expire at the end of FY2020. TITLE V--PENSIONS (Sec. 501) This section amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to increase the annual fixed rate premium payable to the Pension Benefits Guaranty Corporation by a single-employer plan for basic benefits to $69 in plan years beginning in 2017, $74 in plan years beginning in 2018, and $80 in plan years beginning after 2018. The variable rate premium for such plans increases by an additional $3 for plan years beginning in 2017 and by an additional $4 for plan years beginning in 2018 and 2019.  (Sec. 502) This section changes the due date for premium payments for plan years beginning in 2025 to the 15th day of the 9th calendar month beginning on or after the 1st day of the premium payment year.  (Sec. 503) This section changes criteria for mortality tables used by defined benefit pension plans for plan years beginning after 2015. The determination of whether a plan has credible mortality information shall be made in accordance with established actuarial credibility theory, which is materially different from current mortality rules under ERISA and Revenue Procedure 2007-37. A plan may use mortality tables that are adjusted from tables provided by the Department of the Treasury if such adjustments are based on a plan's experience.  (Sec. 504) This section amends the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA to adjust interest rates used to calculate minimum funding contributions to pension plans The tables provide for adjustments to interest rates so that they fall within a range based on average interest rates over a 25-year period. For plan years beginning after 2015, the range variance is 10% through 2020, 15% in 2021, 20% in 2022, 25% in 2023, and 30% in 2024 and subsequent plan years. TITLE VI--HEALTH CARE (Sec. 601) The bill amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act (SSAct) to: (1) mitigate 2016 increases to Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles for enrollees, and (2) authorize federal funding to offset the corresponding reduction in aggregate monthly premiums. Under current law, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services must annually determine the monthly actuarial rate upon which Part B premiums and deductibles are based. For 2016, the bill revises this methodology, effectively reducing increases to premiums and deductibles for certain enrollees in 2016. (Current law already protects Part B enrollees whose benefits are deducted from their Social Security benefits from premium increases that would result in a smaller net benefit from Social Security.) This methodology shall also apply in 2017 if, as in 2016, there is no increase in monthly Social Security benefits. (Sec. 602) The bill amends title XIX (Medicaid) of the SSAct to require manufacturers of generic drugs to join manufacturers of single-source or innovator drugs in paying rebates to state Medicaid programs for price increases over inflation.  (Sec. 603) The bill excludes certain hospital outpatient department services from the prospective payment system in which predetermined amounts form the basis for payment under Medicare. With specified exceptions, services are excluded from this system if they are furnished by a provider's off-campus outpatient department. (Sec. 604) The bill amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to repeal the requirement, established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, for large employers offering health benefit plans to automatically enroll full-time employees in such a plan. A large employer is one that has more than 200 full-time employees. TITLE VII--JUDICIARY Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (Sec. 701) This title amends the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 to require federal agencies that impose civil monetary penalties subject to inflation adjustments under the Adjustment Act to adjust the penalties for inflation annually instead of at least every four years. The categories of penalties required to be adjusted for inflation under the Adjustment Act are expanded to include civil penalties under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and the Social Security Act. For all civil penalties adjusted for inflation under the Adjustment Act, federal agencies must make an initial adjustment after enactment of this bill by the percentage by which the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for October 2015 exceeds the CPI for the month of October of the calendar year during which the amount of such civil monetary penalty was established or adjusted under a provision of law other than this bill. The increase in penalties from the initial adjustment is prohibited from exceeding 150% of the amount of that penalty on the date of enactment of this bill.  An agency may adjust penalties by less than the required amount under an exception that applies to the first adjustment if: (1) the agency determines in a rulemaking with an opportunity for public comment that the adjustment would have a negative economic impact or social costs that outweigh the benefits, and (2) the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) concurs.  The annual inflation adjustment in subsequent years must be a cost-of-living adjustment based on any increases in the October CPI each year.  Inflation adjustment increases must be rounded to the nearest multiple of $1. This section also requires: (1) the OMB to issue guidance to agencies regarding the implementation of adjustments, (2) agencies to include information about adjustments to civil monetary penalties in agency financial reports, and (3) the Government Accountability Office to submit an annual report assessing agency compliance. (Sec. 702) This section rescinds and permanently cancels $1.5 billion of the funds deposited or available in the Crime Victims Fund under the Victims of Crime Act of 1984. (Sec. 703) This section rescinds and permanently cancels $746 million of the amounts deposited in the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund. TITLE VIII--SOCIAL SECURITY  Social Security Benefit Protection and Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2015  Subtitle A--Ensuring Correct Payments and Reducing Fraud  (Sec. 811) The Social Security Administration (SSA) must expand Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) Units that investigate suspected fraud before benefits are awarded to cover all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.  (Sec. 812) Title II (Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance) of the Social Security Act is amended to prohibit evidence submitted by unlicensed or sanctioned physicians and health care providers from being considered in making disability determinations.  (Sec. 813) A new felony for conspiracy to commit Social Security fraud is created. Penalties for individuals in a position of trust who defraud the SSA are increased. Individuals are disqualified from receiving benefits during a trial work period if they are assessed a civil monetary penalty for concealing work activity.  (Sec. 814) Prohibitions and penalties regarding the misuse of symbols, emblems, and names associated with Social Security and Medicare are applied to electronic and internet communications, and each internet viewing is treated as a separate offense.  (Sec. 815) The Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 is amended to revise the permissible uses and amounts of adjustments to discretionary spending limits for program integrity spending. The permissible uses are expanded to include CDI units, Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys who prosecute Social Security fraud, and work-related continuing disability reviews.  Subtitle B--Promoting Opportunity for Disability Beneficiaries  (Sec. 821) The authority for Disability Insurance (DI) demonstration projects is extended through 2021 and all projects must be terminated by the end of 2022.  (Sec. 822) The authority for DI demonstration projects is modified to: (1) revise congressional reporting and review requirements, and (2) require participation in the projects to be voluntary and include informed consent.  (Sec. 823) The SSA must carry out a pilot program to test the effect on beneficiary earnings of changes in how earnings are treated for the purpose of ongoing DI benefit eligibility. Under the demonstration, the existing "cash cliff" under which beneficiaries lose their entire benefit after exceeding the earnings threshold would be replaced by a benefit offset under which the DI benefit is reduced by $1 for every $2 of earnings in excess of a threshold.  (Sec. 824) The SSA may obtain, with beneficiary consent, data on beneficiary earnings from payroll providers through a data exchange. Individuals for whom the SSA obtains earnings data from these sources are exempt from the requirement to report their own earnings.  (Sec. 825) The SSA may simplify the process of evaluating a beneficiary's earnings derived from services by presuming that wages and salaries were earned in: (1) the month in which the services were performed for making a determination of initial entitlement on the basis of disability, and (2) the month in which the earnings were paid for any other purpose. These presumptions apply unless information is available that shows when the income was earned.  (Sec. 826) The SSA must permit DI beneficiaries to report their earnings electronically, including by telephone and Internet, based on the system that is currently available to Supplemental Security Income recipients.  Subtitle C--Protecting Social Security Benefits  (Sec. 831) Provisions in the Social Security Act related to deemed filing, dual entitlement, and benefit suspension are amended to prevent individuals from obtaining larger benefits than Congress intended.  (Sec. 832) In making an initial determination of disability, the SSA must make every reasonable effort to ensure that a qualified physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist has completed the medical portion of the case review.  (Sec. 833) Specified payroll tax revenues are reallocated to the Disability Insurance Trust Fund to pay benefits until 2022.  (Sec. 834) The SSA may verify certain financial information when an individual requests a waiver of an overpayment because they are without fault and unable to repay the funds.  Subtitle D--Relieving Administrative Burdens and Miscellaneous Provisions  (Sec. 841) Under current law, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must reduce disability payments made to a Federal Employment Retirement (FERS) annuitant who also receives Social Security disability benefits. The bill increases interagency coordination by permitting SSA to repay the OPM the amount of overpaid FERS benefits if the individual is eligible for DI and entitled to an award of past-due benefits. The overpaid amounts are deducted from the past-due Social Security payment.  (Sec. 842) The requirement that the SSA make determinations every five years relating to wage credits for military service prior to 1957 is eliminated after the 2010 determination.  (Sec. 843) Electronic certification to the Railroad Retirement Board is permitted for benefits payable to a divorced spouse of a railroad worker.  (Sec. 844) Technical and conforming changes are made to eliminate obsolete provisions from the Social Security Act.  (Sec. 845) The SSA must report to Congress on: (1) fraud prevention activities and improper payments, (2) work-related continuing disability reviews, and (3) overpayment waivers.  (Sec. 846) The SSA may request that OPM hold additional examinations for the purpose of hiring Administrative Law Judges as needed. TITLE IX--TEMPORARY EXTENSION OF PUBLIC DEBT LIMIT (Sec. 901) The public debt limit is suspended through March 15, 2017. On March 16, 2017, the limit is increased to accommodate obligations issued during the suspension period.  (Sec. 902) Adjustments to the debt limit for obligations during the suspension period are limited to obligations necessary to fund a commitment incurred by the federal government that required payment before March 16, 2017. The Department of the Treasury may not issue obligations during the suspension period to increase cash balances above normal operating balances. TITLE X--SPECTRUM PIPELINE Spectrum Pipeline Act of 2015 (Sec. 1004) This title requires the Department of Commerce to submit to the President and to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a report identifying 30 megahertz of electromagnetic spectrum to reallocate from federal use to: (1) nonfederal use, (2) shared federal and nonfederal use, or (3) a combination of such uses.  The President must then withdraw or modify the assignment to a federal government station of the identified spectrum.  By July 1, 2024, the FCC must begin competitive bidding auctions to grant new initial licenses for that spectrum. (Sec. 1005) The National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act is amended to make amounts available from the Spectrum Relocation Fund for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to pay federal entities for research and development activities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their spectrum use in order to make additional frequencies available for auction. As a condition to the OMB paying a federal entity for such activities, the federal entity must have a plan: (1) approved by a technical panel within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and (2) submitted by the OMB to the appropriate congressional committees for a period of 60 days. (Sec. 1006) The FCC must coordinate with the NTIA to submit successive proposals to Congress by 2022 and by 2024 that identify additional spectrum to be assigned new licenses for nonfederal use. Each proposal must identify at least another 50 megahertz.  (Sec. 1007) For purposes of auctioning the 30 megahertz that Commerce identifies under this Act, the FCC's authority to grant licenses or permits is extended until September 30, 2025. The FCC's authority continues to expire on September 30, 2022, for other competitive bidding auctions.  (Sec. 1008) The FCC must submit to Congress, within three years after enactment of this Act, reports that analyze: (1) rules changes relating to frequencies between 3550 and 3650 megahertz, and (2) proposals to promote and identify additional spectrum bands that can be shared between incumbent uses and new licensed and unlicensed services under such rules. The FCC must also identify at least 1 gigahertz within a specified range for such use. TITLE XI--REVENUE PROVISIONS RELATED TO TAX COMPLIANCE  (Sec. 1101) This section amends the Internal Revenue Code to revise rules for audits of large for-profit partnerships (partnerships with more than 100 partners). Existing audit rules for such partnerships are repealed and partnerships with fewer than 100 partners are granted an election to opt out of the provisions of this Act.  The new audit rules require that: (1) any adjustment to items of partnership income, gain, loss, deductions, or credits be determined at the partnership level, instead of for each individual partner; (2) each partner's return be consistent with the partnership return; (3) each partnership designate a partner or other person with a substantial presence in the United States as the partnership representative to act as the sole authority on behalf of the partnership; and (4) notice be given to the partnership and the partnership representative of any administrative proceeding initiated at the partnership level, of any proposed partnership adjustment resulting from such proceeding, and of any final partnership adjustment resulting from such proceeding. The partnership may file a petition for readjustment of any partnership item within 90 days after the date on which a notice of a final partnership adjustment is mailed to the partnership. The petition may be filed with the U.S. Tax Court, a U.S. district court for the district in which the partnership's principal place of business is located, or the U.S. Court of Claims. The period for making adjustments to a partnership return is limited to the date that is three years (six years in the case of a substantial omission of income) after the latest of the date on which the partnership return was filed, the return due date for the taxable year, or the date on which the partnership filed an administrative adjustment request. No limit applies in the case of a false or fraudulent partnership return or if no return is filed. (Sec. 1102) This section sets forth a rule with respect to partnership interests created by gift to provide that in the case of a capital interest in a partnership in which capital is a material income-producing factor, the determination of whether a person is a partner with respect to such interest is made without regard to whether such interest was derived by gift from any other person. This new rule applies to partnership taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2015. TITLE XII--DESIGNATION OF SMALL HOUSE ROTUNDA  This title designates the first floor of the area of the House of Representatives wing of the U.S. Capitol known as the small House rotunda as the "Freedom Foyer."",
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                 "title": "FCC Reauthorization Act of 2016",
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                 "sponsor_name": "John Thune",
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                 "summary": "FCC Reauthorization Act of 2016 (Sec. 4) This bill reauthorizes the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for FY2017-FY2018. The bill designates amounts for: (1) the FCC's office of inspector general, and (2) the FCC to move to a new facility or reconfigure its existing facility. (Sec. 5) The bill allows a person chosen to fill a commissioner's vacancy on the FCC to continue to serve after the expiration of the fixed term of the commissioner that the person succeeds until a successor has taken office. But the person filling the vacancy may not continue to serve after the session of Congress that begins after the expiration of the fixed term of the commissioner that the person succeeds.  (Sec. 6) The FCC must submit concurrently to Congress a copy of any budget estimates, requests, or legislative recommendations that it submits to the President or the Office of Management and Budget. No U.S. officer or agency may require the FCC to obtain that officer's or agency's approval before the FCC submits legislative recommendations to Congress.  The FCC inspector general must concurrently submit its semiannual reports on the FCC's activities to both the FCC and Congress.  (Sec. 7) The Government Accountability Office (GAO) must recommend adjustments to the FCC's regulatory fee structure in a report that considers: (1) the FCC's workload, (2) benefits to payors, and (3) whether the current fee structure has a disparate impact on certain technologies or small-sized payors. (Sec. 8) The Universal Service Antideficiency Temporary Suspension Act is amended to extend through FY2018 provisions rendering the Antideficiency Act inapplicable to: (1) amounts collected or received as universal service contributions, or (2) expenditures or obligations of such contributions. (Sec. 9) Any deposits that the FCC may require for the qualification of bidders in a system of competitive bidding for spectrum licenses must be deposited directly in the Treasury instead of in an interest bearing account at a financial institution. The bill removes a provision that requires the interest accrued to such a financial institution account to be dedicated for the sole purpose of deficit reduction. The deposits of successful bidders must be credited to the deposit fund of the Treasury, unless existing exceptions apply. (Sec. 10) The FCC is prohibited from changing its regulations for universal service support payments to implement the February 27, 2004, recommendations of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service regarding single connection or primary line restrictions on universal service support payments.  (Sec. 11) The Communications Act of 1934 is amended to expand the prohibition against knowingly transmitting misleading or inaccurate caller identification information to apply to: (1) persons outside the United States if the recipient of the call is within the United States, and (2) text messages.  Existing caller identification requirements that apply to calls made using a telecommunications service or IP-enabled voice service are revised to apply to: (1) voice communications using resources from the North American Numbering Plan; and (2) transmissions from a telephone facsimile machine, computer, or other device to a telephone facsimile machine.  The FCC must collaborate with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to regularly update education materials that help consumers identify: (1) scams and fraudulent activity that rely upon misleading or inaccurate caller identification information, and (2) existing technologies that consumers can use to protect against such fraud.  The GAO must report on: (1) actions taken, or actions that could be taken, by the FCC or the FTC to combat the fraudulent provision of misleading or inaccurate caller identification information; and (2) any recommendations to combat the fraudulent provision of such information.  Kari's Law Act of 2016 (Sec. 12) This section prohibits businesses from manufacturing or importing for use in the United States, or selling or leasing in the United States, a multi-line telephone system unless it can be installed to allow 9-1-1 calls to be transmitted to the appropriate public safety answering point: (1) without requiring the user to dial any additional digit, code, prefix, or post-fix (including any trunk-access code such as the digit "9"); and (2) regardless of what a user is required to dial for other calls. Businesses are prohibited from installing multi-line telephone systems unless upon installation they allow 9-1-1 calls to be initiated without dialing such additional codes. Installers must configure such systems to provide on-site notifications (if possible without improvement to the hardware) so that when a person at the facility where the system is installed initiates a 9-1-1 call, the system notifies: (1) a central location at the facility, or (2) a person or organization with responsibility for safety or security for the location. (Sec. 13) The FCC must complete a rulemaking proceeding relating to the placing of unauthorized charges on a consumer's telephone bill (commonly referred to as "cramming") to consider measures to block the placement of third-party charges on a consumer's wireline, wireless, or bundled services telephone bill under the criteria it relied upon when it entered into a consent decree relating to cramming with mobile voice and data service providers. (Sec. 14) The FCC must release a notice of inquiry to gather information and seek public comment on how to promote broadband Internet access service for veterans, in particular those with low-incomes or who reside in rural areas. (Sec. 15) The FCC must implement metrics to measure the impact of universal service support on the deployment and adoption of broadband on tribal lands by: (1) residents, (2) schools and libraries, and (3) health care facilities and rural health care providers.  The FCC must report biennially on ways to overcome barriers to the adoption of broadband on tribal lands. It must also examine ways to measure impacts on: (1) tribe members who do not live on tribal land; and (2) schools, libraries, and health providers that are not located on tribal land but that serve large numbers of tribal land residents.  (Sec. 16) The FCC must ensure that its chief information officer is authorized to participate in budget planning decisions related to information technology. The FCC must obtain the chief information officer's approval for the allocation of amounts appropriated to the FCC that are available for information technology. (Sec. 17) The FCC must include in press releases regarding its issuance of a notice of apparent liability for a forfeiture penalty a disclaimer informing consumers that: (1) the notice should be treated only as allegations, (2) any proposed forfeiture penalty represents the maximum penalty that the FCC may impose for the violations alleged in the notice. (Sec. 18) Every other year, the GAO must report on the annual opportunity cost of each federal spectrum band assigned or allocated for federal entities between 150 megahertz and 6000 megahertz. "Opportunity cost" is defined as the dollar value of the spectrum if it were to be reallocated to the highest commercial alternative use that currently does not have access to that spectrum. The FCC must also consider: (1)national security, (2) the ability of federal entities to move to new bands or share existing bands, (3) relocation costs, (4) market valuations from spectrum auctions and secondary spectrum trading, and (5) spectrum value on an exclusive or shared basis.  Within two years after the bill's enactment and then every five years, the GAO must determine whether federal entities operating on federal spectrum allocations are using the most spectrum-efficient technologies available. If the technologies are not the most spectrum-efficient, the GAO must determine: (1) the upgrade costs and benefits, and (2) whether there are potential problems with upgrading.  (Sec. 19) The GAO must recommend how to consolidate redundant filing requirements for telecommunications carriers that receive universal service support under the Universal Service Fund program. (Sec. 20) The FCC must report on the feasibility of conducting mobile broadband coverage drive testing in rural areas (to determine the scope of existing mobile broadband coverage) using U.S. Postal Service delivery systems and commercial entities.  (Sec. 21) The GAO must report on the transition of telecommunications services in the United States from legacy telephone services to Internet Protocol-based services. The report must examine how the federal government: (1) is working with public and private sector stakeholders, and (2) can facilitate the transition in rural and low-income communities. (Sec. 22) The FCC must submit reports on the broadcast spectrum incentive auction required under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. The FCC must address: (1) reimbursements requested by broadcast television licensees, how many television stations will be required to relocate to a new channel assignment, and bilateral spectrum coordination with Canada and Mexico; and (2) the construction schedule for the relocation of television stations to new channel assignments, whether viewers will face service interruptions, impacts on rural areas and translator services, and steps to expedite successful auction bidders' use of spectrum. (Sec. 23) The FCC must report on the Universal Service Rural Health Care Program and issue a notice of inquiry to evaluate whether the program is meeting its statutory goals. The report must include data on: (1) funding distributed to health care providers in each state since funding year 2013, (2) the types of providers and advanced telecommunications and information services funded, and (3) whether the Telecommunications Program (a program that provides discounts for telecommunications services for eligible health care providers) should be transitioned into the Healthcare Connect Fund.  (Sec. 24) The GAO must report on the FCC's E-rate universal service support program for broadband Internet connections and Wi-Fi at schools and libraries. The report must review: (1) whether the Second E-rate Modernization Order adopted on December 11, 2014, has resulted in overbuilding and duplication, (2) gaps that still exist in Internet connectivity, and (3) recommendations to improve the program. (Sec. 25) The GAO must report on how public availability of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's broadband inventory map helps the FCC ensure that the broadband data it collects is accurate, complete, and reliable. The report must evaluate the extent to which federal agencies or other entities authorized to distribute federal grants or loans for broadband projects rely on the map to: (1) award grants and loans for broadband projects, or (2) determine whether federal funds will be used to deploy broadband in areas already served by private broadband providers. The GAO must address challenges to the map's accuracy, the FCC's plans concerning the map's limitations for policy or funding decisions, and whether the FCC should collect data from additional or alternative commercial sources. (Sec. 26) The FCC must submit annual spectrum auction reports regarding: (1) each expenditure for competitive bidding during the preceding (currently, second preceding) fiscal year, (2) an estimate of what systems of competitive bidding may be initiated during the next year and the bands of frequencies it expects to include in the auctions, and (3) a justification for the use of auction proceeds retained by the FCC to develop and implement auctions. (Sec. 27) The FCC must report, and seek public comment, on its broadband deployment and subscription data collection practices and how data collection can be improved for fixed and mobile broadband.",
                 "summary_short": "FCC Reauthorization Act of 2016 (Sec. 4) This bill reauthorizes the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for FY2017-FY2018. The bill designates amounts for: (1) the FCC's office of inspector general, and (2) the FCC to move to a new facility or reconfigure its existing facility. (Sec. 5) The bill allows a person chosen to fill a commissioner's vacancy on the FCC to continue to serve after the expiration of the fixed term of the commissioner that the person succeeds until a successor has ta...",
                 "latest_major_action_date": "2016-09-20",
                 "latest_major_action": "Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 637."
              },
                           {
                 "bill_id": "s19-115",
                 "bill_type": "s",
                 "number": "S.19",
                 "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/s19.json",
                 "title": "MOBILE NOW Act",
                 "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                 "sponsor_id": "T000250",
                 "sponsor_name": "John Thune",
                 "sponsor_state": "SD",
                 "sponsor_party": "R",
                 "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/T000250.json",
                 "gpo_pdf_uri": "https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s19rs/pdf/BILLS-115s19rs.pdf",
                 "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/19",
                 "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s19",
                 "introduced_date": "2017-01-03",
                 "active": true,
                 "house_passage": null,
                 "senate_passage": null,
                 "enacted": null,
                 "vetoed": null,
                 "cosponsors": 1,
                 "committees": "Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee",
                 "committee_codes": ["SSCM"],
                 "subcommittee_codes": [],
                 "primary_subject": "Science, Technology, Communications",
                 "summary": "Making Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles to Wireless Act or the MOBILE NOW Act  (Sec. 3) This bill requires the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), by December 31, 2020, to make available at least 255 megahertz of federal and nonfederal spectrum below the frequency of 6000 megahertz for mobile and fixed wireless broadband use. At least: (1) 100 megahertz shall be made available on an unlicensed basis; and (2) 100 megahertz shall be made available on an exclusive, licensed basis for commercial mobile use, pursuant to the FCC's authority to implement licensing in a flexible manner, and subject to potential continued use of such spectrum by incumbent federal entities in designated geographic areas indefinitely or for a length of time stipulated in transition plans approved by an NTIA technical panel for those incumbent entities to relocate to alternate spectrum. In making such spectrum available, the Department of Commerce and the FCC must consider: (1) the need to preserve critical existing and planned federal government capabilities; (2) the impact on existing state, local, and tribal government capabilities; (3) international implications; (4) appropriate enforcement mechanisms and authorities; and (5) the importance of the deployment of wireless broadband services in rural areas. (Sec. 4) The NTIA must submit to Congress and the FCC an assessment of the feasibility of authorizing mobile or fixed terrestrial wireless operations, including for advanced mobile service operations, on federal entities and operations in specified frequency bands. The FCC must publish a notice of proposed rulemaking within two years after enactment of this bill, or within 90 days after it receives the NTIA's feasibility assessment, whichever is earlier, to consider service rules authorizing such operations. (Sec. 5) Commerce and the FCC must submit reports evaluating the feasibility of allowing commercial wireless services to share use of specified frequencies between 3100 and 4200 megahertz. If such sharing is feasible, the reports must identify which of the frequencies are most suitable for sharing with commercial wireless services through the assignment of new licenses by competitive bidding, for sharing with unlicensed operations, or through a combination of licensing and unlicensed operations. The FCC must seek public comment regarding these reports.  (Sec. 6) The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 is amended to require executive agencies, within 270 days after receiving an application, to grant or deny easements, rights-of-way, or leases to, in, over, or on federal property to install, construct, modify, or maintain a communications facility installation. Executive agencies must: (1) notify applicants of the reasons for denials, and (2) designate an agency point of contact for applicants. The bill expands the categories of infrastructure, antennas, wiring, and wireless transmission equipment for which applicants may seek such easements, rights-of-way, or leases. The NTIA must coordinate with the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Defense, and Transportation (DOT), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the General Services Administration to develop recommendations for tracking and expediting such applications. (Sec. 7) To facilitate installation of broadband infrastructure, DOT must ensure that states receiving federal-aid highway funds: (1) identify a broadband utility coordinator to facilitate the broadband infrastructure right-of-way efforts within the state; (2) register broadband infrastructure entities that seek to be included in those facilitation efforts; (3) establish a process to electronically notify such entities of the state transportation improvement program on an annual basis; (4) coordinate statewide telecommunication and broadband plans and state and local transportation and land use plans, including strategies to minimize repeated excavations that involve the installation of broadband infrastructure in a right-of-way; and (5) ensure that any existing broadband infrastructure entities are not disadvantaged. Nothing in this section establishes a mandate or requirement that a state install broadband infrastructure in a highway right-of-way. (Sec. 8) The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) must establish a single database of real property owned, leased, or managed by executive agencies that is capable of supporting a communications facility installation. The OSTP must make the database available to: (1) entities that construct or operate communications facility installations or provide communications service, and (2) state and local governments so that they may provide information regarding state and local properties to include in the database. The OSTP must report to Congress regarding potential ways to incentivize state and local governments to provide such information. (Sec. 9) After notice and an opportunity for public comment, Commerce must submit recommendations to incentivize federal entities to relinquish, or share with federal or nonfederal users, federal spectrum for commercial wireless broadband services. It must consider whether permitting eligible federal entities to accept payments could expedite access to eligible frequencies. (Sec. 10) The FCC must collaborate with the NTIA to determine the best means of providing federal entities flexible access to nonfederal spectrum on a shared basis across a range of short-, mid-, and long-range timeframes, including for intermittent purposes like emergency use. (Sec. 11) After public notice and comment, the FCC must adopt rules that permit unlicensed services to use guard bands designated to protect frequencies allocated by competitive bidding if it would not cause harmful interference.  (Sec. 12) The OMB may provide pre-auction funding to federal agencies for auctions intended to occur within eight years (currently, five years) after the transfer of funds.  (Sec. 13) Federal entities may request an immediate transfer of funds to pay for relocation or sharing costs after the frequencies are reallocated by competitive bidding. (Sec. 14) The FCC must provide notice and an opportunity for public comment before it submits reports regarding: (1) the results of rule changes relating to the frequencies between 3550 and 3650 megahertz, and (2) proposals to promote and identify additional spectrum bands that can be shared between incumbent uses and new licensed and unlicensed services under such rules and that identify at least 1 gigahertz between 6 gigahertz and 57 gigahertz for such use. (Sec. 15) The Government Accountability Office must recommend policies to increase the availability of broadband Internet access using unlicensed spectrum and wireless networks in low-income neighborhoods, particularly for elementary and secondary school-aged children. (Sec. 16) The FCC must assess whether to establish a program, or modify existing programs, under which a licensee that receives a license for the exclusive use of spectrum in a specific geographic area may partition or disaggregate the license by sale or long-term lease to provide services consistent with the license and make unused spectrum available to: (1) unaffiliated small carriers with not more than 1,500 employees, or (2) other unaffiliated carriers to serve rural areas. (Sec. 17) The bill declares that it is U.S. policy to: (1) maximize U.S. spectrum resources to benefit U.S. people, (2) advance wireless broadband innovation and investment, and (3) make available on an unlicensed basis radio frequency bands sufficient to meet consumer demand. The FCC must ensure that its spectrum allocation and assignment efforts make available on an unlicensed basis radio frequency bands sufficient to meet demand for unlicensed wireless broadband operations if doing so is reasonable and in the public interest after taking into account the future needs of other spectrum users. (Sec. 18) The FCC must develop a national plan for making additional radio frequency bands available for unlicensed operations. The NTIA must recommend reforms to the Spectrum Relocation Fund to address federal entities sharing costs and expenditures under the plan. Spectrum Challenge Prize Act (Sec. 19) The NTIA must conduct prize competitions to accelerate the development and commercialization of technology that improves spectrum efficiency and is capable of cost-effective deployment.  Not more than $5 million, in the aggregate, may be awarded to prize competition winners.  The FCC must publish a technical paper providing criteria that may be used for the design of such competitions. Wireless Telecommunications Tax and Fee Collection Fairness Act (Sec. 20) State and local jurisdictions are prohibited from requiring a person to collect from, or remit on behalf of, any other person a state or local tax, fee, or surcharge imposed on the purchase or use of any wireless telecommunications service within the state unless the collection or remittance is in connection with a financial transaction in which the purchaser or user upon whom a tax, fee, or surcharge is imposed gives cash, credit, or any other exchange of monetary value or consideration to the person who is required to collect or remit the tax, fee, or surcharge. Any person who is aggrieved by a violation of such prohibition may bring a civil action in U.S. district court for equitable relief.",
                 "summary_short": "Making Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles to Wireless Act or the MOBILE NOW Act  (Sec. 3) This bill requires the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), by December 31, 2020, to make available at least 255 megahertz of federal and nonfederal spectrum below the frequency of 6000 megahertz for mobile and fixed wireless broadband use. At least: (1) 100 megahertz shall be m...",
                 "latest_major_action_date": "2017-03-21",
                 "latest_major_action": "Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 17."
              },
                           {
                 "bill_id": "s1129-115",
                 "bill_type": "s",
                 "number": "S.1129",
                 "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/s1129.json",
                 "title": "Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017",
                 "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                 "sponsor_id": "S001198",
                 "sponsor_name": "Dan Sullivan",
                 "sponsor_state": "AK",
                 "sponsor_party": "R",
                 "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/S001198.json",
                 "gpo_pdf_uri": "https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-115s1129rs/pdf/BILLS-115s1129rs.pdf",
                 "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1129",
                 "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1129",
                 "introduced_date": "2017-05-16",
                 "active": true,
                 "house_passage": null,
                 "senate_passage": null,
                 "enacted": null,
                 "vetoed": null,
                 "cosponsors": 3,
                 "committees": "Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee",
                 "committee_codes": ["SSCM"],
                 "subcommittee_codes": [],
                 "primary_subject": "Public Lands and Natural Resources",
                 "summary": "",
                 "summary_short": "",
                 "latest_major_action_date": "2017-06-05",
                 "latest_major_action": "Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 112."
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      }
   ]
}

Get Recent Bills

Use this request type to get summaries of the 20 most recent bills by type. For the current Congress, “recent bills” can be one of four types (see the descriptions below). For previous Congresses, “recent bills” means the last 20 bills of that Congress. In the responses, an active value of true means that the bill has seen action beyond introduction and committee referral. Requests include a chamber value; to get recent bills from the House and Senate, use both as the value. You can paginate through bills using the offset querystring parameter that accepts multiples of 20. Bills before the 113th Congress (prior to 2013) have fewer attribute values than those from the 113th Congress onward, because the more recent bill data comes from the bulk data provided by the Government Publishing Office. Details for the older bills came from scraping Thomas.gov, the former congressional site of the Library of Congress.

The order of the results depends on the value of type and all results are sorted in descending order:

Type Sort Field
introduced introduced_date
updated latest_major_action_date
active latest_major_action_date
passed latest_major_action_date
enacted enacted
vetoed vetoed

Among the attributes contained in the response are enacted, vetoed, house_passage, senate_passage, house_passage_vote and senate_passage_vote; these are either null or display a date indicating when that particular action occurred on the bill.

HTTP Request

GET https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/{congress}/{chamber}/bills/{type}.json

URL Parameters

Parameter Description
congress 105-115
chamber house, senate or both
type introduced, updated, active, passed, enacted or vetoed

Example Call

curl "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/house/bills/introduced.json"
  -H "X-API-Key: PROPUBLICA_API_KEY"

The above command returns JSON structured like this:

{
    "status": "OK",
    "copyright": "Copyright (c) 2017 Pro Publica Inc. All Rights Reserved.",
    "results": [{
        "congress": 115,
        "chamber": "House",
        "num_results": 20,
        "offset": 0,
        "bills": [{
                "bill_id": "hr4256-115",
                "bill_slug": "hr4256",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "number": "H.R.4256",
                "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr4256.json",
                "title": "To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the expansion of activities related to Alzheimer's disease, cognitive decline, and brain health under the Alzheimer's Disease and Healthy Aging Program, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize the expansion of activities related to Alzheimer's disease, cognitive decline, and brain health under the Alzheimer's Disease and Healthy Aging Program, and for other purposes.",
                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor_id": "G000558",
                "sponsor_name": "Brett Guthrie",
                "sponsor_state": "KY",
                "sponsor_party": "R",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/G000558.json",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4256",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr4256",
                "introduced_date": "2017-11-06",
                "active": false,
                "last_vote": null,
                "house_passage": null,
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 3,
                "cosponsors_by_party": {
                    "D": 2,
                    "R": 1
                },
                "committees": "House Energy and Commerce Committee",
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                "primary_subject": "",
                "summary": "",
                "summary_short": "",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-11-06",
                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce."
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            {
                "bill_id": "hr4254-115",
                "bill_slug": "hr4254",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "number": "H.R.4254",
                "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr4254.json",
                "title": "To amend the National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2002 to strengthen the aerospace workforce pipeline by the promotion of Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program and National Aeronautics and Space Administration internship and fellowship opportunities to women, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "To amend the National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2002 to strengthen the aerospace workforce pipeline by the promotion of Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program and National Aeronautics and Space Administration internship and fellowship oppo",
                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor_id": "K000387",
                "sponsor_name": "Steve Knight",
                "sponsor_state": "CA",
                "sponsor_party": "R",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/K000387.json",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4254",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr4254",
                "introduced_date": "2017-11-06",
                "active": false,
                "last_vote": null,
                "house_passage": null,
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 3,
                "cosponsors_by_party": {
                    "D": 2,
                    "R": 1
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                "committees": "House Science, Space, and Technology Committee",
                "committee_codes": ["HSSY"],
                "subcommittee_codes": [],
                "primary_subject": "",
                "summary": "",
                "summary_short": "",
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                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology."
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            {
                "bill_id": "hr4260-115",
                "bill_slug": "hr4260",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "number": "H.R.4260",
                "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr4260.json",
                "title": "To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a new tax credit and grant program to stimulate investment and healthy nutrition options in food deserts, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to establish a new tax credit and grant program to stimulate investment and healthy nutrition options in food deserts, and for other purposes.",
                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor_id": "R000577",
                "sponsor_name": "Tim Ryan",
                "sponsor_state": "OH",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/R000577.json",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4260",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr4260",
                "introduced_date": "2017-11-06",
                "active": false,
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                "house_passage": null,
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                "enacted": null,
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                "cosponsors": 3,
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                    "R": 1,
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                "committees": "House Agriculture Committee",
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                "subcommittee_codes": [],
                "primary_subject": "",
                "summary": "",
                "summary_short": "",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-11-06",
                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned."
            },
            {
                "bill_id": "hr4262-115",
                "bill_slug": "hr4262",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "number": "H.R.4262",
                "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr4262.json",
                "title": "To authorize members and former members of the uniformed services who are entitled to veterans disability compensation to continue to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan through the deduction and deposit of a percentage of their veterans disability compensation to the Thrift Savings Fund.",
                "short_title": "To authorize members and former members of the uniformed services who are entitled to veterans disability compensation to continue to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan through the deduction and deposit of a percentage of their veterans disability com",
                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor_id": "W000819",
                "sponsor_name": "Mark Walker",
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                "subcommittee_codes": [],
                "primary_subject": "Crime and Law Enforcement",
                "summary": "",
                "summary_short": "",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-11-03",
                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary."
            },
            {
                "bill_id": "hr4241-115",
                "bill_slug": "hr4241",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "number": "H.R.4241",
                "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr4241.json",
                "title": "To direct the Secretary of Transportation to carry out a pilot program to improve transportation planning, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "To direct the Secretary of Transportation to carry out a pilot program to improve transportation planning, and for other purposes.",
                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor_id": "E000293",
                "sponsor_name": "Elizabeth Esty",
                "sponsor_state": "CT",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/E000293.json",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4241",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr4241",
                "introduced_date": "2017-11-03",
                "active": false,
                "last_vote": null,
                "house_passage": null,
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 3,
                "cosponsors_by_party": {
                    "D": 1,
                    "R": 2
                },
                "committees": "House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee",
                "committee_codes": ["HSPW"],
                "subcommittee_codes": [],
                "primary_subject": "",
                "summary": "",
                "summary_short": "",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-11-03",
                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure."
            },
            {
                "bill_id": "hr4246-115",
                "bill_slug": "hr4246",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "number": "H.R.4246",
                "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr4246.json",
                "title": "To amend the Mineral Leasing Act to create a buffer in between oil and gas drilling operations and homes, businesses, schools, and other buildings that require special protection, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "To amend the Mineral Leasing Act to create a buffer in between oil and gas drilling operations and homes, businesses, schools, and other buildings that require special protection, and for other purposes.",
                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor_id": "B001300",
                "sponsor_name": "Nanette Barragán",
                "sponsor_state": "CA",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/B001300.json",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4246",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr4246",
                "introduced_date": "2017-11-03",
                "active": false,
                "last_vote": null,
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                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 8,
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                    "D": 8
                },
                "committees": "House Natural Resources Committee",
                "committee_codes": ["HSII"],
                "subcommittee_codes": [],
                "primary_subject": "Energy",
                "summary": "",
                "summary_short": "",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-11-03",
                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources."
            },
            {
                "bill_id": "hr4242-115",
                "bill_slug": "hr4242",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "number": "H.R.4242",
                "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr4242.json",
                "title": "To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish a permanent VA Care in the Community Program, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "To amend title 38, United States Code, to establish a permanent VA Care in the Community Program, and for other purposes.",
                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor_id": "R000582",
                "sponsor_name": "Phil Roe",
                "sponsor_state": "TN",
                "sponsor_party": "R",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/R000582.json",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4242",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr4242",
                "introduced_date": "2017-11-03",
                "active": false,
                "last_vote": null,
                "house_passage": null,
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 23,
                "cosponsors_by_party": {
                    "R": 13,
                    "D": 10
                },
                "committees": "House Veterans' Affairs Committee",
                "committee_codes": ["HSVR"],
                "subcommittee_codes": [],
                "primary_subject": "",
                "summary": "",
                "summary_short": "",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-11-03",
                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs."
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    }]
}

Get Recent Bills by a Specific Member

Use this request type to get the 20 bills most recently introduced or updated by a particular member. Results can include more than one Congress.

