House to Vote on Stopgap Measure

The Senate and House return this week with just three weeks to pass a funding measure to avoid a government shutdown. To remove some pressure on this time limit, lawmakers in both chambers have endorsed a continuing resolution (CR) to delay the end of the fiscal year. The House has pledged to vote on a proposal while the Senate Majority Leader has offered support.

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Disaster Contract Bill Aims at Increasing Transparency

Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced the Disaster Contract Transparency Act in an effort to improve the disaster contracting process on the federal, local, and state levels following natural disasters. The legislation comes after Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports indicated that advance contracts by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) were used ineffectively.

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Bill Drafted to Make Domestic Terrorism a Federal Crime

Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) has released a discussion draft of legislation to make domestic terrorism a unique federal crime. Under current law, domestic terrorism is not a distinct federal crime with specific punishments. It is simply defined as an aggregating factor. The legislation would criminalize the act and give federal law enforcement greater authority in pursuing suspects.

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