Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 4557 – Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns (BRICK) Act of 2016. The Senate will resume consideration of S.524, Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Ensuring Removal of Terminated Providers from Medicaid and CHIP Act: The House passed H.R. 3716, to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to require States to provide to the Secretary of Health and Human Services certain information with respect to provider terminations, by a yea-and-nay vote of 406 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 105.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-45 shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Energy and Commerce now printed in the bill.
    • Agreed to:
      • Buschon amendment (No. 1 printed in H. Rept. 114-440), as modified, that makes technical changes to the bill; changes the short title to better capture both sections of the bill and changes the effective dates throughout the bill to ensure that states and the Secretary of Health and Human Services have the time necessary to correctly implement the provisions; adds a requirement for the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services to report on implementation of the requirements regarding providers disenrolled for reasons related to fraud, integrity and quality; clarifies that the fee-for-service provider directory is to include physicians and, at state option, other providers; and provides other information that could be included in the directory.
    • H. Res. 632, the rule providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3716) was agreed to by voice vote, after the previous question was ordered by voice vote.

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: 10:45-11:45 a.m.
  • H.R. 4557 – Blocking Regulatory Interference from Closing Kilns (BRICK) Act of 2016 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Johnson / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • Postponed Suspension Vote on 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 (Sponsored by Sen. Ron Johnson / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act–Agreement: Senate began consideration of S. 524, to authorize the Attorney General to award grants to address the national epidemics of prescription opioid abuse and heroin use, after agreeing to the motion to proceed, withdrawing the committee-reported substitute amendment, and taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • By a unanimous vote of 94 yeas, 1 responding present (Vote No. 28), Grassley (for Feinstein/Grassley) Amendment No. 3362 (to Amendment No. 3378), to provide the Department of Justice with additional tools to target extraterritorial drug trafficking activity. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having achieved 60 affirmatives votes, be agreed to.)
      • Grassley (for Toomey) Amendment No. 3367 (to Amendment No. 3378), to establish a life-saving program to prevent drug and opioid abuse in Medicare. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the requirement of a 60 affirmative vote threshold, be vitiated.)
    • Pending:
      • Grassley Amendment No. 3378, in the nature of a substitute.
      • Grassley (for Donnelly/Capito) Modified Amendment No. 3374 (to Amendment No. 3378), to provide follow-up services to individuals who have received opioid overdose reversal drugs.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 46 yeas to 50 nays (Vote No. 29), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to waive all applicable sections of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, with respect to Wyden/Schumer Amendment No. 3395 (to Amendment No. 3378), to provide for comprehensive provisions for the prevention and enforcement of opioid abuse and treatment of opioid addiction. Subsequently, a point of order that pursuant to Section 302(f) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 the amendment would cause the underlying legislation to exceed the authorizing committee’s section 302(a) allocation of new budget authority or outlays was sustained, and the amendment fell.
      • By 48 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 30), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to waive all applicable sections of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 and applicable budget resolutions with respect to Shaheen/Whitehouse Amendment No. 3345 (to Amendment No. 3378), to make appropriations to address the heroin and opioid drug abuse epidemic for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016. Subsequently, a point of order that pursuant to Section 311(a)(2)(A) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 the amendment would cause the aggregate level of budget authority and outlays for fiscal year 2016 as established in the most recently agreed to concurrent resolution on the budget, S. Con. Res. 11, to be exceeded was sustained, and the amendment fell.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, March 3, 2016.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, March 3, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of S.524, Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.
  • Amendments pending to S.524, CARA
    • Grassley-Leahy amendment #3378 (substitute)
    • Donnelly amendment #3374, as modified (follow up services)

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

MedPAC
“Mandated Report: Developing a Unified Payment System for Post-Acute Care”

Senate Appropriations Committee
“FY2017 Budget for the Health and Human Services Department”

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee
“Regulatory Reforms to Improve Equity Market Structure”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Disrupter Series: Wearable Devices”

Federal Transit Administration Office of Transit Safety & Oversight
“Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan NPRM, and the Proposed National Public Transportation Safety Plan”

MedPAC
“Improving Medicare Part D”
“Part B Drug Payment Policy Issues”

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

H.R.4673 : To amend the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to establish a competitive grant program for renewable fuel infrastructure, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Loebsack, David [IA-2] (introduced 3/2/2016) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Agriculture; House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 3/2/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Agriculture, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, 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.

HEALTH

H.R.4669 : To support the establishment of a Standards Coordinating Body in Regenerative Medicine and Advanced Therapies.
Sponsor: Rep Foster, Bill [IL-11] (introduced 3/2/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 3/2/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2618 : A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to require States to publish a Medicaid fee-for service provider directory.
Sponsor: Sen Grassley, Chuck [IA] (introduced 3/2/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Finance
Latest Major Action: 3/2/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2621 : A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to genetically engineered food transparency and uniformity.
Sponsor: Sen Merkley, Jeff [OR] (introduced 3/2/2016) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 3/2/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

H.R.4672 : To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the exception for marginal production from the taxable income limit on percentage depletion for oil and natural gas wells.
Sponsor: Rep Jenkins, Lynn [KS-2] (introduced 3/2/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 3/2/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

 TRANSPORTATION

H.R.4675 : To direct the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration to prohibit the use of leaded fuel by aircraft operating within United States airspace.
Sponsor: Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] (introduced 3/2/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 3/2/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

 

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