HTTP Request

GET https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/{member-id}/bills/{type}.json

URL Parameters

Parameter Description
member-id The ID of the member to retrieve; it is assigned by the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress or can be retrieved from a member list request.
type introduced or updated

Example Call

curl "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/L000287/bills/introduced.json"
  -H "X-API-Key: PROPUBLICA_API_KEY"

The above command returns JSON structured like this:

{
    "status": "OK",
    "copyright": "Copyright (c) 2017 Pro Publica Inc. All Rights Reserved.",
    "results": [{
        "id": "L000287",
        "member_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/L000287.json",
        "name": "John Lewis",
        "num_results": 20,
        "offset": 0,
        "bills": [{
                "congress": "115",
                "bill_id": "hr3909-115",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "number": "H.R.3909",
                "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr3909.json",
                "title": "To authorize the Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange Initiative focusing on peace and nonviolence in global conflict resolution, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "Gandhi-King Scholarly Exchange Initiative Act of 2017",


                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor_id": "L000287",
                "sponsor_name": "John Lewis",
                "sponsor_state": "GA",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/L000287.json",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3909",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr3909",
                "introduced_date": "2017-10-02",
                "active": false,
                "last_vote": null,
                "house_passage": null,
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 0,
                "cosponsors_by_party": {},
                "committees": "House Foreign Affairs Committee",
                "primary_subject": "International Affairs",
                "summary": "",
                "summary_short": "",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-10-02",
                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs."
            },
            {
                "congress": "115",
                "bill_id": "hr3908-115",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "number": "H.R.3908",
                "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr3908.json",
                "title": "To authorize the Attorney General to award grants to eligible entities to prevent or alleviate community violence by providing education, mentoring, and counseling services to children, adolescents, teachers, families, and community leaders on the principles and practice of nonviolence.",
                "short_title": "Securing American Families by Educating and Training You (SAFETY) Through Nonviolence Act of 2017",


                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor_id": "L000287",
                "sponsor_name": "John Lewis",
                "sponsor_state": "GA",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/L000287.json",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3908",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr3908",
                "introduced_date": "2017-10-02",
                "active": false,
                "last_vote": null,
                "house_passage": null,
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 0,
                "cosponsors_by_party": {},
                "committees": "House Education and the Workforce Committee",
                "primary_subject": "Education",
                "summary": "",
                "summary_short": "",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-10-02",
                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce."
            },
            {
                "congress": "115",
                "bill_id": "hconres82-115",
                "bill_type": "hconres",
                "number": "H.CON.RES.82",
                "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hconres82.json",
                "title": "Recognizing the International Day of Peace.",
                "short_title": "Recognizing the International Day of Peace.",


                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor_id": "L000287",
                "sponsor_name": "John Lewis",
                "sponsor_state": "GA",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/L000287.json",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-concurrent-resolution/82",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hconres82",
                "introduced_date": "2017-09-28",
                "active": false,
                "last_vote": null,
                "house_passage": null,
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 0,
                "cosponsors_by_party": {},
                "committees": "House Oversight and Government Reform Committee",
                "primary_subject": "International Affairs",
                "summary": "",
                "summary_short": "",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-09-28",
                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform."
            },
            {
                "congress": "115",
                "bill_id": "hr3721-115",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "number": "H.R.3721",
                "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr3721.json",
                "title": "To amend the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 with respect to the protection of human rights and labor standards, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "Labor, Human, and Civil Rights Trade Policy Act",


                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor_id": "L000287",
                "sponsor_name": "John Lewis",
                "sponsor_state": "GA",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/L000287.json",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3721",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr3721",
                "introduced_date": "2017-09-08",
                "active": false,
                "last_vote": null,
                "house_passage": null,
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 5,
                "cosponsors_by_party": {
                    "D": 5
                },
                "committees": "House Rules Committee",
                "primary_subject": "Foreign Trade and International Finance",
                "summary": "",
                "summary_short": "",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-09-08",
                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned."
            },
            {
                "congress": "115",
                "bill_id": "hres455-115",
                "bill_type": "hres",
                "number": "H.RES.455",
                "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hres455.json",
                "title": "Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on Nelson Mandela International Day.",
                "short_title": "Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on Nelson Mandela International Day.",


                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor_id": "L000287",
                "sponsor_name": "John Lewis",
                "sponsor_state": "GA",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/L000287.json",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/455",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hres455",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-18",
                "active": false,
                "last_vote": null,
                "house_passage": null,
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 26,
                "cosponsors_by_party": {
                    "D": 24,
                    "R": 2
                },
                "committees": "House Foreign Affairs Committee",
                "primary_subject": "International Affairs",
                "summary": "Applauds the United Nations General Assembly for uniting to honor President Mandela's contribution to international peace and freedom. Recognizes the global impact of President Mandela's legacy and commitment to nonviolence, respect, and dialogue.  Supports the international community's recognition of United Nations Nelson Mandela International Day.  Urges all U.S. citizens to reflect on the importance of peace, tolerance, democracy, human rights, and reconciliation in honor of Nelson Mandela International Day.",
                "summary_short": "Applauds the United Nations General Assembly for uniting to honor President Mandela's contribution to international peace and freedom. Recognizes the global impact of President Mandela's legacy and commitment to nonviolence, respect, and dialogue.  Supports the international community's recognition of United Nations Nelson Mandela International Day.  Urges all U.S. citizens to reflect on the importance of peace, tolerance, democracy, human rights, and reconciliation in honor of Nelson Mandela...",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-18",
                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs."
            },
            {
                "congress": "115",
                "bill_id": "hr12-115",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "number": "H.R.12",
                "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr12.json",
                "title": "To modernize voter registration, promote access to voting for individuals with disabilities, protect the ability of individuals to exercise the right to vote in elections for Federal office, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "Voter Empowerment Act of 2017",


                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor_id": "L000287",
                "sponsor_name": "John Lewis",
                "sponsor_state": "GA",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/L000287.json",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/12",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr12",
                "introduced_date": "2017-06-23",
                "active": false,
                "last_vote": null,
                "house_passage": null,
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 182,
                "cosponsors_by_party": {
                    "D": 182
                },
                "committees": "House Judiciary Committee",
                "primary_subject": "Government Operations and Politics",
                "summary": "",
                "summary_short": "",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-14",
                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice."
            },
            {
                "congress": "115",
                "bill_id": "hr2640-115",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "number": "H.R.2640",
                "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr2640.json",
                "title": "To prohibit discrimination in adoption or foster care placements based on the sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status of any prospective adoptive or foster parent, or the sexual orientation or gender identity of the child involved.",
                "short_title": "Every Child Deserves a Family Act",


                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor_id": "L000287",
                "sponsor_name": "John Lewis",
                "sponsor_state": "GA",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/L000287.json",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2640",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2640",
                "introduced_date": "2017-05-24",
                "active": false,
                "last_vote": null,
                "house_passage": null,
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 36,
                "cosponsors_by_party": {
                    "R": 1,
                    "D": 35
                },
                "committees": "House Ways and Means Committee",
                "primary_subject": "Families",
                "summary": "",
                "summary_short": "",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-06-07",
                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the Subcommittee on Human Resources."
            },
            {
                "congress": "115",
                "bill_id": "hr2612-115",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "number": "H.R.2612",
                "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr2612.json",
                "title": "To amend title 18, United States Code, to encourage the placement of released Federal prisoners in residential reentry centers near their homes.",
                "short_title": "Community Reentry Act of 2017",


                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor_id": "L000287",
                "sponsor_name": "John Lewis",
                "sponsor_state": "GA",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/L000287.json",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2612",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2612",
                "introduced_date": "2017-05-23",
                "active": false,
                "last_vote": null,
                "house_passage": null,
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 14,
                "cosponsors_by_party": {
                    "D": 13,
                    "R": 1
                },
                "committees": "House Judiciary Committee",
                "primary_subject": "Crime and Law Enforcement",
                "summary": "",
                "summary_short": "",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-06-26",
                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations."
            },
            {
                "congress": "115",
                "bill_id": "hr2171-115",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "number": "H.R.2171",
                "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr2171.json",
                "title": "To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce taxpayer burdens and enhance taxpayer protections, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "Taxpayer Protection Act of 2017",


                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor_id": "L000287",
                "sponsor_name": "John Lewis",
                "sponsor_state": "GA",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/L000287.json",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2171",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2171",
                "introduced_date": "2017-04-26",
                "active": false,
                "last_vote": null,
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                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 5,
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                    "D": 5
                },
                "committees": "House Ways and Means Committee",
                "primary_subject": "Taxation",
                "summary": "Taxpayer Protection Act of 2017 This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to establish additional requirements and procedures for collecting taxes, regulating tax preparers, responding to identity theft, and assisting low-income taxpayers.  The bill repeals the authority of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to contract with private companies to collect federal tax debts. It also excludes from the gross income of an individual up to $10,000 of income from the discharge of a debt over the individual's lifetime.  The bill requires the statute of limitations for a taxpayer's case to continue to run during a pending application for assistance from the National Taxpayer Advocate. The bill also:  establishes limitations on IRS levies of retirement accounts,  suspends the time limit for returning wrongfully levied property if a taxpayer is financially disabled, increases the grace period for withdrawing a frivolous return, and repeals the requirement to submit a partial payment with an offer-in-compromise to settle a tax liability.  The IRS must: (1) notify taxpayers regarding suspected identity theft and related criminal charges, (2) establish a single point of contact for identity theft victims, (3) permit its employees to refer taxpayers to low-income taxpayer clinics, and (4) notify taxpayers who are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit.  The IRS may regulate paid tax return preparers and disclose returns or return information necessary to publish decisions related to tax return preparer misconduct.  The bill provides additional funding to the IRS for Taxpayer Services and increases the funding that the IRS may allocate to low-income taxpayer clinics. ",
                "summary_short": "Taxpayer Protection Act of 2017 This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to establish additional requirements and procedures for collecting taxes, regulating tax preparers, responding to identity theft, and assisting low-income taxpayers.  The bill repeals the authority of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to contract with private companies to collect federal tax debts. It also excludes from the gross income of an individual up to $10,000 of income from the discharge of a debt over the ind...",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-04-26",
                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means."
            },
            {
                "congress": "115",
                "bill_id": "hr1947-115",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "number": "H.R.1947",
                "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr1947.json",
                "title": "To affirm the religious freedom of taxpayers who are conscientiously opposed to participation in war, to provide that the income, estate, or gift tax payments of such taxpayers be used for nonmilitary purposes, to create the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund to receive such tax payments, to improve revenue collection, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act of 2017",


                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor_id": "L000287",
                "sponsor_name": "John Lewis",
                "sponsor_state": "GA",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/L000287.json",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1947",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr1947",
                "introduced_date": "2017-04-05",
                "active": false,
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                "enacted": null,
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                "committees": "House Ways and Means Committee",
                "primary_subject": "Taxation",
                "summary": "Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act of 2017  This bill directs the Department of the Treasury to establish in the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund for the deposit of income, gift, and estate taxes paid by or on behalf of taxpayers: (1) who are designated conscientious objectors opposed to participation in war in any form based upon their sincerely held moral, ethical, or religious beliefs or training (within the meaning of the Military Selective Service Act); and (2) who have certified their beliefs in writing. Amounts deposited in the Fund shall be allocated annually to any appropriation not for a military purpose. Treasury shall report to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on the total amount transferred into the Fund during the preceding fiscal year and the purposes for which such amount was allocated. The privacy of individuals using the Fund shall be protected. ",
                "summary_short": "Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Act of 2017  This bill directs the Department of the Treasury to establish in the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund for the deposit of income, gift, and estate taxes paid by or on behalf of taxpayers: (1) who are designated conscientious objectors opposed to participation in war in any form based upon their sincerely held moral, ethical, or religious beliefs or training (within the meaning of the Military Selective Service Act); and (2) who have certified their...",
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                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means."
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                "number": "H.R.1946",
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                "title": "To amend the Public Health Service Act to require reporting by the National Institutes of Health on requests for funding research that were not granted and had the greatest potential for improving public health, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "Missed Opportunities Act of 2017",


                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
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                "sponsor_name": "John Lewis",
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                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-04-07",
                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the Subcommittee on Health."
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                "congress": "115",
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                "bill_type": "hr",
                "number": "H.R.1830",
                "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr1830.json",
                "title": "To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that a deduction equal to fair market value shall be allowed for charitable contributions of literary, musical, artistic, or scholarly compositions created by the donor.",
                "short_title": "Artist-Museum Partnership Act of 2017",


                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor_id": "L000287",
                "sponsor_name": "John Lewis",
                "sponsor_state": "GA",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/L000287.json",
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                "committees": "House Ways and Means Committee",
                "primary_subject": "Taxation",
                "summary": "Artist-Museum Partnership Act of 2017 This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow taxpayers who create literary, musical, artistic, scholarly compositions, or similar property a fair market value (determined at the time of contribution) tax deduction for contributions of such properties, the copyrights thereon, or both, to certain tax-exempt organizations, if such properties are properly appraised and are donated no less than 18 months after their creation. The bill limits the amount of the deduction based upon the donor's artistic adjusted gross income, as defined by this bill. ",
                "summary_short": "Artist-Museum Partnership Act of 2017 This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow taxpayers who create literary, musical, artistic, scholarly compositions, or similar property a fair market value (determined at the time of contribution) tax deduction for contributions of such properties, the copyrights thereon, or both, to certain tax-exempt organizations, if such properties are properly appraised and are donated no less than 18 months after their creation. The bill limits the amount ...",
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                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means."
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                "title": "Recognizing the 100th anniversary of the charitable contribution deduction.",
                "short_title": "Recognizing the 100th anniversary of the charitable contribution deduction.",


                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
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                "sponsor_name": "John Lewis",
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                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
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                "primary_subject": "Taxation",
                "summary": "Reaffirms the importance of encouraging rather than diminishing philanthropic services which respond to the needs of communities. Recognizes the 100th anniversary of the tax deduction for charitable contributions. ",
                "summary_short": "Reaffirms the importance of encouraging rather than diminishing philanthropic services which respond to the needs of communities. Recognizes the 100th anniversary of the tax deduction for charitable contributions. ",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-03-17",
                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means."
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                "congress": "115",
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                "number": "H.R.1602",
                "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr1602.json",
                "title": "To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an exclusion from gross income for AmeriCorps educational awards.",
                "short_title": "Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Tax Relief Act of 2017",


                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor_id": "L000287",
                "sponsor_name": "John Lewis",
                "sponsor_state": "GA",
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                "primary_subject": "Taxation",
                "summary": "Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Tax Relief Act of 2017 This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to exclude from gross income any AmeriCorps educational awards provided under the National and Community Service Act of 1990. ",
                "summary_short": "Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Tax Relief Act of 2017 This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to exclude from gross income any AmeriCorps educational awards provided under the National and Community Service Act of 1990. ",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-03-17",
                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means."
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                "number": "H.RES.155",
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                "title": "Expressing support for designation of the month of February 2017 as 'National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month'.",
                "short_title": "Expressing support for designation of the month of February 2017 as \"National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month\".",


                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor_id": "L000287",
                "sponsor_name": "John Lewis",
                "sponsor_state": "GA",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
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                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/155",
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                "summary": "Expresses support for the designation of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.  Expresses support for communities in empowering teens to develop healthy relationships throughout their lives. Calls on the people of the United States to observe National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month with programs and activities that promote awareness and prevention of teen dating violence in their communities.",
                "summary_short": "Expresses support for the designation of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.  Expresses support for communities in empowering teens to develop healthy relationships throughout their lives. Calls on the people of the United States to observe National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month with programs and activities that promote awareness and prevention of teen dating violence in their communities.",
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                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations."
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                "title": "To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an exclusion from gross income for AmeriCorps educational awards.",
                "short_title": "Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Tax Relief Act of 2017",


                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
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                "sponsor_name": "John Lewis",
                "sponsor_state": "GA",
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                "primary_subject": "Taxation",
                "summary": "Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Tax Relief Act of 2017 This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to exclude from gross income any AmeriCorps educational awards provided under the National and Community Service Act of 1990. ",
                "summary_short": "Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Tax Relief Act of 2017 This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to exclude from gross income any AmeriCorps educational awards provided under the National and Community Service Act of 1990. ",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-02-16",
                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means."
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                "number": "H.R.335",
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                "title": "To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide parity among States in the timing of the application of higher Federal Medicaid matching rates for the ACA-expansion population.",
                "short_title": "Medicaid Expansion Parity Act of 2017",


                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor_id": "L000287",
                "sponsor_name": "John Lewis",
                "sponsor_state": "GA",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/L000287.json",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/335",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr335",
                "introduced_date": "2017-01-05",
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                "committees": "House Energy and Commerce Committee",
                "primary_subject": "Health",
                "summary": "Medicaid Expansion Parity Act of 2017 This bill amends title XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act to provide the enhanced federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) to every state that expands Medicaid coverage for individuals who are newly eligible under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, regardless of when such expansion takes place.  Under current law, the enhanced FMAP is equivalent to 100% in 2014 through 2016, 95% in 2017, 94% in 2018, 93% in 2019, and 90% thereafter. The bill retains this enhanced FMAP, but bases it on a term of years rather than on specific dates. The bill applies retroactively.",
                "summary_short": "Medicaid Expansion Parity Act of 2017 This bill amends title XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act to provide the enhanced federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) to every state that expands Medicaid coverage for individuals who are newly eligible under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, regardless of when such expansion takes place.  Under current law, the enhanced FMAP is equivalent to 100% in 2014 through 2016, 95% in 2017, 94% in 2018, 93% in 2019, and 90% thereafter...",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-01-25",
                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the Subcommittee on Health."
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                "number": "H.R.266",
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                "title": "To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide that COPS grant funds may be used to hire and train new, additional career law enforcement officers who are residents of the communities they serve, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "Law Enforcement Inclusion Act of 2016",


                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
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                "sponsor_name": "John Lewis",
                "sponsor_state": "GA",
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                "committees": "House Judiciary Committee",
                "primary_subject": "Crime and Law Enforcement",
                "summary": "Law Enforcement Inclusion Act of 2016 This bill amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to expand the allowable use of grant funds under the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program to include: (1) recruiting, hiring, and training career law enforcement officers who are residents of the communities they serve; and (2) developing and publishing strategies and timelines to recruit, hire, and train a diverse and inclusive law enforcement workforce. ",
                "summary_short": "Law Enforcement Inclusion Act of 2016 This bill amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to expand the allowable use of grant funds under the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program to include: (1) recruiting, hiring, and training career law enforcement officers who are residents of the communities they serve; and (2) developing and publishing strategies and timelines to recruit, hire, and train a diverse and inclusive law enforcement workforce. ",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-01-31",
                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations."
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                "number": "H.R.268",
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                "title": "To amend the National Highway System Designation Act of 1995 to permit the construction of certain noise barriers with funds from the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "Neighborhood Noise Barriers Act of 2017",


                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor_id": "L000287",
                "sponsor_name": "John Lewis",
                "sponsor_state": "GA",
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                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/268",
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                "committees": "House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee",
                "primary_subject": "Transportation and Public Works",
                "summary": "Neighborhood Noise Barriers Act of 2017 This bill amends the National Highway System Designation Act of 1995 to allow the use of funds out of the Highway Trust Fund to construct a Type II noise barrier along a federal-aid highway if such barrier:  is part of a project approved by the Department of Transportation before November 28, 1995; or separates a highway or other noise corridor from a group of structures of which the majority of those closest to the highway or noise corridor are residential in nature and which either were constructed before the construction or most recent widening of the highway or noise corridor or are at least 10 years old.  The bill makes the planning, design, or construction of a Type II noise barrier eligible for surface transportation block grant program funding.",
                "summary_short": "Neighborhood Noise Barriers Act of 2017 This bill amends the National Highway System Designation Act of 1995 to allow the use of funds out of the Highway Trust Fund to construct a Type II noise barrier along a federal-aid highway if such barrier:  is part of a project approved by the Department of Transportation before November 28, 1995; or separates a highway or other noise corridor from a group of structures of which the majority of those closest to the highway or noise corridor are residen...",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-01-05",
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                "number": "H.R.269",
                "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr269.json",
                "title": "To eliminate the requirement that, to be eligible for foster care maintenance payments, a child would have been eligible for aid under the former program of Aid to Families with Dependent Children at the time of removal from the home.",
                "short_title": "Look-back Elimination Act of 2017",


                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
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                "sponsor_name": "John Lewis",
                "sponsor_state": "GA",
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                "primary_subject": "Families",
                "summary": "Look-back Elimination Act of 2017 This bill amends part E (Foster Care and Adoption Assistance) of title IV of the Social Security Act to extend federal funding to states for maintenance payments on behalf of each foster child, regardless of whether the child would have been eligible for aid under the former Aid to Families with Dependent Children program at the time of removal from the home. ",
                "summary_short": "Look-back Elimination Act of 2017 This bill amends part E (Foster Care and Adoption Assistance) of title IV of the Social Security Act to extend federal funding to states for maintenance payments on behalf of each foster child, regardless of whether the child would have been eligible for aid under the former Aid to Families with Dependent Children program at the time of removal from the home. ",
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}

Get Recent Bills by a Specific Subject

Use this request type to get the 20 most recently updated bills for a specific legislative subject. Results can include more than one Congress.

HTTP Request

GET https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/bills/subjects/{subject}.json

URL Parameters

Parameter Description
subject A slug version of a legislative subject, displayed as url_name in subject responses.

Example Call

curl "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/bills/subjects/meat.json"
  -H "X-API-Key: PROPUBLICA_API_KEY"

The above command returns JSON structured like this:

