Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 5046 – Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.2028, Energy and Water Appropriations.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Providing for the establishment of an inter-agency task force to review, modify, and update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication: The House passed 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, by a yea-and-nay vote of 412 yeas to 4 nays, Roll No. 184.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Energy and Commerce now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule.
    • Agreed to:
      • Brownley (CA) amendment (No. 1 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-551) that adds the Office of Women’s Health;
      • Brooks (IN) amendment (No. 2 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-551) that requires that any physician, dentists, non-physician prescriber or pharmacist who becomes a member of the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force shall currently be licensed and practicing in their appropriate State;
      • Grayson amendment (No. 3 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-551) that ensures that ”first responders” are included for membership on the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force;
      • Clark (MA) amendment (No. 4 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-551) that adds to the Task Force an expert in adolescent and young adult addiction, and a person in recovery from addiction to medication for chronic pain whose addiction began in adolescence or adulthood, and directs the Task Force to consider the distinct needs of adolescents and young adults in its development of best practices;
      • Pallone amendment (No. 5 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-551) that adds representatives of Veteran Service Organizations to the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force;
      • Nolan amendment (No. 6 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-551) that inserts a representative on the task force for active duty military, armed forces personnel, and veteran health and prescription opioid addiction;
      • Watson Coleman amendment (No. 7 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-551) that inserts a minority health expert as a representative to the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force established by this bill;
      • Kuster amendment (No. 8 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-551) that requires that the task force research addiction trends in communities with high rates of prescription drug abuse;
      • Schiff amendment (No. 9 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-551) that requires the Inter-Agency Task Force, as part of its duties to review and update best practices for pain management strategies, to also take into consideration the coordination of information collected from State prescription drug monitoring programs for the purpose of preventing the diversion of pain medication;
      • Clark (MA) amendment (No. 10 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-551) that directs the Task Force to consider work done and any public comments submitted regarding electronic prescribing of opioids and its potential benefits, in the course of developing best practices;
      • Rothfus amendment (No. 11 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-551) that requires the inter-agency task force, as part of its review and update of best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication, to also take into consideration the practice of co-prescribing the overdose reversal drug naloxone;
      • Clark (MA) amendment (No. 12 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-551) that directs the Task Force to consider, in the course of developing best practices, Federal agency programs and research relative to substance use and substance use disorders among adolescents and young adults, as well as any gaps identified by Federal government programs or researchers in the prevention of, treatment for, and recovery from substance use by and substance use disorders among adolescents and young adults;
      • Esty amendment (No. 13 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-551) that requires the inter-agency task force to review, modify, and update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication, specifically as it pertains to physician education and consumer education;
      • Welch amendment (No. 14 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-551) that expands the task force report to include information and recommendations on developing new non-opioid forms of pain relief; and
      • Sessions amendment (No. 15 printed in part A of H. Rept. 114-551) that ensures the task force takes into consideration existing private sector, State, and local government efforts related to pain management and prescribing pain medication.
    • H. Res. 720, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 4641) and (H.R. 5046) was agreed to by a recorded vote of 255 ayes to 163 noes, Roll No. 183, after the previous question was ordered by a yea-and-nay vote of 215 yeas to 173 nays, Roll No. 182.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Improving Safe Care for the Prevention of Infant Abuse and Neglect Act: H.R. 4843, amended, to amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to require certain monitoring and oversight, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 421 yeas with none voting ”nay”, Roll No. 185;
    • Opioid Review Modernization Act of 2016: H.R. 4976, to require the Commissioner of Food and Drugs to seek recommendations from an advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration before approval of certain new drugs that are opioids without abuse-deterrent properties;
    • Co-Prescribing To Reduce Overdoses Act: H.R. 3680, amended, to provide for the Secretary of Health and Human Services to carry out a grant program for co-prescribing opioid overdose reversal drugs;
    • Nurturing and Supporting Healthy Babies Act: H.R. 4978, amended, to require the Government Accountability Office to submit to Congress a report on neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in the United States and its treatment under Medicaid;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read: ”To require the Government Accountability Office to submit to Congress a report on neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in the United States and its treatment under Medicaid, and for other purposes.”.
    • Improving Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women Act: H.R. 3691, amended, to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize the residential treatment programs for pregnant and postpartum women and to establish a pilot program to provide grants to State substance abuse agencies to promote innovative service delivery models for such women;
    • John Thomas Decker Act of 2016: H.R. 4969, amended, to amend the Public Health Service Act to direct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide for informational materials to educate and prevent addiction in teenagers and adolescents who are injured playing youth sports and subsequently prescribed an opioid;
    • Reducing Unused Medications Act of 2016: H.R. 4599, amended, to amend the Controlled Substances Act to permit certain partial fillings of prescriptions;
    • Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure Act of 2016: H.R. 4982, amended, to direct the Comptroller General of the United States to evaluate and report on the in-patient and outpatient treatment capacity, availability, and needs of the United States; and
    • Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Expansion and Modernization Act: H.R. 4981, amended, to amend the Controlled Substances Act to improve access to opioid use disorder treatment.
  • Suspensions–Proceedings Postponed: The House debated the following measures under suspension of the rules. Further proceedings were postponed.
    • Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act: H.R. 1818, amended, to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide grants to States to streamline State requirements and procedures for veterans with military emergency medical training to become civilian emergency medical technicians; and
    • Lali’s Law: H.R. 4586, amended, to amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize grants to States for developing standing orders and educating health care professionals regarding the dispensing of opioid overdose reversal medication without person-specific prescriptions.

