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The 115th Congress, 1st Session (Calendar Year 2017)

Appropriations Bills and Law Since 1998
House Contracting Bills
Note:  It takes about 1 week or more for new bills and reports to be posted to congress.gov.  To help you understand legislation that is continually posted late, the sponsor's Press Release is added, if there is one.
H. J. Resolution 37 New New Introduced on January 31, 2017, on disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration relating to the Federal Acquisition Regulation published at 81 Fed. Reg. 58562 (August 25, 2016).
H. R. 240 On January 10, 2017, passed House.

Introduced on January 4, 2017, as the Leveraging Emerging Technologies Act of 2017, to encourage engagement between the Department of Homeland Security and technology innovators, and for other purposes.

H. R. 242 Introduced on January 4, 2017, as the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act, to amend part D of title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate covered part D drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries.  See sponsor's press release.
H. R. 274 On January 10, 2017, passed House.

Introduced on January 4, 2017, as the Modernizing Government Travel Act, to provide for reimbursement for the use of modern travel services by Federal employees traveling on official Government business.

H. R. 505 On January 31, 2017, passed House.

Introduced on January 12, 2017, as the Border Security Technology Accountability Act of 2017, to strengthen accountability for deployment of border security technology at the Department of Homeland Security.

H. R. 589 On January 24, 2017, passed House.

Introduced on January 20, 2017, as the Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act, to establish Department of Energy policy for science and energy research and development programs, and reform National Laboratory management and technology transfer programs.

H. R. 650 Introduced on January 24, 2017, as the Mapping a New and Innovative Focus on our Exploration Strategy (MANIFEST) for Human Spaceflight Act, to provide for the development of a United States strategy for greater human space exploration.  See sponsor's press release.
H. R. 679 Introduced on January 24, 2017, to improve the manner in which Federal contracts for design and construction services are awarded and to prohibit the use of reverse auctions for design and construction services procurements.
H. R. 743 Introduced on January 30, 2017, as the Davis-Bacon Repeal Act, to repeal the wage rate requirements commonly known as the Davis-Bacon Act.
H. R. 904 Introduced on February 7, 2017, as the Buy American Improvement Act of 2017, to increase the requirement for American-made content, to strengthen the waiver provisions.  See sponsor's Press Release.
H. R. 970 Introduced on February 7, 2017, as The Improving Corporate Governance through Diversity Act of 2017, to require the submission of data relating to diversity by certain contractors, to amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require the submission of such data by issuers.  See sponsors Press Release.
H. R. 971 Introduced on February 7, 2017, as the Surviving Spouse Contracting Preference Act, to treat small businesses, owned by surviving spouses of members of the Armed Forces killed in the line of duty, as small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans for purposes of contracting goals and preferences of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
H. R. 1185 Introduced on February 16, 2017, as the RETAIN Act, to provide a contracting preference for contractors that retain American jobs and purchase goods and services in the United States.  See sponsors Press Release.
H. R. 1282 Introduced on March 2, 2017, to amend the Homeland Security of 2002 to establish Acquistion Review Boards in the Department of Homeland Security.
H. R. 1339 Introduced on March 2, 2017, to require that the Federal Government procure from the private sector the goods and services necessary for the operations and management of certain Government agencies, and for other purposes.  See sponsors Press Release.
H. R. 1361 Introduced on March 2, 2017, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the non-application of Medicare competitive acquisition rates to complex rehabilitative wheelchairs and accessories.
H. R. 1365 Introduced on March 6, 2017, as the Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Innovation Act, to to require certain acquisition innovation.
H. R. 1549 New Introduced on March 15, 2017, as the Foreign Business Bribery Prohibition Act, to authorize certain private rights of action under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 for violations that damage certain businesses.  See sponsor's Press Release.
H. R. 1552 New Introduced on March 15, 2017, as the Fair and Open Competition Act, to preserve open competition and Federal Government neutrality towards the labor relations of Federal Government contractors on Federal and federally funded construction projects.  See sponsor's Press Release.
H. R. 1597 New Introduced on March 17, 2017, as the Commercial Market Representatives Clarification Act of 2017, to clarify the responsibilities of commercial market representatives.  See sponsor's Press Release and text of the bill.
Senate Contracting Bills
S. 41 Introduced on January 4, 2017, as the as the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act, to amend part D of title  XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate covered part D drug prices on behalf of Medicare beneficiaries.  See sponsors' press release.
S. 233 Introduced on January 24, 2017, as the Providing Veterans Overdue Care Act to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out certain major medical facility leases of the Department of Veterans Affairs.  See sponsor's press release.
S. 244 Introduced on February 1, 2017, to repeal the wage rate requirements commonly known as the Davis-Bacon Act.
S. 265 Introduced on February 1, 2017, to prevent conflicts of interest that stem from executive Government employees receiving bonuses or other compensation arrangements from nongovernment sources, from the revolving door that raises concerns about the independence of financial services regulators, and from the revolving door that casts aspersions over the awarding of Government contracts and other financial benefits.  See sponsor's press release.
S. 369 Introduced on February 14, 2017, as the BRAVE Act, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in awarding a contract for the procurement of goods or services, to give a preference to offerors that employ veterans.  See sponsors Press Release.
S. 486 Introduced on March 1, 2017, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the non-application of Medicare competitive acquisition rates to complex rehabilitative wheelchairs and accessories.  See sponsor's Press Release.
S. 506 Introduced on March 2, 2017, to require that the Federal Government procure from the private sector the goods and services necessary for the operations and management of certain Government agencies, and for other purposes.  See sponsors Press Release.
S. 543 Introduced on March 7, 2017, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to include in each contract into which the Secretary enters for necessary services authorities and mechanism for appropriate oversight
S. 622 New Introduced on March 14, 2017, as the Fair and Open Competition Act, to preserve open competition and Federal Government neutrality towards the labor relations of Federal Government contractors on Federal and federally funded construction projects.  See sponsor's Press Release.
S. 651 New Introduced on March 15, 2017, to require the posting online of certain government contracts.
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