{
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    "copyright": "Copyright (c) 2017 Pro Publica Inc. All Rights Reserved.",
    "num_results": 20,
    "offset": 0,
    "subject": "Meat",
    "results": [{
        "bill_id": "s1706-115",
        "bill_slug": "s1706",
        "bill_type": "s",
        "number": "S.1706",
        "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/s1706.json",
        "title": "A bill to prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States.",
        "short_title": "SAFE Act",
        "sponsor_id": "M000639",
        "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/M000639.json",
        "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
        "sponsor_name": "Robert Menendez",
        "sponsor_state": "NJ",
        "sponsor_party": "D",
        "introduced_date": "2017-08-02",
        "cosponsors": 27,
        "cosponsors_by_party": {
            "R": 2,
            "D": 24,
            "I": 1
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        "committees": "Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee",
        "committee_codes": ["SSHR"],
        "subcommittee_codes": [],
        "primary_subject": "Agriculture and Food",
        "latest_major_action_date": "2017-08-02",
        "latest_major_action": "Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.",
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        "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1706",
        "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1706",
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        "summary": "John Stringer Rainey Memorial Safeguard American Food Exports Act or the SAFE Act This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to deem equine (horses and other members of the equidae family) parts to be an unsafe food additive or animal drug.   The bill prohibits the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts for human consumption.",
        "summary_short": "John Stringer Rainey Memorial Safeguard American Food Exports Act or the SAFE Act This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to deem equine (horses and other members of the equidae family) parts to be an unsafe food additive or animal drug.   The bill prohibits the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts for human consumption."
    }, {
        "bill_id": "hr3337-115",
        "bill_slug": "hr3337",
        "bill_type": "hr",
        "number": "H.R.3337",
        "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr3337.json",
        "title": "To ban meat and poultry products processed in China from school lunches, and for other purposes.",
        "short_title": "Safe Chicken and Meat for Children Act",
        "sponsor_id": "D000216",
        "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/D000216.json",
        "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
        "sponsor_name": "Rosa DeLauro",
        "sponsor_state": "CT",
        "sponsor_party": "D",
        "introduced_date": "2017-07-20",
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        "summary": "Safe Chicken and Meat for Children Act  This bill amends the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to prohibit poultry or meat that is processed or produced in China from being used in the Department of Agriculture's National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program. ",
        "summary_short": "Safe Chicken and Meat for Children Act  This bill amends the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to prohibit poultry or meat that is processed or produced in China from being used in the Department of Agriculture's National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program. "
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        "number": "H.RES.401",
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        "title": "Urging China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, India, and all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade and to enforce existing laws against the trade.",
        "short_title": "Urging China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, India, and all nations to outlaw the dog and cat meat trade and to enforce existing laws against the trade.",
        "sponsor_id": "H000324",
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        "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
        "sponsor_name": "Alcee L. Hastings",
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        "summary": "Calls for an end to the dog and cat meat industry.  Urges the governments of China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, India, and all other nations to: (1) adopt and enforce laws banning the dog and cat meat trade, (2) increase efforts to prevent any leather or fur byproducts of such trade from entering international markets, and (3) use their food safety laws to crack down on the sale of dog and cat meat. Affirms the U.S. commitment to the protection of animals and to advancing the progress of animal protection around the world. Urges executive branch officials to include the dog and cat meat trade on the agenda for discussion with the officials of countries that have a dog or cat meat industry.  ",
        "summary_short": "Calls for an end to the dog and cat meat industry.  Urges the governments of China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, India, and all other nations to: (1) adopt and enforce laws banning the dog and cat meat trade, (2) increase efforts to prevent any leather or fur byproducts of such trade from entering international markets, and (3) use their food safety laws to crack down on the sale of dog and cat meat. Affirms the U.S. commitment to the protection ..."
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        "bill_id": "hr2657-115",
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        "title": "To amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act to exempt from inspection the slaughter of animals and the preparation of carcasses conducted at a custom slaughter facility, and for other purposes.",
        "short_title": "PRIME Act",
        "sponsor_id": "M001184",
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        "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
        "sponsor_name": "Thomas Massie",
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        "sponsor_party": "R",
        "introduced_date": "2017-05-25",
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        "latest_major_action_date": "2017-06-26",
        "latest_major_action": "Referred to the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture.",
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        "summary": "Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption Act or the PRIME Act  This bill amends the Federal Meat Inspection Act to expand the exemption of custom slaughtering of animals from federal inspection requirements. Under current law, the exemption applies if the meat is slaughtered for personal, household, guest, and employee uses. The bill expands the exemption to include meat that is:    slaughtered and prepared at a custom slaughter facility in accordance with the laws of the state where the facility is located; and  prepared exclusively for distribution to household consumers in the state or restaurants, hotels, boarding houses, grocery stores, or other establishments in the state that either prepare meals served directly to consumers or offer meat and food products for sale directly to consumers in the state.   The bill does not preempt any state law concerning: (1) the slaughter of animals or the preparation of carcasses, parts thereof, meat and meat food products at a custom slaughter facility; or (2) the sale of meat or meat food products. ",
        "summary_short": "Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption Act or the PRIME Act  This bill amends the Federal Meat Inspection Act to expand the exemption of custom slaughtering of animals from federal inspection requirements. Under current law, the exemption applies if the meat is slaughtered for personal, household, guest, and employee uses. The bill expands the exemption to include meat that is:    slaughtered and prepared at a custom slaughter facility in accordance with the laws of the state where ..."
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        "number": "S.1232",
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        "title": "A bill to amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act to exempt from inspection the slaughter of animals and the preparation of carcasses conducted at a custom slaughter facility, and for other purposes.",
        "short_title": "PRIME Act",
        "sponsor_id": "K000383",
        "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/K000383.json",
        "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
        "sponsor_name": "Angus King",
        "sponsor_state": "ME",
        "sponsor_party": "I",
        "introduced_date": "2017-05-25",
        "cosponsors": 1,
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        "latest_major_action": "Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.",
        "active": false,
        "last_vote": null,
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        "summary": "Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption Act or the PRIME Act  This bill amends the Federal Meat Inspection Act to expand the exemption of custom slaughtering of animals from federal inspection requirements. Under current law, the exemption applies if the meat is slaughtered for personal, household, guest, and employee uses. The bill expands the exemption to include meat that is:    slaughtered and prepared at a custom slaughter facility in accordance with the laws of the state where the facility is located; and  prepared exclusively for distribution to household consumers in the state or restaurants, hotels, boarding houses, grocery stores, or other establishments in the state that either prepare meals served directly to consumers or offer meat and food products for sale directly to consumers in the state.   The bill does not preempt any state law concerning: (1) the slaughter of animals or the preparation of carcasses, parts thereof, meat and meat food products at a custom slaughter facility; or (2) the sale of meat or meat food products. ",
        "summary_short": "Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption Act or the PRIME Act  This bill amends the Federal Meat Inspection Act to expand the exemption of custom slaughtering of animals from federal inspection requirements. Under current law, the exemption applies if the meat is slaughtered for personal, household, guest, and employee uses. The bill expands the exemption to include meat that is:    slaughtered and prepared at a custom slaughter facility in accordance with the laws of the state where ..."
    }, {
        "bill_id": "s1214-115",
        "bill_slug": "s1214",
        "bill_type": "s",
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        "title": "A bill to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to clarify the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency with respect to certain sporting good articles, and to exempt those articles from a definition under that Act.",
        "short_title": "Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act",
        "sponsor_id": "T000250",
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        "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
        "sponsor_name": "John Thune",
        "sponsor_state": "SD",
        "sponsor_party": "R",
        "introduced_date": "2017-05-24",
        "cosponsors": 1,
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        "committee_codes": ["SSEV"],
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        "primary_subject": "Agriculture and Food",
        "latest_major_action_date": "2017-05-24",
        "latest_major_action": "Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.",
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        "last_vote": null,
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        "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1214",
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        "senate_passage": null,
        "summary": "Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act This bill exempts components of firearms and ammunition and sport fishing equipment and its components (such as lead sinkers) from regulations on chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act. ",
        "summary_short": "Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act This bill exempts components of firearms and ammunition and sport fishing equipment and its components (such as lead sinkers) from regulations on chemical substances under the Toxic Substances Control Act. "
    }, {
        "bill_id": "hr2064-115",
        "bill_slug": "hr2064",
        "bill_type": "hr",
        "number": "H.R.2064",
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        "title": "To amend the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the egg, meat, and poultry inspection laws to ensure that consumers receive notification regarding food products produced from crops, livestock, or poultry raised on land on which sewage sludge was applied.",
        "short_title": "Sewage Sludge in Food Production Consumer Notification Act",
        "sponsor_id": "S000248",
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        "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
        "sponsor_name": "José E. Serrano",
        "sponsor_state": "NY",
        "sponsor_party": "D",
        "introduced_date": "2017-04-06",
        "cosponsors": 0,
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        "committee_codes": ["HSAG", "HSIF"],
        "subcommittee_codes": ["HSIF14"],
        "primary_subject": "Agriculture and Food",
        "latest_major_action_date": "2017-04-07",
        "latest_major_action": "Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.",
        "active": false,
        "last_vote": null,
        "enacted": null,
        "vetoed": null,
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        "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2064",
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        "summary": "Sewage Sludge in Food Production Consumer Notification Act  This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Egg Products Inspection Act, the Federal Meat Inspection Act, and the Poultry Products Inspection Act to require consumers to be notified regarding food produced from crops, poultry, or livestock on land in which sewage sludge was applied. Sewage sludge is solid, semi-solid, or liquid residue generated during the treatment of domestic sewage in a treatment works. Under the bill, if consumers are not notified regarding food produced on land on which sewage sludge was applied, the food is considered adulterated food subject to Food and Drug Administration or Department of Agriculture recalls. ",
        "summary_short": "Sewage Sludge in Food Production Consumer Notification Act  This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the Egg Products Inspection Act, the Federal Meat Inspection Act, and the Poultry Products Inspection Act to require consumers to be notified regarding food produced from crops, poultry, or livestock on land in which sewage sludge was applied. Sewage sludge is solid, semi-solid, or liquid residue generated during the treatment of domestic sewage in a treatment works. Under th..."
    }, {
        "bill_id": "s813-115",
        "bill_slug": "s813",
        "bill_type": "s",
        "number": "S.813",
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        "title": "A bill to amend the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, to make it unlawful for a packer to own, feed, or control livestock intended for slaughter.",
        "short_title": "A bill to amend the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, to make it unlawful for a packer to own, feed, or control livestock intended for slaughter.",
        "sponsor_id": "G000386",
        "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/G000386.json",
        "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
        "sponsor_name": "Charles E. Grassley",
        "sponsor_state": "IA",
        "sponsor_party": "R",
        "introduced_date": "2017-04-04",
        "cosponsors": 0,
        "cosponsors_by_party": {},
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        "committee_codes": ["SSAF"],
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        "primary_subject": "Agriculture and Food",
        "latest_major_action_date": "2017-04-04",
        "latest_major_action": "Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.",
        "active": false,
        "last_vote": null,
        "enacted": null,
        "vetoed": null,
        "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
        "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/813",
        "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s813",
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        "summary": "This bill amends the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921 to prohibit livestock packers from owning, controlling, or feeding livestock to such an extent that the producer no longer materially participates in the management of the operation with respect to the production of the livestock.  The bill includes exceptions for: (1) livestock held for not more than seven days before slaughter; (2) certain cooperatives that own, control, or feed livestock and provide such livestock for slaughter; (3) packers that are not required to report price and quantity information on each reporting day; or (4) packers that own one livestock processing plant. ",
        "summary_short": "This bill amends the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921 to prohibit livestock packers from owning, controlling, or feeding livestock to such an extent that the producer no longer materially participates in the management of the operation with respect to the production of the livestock.  The bill includes exceptions for: (1) livestock held for not more than seven days before slaughter; (2) certain cooperatives that own, control, or feed livestock and provide such livestock for slaughter; (3) pac..."
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        "bill_id": "hr1406-115",
        "bill_slug": "hr1406",
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        "number": "H.R.1406",
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        "title": "To amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption.",
        "short_title": "Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017",
        "sponsor_id": "H000324",
        "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/H000324.json",
        "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
        "sponsor_name": "Alcee L. Hastings",
        "sponsor_state": "FL",
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        "introduced_date": "2017-03-07",
        "cosponsors": 204,
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            "D": 148
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        "committees": "House Agriculture Committee",
        "committee_codes": ["HSAG"],
        "subcommittee_codes": ["HSAG29"],
        "primary_subject": "Animals",
        "latest_major_action_date": "2017-03-23",
        "latest_major_action": "Referred to the Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture.",
        "active": false,
        "last_vote": null,
        "enacted": null,
        "vetoed": null,
        "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
        "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1406",
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        "bill_id": "s688-115",
        "bill_slug": "s688",
        "bill_type": "s",
        "number": "S.688",
        "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/s688.json",
        "title": "A bill to suspend the importation of beef and poultry from Brazil.",
        "short_title": "A bill to suspend the importation of beef and poultry from Brazil.",
        "sponsor_id": "T000464",
        "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/T000464.json",
        "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
        "sponsor_name": "Jon Tester",
        "sponsor_state": "MT",
        "sponsor_party": "D",
        "introduced_date": "2017-03-21",
        "cosponsors": 0,
        "cosponsors_by_party": {},
        "committees": "Senate Finance Committee",
        "committee_codes": ["SSFI"],
        "subcommittee_codes": [],
        "primary_subject": "Foreign Trade and International Finance",
        "latest_major_action_date": "2017-03-21",
        "latest_major_action": "Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.",
        "active": false,
        "last_vote": null,
        "enacted": null,
        "vetoed": null,
        "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
        "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/688",
        "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s688",
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        "summary": "This bill suspends the importation of Brazilian beef and poultry products into the United States for 120 days.",
        "summary_short": "This bill suspends the importation of Brazilian beef and poultry products into the United States for 120 days."
    }, {
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        "bill_slug": "s629",
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        "title": "A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drugs, and Cosmetic Act to ensure the safety and effectiveness of medically important antimicrobials approved for use in the prevention, control, and treatment of animal diseases, in order to minimize the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.",
        "short_title": "Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2017",
        "sponsor_id": "F000062",
        "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/F000062.json",
        "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
        "sponsor_name": "Dianne Feinstein",
        "sponsor_state": "CA",
        "sponsor_party": "D",
        "introduced_date": "2017-03-14",
        "cosponsors": 5,
        "cosponsors_by_party": {
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            "D": 4
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        "committees": "Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee",
        "committee_codes": ["SSHR"],
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        "primary_subject": "Health",
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        "latest_major_action": "Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.",
        "active": false,
        "last_vote": null,
        "enacted": null,
        "vetoed": null,
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        "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s629",
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        "bill_id": "hres30-115",
        "bill_slug": "hres30",
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        "number": "H.RES.30",
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        "title": "Condemning the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, and urging China to end the dog meat trade.",
        "short_title": "Condemning the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, and urging China to end the dog meat trade.",
        "sponsor_id": "H000324",
        "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/H000324.json",
        "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
        "sponsor_name": "Alcee L. Hastings",
        "sponsor_state": "FL",
        "sponsor_party": "D",
        "introduced_date": "2017-01-06",
        "cosponsors": 174,
        "cosponsors_by_party": {
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            "R": 48
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        "committees": "House Foreign Affairs Committee",
        "committee_codes": ["HSFA"],
        "subcommittee_codes": ["HSFA05"],
        "primary_subject": "International Affairs",
        "latest_major_action_date": "2017-02-16",
        "latest_major_action": "Referred to the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.",
        "active": false,
        "last_vote": null,
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        "vetoed": null,
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        "summary": "Condemns the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, because it: (1) is a spectacle of extreme animal cruelty, (2) is a commercial activity not grounded in Chinese history, (3) is opposed by a majority of the Chinese people, and (4) threatens global public health.  Urges:   the government of China and the Yulin authorities to ban the killing and eating of dogs as part of Yulin's festival and to enforce China's food safety laws regulating the processing and sale of animal products and the 2011 Agriculture Ministry of China Regulation on the Quarantine of Dogs at the Place of Origin requiring one certificate for one dog on trans-provincial transport trucks, and the National People's Congress of China to enact an animal anticruelty law that bans the dog meat trade.   Affirms the commitment of the United States to the protection of animals and to the progress of animal protection.",
        "summary_short": "Condemns the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, because it: (1) is a spectacle of extreme animal cruelty, (2) is a commercial activity not grounded in Chinese history, (3) is opposed by a majority of the Chinese people, and (4) threatens global public health.  Urges:   the government of China and the Yulin authorities to ban the killing and eating of dogs as part of Yulin's festival and to enforce China's food safety laws regulating the processing and sale of animal products and the 2011 Agri..."
    }, {
        "bill_id": "hr113-115",
        "bill_slug": "hr113",
        "bill_type": "hr",
        "number": "H.R.113",
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        "title": "To prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States.",
        "short_title": "Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2017",
        "sponsor_id": "B001260",
        "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/B001260.json",
        "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
        "sponsor_name": "Vern Buchanan",
        "sponsor_state": "FL",
        "sponsor_party": "R",
        "introduced_date": "2017-01-03",
        "cosponsors": 194,
        "cosponsors_by_party": {
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        "committees": "House Energy and Commerce Committee",
        "committee_codes": ["HSAG", "HSIF"],
        "subcommittee_codes": ["HSIF14", "HSAG29"],
        "primary_subject": "Agriculture and Food",
        "latest_major_action_date": "2017-01-25",
        "latest_major_action": "Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.",
        "active": false,
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        "summary": "Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2017 This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to deem equine (horses and other members of the equidae family) parts to be an unsafe food additive or animal drug.   The bill prohibits the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts for human consumption.",
        "summary_short": "Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2017 This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to deem equine (horses and other members of the equidae family) parts to be an unsafe food additive or animal drug.   The bill prohibits the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts for human consumption."
    }, {
        "bill_id": "hres752-114",
        "bill_slug": "hres752",
        "bill_type": "hres",
        "number": "H.RES.752",
        "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/114/bills/hres752.json",
        "title": "Condemning the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, and urging China to end the dog meat trade.",
        "short_title": "Condemning the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, and urging China to end the dog meat trade.",
        "sponsor_id": "H000324",
        "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/H000324.json",
        "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
        "sponsor_name": "Alcee L. Hastings",
        "sponsor_state": "FL",
        "sponsor_party": "D",
        "introduced_date": "2016-05-25",
        "cosponsors": 162,
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            "R": 46
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        "committees": "House Foreign Affairs Committee",
        "committee_codes": ["HSFA"],
        "subcommittee_codes": ["HSFA05"],
        "primary_subject": "International Affairs",
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        "latest_major_action": "Referred to the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.",
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        "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hres752",
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        "summary": "Condemns the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, because it: (1) is a spectacle of extreme animal cruelty, (2) is a commercial activity not grounded in Chinese history, (3) is opposed by a majority of the Chinese people, and (4) threatens global public health.  Urges:   the government of China and the Yulin authorities to ban the killing and eating of dogs as part of Yulin's festival and to enforce China's food safety laws regulating the processing and sale of animal products and the 2011 Agriculture Ministry of China Regulation on the Quarantine of Dogs at the Place of Origin requiring one certificate for one dog on trans-provincial transport trucks, and   the National People's Congress of China to enact an animal anticruelty law that bans the dog meat trade.  Affirms the commitment of the United States to the protection of animals and to the progress of animal protection.",
        "summary_short": "Condemns the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, China, because it: (1) is a spectacle of extreme animal cruelty, (2) is a commercial activity not grounded in Chinese history, (3) is opposed by a majority of the Chinese people, and (4) threatens global public health.  Urges:   the government of China and the Yulin authorities to ban the killing and eating of dogs as part of Yulin's festival and to enforce China's food safety laws regulating the processing and sale of animal products and the 2011 Agri..."
    }, {
        "bill_id": "hr5293-114",
        "bill_slug": "hr5293",
        "bill_type": "hr",
        "number": "H.R.5293",
        "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/114/bills/hr5293.json",
        "title": "Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, and for other purposes.",
        "short_title": "Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017",
        "sponsor_id": "F000372",
        "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/F000372.json",
        "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
        "sponsor_name": "Rodney Frelinghuysen",
        "sponsor_state": "NJ",
        "sponsor_party": "R",
        "introduced_date": "2016-05-19",
        "cosponsors": 0,
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        "committees": "House Appropriations Committee",
        "committee_codes": ["HSAP"],
        "subcommittee_codes": ["SSAP02"],
        "primary_subject": "Armed Forces and National Security",
        "latest_major_action_date": "2016-09-06",
        "latest_major_action": "Second cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 55 - 43. Record Vote Number: 136. (consideration: CR S5239-5240)",
        "active": true,
        "last_vote": "2016-09-06",
        "enacted": null,
        "vetoed": null,
        "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
        "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/5293",
        "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr5293",
        "house_passage": "2016-06-16",
        "senate_passage": null,
        "summary": "Highlights:  This bill provides FY2017 appropriations to the Department of Defense (DOD) for military activities, including appropriations for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)/ Global War on Terrorism.  The bill does not include funding for military construction, military family housing, civil works projects of the Army Corps of Engineers, and nuclear warheads, which are all considered in other appropriations bills.  The bill increases total funding for DOD compared to FY2016 levels and provides additional OCO funding for many accounts. OCO funding is not subject to discretionary spending limits and other budget enforcement procedures.  The bill also contains provisions that prohibit or restrict funds from being used to close the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility; transfer the detainees to other countries; or construct or modify facilities for the purpose of housing the detainees.  Full Summary:  Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017  TITLE I--MILITARY PERSONNEL  Provides appropriations for active-duty and reserve personnel in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force (the military departments), and for National Guard personnel in the Army and Air Force.  TITLE II--OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE  Provides appropriations for Operation and Maintenance (O\u0026amp;M) for the military departments, other agencies of DOD, the Reserve Components, and the Army and Air National Guard.  Provides appropriations for:    the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces;  Environmental Restoration for the military departments, DOD, and at Formerly Used Defense Sites;   Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster, and Civic Aid; and   the Cooperative Threat Reduction Account.   TITLE III--PROCUREMENT  Provides appropriations for Procurement by the military departments, including:    Aircraft;  Missiles;   Weapons and Tracked Combat Vehicles;   Ammunition;   Spacecraft, Rockets, and Related Equipment; and   Shipbuilding and Conversion by the Navy.   Provides appropriations for Defense-Wide Procurement and Defense Production Act Purchases.  TITLE IV--RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION  Provides appropriations for Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT\u0026amp;E) by the military departments and defense agencies.  Provides appropriations for Operational Test and Evaluation.  TITLE V--REVOLVING AND MANAGEMENT FUNDS  Provides appropriations for the Defense Working Capital Funds.  TITLE VI--OTHER DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PROGRAMS  Provides appropriations for other DOD programs, including:    the Defense Health Program,   Chemical Agents and Munitions Destruction,   Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities, and   the Office of the Inspector General.   TITLE VII--RELATED AGENCIES Provides appropriations for the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System Fund and the Intelligence Community Management Account.  TITLE VIII--GENERAL PROVISIONS  Sets forth permissible and prohibited uses of funds appropriated by this and other appropriations bills.  (Sec. 8001) Prohibits appropriations provided by this this bill from being used for publicity or propaganda purposes not authorized by Congress.  (Sec. 8002) Exempts DOD from laws prohibiting the compensation or employment of foreign nationals if specified conditions are met.  (Sec. 8003) Prohibits funding provided by this bill from remaining available for obligation beyond the current fiscal year unless this bill expressly provides otherwise.  (Sec. 8004) Prohibits more than 20% of the appropriations provided by this bill for the current fiscal year from being obligated during the last two months of the fiscal year, with an exception for support of active duty training of reserve components or summer camp training of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps.  (Sec. 8005) Permits specified Working Capital Funds provided by this bill for military functions (except military construction) to be transferred between appropriations or funds available for the same purposes, subject to specified restrictions and the approval of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Requires DOD to notify Congress of all transfers made pursuant to this section.  (Sec. 8006) Requires tables included in the report accompanying this bill to be treated as if they were included in the text of this bill.  (Sec. 8007) Requires DOD to submit a report to Congress to establish the baseline for application of reprogramming and transfer authorities for FY2017. Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being reprogrammed or transferred until the report is provided or DOD certifies to Congress that the reprogramming or transfer is necessary as an emergency requirement. Includes exceptions for Environmental Restoration and Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities accounts.  (Sec. 8008) Prohibits cash balances in DOD Working Capital Funds from exceeding the level necessary for cash disbursements to be made from the funds. Sets forth requirements and limitations for transfers of balances in the funds to specified accounts.  (Sec. 8009) Prohibits the initiation of a special access program without notifying Congress in advance.  (Sec. 8010) Establishes limitations and conditions on the use of funds provided by this bill to initiate or terminate certain multi-year contracts.  (Sec. 8011) Appropriates O\u0026amp;M funds for the costs of humanitarian and civic assistance provided in conjunction with military operations.  (Sec. 8012) Prohibits DOD from managing civilian personnel on the basis of any end-strength or subjecting civilian personnel to any end strength limitations.  (Sec. 8013) Prohibits funds made available by this bill from being used to directly or indirectly influence congressional action on legislation or appropriation matters pending before Congress.  (Sec. 8014) Prohibits compensation from being paid to any member of the Army participating as a full-time student and receiving benefits paid by the Department of Veterans Affairs from the DOD Education Benefits Fund if the time spent as a student is counted toward the member's service commitment. Applies the restriction only to active components of the Army and exempts members that have reenlisted with this option prior to October 1, 1987.  (Sec. 8015) Permits funds appropriated in title III of this bill for the Department of Defense Pilot Mentor-Protege Program to be transferred to any other account to implement a developmental assistance agreement under the program.  (Sec. 8016) Prohibits DOD from purchasing certain anchor and mooring chains unless they are manufactured in the United States.  (Sec. 8017) Prohibits funds from being used to demilitarize or dispose of certain small firearms, small arms ammunition, or ammunition components.  (Sec. 8018) Limits funding for the relocation of any DOD entity into or within the National Capital Region. Permits DOD to waive the limitation by certifying to Congress that a relocation is required in the best interest of the government.  (Sec. 8019) Provides specified funds for incentive payments for federal contracts involving contractors, subcontractors, or suppliers that are Indian organizations or Indian-owned economic enterprises.  (Sec. 8020) Prohibits funds for the Defense Media Activity from being used for national or international political or psychological activities.  (Sec. 8021) Permits DOD to incur obligations of up to $350 million for DOD military compensation, construction projects, and supplies and services in anticipation of contributions from the government of Kuwait.  (Sec. 8022) Provides appropriations from specified accounts for the Civil Air Patrol Corporation to support operation and maintenance, procurement, readiness, counterdrug activities, and drug demand reduction activities involving youth programs.  (Sec. 8023) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to establish a new DOD federally-funded research and development center (FFRDC). Limits compensation for FFRDC members or consultants.  Prohibits a defense FFRDC from using FY2017 DOD funds for new building construction, cost-sharing payments for projects funded by government grants, absorption of contract overruns, or certain charitable contributions.  Limits the staff years that may be funded for FFRDCs from FY2017 funds, and requires DOD to submit a report on the allocation of staff years with the FY2018 budget request.  Reduces the total amount appropriated by this bill for FFRDCs.  (Sec. 8024) Prohibits DOD from procuring carbon, alloy, or armor steel plating not melted and rolled in the United States or Canada. Permits DOD to waive the prohibition if adequate domestic supplies are not available and an acquisition is necessary for national security purposes.  (Sec. 8025) Specifies that \"congressional defense committees\" include the Senate and House Armed Services Committees and Appropriations Subcommittees on Defense.  (Sec. 8026) Permits DOD to acquire the modification, depot maintenance, and repair of aircraft, vehicles, and vessels; and production of components through competition between DOD activities and private firms.  (Sec. 8027) Revokes blanket waivers of the Buy American Act if DOD determines that a country has violated the terms of a specified agreement by discriminating against products produced in the United States.  (Sec. 8028) Permits funds in the Department of Defense Overseas Military Facility Investment Recovery Account to remain available until expended.  (Sec. 8029) Permits the Air Force to convey to Indian tribes located in Nevada, Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Oregon, Minnesota, and Washington relocatable military housing units currently located at Grand Forks, Malmstrom, Mountain Home, Elllsworth, and Minot Air Force Bases that are excess to the needs of the Air Force. Requires the Operation Walking Shield Program to resolve any housing unit conflicts arising among requests of Indian tribes for these conveyances.  (Sec. 8030) Permits DOD O\u0026amp;M appropriations to be used to purchase items with an investment unit cost of not more than $250,000.  (Sec. 8031) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill to disestablish, close, downgrade from host to extension center, or place on probation a Senior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program.  (Sec. 8032) Requires DOD to issue regulations to: (1) prohibit the sale of tobacco or tobacco-related products in military resale outlets in the United States, its territories, and possessions at a price below the most competitive price in the local community; and (2) require the prices in overseas military retail outlets to be within the range of prices established for military retail systems stores in the United States.  (Sec. 8033) Prohibits the use of DOD Working Capital Funds to purchase specified investment items.  (Sec. 8034) Prohibits funds provided for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from remaining available for obligation beyond the current fiscal year, except for funds provided for the Reserve for Contingencies, the Working Capital Fund, or other specified programs.  (Sec. 8035) Permits funds made available by this bill to the Defense Intelligence Agency to be used for the design, development, and deployment of General Defense Intelligence Program intelligence communication and intelligence information systems.  (Sec. 8036) Requires specified Operation and Maintenance--Defense-Wide funds to be used for the mitigation of environmental impacts on Indian lands resulting from DOD activities.  (Sec. 8037) Requires DOD to comply with the Buy American Act.  (Sec. 8038) Prohibits funds from being used for contracts for studies, analysis, or consulting services entered into without competition on the basis of an unsolicited proposal unless specified conditions are met.  (Sec. 8039) Prohibits funds in this bill from being used to: (1) establish a field operating agency, or (2) pay a member of the Armed Forces or civilian employee transferred or reassigned from a headquarters activity if the employee's place of duty remains at headquarters. Specifies exceptions and permits waivers that will reduce personnel or financial requirements of the department.  (Sec. 8040) Prohibits funds in this bill from being used to convert a function performed by DOD civilian employees to performance by a contractor unless specific requirements are met.  (Sec. 8041) Rescinds specified funds provided for Procurement and RDT\u0026amp;E in prior defense appropriations Acts.  (Sec. 8042) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to reduce authorized positions for military technicians (dual status) of the Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Army Reserve, and Air Force Reserve unless the reductions are a direct result of a reduction in military force structure.  (Sec. 8043) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for assistance to North Korea unless specifically appropriated for that purpose.  (Sec. 8044) Permits O\u0026amp;M funds provided by this bill to be used to reimburse the National Guard and Reserve for providing intelligence or counterintelligence support to the combatant commands, defense agencies, and joint intelligence activities.  (Sec. 8045) Prohibits the transfer of DOD or Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) drug interdiction or counter-drug activity funds to any other department or agency except as specifically provided in an appropriations law.  (Sec. 8046) Requires ball and roller bearings purchased using funds provided by this bill to be produced by a domestic source. Permits DOD to waive the prohibition if adequate domestic supplies are not available and an acquisition is necessary for national security.  (Sec. 8047) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) launch service competitions unless the competitions are open to all certified providers of EELV systems. Requires the award to be made to the provider that offers the best value to the government.  (Sec. 8048) Appropriates funds to DOD for grants to the United Service Organizations and the Red Cross.  (Sec. 8049) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to purchase any supercomputer not manufactured in the United States unless it is unavailable from U.S. manufacturers and is necessary for national security.  (Sec. 8050) Requires the Small Business Innovation Research program and the Small Business Technology Transfer program set-asides to be taken proportionately from all programs, projects, or activities that contribute to the extramural budget.  (Sec. 8051) Prohibits funds in this bill from being used for contractor bonuses being paid due to a business restructuring.  (Sec. 8052) Permits the transfer of specified O\u0026amp;M funds to pay military personnel for support and services for eligible organizations and activities outside DOD.  (Sec. 8053) Permits DOD to dispose of negative unliquidated or unexpended balances for expired or closed accounts by charging an obligation to a current account for the same purpose as the expired or closed account.  (Sec. 8054) Permits the National Guard to allow the use of equipment of the National Guard Distance Learning Project by any person or entity on a space-available, reimbursable basis.  (Sec. 8055) Requires specified O\u0026amp;M funds to be used for continued implementation and expansion of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program.  (Sec. 8056) Prohibits the use of funds provided in title IV to procure end-items for delivery to military forces for operational training, operational use, or inventory requirements. Includes exceptions and permits a waiver for national security purposes.  (Sec. 8057) Permits DOD to waive limitations on the procurement of defense items from a foreign country if: (1) the limitations would invalidate cooperative programs or reciprocal trade agreements, and (2) the country does not discriminate against the same or similar items procured in the United States. Provides exceptions.  (Sec. 8058) Prohibits funds provided by this or other DOD appropriations bills from being used for repairs or maintenance for military family housing units.  (Sec. 8059) Requires DOD to submit a report to Congress before obligating specified RDT\u0026amp;E funds appropriated by this bill for any new start advanced concept technology demonstration project or joint capability demonstration project. Permits DOD to waive the restriction by certifying to Congress that it is in the national interest.  (Sec. 8060) Requires DOD to continue to provide a classified quarterly report to Congress on matters specified in the classified annex accompanying this bill.  (Sec. 8061) Permits a Reserve who is a member of the National Guard serving on full-time duty to support ground-based elements of the National Ballistic Missile Defense System.  (Sec. 8062) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to transfer specified armor-piercing ammunition to any nongovernmental entity, except for demilitarization purposes.  (Sec. 8063) Permits the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to waive payment for the lease of personal property to certain youth, social, charitable, or fraternal nonprofit organizations.  (Sec. 8064) Permits specified O\u0026amp;M--Army funds to remain available until expended. Permits DOD to: (1) transfer the funds to other activities of the federal government; and (2) contract for the acquisition of real property, construction, personal services, and operations related to projects carrying out the purpose of this section.  (Sec. 8065) Prohibits funds from being used to make specified modifications to the budget and appropriations process for the National Intelligence Program.  (Sec. 8066) Provides appropriations to remain available until expended for grants for the construction and furnishing of additional Fisher Houses to meet the needs of military family members confronted with the illness or hospitalization of an eligible military beneficiary.  (Sec. 8067) Provides specified Procurement and RDT\u0026amp;E funds for the Israeli Cooperative Programs for the Iron Dome defense system to counter short-range rocket threats, the Short Range Ballistic Missile Defense program, and related programs.  (Sec. 8068) Permits specified Shipbuilding and Conversion--Navy funds to remain available through FY2017 to fund prior year shipbuilding cost increases. Requires the funds to be transferred to specified accounts.  (Sec. 8069) Deems funds provided by this bill for intelligence activities to be authorized by Congress during FY2017 until the enactment of the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY2017.  (Sec. 8070) Prohibits fund appropriated by this bill from being used for a reprogramming of funds that creates or initiates a new program, project, or activity unless it must be undertaken immediately for national security and Congress is notified in advance.  (Sec. 8071) Requires the President's budget to include separate budget justification documents for costs of the Armed Forces' participation in contingency operations for the Military Personnel, O\u0026amp;M, Procurement, and RDT\u0026amp;E accounts.  (Sec. 8072) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for research, development, test, evaluation, procurement, or deployment of nuclear armed interceptors of a missile defense system.  (Sec. 8073) Reduces the total amount appropriated in this bill to reflect savings due to favorable foreign exchange rates.  (Sec. 8074) Prohibits funds appropriated in this bill from being used to reduce or disestablish the operation of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron of the Air Force Reserve if the action would reduce the WC-130 Weather Reconnaissance mission below the levels funded in this bill. Permits the Squadron to perform other missions in support of national defense requirements during the non-hurricane season.  (Sec. 8075) Prohibits funds from being used for integrating foreign intelligence information unless the information has been lawfully collected and processed during authorized foreign intelligence activities.  (Sec. 8076) Prohibits funds in this bill from being used to transfer research and development, acquisition, or other program authority related to current tactical unmanned aerial vehicles from the Army. Requires the Army to retain responsibility for and operational control of the MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.  (Sec. 8077) Permits specified Navy O\u0026amp;M funds to be used for the Asia Pacific Regional Initiative Program for enabling the Pacific Command to execute theater security cooperation activities such as humanitarian assistance and the payments of the costs of training and exercising with foreign security forces.  (Sec. 8078) Prohibits funds appropriated by this bill for programs of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence from being obligated beyond the current fiscal year except for research and technology funds, which remain available through FY2018.  (Sec. 8079) Provides for the adjustment of obligations within the Shipbuilding and Conversion--Navy appropriation.  (Sec. 8080) Requires the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to submit a report to Congress establishing the baseline for application of reprogramming and transfer authorities for FY2017. Prohibits funds provided by this bill for the National Intelligence Program from being transferred or reprogrammed until the report is submitted unless the action is necessary for an emergency.  (Sec. 8081) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to eliminate, restructure, realign, or make disproportionate personnel reductions at Army Contracting Command--New Jersey sites without notifying Congress in advance.  (Sec. 8082) Prohibits the use of funds to support any military training or operation that includes child soldiers unless the assistance is permitted by the Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008.  (Sec. 8083) Makes specified Intelligence Community Management Account funds available for transfer by the DNI to other departments and agencies for government-wide information sharing activities, subject to the approval of OMB.  (Sec. 8084) Provides specific restrictions on the reprogramming or transfer of funds provided to the National Intelligence Program.  (Sec. 8085) Directs the DNI to submit annually to Congress a future-years intelligence program reflecting estimated expenditures and proposed appropriations included in the President's budget.  (Sec. 8086) Specifies committees included in \"congressional intelligence committees\" for the purposes of this bill.  (Sec. 8087) Requires DOD to continue to report incremental contingency operations costs for Operation Inherent Resolve (operations in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL), Operation Freedom's Sentinel (counterterrorism, training, and advisory activities in Afghanistan), and any named successor operation on a monthly basis, and other operations identified by DOD on a semiannual basis.  (Sec. 8088) Permits specified O\u0026amp;M funds provided in title II to be transferred by the military department concerned to its central fund established for Fisher Houses and Suites.  (Sec. 8089) Permits O\u0026amp;M funds to be used for payments and transfers to the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund.  (Sec. 8090) Requires agencies receiving funds in this bill to post reports required to be submitted to Congress on the public website of the agency if it serves the national interest. Provides exceptions for national security or proprietary information.  (Sec. 8091) Prohibits the use of funds for federal contracts in excess of $1 million unless the contractor meets specific requirements regarding the resolution of claims under title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin). Allows DOD to waive the requirements to avoid harm to national security.  (Sec. 8092) Provides specified funds to be transferred to the Joint Department of Defense-Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration Fund.  (Sec. 8093) Permits DOD funds to be used to purchase armored vehicles for the physical security of personnel or force protection and limits the cost per vehicle.  (Sec. 8094) Prohibits the use of funds to provide certain missile defense information to the Russian Federation, subject to an exception for information regarding ballistic missile early warning.  (Sec. 8095) Permits the Director of National Intelligence to transfer specified funds provided by this bill for the National Intelligence Program with the approval of the Office of Management and Budget, subject to certain requirements and restrictions.  (Sec. 8096) Prohibits funds from being used to transfer or release any individual detained at U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Guantanamo), who is not a U.S. citizen or member of the Armed Forces into the United States, its territories, or possessions.  (Sec. 8097) Prohibits funding from being used to construct, acquire, or modify any U.S. facility (other than the facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba) to house any individual detained at Guantanamo.  (Sec. 8098) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to transfer any individual detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a country of origin or other foreign country or entity unless DOD makes certain certifications.  (Sec. 8099) Prohibits funds from being used to violate the Wars Powers Resolution.  (Sec. 8100) Prohibits funds made available by this bill from being used to lease or purchase new light duty vehicles for any executive fleet inventory except in accordance with a specific Presidential Memorandum related to federal fleet performance.  (Sec. 8101) Prohibits funds from being used to enter into specified agreements and transactions with Russian arms supplier Rosoboronexport. Permits DOD to waive the restriction if specific conditions are met.  (Sec. 8102) Prohibits the use of funds for the purchase or manufacture of U.S. flags unless they are treated as covered items under Buy American requirements.  (Sec. 8103) Permits funds provided by this bill to be used for payments to local military commanders for damage, personal injury, or death that is incident to combat operations in a foreign country.  (Sec. 8104) Prohibits funds made available in this bill from being used to reduce strategic delivery vehicles and launchers below levels necessary to implement the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), as set forth in a report provided to Congress pursuant to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.  (Sec. 8105) Require DOD to post grant awards on a public website in a searchable format.  (Sec. 8106) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for the performance of a flight demonstration team at a location outside of the United States if a performance of a flight demonstration team at a location within the United States was canceled during the year due to insufficient funding.  (Sec. 8107) Prohibits the National Security Agency (NSA) from using funds provided by this bill to target a U.S. person under specified authorities granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA).  (Sec. 8108) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for the Arms Trade Treaty until it is ratified by the Senate.  (Sec. 8109) Prohibits the transfer of administrative responsibilities or budgetary resources of any program, project, or activity financed by this bill to another federal agency not financed by this bill without the express authorization of Congress.  (Sec. 8110) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to initiate or expand support for foreign forces, irregular forces, groups, or individuals supporting U.S. Special Operations Forces activities to combat terrorism unless Congress is notified in advance in accordance with the classified annex of this bill.  (Sec. 8111) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for activities in Iraq in contravention of the War Powers Resolution.  (Sec. 8112) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to divest, retire, transfer, or place in storage any A-10 aircraft, or to disestablish any units of the active or reserve components associated with the aircraft.  (Sec. 8113) Provides specified RDT\u0026amp;E--Defense-Wide funds for DOD activities related to implementation of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act and a uniform procurement instrument identifier.  (Sec. 8114) Prohibits funds provided by this bill for the T-AO(X) program from being used for a new contract unless specified components are manufactured in the United States. (The T-AO[X] program is an oiler shipbuilding program to build a new class of fleet oilers for the Navy. Navy fleet oilers transfer fuel to Navy surface ships that are operating at sea.)  (Sec. 8115) Reduces the funds provided by title II this bill to the Working Capital Funds to reflect excess cash balances.  (Sec. 8116) Reduces the total amount appropriated by this bill to reflect savings due to lower than anticipated fuel prices.  (Sec. 8117) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to divest or retire, or prepare to divest or retire, KC-10 aircraft.  (Sec. 8118) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to divest, retire, transfer, or place in storage or on backup aircraft inventory status or prepare to divest, retire, transfer, or place in storage or on backup aircraft inventory status, any EC-130H aircraft.  (Sec. 8119) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for Government Travel Charge Card expenses for gaming or for entertainment that includes topless or nude entertainers or participants.  (Sec. 8120) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for a new or additional Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round.  (Sec. 8121) Permits funds provided by title III of this bill to be used for a multiyear procurement contract for the AH-64E Apache Helicopter and the UH-60M Blackhawk Helicopter.  (Sec. 8122) Permits specified Navy O\u0026amp;M funds to be used for the National Defense Reserve Fleet and for reimbursements to the Ready Reserve Force--Maritime Administration account of the Department of Transportation for expenses related to the National Defense Reserve Fleet.  (Sec. 8123) Permits specified funds provided for the Ship Modernization, Operations and Sustainment Fund to be transferred to specified accounts for equipping, modernizing, and sustaining Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruisers and Whidbey Island-class dock landing ships.  (Sec. 8124) Permits DOD to use specified funds to develop, replace, and sustain federal government security and suitability background investigation information technology systems of the Office of Personnel Management, provided that the funds supplement and not supplant other federal funds provided for this purpose.  (Sec. 8125) Prohibits funds provided by this bill for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization program from being used for pre-milestone B activities after December 31, 2017.  (Sec. 8126) Requires specified Defense Working Capital funds provided to the Defense Commissary Agency to be used to support the transportation of fresh fruits and vegetables to commissaries in Asia and the Pacific.  (Sec. 8127) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to accept fresh fruits and vegetables at any commissary in Asia and the Pacific unless the fruits and vegetables were grown within the country in which the commissary was located or were accepted for use by the Defense Commissary Agency at a location in the continental United States.  (Sec. 8128) Prohibits funds from being used to close or transfer from the DOD's jurisdiction the U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  (Sec. 8129) Provides additional funding for the basic housing allowance for military personnel.  (Sec. 8130) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to enforce section 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which restricts the procurement of certain alternative or synthetic fuels unless the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions associated with the fuel is less than or equal to emissions from the equivalent conventional fuel produced from conventional petroleum sources.  (Sec. 8131) Permits specified funds provided by this bill to be used for activities related to the Zika virus.  (Sec. 8132) Permits DOD to use specified funds for financial support for military service memorials and museums that highlight the role of women in the military.  (Sec. 8133) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for any computer network that does not block pornography, with exceptions for criminal investigations, prosecution, or adjudication activities; or for any activity necessary for the national defense, including intelligence activities.  (Sec. 8134) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to carry out specified changes to the Joint Travel Regulations of the Department of Defense.  TITLE IX--OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS/GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM  Provides appropriations for FY2017 for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)/ the Global War on Terrorism. Designates the funds provided in this title as for Overseas Contingency Operations/ Global War on Terrorism pursuant to the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985. (OCO funds are exempt from discretionary spending limits and other budget enforcement rules.)  Provides appropriations for Active-Duty and Reserve Personnel in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force (the military departments), and for National Guard personnel in the Army and Air Force.  Provides appropriations for Operation and Maintenance (O\u0026amp;M) for the military departments, other agencies of DOD, the Reserve Components, and the Army and Air National Guard.  Provides appropriations for:    the Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund,   the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund, and   the Counter-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Train and Equip Fund.   Provides appropriations for Procurement by the military departments, other DOD agencies, Reserve Components, and National Guard, including for the procurement of aircraft, missiles, weapons, tracked combat vehicles, and ammunition.  Provides appropriations for Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT\u0026amp;E) for the military departments and other DOD agencies.  Provides appropriations for the Defense Working Capital Funds.  Provides appropriations for Other DOD Programs, including:    the Defense Health Program;   Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities;   the Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Fund; and   the Office of the Inspector General.   Sets forth permissible and prohibited uses of funds appropriated by this title.  (Sec. 9001) Provides that funds made available in this title are in addition to amounts appropriated to DOD for FY2017.  (Sec. 9002) Permits DOD to transfer up to $4.5 billion between the appropriations in this title if it is in the national interest, OMB approves, and Congress is notified.  (Sec. 9003) Permits supervision, administration, and design costs for a construction project funded with O\u0026amp;M or the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund in direct support of overseas contingency operations in Afghanistan to be obligated when a construction contract is awarded.  (Sec. 9004) Permits DOD to use funds appropriated in this title to purchase motor vehicles for use by military and civilian DOD employees in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Limits the cost of each passenger and armored vehicle.  (Sec. 9005) Permits specified Army O\u0026amp;M funds to be used for the Commander's Emergency Response Program for humanitarian relief and reconstruction assistance in Afghanistan.  (Sec. 9006) Permits DOD O\u0026amp;M funds to be used to provide supplies, services, transportation, and other logistical support to coalition forces supporting military and stability operations in Afghanistan and to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Requires DOD to report quarterly to Congress regarding the support.  (Sec. 9007) Prohibits funds from being used to: (1) establish any military installation or base for providing for the permanent stationing of Armed Forces in Iraq or Afghanistan, or (2) exercise U.S. control over any oil resource of Iraq.  (Sec. 9008) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used in contravention of specified laws or regulations implementing the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.  (Sec. 9009) Prohibits funds provided for the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund from being obligated prior to the approval of a financial and activity plan by the Afghanistan Resources Oversight Council of DOD.  (Sec. 9010) Permits O\u0026amp;M funds provided in this title to be used to purchase items with an investment unit cost of up to $250,000. Permits the purchase of items with an investment cost of up to $500,000 if DOD determines that it is necessary to meet the operational requirements of a Commander of a Combatant Command engaged in contingency operations overseas.  (Sec. 9011) Permits a limited amount of O\u0026amp;M funding to be used to support U.S. transition activities in Iraq by funding the Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq and security assistance teams.  (Sec. 9012) Permits specified funds from the Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund to be used to provide assistance to the government of Jordan to support the armed forces of Jordan and to enhance security along its borders.  (Sec. 9013) Prohibits funds provided by this bill for the Iraq Train and Equip Fund from being used to procure or transfer man-portable air defense systems.  (Sec. 9014) Provides additional funding for assistance and sustainment of the military and national security forces of Ukraine.  (Sec. 9015) Permits funds provided by this title to be used for the replacement for funds for items provided to the government of Ukraine from the U.S. inventory.  (Sec. 9016) Prohibits funds provided by this bill under section 9014 for Assistance and Sustainment to the Military and National Security Forces of Ukraine from being used to procure or transfer man-portable air defense systems.  (Sec. 9017) Prohibits DOD O\u0026amp;M funds from being used for payments to Pakistan as reimbursement for support provided to U.S. military operations unless DOD certifies to Congress that the government of Pakistan has met specific conditions. Permits DOD to waive the restriction for national security.  (Sec. 9018) Provides additional funding to DOD to improve intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities.  (Sec. 9019) Prohibits the use of funds for Syria in contravention of the War Powers Resolution.  (Sec. 9020) Rescinds specified funds provided for Defense-Wide O\u0026amp;M, Air Force Procurement, and the Counterterrorism Partnership Fund.  (Sec. 9021) Provides that amounts designated by this bill for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism are only available if the President subsequently designates the amounts and transmits the designations to Congress.  TITLE X--ADDITIONAL GENERAL PROVISIONS  (Sec. 10001) Specifies that Congress has a constitutional duty to debate and determine whether or not to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).  (Sec. 10002) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to provide arms, training, or other assistance to the Azov Battalion.  (Sec. 10003) Establishes a spending reduction account for the amount by which spending proposed in this bill exceeds the subcommittee's allocation under the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Specifies that the amount is $0. (Under the Rules of the House of Representatives, any savings included in the spending reduction account are not available for further appropriation during consideration of the bill.)  (Sec. 10004) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to promulgate Directive 293, issued by the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). (The directive treats healthcare providers to federal health care programs such as Medicare, TRICARE, and the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program as federal contractors, triggering OFCCP jurisdiction and regulatory requirements.)  (Sec. 10005) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for a contract with companies convicted, indicted, or charged with certain crimes or that have more than $3,000 in delinquent taxes within a three-year period surrounding the contract.  (Sec. 10006) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to designate or expand a heritage asset under the National Historic Preservation Act in specified counties in Colorado.  (Sec. 10007) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to transfer any individual detained at U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to any other location.  (Sec. 10008) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to carry out Executive Order No. 13688 entitled \"Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition.\" (The executive order establishes a Law Enforcement Equipment Working Group to make recommendations to the President regarding actions to improve the provision of federal support for the acquisition of certain federal military and military-styled equipment, firearms, and tactical vehicles [known as controlled equipment] by local law enforcement agencies.)  (Sec. 10009) Prohibits fund provided by this bill from being used for a public-private competition under the Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76.  (Sec. 10010) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for certain performances by a military musical unit.  (Sec. 10011) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for certain contracts to procure energy or fuel for a military installation from the Russian Federation. (Sec. 10012) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to revise the DOD Food Service Program Manual to exclude meat.  (Sec. 10013) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to implement Department of Defense Directive 4715.21 on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience, which establishes policy and assigns responsibilities to provide DOD with the resources necessary to assess and manage risks associated with the impacts of climate change. (Sec. 10014) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to modify a military installation in the United States, including construction or modification of a facility on a military installation, to provide temporary housing for unaccompanied alien children.  (Sec. 10015) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to carry out or in response to the memorandum of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Integration and Defense Support of Civil Authorities titled \"Memorandum for Secretaries of the Military Departments Director, Joint Staff\" and dated November 25, 2015. (The memo requires the secretaries of the military departments to submit a list of DOD facilities that are available for the Department of Health and Human Services to use for housing unaccompanied alien children.)  (Sec. 10016) Prohibits DOD from using funds provided by this bill to survey, assess, or review potential locations in the United States to detain any individual detained at U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as of the date of the enactment of this bill.  (Sec. 10017) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for specified statutory and executive order requirements for the use of renewable energy.  (Sec. 10018) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for the office or position of the Special Envoy for Guantanamo Detention Closure or the Principal Director, Detainee Policy.  (Sec. 10019) Prohibits DOD from using funds provided by this bill to use the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund for projects previously funded with the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund. ",
        "summary_short": "Highlights:  This bill provides FY2017 appropriations to the Department of Defense (DOD) for military activities, including appropriations for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)/ Global War on Terrorism.  The bill does not include funding for military construction, military family housing, civil works projects of the Army Corps of Engineers, and nuclear warheads, which are all considered in other appropriations bills.  The bill increases total funding for DOD compared to FY2016 levels and ..."
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        "title": "A bill to decrease the incidence of food waste, and for other purposes.",
        "short_title": "Food Recovery Act of 2016",
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        "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
        "sponsor_name": "Richard Blumenthal",
        "sponsor_state": "CT",
        "sponsor_party": "D",
        "introduced_date": "2016-06-29",
        "cosponsors": 4,
        "cosponsors_by_party": {
            "D": 4
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        "committees": "Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee",
        "committee_codes": ["SSAF"],
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        "primary_subject": "Agriculture and Food",
        "latest_major_action_date": "2016-06-29",
        "latest_major_action": "Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.",
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        "summary": "Food Recovery Act of 2016  This bill provides funding and establishes requirements to reduce food waste and standardize date labeling on food.  The bill expands and establishes grant and loan programs to:    raise awareness about wasted food and food recovery efforts to reduce the quantity of wasted food,   improve cooperation between agricultural producers and emergency feeding organizations,   assist schools in using food from farms that would otherwise go to waste and providing farms with compostable materials, and   install facilities that include composting or anaerobic digesters that use food or crop waste to produce energy.   The bill provides funds for: (1) state storage and distribution costs under the Emergency Food Assistance Program, and (2) media campaigns to decrease food waste.  The Department of Agriculture (USDA) must establish an Office of Food Recovery to coordinate programs to measure and reduce food waste. The bill specifies that composting is eligible for support under USDA's conservation programs.  Companies that receive federal food service contracts must donate surplus food to nonprofit organizations that assist food-insecure people.  Food Date Labeling Act of 2016   Producers, manufacturers, distributors, or retailers that place a date label on food packaging of a product must use the phrases \"best if used by\" to indicate food quality and the phrase \"expires on\" to warn of food that may be unsafe to eat after a specified date.  Labelers may include a quality date on packaging, but must include a safety date on ready-to-eat products.  No one may prohibit the sale, donation, or use of a product after the quality date for the product has passed. ",
        "summary_short": "Food Recovery Act of 2016  This bill provides funding and establishes requirements to reduce food waste and standardize date labeling on food.  The bill expands and establishes grant and loan programs to:    raise awareness about wasted food and food recovery efforts to reduce the quantity of wasted food,   improve cooperation between agricultural producers and emergency feeding organizations,   assist schools in using food from farms that would otherwise go to waste and providing farms with ..."
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        "bill_type": "s",
        "number": "S.2956",
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        "title": "An original bill making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, and for other purposes.",
        "short_title": "Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017",
        "sponsor_id": "M000934",
        "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/M000934.json",
        "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
        "sponsor_name": "Jerry Moran",
        "sponsor_state": "KS",
        "sponsor_party": "R",
        "introduced_date": "2016-05-19",
        "cosponsors": 0,
        "cosponsors_by_party": {},
        "committees": "Senate Appropriations Committee",
        "committee_codes": ["SSAP"],
        "subcommittee_codes": [],
        "primary_subject": "Economics and Public Finance",
        "latest_major_action_date": "2016-05-19",
        "latest_major_action": "Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 474.",
        "active": true,
        "last_vote": null,
        "enacted": null,
        "vetoed": null,
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        "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s2956",
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        "summary": "(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)  Highlights:  This bill provides FY2017 appropriations for the Department of Agriculture (USDA), except for the Forest Service which is included in the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. It also provides appropriations for the Food and Drug Administration and the Farm Credit Administration.  The bill includes both discretionary and mandatory funding. The mandatory funding levels are generally set by authorizing legislation such as the farm bill and are frequently limited in the agriculture appropriations bill.  The bill decreases discretionary funding for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies below FY2016 levels.  Also included in the bill are provisions that affect policies in areas such as:  reporting requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program) households,   inventory requirements for SNAP-authorized retailers,  payments to farmers under the Agriculture Risk Coverage Program, labeling requirements for menus, labeling requirements for genetically engineered salmon, and   horse slaughter facility inspections.   Full Summary:  Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017  Provides FY2017 appropriations to the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and related agencies.  TITLE I--AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS  Provides appropriations for the following agricultural programs and services:   the Office of the Secretary;  Executive Operations;   the Office of the Chief Information Officer;   the Office of the Chief Financial Officer;   the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights;   the Office of Civil Rights;   Agriculture Buildings and Facilities;   Hazardous Materials Management;   the Office of Inspector General;   the Office of the General Counsel;   the Office of Ethics;   the Office of the Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics;   the Economic Research Service;   the National Agricultural Statistics Service;   the Agricultural Research Service;   the National Institute of Food and Agriculture;   the Office of the Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs;   the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service;   the Agricultural Marketing Service;   the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration;   the Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety;   the Food Safety and Inspection Service;   the Office of the Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services;   the Farm Service Agency;   the Risk Management Agency;   the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Fund; and   the Commodity Credit Corporation Fund.   TITLE II--CONSERVATION PROGRAMS  Provides appropriations for the Office of the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment.  Provides appropriations to the Natural Resources Conservation Service for: (1) Conservation Operations, and (2) Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations.  TITLE III--RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS  Provides appropriations for Rural Development Programs including:    the Office of the Under Secretary for Rural Development,  Rural Development,   the Rural Housing Service,   the Rural Business--Cooperative Service, and  the Rural Utilities Service.   TITLE IV--DOMESTIC FOOD PROGRAMS  Provides appropriations for the Office of the Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services.  Provides appropriations to the Food and Nutrition Service for:    Child Nutrition Programs;  the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC);   the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps);   the Commodity Assistance Program; and   Nutrition Programs Administration.   TITLE V--FOREIGN ASSISTANCE AND RELATED PROGRAMS  Provides appropriations for the Foreign Agricultural Service, including:    the Food for Peace Act (P.L. 480) and   the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.   TITLE VI--RELATED AGENCIES AND FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION  Provides appropriations to the Department of Health and Human Services for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Provides appropriations to the Farm Credit Administration.  TITLE VII--GENERAL PROVISIONS  Sets forth permissible and prohibited uses for funds provided by this and other appropriations Acts.  (Sec. 701) Permits USDA to use funds provided by this bill for the purchase, replacement, and hire of passenger motor vehicles.  (Sec. 702) Permits USDA to transfer unobligated balances to the Working Capital Fund for the acquisition of plant and capital equipment for financial, administrative, and information technology services. Permits the transferred funds to remain available until expended and specifies restrictions on the use of the funds.  (Sec. 703) Prohibits appropriations provided by this bill from remaining available for obligation beyond the current fiscal year unless the bill expressly provides otherwise.  (Sec. 704) Limits negotiated indirect costs on cooperative agreements between USDA and nonprofit institutions to 10% of the total direct cost of the agreement when the purpose of the agreement is to carry out programs of mutual interest between the two parties.  (Sec. 705) Permits appropriations for direct and guaranteed loans to remain available until expended to disburse obligations made in the current fiscal year for: (1) the Rural Development Loan Fund program account, (2) the Rural Electrification and Telecommunication Loans program account, and (3) the Rural Housing Insurance Fund program account.  (Sec. 706) Prohibits USDA from using funds provided by this bill to acquire or upgrade information technology systems without approval of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and the Executive Information Technology Investment Review Board. Restricts the transfer of funds made available by this bill to the CIO without prior approval of Congress. Prohibits funds from being used for specified information technology projects without the approval of the CIO.  (Sec. 707) Permits specified FY2017 funds provided under the Federal Crop Insurance Act for agricultural management assistance to remain available until expended to disburse obligations made in the current fiscal year.  (Sec. 708) Makes a former Rural Utility Service borrower that has repaid or prepaid a loan under the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 or any not-for profit utility qualified to receive a loan under the Act eligible for rural economic development and job creation assistance in the same manner as a borrower.  (Sec. 709) Permits up to $20 million of the unobligated balances from appropriations by this bill for salaries and expenses of the Farm Service Agency to remain available through FY2018 for information technology expenses. Permits unobligated balances from appropriations by this bill for salaries and expenses for the Rural Development mission area to remain available for information technology expenses through FY2018.  (Sec. 710) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for first-class travel by employees of agencies funded by this bill.  (Sec. 711) Provides that Commodity Credit Corporation funds authorized or required to be used for specified programs included in the Agricultural Act of 2014: (1) shall be available for salaries and administrative expenses associated with the programs without regard to allotment and transfer limits, and (2) shall not be considered to be a fund transfer or allotment for purposes of applying the limits.  (Sec. 712) Limits funds available for USDA advisory committees, panels, commissions, and task forces, except for panels used to comply with negotiated rulemaking or to evaluate competitively awarded grants.  (Sec. 713) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to pay indirect costs charged against any agricultural research, education, or extension grant awards issued by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) that exceed 30% of total federal funds provided under each award.  Permits funds provided by this bill for grants awarded competitively by NIFA to be used to pay full allowable indirect costs for specified research and development grants awarded under the Small Business Act.  (Sec. 714) Limits funds that may be used for the following programs:   the Watershed Rehabilitation Program;   the Environmental Quality Incentives Program; and   the Biomass Crop Assistance Program;  (Sec. 715) Limits funds for the following domestic food assistance categories: (1) Child Nutrition Programs Entitlement Commodities, (2) State Option Contracts, and (3) Removal of Defective Commodities.  Limits FY2017 funds for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program that provides fruit and vegetables to students in participating elementary schools.  Prohibits USDA from using funds for payments authorized by Section 32 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1935 to increase purchasing power of agricultural producers or for surplus removal or price support activities authorized by the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act.  (Section 32 is a program created to assist agricultural producers of non-price-supported commodities and is funded by a permanent appropriation of a portion of the previous year's customs receipts less certain mandatory transfers to child nutrition and other programs. This provision effectively prohibits the use of Section 32 for emergency disaster payments.)  Rescinds specified unobligated balances provided for domestic food assistance programs.  (Sec. 716) Prohibits funds from being used to prepare proposals for the President's budget that assume savings from certain user fee proposals without identifying additional spending reductions that should occur if the proposals are not enacted.  (Sec. 717) Sets forth procedures, requirements, and restrictions for reprogramming and transferring funds provided by this bill.  (Sec. 718) Permits USDA to assess a one-time fee for any guaranteed business and industry loan in an amount that does not exceed 3% of the guaranteed principal portion of the loan.  (Sec. 719) Prohibits funds from being used to provide questions or responses to questions requested for the appropriations hearing process to anyone not employed by an agency funded by this bill.  (Sec. 720) Prohibits any executive branch agency from using funds provided by this bill to produce a prepackaged news story for U.S. broadcast or distribution unless it includes clear notification that it was produced or funded by the agency.  (Sec. 721) Prohibits USDA employees from being detailed or assigned from an agency funded by this bill to any other USDA agency or office for more than 60 days in a fiscal year unless the individual's employing agency is reimbursed by the receiving agency for the salary and expenses of the employee. (Sec. 722) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used: (1) in contravention of a provision of the Agricultural Act of 2014 that permits an institution of higher education or a state department of agriculture to grow or cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes; or (2) to prohibit the transportation, processing, sale, or use of industrial hemp that is grown or cultivated in accordance with the Agricultural Act of 2014, within or outside the state in which it is grown or cultivated.  (Sec. 723) Directs the agencies funded by this bill to submit spending plans to Congress.  (Sec. 724) Appropriates funds for direct reimbursement payments for geographically disadvantaged farmers or ranchers to transport agricultural commodities.  (Sec. 725) Requires USDA to establish an intermediary loan packaging program based on the FY2013 pilot program for packaging and reviewing section 502 single family direct loans. (The loan program assists low-income applicants in purchasing homes in rural areas. Funds may also be used to build, repair, or renovate a house, including providing water and sewage facilities.)  (Sec. 726) Permits USDA to increase the program level by up to 25% for certain loans and loan guarantees that do not require budget authority and have program levels established by this bill. Requires congressional notification prior to implementing any increase.  (Sec. 727) Provides that certain credit card refunds or rebates transferred to the Working Capital Fund: (1) shall not be available for obligation without congressional approval; and (2) shall only be available for the acquisition of plant and capital equipment for USDA financial, administrative, and information technology services. (Sec. 728) Directs USDA to set aside specified additional funds for Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) Zones.  (Sec. 729) Permits USDA to respond to a community with inadequate drinking water supplies due to a natural disaster by providing potable water through the Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant Program for up to 120 days beyond the time period established in the program.  (Sec. 730) Specifies the matching requirements that apply to funds appropriated for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.   (Sec. 731) Provides additional funds for the Rural Energy Savings Program. (The program helps rural families and small businesses achieve cost savings by providing loans to consumers to implement durable cost-effective energy efficiency measures.)  (Sec. 732) Appropriates funds for the pilot program to demonstrate new technologies that increase growth of re-forested hardwood trees on private nonindustrial forests lands on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  (Sec. 733) Sets forth the authorities that apply for USDA to provide loans for housing and buildings on adequate farms.  (Sec. 734) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for regulations to allow or require information intended for a prescribing health care professional, in the case of a drug or biological product, to be distributed electronically until a federal law is enacted to allow or require electronic distribution.  (Sec. 735) Prohibits the FDA from using funds for the rule entitled \"Food Labeling; Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments\" until April 29, 2017.  (Sec. 736) Prohibits the FDA from acknowledging applications for an exemption for investigational use of a drug or biological product in research in which a human embryo is intentionally created or modified to include a heritable genetic modification. Provides that any submission is deemed not to have been received, and the exemption may not go into effect.  (Sec. 737) Prohibits funds from being used to implement or enforce any provisions of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, with respect to the regulation of the distribution, sale, or receipt of dried spent grain byproducts of the alcoholic beverage production process, irrespective of whether the byproducts are solely intended for use as animal feed.  (Sec. 738) Provides appropriations to remain available until expended for implementing non-renewable agreements for wetlands preservation on eligible lands, including flooded agricultural lands.  (Sec. 739) Permits USDA to receive access to certain information from federal tax returns to verify the income for individuals participating in loan programs under the Housing Act of 1949.  (Sec. 740) Prohibits the FDA from deeming partially hydrogenated oils to be unsafe or any food containing a partially hydrogenated oil to be adulterated prior to June 18, 2018.  (Sec. 741) Permits USDA to charge a fee for lenders to access USDA loan guarantee systems in connection with participation in the loan guarantee programs of the Rural Housing Service.  (Sec. 742) Rescinds specified unobligated balances of funds provided to USDA for the Rural Housing and Community Development Service, the Rural Housing Service, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, and the Rural Utilities Service.  (Sec. 743) Rescinds specified unobligated balances of funds provided to USDA for the Rural Housing and Community Development Service, the Rural Housing Service, the Rural Business-Cooperative Service, and the Rural Utilities Service.   (Sec. 744) Requires a household that is certified to participate in SNAP to report when it no longer resides in the state in which it is certified.  (Sec. 745) Rescinds specified unobligated balances from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).  (Sec. 746) Provides additional funds to USDA for loans and grants that are consistent with the Healthy Food Financing Initiative and that support projects to provide access to healthy food in underserved areas, create and preserve quality jobs, and revitalize low-income communities.  (Sec. 747) Rescinds specified unobligated balances of FY2015 funds that were provided to the Rural Development Salaries and Expenses account for the Comprehensive Loan Accounting System. Provides an equivalent amount of additional FY2016 funding to remain available through FY2017 for Information Technology modernization activities.  (Sec. 748) Rescinds specified unobligated balances of FY2016 funds that were provided to the Rural Development Salaries and Expenses account for the Comprehensive Loan Accounting System. Provides an equivalent amount of additional funding to remain available through FY2018 for Information Technology modernization activities.  (Sec. 749) Provides appropriations for a pilot program for USDA to award grants to non-profit organizations and public housing authorities to provide technical assistance to Rural Housing Service (RHS) multi-family housing borrowers to facilitate the acquisition of RHS multi-family housing properties in areas where there is a risk of loss of affordable housing. Requires the grants to be used to assist acquisitions by non-profit housing organizations and public housing authorities that commit to keep the properties in the RHS multi-family housing program for a period of time determined by USDA.   (Sec. 750) Makes state agricultural experiment stations and state cooperative extension services eligible to enter into cooperative agreements with USDA to support the dissemination of objective, scholarly, and authoritative agricultural and food law research, legal tools, and information.  (Sec. 751) Requires USDA to establish a pilot program to permit state Farm Service Agency offices to make county-level payments to agricultural producers under the Agriculture Risk Coverage Program using an alternate calculation method if it is necessary to ensure that there are not significant yield calculation disparities between comparable counties in the state. Specifies requirements for the alternative calculation method and provides appropriations for the program.  (Sec. 752) Prohibits fund provided by this bill from being used for any portion of the rule entitled \"Enhancing Retailer Standards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)\" that would:    alter the definition of a retail food store by establishing a threshold for the amount of food sales that must be for items that are not cooked or heated on-site;   establish a minimum number of stocking units required for each food item in a staple food category; or  alter the definition of staple food by: (1) changing the counting of commercially processed foods and prepared mixtures with multiple ingredients, or (2) expanding the scope of accessory food items.   (Sec. 753) Specifies that, for the purposes of applying the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the acceptable market name of Lithodes aequispinus is \"golden king crab.\"  (Sec. 754) Specifies that, for the purposes of applying the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act , the acceptable market name of any salmon that is genetically engineered must include the words \"genetically engineered\" or \"GE\" prior to the existing acceptable market name.  (Sec. 755) Prohibits funds from being used to inspect horses for slaughter purposes. ",
        "summary_short": "(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)  Highlights:  This bill provides FY2017 appropriations for the Department of Agriculture (USDA), except for the Forest Service which is included in the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. It also provides appropriations for the Food and Drug Administration and the Farm Credit Administration.  The bill includes both di..."
    }, {
        "bill_id": "hr5298-114",
        "bill_slug": "hr5298",
        "bill_type": "hr",
        "number": "H.R.5298",
        "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/114/bills/hr5298.json",
        "title": "To establish requirements regarding quality dates and safety dates in food labeling, and for other purposes.",
        "short_title": "Food Date Labeling Act of 2016",
        "sponsor_id": "P000597",
        "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/P000597.json",
        "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
        "sponsor_name": "Chellie Pingree",
        "sponsor_state": "ME",
        "sponsor_party": "D",
        "introduced_date": "2016-05-19",
        "cosponsors": 0,
        "cosponsors_by_party": {},
        "committees": "House Agriculture Committee",
        "committee_codes": ["HSAG", "HSIF"],
        "subcommittee_codes": [],
        "primary_subject": "Health",
        "latest_major_action_date": "2016-05-19",
        "latest_major_action": "Referred to House Agriculture",
        "active": false,
        "last_vote": null,
        "enacted": null,
        "vetoed": null,
        "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
        "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/5298",
        "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr5298",
        "house_passage": null,
        "senate_passage": null,
        "summary": "Food Date Labeling Act of 2016 This bill establishes requirements that: (1) address food waste that occurs when people throw out fresh food because of their confusion over the meaning of expiration dates on food labels and whether or not the food is still safe to eat, and (2) standardize quality date and safety date food labels. Producers, manufacturers, distributors, or retailers that place a date label on food packaging of a product (food labelers) must use the phrases \"best if used by\" to indicate food quality and the phrase \"expires on\" to warn of food that may be unsafe to eat after a specified date.  While labelers may voluntarily choose to include a quality date on packaging, they must include a safety date on ready-to-eat products. The Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) must establish guidance for food labelers on how to determine quality dates and safety dates for food products. No one may prohibit the sale, donation, or use of a product after the quality date for the product has passed. USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services must educate consumers on the meaning of quality date and safety date food labels. ",
        "summary_short": "Food Date Labeling Act of 2016 This bill establishes requirements that: (1) address food waste that occurs when people throw out fresh food because of their confusion over the meaning of expiration dates on food labels and whether or not the food is still safe to eat, and (2) standardize quality date and safety date food labels. Producers, manufacturers, distributors, or retailers that place a date label on food packaging of a product (food labelers) must use the phrases \"best if used by\" to ..."
    }, {
        "bill_id": "s2947-114",
        "bill_slug": "s2947",
        "bill_type": "s",
        "number": "S.2947",
        "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/114/bills/s2947.json",
        "title": "A bill to establish requirements regarding quality dates and safety dates in food labeling, and for other purposes.",
        "short_title": "Food Date Labeling Act of 2016",
        "sponsor_id": "B001277",
        "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/B001277.json",
        "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
        "sponsor_name": "Richard Blumenthal",
        "sponsor_state": "CT",
        "sponsor_party": "D",
        "introduced_date": "2016-05-18",
        "cosponsors": 0,
        "cosponsors_by_party": {},
        "committees": "Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee",
        "committee_codes": ["SSHR"],
        "subcommittee_codes": [],
        "primary_subject": "Health",
        "latest_major_action_date": "2016-05-18",
        "latest_major_action": "Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.",
        "active": false,
        "last_vote": null,
        "enacted": null,
        "vetoed": null,
        "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
        "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/2947",
        "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s2947",
        "house_passage": null,
        "senate_passage": null,
        "summary": "Food Date Labeling Act of 2016 This bill establishes requirements that: (1) address food waste that occurs when people throw out fresh food because of their confusion over the meaning of expiration dates on food labels and whether or not the food is still safe to eat, and (2) standardize quality date and safety date food labels. Producers, manufacturers, distributors, or retailers that place a date label on food packaging of a product (food labelers) must use the phrases \"best if used by\" to indicate food quality and the phrase \"expires on\" to warn of food that may be unsafe to eat after a specified date.  While labelers may voluntarily choose to include a quality date on packaging, they must include a safety date on ready-to-eat products. The Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) must establish guidance for food labelers on how to determine quality dates and safety dates for food products. No one may prohibit the sale, donation, or use of a product after the quality date for the product has passed. USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services must educate consumers on the meaning of quality date and safety date food labels. ",
        "summary_short": "Food Date Labeling Act of 2016 This bill establishes requirements that: (1) address food waste that occurs when people throw out fresh food because of their confusion over the meaning of expiration dates on food labels and whether or not the food is still safe to eat, and (2) standardize quality date and safety date food labels. Producers, manufacturers, distributors, or retailers that place a date label on food packaging of a product (food labelers) must use the phrases \"best if used by\" to ..."
    }, {
        "bill_id": "s2911-114",
        "bill_slug": "s2911",
        "bill_type": "s",
        "number": "S.2911",
        "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/114/bills/s2911.json",
        "title": "A bill to amend the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, to make it unlawful for a packer to own, feed, or control livestock intended for slaughter.",
        "short_title": "A bill to amend the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, to make it unlawful for a packer to own, feed, or control livestock intended for slaughter.",
        "sponsor_id": "G000386",
        "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/G000386.json",
        "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
        "sponsor_name": "Charles E. Grassley",
        "sponsor_state": "IA",
        "sponsor_party": "R",
        "introduced_date": "2016-05-10",
        "cosponsors": 0,
        "cosponsors_by_party": {},
        "committees": "Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee",
        "committee_codes": ["SSAF"],
        "subcommittee_codes": [],
        "primary_subject": "Agriculture and Food",
        "latest_major_action_date": "2016-05-10",
        "latest_major_action": "Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.",
        "active": false,
        "last_vote": null,
        "enacted": null,
        "vetoed": null,
        "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
        "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/2911",
        "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s2911",
        "house_passage": null,
        "senate_passage": null,
        "summary": "This bill amends the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921 to prohibit livestock packers from owning, controlling, or feeding livestock to such an extent that the producer no longer materially participates in the management of the operation with respect to the production of the livestock.  The bill includes exceptions for: (1) livestock held for not more than seven days before slaughter; (2) certain cooperatives that own, control, or feed livestock and provide such livestock for slaughter; (3) packers that are not required to report price and quantity information on each reporting day; or (4) packers that own one livestock processing plant. ",
        "summary_short": "This bill amends the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921 to prohibit livestock packers from owning, controlling, or feeding livestock to such an extent that the producer no longer materially participates in the management of the operation with respect to the production of the livestock.  The bill includes exceptions for: (1) livestock held for not more than seven days before slaughter; (2) certain cooperatives that own, control, or feed livestock and provide such livestock for slaughter; (3) pac..."
    }]
}

