Bill Introduced to Reward DEA Agents with Foreign Language Skills

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón (R-PR) introduced legislation in the House this week to provide the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Administrator with the authority to grant cash awards to DEA employees with foreign language skills. This legislation would mitigate the linguistic barriers to drug assistance and law enforcement practices.

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Federal Employee Paid Leave Bill Introduced in Senate

Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) has introduced a companion bill to House legislation granting federal employees 12 weeks of paid family leave. Currently, federal employees receive no paid time off for the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child or to address family medical emergencies. Senator Schatz’s legislation, introduced last week, would allow federal employees to receive pay for this time off.

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State Cybersecurity Top Concern for Lawmakers

Bipartisan, bicameral legislation has been introduced to encourage the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to assist states in focusing on cyber threats and vulnerabilities. U.S. Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) and House Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Michael McCaul (R-TX) introduced the State Cyber Resiliency Act in their respective chambers.

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Bipartisan IRS Reform Bill Introduced

The House and Senate have introduced bipartisan measures to modernize the Internal Revenue Service, improve taxpayer services, and strengthen taxpayer protections. The measure, entitled the Taxpayer First Act of 2019, was introduced in the Senate by Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR). In the House the measure was introduced by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who chairs the Oversight Subcommittee on the House Ways and Means Committee.

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