Defense

H.Res.92 – Condemning North Korea’s development of multiple intercontinental ballistic missiles, and for other purposes.

Summary:

Passed House amended (04/03/2017)

Condemns North Korea’s development of multiple intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Welcomes the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea to counter North Korea’s missile threat.

Urges the government of the People’s Republic of China to immediately cease its diplomatic intimidation and economic coercion against South Korea in an attempt to block the THAAD deployment.

Reaffirms: (1) U.S. support for a layered, integrated, multi-tier missile defense system to protect Americans and allies in Northeast Asia; and (2) the U.S. commitment to its alliances and to trilateral cooperation with South Korea and Japan.

Expresses support for: (1) continued U.S.-South Korea bilateral security cooperation and the consideration of additional measures to strengthen the alliance, including expanded foreign military sales and joint exercises; and (2) the intelligence sharing agreement between Japan and South Korea signed on November 23, 2016, concerning the direct exchange of intelligence on North Korean threats, and urges its full implementation.

Calls upon: (1) China to use its considerable leverage to pressure North Korean leaders to cease their provocative behavior, abandon and dismantle their nuclear and missile programs, and comply with all relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions; (2) the United States to fully enforce all existing economic sanctions on North Korea and to seek to continuously adapt the sanctions regime to address evasive techniques employed by such regime; and (3) the Department of State to undertake a comprehensive and rigorous diplomatic effort to urge allies and other countries to fully enforce, and build upon, existing international sanctions on North Korea.

 

Full Text

Date All Actions
04/03/2017-6:53pm Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
04/03/2017-6:53pm On motion to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 398 – 3 (Roll no. 209). (text as passed House: CR H2605)
04/03/2017-6:32pm Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H2614-2615)
04/03/2017-5:31pm At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
04/03/2017-5:05pm DEBATE – The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H. Res. 92.
04/03/2017-5:05pm Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H2605-2609)
04/03/2017-5:04pm Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, as amended.
02/17/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.
02/16/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade.
02/16/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
02/07/2017 Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR H1021)
02/06/2017 Referred to House Armed Services
02/06/2017 Referred to House Foreign Affairs
02/06/2017 Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, 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.
02/06/2017 Introduced in House

Judiciary

H.R.1033 – Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act

Short Titles as Passed House:

Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act

Short Titles as Introduced:

Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act

Official Title as Introduced:

To amend titles 5 and 28, United States Code, to require the maintenance of databases on, awards of fees and other expenses to prevailing parties in certain administrative proceedings and court cases to which the United States is a party, and for other purposes.

Passed House without amendment (02/27/2017)

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)

Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Equal Access to Justice Act and the federal judicial code to require the Administrative Conference of the United States to create and maintain online searchable databases with information about the attorney’s fees and other expenses awarded to prevailing parties other than the United States in certain: (1) agency-conducted adversary adjudication proceedings, and (2) civil action court cases (excluding tort cases) or settlement agreements to which the United States is a party.

With respect to each award, the information must include: (1) the name of the agency involved, (2) the name of each party to whom the award was made, (3) a description of the claims, (4) the amount of the award, and (5) the basis for finding that the position of the agency concerned was not substantially justified. Under current law, the awards are made unless the position of the agency was substantially justified or special circumstances make an award unjust.

Defense

H.R.1224 – NIST Cybersecurity Framework, Assessment, and Auditing Act of 2017

Short Titles as Introduced:

NIST Cybersecurity Framework, Assessment, and Auditing Act of 2017

Official Title as Introduced:

To amend the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act to implement a framework, assessment, and audits for improving United States cybersecurity.

Summary:
Introduced in House (02/27/2017)

NIST Cybersecurity Framework, Assessment, and Auditing Act of 2017

This bill amends the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act to require the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in developing standards for information systems, to emphasize the principle that expanding cybersecurity threats require: (1) engineering security from the beginning of a system’s life cycle, (2) building more trustworthy and secure components and systems from the start, and (3) applying well-defined security design principles throughout systems.

NIST must provide guidance for agencies to incorporate into their information security risk management efforts the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, which was prepared by NIST with input from the private sector in response to an executive order.

NIST must chair a federal working group and establish a public-private working group to coordinate the development of metrics and tools to measure the effectiveness of the cybersecurity framework for: (1) federal agencies protecting their information and information systems, and (2) private entities voluntarily analyzing their individual corporate risks.

The public-private working group must provide information voluntarily submitted by private entities to NIST and other private entities to improve the cybersecurity framework and enable private entities to use the framework more effectively.

The federal working group and the public-private working group must assist the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in publishing annual reports on agency and industry framework adoption rates.

NIST must initiate an individual cybersecurity audit of certain agencies to assess the extent to which they meet information security standards. NIST must report on the audit of each agency to: (1) the Office of Management and Budget, (2) the OSTP, (3) the Government Accountability Office, (4) the agency being audited and its inspector general, and (5) Congress.