Get Upcoming Bills

Use this request type to get details on bills that may be considered by the House or Senate in the near future, based on scheduled published or announced by congressional leadership. The bills and their potential consideration are taken from the House Majority Leader and floor updates from Senate Republicans.

The responses include a legislative_day attribute which is the earliest the bills could be considered, and a range attribute that indicates whether the bill information comes from a weekly schedule or a daily one. Combine the two for the best sense of when a bill might come up for consideration. For Senate bills, the response includes a context attribute reproducing the sentence that includes mention of the bill. These responses omit bills that have not yet been assigned a bill number or introduced, and additional bills may be considered at any time.

HTTP Request

GET https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/bills/upcoming/{chamber}.json

URL Parameters

Parameter Description
chamber house or senate

Example Call

curl "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/bills/upcoming/house.json"
  -H "X-API-Key: PROPUBLICA_API_KEY"

The above command returns JSON structured like this:

{
    "status": "OK",
    "copyright": "Copyright (c) 2017 Pro Publica Inc. All Rights Reserved.",
    "results": [{
        "date": "2017-09-05",
        "bills": [{
                "congress": "115",
                "chamber": "house",
                "bill_id": "hr1843-115",
                "bill_slug": "hr1843",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "bill_number": "H.R.1843",
                "api_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr1843.json",
                "legislative_day": "2017-09-04",
                "scheduled_at": "2017-09-03T18:11:27-04:00",
                "range": "week",
                "context": null,
                "description": "Clyde-Hirsch-Sowers RESPECT Act",
                "bill_url": "http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20170904/HR1843.pdf",
                "consideration": "suspension",
                "source_type": "house_docs",
                "url": "http://docs.house.gov/floor/Default.aspx?date=2017-09-04"
            },
            {
                "congress": "115",
                "chamber": "house",
                "bill_id": "hr2864-115",
                "bill_slug": "hr2864",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "bill_number": "H.R.2864",
                "api_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr2864.json",
                "legislative_day": "2017-09-04",
                "scheduled_at": "2017-09-03T18:11:27-04:00",
                "range": "week",
                "context": null,
                "description": "Improving Access to Capital Act, as amended ",
                "bill_url": "http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20170904/HR2864.pdf",
                "consideration": "suspension",
                "source_type": "house_docs",
                "url": "http://docs.house.gov/floor/Default.aspx?date=2017-09-04"
            },
            {
                "congress": "115",
                "chamber": "house",
                "bill_id": "hr3110-115",
                "bill_slug": "hr3110",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "bill_number": "H.R.3110",
                "api_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr3110.json",
                "legislative_day": "2017-09-04",
                "scheduled_at": "2017-09-03T18:11:27-04:00",
                "range": "week",
                "context": null,
                "description": "Financial Stability Oversight Council Insurance Member Continuity Act ",
                "bill_url": "http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20170904/HR3110.pdf",
                "consideration": "suspension",
                "source_type": "house_docs",
                "url": "http://docs.house.gov/floor/Default.aspx?date=2017-09-04"
            },
            {
                "congress": "115",
                "chamber": "house",
                "bill_id": "s1616-115",
                "bill_slug": "s1616",
                "bill_type": "s",
                "bill_number": "S.1616",
                "api_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/s1616.json",
                "legislative_day": "2017-09-04",
                "scheduled_at": "2017-09-03T18:11:27-04:00",
                "range": "week",
                "context": null,
                "description": "Bob Dole Congressional Gold Medal Act ",
                "bill_url": "http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20170904/S1616.pdf",
                "consideration": "suspension",
                "source_type": "house_docs",
                "url": "http://docs.house.gov/floor/Default.aspx?date=2017-09-04"
            },
            {
                "congress": "115",
                "chamber": "house",
                "bill_id": "hr3388-115",
                "bill_slug": "hr3388",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "bill_number": "H.R.3388",
                "api_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr3388.json",
                "legislative_day": "2017-09-04",
                "scheduled_at": "2017-09-03T18:11:27-04:00",
                "range": "week",
                "context": null,
                "description": "SELF DRIVE Act ",
                "bill_url": "http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20170904/HR3388.pdf",
                "consideration": "suspension",
                "source_type": "house_docs",
                "url": "http://docs.house.gov/floor/Default.aspx?date=2017-09-04"
            },
            {
                "congress": "115",
                "chamber": "house",
                "bill_id": "hr3354-115",
                "bill_slug": "hr3354",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "bill_number": "H.R.3354",
                "api_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr3354.json",
                "legislative_day": "2017-09-04",
                "scheduled_at": "2017-09-03T18:11:27-04:00",
                "range": "week",
                "context": null,
                "description": "Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018 [Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018] (Rules Committee Print 115-31, showing the text of H.R. 3354, H.R. 3268, H.R. 3267, H.R. 3280, H.R. 3355, H.R. 3358, H.R. 3362, H.R. 3353 as reported by the Committee on Appropriations with modifications.",
                "bill_url": "http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20170904/BILLS -115HR3354HR3268HR3267HR3280HR3355HR3358HR3362HR3353-RCP115-31.pdf",
                "consideration": "rule",
                "source_type": "house_docs",
                "url": "http://docs.house.gov/floor/Default.aspx?date=2017-09-04"
            }
        ]
    }]
}

Get a Specific Bill

Use this request type to get details about a particular bill, including actions taken and votes. The attributes house_passage_vote and senate_passage_vote are populated (with the date of passage) only upon successful passage of the bill. Bills before the 113th Congress (prior to 2013) have fewer attribute values than those from the 113th Congress onward, because the more recent bill data comes from the bulk data provided by the Government Publishing Office. Details for the older bills came from scraping Thomas.gov, the former congressional site of the Library of Congress.

HTTP Request

GET https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/{congress}/bills/{bill-id}.json

URL Parameters

Parameter Description
congress 105-115
bill-id a bill slug, for example hr4881 - these can be found in the recent bill response.

Example Call

curl "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr21.json"
  -H "X-API-Key: PROPUBLICA_API_KEY"

The above command returns JSON structured like this:

{
    "status": "OK",
    "copyright": "Copyright (c) 2017 Pro Publica Inc. All Rights Reserved.",
    "results": [{
        "bill_id": "hr21-115",
        "bill_slug": "hr21",
        "congress": "115",
        "bill": "H.R.21",
        "bill_type": "hr",
        "number": "H.R.21",
        "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr21.json",
        "title": "To amend chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, to provide for en bloc consideration in resolutions of disapproval for \"midnight rules\", and for other purposes.",
        "short_title": "Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017",
        "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
        "sponsor": "Darrell Issa",
        "sponsor_id": "I000056",
        "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/I000056.json",
        "sponsor_party": "R",
        "sponsor_state": "CA",
        "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
        "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/21",
        "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr21",
        "introduced_date": "2017-01-03",
        "active": true,
        "last_vote": "2017-01-04",
        "house_passage": "2017-01-04",
        "senate_passage": null,
        "enacted": null,
        "vetoed": null,
        "cosponsors": 14,
        "cosponsors_by_party": {
            "R": 13,
            "D": 1
        },
        "withdrawn_cosponsors": 0,
        "primary_subject": "Government Operations and Politics",
        "committees": "Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee",
        "committee_codes": ["SSGA", "HSJU", "HSRU"],
        "subcommittee_codes": ["HSJU05"],
        "latest_major_action_date": "2017-01-05",
        "latest_major_action": "Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.",
        "house_passage_vote": "2017-01-04",
        "senate_passage_vote": null,
        "summary": "(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017 (Sec. 2) This bill amends the Congressional Review Act to allow Congress to consider a joint resolution to disapprove multiple regulations that federal agencies have submitted for congressional review within the last 60 legislative days of a session of Congress during the final year of a President's term. Congress may disapprove a group of such regulations together (i.e., \"en bloc\") instead of the current procedure of considering only one regulation at a time.",
        "summary_short": "(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017 (Sec. 2) This bill amends the Congressional Review Act to allow Congress to consider a joint resolution to disapprove multiple regulations that federal agencies have submitted for congressional review within the last 60 legislative days of a session of Congress during the final year of a President's term. Congress may disapprove a...",
        "versions": [],
        "actions": [{
                "id": 16,
                "chamber": "Senate",
                "action_type": "IntroReferral",
                "datetime": "2017-01-05",
                "description": "Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs."
            },
            {
                "id": 15,
                "chamber": "House",
                "action_type": "Floor",
                "datetime": "2017-01-04",
                "description": "Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection."
            },
            {
                "id": 14,
                "chamber": "House",
                "action_type": "Floor",
                "datetime": "2017-01-04",
                "description": "On passage Passed by recorded vote: 238 - 184 (Roll no. 8). (text: CR H74)"
            },
            {
                "id": 13,
                "chamber": "House",
                "action_type": "Floor",
                "datetime": "2017-01-04",
                "description": "On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 183 - 236 (Roll no. 7)."
            },
            {
                "id": 12,
                "chamber": "House",
                "action_type": "Floor",
                "datetime": "2017-01-04",
                "description": "Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H86-87)"
            },
            {
                "id": 11,
                "chamber": "House",
                "action_type": "Floor",
                "datetime": "2017-01-04",
                "description": "POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Castor (FL) motion to recommit, the Chair put the question on adoption of the motion to recommit and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Castor (FL) demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the motion to recommit until a time to be announced."
            },
            {
                "id": 10,
                "chamber": "House",
                "action_type": "Floor",
                "datetime": "2017-01-04",
                "description": "The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection."
            },
            {
                "id": 9,
                "chamber": "House",
                "action_type": "Floor",
                "datetime": "2017-01-04",
                "description": "DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Castor (FL) motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to add at the end of the bill a section 3 pertaining to exception for certain rules that prohibit discrimination by insurance issuers on the basis of gender or preexisting condition or that make healthcare more affordable for working Americans."
            },
            {
                "id": 8,
                "chamber": "House",
                "action_type": "Floor",
                "datetime": "2017-01-04",
                "description": "Ms. Castor (FL) moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on the Judiciary. (text: CR H84)"
            },
            {
                "id": 7,
                "chamber": "House",
                "action_type": "Floor",
                "datetime": "2017-01-04",
                "description": "The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule."
            },
            {
                "id": 6,
                "chamber": "House",
                "action_type": "Floor",
                "datetime": "2017-01-04",
                "description": "DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 21."
            },
            {
                "id": 5,
                "chamber": "House",
                "action_type": "Floor",
                "datetime": "2017-01-04",
                "description": "The rule provides for one hour of debate and one motion to recommit."
            },
            {
                "id": 4,
                "chamber": "House",
                "action_type": "Floor",
                "datetime": "2017-01-04",
                "description": "Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 5. (consideration: CR H74-86)"
            },
            {
                "id": 3,
                "chamber": "House",
                "action_type": "Committee",
                "datetime": "2017-01-03",
                "description": "Referred to the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial And Antitrust Law."
            },
            {
                "id": 2,
                "chamber": "House",
                "action_type": "IntroReferral",
                "datetime": "2017-01-03",
                "description": "Referred to House Rules"
            },
            {
                "id": 1,
                "chamber": "House",
                "action_type": "IntroReferral",
                "datetime": "2017-01-03",
                "description": "Referred to House Judiciary"
            }
        ],
        "votes": [{
                "chamber": "House",
                "date": "2017-01-04",
                "time": "16:48:00",
                "roll_call": "8",
                "question": "On Passage",
                "result": "Passed",
                "total_yes": 238,
                "total_no": 184,
                "total_not_voting": 11,
                "api_url": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/house/sessions/1/votes/8.json"
            },
            {
                "chamber": "House",
                "date": "2017-01-04",
                "time": "16:38:00",
                "roll_call": "7",
                "question": "On Motion to Recommit with Instructions",
                "result": "Failed",
                "total_yes": 183,
                "total_no": 236,
                "total_not_voting": 14,
                "api_url": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/house/sessions/1/votes/7.json"
            }
        ]

    }]
}

Get Amendments for a Specific Bill

Use this request type to get Library of Congress-assigned subjects about a particular bill. This request returns the 20 most recent results and supports paginated requests.

HTTP Request

GET https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/{congress}/bills/{bill-id}/amendments.json

URL Parameters

Parameter Description
congress 105-115
bill-id a bill slug, for example hr4881 - these can be found in bill responses.

