Oversight Committee Passes Legislation to End U.S. Government Business in Russia
Washington, D.C. (April 6, 2022)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued the following statement after the Committee voted favorably to approve the Federal Contracting for Peace and Security Act, as well as several other good government bills:
“Today the Committee sent a clear message to Vladimir Putin: no more American tax dollars will go towards aiding and abetting your inhumane war against Ukraine,” said Chairwoman Maloney. “I am proud that the Committee passed my bill, the Federal Contracting for Peace and Security Act, to make sure that companies doing business in support of Putin can’t be in business with the United States government. Congress must respond to Ukrainian President Zelenskyy’s plea to do everything we can to halt Russia’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine that has killed thousands of innocent civilians.”
No American Tax Dollars to Prop Up Putin’s Unjustified War
The Federal Contracting for Peace and Security Act, a bill introduced by Chairwoman Maloney, would prohibit the federal government from contracting with companies that continue to do business in Russia during its war of aggression against Ukraine.
Specifically, the Federal Contracting for Peace and Security Act would:
- Establish that it is the policy of the U.S. government not to conduct business with companies that undermine our national security interests by continuing to operate in Russia during its ongoing war of aggression against Ukraine;
- Prohibit the federal government from contracting with companies that continue to conduct business in Russia during its war of aggression, including the termination of existing contracts with such companies; and
- Make reasonable exceptions for contracts or business operations to meet basic human needs, for journalistic purposes or the exchange of information, or for the benefit of Ukraine. Exceptions would also be made for companies pursuing all good faith efforts to cease business operations in Russia, and for cases in which prohibition or termination of a contract would not be in the national interest of the United States.
Relief for American Families
The Committee approved the Targeting Resources to Communities in Need Act of 2022, a bipartisan bill introduced by Rep. James Clyburn, House Majority Whip and Chairman of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, and Rep. Hal Rogers. The bill would ensure targeted federal relief goes to high-poverty communities across the United States by requiring the Office of Management and Budget to issue guidance on methods to increase targeted federal investments to areas of high and persistent poverty.
The Committee also approved Chairwoman Maloney’s Measuring Real Income Growth Acta bill to direct the Bureau of Economic Analysis to publish distributional analyses of Gross Domestic Product or other appropriate economic indicators broken down by income decile and for the highest 1% of income earners. This disaggregated reporting requirement will provide long-term data that more accurately conveys how economic growth is affecting households across the income spectrum.
Assisting Veterans and their Families
The Committee approved the Access for Veterans to Records Acta bill introduced by Chairwoman Maloney, Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, and Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, to help address the current backlog of veterans’ records requests at the National Personnel Records Center, an office of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The legislation would provide an increase in funding to help the agency update outdated information technology systems, modernize its electronic records archive, and increase the speed and efficiency of NARA’s responses to Freedom of Information Act and special access requests for records.
The Committee also approved the Computers for Veterans and Students Act a bipartisan bill introduced by Reps. Abigail D. Spanberger, Rob Wittman, and Elaine Luria. The bill would require the transfer of federal agencies’ surplus computers and equipment to nonprofits dedicated to refurbishing and distributing the technology to veterans, schools, low-income individuals, and seniors in an effort to close the digital divide.
Supporting Civil Servants
The Committee approved the Honoring Civil Servants Killed in the Line of Duty Act introduced by Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations. The bill would set the required standard death gratuity payment at $100,000 plus $8,800 for funeral expenses, with adjustments for inflation, for families of civil service employees who are killed in the line of duty or die as a result of an injury sustained at work.
Improving Hiring Practices
The Committee approved the Chance to Compete Act a bipartisan bill introduced by Rep. Jody Hice along with Rep. Ro Khanna, Chairman on the Subcommittee on Environment, and Reps. Kweisi Mfume and Virginia Foxx. The legislation would streamline the federal hiring process and require federal agencies to evaluate a potential job candidate based on their skills for a position rather than on education level. Shifting to a more skills-based assessment can open up government employment opportunities to applicants from diverse professional backgrounds and education levels.