Today’s Daily Update

The House will complete consideration of H.R. 160 – Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015 and begin consideration of H.R. 1190 – Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2015. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1735, NDAA, post-cloture. Upon disposition of the NDAA bill, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.2685, Department of Defense Appropriations.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015: The House began consideration of H.R. 160, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on medical devices. Consideration is expected to resume tomorrow, June 18th.
  • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill, modified by the amendment printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-157, shall be considered as adopted.
  • H. Res. 319, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 160) and (H.R. 1190) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 241 ayes to 186 noes, Roll No. 372, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 241 yeas to 186 nays, Roll No. 371.
  • Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove United States Armed Forces deployed to Iraq or Syria on or after August 7, 2014: The House failed to agree to H. Con. Res. 55, directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove United States Armed Forces deployed to Iraq or Syria on or after August 7, 2014, other than Armed Forces required to protect United States diplomatic facilities and personnel, from Iraq and Syria, by a yea-and-nay vote of 139 yeas to 288 nays with one answering ”present”, Roll No. 370.
  • H. Con. Res. 55 was considered pursuant to the order of the House of June 16, 2015.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • VBID for Better Care Act of 2015: H.R. 2570, amended, to establish a demonstration program requiring the utilization of Value-Based Insurance Design to demonstrate that reducing the copayments or coinsurance charged to Medicare beneficiaries for selected high-value prescription medications and clinical services can increase their utilization and ultimately improve clinical outcomes and lower health care expenditures;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act with respect to the treatment of patient encounters in ambulatory surgical centers in determining meaningful EHR use, establish a demonstration program requiring the utilization of Value-Based Insurance Design to demonstrate that reducing the copayments or coinsurance charged to Medicare beneficiaries for selected high-value prescription medications and clinical services can increase their utilization and ultimately improve clinical outcomes and lower health care expenditures, and for other purposes.”.
    • Increasing Regulatory Fairness Act of 2015: H.R. 2507, amended, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish an annual rulemaking schedule for payment rates under Medicare Advantage;
    • Medicare Advantage Coverage Transparency Act of 2015: H.R. 2505, amended, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require the annual reporting of data on enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans; and
    • Securing Seniors’ Health Care Act of 2015: H.R. 2582, amended, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the risk adjustment under the Medicare Advantage program, and to delay the authority to terminate Medicare Advantage contracts for MA plans failing to achieve minimum quality ratings.
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to delay the authority to terminate Medicare Advantage contracts for MA plans failing to achieve minimum quality ratings, to make improvements to the Medicare Adjustment risk adjustment system, and for other purposes.”

Today:

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:00-11:00 a.m. Last votes expected: 11:50-12:50 p.m.
  • Concur in the Senate Amendment with an Amendment to H.R. 2146 – Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan / Ways and Means Committee)
  • Complete Consideration of H.R. 160 – Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2015 (Closed Rule, No Further Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Erik Paulsen / Ways and Means Committee)
  • Begin Consideration of H.R. 1190 – Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2015 (Subject to a Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe / Ways and Means Committee / Energy and Commerce Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • National Defense Authorization Act–Agreement: Senate continued consideration of H.R. 1735, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • McCain (for Hatch/Inhofe) Further Modified Amendment No. 1911 (to Amendment No. 1456), to study the impact of commissary privatization prior to initiating a pilot program and to require a report on the Department of Defense definition of and policy regarding software sustainment.
      • McCain Amendment No. 1456 (to Amendment No. 1463), to require additional information supporting long-range plans for construction of naval vessels.
      • McCain Amendment No. 1463, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Chair sustained a point of order that the following amendments were not germane post-cloture, and the amendments thus fell:
      • Reed (for Blumenthal) Modified Amendment No. 1564 (to Amendment No. 1463), to enhance protections accorded to servicemembers and their spouses.
      • Fischer/Booker Amendment No. 1825 (to Amendment No. 1463), to authorize appropriations for national security aspects of the Merchant Marine for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
      • Reed (for Durbin) Modified Amendment No. 1559 (to Amendment No. 1463), to prohibit the award of Department of Defense contracts to inverted domestic corporations.
      • McCain (for Paul) Modified Amendment No. 1543 (to Amendment No. 1463), to strengthen employee cost savings suggestions programs within the Federal Government.
      • Markey Amendment No. 1645 (to Amendment No. 1463), to express the sense of Congress that exports of crude oil to United States allies and partners should not be determined to be consistent with the national interest if those exports would increase energy prices in the United States for American consumers or businesses or increase the reliance of the United States on imported oil.
      • Cornyn Amendment No. 1486 (to Amendment No. 1463), to require reporting on energy security issues involving Europe and the Russian Federation, and to express the sense of Congress regarding ways the United States could help vulnerable allies and partners with energy security.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 84 yeas to 14 nays (Vote No. 214), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the bill.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding rule XXII, the time count as if cloture was invoked at 10 p.m., on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.
      • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that all time during morning business and the adjournment of the Senate count post-cloture on the bill.
  • Ports Act Referral–Agreement: A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that S. 1519, to amend the Labor Management Relations Act, 1947 to address slowdowns, strikes, and lock-outs occurring at ports in the United States, be discharged from the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and be referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, June 18, 2015.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for 1 hour, with the Republicans controlling the first half and the Democrats controlling the final half.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1735, NDAA, post-cloture.
  • Upon disposition of the NDAA bill, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R.2685, Department of Defense Appropriations. Senators will be notified when the votes are scheduled.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

FDA
Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee Meeting

Senate Homeland Security
“Re-examining EPA’s Management of the Renewable Fuel Standard Program”

Senate Finance Committee
“Deal End, No Turn Around, Danger Ahead: Challenges to the Future of Highway Funding”

House Energy & Commerce
A National Framework for the Review and Labeling of Biotechnology in Food

House Appropriations
FY16 Agriculture Appropriations

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

DEFENSE

H.R.2811 : To repeal section 3003 of the the Carl Levin and Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015.
Sponsor: Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-3] (introduced 6/17/2015) Cosponsors (14)
Committees: House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 6/17/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

HEALTH

H.R.2799 : To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to expand access to stroke telehealth services under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Rep Griffith, H. Morgan [VA-9] (introduced 6/17/2015) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/17/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

TAX

H.R.2812 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a deduction for premiums for insurance which constitutes medical care.
Sponsor: Rep King, Steve [IA-4] (introduced 6/17/2015) Cosponsors (22)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 6/17/2015 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

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