Example Call

curl "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr1628/amendments.json"
  -H "X-API-Key: PROPUBLICA_API_KEY"

The above command returns JSON structured like this:

{
    "status": "OK",
    "copyright": "Copyright (c) 2017 Pro Publica Inc. All Rights Reserved.",
    "results": [{
        "congress": "115",
        "bill_id": "hr1628-115",
        "num_results": 20,
        "offset": 0,
        "amendments": [{
                "amendment_number": "H.AMDT.105",
                "slug": "hamdt105",
                "sponsor_title": "",
                "sponsor": "",
                "sponsor_id": "",
                "sponsor_uri": "",
                "sponsor_party": "",
                "sponsor_state": "",
                "introduced_date": "2017-03-24",
                "title": "Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 228, the amendment printed in Part A of the Rules Committee report, modified by the amendment printed in part B of the report shall be considered as adopted. The rule provides that the amendment printed in part C of the Rules Committee report, modified by the amendments printed in part D and part E of the report shall be considered as adopted.",
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/house-amendment/105/text",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-03-24",
                "latest_major_action": "House amendment offered"
            },
            {
                "amendment_number": "S.AMDT.729",
                "slug": "samdt729",
                "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                "sponsor": "Sherrod Brown",
                "sponsor_id": "B000944",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/B000944.json",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_state": "Ohio",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-28",
                "title": "",
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/senate-amendment/729/text",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-28",
                "latest_major_action": "Senate amendment submitted"
            },
            {
                "amendment_number": "S.AMDT.727",
                "slug": "samdt727",
                "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                "sponsor": "John Cornyn",
                "sponsor_id": "C001056",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/C001056.json",
                "sponsor_party": "R",
                "sponsor_state": "Tex.",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-28",
                "title": "",
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/senate-amendment/727/text",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-28",
                "latest_major_action": "Senate amendment submitted"
            },
            {
                "amendment_number": "S.AMDT.722",
                "slug": "samdt722",
                "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                "sponsor": "Tom Udall",
                "sponsor_id": "U000039",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/U000039.json",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_state": "N.M.",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-28",
                "title": "",
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/senate-amendment/722/text",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-28",
                "latest_major_action": "Senate amendment submitted"
            },
            {
                "amendment_number": "S.AMDT.721",
                "slug": "samdt721",
                "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                "sponsor": "Maria Cantwell",
                "sponsor_id": "C000127",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/C000127.json",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_state": "Wash.",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-28",
                "title": "",
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/senate-amendment/721/text",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-28",
                "latest_major_action": "Senate amendment submitted"
            },
            {
                "amendment_number": "H.AMDT.115",
                "slug": "hamdt115",
                "sponsor_title": "",
                "sponsor": "",
                "sponsor_id": "",
                "sponsor_uri": "",
                "sponsor_party": "",
                "sponsor_state": "",
                "introduced_date": "2017-05-04",
                "title": "Purusant to the provisions of H.Res. 308, the amendments printed in House Report 115-109 are considered as adopted.",
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/house-amendment/115/text",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-05-04",
                "latest_major_action": "House amendment offered"
            },
            {
                "amendment_number": "S.AMDT.716",
                "slug": "samdt716",
                "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                "sponsor": "Benjamin L. Cardin",
                "sponsor_id": "C000141",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/C000141.json",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_state": "Md.",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-27",
                "title": "",
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/senate-amendment/716/text",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-27",
                "latest_major_action": "Senate amendment submitted"
            },
            {
                "amendment_number": "S.AMDT.707",
                "slug": "samdt707",
                "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                "sponsor": "Jeff Merkley",
                "sponsor_id": "M001176",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/M001176.json",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_state": "Ore.",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-27",
                "title": "",
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/senate-amendment/707/text",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-27",
                "latest_major_action": "Senate amendment submitted"
            },
            {
                "amendment_number": "S.AMDT.706",
                "slug": "samdt706",
                "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                "sponsor": "Jeff Merkley",
                "sponsor_id": "M001176",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/M001176.json",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_state": "Ore.",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-27",
                "title": "",
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/senate-amendment/706/text",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-27",
                "latest_major_action": "Senate amendment submitted"
            },
            {
                "amendment_number": "S.AMDT.705",
                "slug": "samdt705",
                "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                "sponsor": "Jeff Merkley",
                "sponsor_id": "M001176",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/M001176.json",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_state": "Ore.",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-27",
                "title": "",
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/senate-amendment/705/text",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-27",
                "latest_major_action": "Senate amendment submitted"
            },
            {
                "amendment_number": "S.AMDT.704",
                "slug": "samdt704",
                "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                "sponsor": "Jeff Merkley",
                "sponsor_id": "M001176",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/M001176.json",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_state": "Ore.",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-27",
                "title": "",
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/senate-amendment/704/text",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-27",
                "latest_major_action": "Senate amendment submitted"
            },
            {
                "amendment_number": "S.AMDT.703",
                "slug": "samdt703",
                "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                "sponsor": "Mazie K. Hirono",
                "sponsor_id": "H001042",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/H001042.json",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_state": "Hawaii",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-27",
                "title": "",
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/senate-amendment/703/text",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-27",
                "latest_major_action": "Senate amendment submitted"
            },
            {
                "amendment_number": "S.AMDT.691",
                "slug": "samdt691",
                "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                "sponsor": "Richard Blumenthal",
                "sponsor_id": "B001277",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/B001277.json",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_state": "Conn.",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-27",
                "title": "",
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/senate-amendment/691/text",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-27",
                "latest_major_action": "Senate amendment submitted"
            },
            {
                "amendment_number": "S.AMDT.391",
                "slug": "samdt391",
                "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                "sponsor": "Lindsey Graham",
                "sponsor_id": "G000359",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/G000359.json",
                "sponsor_party": "R",
                "sponsor_state": "S.C.",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-26",
                "title": "",
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/senate-amendment/391/text",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-26",
                "latest_major_action": "Senate amendment submitted"
            },
            {
                "amendment_number": "S.AMDT.690",
                "slug": "samdt690",
                "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                "sponsor": "Lisa Murkowski",
                "sponsor_id": "M001153",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/M001153.json",
                "sponsor_party": "R",
                "sponsor_state": "Alaska",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-27",
                "title": "",
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/senate-amendment/690/text",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-27",
                "latest_major_action": "Senate amendment submitted"
            },
            {
                "amendment_number": "S.AMDT.390",
                "slug": "samdt390",
                "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                "sponsor": "Roy Blunt",
                "sponsor_id": "B000575",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/B000575.json",
                "sponsor_party": "R",
                "sponsor_state": "Mo.",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-26",
                "title": "",
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/senate-amendment/390/text",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-26",
                "latest_major_action": "Senate amendment submitted"
            },
            {
                "amendment_number": "S.AMDT.689",
                "slug": "samdt689",
                "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                "sponsor": "Edward J. Markey",
                "sponsor_id": "M000133",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/M000133.json",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_state": "Mass.",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-27",
                "title": "",
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/senate-amendment/689/text",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-27",
                "latest_major_action": "Senate amendment submitted"
            },
            {
                "amendment_number": "S.AMDT.389",
                "slug": "samdt389",
                "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                "sponsor": "Luther Strange",
                "sponsor_id": "S001202",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/S001202.json",
                "sponsor_party": "R",
                "sponsor_state": "Ala.",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-26",
                "title": "To provide for premium assistance for low-income individuals.",
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/senate-amendment/389/text",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-27",
                "latest_major_action": "Amendment SA 389 ruled out of order by the chair."
            },
            {
                "amendment_number": "S.AMDT.688",
                "slug": "samdt688",
                "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                "sponsor": "Edward J. Markey",
                "sponsor_id": "M000133",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/M000133.json",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_state": "Mass.",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-27",
                "title": "",
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/senate-amendment/688/text",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-27",
                "latest_major_action": "Senate amendment submitted"
            },
            {
                "amendment_number": "S.AMDT.387",
                "slug": "samdt387",
                "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                "sponsor": "Benjamin L. Cardin",
                "sponsor_id": "C000141",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/C000141.json",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_state": "Md.",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-26",
                "title": "",
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/senate-amendment/387/text",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-26",
                "latest_major_action": "Senate amendment submitted"
            }
        ]
    }]
}

Get Subjects for a Specific Bill

Use this request type to get Library of Congress-assigned subjects about a particular bill. This request returns the 20 most recent results and supports paginated requests.

HTTP Request

GET https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/{congress}/bills/{bill-id}/subjects.json

URL Parameters

Parameter Description
congress 105-115
bill-id a bill slug, for example hr4881 - these can be found in bill responses.

Example Call

curl "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr2810/subjects.json"
  -H "X-API-Key: PROPUBLICA_API_KEY"

The above command returns JSON structured like this:

{
    "status": "OK",
    "copyright": "Copyright (c) 2017 Pro Publica Inc. All Rights Reserved.",
    "results": [{
        "congress": "115",
        "bill_id": "hr2810-115",
        "bill_slug": "hr2810",
        "bill_type": "hr",
        "number": "H.R.2810",
        "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr2810.json",
        "url_number": "hr2810",
        "title": "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018",
        "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
        "sponsor_id": "T000238",
        "sponsor_name": "William M. Thornberry",
        "sponsor_state": "TX",
        "sponsor_party": "R",
        "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/T000238.json",
        "introduced_date": "2017-06-07",
        "number_of_cosponsors": 1,
        "committees": "House Armed Services Committee",
        "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-25",
        "latest_major_action": "Motion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate. (CR S4165)",
        "house_passage_vote": "2017-07-13",
        "senate_passage_vote": null,
        "subjects": [{
                "name": "Congressional oversight",
                "url_name": "congressional-oversight"
            },
            {
                "name": "Europe",
                "url_name": "europe"
            },
            {
                "name": "Terrorism",
                "url_name": "terrorism"
            },
            {
                "name": "Higher education",
                "url_name": "higher-education"
            },
            {
                "name": "Russia",
                "url_name": "russia"
            },
            {
                "name": "Monuments and memorials",
                "url_name": "monuments-and-memorials"
            },
            {
                "name": "Crimes against women",
                "url_name": "crimes-against-women"
            },
            {
                "name": "China",
                "url_name": "china"
            },
            {
                "name": "Department of Defense",
                "url_name": "department-of-defense"
            },
            {
                "name": "Syria",
                "url_name": "syria"
            },
            {
                "name": "North Korea",
                "url_name": "north-korea"
            },
            {
                "name": "South Korea",
                "url_name": "south-korea"
            },
            {
                "name": "Oregon",
                "url_name": "oregon"
            },
            {
                "name": "Virginia",
                "url_name": "virginia"
            },
            {
                "name": "Military readiness",
                "url_name": "military-readiness"
            },
            {
                "name": "Veterans' medical care",
                "url_name": "veterans-medical-care"
            },
            {
                "name": "Small business",
                "url_name": "small-business"
            },
            {
                "name": "Marshall Islands",
                "url_name": "marshall-islands"
            },
            {
                "name": "Texas",
                "url_name": "texas"
            },
            {
                "name": "Iran",
                "url_name": "iran"
            },
            {
                "name": "Cemeteries and funerals",
                "url_name": "cemeteries-and-funerals"
            },
            {
                "name": "Pacific Ocean",
                "url_name": "pacific-ocean"
            },
            {
                "name": "Government liability",
                "url_name": "government-liability"
            },
            {
                "name": "Right of privacy",
                "url_name": "right-of-privacy"
            },
            {
                "name": "Guam",
                "url_name": "guam"
            },
            {
                "name": "Japan",
                "url_name": "japan"
            },
            {
                "name": "Iraq",
                "url_name": "iraq"
            },
            {
                "name": "Afghanistan",
                "url_name": "afghanistan"
            },
            {
                "name": "Pakistan",
                "url_name": "pakistan"
            },
            {
                "name": "Military history",
                "url_name": "military-history"
            },
            {
                "name": "Portugal",
                "url_name": "portugal"
            },
            {
                "name": "Ukraine",
                "url_name": "ukraine"
            },
            {
                "name": "Fires",
                "url_name": "fires"
            },
            {
                "name": "Nuclear weapons",
                "url_name": "nuclear-weapons"
            },
            {
                "name": "Women's employment",
                "url_name": "womens-employment"
            },
            {
                "name": "Mental health",
                "url_name": "mental-health"
            },
            {
                "name": "Military law",
                "url_name": "military-law"
            },
            {
                "name": "Minority education",
                "url_name": "minority-education"
            },
            {
                "name": "Personnel records",
                "url_name": "personnel-records"
            },
            {
                "name": "Asia",
                "url_name": "asia"
            },
            {
                "name": "Mammals",
                "url_name": "mammals"
            },
            {
                "name": "Computers and information technology",
                "url_name": "computers-and-information-technology"
            },
            {
                "name": "Military operations and strategy",
                "url_name": "military-operations-and-strategy"
            },
            {
                "name": "Military personnel and dependents",
                "url_name": "military-personnel-and-dependents"
            },
            {
                "name": "Conflicts and wars",
                "url_name": "conflicts-and-wars"
            },
            {
                "name": "Commemorative events and holidays",
                "url_name": "commemorative-events-and-holidays"
            },
            {
                "name": "Energy storage, supplies, demand",
                "url_name": "energy-storage-supplies-demand"
            },
            {
                "name": "Wages and earnings",
                "url_name": "wages-and-earnings"
            },
            {
                "name": "Civil actions and liability",
                "url_name": "civil-actions-and-liability"
            },
            {
                "name": "Public contracts and procurement",
                "url_name": "public-contracts-and-procurement"
            },
            {
                "name": "Student aid and college costs",
                "url_name": "student-aid-and-college-costs"
            },
            {
                "name": "Lawyers and legal services",
                "url_name": "lawyers-and-legal-services"
            },
            {
                "name": "Health information and medical records",
                "url_name": "health-information-and-medical-records"
            },
            {
                "name": "Executive agency funding and structure",
                "url_name": "executive-agency-funding-and-structure"
            },
            {
                "name": "Electric power generation and transmission",
                "url_name": "electric-power-generation-and-transmission"
            },
            {
                "name": "Arms control and nonproliferation",
                "url_name": "arms-control-and-nonproliferation"
            },
            {
                "name": "Intelligence activities, surveillance, classified information",
                "url_name": "intelligence-activities-surveillance-classified-information"
            },
            {
                "name": "Middle East",
                "url_name": "middle-east"
            },
            {
                "name": "Science and engineering education",
                "url_name": "science-and-engineering-education"
            },
            {
                "name": "Immigration status and procedures",
                "url_name": "immigration-status-and-procedures"
            },
            {
                "name": "Aviation and airports",
                "url_name": "aviation-and-airports"
            },
            {
                "name": "Military facilities and property",
                "url_name": "military-facilities-and-property"
            },
            {
                "name": "Domestic violence and child abuse",
                "url_name": "domestic-violence-and-child-abuse"
            },
            {
                "name": "Museums, exhibitions, cultural centers",
                "url_name": "museums-exhibitions-cultural-centers"
            },
            {
                "name": "Sex offenses",
                "url_name": "sex-offenses"
            },
            {
                "name": "National Guard and reserves",
                "url_name": "national-guard-and-reserves"
            },
            {
                "name": "Oil and gas",
                "url_name": "oil-and-gas"
            },
            {
                "name": "Animal protection and human-animal relationships",
                "url_name": "animal-protection-and-human-animal-relationships"
            },
            {
                "name": "Advanced technology and technological innovations",
                "url_name": "advanced-technology-and-technological-innovations"
            },
            {
                "name": "Hazardous wastes and toxic substances",
                "url_name": "hazardous-wastes-and-toxic-substances"
            },
            {
                "name": "Military procurement, research, weapons development",
                "url_name": "military-procurement-research-weapons-development"
            },
            {
                "name": "Noise pollution",
                "url_name": "noise-pollution"
            },
            {
                "name": "Environmental regulatory procedures",
                "url_name": "environmental-regulatory-procedures"
            },
            {
                "name": "Defense spending",
                "url_name": "defense-spending"
            },
            {
                "name": "Telephone and wireless communication",
                "url_name": "telephone-and-wireless-communication"
            },
            {
                "name": "Firearms and explosives",
                "url_name": "firearms-and-explosives"
            },
            {
                "name": "Crimes against children",
                "url_name": "crimes-against-children"
            },
            {
                "name": "Technology transfer and commercialization",
                "url_name": "technology-transfer-and-commercialization"
            },
            {
                "name": "Crime victims",
                "url_name": "crime-victims"
            },
            {
                "name": "Industrial facilities",
                "url_name": "industrial-facilities"
            },
            {
                "name": "Spacecraft and satellites",
                "url_name": "spacecraft-and-satellites"
            },
            {
                "name": "Television and film",
                "url_name": "television-and-film"
            },
            {
                "name": "Space flight and exploration",
                "url_name": "space-flight-and-exploration"
            },
            {
                "name": "Assault and harassment offenses",
                "url_name": "assault-and-harassment-offenses"
            },
            {
                "name": "Broadcasting, cable, digital technologies",
                "url_name": "broadcasting-cable-digital-technologies"
            },
            {
                "name": "Pollution liability",
                "url_name": "pollution-liability"
            },
            {
                "name": "Photography and imaging",
                "url_name": "photography-and-imaging"
            },
            {
                "name": "Citizenship and naturalization",
                "url_name": "citizenship-and-naturalization"
            },
            {
                "name": "Military education and training",
                "url_name": "military-education-and-training"
            },
            {
                "name": "Computer security and identity theft",
                "url_name": "computer-security-and-identity-theft"
            },
            {
                "name": "Service animals",
                "url_name": "service-animals"
            },
            {
                "name": "Climate change and greenhouse gases",
                "url_name": "climate-change-and-greenhouse-gases"
            },
            {
                "name": "Presidents and presidential powers, Vice Presidents",
                "url_name": "presidents-and-presidential-powers-vice-presidents"
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                "name": "Armed Forces and National Security",
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}

Use this request type to get Library of Congress-identified related bills for a particular bill. This request returns the 20 most recent results and supports paginated requests.

HTTP Request

GET https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/{congress}/bills/{bill-id}/related.json

URL Parameters

Parameter Description
congress 105-115
bill-id a bill slug, for example hr4881 - these can be found in bill responses.

Example Call

curl "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr3219/related.json"
  -H "X-API-Key: PROPUBLICA_API_KEY"

The above command returns JSON structured like this:

