Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 3716 – Ensuring Access to Quality Medicaid Providers Act. The Senate will begin consideration of S.524, Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
  • Naming the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Sevierville, Tennessee, the Dannie A. Carr Veterans Outpatient Clinic: H.R. 2814, to name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Sevierville, Tennessee, the Dannie A. Carr Veterans Outpatient Clinic;
  • Designating the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1103 USPS Building 1103 in Camp Pendleton, California, as the ”Camp Pendleton Medal of Honor Post Office”: H.R. 136, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1103 USPS Building 1103 in Camp Pendleton, California, as the ”Camp Pendleton Medal of Honor Post Office”, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 381 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 103;
  • Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments: H.R. 2347, amended, to amend the Federal Advisory Committee Act to increase the transparency of Federal advisory committees;
  • Suspension–Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measure under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
  • Designating the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 99 West 2nd Street in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, as the Lieutenant Colonel James ”Maggie” Megellas Post Office: S. 1826, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 99 West 2nd Street in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, as the Lieutenant Colonel James ”Maggie” Megellas Post Office.
  • Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation–Appointment: Read a letter from Representative Pelosi, Minority Leader, in which she appointed the following Member to the Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation: Representative Larson (CT).

Today:

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:15-2:15 p.m. Last votes expected: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
  • H.R. 3716 – Ensuring Access to Quality Medicaid Providers Act, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Larry Bucshon / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Reps. Bucshon / Collins (NY) / Welch / Tonko Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Gwen Moore Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act–Agreement: Senate continued consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S. 524, to authorize the Attorney General to award grants to address the national epidemics of prescription opioid abuse and heroin use.
  • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, the motion to proceed to consideration of the bill be agreed to, the committee-reported substitute amendment be withdrawn, and that Senator Grassley, or his designee, be recognized to offer a substitute amendment, Amendment No. 3378, and that the first three first-degree amendments in order be the following: Feinstein/Grassley Amendment No. 3362, Shaheen Amendment No. 3345, and Toomey Amendment No. 3367; and that Senator Grassley or his designee, be permitted to offer a side-by-side amendment to Shaheen Amendment No. 3345, and Senator Leahy, or his designee, be permitted to offer a side-by-side amendment to Toomey Amendment No. 3367.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
  • This evening the Senate reached an agreement that tomorrow, following any Leader remarks, the Senate will begin consideration of Calendar #369, S.524, Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. The committee-reported substitute amendment will be withdrawn and Senator Grassley or his designee will be recognized to offer substitute amendment #3378, and the first three 1st degree amendments in order will be the following:
    • SA #3362 – Feinstein/Grassley (DOJ)
    • SA #3345 – Shaheen (Appropriations)
    • SA #3367 – Toomey (Medicare)
    • Senator Grassley, or his designee, will be permitted to offer a side-by-side amendment to the Shaheen amendment and Senator Leahy, or his designee, will be permitted to offer a side-by-side amendment to the Toomey amendment.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

House Financial Services Committee
Full Committee Markup

House Appropriations Committee
“Budget for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration”

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
“Geolocation Technology and Privacy”

House Science, Space & Technology Committee
“Smart Health: Empowering the Future of Mobile Apps”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Examining the U.S. Public Health Response to the Zika Virus”

House Appropriations Committee
FY 2017 FAA Budget

Senate Appropriations Committee
“FY2017 Budget for the Food and Drug Administration”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

HEALTH

S.2609 : An original bill to amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to require the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a national voluntary labeling standard for bioengineered foods, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] (introduced 3/1/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Major Action: 3/1/2016 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 379.

S.2615 : A bill to increase competition in the pharmaceutical industry.
Sponsor: Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] (introduced 3/1/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/1/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

H.R.4655 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a minimum automatic extension of certain Federal tax deadlines in the case of Federally declared disasters.
Sponsor: Rep Palazzo, Steven M. [MS-4] (introduced 3/1/2016) Cosponsors (11)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/1/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 

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