Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 4641 – To provide for the establishment of an inter-agency task force to review, modify, and update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication and will also consider eleven bills under suspension of the rules. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.2028, Energy and Water Appropriations.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
  • Fallen Heroes Flag Act of 2016: S. 2755, to provide Capitol-flown flags to the immediate family of firefighters, law enforcement officers, members of rescue squads or ambulance crews, and public safety officers who are killed in the line of duty;
  • Jason Simcakoski PROMISE Act: H.R. 4063, amended, to improve the use by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs of opioids in treating veterans, to improve patient advocacy by the Secretary, and to expand the availability of complementary and integrative health;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: “To improve the use by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs of opioids in treating veterans, and for other purposes.”
  • Designating the Federal building located at 99 New York Avenue, N.E., in the District of Columbia as the “Ariel Rios Federal Building”: H.R. 4957, to designate the Federal building located at 99 New York Avenue, N.E., in the District of Columbia as the “Ariel Rios Federal Building”, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 401 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 180;
  • Kingpin Designation Improvement Act of 2016: H.R. 4985, to amend the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act to protect classified information in Federal court challenges;
  • Transnational Drug Trafficking Act: S. 32, to provide the Department of Justice with additional tools to target extraterritorial drug trafficking activity;
  • Good Samaritan Assessment Act of 2016: H.R. 5048, to require a study by the Comptroller General of the United States on Good Samaritan laws that pertain to treatment of opioid overdoses;
  • Opioid Program Evaluation Act: H.R. 5052, amended, to direct the Attorney General and the Secretary of Health and Human Services to evaluate the effectiveness of grant programs that provide grants for the primary purpose of providing assistance in addressing problems pertaining to opioid abuse, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 410 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 181;
  • Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program Reauthorization Act: S. 125, to amend title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to extend the authorization of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program through fiscal year 2020;
  • Federal Law Enforcement Self-Defense and Protection Act: H.R. 2137, to ensure Federal law enforcement officers remain able to ensure their own safety, and the safety of their families, during a covered furlough; and
  • Recovering Missing Children Act: H.R. 3209, amended, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permit the disclosure of certain tax return information for the purpose of missing or exploited children investigations.

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: 4:15-5:15 p.m.
  • H.R. 4641 – To provide for the establishment of an inter-agency task force to review, modify, and update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication, and for other purposes (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Susan Brooks / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Rep. Julia Brownley Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Buddy Carter Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Alan Grayson Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Katherine Clark Amendment #1 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Moulton / Zeldin / Walz Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Rick Nolan Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Kuster / Guinta Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Adam Schiff Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Katherine Clark Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Rothfus / Keating Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Katherine Clark Amendment #3 (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Esty / Knight Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Welch / McKinley Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Pete Sessions Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
  • 1) H.R. 4843 – Infant Plan of Safe Care Improvement Act (Sponsored by Rep. Lou Barletta / Education and the Workforce Committee)
  • 2) H.R. 4976 – Opioid Review Modernization Act of 2016(Sponsored by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • 3) H.R. 3680 – Co-Prescribing to Reduce Overdoses Act of 2016, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Sarbanes / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • 4) H.R. 4978 – NAS Healthy Babies Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Evan Jenkins / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • 5) H.R. 3691 – Improving Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Ben Ray Lujan / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • 6) H.R. 1818 – Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger / Energy and Commerce
  • Committee)
  • 7) H.R. 4969 – John Thomas Decker Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Pat Meehan / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • 8) H.R. 4586 – Lali’s Law (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Dold / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • 9) H.R. 4599 – Reducing Unused Medications Act of 2016(Sponsored by Rep. Katherine Clark / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • 10) H.R. 4982 – Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Foster / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • 11) H.R. 4981 – Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Expansion and Modernization Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Larry Bucshon / Energy and Commerce Committee)