{
    "status": "OK",
    "copyright": "Copyright (c) 2017 Pro Publica Inc. All Rights Reserved.",
    "results": [{
        "congress": "115",
        "bill_id": "hr3219-115",
        "bill_slug": "hr3219",
        "bill_type": "hr",
        "number": "H.R.3219",
        "bill_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/115/bills/hr3219.json",
        "url_number": "hr3219",
        "title": "Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.",
        "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
        "sponsor_id": "G000377",
        "sponsor_name": "Kay Granger",
        "sponsor_state": "TX",
        "sponsor_party": "R",
        "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/G000377.json",
        "introduced_date": "2017-07-13",
        "number_of_cosponsors": 0,
        "committees": "House Appropriations Committee",
        "latest_major_action_date": "2017-08-01",
        "latest_major_action": "Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 187.",
        "house_passage_vote": "2017-07-27",
        "senate_passage_vote": null,
        "related_bills": [{
                "number": "H.RES.473",
                "bill_id": "hres473-115",
                "bill_slug": "hres473",
                "bill_type": "hres",
                "title": "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3219) making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3219) making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.",
                "relationship": "Procedurally-related identified by House",
                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor": "Tom Cole",
                "sponsor_id": "C001053",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/C001053.json",
                "sponsor_party": "R",
                "sponsor_state": "OK",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-25",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/473",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hres473",
                "active": true,
                "last_vote": "2017-07-26",
                "house_passage": "2017-07-26",
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 0,
                "cosponsors_by_party": {},
                "committees": "House Rules Committee",
                "committee_codes": ["HSRU"],
                "subcommittee_codes": [],
                "primary_subject": "Congress",
                "summary": "Sets forth the rule for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3219) making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018.",
                "summary_short": "Sets forth the rule for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3219) making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018.",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-26",
                "latest_major_action": "Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection."
            },
            {
                "number": "H.RES.478",
                "bill_id": "hres478-115",
                "bill_slug": "hres478",
                "bill_type": "hres",
                "title": "Providing for further consideration of the bill (H.R. 3219) making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.",
                "short_title": "Providing for further consideration of the bill (H.R. 3219) making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules.",
                "relationship": "Related bill identified by House",
                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor": "Dan Newhouse",
                "sponsor_id": "N000189",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/N000189.json",
                "sponsor_party": "R",
                "sponsor_state": "WA",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-26",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/478",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hres478",
                "active": true,
                "last_vote": "2017-07-27",
                "house_passage": "2017-07-27",
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 0,
                "cosponsors_by_party": {},
                "committees": "House Rules Committee",
                "committee_codes": ["HSRU"],
                "subcommittee_codes": [],
                "primary_subject": "Congress",
                "summary": "(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Sets forth the rule for consideration of H.R. 3219 (Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018).",
                "summary_short": "(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Sets forth the rule for consideration of H.R. 3219 (Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018).",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-27",
                "latest_major_action": "Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection."
            },
            {
                "number": "H.R.2998",
                "bill_id": "hr2998-115",
                "bill_slug": "hr2998",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "title": "Making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018",
                "relationship": "Related bill identified by House",
                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor": "Charlie Dent",
                "sponsor_id": "D000604",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/D000604.json",
                "sponsor_party": "R",
                "sponsor_state": "PA",
                "introduced_date": "2017-06-22",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2998",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2998",
                "active": true,
                "last_vote": null,
                "house_passage": null,
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 0,
                "cosponsors_by_party": {},
                "committees": "House Appropriations Committee",
                "committee_codes": ["HSAP"],
                "subcommittee_codes": [],
                "primary_subject": "Armed Forces and National Security",
                "summary": "(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Highlights:  This bill provides FY2018 appropriations to the Department of Defense (DOD) for military construction, military family housing, the U.S. share of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment Program, and base closures and realignments.  The bill also provides appropriations to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for veterans benefit and health care programs, Departmental Administration, and the National Cemetery Administration.  Related agencies and programs funded in the bill include the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; the Armed Forces Retirement Home; and the Cemeterial Expenses of the Army, including Arlington National Cemetery.  The bill also includes Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, Air Force, and Defense-Wide military construction funds which are designated as Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funds and are not subject to discretionary spending limits.  The bill includes both mandatory and discretionary funding. It increases discretionary and overall FY2018 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding above FY2017 levels.  Compared to FY2017 levels, the bill increases discretionary funding for the VA. It also increases discretionary funding for the DOD Military Construction and Family Housing accounts.  Full Summary:  Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018  TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE  Provides appropriations to the Department of Defense (DOD) for Military Construction for:    the Army;   the Navy and Marine Corps;   the Air Force;   Defense-Wide agencies and activities (other than military departments);   the Army and Air National Guard; and   the Army, Navy, and Air Force Reserves.   Provides appropriations to DOD for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Security Investment Program.  Provides appropriations to DOD for Construction and Operation and Maintenance of Family Housing for:    the Army,   the Navy and Marine Corps,   the Air Force, and   Defense-Wide agencies and activities (other than military departments).   Provides appropriations for the DOD Family Housing Improvement Fund and the DOD Military Unaccompanied Housing Improvement Fund.  Provides appropriations for the DOD Base Closure Account.  (Sec. 101) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used for payments exceeding $25,000 for construction in the United States under a cost-plus-a-fixed-fee contract without a specific DOD approval in writing. Includes an exception for work that is to be performed in Alaska.  (Sec. 102) Permits construction funds provided by this title to be used for hiring passenger motor vehicles.  (Sec. 103) Permits construction funds provided by this title to be used for advances to the Federal Highway Administration for the construction of access roads DOD has certified as important to national defense.  (Sec. 104) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to begin construction of new bases in the United States without a specific appropriation.  (Sec. 105) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to purchase land or land easements in excess of 100% of the value as determined by the Army Corps of Engineers or the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Includes exceptions for: (1) determinations of value by a federal court, (2) purchases negotiated by the Attorney General or a designee, (3) values less than $25,000, and (4) DOD determinations that the purchase is in the public interest.  (Sec. 106) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to acquire land, provide for site preparation, or install utilities for family housing, except housing for which appropriations have been provided. (Sec. 107) Prohibits funds provided by this title for minor construction from being used to transfer or relocate any activity from one base or installation to another without notifying Congress in advance.  (Sec. 108) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to procure steel for construction unless American producers, fabricators, and manufacturers have been allowed to compete for the procurement.  (Sec. 109) Prohibits funds provided to DOD for military construction or family housing during the current fiscal year from being used to pay real property taxes in any foreign nation.  (Sec. 110) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to initiate a new installation overseas without notifying Congress in advance.  (Sec. 111) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used for architect and engineer contracts estimated to exceed $500,000 for projects in Japan, NATO member countries, or countries bordering the Arabian Gulf unless the contracts are awarded to U.S. firms or joint ventures with U.S. firms and host nation firms.  (Sec. 112) Prohibits funds provided by this title for military construction in U.S. territories and possessions in the Pacific and on Kwajalein Atoll, or in countries bordering the Arabian Gulf from being used to award a contract over $1 million to a foreign contractor. Includes exceptions. (Sec. 113) Requires DOD to notify Congress in advance of military exercises if construction costs are expected to exceed $100,000.  (Sec. 114) Permits funds appropriated to DOD for construction in prior years to be used for construction projects authorized during the current session of Congress.  (Sec. 115) Permits expired or lapsed funds to be used to pay for supervision, inspection, overhead, engineering, and design costs for military construction or family housing projects being completed with lapsed or expired funds.  (Sec. 116) Permits funds provided for the construction of military projects to be available for five years if: (1) the funds are obligated from funds available for military construction, and (2) do not exceed the amount appropriated or permitted by law.  (Sec. 117) Permits the following transfers if Congress is notified and specified conditions are met:    to the DOD Family Housing Improvement Fund from appropriations for construction in Family Housing accounts, and   to the DOD Military Unaccompanied Housing Improvement Fund from appropriations for construction of military unaccompanied housing in Military Construction accounts.   (Sec. 118) Permits the transfer of funds from the DOD Base Closure Account to the fund established to pay expenses associated with the Homeowners Assistance Program under the Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act of 1966.  (Sec. 119) Provides that funds for operation and maintenance of family housing in this title shall be the only source of funds for repair and maintenance of all family housing units, including general or flag officer quarters. Sets forth limitations and requirements for expenditures for maintenance and repair of general or flag officer quarters.  (Sec. 120) Appropriates funds contained in the Ford Island Improvement Account to remain available until expended or transferred.  (Sec. 121) Permits the transfer of unobligated balances of expired military construction and family housing funds into the Foreign Currency Fluctuations--Construction--Defense account.  (Sec. 122) Prohibits the Army from using funds provided by this bill to relocate a unit that: (1) performs a required testing mission or function not performed by any other unit, and (2) is located at a military installation where the total number of Army civilian employees and contractor personnel exceeds 10% of the regular and reserve Army personnel. Includes an exception if the Army notifies Congress of the relocation's compliance with Army Regulation 5-10 concerning stationing actions.  (Sec. 123) Permits funds provided to an account in this title to be transferred among projects and activities within the account subject to specified DOD reprogramming guidelines for military and family housing construction.  (Sec. 124) Prohibits DOD military construction funds provided in this title from being used for the planning, design, and construction of projects at Arlington National Cemetery.  (Sec. 125) Provides specified additional funds to remain available through FY2022 for unfunded military construction priorities.  (Sec. 126) Rescinds specified unobligated balances from Military Construction accounts and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment Program.  (Sec. 127) Defines \"congressional defense committees\" to include the House and Senate Armed Services Committees and Appropriations Subcommittees on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.  (Sec. 128) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for the closure or realignment of the U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  TITLE II--DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS  Provides appropriations to the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) for:    Compensation and Pensions,   Readjustment Benefits,   Veterans Insurance and Indemnities,   the Veterans Housing Benefit Program Fund,  the Vocational Rehabilitation Loans Program Account,   the Native American Veteran Housing Loan Program Account, and   General Operating Expenses.   Provides appropriations to the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for:    Medical Services,   Medical Community Care,   Medical Support and Compliance,   Medical Facilities, and   Medical and Prosthetic Research.   Provides appropriations to the National Cemetery Administration.  Provides appropriations to the VA for Departmental Administration, including:    General Administration,   the Board of Veterans Appeals,   Information Technology Systems,   the Office of Inspector General,   Construction--Major Projects,   Construction--Minor Projects,   Grants for Construction of State Extended Care Facilities, and   Grants for Construction of Veterans Cemeteries.   Prohibits more than 25% of the funds provided for information technology systems development, modernization, and enhancement from being used for development of an electronic health record until the VA submits a report to Congress that includes specified details regarding the development of an electronic health records system.  Withholds specified VHA construction funds until the VA:   enters an agreement with a non-VA federal entity to serve as the design and/ or construction agent for any VHA major construction project that exceeds $100 million, and   certifies that an agreement is executed to minimize or prevent subsequent major construction project cost overruns.   (Sec. 201) Specifies transfer authorities and requirements for the VBA.  (Sec. 202) Specifies transfer authorities and requirements for the VHA.  (Sec. 203) Permits appropriations for salaries and expenses to be used for employment of temporary or intermittent experts and consultants, hire of passenger vehicles, lease of a facility or land or both, and uniforms.  (Sec. 204) Prohibits appropriations in this title other than Construction--Major Projects and Construction--Minor Projects from being used for land acquisition or construction of any new hospital or home.  (Sec. 205) Requires the VA to be reimbursed for medical services it provides to any person not defined as a beneficiary under specified laws.  (Sec. 206) Permits appropriations provided by this title for Compensation and Pensions, Readjustment Benefits, and Veterans Insurance and Indemnities to be used for payment of accrued obligations for the accounts recorded in the last quarter of FY2017.  (Sec. 207) Permits appropriations provided by this title to be used to pay specified prior year obligations. Requires obligations from trust fund accounts to be paid only from the Compensation and Pensions account.  (Sec. 208) Requires the VA to use surplus earnings from the National Service Life Insurance Fund, the Veterans' Special Life Insurance Fund, and the United States Government Life Insurance Fund to reimburse the General Operating Expenses--Veterans Benefits Administration and Information Technology Systems accounts for the costs to administer the insurance programs during FY2018.  (Sec. 209) Permits amounts deducted from enhanced-use lease proceeds for reimbursement of expenses from a prior year to be obligated in the year in which the proceeds are received.  (Sec. 210) Permits funds provided by this title for salaries and other administrative expenses to be used to reimburse the following offices, subject to specified limits:   the Office of Resolution Management,  the Office of Employment Discrimination Complaint Adjudication,  the Office of Accountability Review,  the Central Whistleblower Office,  the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and  the Office of the Executive Director of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection.   (Sec. 211) Requires the VA to collect third-party reimbursement information prior to providing hospital care, nursing home care, or medical services for a non-service connected disability. Permits the VA to recover reasonable charges for care from anyone who has not provided the required disclosures.  (Sec. 212) Permits enhanced-use leasing revenues to be deposited into the Construction--Major Projects and Construction--Minor Projects accounts to be used for construction, alterations, and improvements of VA medical facilities.  (Sec. 213) Permits funds provided for Medical Services to be used for: (1) furnishing recreational facilities, supplies, and equipment; and (2) funeral and burial expenses.  (Sec. 214) Permits funds deposited in the Medical Care Collections Fund to be transferred to the Medical Services and Medical Community Care accounts and remain available until expended for the purposes of those accounts.  (Sec. 215) Permits the VA to enter into agreements with Federally Qualified Health Centers in Alaska and Indian tribes and tribal organizations which are party to the Alaska Native Health Compact with the Indian Health Service to provide healthcare, including behavioral health and dental care, to veterans in rural Alaska. Defines \"rural Alaska\" as those lands which are not within the boundaries of the municipality of Anchorage or the Fairbanks North Star Borough.  (Sec. 216) Permits funds deposited into the Department of Veterans Affairs Capital Asset Fund to be transferred to the Construction--Major Projects and Construction--Minor Projects accounts to remain available until expended.  (Sec. 217) Requires the VA to report quarterly to Congress on the financial status of the VA.  (Sec. 218) Permits specified FY2018 VA funds to be transferred to or from the Information Technology Systems account if approved by Congress.  (Sec. 219) Permits specified FY2018 VA funds provided for medical accounts, Construction--Minor Projects, and Information Technology Systems to be transferred to the Joint Department of Defense-Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration Fund and used for the operation of combined federal medical facilities.  (Sec. 220) Permits specified FY2019 VA advance funding provided for medical accounts to be transferred to the Joint Department of Defense-Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration Fund and used for the operation of combined federal medical facilities.  (Sec. 221) Permits transfers from the Medical Care Collections Fund to the Joint Department of Defense-Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration Fund for the operation of combined federal medical facilities.  (Sec. 222) Requires specified funds from the Medical Services, Medical Support and Compliance, and Medical Facilities accounts to be transferred to the DOD-VA Health Care Sharing Incentive Fund to remain available until expended.  (Sec. 223) Prohibits the VA from using funds to replace the current system that the Veterans Integrated Service Networks use to select and contract for diabetes monitoring supplies and equipment.  (Sec. 224) Directs the VA to notify Congress of all bid savings in major construction projects that total at least $5 million or 5% of the programmed amount of the project, whichever is less.  (Sec. 225) Prohibits the scope of work for a project included in Construction--Major Projects from being increased above the original budget request without congressional approval.  (Sec. 226) Requires the VA to submit to Congress a quarterly report containing performance measures and data from each VBA regional office.  (Sec. 227) Provides specified funds from the Medical Services and Medical Support and Compliance accounts to develop an electronic health record. Limits the funds that may be spent for this purpose until the VA submits to Congress a specified report regarding activities to develop the Military Health System Genesis electronic health record.  (Sec. 228) Directs the VA to notify Congress before organizational changes that result in the transfer of 25 or more full-time equivalent staff from one organizational unit to another.  (Sec. 229) Requires the VA to report to Congress quarterly regarding any single national outreach and awareness campaign exceeding $2 million.  (Sec. 230) Permits the VA to transfer funds to the Medical Services account if the transfer is necessary to address the needs of the VHA, meets specified requirements, and is approved by the Office of Management and Budget and Congress.  (Sec. 231) Permits FY2018 funds provided for the Board of Veterans Appeals and General Operating Expenses--Veterans Benefits Administration to be transferred between those accounts if Congress approves the transfer.  (Sec. 232) Prohibits the VA from reprogramming more than $5 million in funds among major construction projects or programs without congressional approval.  (Sec. 233) Rescinds specified unobligated balances from the VA Medical Services, Medical Support and Compliance, and Medical Facilities accounts.  (Sec. 234) Rescinds specified unobligated balances of funds provided to the VA.  (Sec. 235) Requires the VA to ensure that the toll-free suicide hotline authorized under current law: (1) provides individuals who contact the hotline with immediate assistance from a trained professional, and (2) adheres to all requirements of the American Association of Suicidology.  Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to enforce or otherwise carry out any executive action that prohibits the VA from appointing an individual to occupy a vacant civil service position, or establishing a new civil service position, with respect to the hotline.  (Sec. 236) Prohibits funds from being used to close or diminish services at certain VA medical facilities until the VA submits to Congress a national realignment strategy.  (Sec. 237) Permits the VA to use a passenger carrier to transport employees between a parking facility and the VA medical facility where the employee works.  (Sec. 238) Requires the VA to use the breast cancer screening guidelines issued on May 10, 2017, by the Veterans Health Administration National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. (Sec. 239) Permits VA Medical Services funds to be used to provide: (1) fertility counseling and treatment using assisted reproductive technology to a covered veteran or the spouse of a covered veteran, or (2) adoption reimbursement to a covered veteran. Defines a \"covered veteran\" as a veteran who has a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment.  TITLE III--RELATED AGENCIES  Provides appropriations for related agencies, including:    the American Battle Monuments Commission;   the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims;   Cemeterial Expenses of the Army, including Arlington National Cemetery and Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery; and   the Armed Forces Retirement Home.   (Sec. 301) Permits funds for Cemeterial Expenses--Army to be provided to Arlington County, Virginia, to relocate a federally owned water main at Arlington National Cemetery to make additional land available for ground burials.  (Sec. 302) Permits funds from concessions at Army National Military Cemeteries to be used to support activities at the cemeteries.  TITLE IV--OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS  Provide appropriations to DOD for Overseas Contingency Operations Military Construction projects for the:    Army,   Navy and Marine Corps,   Air Force, and   Defense-Wide agencies and activities.   Designates the amounts provided in this title as for Overseas Contingency Operations/ Global War on Terrorism pursuant to the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.  (Sec. 401) Specifies that funds designated in this bill by Congress for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism are only available if the President subsequently designates the amounts and transmits the designations to Congress.  TITLE V--GENERAL PROVISIONS  (Sec. 501) Prohibits the obligation of funds in this bill beyond the current fiscal year unless expressly permitted in this bill.  (Sec. 502) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for programs, projects, or activities not in compliance with federal laws related to risk assessment, the protection of private property rights, or unfunded mandates.  (Sec. 503) Encourages all departments and agencies funded in this bill to expand their use of \"E-Commerce\" technologies and procedures.  (Sec. 504) Specifies the congressional committees that are to receive all reports and notifications required by this bill.  (Sec. 505) Prohibits the transfer of funds to any part of the U.S. government without authority provided by an appropriations law.  (Sec. 506) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for a project or program named for an individual serving as a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner of the U.S. House of Representatives.  (Sec. 507) Requires agencies to post reports submitted to Congress on the public website of the agency. Includes exceptions for national security and confidential or proprietary information.  (Sec. 508) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for a computer network unless pornography is blocked, with the exception of law enforcement, prosecution, or adjudication activities.  (Sec. 509) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for first-class travel by an employee of the executive branch.  (Sec. 510) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for any contract where the contractor has not complied with E-Verify requirements for verification of eligibility for employment.  (Sec. 511) Prohibits DOD or the VA from using funds provided by this bill to purchase or lease a new vehicle except in accordance with Presidential Memorandum--Federal Fleet Performance, dated May 24, 2011.  (Sec. 512) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for the renovation, expansion, or construction of any facility in the United States to house any individual detained at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the purposes of detention or imprisonment in the custody or under the control of DOD. Includes an exception for modification to the facility at Guantanamo Bay.  (Sec. 513) Establishes a spending reduction account for the amount by which spending proposed in this bill exceeds the subcommittee's allocation under the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Specifies that the amount is $0. (Under the Rules of the House of Representatives, any savings included in the spending reduction account are not available for further appropriation during consideration of the bill.) ",
                "summary_short": "(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Highlights:  This bill provides FY2018 appropriations to the Department of Defense (DOD) for military construction, military family housing, the U.S. share of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment Program, and base closures and realignments.  The bill also provides appropriations to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for veterans benefit ...",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-06-22",
                "latest_major_action": "Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 127."
            },
            {
                "number": "H.R.3162",
                "bill_id": "hr3162-115",
                "bill_slug": "hr3162",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "title": "Making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2018",
                "relationship": "Related bill identified by House",
                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor": "Kevin Yoder",
                "sponsor_id": "Y000063",
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                "sponsor_party": "R",
                "sponsor_state": "KS",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-06",
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                "active": true,
                "last_vote": null,
                "house_passage": null,
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
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                "summary": "(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Highlights:  This bill provides FY2018 appropriations for the legislative branch, including the House of Representatives and Joint Items such as: the Joint Economic Committee, the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), and the Office of the Attending Physician.  It also provides appropriations for:    the Capitol Police,   the Congressional Budget Office (CBO),   the Architect of the Capitol (AOC),   the Library of Congress (LOC),   the Government Publishing Office (GPO),   the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and   the Open World Leadership Center.   Pursuant to a longstanding practice under which each chamber of Congress determines its own requirements, the House bill does not include funds for the Senate.  The bill increases overall legislative branch funding above the FY2017 level and includes an increase for the House of Representatives.  For other legislative branch agencies and programs, the bill increases funding above FY2017 levels for the Capitol Police, the AOC, the CBO, and the LOC. The bill funds the GPO and the GAO at FY2017 levels. The bill also includes provisions that would:  prohibit a cost of living adjustment for Members of Congress; establish senior level JCT positions to meet critical scientific, technical, professional, or executive needs; and restrict the delivery to congressional offices of printed copies of legislation and materials such as the Congressional Record and the U.S. Code.  Full Summary:  Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2018  TITLE I--LEGISLATIVE BRANCH  Provides appropriations to the House of Representatives for:    Salaries and Expenses;   House Leadership Offices;   Members' Representational Allowances, including Members' Clerk Hire, Official Expenses of Members, and Official Mail;   Committee Employees;   Salaries, Officers, and Employees; and  Allowances and Expenses.   (In this bill, the term \"Member of the House of Representatives\" also includes a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to the Congress.)  (Sec. 101) Requires amounts remaining in Members' Representational Allowances after all payments are made for FY2018 to be used for deficit or debt reduction.  (Sec. 102) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to deliver a printed copy of a bill, joint resolution, or resolution to the office of a Member of the House of Representatives unless the Member requests a copy.  (Sec. 103) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to deliver a printed copy of the Congressional Record to the office of a Member of the House of Representatives.  (Sec. 104) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to make payments from any Members' Representational Allowance to lease a vehicle, excluding mobile district offices, at a rate that exceeds $1,000 for the vehicle in any month.  (Sec. 105) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to provide an aggregate number of more than 50 printed copies of any edition of the U.S. Code to all offices of the House of Representatives.  (Sec. 106) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to deliver a printed copy of the report of disbursements for the operations of the House of Representatives to the office of a Member of the House of Representatives.  (Sec. 107) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to deliver to the office of a Member of the House Representatives a printed copy of the Daily Calendar of the House of Representatives prepared by the Clerk of the House of Representatives.  (Sec. 108) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to deliver a printed copy of the Congressional Pictorial Directory to the office of a Member of the House of Representatives.  (Sec. 109) Amends the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2005 to include in the House Services Revolving Fund service fees that are collected from vendors of the Master Web Services Agreement or the Technology Services Contract for failing to abide by and maintain House of Representatives security policies. (Sec. 110) Prohibits cost of living adjustments for Members of Congress during FY2018.   Provides appropriations for Joint Items, including:   the Joint Economic Committee,   the Joint Committee on Taxation,   the Office of the Attending Physician, and   the Office of Congressional Accessibility Services.   (Sec. 1001) Establishes senior level Joint Committee on Taxation positions to meet critical scientific, technical, professional, or executive needs and limits the compensation for the positions to level II of the Executive Schedule.  Provides appropriations for:    the Capitol Police,   the Office of Compliance, and  the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).   Provides appropriations to the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) for:   Capital Construction and Operations;   the Capitol Building;   the Capitol Grounds;   the House Office Buildings;   the Capitol Power Plant;   the Library Buildings and Grounds;   the Capitol Police Buildings, Grounds and Security;   the Botanic Garden; and   the Capitol Visitor Center.   (Sec. 1101) Prohibits funds provided by this bill for the AOC from being used to make incentive or award payments to contractors for work that is behind schedule or over budget, unless the deviations are due to unforeseeable events, government-driven scope changes, or are insignificant within the overall scope of the project or program.  (Sec. 1102) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for scrims (coverings for buildings that are being renovated) containing photographs of building facades during restoration or construction projects performed by the AOC.  Provides appropriations to the Library of Congress (LOC) for:    Salaries and Expenses,   the Copyright Office,   the Congressional Research Service, and   Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.   (Sec. 1201) Limits the FY2018 obligational authority of the LOC for reimbursable and revolving fund activities funded from sources other than appropriations.  Provides appropriations to the Government Publishing Office for:    Congressional Publishing,   Public Information Programs of the Superintendent of Documents, and   the Government Publishing Office Business Operations Revolving Fund.   Provides appropriations to:   the Government Accountability Office,  the Open World Leadership Center Trust Fund, and   the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Training and Development.   TITLE II--GENERAL PROVISIONS  (Sec. 201) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for the maintenance or care of private vehicles, except for emergency assistance and cleaning.  (Sec. 202) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from remaining available for obligation beyond FY2018 unless expressly provided in this bill.  (Sec. 203) Provides that: (1) rates of compensation or designations of offices or positions included in this bill that are either not established by the Legislative Pay Act of 1929 or are contrary to that Act are considered permanent law, and (2) provisions in this bill for official congressional expenses and clerk hire for Senators and Members of the House of Representatives are permanent law.  (Sec. 204) Limits contracts for certain consulting services to those where expenditures are a matter of public record and available for public inspection.  (Sec. 205) Permits legislative branch entities participating in the Legislative Branch Financial Managers Council to use funds provided for administrative expenses to pay a share of the cost of the council if the total cost shared among all participating entities does not exceed $2,000.  (Sec. 206) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being transferred to any department, agency, or instrumentality of the U.S. government unless the transfer is pursuant to authority provided by an appropriations Act. (Sec. 207) Prohibits the AOC from using funds provided by this bill to eliminate or restrict guided Capitol tours led by congressional employees and interns, subject to an exception permitting tours to be suspended for security or related reasons.  (Sec. 208) Establishes a spending reduction account for the amount by which spending proposed in this bill exceeds the subcommittee's allocation under the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Specifies that the amount is $0. (Under the Rules of the House of Representatives, any savings included in the spending reduction account are not available for further appropriation during consideration of the bill.) ",
                "summary_short": "(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Highlights:  This bill provides FY2018 appropriations for the legislative branch, including the House of Representatives and Joint Items such as: the Joint Economic Committee, the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), and the Office of the Attending Physician.  It also provides appropriations for:    the Capitol Police,   the Congressional Budget Office (CBO),   the ...",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-06",
                "latest_major_action": "Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 136."
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            {
                "number": "H.R.3266",
                "bill_id": "hr3266-115",
                "bill_slug": "hr3266",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "title": "Making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018",
                "relationship": "Related bill identified by House",
                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor": "Mike Simpson",
                "sponsor_id": "S001148",
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                "sponsor_party": "R",
                "sponsor_state": "ID",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-17",
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                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3266",
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                "last_vote": null,
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                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
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                "committees": "House Appropriations Committee",
                "committee_codes": ["HSAP"],
                "subcommittee_codes": [],
                "primary_subject": "Economics and Public Finance",
                "summary": "(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Highlights:  This bill provides FY2018 appropriations for:    the civil works projects of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers;   the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation and Central Utah Project;   the Department of Energy (DOE); and   several independent agencies, including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.   The bill decreases discretionary FY2018 Energy and Water Development funding below FY2017 levels.  Compared to FY2017 levels, the bill increases funding for the Army Corps of Engineers and decreases funding for both DOE and the Bureau of Reclamation.  Within the DOE budget, the bill does not fund the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy program and reduces funding for several other energy research programs. The bill funds DOE's science research at the FY2017 level and increases funding for the National Nuclear Security Administration.  The bill also includes provisions that affect policies in areas such as:   federal jurisdiction under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act),  the drawdown and sale of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the possession of firearms on Corps of Engineers lands, and  nuclear nonproliferation projects in Russia.   Full Summary:  Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018  TITLE I--CORPS OF ENGINEERS--CIVIL  Provides appropriations to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for authorized civil functions pertaining to rivers and harbors, flood and storm damage reduction, shore protection, aquatic ecosystem restoration, and related efforts.  Provides appropriations to the Corps of Engineers for:    Investigations;   Construction;   Mississippi River and Tributaries, including flood damage reduction projects in the Mississippi River alluvial valley below Cape Girardeau, Missouri;   Operation and Maintenance;   the Regulatory Program pertaining to navigable waters and wetlands;   the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program for clean-up of early atomic energy program contamination;   Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies, including hurricanes, floods, and other natural disasters;   Expenses, necessary for the supervision and general administration of the civil works program; and   the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.   (Sec. 101) Prohibits the reprogramming of funds provided by this title except in specified circumstances.  (Sec. 102) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used for a contract that commits funds beyond the amounts appropriated for that program, project, or activity that remain unobligated. Includes exception for funds made available through reprogramming.  (Sec. 103) Permits the Corps of Engineers to transfer to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service up to $5.4 million in Operation and Maintenance funds to mitigate for fisheries lost due to Corps of Engineers projects.  (Sec. 104) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for an open lake placement of dredged material originating from Lake Erie or its tributaries unless it is approved under a state water quality certification. Requires the Corps to continue upland placement of the dredged material until an open lake placement for dredged materials is approved under a state water quality certification.  (Sec. 105) Requires acquisitions funded by this title to comply with regulations that prohibit the Department of Defense from purchasing a certain anchor and mooring chain unless it is procured from a U.S. manufacturer.  (Sec. 106) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for a water supply reallocation study under the Wolf Creek Dam, Lake Cumberland, Kentucky, project authorized under the Act of July 24, 1946.  (Sec. 107) Prohibits funds made available by this bill from being used to require a permit for the discharge of dredged or fill material under Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act) for specified agricultural activities.  (Sec. 108) Authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the Waters of the United States rule without regard to any provision of statute or regulation that establishes a requirement for withdrawal. (This provision applies to the final rule issued by the two agencies on June 29, 2015, and titled \"Clean Water Rule: Definition of 'Waters of the United States.'\" The rule revised regulations defining the scope of waters protected and regulated under the Clean Water Act.)  (Sec. 109) Permits individuals to possess firearms at Corps of Engineers water resources development projects if: (1) the individual is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing the firearm, and (2) the possession of the firearm complies with the law of the state in which the project is located. (The Corps of Engineers currently prohibits private individuals from possessing firearms and other weapons at the projects unless the weapons are being used for hunting, at authorized shooting ranges, or with written permission of the Corps District Commander.)  TITLE II--DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR  Provides appropriations to the Department of the Interior for the Central Utah Project.  Provides appropriations to the Bureau of Reclamation for:    Water and Related Resources,   the Central Valley Project Restoration Fund,   California Bay-Delta Restoration, and   Policy and Administration.   Permits appropriations to the Bureau of Reclamation to be used for purchasing replacements for up to five passenger motor vehicles.  (Sec. 201) Specifies the circumstances in which Reclamation may reprogram or transfer funds provided by this title.  (Sec. 202) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to determine the final point of discharge for the interceptor drain for the San Luis Unit until Interior and California develop a plan to minimize any detrimental effect of the San Luis drainage waters. Requires the plan to conform to California water quality standards as approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.  Directs Interior to classify the costs of the Kesterson Reservoir Cleanup Program and the San Joaquin Valley Drainage Program as either reimbursable or nonreimbursable and collected until fully repaid pursuant to specified alternative repayment plans.  Requires future federal obligations of funds regarding drainage service or drainage studies for the San Luis Unit to be fully reimbursable by San Luis Unit beneficiaries of the service or studies.  (Sec. 203) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to implement the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Agreement.  TITLE III--DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY  Provides appropriations to the Department of Energy (DOE) for Energy Programs, including:    Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,   Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability,   Nuclear Energy,   Fossil Energy Research and Development,   Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves,   the Strategic Petroleum Reserve,   the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve,   the Energy Information Administration,   Non-Defense Environmental Cleanup,   the Uranium Enrichment Decontamination and Decommissioning Fund,   Science,   Nuclear Waste Disposal,   the Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Loan Program,   the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program,   the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program,   Departmental Administration, and   the Office of the Inspector General.   Provides appropriations for the Atomic Energy Defense Activities of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), including:    Weapons Activities,   Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation,   Naval Reactors, and   Federal Salaries and Expenses.   Provides appropriations for Environmental and Other Defense Activities, including:    Defense Environmental Cleanup,   Other Defense Activities, and   Defense Nuclear Waste Disposal.   Provides appropriations for the Power Marketing Administrations, including:    the Bonneville Power Administration Fund;   Southeastern Power Administration Operation and Maintenance;   Southwestern Power Administration Operation and Maintenance;   Western Area Power Administration Operation and Maintenance, Construction, and Rehabilitation; and   the Falcon and Amistad Operating and Maintenance Fund.   Provides appropriations for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  (Sec. 301) Prohibits funds provided by this title from be used for programs, projects, or activities that have not been funded by Congress.  Prohibits specified grants, contracts, allocations, and agreements unless Congress is notified in advance.  Prohibits funds from being used for certain multiyear Department of Energy--Energy Programs activities unless specified conditions are met and Congress is notified.  Establishes requirements and restrictions for the reprogramming of funds provided in this title.  Permits unexpended balances of prior appropriations provided for activities in this bill to be transferred and merged with appropriations accounts established in this bill.  (Sec. 302) Deems funds appropriated by this bill for intelligence activities to be specifically authorized by Congress during FY2018 until the enactment of the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY2018.  (Sec. 303) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to construct specified high-hazard nuclear facilities unless independent oversight is conducted by the Office of Independent Enterprise Assessments to ensure compliance with nuclear safety requirements.  (Sec. 304) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to approve certain critical decisions for construction projects exceeding $100 million until a separate independent cost estimate has been developed.  (Sec. 305) Prohibits Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation funds from being used for contracts with or agreements for federal assistance to the Russian Federation. Permits DOE to waive the prohibition if the activity is in the national security interests of the United States and a report justifying the waiver is submitted to Congress.  (Sec. 306) Authorizes DOE to draw down and sell refined petroleum product from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) upon a determination by the President in this fiscal year that:    a regional supply shortage of refined petroleum product of significant scope and duration exists,   a severe increase in the price of refined petroleum product will likely result from the shortage, and   a draw down and sale of refined petroleum product would assist directly and significantly in reducing the adverse impact of the shortage.   Specifies that the proceeds from the sale must be deposited into the SPR Petroleum Account and remain available for obligation without fiscal year limitation, consistent with the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. (Sec. 307) Requires DOE to drawdown and sell up to $8.4 million of crude oil from the SPR during this fiscal year (in addition to sales authorized under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015). Requires the proceeds from the sale to be deposited into the SPR Petroleum Account to remain available until expended for: (1) the costs of crude oil sales authorized under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, and (2) specified provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act.  Prohibits DOE from drawing down and selling crude oil under this section in amounts that would limit the authority to sell petroleum products under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act in order to prevent or reduce adverse impacts of severe domestic energy supply interruptions.  (Sec. 308) Prohibits DOE from establishing any new regional petroleum product reserve unless funding is explicitly requested in advance and approved by Congress in an appropriations Act.  (Sec. 309) Limits the amount of funds provided by this title that may be transferred to the working capital fund established under the Department of Energy Organization Act.  TITLE IV--INDEPENDENT AGENCIES  Provides appropriations for independent agencies, including:    the Appalachian Regional Commission,   the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board,   the Delta Regional Authority,   the Denali Commission,   the Northern Border Regional Commission,   the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission,   the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and   the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board.   (Sec. 401) Requires the NRC to comply with specified internal procedures when responding to congressional requests for information. (Sec. 402) Specifies the circumstances in which funds provided by this title may be reprogrammed.  TITLE V--GENERAL PROVISIONS  (Sec. 501) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to influence congressional action on any legislation or appropriation matters pending before Congress.  (Sec. 502) Specifies restrictions and requirements for transfers of funds into and out of accounts funded by this bill.  (Sec. 503) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to contravene Executive Order No. 12898 of February 11, 1994 (Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations).  (Sec. 504) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for a computer network that does not block pornography, except for law enforcement purposes.  (Sec. 505) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for further implementation of the coastal and marine spatial planning and ecosystem-based management components of the National Ocean Policy developed under Executive Order 13547 (Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes).  (Sec. 506) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for the removal of any federally owned or operated dam.  (Sec. 507) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill: (1) to conduct closure of adjudicatory functions, technical review, or support activities associated with the Yucca Mountain geologic repository license application; or (2) for actions that irrevocably remove the possibility that Yucca Mountain may be a repository option in the future.  (Sec. 508) Establishes a spending reduction account for the amount by which spending proposed in this bill exceeds the subcommittee's allocation under the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Specifies that the amount is $0. (Under the Rules of the House of Representatives, any savings included in the spending reduction account are not available for further appropriation during consideration of the bill.) ",
                "summary_short": "(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Highlights:  This bill provides FY2018 appropriations for:    the civil works projects of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers;   the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation and Central Utah Project;   the Department of Energy (DOE); and   several independent agencies, including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.   The bill decreases discretionary FY2018 En...",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-17",
                "latest_major_action": "Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 163."
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            {
                "number": "H.R.2998",
                "bill_id": "hr2998-115",
                "bill_slug": "hr2998",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "title": "Making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018",
                "relationship": "Related bill identified by CRS",
                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor": "Charlie Dent",
                "sponsor_id": "D000604",
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                "sponsor_party": "R",
                "sponsor_state": "PA",
                "introduced_date": "2017-06-22",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2998",
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                "active": true,
                "last_vote": null,
                "house_passage": null,
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 0,
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                "committees": "House Appropriations Committee",
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                "primary_subject": "Armed Forces and National Security",
                "summary": "(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Highlights:  This bill provides FY2018 appropriations to the Department of Defense (DOD) for military construction, military family housing, the U.S. share of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment Program, and base closures and realignments.  The bill also provides appropriations to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for veterans benefit and health care programs, Departmental Administration, and the National Cemetery Administration.  Related agencies and programs funded in the bill include the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; the Armed Forces Retirement Home; and the Cemeterial Expenses of the Army, including Arlington National Cemetery.  The bill also includes Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, Air Force, and Defense-Wide military construction funds which are designated as Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funds and are not subject to discretionary spending limits.  The bill includes both mandatory and discretionary funding. It increases discretionary and overall FY2018 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding above FY2017 levels.  Compared to FY2017 levels, the bill increases discretionary funding for the VA. It also increases discretionary funding for the DOD Military Construction and Family Housing accounts.  Full Summary:  Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018  TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE  Provides appropriations to the Department of Defense (DOD) for Military Construction for:    the Army;   the Navy and Marine Corps;   the Air Force;   Defense-Wide agencies and activities (other than military departments);   the Army and Air National Guard; and   the Army, Navy, and Air Force Reserves.   Provides appropriations to DOD for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Security Investment Program.  Provides appropriations to DOD for Construction and Operation and Maintenance of Family Housing for:    the Army,   the Navy and Marine Corps,   the Air Force, and   Defense-Wide agencies and activities (other than military departments).   Provides appropriations for the DOD Family Housing Improvement Fund and the DOD Military Unaccompanied Housing Improvement Fund.  Provides appropriations for the DOD Base Closure Account.  (Sec. 101) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used for payments exceeding $25,000 for construction in the United States under a cost-plus-a-fixed-fee contract without a specific DOD approval in writing. Includes an exception for work that is to be performed in Alaska.  (Sec. 102) Permits construction funds provided by this title to be used for hiring passenger motor vehicles.  (Sec. 103) Permits construction funds provided by this title to be used for advances to the Federal Highway Administration for the construction of access roads DOD has certified as important to national defense.  (Sec. 104) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to begin construction of new bases in the United States without a specific appropriation.  (Sec. 105) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to purchase land or land easements in excess of 100% of the value as determined by the Army Corps of Engineers or the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Includes exceptions for: (1) determinations of value by a federal court, (2) purchases negotiated by the Attorney General or a designee, (3) values less than $25,000, and (4) DOD determinations that the purchase is in the public interest.  (Sec. 106) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to acquire land, provide for site preparation, or install utilities for family housing, except housing for which appropriations have been provided. (Sec. 107) Prohibits funds provided by this title for minor construction from being used to transfer or relocate any activity from one base or installation to another without notifying Congress in advance.  (Sec. 108) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to procure steel for construction unless American producers, fabricators, and manufacturers have been allowed to compete for the procurement.  (Sec. 109) Prohibits funds provided to DOD for military construction or family housing during the current fiscal year from being used to pay real property taxes in any foreign nation.  (Sec. 110) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to initiate a new installation overseas without notifying Congress in advance.  (Sec. 111) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used for architect and engineer contracts estimated to exceed $500,000 for projects in Japan, NATO member countries, or countries bordering the Arabian Gulf unless the contracts are awarded to U.S. firms or joint ventures with U.S. firms and host nation firms.  (Sec. 112) Prohibits funds provided by this title for military construction in U.S. territories and possessions in the Pacific and on Kwajalein Atoll, or in countries bordering the Arabian Gulf from being used to award a contract over $1 million to a foreign contractor. Includes exceptions. (Sec. 113) Requires DOD to notify Congress in advance of military exercises if construction costs are expected to exceed $100,000.  (Sec. 114) Permits funds appropriated to DOD for construction in prior years to be used for construction projects authorized during the current session of Congress.  (Sec. 115) Permits expired or lapsed funds to be used to pay for supervision, inspection, overhead, engineering, and design costs for military construction or family housing projects being completed with lapsed or expired funds.  (Sec. 116) Permits funds provided for the construction of military projects to be available for five years if: (1) the funds are obligated from funds available for military construction, and (2) do not exceed the amount appropriated or permitted by law.  (Sec. 117) Permits the following transfers if Congress is notified and specified conditions are met:    to the DOD Family Housing Improvement Fund from appropriations for construction in Family Housing accounts, and   to the DOD Military Unaccompanied Housing Improvement Fund from appropriations for construction of military unaccompanied housing in Military Construction accounts.   (Sec. 118) Permits the transfer of funds from the DOD Base Closure Account to the fund established to pay expenses associated with the Homeowners Assistance Program under the Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act of 1966.  (Sec. 119) Provides that funds for operation and maintenance of family housing in this title shall be the only source of funds for repair and maintenance of all family housing units, including general or flag officer quarters. Sets forth limitations and requirements for expenditures for maintenance and repair of general or flag officer quarters.  (Sec. 120) Appropriates funds contained in the Ford Island Improvement Account to remain available until expended or transferred.  (Sec. 121) Permits the transfer of unobligated balances of expired military construction and family housing funds into the Foreign Currency Fluctuations--Construction--Defense account.  (Sec. 122) Prohibits the Army from using funds provided by this bill to relocate a unit that: (1) performs a required testing mission or function not performed by any other unit, and (2) is located at a military installation where the total number of Army civilian employees and contractor personnel exceeds 10% of the regular and reserve Army personnel. Includes an exception if the Army notifies Congress of the relocation's compliance with Army Regulation 5-10 concerning stationing actions.  (Sec. 123) Permits funds provided to an account in this title to be transferred among projects and activities within the account subject to specified DOD reprogramming guidelines for military and family housing construction.  (Sec. 124) Prohibits DOD military construction funds provided in this title from being used for the planning, design, and construction of projects at Arlington National Cemetery.  (Sec. 125) Provides specified additional funds to remain available through FY2022 for unfunded military construction priorities.  (Sec. 126) Rescinds specified unobligated balances from Military Construction accounts and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment Program.  (Sec. 127) Defines \"congressional defense committees\" to include the House and Senate Armed Services Committees and Appropriations Subcommittees on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.  (Sec. 128) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for the closure or realignment of the U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  TITLE II--DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS  Provides appropriations to the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) for:    Compensation and Pensions,   Readjustment Benefits,   Veterans Insurance and Indemnities,   the Veterans Housing Benefit Program Fund,  the Vocational Rehabilitation Loans Program Account,   the Native American Veteran Housing Loan Program Account, and   General Operating Expenses.   Provides appropriations to the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for:    Medical Services,   Medical Community Care,   Medical Support and Compliance,   Medical Facilities, and   Medical and Prosthetic Research.   Provides appropriations to the National Cemetery Administration.  Provides appropriations to the VA for Departmental Administration, including:    General Administration,   the Board of Veterans Appeals,   Information Technology Systems,   the Office of Inspector General,   Construction--Major Projects,   Construction--Minor Projects,   Grants for Construction of State Extended Care Facilities, and   Grants for Construction of Veterans Cemeteries.   Prohibits more than 25% of the funds provided for information technology systems development, modernization, and enhancement from being used for development of an electronic health record until the VA submits a report to Congress that includes specified details regarding the development of an electronic health records system.  Withholds specified VHA construction funds until the VA:   enters an agreement with a non-VA federal entity to serve as the design and/ or construction agent for any VHA major construction project that exceeds $100 million, and   certifies that an agreement is executed to minimize or prevent subsequent major construction project cost overruns.   (Sec. 201) Specifies transfer authorities and requirements for the VBA.  (Sec. 202) Specifies transfer authorities and requirements for the VHA.  (Sec. 203) Permits appropriations for salaries and expenses to be used for employment of temporary or intermittent experts and consultants, hire of passenger vehicles, lease of a facility or land or both, and uniforms.  (Sec. 204) Prohibits appropriations in this title other than Construction--Major Projects and Construction--Minor Projects from being used for land acquisition or construction of any new hospital or home.  (Sec. 205) Requires the VA to be reimbursed for medical services it provides to any person not defined as a beneficiary under specified laws.  (Sec. 206) Permits appropriations provided by this title for Compensation and Pensions, Readjustment Benefits, and Veterans Insurance and Indemnities to be used for payment of accrued obligations for the accounts recorded in the last quarter of FY2017.  (Sec. 207) Permits appropriations provided by this title to be used to pay specified prior year obligations. Requires obligations from trust fund accounts to be paid only from the Compensation and Pensions account.  (Sec. 208) Requires the VA to use surplus earnings from the National Service Life Insurance Fund, the Veterans' Special Life Insurance Fund, and the United States Government Life Insurance Fund to reimburse the General Operating Expenses--Veterans Benefits Administration and Information Technology Systems accounts for the costs to administer the insurance programs during FY2018.  (Sec. 209) Permits amounts deducted from enhanced-use lease proceeds for reimbursement of expenses from a prior year to be obligated in the year in which the proceeds are received.  (Sec. 210) Permits funds provided by this title for salaries and other administrative expenses to be used to reimburse the following offices, subject to specified limits:   the Office of Resolution Management,  the Office of Employment Discrimination Complaint Adjudication,  the Office of Accountability Review,  the Central Whistleblower Office,  the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and  the Office of the Executive Director of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection.   (Sec. 211) Requires the VA to collect third-party reimbursement information prior to providing hospital care, nursing home care, or medical services for a non-service connected disability. Permits the VA to recover reasonable charges for care from anyone who has not provided the required disclosures.  (Sec. 212) Permits enhanced-use leasing revenues to be deposited into the Construction--Major Projects and Construction--Minor Projects accounts to be used for construction, alterations, and improvements of VA medical facilities.  (Sec. 213) Permits funds provided for Medical Services to be used for: (1) furnishing recreational facilities, supplies, and equipment; and (2) funeral and burial expenses.  (Sec. 214) Permits funds deposited in the Medical Care Collections Fund to be transferred to the Medical Services and Medical Community Care accounts and remain available until expended for the purposes of those accounts.  (Sec. 215) Permits the VA to enter into agreements with Federally Qualified Health Centers in Alaska and Indian tribes and tribal organizations which are party to the Alaska Native Health Compact with the Indian Health Service to provide healthcare, including behavioral health and dental care, to veterans in rural Alaska. Defines \"rural Alaska\" as those lands which are not within the boundaries of the municipality of Anchorage or the Fairbanks North Star Borough.  (Sec. 216) Permits funds deposited into the Department of Veterans Affairs Capital Asset Fund to be transferred to the Construction--Major Projects and Construction--Minor Projects accounts to remain available until expended.  (Sec. 217) Requires the VA to report quarterly to Congress on the financial status of the VA.  (Sec. 218) Permits specified FY2018 VA funds to be transferred to or from the Information Technology Systems account if approved by Congress.  (Sec. 219) Permits specified FY2018 VA funds provided for medical accounts, Construction--Minor Projects, and Information Technology Systems to be transferred to the Joint Department of Defense-Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration Fund and used for the operation of combined federal medical facilities.  (Sec. 220) Permits specified FY2019 VA advance funding provided for medical accounts to be transferred to the Joint Department of Defense-Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration Fund and used for the operation of combined federal medical facilities.  (Sec. 221) Permits transfers from the Medical Care Collections Fund to the Joint Department of Defense-Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration Fund for the operation of combined federal medical facilities.  (Sec. 222) Requires specified funds from the Medical Services, Medical Support and Compliance, and Medical Facilities accounts to be transferred to the DOD-VA Health Care Sharing Incentive Fund to remain available until expended.  (Sec. 223) Prohibits the VA from using funds to replace the current system that the Veterans Integrated Service Networks use to select and contract for diabetes monitoring supplies and equipment.  (Sec. 224) Directs the VA to notify Congress of all bid savings in major construction projects that total at least $5 million or 5% of the programmed amount of the project, whichever is less.  (Sec. 225) Prohibits the scope of work for a project included in Construction--Major Projects from being increased above the original budget request without congressional approval.  (Sec. 226) Requires the VA to submit to Congress a quarterly report containing performance measures and data from each VBA regional office.  (Sec. 227) Provides specified funds from the Medical Services and Medical Support and Compliance accounts to develop an electronic health record. Limits the funds that may be spent for this purpose until the VA submits to Congress a specified report regarding activities to develop the Military Health System Genesis electronic health record.  (Sec. 228) Directs the VA to notify Congress before organizational changes that result in the transfer of 25 or more full-time equivalent staff from one organizational unit to another.  (Sec. 229) Requires the VA to report to Congress quarterly regarding any single national outreach and awareness campaign exceeding $2 million.  (Sec. 230) Permits the VA to transfer funds to the Medical Services account if the transfer is necessary to address the needs of the VHA, meets specified requirements, and is approved by the Office of Management and Budget and Congress.  (Sec. 231) Permits FY2018 funds provided for the Board of Veterans Appeals and General Operating Expenses--Veterans Benefits Administration to be transferred between those accounts if Congress approves the transfer.  (Sec. 232) Prohibits the VA from reprogramming more than $5 million in funds among major construction projects or programs without congressional approval.  (Sec. 233) Rescinds specified unobligated balances from the VA Medical Services, Medical Support and Compliance, and Medical Facilities accounts.  (Sec. 234) Rescinds specified unobligated balances of funds provided to the VA.  (Sec. 235) Requires the VA to ensure that the toll-free suicide hotline authorized under current law: (1) provides individuals who contact the hotline with immediate assistance from a trained professional, and (2) adheres to all requirements of the American Association of Suicidology.  Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to enforce or otherwise carry out any executive action that prohibits the VA from appointing an individual to occupy a vacant civil service position, or establishing a new civil service position, with respect to the hotline.  (Sec. 236) Prohibits funds from being used to close or diminish services at certain VA medical facilities until the VA submits to Congress a national realignment strategy.  (Sec. 237) Permits the VA to use a passenger carrier to transport employees between a parking facility and the VA medical facility where the employee works.  (Sec. 238) Requires the VA to use the breast cancer screening guidelines issued on May 10, 2017, by the Veterans Health Administration National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. (Sec. 239) Permits VA Medical Services funds to be used to provide: (1) fertility counseling and treatment using assisted reproductive technology to a covered veteran or the spouse of a covered veteran, or (2) adoption reimbursement to a covered veteran. Defines a \"covered veteran\" as a veteran who has a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment.  TITLE III--RELATED AGENCIES  Provides appropriations for related agencies, including:    the American Battle Monuments Commission;   the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims;   Cemeterial Expenses of the Army, including Arlington National Cemetery and Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery; and   the Armed Forces Retirement Home.   (Sec. 301) Permits funds for Cemeterial Expenses--Army to be provided to Arlington County, Virginia, to relocate a federally owned water main at Arlington National Cemetery to make additional land available for ground burials.  (Sec. 302) Permits funds from concessions at Army National Military Cemeteries to be used to support activities at the cemeteries.  TITLE IV--OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS  Provide appropriations to DOD for Overseas Contingency Operations Military Construction projects for the:    Army,   Navy and Marine Corps,   Air Force, and   Defense-Wide agencies and activities.   Designates the amounts provided in this title as for Overseas Contingency Operations/ Global War on Terrorism pursuant to the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.  (Sec. 401) Specifies that funds designated in this bill by Congress for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism are only available if the President subsequently designates the amounts and transmits the designations to Congress.  TITLE V--GENERAL PROVISIONS  (Sec. 501) Prohibits the obligation of funds in this bill beyond the current fiscal year unless expressly permitted in this bill.  (Sec. 502) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for programs, projects, or activities not in compliance with federal laws related to risk assessment, the protection of private property rights, or unfunded mandates.  (Sec. 503) Encourages all departments and agencies funded in this bill to expand their use of \"E-Commerce\" technologies and procedures.  (Sec. 504) Specifies the congressional committees that are to receive all reports and notifications required by this bill.  (Sec. 505) Prohibits the transfer of funds to any part of the U.S. government without authority provided by an appropriations law.  (Sec. 506) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for a project or program named for an individual serving as a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner of the U.S. House of Representatives.  (Sec. 507) Requires agencies to post reports submitted to Congress on the public website of the agency. Includes exceptions for national security and confidential or proprietary information.  (Sec. 508) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for a computer network unless pornography is blocked, with the exception of law enforcement, prosecution, or adjudication activities.  (Sec. 509) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for first-class travel by an employee of the executive branch.  (Sec. 510) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for any contract where the contractor has not complied with E-Verify requirements for verification of eligibility for employment.  (Sec. 511) Prohibits DOD or the VA from using funds provided by this bill to purchase or lease a new vehicle except in accordance with Presidential Memorandum--Federal Fleet Performance, dated May 24, 2011.  (Sec. 512) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for the renovation, expansion, or construction of any facility in the United States to house any individual detained at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the purposes of detention or imprisonment in the custody or under the control of DOD. Includes an exception for modification to the facility at Guantanamo Bay.  (Sec. 513) Establishes a spending reduction account for the amount by which spending proposed in this bill exceeds the subcommittee's allocation under the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Specifies that the amount is $0. (Under the Rules of the House of Representatives, any savings included in the spending reduction account are not available for further appropriation during consideration of the bill.) ",
                "summary_short": "(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Highlights:  This bill provides FY2018 appropriations to the Department of Defense (DOD) for military construction, military family housing, the U.S. share of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment Program, and base closures and realignments.  The bill also provides appropriations to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for veterans benefit ...",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-06-22",
                "latest_major_action": "Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 127."
            },
            {
                "number": "H.R.3162",
                "bill_id": "hr3162-115",
                "bill_slug": "hr3162",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "title": "Making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2018",
                "relationship": "Related bill identified by CRS",
                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor": "Kevin Yoder",
                "sponsor_id": "Y000063",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/Y000063.json",
                "sponsor_party": "R",
                "sponsor_state": "KS",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-06",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3162",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr3162",
                "active": true,
                "last_vote": null,
                "house_passage": null,
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 0,
                "cosponsors_by_party": {},
                "committees": "House Appropriations Committee",
                "committee_codes": ["HSAP"],
                "subcommittee_codes": [],
                "primary_subject": "Congress",
                "summary": "(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Highlights:  This bill provides FY2018 appropriations for the legislative branch, including the House of Representatives and Joint Items such as: the Joint Economic Committee, the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), and the Office of the Attending Physician.  It also provides appropriations for:    the Capitol Police,   the Congressional Budget Office (CBO),   the Architect of the Capitol (AOC),   the Library of Congress (LOC),   the Government Publishing Office (GPO),   the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and   the Open World Leadership Center.   Pursuant to a longstanding practice under which each chamber of Congress determines its own requirements, the House bill does not include funds for the Senate.  The bill increases overall legislative branch funding above the FY2017 level and includes an increase for the House of Representatives.  For other legislative branch agencies and programs, the bill increases funding above FY2017 levels for the Capitol Police, the AOC, the CBO, and the LOC. The bill funds the GPO and the GAO at FY2017 levels. The bill also includes provisions that would:  prohibit a cost of living adjustment for Members of Congress; establish senior level JCT positions to meet critical scientific, technical, professional, or executive needs; and restrict the delivery to congressional offices of printed copies of legislation and materials such as the Congressional Record and the U.S. Code.  Full Summary:  Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2018  TITLE I--LEGISLATIVE BRANCH  Provides appropriations to the House of Representatives for:    Salaries and Expenses;   House Leadership Offices;   Members' Representational Allowances, including Members' Clerk Hire, Official Expenses of Members, and Official Mail;   Committee Employees;   Salaries, Officers, and Employees; and  Allowances and Expenses.   (In this bill, the term \"Member of the House of Representatives\" also includes a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to the Congress.)  (Sec. 101) Requires amounts remaining in Members' Representational Allowances after all payments are made for FY2018 to be used for deficit or debt reduction.  (Sec. 102) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to deliver a printed copy of a bill, joint resolution, or resolution to the office of a Member of the House of Representatives unless the Member requests a copy.  (Sec. 103) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to deliver a printed copy of the Congressional Record to the office of a Member of the House of Representatives.  (Sec. 104) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to make payments from any Members' Representational Allowance to lease a vehicle, excluding mobile district offices, at a rate that exceeds $1,000 for the vehicle in any month.  (Sec. 105) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to provide an aggregate number of more than 50 printed copies of any edition of the U.S. Code to all offices of the House of Representatives.  (Sec. 106) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to deliver a printed copy of the report of disbursements for the operations of the House of Representatives to the office of a Member of the House of Representatives.  (Sec. 107) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to deliver to the office of a Member of the House Representatives a printed copy of the Daily Calendar of the House of Representatives prepared by the Clerk of the House of Representatives.  (Sec. 108) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to deliver a printed copy of the Congressional Pictorial Directory to the office of a Member of the House of Representatives.  (Sec. 109) Amends the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2005 to include in the House Services Revolving Fund service fees that are collected from vendors of the Master Web Services Agreement or the Technology Services Contract for failing to abide by and maintain House of Representatives security policies. (Sec. 110) Prohibits cost of living adjustments for Members of Congress during FY2018.   Provides appropriations for Joint Items, including:   the Joint Economic Committee,   the Joint Committee on Taxation,   the Office of the Attending Physician, and   the Office of Congressional Accessibility Services.   (Sec. 1001) Establishes senior level Joint Committee on Taxation positions to meet critical scientific, technical, professional, or executive needs and limits the compensation for the positions to level II of the Executive Schedule.  Provides appropriations for:    the Capitol Police,   the Office of Compliance, and  the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).   Provides appropriations to the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) for:   Capital Construction and Operations;   the Capitol Building;   the Capitol Grounds;   the House Office Buildings;   the Capitol Power Plant;   the Library Buildings and Grounds;   the Capitol Police Buildings, Grounds and Security;   the Botanic Garden; and   the Capitol Visitor Center.   (Sec. 1101) Prohibits funds provided by this bill for the AOC from being used to make incentive or award payments to contractors for work that is behind schedule or over budget, unless the deviations are due to unforeseeable events, government-driven scope changes, or are insignificant within the overall scope of the project or program.  (Sec. 1102) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for scrims (coverings for buildings that are being renovated) containing photographs of building facades during restoration or construction projects performed by the AOC.  Provides appropriations to the Library of Congress (LOC) for:    Salaries and Expenses,   the Copyright Office,   the Congressional Research Service, and   Books for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.   (Sec. 1201) Limits the FY2018 obligational authority of the LOC for reimbursable and revolving fund activities funded from sources other than appropriations.  Provides appropriations to the Government Publishing Office for:    Congressional Publishing,   Public Information Programs of the Superintendent of Documents, and   the Government Publishing Office Business Operations Revolving Fund.   Provides appropriations to:   the Government Accountability Office,  the Open World Leadership Center Trust Fund, and   the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Training and Development.   TITLE II--GENERAL PROVISIONS  (Sec. 201) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for the maintenance or care of private vehicles, except for emergency assistance and cleaning.  (Sec. 202) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from remaining available for obligation beyond FY2018 unless expressly provided in this bill.  (Sec. 203) Provides that: (1) rates of compensation or designations of offices or positions included in this bill that are either not established by the Legislative Pay Act of 1929 or are contrary to that Act are considered permanent law, and (2) provisions in this bill for official congressional expenses and clerk hire for Senators and Members of the House of Representatives are permanent law.  (Sec. 204) Limits contracts for certain consulting services to those where expenditures are a matter of public record and available for public inspection.  (Sec. 205) Permits legislative branch entities participating in the Legislative Branch Financial Managers Council to use funds provided for administrative expenses to pay a share of the cost of the council if the total cost shared among all participating entities does not exceed $2,000.  (Sec. 206) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being transferred to any department, agency, or instrumentality of the U.S. government unless the transfer is pursuant to authority provided by an appropriations Act. (Sec. 207) Prohibits the AOC from using funds provided by this bill to eliminate or restrict guided Capitol tours led by congressional employees and interns, subject to an exception permitting tours to be suspended for security or related reasons.  (Sec. 208) Establishes a spending reduction account for the amount by which spending proposed in this bill exceeds the subcommittee's allocation under the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Specifies that the amount is $0. (Under the Rules of the House of Representatives, any savings included in the spending reduction account are not available for further appropriation during consideration of the bill.) ",