Today:

  • On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First and last votes expected: 3:15-4:15 p.m.
  • H.R. 5046 – Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner / Judiciary Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
      • Reps. Donovan / Turner Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Danny Davis (IL) / Young (IN) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Suzan DelBene Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. DeSaulnier / Carter (GA) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Mike Bishop Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Guinta / Kuster Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Keith Rothfus Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Keating / Rothfus / Blumenauer / Bera / Roe Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Stephen Lynch Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Reps. Israel / McKinley / Mullin Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
      • Rep. Katherine Clark Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
  • Postponed Suspension Votes:
    • 1) H.R. 1818 – Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2016 (Sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 4586 – Lali’s Law (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Dold / 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:
    • Rejected:
      • By 39 yeas to 60 nays (Vote No. 69), Alexander (for Cardin) Amendment No. 3871 (to Amendment No. 3801), to use Federal and State expertise to mitigate fish and wildlife impacts at Corps of Engineers projects. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
      • By 52 yeas to 47 nays (Vote No. 70), Alexander (for Fischer) Amendment No. 3888 (to Amendment No. 3801), to provide for the operation of reservoir projects by the Bureau of Reclamation. (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
    • Withdrawn:
      • McConnell (for Cotton) Amendment No. 3878 (to Amendment No. 3801), of a perfecting nature.
    • Pending:
      • Alexander/Feinstein Amendment No. 3801, in the nature of a substitute.
      • Alexander (for Flake/McCain) Amendment No. 3876 (to Amendment No. 3801), to require that certain funds are used for the review and revision of certain operational documents.
    • During consideration of this measure today, Senate also took the following action:
      • By 57 yeas to 42 nays (Vote No. 67), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, Senate rejected the motion to close further debate on McConnell (for Cotton) Amendment No. 3878 (to Amendment No. 3801), of a perfecting nature.
      • By 97 yeas to 2 nays (Vote No. 68), three-fifths of those Senators duly chosen and sworn, having voted in the affirmative, Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on Alexander/Feinstein Amendment No. 3801, in the nature of a substitute.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, May 12, 2016; and that all time during the adjournment and morning business count post-cloture on Alexander/Feinstein Amendment No. 3801 (listed above).
  • Xinis Nomination–Agreement: A unanimous-consent-time agreement was reached providing that at a time to be determined by the Majority Leader in consultation with the Democratic Leader, Senate begin consideration of the nomination of Paula Xinis, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland; that there be 60 minutes for debate only on confirmation of the nomination, equally divided in the usual form; that upon the use or yielding back of time, Senate vote on confirmation of the nomination, without intervening action or debate.

Today:

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, May 12, 2016.
  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for 1 hour equally divided, with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.2028, Energy and Water Appropriations. All time during adjourning and morning business will count post cloture on the substitute amendment #3801to H.R.2028.
  • Unless an agreement is reached, and if all time is used, the post cloture time would run out at approximately 6:30pm and the Senate would vote on adoption of the substitute amendment. Under the previous order, upon disposition of the substitute, the Senate will vote on the motion to invoke cloture on H.R.2028, Energy and Water Appropriations, as amended. There would then be up to 30 hours of debate followed by a roll call vote on passage of the bill, as amended.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Health Affairs
“Envisioning the Future of Value Based Payment”

House Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic
“Science of Addiction and the Need for a Comprehensive Response to the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic”

House Financial Services
“The Future of Housing in America: A Comparison of the United Kingdom and United States Models for Affordable Housing”

House Science, Space, and Technology
“FDIC Data Breaches: Can Americans Trust that Their Private Banking Information Is Secure?”

House Homeland Security
“Current Terrorist Financing Trends”

House Foreign Affairs
“Terrorism, Missiles and Corruption: The Risks of Economic Engagement with Iran”

House Transportation and Infrastructure
“Controlling the Rising Cost of Federal Responses to Disaster”

House Ways and Means
“Member Tax Improvement Proposals”

House Natural Resources
“Federal Land Use Planning Regulation”

House Rules Committee
“S. 524—Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016”

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.5198: To amend the Truth in Lending Act to establish fair and transparent practices related to the marketing and provision of overdraft coverage programs at depository institutions, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-12] (introduced 5/11/2016) Cosponsors (16)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/11/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.5202: To require the Department of Housing and Urban Development to fill all asset management positions located at non-core office locations of the Office of Multifamily Housing, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Waters, Maxine [CA-43] (introduced 5/11/2016) Cosponsors (14)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/11/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.5188: To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to promote physician training in newly recognized primary medical specialties, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Love, Mia B. [UT-4] (introduced 5/11/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means; House Energy and Commerce
Latest Major Action: 5/11/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 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.

H.R.5189: To address the opioid abuse crisis.
Sponsor: Rep Kuster, Ann M. [NH-2] (introduced 5/11/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary; House Veterans’ Affairs; House Education and the Workforce; House Ways and Means; House Armed Services; House Natural Resources
Latest Major Action: 5/11/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, Veterans’ Affairs, Education and the Workforce, Ways and Means, Armed Services, and 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.

TAX

H.R.5191: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide incentives for employers to establish student loan repayment programs and to make contributions to qualified tuition programs on behalf of children of employees.
Sponsor: Rep Dold, Robert J. [IL-10] (introduced 5/11/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/11/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5193: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make improvements in the rules related to qualified tuition program sand qualified ABLE programs.
Sponsor: Rep Jenkins, Lynn [KS-2] (introduced 5/11/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/11/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5194: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow a credit against tax for costs incurred by certain businesses for drug disposal programs.
Sponsor: Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] (introduced 5/11/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/11/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.