Rep. Haaland Introduces BADGES Act with Bipartisan Support

Representative Deb Haaland (D-NM) has formally introduced legislation to improve federal law enforcement reporting mechanisms for missing and murdered indigenous women. The Bridging Agency Gaps and Ensuring Safety for Native Communities Act (BRIDGES Act) was introduced upon the return from recess with 10 cosponsors, five Democrats and five Republicans.

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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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