                "summary_short": "(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Highlights:  This bill provides FY2018 appropriations for the legislative branch, including the House of Representatives and Joint Items such as: the Joint Economic Committee, the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), and the Office of the Attending Physician.  It also provides appropriations for:    the Capitol Police,   the Congressional Budget Office (CBO),   the ...",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-06",
                "latest_major_action": "Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 136."
            },
            {
                "number": "H.R.3266",
                "bill_id": "hr3266-115",
                "bill_slug": "hr3266",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "title": "Making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018",
                "relationship": "Related bill identified by CRS",
                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor": "Mike Simpson",
                "sponsor_id": "S001148",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/S001148.json",
                "sponsor_party": "R",
                "sponsor_state": "ID",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-17",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3266",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr3266",
                "active": true,
                "last_vote": null,
                "house_passage": null,
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 0,
                "cosponsors_by_party": {},
                "committees": "House Appropriations Committee",
                "committee_codes": ["HSAP"],
                "subcommittee_codes": [],
                "primary_subject": "Economics and Public Finance",
                "summary": "(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Highlights:  This bill provides FY2018 appropriations for:    the civil works projects of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers;   the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation and Central Utah Project;   the Department of Energy (DOE); and   several independent agencies, including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.   The bill decreases discretionary FY2018 Energy and Water Development funding below FY2017 levels.  Compared to FY2017 levels, the bill increases funding for the Army Corps of Engineers and decreases funding for both DOE and the Bureau of Reclamation.  Within the DOE budget, the bill does not fund the Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy program and reduces funding for several other energy research programs. The bill funds DOE's science research at the FY2017 level and increases funding for the National Nuclear Security Administration.  The bill also includes provisions that affect policies in areas such as:   federal jurisdiction under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act),  the drawdown and sale of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the possession of firearms on Corps of Engineers lands, and  nuclear nonproliferation projects in Russia.   Full Summary:  Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018  TITLE I--CORPS OF ENGINEERS--CIVIL  Provides appropriations to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for authorized civil functions pertaining to rivers and harbors, flood and storm damage reduction, shore protection, aquatic ecosystem restoration, and related efforts.  Provides appropriations to the Corps of Engineers for:    Investigations;   Construction;   Mississippi River and Tributaries, including flood damage reduction projects in the Mississippi River alluvial valley below Cape Girardeau, Missouri;   Operation and Maintenance;   the Regulatory Program pertaining to navigable waters and wetlands;   the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program for clean-up of early atomic energy program contamination;   Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies, including hurricanes, floods, and other natural disasters;   Expenses, necessary for the supervision and general administration of the civil works program; and   the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.   (Sec. 101) Prohibits the reprogramming of funds provided by this title except in specified circumstances.  (Sec. 102) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used for a contract that commits funds beyond the amounts appropriated for that program, project, or activity that remain unobligated. Includes exception for funds made available through reprogramming.  (Sec. 103) Permits the Corps of Engineers to transfer to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service up to $5.4 million in Operation and Maintenance funds to mitigate for fisheries lost due to Corps of Engineers projects.  (Sec. 104) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for an open lake placement of dredged material originating from Lake Erie or its tributaries unless it is approved under a state water quality certification. Requires the Corps to continue upland placement of the dredged material until an open lake placement for dredged materials is approved under a state water quality certification.  (Sec. 105) Requires acquisitions funded by this title to comply with regulations that prohibit the Department of Defense from purchasing a certain anchor and mooring chain unless it is procured from a U.S. manufacturer.  (Sec. 106) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for a water supply reallocation study under the Wolf Creek Dam, Lake Cumberland, Kentucky, project authorized under the Act of July 24, 1946.  (Sec. 107) Prohibits funds made available by this bill from being used to require a permit for the discharge of dredged or fill material under Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act) for specified agricultural activities.  (Sec. 108) Authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the Waters of the United States rule without regard to any provision of statute or regulation that establishes a requirement for withdrawal. (This provision applies to the final rule issued by the two agencies on June 29, 2015, and titled \"Clean Water Rule: Definition of 'Waters of the United States.'\" The rule revised regulations defining the scope of waters protected and regulated under the Clean Water Act.)  (Sec. 109) Permits individuals to possess firearms at Corps of Engineers water resources development projects if: (1) the individual is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing the firearm, and (2) the possession of the firearm complies with the law of the state in which the project is located. (The Corps of Engineers currently prohibits private individuals from possessing firearms and other weapons at the projects unless the weapons are being used for hunting, at authorized shooting ranges, or with written permission of the Corps District Commander.)  TITLE II--DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR  Provides appropriations to the Department of the Interior for the Central Utah Project.  Provides appropriations to the Bureau of Reclamation for:    Water and Related Resources,   the Central Valley Project Restoration Fund,   California Bay-Delta Restoration, and   Policy and Administration.   Permits appropriations to the Bureau of Reclamation to be used for purchasing replacements for up to five passenger motor vehicles.  (Sec. 201) Specifies the circumstances in which Reclamation may reprogram or transfer funds provided by this title.  (Sec. 202) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to determine the final point of discharge for the interceptor drain for the San Luis Unit until Interior and California develop a plan to minimize any detrimental effect of the San Luis drainage waters. Requires the plan to conform to California water quality standards as approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.  Directs Interior to classify the costs of the Kesterson Reservoir Cleanup Program and the San Joaquin Valley Drainage Program as either reimbursable or nonreimbursable and collected until fully repaid pursuant to specified alternative repayment plans.  Requires future federal obligations of funds regarding drainage service or drainage studies for the San Luis Unit to be fully reimbursable by San Luis Unit beneficiaries of the service or studies.  (Sec. 203) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to implement the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Agreement.  TITLE III--DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY  Provides appropriations to the Department of Energy (DOE) for Energy Programs, including:    Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,   Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability,   Nuclear Energy,   Fossil Energy Research and Development,   Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves,   the Strategic Petroleum Reserve,   the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve,   the Energy Information Administration,   Non-Defense Environmental Cleanup,   the Uranium Enrichment Decontamination and Decommissioning Fund,   Science,   Nuclear Waste Disposal,   the Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Loan Program,   the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program,   the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program,   Departmental Administration, and   the Office of the Inspector General.   Provides appropriations for the Atomic Energy Defense Activities of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), including:    Weapons Activities,   Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation,   Naval Reactors, and   Federal Salaries and Expenses.   Provides appropriations for Environmental and Other Defense Activities, including:    Defense Environmental Cleanup,   Other Defense Activities, and   Defense Nuclear Waste Disposal.   Provides appropriations for the Power Marketing Administrations, including:    the Bonneville Power Administration Fund;   Southeastern Power Administration Operation and Maintenance;   Southwestern Power Administration Operation and Maintenance;   Western Area Power Administration Operation and Maintenance, Construction, and Rehabilitation; and   the Falcon and Amistad Operating and Maintenance Fund.   Provides appropriations for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  (Sec. 301) Prohibits funds provided by this title from be used for programs, projects, or activities that have not been funded by Congress.  Prohibits specified grants, contracts, allocations, and agreements unless Congress is notified in advance.  Prohibits funds from being used for certain multiyear Department of Energy--Energy Programs activities unless specified conditions are met and Congress is notified.  Establishes requirements and restrictions for the reprogramming of funds provided in this title.  Permits unexpended balances of prior appropriations provided for activities in this bill to be transferred and merged with appropriations accounts established in this bill.  (Sec. 302) Deems funds appropriated by this bill for intelligence activities to be specifically authorized by Congress during FY2018 until the enactment of the Intelligence Authorization Act for FY2018.  (Sec. 303) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to construct specified high-hazard nuclear facilities unless independent oversight is conducted by the Office of Independent Enterprise Assessments to ensure compliance with nuclear safety requirements.  (Sec. 304) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to approve certain critical decisions for construction projects exceeding $100 million until a separate independent cost estimate has been developed.  (Sec. 305) Prohibits Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation funds from being used for contracts with or agreements for federal assistance to the Russian Federation. Permits DOE to waive the prohibition if the activity is in the national security interests of the United States and a report justifying the waiver is submitted to Congress.  (Sec. 306) Authorizes DOE to draw down and sell refined petroleum product from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) upon a determination by the President in this fiscal year that:    a regional supply shortage of refined petroleum product of significant scope and duration exists,   a severe increase in the price of refined petroleum product will likely result from the shortage, and   a draw down and sale of refined petroleum product would assist directly and significantly in reducing the adverse impact of the shortage.   Specifies that the proceeds from the sale must be deposited into the SPR Petroleum Account and remain available for obligation without fiscal year limitation, consistent with the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. (Sec. 307) Requires DOE to drawdown and sell up to $8.4 million of crude oil from the SPR during this fiscal year (in addition to sales authorized under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015). Requires the proceeds from the sale to be deposited into the SPR Petroleum Account to remain available until expended for: (1) the costs of crude oil sales authorized under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, and (2) specified provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act.  Prohibits DOE from drawing down and selling crude oil under this section in amounts that would limit the authority to sell petroleum products under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act in order to prevent or reduce adverse impacts of severe domestic energy supply interruptions.  (Sec. 308) Prohibits DOE from establishing any new regional petroleum product reserve unless funding is explicitly requested in advance and approved by Congress in an appropriations Act.  (Sec. 309) Limits the amount of funds provided by this title that may be transferred to the working capital fund established under the Department of Energy Organization Act.  TITLE IV--INDEPENDENT AGENCIES  Provides appropriations for independent agencies, including:    the Appalachian Regional Commission,   the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board,   the Delta Regional Authority,   the Denali Commission,   the Northern Border Regional Commission,   the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission,   the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and   the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board.   (Sec. 401) Requires the NRC to comply with specified internal procedures when responding to congressional requests for information. (Sec. 402) Specifies the circumstances in which funds provided by this title may be reprogrammed.  TITLE V--GENERAL PROVISIONS  (Sec. 501) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to influence congressional action on any legislation or appropriation matters pending before Congress.  (Sec. 502) Specifies restrictions and requirements for transfers of funds into and out of accounts funded by this bill.  (Sec. 503) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to contravene Executive Order No. 12898 of February 11, 1994 (Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations).  (Sec. 504) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for a computer network that does not block pornography, except for law enforcement purposes.  (Sec. 505) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for further implementation of the coastal and marine spatial planning and ecosystem-based management components of the National Ocean Policy developed under Executive Order 13547 (Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes).  (Sec. 506) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for the removal of any federally owned or operated dam.  (Sec. 507) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill: (1) to conduct closure of adjudicatory functions, technical review, or support activities associated with the Yucca Mountain geologic repository license application; or (2) for actions that irrevocably remove the possibility that Yucca Mountain may be a repository option in the future.  (Sec. 508) Establishes a spending reduction account for the amount by which spending proposed in this bill exceeds the subcommittee's allocation under the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Specifies that the amount is $0. (Under the Rules of the House of Representatives, any savings included in the spending reduction account are not available for further appropriation during consideration of the bill.) ",
                "summary_short": "(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Highlights:  This bill provides FY2018 appropriations for:    the civil works projects of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers;   the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation and Central Utah Project;   the Department of Energy (DOE); and   several independent agencies, including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.   The bill decreases discretionary FY2018 En...",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-17",
                "latest_major_action": "Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 163."
            },
            {
                "number": "S.1557",
                "bill_id": "s1557-115",
                "bill_slug": "s1557",
                "bill_type": "s",
                "title": "An original bill making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018",
                "relationship": "Related bill identified by CRS",
                "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                "sponsor": "Jerry Moran",
                "sponsor_id": "M000934",
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                "sponsor_party": "R",
                "sponsor_state": "KS",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-13",
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                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1557",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1557",
                "active": true,
                "last_vote": null,
                "house_passage": null,
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 0,
                "cosponsors_by_party": {},
                "committees": "Senate Appropriations Committee",
                "committee_codes": ["SSAP"],
                "subcommittee_codes": [],
                "primary_subject": "Armed Forces and National Security",
                "summary": "(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Highlights:  This bill provides FY2018 appropriations to the Department of Defense (DOD) for military construction, military family housing, the U.S. share of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment Program, and base closures and realignments.  The bill also provides appropriations to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for veterans benefit and health care programs, Departmental Administration, and the National Cemetery Administration.  Related agencies and programs funded in the bill include the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims; the Armed Forces Retirement Home; and the Cemeterial Expenses of the Army, including Arlington National Cemetery.  The bill also includes military construction funds which are designated as Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funds and are not subject to discretionary spending limits.  The bill includes both mandatory and discretionary funding. It increases discretionary and overall FY2018 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding above FY2017 levels.  Compared to FY2017 levels, the bill increases discretionary funding for the VA. It also increases discretionary funding for the DOD Military Construction and Family Housing accounts.  Full Summary:  Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018  TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE  Provides appropriations to the Department of Defense (DOD) for Military Construction for:    the Army;   the Navy and Marine Corps;   the Air Force;   Defense-Wide agencies and activities (other than military departments);   the Army and Air National Guard; and   the Army, Navy, and Air Force Reserves.   Provides appropriations to DOD for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Security Investment Program.  Provides appropriations for the DOD Base Closure Account.  Provides appropriations to DOD for Construction and Operation and Maintenance of Family Housing for:    the Army,   the Navy and Marine Corps,   the Air Force, and   Defense-Wide agencies and activities (other than military departments).   Provides appropriations for the DOD Family Housing Improvement Fund and the DOD Military Unaccompanied Housing Improvement Fund.  (Sec. 101) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used for payments exceeding $25,000 for construction in the United States under a cost-plus-a-fixed-fee contract without a specific DOD approval in writing. Includes an exception for work that is to be performed in Alaska.  (Sec. 102) Permits construction funds provided by this title to be used for hiring passenger motor vehicles.  (Sec. 103) Permits construction funds provided by this title to be used for advances to the Federal Highway Administration for the construction of access roads DOD has certified as important to national defense.  (Sec. 104) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to begin construction of new bases in the United States without a specific appropriation.  (Sec. 105) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to purchase land or land easements in excess of 100% of the value as determined by the Army Corps of Engineers or the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Includes exceptions for: (1) determinations of value by a federal court, (2) purchases negotiated by the Attorney General or a designee, (3) values less than $25,000, and (4) DOD determinations that the purchase is in the public interest.  (Sec. 106) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to acquire land, provide for site preparation, or install utilities for family housing, except housing for which appropriations have been provided.  (Sec. 107) Prohibits funds provided by this title for minor construction from being used to transfer or relocate any activity from one base or installation to another without notifying Congress in advance.  (Sec. 108) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to procure steel for construction unless American producers, fabricators, and manufacturers have been allowed to compete for the procurement.  (Sec. 109) Prohibits funds provided to DOD for military construction or family housing during the current fiscal year from being used to pay real property taxes in any foreign nation.  (Sec. 110) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used to initiate a new installation overseas without notifying Congress in advance.  (Sec. 111) Prohibits funds provided by this title from being used for architect and engineer contracts estimated to exceed $500,000 for projects in Japan, NATO member countries, or countries bordering the Arabian Gulf unless the contracts are awarded to U.S. firms or joint ventures with U.S. firms and host nation firms.  (Sec. 112) Prohibits funds provided by this title for military construction in U.S. territories and possessions in the Pacific and on Kwajalein Atoll, or in countries bordering the Arabian Gulf from being used to award a contract over $1 million to a foreign contractor. Includes exceptions.  (Sec. 113) Requires DOD to notify Congress in advance of military exercises if construction costs are expected to exceed $100,000.  (Sec. 114) Permits funds appropriated to DOD for construction in prior years to be used for construction projects authorized during the current session of Congress.  (Sec. 115) Permits expired or lapsed funds to be used to pay for supervision, inspection, overhead, engineering, and design costs for military construction or family housing projects being completed with lapsed or expired funds.  (Sec. 116) Permits funds provided for the construction of military projects to be available for five years if: (1) the funds are obligated from funds available for military construction, and (2) do not exceed the amount appropriated or permitted by law.  (Sec. 117) Permits the following transfers if Congress is notified and specified conditions are met:    to the DOD Family Housing Improvement Fund from appropriations for construction in Family Housing accounts, and   to the DOD Military Unaccompanied Housing Improvement Fund from appropriations for construction of military unaccompanied housing in Military Construction accounts.   (Sec. 118) Permits the transfer of funds from the DOD Base Closure Account to the fund established to pay expenses associated with the Homeowners Assistance Program under the Demonstration Cities and Metropolitan Development Act of 1966.  (Sec. 119) Provides that funds for operation and maintenance of family housing in this title shall be the only source of funds for repair and maintenance of all family housing units, including general or flag officer quarters. Sets forth limitations and requirements for expenditures for maintenance and repair of general or flag officer quarters.  (Sec. 120) Appropriates funds contained in the Ford Island Improvement Account to remain available until expended or transferred.  (Sec. 121) Permits the transfer of unobligated balances of expired military construction and family housing funds into the Foreign Currency Fluctuations--Construction--Defense account.  (Sec. 122) Permits funds provided to an account in this title to be transferred among projects and activities within the account subject to specified DOD reprogramming guidelines for military construction and family housing construction.  (Sec. 123) Prohibits DOD military construction funds provided in this title from being used for the planning, design, and construction of projects at Arlington National Cemetery.  (Sec. 124) Defines \"congressional defense committees\" to include the House and Senate Armed Services Committees and Appropriations Subcommittees on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.  (Sec. 125) Provides specified additional funds to remain available through FY2022 for unfunded military construction priorities.  (Sec. 126) Rescinds specified unobligated balances from the Military Construction--Defense-Wide account.  (Sec. 127) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for the closure or realignment of the U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  (Sec. 128) Prohibits funds from being used to consolidate or relocate any element of a U.S. Air Force Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer (RED HORSE) squadron outside of the United States until the Air Force: (1) submits to Congress an analysis and comparison of the cost and investment required to consolidate or relocate a RED HORSE squadron outside of the United States versus within the United States, and (2) certifies to Congress that the preferred site yields the greatest savings.  TITLE II--DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS  Provides appropriations to the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) for:    Compensation and Pensions,   Readjustment Benefits,   Veterans Insurance and Indemnities,   the Veterans Housing Benefit Program Fund,   the Vocational Rehabilitation Loans Program Account,   the Native American Veteran Housing Loan Program Account, and   General Operating Expenses.   Provides appropriations to the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for:    Medical Services,   Medical Community Care,   Medical Support and Compliance,   Medical Facilities, and   Medical and Prosthetic Research.   Provides appropriations to the National Cemetery Administration.  Provides appropriations to the VA for Departmental Administration, including:    General Administration,   the Board of Veterans Appeals,   Information Technology Systems,   the Office of Inspector General,  Construction--Major Projects,  Construction--Minor Projects,  Grants for Construction of State Extended Care Facilities, and   Grants for Construction of Veterans Cemeteries.   (Sec. 201) Specifies transfer authorities and requirements for the VBA.  (Sec. 202) Specifies transfer authorities and requirements for the VHA.  (Sec. 203) Permits appropriations for salaries and expenses to be used for employment of temporary or intermittent experts and consultants, hire of passenger vehicles, lease of a facility or land or both, and uniforms.  (Sec. 204) Prohibits appropriations in this title other than Construction--Major Projects and Construction--Minor Projects from being used for land acquisition or construction of any new hospital or home.  (Sec. 205) Requires the VA to be reimbursed for medical services it provides to any person not defined as a beneficiary under specified laws.  (Sec. 206) Permits appropriations provided by this title for Compensation and Pensions, Readjustment Benefits, and Veterans Insurance and Indemnities to be used for payment of accrued obligations for the accounts recorded in the last quarter of FY2017.  (Sec. 207) Permits appropriations provided by this title to be used to pay specified prior year obligations. Requires obligations from trust fund accounts to be paid only from the Compensation and Pensions account.  (Sec. 208) Requires the VA to use surplus earnings from the National Service Life Insurance Fund, the Veterans' Special Life Insurance Fund, and the United States Government Life Insurance Fund to reimburse the General Operating Expenses--Veterans Benefits Administration and Information Technology Systems accounts for the costs to administer the insurance programs during FY2018.  (Sec. 209) Permits amounts deducted from enhanced-use lease proceeds for reimbursement of expenses from a prior year to be obligated in the year in which the proceeds are received.  (Sec. 210) Permits funds provided by this title for salaries and other administrative expenses to be used to reimburse the following offices, subject to specified limits:    the Office of Resolution Management,   the Office of Employment Discrimination Complaint Adjudication,   the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection, and   the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.   (Sec. 211) Requires the VA to collect third-party reimbursement information prior to providing hospital care, nursing home care, or medical services for a non-service connected disability. Permits the VA to recover reasonable charges for care from anyone who has not provided the required disclosures.  (Sec. 212) Permits enhanced-use leasing revenues to be deposited into the Construction--Major Projects and Construction--Minor Projects accounts to be used for construction, alterations, and improvements of VA medical facilities.  (Sec. 213) Permits funds provided for Medical Services to be used for: (1) furnishing recreational facilities, supplies, and equipment; and (2) funeral and burial expenses.  (Sec. 214) Permits funds deposited in the Medical Care Collections Fund to be transferred to the Medical Services and Medical Community Care accounts and remain available until expended for the purposes of those accounts.  (Sec. 215) Permits the VA to enter into agreements with Federally Qualified Health Centers in Alaska and Indian tribes and tribal organizations which are party to the Alaska Native Health Compact with the Indian Health Service to provide healthcare, including behavioral health and dental care, to veterans in rural Alaska. Defines \"rural Alaska\" as those lands which are not within the boundaries of the municipality of Anchorage or the Fairbanks North Star Borough.  (Sec. 216) Permits funds deposited into the Department of Veterans Affairs Capital Asset Fund to be transferred to the Construction--Major Projects and Construction--Minor Projects accounts to remain available until expended.  (Sec. 217) Rescinds specified funds from the VHA's Medical Services account that were provided by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016.  (Sec. 218) Requires the VA to report quarterly to Congress on the financial status of the VA.  (Sec. 219) Permits specified FY2018 VA funds to be transferred to or from the Information Technology Systems account if approved by Congress.  (Sec. 220) Prohibits funds from being used to: (1) convert to contractor performance an activity or function performed by more than 10 federal employees unless the conversion is based on the result of a public-private competition and meets specified criteria, or (2) conduct studies comparing the costs of private and government provision of certain VHA products and services without a specific appropriation for that purpose.  (Sec. 221) Permits specified FY2018 VA funds provided for medical accounts, Construction--Minor Projects, and Information Technology Systems to be transferred to the Joint Department of Defense-Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration Fund and used for the operation of combined federal medical facilities.  (Sec. 222) Permits specified FY2019 VA advance funding provided for medical accounts to be transferred to the Joint Department of Defense-Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration Fund and used for the operation of combined federal medical facilities.  (Sec. 223) Permits transfers from the Medical Care Collections Fund to the Joint Department of Defense-Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Demonstration Fund for the operation of combined federal medical facilities.  (Sec. 224) Requires specified funds from the Medical Services, Medical Support and Compliance, and Medical Facilities accounts to be transferred to the DOD-VA Health Care Sharing Incentive Fund to remain available until expended.  (Sec. 225) Directs the VA to make every effort to fund State Veterans Nursing Home Construction grants for those projects included on the VA State Home Construction Grants Priority List for FY2017.  (Sec. 226) Directs the VA to notify Congress of all bid savings in major construction projects that total at least $10 million or 5% of the programmed amount of the project, whichever is less.  (Sec. 227) Prohibits the scope of work for a project included in Construction--Major Projects from being increased above the original budget request without congressional approval.  (Sec. 228) Requires the VA to submit to Congress a quarterly report containing performance measures and data from each VBA regional office.  (Sec. 229) Limits funds from the Medical Support and Compliance account that may be used for the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) Evolution and electronic health record interoperability projects. Permits additional funds to be obligated for this purpose if Congress is notified in advance.  (Sec. 230) Directs the VA to notify Congress before organizational changes that result in the transfer of 25 or more full-time equivalent staff from one organizational unit to another.  (Sec. 231) Requires specified FY2018 Medical Facilities funds to be used for non-recurring maintenance.  (Sec. 232) Permits the VA to transfer funds to the Medical Services account if the transfer is necessary to address the needs of the VHA, meets specified requirements, and is approved by the Office of Management and Budget and Congress.  (Sec. 233) Permits FY2018 funds provided for the Board of Veterans Appeals and General Operating Expenses--Veterans Benefits Administration to be transferred between those accounts if Congress approves the transfer.  (Sec. 234) Prohibits the VA from reprogramming more than $7 million in funds among major construction projects or programs without congressional approval.  (Sec. 235) Rescinds specified unobligated balances from the DOD-VA Health Care Sharing Incentive Fund.  (Sec. 236) Specifies, that, for the purposes of performing an activity or function of the VHA, VBA, or National Cemetery Administration, firms under 51% ownership by an Indian Tribe or a Native Hawaiian Organization are exempt from provisions restricting the use of funds to convert an activity of an executive agency to contractor performance unless the conversion is based on the results of a public-private competition and other requirements are met.  (Sec. 237) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to pay a bonus to any VHA employee in a position of Deputy Under Secretary for Health or higher until Congress determines that specified recommendations of the VA Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office have been fully implemented and closed.  (Sec. 238) Requires the VA to discontinue using Social Security numbers to identify individuals in all VA information systems. Includes an exception if the number is required to obtain information from an information system that is not under the jurisdiction of the VA.  (Sec. 239) Requires the VA to treat a marriage and family therapist as qualified to serve in the VA if the therapist meets specified educational and licensing requirements.  (Sec. 240) Prohibits the VA from using funds provided by this bill to organize or use groups of subject matter experts to evaluate compensation claims.  (Sec. 241) Prohibits the VA from transferring funds from the Filipino Veterans Equity Compensation Fund to any other VA account.  (Sec. 242) Requires the VA to deny or revoke the eligibility of a health care provider to provide non-department health care services to veterans if the provider:    was removed from VA employment due to conduct that violated a policy of the department relating to the delivery of safe and appropriate patient care,   violated the requirements of a medical license,   had a department credential revoked for grounds that impact the ability to deliver safe and appropriate care, or   violated a law for which a term of imprisonment of more than one year may be imposed.   Permits the VA to deny, revoke, or suspend the eligibility of a health care provider to provide non-department health care services if the action is necessary to immediately protect the health, safety, or welfare of veterans and:    the provider is under investigation by the medical licensing board of a state in which the provider is licensed or practices,   the provider has entered into a settlement agreement for a disciplinary charge relating to the practice of medicine, or   the VA otherwise determines that such action is appropriate under the circumstances.   Requires the VA to suspend the eligibility of a health care provider to provide non-department health care services to veterans if the provider is suspended from serving as a VA health care provider.  Requires: (1) the VA to review the employment status and history of each health care provider to determine instances of circumstances in which this section applies, and (2) the Government Accountability Office to report to Congress in the implementation of this section.  (Sec. 243) Rescinds specified unobligated Construction--Major Projects funds that were provided by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 and Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013.  Provides additional FY2017 funds for Construction--Major Projects to remain available through FY2022 for renovation and repairs as a consequence of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Permits the funds to be obligated and expended to carry out planning and design and major medical facility construction not otherwise authorized by law and designates the funds as an emergency requirement.  (Sec. 244) Rescinds specified unobligated Construction--Major Projects funds that were provided by: (1) the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014; and (2) the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015.  Provides specified funds for Construction--Major Projects to remain available through FY2023 and FY2024.  (Sec. 245) Provides specified funds from the Medical Services account to carry out and expand to each VA medical center the pilot program for providing child care assistance to veterans receiving health care.  (Sec. 246) Amends the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Programs Enhancement Act of 2001 to modify requirements for the VA's program to provide chiropractic care and services to veterans.  (Sec. 247) Requires the VA to carry out a pilot program to provide educational assistance to certain former members of the Armed Forces for education and training as physician assistants of the VA. (Sec. 248) Specifies documentation that DOD may accept to verify that a coastwise merchant seaman performed active duty service under honorable conditions. Permits the individuals whose service is recognized as honorable to be: (1) awarded an appropriate medal, ribbon, or other military decoration based on the service; and (2) honored as a veteran with benefits limited to those described in this provision.  (Sec. 249) Permits VA Medical Services funds to be used to provide: (1) fertility counseling and treatment using assisted reproductive technology to a covered veteran or the spouse of a covered veteran, or (2) adoption reimbursement to a covered veteran. Defines a \"covered veteran\" as a veteran who has a service-connected disability that results in the inability of the veteran to procreate without the use of fertility treatment.  (Sec. 250) Rescinds specified unobligated funds from the Information Technology Systems Account.  (Sec. 251) Requires the VA to: (1) establish a demand profile with respect to each health care service furnished by the VA, and (2) use the demand profile to inform the capability and capacity of any non-department healthcare services provided under the laws administered by the VA.  Requires the VA to submit to Congress a strategic plan that includes a five-year forecast for: (1) health care capacity and capabilities to be provided and maintained at each VA medical facility; and (2) demand for health care from the VA, disaggregated by geographic area.  (Sec. 252) Requires the VA to establish uniform access standards for furnishing the following types of health care services, including through the use of non-VA health care providers:    urgent care,   routine care,   referred or specialty care, and   wellness or preventive care.   (Sec. 253) Prohibits the VA from using funds provided by this bill to dispose of certain vacant, mostly vacant, and underutilized buildings and structures until the VA submits a specified report and certification to Congress.  (Sec. 254) Permits the VA to use funds provided by this title to ensure that the ratio of veterans to full-time employment equivalents within any rehabilitation program does not exceed 125 veterans to one full-time employment equivalent.  Requires the VA to report to Congress on rehabilitation programs including: (1) an assessment of the veteran-to-staff ratio for each program, and (2) recommendations to reduce the veteran-to-staff ratio for each program.  (Sec. 255) Requires departments and agencies funded by this bill to provide an Inspector General (IG) funded by this bill with timely access to records, documents, or other materials available to the department or agency over which the IG has responsibility. Requires each IG to comply with specified statutory limitations on disclosure of the information provided.  (Sec. 256) Prohibits the VA from using funds provided by this title to enter into an agreement related to resolving a dispute or claim with an individual that would restrict the individual from speaking to members of Congress or their staff on any topic not otherwise prohibited from disclosure or required by federal law or required by executive order to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or the conduct of foreign affairs. (Sec. 257) Requires specified funds provided by this bill for Medical Services to be used for: (1) adaptive sports programs for disabled veterans and members of the Armed Forces; and (2) payment of a monthly assistance allowance to a disabled veteran invited by the U.S. Olympic Committee to compete for a slot on, or selected for, the Paralympic Team.  (Sec. 258) Specifies details that must be included in the budget justification documents submitted for the Construction--Major Projects account.  (Sec. 259) Amends the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 to: (1) extend the Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot (RVCP) grant program through FY2019, and (2) permit the VA to expand the program to include additional locations if the VA recommends the expansion in a report submitted to Congress.  (The program provides grants to community-based organizations and local, state, and tribal government entities to increase the coordination and availability of health care, mental health services, and other benefits for veterans and their families as they transition from the military to civilian life.)  (Sec. 260) Prohibits funds from being used to close or diminish services at certain VA medical facilities until the VA submits to Congress a national realignment strategy.  (Sec. 261) Modifies the eligibility requirements for burial at National Cemetery Administration cemeteries to include any individual who:    was naturalized pursuant to specified provisions of the Hmong Veterans' Naturalization Act and resided in the United States at the time of death; or  served honorably with a special guerrilla unit or irregular forces operating from a base in Laos in support of the Armed Forces at any time during the period beginning February 28, 1961, and ending May 7, 1975; and was a U.S. citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States and resident at the time of death.   (Sec. 262) Permits the VA to carry out a two-year pilot program to make grants to nonprofit veterans services organizations (VSOs) to upgrade, through construction and repair, VSO community facilities into health and wellness centers and to promote and expand complementary and integrative wellness programs.  (Sec. 263) Modifies the priority rules for construction projects under the VA's State Extended Care Facilities grant program.  (Sec. 264) Makes certain veterans who received other than honorable discharges or releases eligible to receive VA mental and behavioral health care.  (Sec. 265) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to:    interfere with the ability of veterans to participate in a state-approved medicinal marijuana program,  deny services to veterans participating in a program, or   limit or interfere with the ability of a VA health care provider to comply with a program.   TITLE III--RELATED AGENCIES  Provides appropriations for related agencies, including:    the American Battle Monuments Commission;   the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims;   Cemeterial Expenses of the Army, including Arlington National Cemetery and Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery; and   the Armed Forces Retirement Home.   (Sec. 301) Permits funds for Cemeterial Expenses--Army to be provided to Arlington County, Virginia, to relocate a federally owned water main at Arlington National Cemetery to make additional land available for ground burials.  (Sec. 302) Permits funds from concessions at Army National Military Cemeteries to be used to support activities at the cemeteries.  TITLE IV--OVERSEAS CONTINGENCY OPERATIONS  Provides appropriations to DOD for Overseas Contingency Operations Military Construction projects for the:    Army,  Navy and Marine Corps,   Air Force, and   Defense-Wide agencies and activities.   Designates the amounts provided in this title as for Overseas Contingency Operations/ Global War on Terrorism pursuant to the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.  (Sec. 401) Specifies that funds designated in this bill by Congress for Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism are only available if the President subsequently designates the amounts and transmits the designations to Congress.  TITLE V--GENERAL PROVISIONS  (Sec. 501) Prohibits the obligation of funds in this bill beyond the current fiscal year unless expressly permitted in this bill.  (Sec. 502) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for programs, projects, or activities not in compliance with federal laws related to risk assessment, the protection of private property rights, or unfunded mandates.  (Sec. 503) Encourages all departments and agencies funded in this bill to expand their use of \"E-Commerce\" technologies and procedures.  (Sec. 504) Specifies the congressional committees that are to receive all reports and notifications required by this bill.  (Sec. 505) Prohibits the transfer of funds to any part of the U.S. government without authority provided by an appropriations law.  (Sec. 506) Requires agencies to post reports submitted to Congress on the public website of the agency. Includes exceptions for national security and confidential or proprietary information.  (Sec. 507) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for a computer network unless pornography is blocked, with the exception of law enforcement, prosecution, or adjudication activities.  (Sec. 508) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for first-class travel by an employee of the executive branch.  (Sec. 509) Prohibits the use of funds provided by this bill for the renovation, expansion, or construction of any facility in the United States to house any individual detained at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for the purposes of detention or imprisonment in the custody or under the control of DOD. Includes an exception for modification to the facility at Guantanamo Bay. ",
                "summary_short": "(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Highlights:  This bill provides FY2018 appropriations to the Department of Defense (DOD) for military construction, military family housing, the U.S. share of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Security Investment Program, and base closures and realignments.  The bill also provides appropriations to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for veterans benefit ...",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-13",
                "latest_major_action": "Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 173."
            },
            {
                "number": "S.1609",
                "bill_id": "s1609-115",
                "bill_slug": "s1609",
                "bill_type": "s",
                "title": "An original bill making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018",
                "relationship": "Related bill identified by CRS",
                "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                "sponsor": "Lamar Alexander",
                "sponsor_id": "A000360",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/A000360.json",
                "sponsor_party": "R",
                "sponsor_state": "TN",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-20",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1609",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1609",
                "active": true,
                "last_vote": null,
                "house_passage": null,
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 0,
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                "committees": "Senate Appropriations Committee",
                "committee_codes": ["SSAP"],
                "subcommittee_codes": [],
                "primary_subject": "Economics and Public Finance",
                "summary": "Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018 Provides FY2018 appropriations for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects, the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation, the Department of Energy (DOE), and independent agencies such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  Provides appropriations for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects, including for:    Investigations,   Construction,  Mississippi River and Tributaries,   Operation and Maintenance,   the Regulatory Program,   the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program,   Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies,   Expenses, and   the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.   Provides appropriations to the Department of the Interior for the Central Utah Project and the Bureau of Reclamation.  Provides appropriations to DOE for Energy Programs, including:    Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,  Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability,   Nuclear Energy,   Fossil Energy Research and Development,   Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserves,   the Strategic Petroleum Reserve,  the Energy Security and Infrastructure Modernization Fund, the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve,  the Energy Information Administration,   Non-Defense Environmental Cleanup,   the Uranium Enrichment Decontamination and Decommissioning Fund,   Science,  the Advanced Research Projects Agency--Energy,  the Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, the Tribal Energy Loan Guarantee Program,  the Title 17 Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program, and the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program.  Provides appropriations to DOE for:  Atomic Energy Defense Activities of the National Nuclear Security Administration, Environmental and Other Defense Activities, and  the Power Marketing Administrations.  Provides appropriations to several independent agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  Sets forth permissible and prohibited uses for funds provided by this and other appropriations Acts. ",
                "summary_short": "Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018 Provides FY2018 appropriations for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects, the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation, the Department of Energy (DOE), and independent agencies such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  Provides appropriations for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects, including for:    Investigations,   Construction,  Mississippi River and Tributaries,   Operation an...",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-20",
                "latest_major_action": "Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 178."
            },
            {
                "number": "S.1648",
                "bill_id": "s1648-115",
                "bill_slug": "s1648",
                "bill_type": "s",
                "title": "An original bill making appropriations for the Legislative Branch for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2018",
                "relationship": "Related bill identified by CRS",
                "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                "sponsor": "James Lankford",
                "sponsor_id": "L000575",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/L000575.json",
                "sponsor_party": "R",
                "sponsor_state": "OK",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-27",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1648",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1648",
                "active": true,
                "last_vote": null,
                "house_passage": null,
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 0,
                "cosponsors_by_party": {},
                "committees": "Senate Appropriations Committee",
                "committee_codes": ["SSAP"],
                "subcommittee_codes": [],
                "primary_subject": "Congress",
                "summary": "Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2018  Provides FY2018 appropriations for the legislative branch, including the Senate and Joint Items such as:    the Joint Economic Committee,   the Joint Committee on Taxation,   the Office of the Attending Physician, and   the Office of Congressional Accessibility Services.   Provides FY2018 appropriations for:    the Capitol Police;   the Office of Compliance;   the Congressional Budget Office;   the Architect of the Capitol;   the Library of Congress, including the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and the Copyright Office;   the Government Publishing Office (GPO);   the Government Accountability Office;   the Open World Leadership Center Trust Fund; and  the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Training and Development.  Requires certain CRS reports to be made available to the public using a GPO website.  (Pursuant to the longstanding practice of each chamber of Congress determining its own requirements, funds for the House are not included in the Senate bill.)  Sets forth permissible and prohibited uses for funds provided by this bill. ",
                "summary_short": "Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2018  Provides FY2018 appropriations for the legislative branch, including the Senate and Joint Items such as:    the Joint Economic Committee,   the Joint Committee on Taxation,   the Office of the Attending Physician, and   the Office of Congressional Accessibility Services.   Provides FY2018 appropriations for:    the Capitol Police;   the Office of Compliance;   the Congressional Budget Office;   the Architect of the Capitol;   the Library of Congres...",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-07-27",
                "latest_major_action": "Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 184."
            },
            {
                "number": "H.R.1977",
                "bill_id": "hr1977-115",
                "bill_slug": "hr1977",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "title": "To amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to transport an individual employed at a medical facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs between a parking facility and the medical facility.",
                "short_title": "Veterans PARC Act of 2017",
                "relationship": "Related bill identified by CRS",
                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor": "Debbie Wasserman Schultz",
                "sponsor_id": "W000797",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/W000797.json",
                "sponsor_party": "D",
                "sponsor_state": "FL",
                "introduced_date": "2017-04-06",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1977",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr1977",
                "active": false,
                "last_vote": null,
                "house_passage": null,
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 1,
                "cosponsors_by_party": {
                    "R": 1
                },
                "committees": "House Veterans' Affairs Committee",
                "committee_codes": ["HSVR"],
                "subcommittee_codes": ["HSVR03"],
                "primary_subject": "Armed Forces and National Security",
                "summary": "Veterans Priority Access to Reliable Care Act of 2017 or the Veterans PARC Act of 2017 This bill authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to use a passenger carrier to transport an individual employed at a VA medical facility between a parking facility and the medical facility.",
                "summary_short": "Veterans Priority Access to Reliable Care Act of 2017 or the Veterans PARC Act of 2017 This bill authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to use a passenger carrier to transport an individual employed at a VA medical facility between a parking facility and the medical facility.",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-04-07",
                "latest_major_action": "Referred to the Subcommittee on Health."
            },
            {
                "number": "S.80",
                "bill_id": "s80-115",
                "bill_slug": "s80",
                "bill_type": "s",
                "title": "A bill to protect the right of individuals to bear arms at water resources development projects.",
                "short_title": "A bill to protect the right of individuals to bear arms at water resources development projects.",
                "relationship": "Related bill identified by CRS",
                "sponsor_title": "Sen.",
                "sponsor": "Michael D. Crapo",
                "sponsor_id": "C000880",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/C000880.json",
                "sponsor_party": "R",
                "sponsor_state": "ID",
                "introduced_date": "2017-01-10",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/80",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s80",
                "active": false,
                "last_vote": null,
                "house_passage": null,
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 2,
                "cosponsors_by_party": {
                    "R": 2
                },
                "committees": "Senate Environment and Public Works Committee",
                "committee_codes": ["SSEV"],
                "subcommittee_codes": [],
                "primary_subject": "Water Resources Development",
                "summary": "This bill prohibits the Department of the Army from promulgating or enforcing any regulation that prohibits an individual from possessing a firearm in any area open to the public (other than a federal facility) at a water resources development project administered by the Chief of Engineers, if: (1) the individual is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing the firearm, and (2) the possession of the firearm is in compliance with the law of the state in which the project is located.",
                "summary_short": "This bill prohibits the Department of the Army from promulgating or enforcing any regulation that prohibits an individual from possessing a firearm in any area open to the public (other than a federal facility) at a water resources development project administered by the Chief of Engineers, if: (1) the individual is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing the firearm, and (2) the possession of the firearm is in compliance with the law of the state in which the project is located.",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-01-10",
                "latest_major_action": "Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works."
            },
            {
                "number": "H.R.3354",
                "bill_id": "hr3354-115",
                "bill_slug": "hr3354",
                "bill_type": "hr",
                "title": "Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.",
                "short_title": "Interior and Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development, Commerce, Justice, Science, Financial Services and General Government, Homeland Security, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, State and Foreign Operations, Transportation, Housing and U",
                "relationship": "Related bill identified by CRS",
                "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
                "sponsor": "Ken Calvert",
                "sponsor_id": "C000059",
                "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/C000059.json",
                "sponsor_party": "R",
                "sponsor_state": "CA",
                "introduced_date": "2017-07-21",
                "gpo_pdf_uri": null,
                "congressdotgov_url": "https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3354",
                "govtrack_url": "https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr3354",
                "active": true,
                "last_vote": "2017-09-14",
                "house_passage": "2017-09-14",
                "senate_passage": null,
                "enacted": null,
                "vetoed": null,
                "cosponsors": 0,
                "cosponsors_by_party": {},
                "committees": "House Appropriations Committee",
                "committee_codes": ["HSAP"],
                "subcommittee_codes": [],
                "primary_subject": "Economics and Public Finance",
                "summary": "(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Highlights:  This bill provides FY2018 appropriations for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and related agencies.  The bill provides annual appropriations for most of the Department of the Interior, including:    the Bureau of Land Management,   the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,   the National Park Service,   the U.S. Geological Survey,   the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,   the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement,   the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement,   the Payments in Lieu of Taxes Program (PILT),   the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and  the Bureau of Indian Education.   It does not include funding for the Bureau of Reclamation, which is considered in the Energy and Water Development appropriations bill.  Related agencies funded in the bill include the Department of Agriculture's Forest Service, the Department of Health and Human Service's Indian Health Service (IHS), the Smithsonian Institution, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The bill decreases FY2018 appropriations for the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies below FY2017 levels.  Compared to FY2017 funding levels, the bill increases funding for the IHS and the Smithsonian Institution, while decreasing funding for Interior, the EPA, and the Forest Service.  The bill also includes several provisions that affect policies in areas such as greenhouse gas emissions, air and water quality, and endangered species. Full Summary:  Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2018  TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR  Provides appropriations to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for:    Management of Lands and Resources;   Land Acquisition;   Oregon and California Grant Lands;   Range Improvements;   Service Charges, Deposits, and Forfeitures; and   Miscellaneous Trust Funds.   Prohibits appropriations provided by this bill from being used for the sale of wild horses and burros that results in their destruction for processing into commercial products, including for human consumption. Provides appropriations to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for:    Resource Management,   Construction,   Land Acquisition,   the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund,   the National Wildlife Refuge Fund,   the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund,   Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation,   the Multinational Species Conservation Fund, and   State and Tribal Wildlife Grants.   Provides appropriations to the National Park Service (NPS) for:    Operation of the National Park System,   National Recreation and Preservation,   the Historic Preservation Fund,   Construction,   Land Acquisition and State Assistance, and   the Centennial Challenge.   Rescinds FY2018 contract authority provided by the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965.  Permits the NPS to retain specified funds authorized to be disbursed under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 for the costs of administration of the Land and Water Conservation Fund grants authorized by the Act.  Permits NPS funds to be transferred to the Federal Highway Administration for the Federal Lands Access Program, which was established to improve transportation facilities that provide access to, are adjacent to, or are located within federal lands.  Provides appropriations to the U.S. Geological Survey for Surveys, Investigations, and Research.  Provides appropriations to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for Ocean Energy Management.  Provides appropriations to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement for: (1) Offshore Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and (2) Oil Spill Research.  Provides appropriations to the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement for: (1) Regulation and Technology, and (2) the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund.  Provides appropriations to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) for:  Operation of Indian Programs,   Contract Support Costs,   Construction,   Indian Land and Water Claim Settlements and Miscellaneous Payments to Indians, and   the Indian Guaranteed Loan Program Account.   Permits the BIA to contract for services for the Power Division of the San Carlos Irrigation Project.  Limits the use of funds for contracts, grants, compacts, or cooperative agreements with the BIA under the Indian Self-Determination Act or the Tribal Self-Governance Act of 1994.  Permits tribes to return appropriated funds without diminishing the federal government's trust responsibilities, the government-to-government relationship with the tribe, or the tribe's ability to access future appropriations.  Prohibits the use of BIE funds, other than funds provided for assistance to public schools, for the operation of elementary or secondary schools in Alaska.  Limits the number of schools and the expansion of grade levels in individual schools in the BIE school system.  Specifies the distribution of indirect and administrative costs to certain tribes.  Provides appropriations for Departmental Offices, including:    the Office of the Secretary,   Insular Affairs,   the Office of the Solicitor,   the Office of Inspector General, and   the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians.   Provides appropriations for Department-Wide Programs, including:    Wildland Fire Management,   the Central Hazardous Materials Fund,   the Natural Resources Damage Assessment Fund,   the Working Capital Fund,   the Office of Natural Resources Revenue, and   Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT).   (Sec. 101) Permits the transfer of funds within bureaus and offices for specified emergencies when all other emergency funds have been exhausted.  (Sec. 102) Provides for the department-wide expenditure or transfer of funds by Interior in the event of specified emergencies.  (Sec. 103) Permits Interior to use appropriations provided in this title for:    employing temporary or intermittent experts and consultants;   purchasing and replacing motor vehicles;   hiring, maintenance, and operation of aircraft;   hiring of passenger motor vehicles;   purchasing reprints;   telephone services in private residences in the field; and   certain library memberships.   (Sec. 104) Permits the transfer of funds between the BIA, the BIE, and the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians for Indian trust management and reform activities, provided that total funding for historical accounting activities does not exceed funding provided by this bill for that purpose.  (Sec. 105) Permits Interior to redistribute Tribal Priority Allocation funds, including tribal base funds, to alleviate funding inequities to address identified unmet needs, dual enrollment, overlapping service areas, or inaccurate distribution methodologies.  Specifies that no tribe may receive a reduction in Tribal Priority Allocation funds of more than 10% in FY2018, except in the cases of dual enrollment, overlapping service areas, or inaccurate distribution methodologies.  (Sec. 106) Authorizes the acquisition of lands and waters for the purpose of operating and maintaining facilities that support visitors to Ellis, Governors, and Liberty Islands in New Jersey and New York.  (Sec. 107) Requires Interior to collect specified Outer Continental Shelf inspection fees.  (Sec. 108) Permits Interior to transfer funds to implement the reorganization of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, subject to reprogramming guidelines.  (Sec. 109) Permits Interior to enter into multiyear cooperative agreements and contracts with nonprofits and other entities for the long-term care and maintenance of excess wild free roaming horses and burros on private land.  (Sec. 110) Directs the USFWS, in carrying out responsibilities to protect threatened and endangered species of salmon, to implement a system of mass marking of salmonid stocks intended for harvest that are released from federally operated or financed hatcheries.  (Sec. 111) Amends the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 to extend the requirement that a person exhaust administrative hearings and appeal procedures prior to bringing a civil action challenging BLM decisions concerning grazing on public lands.  (Sec. 112) Permits the BIA and the BIE in carrying out work involving cooperation with state, local, and tribal governments, to record obligations against accounts receivable from the entities, provided that total obligations at the end of the fiscal year do not exceed total budgetary resources.  (Sec. 113) Prohibits funds from being used to write or issue rules for the sage-grouse pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA).  (Sec. 114) Permits Interior to transfer excess wild horses or burros that have been removed from the public lands to other federal, state, and local agencies for use as work animals. Specifies that any animal transferred loses its status as a wild free-roaming horse or burro.  Prohibits any agency receiving the animals from: (1) destroying, selling, or otherwise transferring them in a way that results in their destruction for processing into commercial products; or (2) euthanizing the horses or burros except upon the recommendation of a licensed veterinarian, in cases of severe injury, illness, or advanced age. (Sec. 115) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to list the Trestles Historic District in San Diego County, California, on the National Register of Historic Places or to make a determination of eligibility with respect to the listing.  (Sec. 116) Requires Interior to reissue two final rules removing recovered gray wolves in Wyoming and the Great Lakes from the endangered species list. Exempts the reissuances from judicial review.  (Sec. 117) Prohibits Interior from using funds provided by this bill to treat any gray wolf in any of the 48 contiguous states or the District of Columbia as an endangered species or threatened species under the ESA.  TITLE II--ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY  Provides appropriations to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for:    Science and Technology,   Environmental Programs and Management,   the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest System Fund,   the Office of Inspector General,   Buildings and Facilities,   Hazardous Substance Superfund,   the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund Program,   Inland Oil Spill Programs,   State and Tribal Assistance Grants, and   the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Program Account.   Permits the EPA to award cooperative agreements to Indian tribes or intertribal consortia to carry out the agency's function to implement federal environmental programs required or authorized by law in the absence of an acceptable tribal program.  Authorizes the EPA to collect and spend pesticide registration service fees.  Permits the EPA to: (1) transfer funds from the Environmental Programs and Management account to other federal agencies to support the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and (2) enter into interagency agreements and provide grants to certain entities to support the effort.  Authorizes the EPA to collect and use certain user fees under the Toxic Substances Control Act.  Permits specified funds to be used for the construction, alteration, repair, rehabilitation, and renovation of facilities.  Permits the EPA to use funds to make grants to federally recognized Indian tribes notwithstanding certain provisions of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act).  Rescinds specified unobligated balances from the State and Tribal Assistance Grants account.  Requires specified funds for the National Estuary Program to be used for certain competitive grants.  TITLE III--RELATED AGENCIES  Provides appropriations to the Department of Agriculture for the Forest Service, including for:    the Office of the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment,   Forest and Rangeland Research;   State and Private Forestry;   the National Forest System;   Capital Improvement and Maintenance;   Land Acquisition;   the Range Betterment Fund;   Gifts, Donations, and Bequests for Forest and Rangeland Research;   Management of National Forest Lands for Subsistence Uses; and  Wildland Fire Management.   Permits Forest Service appropriations to be used for:    the purchase and use of motor vehicles and aircraft;   employment of temporary or intermittent personnel;   purchase, erection, and alteration of buildings and other public improvements;   acquisition of land and waters;   expenses pursuant to the Volunteers in the National Forest Act of 1972;   uniforms; and  debt collection contracts.   Permits appropriations to be transferred to the Wildland Fire Management account for forest fire fighting, emergency rehabilitation of burned-over or damaged lands or waters, and fire preparedness due to severe burning conditions, provided that USDA notifies Congress that all fire suppression funds will be obligated within 30 days. Requires funds used to be replenished by a supplemental appropriation requested as promptly as possible.  Permits unobligated balances of funds provided to the Forest Service to be transferred to or within the Wildland Fire Management Account or reprogrammed to be used for hazardous fuels management and emergency rehabilitation of burned-over National Forest System lands and water, if Congress is notified in advance.  Permits Forest Service appropriations to be used for forest and rangeland research, technical information, and related forestry and natural resources activities in foreign countries.  Permits Forest Service appropriations to be transferred to the BLM for removal, preparation, and adoption of excess wild horses and burros from National Forest System lands, and for surveys to designate the boundaries of the lands.  Prohibits Forest Service appropriations from being transferred using authority provided in several specified statutory provisions.  Prohibits Forest Service appropriations from being reprogrammed except with prior approval of Congress and in accordance with procedures contained in the report accompanying this bill.  Limits transfers to the USDA Working Capital Fund and to USDA for Department Reimbursable Programs (commonly referred to as Greenbook charges).  Permits specified funds to be used for projects to be carried out by the Youth Conservation Corps under the authority of the Public Lands Corps Act of 1993.   Permits the Chief of the Forest Service to use specified funds for official reception and representation expenses.  Provides matching funds to aid conservation projects of the National Forest Foundation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.  Permits funds to be used to provide technical assistance to rural communities and natural resource-based businesses for sustainable rural development purposes.  Permits Forest Service appropriations to be used for payments to counties within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.  Permits Forest Service appropriations to be used to meet the non-federal share requirement included in a provision of the Older Americans Act of 1965 related to the older American community service employment program.  Permits specified funds to be assessed for the purpose of performing fire, administrative, and other facilities maintenance and decommissioning.  Permits specified funds to be used to reimburse the USDA Office of the General Counsel for travel and related expenses incurred as a result of assistance or participation requested by the Forest Service at meetings, training sessions, management reviews, land purchase negotiations, and similar non-litigation related matters.  Permits an individual employed under any project funded under title V of the Older Americans Act of 1965 to be considered a federal employee.  Requires the Forest Service to provide quarterly reports to Congress regarding unobligated balances.  Permits any unobligated balances of funds provided a previous fiscal year for the FLAME Wildfire Suppression Reserve Fund to remain available through FY2020.  Requires the Forest Service to submit to the Office of Management and Budget a proposed system of administrative control of funds for its accounts.  Provides appropriations to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Indian Health Service (IHS) including:    Indian Health Services,   Contract Support Costs, and   Indian Health Facilities.   Provides appropriations to HHS for: (1) the National Institutes of Health for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and (2) the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.  Provides appropriations to Other Related Agencies, including:    the Executive Office of the President for the Council on Environmental Quality and Office of Environmental Quality;   the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board;   the Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation;   the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development;   the Smithsonian Institution;   the National Gallery of Art;   the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts;   the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars;   the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities;   the Commission of Fine Arts;   the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation;   the National Capital Planning Commission;   the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum;   the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission;   the Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission; and   the World War I Centennial Commission.   TITLE IV--GENERAL PROVISIONS  (Sec. 401) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to promote public support or opposition to any legislative proposal before Congress, other than to communicate with Congress as permitted under current law.  (Sec. 402) Prohibits any appropriation contained in this bill from remaining available for obligation beyond the current fiscal year unless expressly permitted in this bill.  (Sec. 403) Requires specified administrative expenses to be presented in annual budget justifications and approved by Congress.  (Sec. 404) Prohibits funds from being used to accept or process applications for a patent for any mining or mill site claim located under the general mining laws, subject to exceptions.  Requires Interior to report to Congress regarding actions taken by the department under the plan submitted regarding a processing schedule for certain applications for patents that were filed on or before September 30, 1994.  Requires Interior, upon the request of a patent applicant, to allow a qualified third-party contractor to conduct a mineral examination of the mining claims or mill sites contained in a patent application. Specifies that the BLM is responsible for selecting and paying the third-party contractor.  (Sec. 405) Extends limits on the use of FY1994-FY2013 and FY2014 funds for contract support costs on Indian contracts.  (Sec. 406) Limits the use of FY2018 funds for contract support costs on Indian contracts.  (Sec. 407) Permits Forest Service land management plans that are more than 15 years old if USDA is acting in good faith to update the plans.  (Sec. 408) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to conduct preleasing, leasing, and related activities under either the Mineral Leasing Act or the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act within the boundaries of a National Monument.  (Sec. 409) Restricts land acquisition funds provided by this bill from being used for the filing of declarations of taking or complaints in condemnation without the approval of Congress. Includes an exception for funds provided to implement the Everglades National Park Protection and Expansion Act of 1989, or for Florida to acquire lands for Everglades restoration.  (Sec. 410) Sets forth requirements regarding the sale of timber from a specified region in Alaska.  (Sec. 411) Prohibits no-bid contracts and grants except under certain circumstances where a contract is authorized by federal law or was awarded prior to the date of enactment of this bill.  (Sec. 412) Requires agencies receiving funds in this bill to post on their public websites any report required to be submitted by Congress if it serves the national interest.  (Sec. 413) Establishes grant guidelines for the NEA.  (Sec. 414) Establishes priorities for programs administered by the NEA.  (Sec. 415) Directs Interior, the EPA, the Forest Service, and the IHS to provide Congress with quarterly reports on the status of balances of appropriations.  (Sec. 416) Amends the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act to extend the authority of federal agencies to establish, collect, and retain fees on federal recreational lands and waters.  (Sec. 417) Prohibits funds from being used to promulgate or implement any regulation requiring the issuance of permits under the Clean Air Act for carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, water vapor, or methane emissions resulting from biological processes associated with livestock production.  (Sec. 418) Prohibits the use of any funds to implement any provision in a rule that requires mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions from manure management systems.  (Sec. 419) Amends the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2000 to extend the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission.  (Sec. 420) Prohibits funds from being used to regulate the lead content of ammunition, ammunition components, or fishing tackle under the Toxic Substances Control Act or any other law.  (Sec. 421) Amends the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 to extend a provision that permits USDA and Interior, in awarding contracts for certain activities on public lands, to give consideration to certain local contractors who provide employment and training for dislocated and displaced workers in an economically disadvantaged rural community.  (Sec. 422) Amends the Chesapeake Bay Initiative Act of 1998 to extend the authorization for the Chesapeake Bay Initiative.  (Sec. 423) Extends the authority of the Forest Service to renew certain grazing permits.  (Sec. 424) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to maintain or establish a computer network unless the network blocks access to pornography websites. Includes an exception for a law enforcement agency or other entity carrying out criminal investigations, prosecution, or adjudication activities.  (Sec. 425) Amends the Forest Service Facility Realignment and Enhancement Act of 2005 to extend the authority for conveyances of certain Forest Service administrative sites.  (Sec. 426) Prohibits any funds made available by a state water pollution control revolving fund authorized by the Safe Drinking Water Act from being used for a project for the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public water system or treatment works unless all of the iron and steel products used in the project are produced in the United States, subject to specified exceptions and waiver procedures.  (Sec. 427) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to destroy any buildings or structures on Midway Island that have been recommended by the U.S Navy for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.  (Sec. 428) Requires the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the EPA to jointly: (1) ensure that federal policy relating to forest bioenergy is consistent across all department and agencies, and (2) recognizes the full benefits of the use of forest biomass for energy, conservation, and responsible forest management.  Requires the DOE, USDA, and the EPA to establish clear and simple policies for the use of forest biomass as an energy solution, including policies that:    reflect the carbon-neutrality of forest bioenergy and recognize biomass as a renewable energy source, provided the use of forest biomass for energy production does not cause conversion of forests to non-forest use;   encourage private investment throughout the forest biomass supply chain;   encourage forest management to improve forest health; and   recognize state initiatives to produce and use forest biomass.   (Sec. 429) Amends the John F. Kennedy Center Act to authorize FY2018 appropriations for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  (Sec. 430) Prohibits the EPA from using funds to require a permit under the Clean Water Act for the discharge of dredged or fill material for certain agriculture activities.  (Sec. 431) Authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the Waters of the United States rule without regard to any provision of statute or regulation that establishes a requirement for withdrawal. (This provision applies to the final rule issued by the two agencies on June 29, 2015, and titled \"Clean Water Rule: Definition of 'Waters of the United States.'\" The rule revised regulations defining the scope of waters protected and regulated under the Clean Water Act.)  (Sec. 432) Specifies requirements for the implementation of national ambient air quality standards for ozone.  (Sec. 433) Prohibits funds from being used to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the proposed rule titled \"Financial Responsibility Requirements Under CERCLA section 108(b) for Classes of Facilities in the Hardrock Mining Industry\" published by the EPA on January 11, 2017.  (Sec. 434) Prohibits the EPA from using funds provided by this bill to issue any regulation under the Solid Waste Disposal Act that applies to an animal feeding operation, including a concentrated animal feeding operation and a large concentrated animal feeding operation.  (Sec. 435) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used for further implementation of the coastal and marine spatial planning and ecosystem-based management components of the National Ocean Policy developed under Executive Order 13547 (Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes).  (Sec. 436) Prohibits funds from being used to prohibit the use or access to federal land for hunting, fishing, or recreational shooting except for public safety.  (Sec. 437) Requires Interior and USDA to make vacant grazing allotments available to holders of grazing permits or leases if lands covered by the permits or leases or other grazing lands used by the holder are unusable because of drought or wildfire.  (Sec. 438) Prohibits funds provided by this bill from being used to conduct reviews of site assessment or construction and operation plans for any project that would entail the construction or location of wind turbines less than 24 nautical miles from the Maryland shoreline.  (Sec. 439) Establishes a spending reduction account for the amount by which spending proposed in this bill exceeds the subcommittee's allocation under the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Specifies that the amount is $0. (Under the Rules of the House of Representatives, any savings included in the spending reduction account are not available for further appropriation during consideration of the bill.) ",
                "summary_short": "(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Highlights:  This bill provides FY2018 appropriations for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and related agencies.  The bill provides annual appropriations for most of the Department of the Interior, including:    the Bureau of Land Management,   the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,   the National Park Service,   the U.S. Geo...",
                "latest_major_action_date": "2017-09-27",
                "latest_major_action": "Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 230."
            }
        ]
    }]
}

