Today on the Hill: Law Enforcement Suspension Bills in the House; Senate to Confirm DOT Nominee

Floor action will be relatively limited today as House lawmakers reconvene following last week’s in-district work period and the Senate moves through consideration of a sub-Cabinet nomination to the Department of Transportation (DOT). A final up-or-down vote is expected on Jeffrey Rosen’s nomination to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation after cloture was invoked yesterday by a 52-42 vote. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has also filed cloture on the next nomination in the Senate’s pipeline, namely former Iowa governor Terry Branstad for Ambassador to China.  

The House’s first day back after their brief break from Washington includes consideration of four suspension measures related to law enforcement and policing. The lower chamber’s work this week will focus on the law enforcement community in honor of National Police Week. The bills on the floor today are:

  • H.R. 510 – The Rapid DNA Act would require the Federal Bureau of Investigation to issue standards and procedures for using Rapid DNA tools to analyze samples from criminal offenders.
  • H.R. 1892 – The Honoring Hometown Heroes Act authorizes state governors and administrative heads of other U.S. territories to proclaim that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff in the event of a first responder being killed in the line of duty.
  • H.R. 1428 – The American Law Enforcement Heroes Act would prioritize the hiring and training of veterans as law enforcement officers through the Community Oriented Policing Services program.
  • H.R. 1616 – The Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act would create a National Computer Forensics Institute under the jurisdiction of the Secret Service in order to bolster local efforts in cybersecurity.