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Considered:
  • Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act–Agreement: Senate continued consideration of H.R. 2028, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Pending:
      • Alexander/Feinstein Amendment No. 3801, in the nature of a substitute.
      • McConnell (for Cotton) Amendment No. 3878 (to Amendment No. 3801), of a perfecting nature.
    • A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, May 11, 2016; and that notwithstanding rule XXII, if cloture is not invoked on McConnell (for Cotton) Amendment No. 3878 (to Amendment No. 3801) (listed above), there be an hour of debate equally divided in the usual form, and that following the use or yielding back of time, Senator Cotton, or his designee, be recognized to withdraw the amendment without any intervening action or debate.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.2028, Energy and Water Appropriations.
  • At 10:30am there will be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Cotton amendment #3878 (heavy water). If cloture is not invoked, there will then be an hour of debate equally divided. Following the use or yielding back of that time, Senator Cotton or his designee will withdraw the amendment and the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on substitute amendment #3801.
  • The filing deadline for 2nd degree amendments to the Cotton amendment is 1 hour prior to the cloture vote, if cloture is invoked.
  • The filing deadline for 2nd degree amendments to the substitute is 1 hour prior to the cloture vote, if cloture is invoked.
  • Wednesday, May 11th at 10:30am
    • Motion to invoke cloture on Cotton amendment #3878 (heavy water)
  • Wednesday, May 11th at approximately 12:00 noon
    • Motion to invoke cloture on amendment #3801 (substitute) to H.R.2028, Energy and Water Appropriations

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The Hill
“Targeted Cures: Treating Patients with Rare Diseases”

Wiley Rein / McBee Strategies
The Internet of Everything Policy Roundtable

House Science, Space and Technology
“Office of Fossil Energy Oversight”

Senate Judiciary
“Oversight and Reauthorization of the FISA Amendments Act”

House Energy and Commerce Committee
“Health Care Solutions: Increasing Patient Choice and Plan Innovation”

Senate Commerce
“Leveraging the U.S. Science and Technology Enterprise”

Heritage Foundation
Securities Working Group Meeting

House Ways and Means Committee
“Implementation of the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015”

Center for Strategic and International Studies
“The Role of Natural Gas in Low Carbon Pathways”

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

ENERGY

H.R.5180: To alleviate the ethanol blend wall under the renewable fuel program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Flores, Bill [TX-17] (introduced 5/10/2016) Cosponsors (5)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/10/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

S.2909: A bill to amend the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 to allow for the use of certain assets of foreign persons and entities to satisfy certain judgments against terrorist parties, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Nelson, Bill [FL] (introduced 5/10/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Major Action: 5/10/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.2917: An original bill to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, to ensure protections of futures customers, to provide relief for farmers, ranchers, and end-users that manage risk to help keep consumer costs low, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Roberts, Pat [KS] (introduced 5/10/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
Latest Major Action: 5/10/2016 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 461.

HEALTH

H.R.5182: To promote the development of safe drugs for neonates.
Sponsor: Rep Long, Billy [MO-7] (introduced 5/10/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/10/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2910: A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to implement processes and procedures to provide expedited treatment of fetal anomalies under the TRICARE program.
Sponsor: Sen Rounds, Mike [SD] (introduced 5/10/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 5/10/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Armed Services.

S.2912: A bill to authorize the use of unapproved medical products by patients diagnosed with a terminal illness in accordance with State law, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Johnson, Ron [WI] (introduced 5/10/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Major Action: 5/10/2016 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

TAX

H.R.5184: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to expand rules related to investment by nonresident aliens in domestic mutual funds and business development companies.
Sponsor: Rep Paulsen, Erik [MN-3] (introduced 5/10/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/10/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5186: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude employer contributions to 529 plans from gross income and employment taxes and to allow a deduction for individual contributions to such plans.
Sponsor: Rep Poliquin, Bruce [ME-2] (introduced 5/10/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/10/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5187: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the alternative simplified credit for research expenses.
Sponsor: Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [OH-12] (introduced 5/10/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/10/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.5177: To improve disaster mitigation programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Curbelo, Carlos [FL-26] (introduced 5/10/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Major Action: 5/10/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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