Get a Specific Bill Subject

Use this request type to search for bill subjects that contain a specified term.

HTTP Request

GET https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/bills/subjects/search.json

URL Parameters

Parameter Description
query a word or phrase to search

Example Call

curl "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/bills/subjects/search.json?query=climate"
  -H "X-API-Key: PROPUBLICA_API_KEY"

The above command returns JSON structured like this:

{
    "status": "OK",
    "copyright": "Copyright (c) 2017 Pro Publica Inc. All Rights Reserved.",
    "results": [{
        "query": "climate",
        "num_results": 4,
        "offset": 0,
        "subjects": [{
                "name": "Climate",
                "url_name": "climate"
            },
            {
                "name": "Climate change",
                "url_name": "climate-change"
            },
            {
                "name": "Climate change and greenhouse gases",
                "url_name": "climate-change-and-greenhouse-gases"
            },
            {
                "name": "Global climate change",
                "url_name": "global-climate-change"
            }
        ]
    }]
}

Get Cosponsors for a Specific Bill

To get information about the cosponsors of a particular bill, use the following URI structure:

HTTP Request

GET https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/{congress}/bills/{bill-id}/cosponsors.json

URL Parameters

Parameter Description
congress 105-115
bill-id a bill slug, for example hr4881 - these can be found in the recent bill response.

Example Call

curl "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/114/bills/hr4249/cosponsors.json"
  -H "X-API-Key: PROPUBLICA_API_KEY"

The above command returns JSON structured like this:

{
   "status":"OK",
   "copyright":"Copyright (c) 2017 Pro Publica Inc. All Rights Reserved.",
   "results":[
      {
         "congress": "114",
         "bill": "H.R.4249",
         "url_number": "hr4249",
         "title": "Police Agency Investigation Improvement Act of 2015",
         "sponsor_title": "Rep.",
         "sponsor_id": "J000288",
         "sponsor_name": "Hank Johnson",
         "sponsor_state": "GA",
         "sponsor_party": "D",
         "sponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/J000288.json",
         "introduced_date": "2015-12-15",
         "number_of_cosponsors": 18,
         "committees": "House Judiciary Committee",
         "latest_major_action_date": "2016-01-15",
         "latest_major_action": "Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.",
         "house_passage_vote": null,
         "senate_passage_vote": null,
             "cosponsors_by_party":[
    {
      "party": {
        "id": "D",
        "sponsors": "18"
      }
    }
    ],
         "cosponsors":[
         {
           "cosponsor_id": "J000032",
           "name": "Sheila  Jackson Lee",
           "cosponsor_title": "Rep.",
           "cosponsor_state": "TX",
           "cosponsor_party": "D",
           "cosponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/J000032.json",
           "date": "2016-01-25"
         },
                  {
           "cosponsor_id": "M001137",
           "name": "Gregory W. Meeks",
           "cosponsor_title": "Rep.",
           "cosponsor_state": "NY",
           "cosponsor_party": "D",
           "cosponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/M001137.json",
           "date": "2016-01-25"
         },
                  {
           "cosponsor_id": "C001068",
           "name": "Steve Cohen",
           "cosponsor_title": "Rep.",
           "cosponsor_state": "TN",
           "cosponsor_party": "D",
           "cosponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/C001068.json",
           "date": "2016-01-25"
         },
                  {
           "cosponsor_id": "R000515",
           "name": "Bobby L. Rush",
           "cosponsor_title": "Rep.",
           "cosponsor_state": "IL",
           "cosponsor_party": "D",
           "cosponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/R000515.json",
           "date": "2016-01-25"
         },
                  {
           "cosponsor_id": "R000588",
           "name": "Cedric Richmond",
           "cosponsor_title": "Rep.",
           "cosponsor_state": "LA",
           "cosponsor_party": "D",
           "cosponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/R000588.json",
           "date": "2016-01-25"
         },
                  {
           "cosponsor_id": "E000179",
           "name": "Eliot L. Engel",
           "cosponsor_title": "Rep.",
           "cosponsor_state": "NY",
           "cosponsor_party": "D",
           "cosponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/E000179.json",
           "date": "2016-01-25"
         },
                  {
           "cosponsor_id": "G000556",
           "name": "Alan Grayson",
           "cosponsor_title": "Rep.",
           "cosponsor_state": "FL",
           "cosponsor_party": "D",
           "cosponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/G000556.json",
           "date": "2016-01-25"
         },
                  {
           "cosponsor_id": "H000324",
           "name": "Alcee L. Hastings",
           "cosponsor_title": "Rep.",
           "cosponsor_state": "FL",
           "cosponsor_party": "D",
           "cosponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/H000324.json",
           "date": "2016-02-01"
         },
                  {
           "cosponsor_id": "B001270",
           "name": "Karen Bass",
           "cosponsor_title": "Rep.",
           "cosponsor_state": "CA",
           "cosponsor_party": "D",
           "cosponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/B001270.json",
           "date": "2016-02-01"
         },
                  {
           "cosponsor_id": "C001072",
           "name": "André  Carson",
           "cosponsor_title": "Rep.",
           "cosponsor_state": "IN",
           "cosponsor_party": "D",
           "cosponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/C001072.json",
           "date": "2016-02-01"
         },
                  {
           "cosponsor_id": "C000984",
           "name": "Elijah E. Cummings",
           "cosponsor_title": "Rep.",
           "cosponsor_state": "MD",
           "cosponsor_party": "D",
           "cosponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/C000984.json",
           "date": "2016-02-02"
         },
                  {
           "cosponsor_id": "T000472",
           "name": "Mark Takano",
           "cosponsor_title": "Rep.",
           "cosponsor_state": "CA",
           "cosponsor_party": "D",
           "cosponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/T000472.json",
           "date": "2016-02-02"
         },
                  {
           "cosponsor_id": "S001157",
           "name": "David Scott",
           "cosponsor_title": "Rep.",
           "cosponsor_state": "GA",
           "cosponsor_party": "D",
           "cosponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/S001157.json",
           "date": "2016-02-03"
         },
                  {
           "cosponsor_id": "N000147",
           "name": "Eleanor Holmes Norton",
           "cosponsor_title": "Del.",
           "cosponsor_state": "DC",
           "cosponsor_party": "D",
           "cosponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/N000147.json",
           "date": "2016-02-09"
         },
                  {
           "cosponsor_id": "M001166",
           "name": "Jerry McNerney",
           "cosponsor_title": "Rep.",
           "cosponsor_state": "CA",
           "cosponsor_party": "D",
           "cosponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/M001166.json",
           "date": "2016-02-12"
         },
                  {
           "cosponsor_id": "R000053",
           "name": "Charles B. Rangel",
           "cosponsor_title": "Rep.",
           "cosponsor_state": "NY",
           "cosponsor_party": "D",
           "cosponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/R000053.json",
           "date": "2016-02-23"
         },
                  {
           "cosponsor_id": "F000455",
           "name": "Marcia L. Fudge",
           "cosponsor_title": "Rep.",
           "cosponsor_state": "OH",
           "cosponsor_party": "D",
           "cosponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/F000455.json",
           "date": "2016-02-26"
         },
                  {
           "cosponsor_id": "W000187",
           "name": "Maxine Waters",
           "cosponsor_title": "Rep.",
           "cosponsor_state": "CA",
           "cosponsor_party": "D",
           "cosponsor_uri": "https://api.propublica.org/congress/v1/members/W000187.json",
           "date": "2016-03-15"
         }
         ]
      }
   ]
}