Update from Capitol Hill – August 31

Congress remains in recess until September 8. When it returns, it must complete action on all 12 fiscal year 2016 appropriations measures. Given that there are no federal elections his fall, Congress will likely remain in session and delay final action on spending bills until late this year.

The full House may consider the Child Support Assistance Act (H.R. 2091) under an expedited debate process, given that the bipartisan bill passed the House Financial Services Committee by a vote of 56-2 in July. Sponsored by Representatives Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), the NCSEA-supported measure strikes a provision under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) which requires child support agencies to provide a 10-day notice to the obligor via certified or registered mail that a consumer report will be requested from a consumer reporting agency to confirm the location and income of that individual. The expedited, ‘suspension of the rules’  process requires two-thirds majority of the Members to agree that there would be no amendments to the bill.

NCSEA is turning its attention to the Senate, where it is actively seeking a Republican and Democratic co-sponsor of an identical bill in that chamber.

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