Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider House Amendment to S. 524 – Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, the motion to go to Conference on S. 524, and Possible Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees.

House

 

Yesterday:

  • Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016: The House passed H.R. 5046, to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to authorize the Attorney General to make grants to assist State and local governments in addressing the national epidemic of opioid abuse, by a yea-and-nay vote of 413 yeas to 5 nays, Roll No. 187.
    • Pursuant to the Rule, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 114-52 shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule.
    • Agreed to:
      • Donovan amendment (No. 1 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-551) that amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act to include substance abuse treatment programs that provide alternatives to incarceration for pregnant women as eligible for family-based substance abuse treatment grants;
      • Danny K. Davis (IL) amendment (No. 2 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-551) that clarifies that grants addressing treatment alternatives to incarceration may include a focus on parents whose incarceration could result in their children entering foster care;
      • DelBene amendment (No. 3 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-551) that clarifies that treatment alternative to incarceration programs may include community-based substance use diversion programs sponsored by a law enforcement agency;
      • DeSaulnier amendment (No. 4 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-551) that clarifies that grants under this act can be used for multi-state interoperable prescription drug monitoring programs;
      • Bishop (MI) amendment (No. 5 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-551) that adds an ”allowable use” within the grant program established under the bill to develop, implement, or expand the use of programs that utilize secure containers for prescription drugs;
      • Guinta amendment (No. 6 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-551) that adds treatment and recovery to the list of allowable uses in H.R. 5046;
      • Rothfus amendment (No. 7 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-551) that expands the list of eligible grant uses for the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Grant Program to include efforts to develop, implement, or expand a program to prevent and address opioid abuse by veterans;
      • Keating amendment (No. 8 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-551) that adds drug take-back programs to the list of authorized uses for amounts made available under Section 3021(a) of the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Grant Program;
      • Israel amendment (No. 10 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-551) that directs the Attorney General, when awarding grants, to also consider community need based on prevalence of opioid abuse and related deaths; and
      • Clark (MA) amendment (No. 11 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-551) that directs the GAO to study and report on Department of Justice programs and research relative to substance use and substance use disorders among adolescents and young adults.
    • Rejected:
      • Lynch amendment (No. 9 printed in part B of H. Rept. 114-551) that sought to provide that grant funding can be used to develop, implement or expand a program to ensure the security of opioids in medical facilities (by a recorded vote of 190 ayes to 225 noes, Roll No. 186).
    • H. Res. 720, the rule providing for consideration of the bills (H.R. 4641) and (H.R. 5046) was agreed to yesterday, May 11th.
  • Suspensions–Proceedings Resumed: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures which were debated on Wednesday, May 11th:
    • 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 415 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 188; 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, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 415 yeas to 4 nays, Roll No. 189.
  • Supplemental Report: Agreed by unanimous consent that the Committee on Armed Services be authorized to file a supplemental report on H.R. 4909, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017.

Today:

  • On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 10:00-11:00 a.m. Last votes expected: 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • House Amendment to S. 524 – Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Energy and Commerce Committee / Judiciary Committee)
  • Motion to go to Conference on S. 524, and Possible Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees

 

Senate

 

Yesterday:

  • Measures Passed:
  • Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act: By 90 yeas to 8 nays (Vote No. 71), Senate passed H.R. 2028, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, after taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Adopted:
      • 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.
      • Alexander/Feinstein Amendment No. 3801, in the nature of a substitute.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the motion to invoke cloture on the bill, be withdrawn.
    • A unanimous-consent request was granted permitting Senator Donnelly to change his yea vote to a nay vote on Vote No. 70 (rejected on May 11, 2016), changing the outcome of the vote to 51 yeas to 48 nays relative to Alexander (for Fischer) Amendment No. 3888 (to Amendment No. 3801). (A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that the amendment, having failed to achieve 60 affirmative votes, was not agreed to.)
  • Measures Considered:
  • Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act–Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of H.R. 2577, making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
    • Withdrawn:
      • Collins/Reed Amendment No. 2812, in the nature of a substitute.
      • Collins/Reed Amendment No. 2813 (to Amendment No. 2812), to make a technical amendment.
    • Pending:
      • Collins Amendment No. 3896, in the nature of a substitute.
      • McConnell (for Lee) Amendment No. 3897 (to Amendment No. 3896), to prohibit the use of funds to carry out a rule and notice of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
      • McConnell (for Nelson/Rubio) Amendment No. 3898 (to Amendment No. 3896), making supplemental appropriations for fiscal year 2016 to respond to Zika virus.
      • McConnell (for Cornyn/Johnson) Amendment No. 3899 (to Amendment No. 3896), making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016.
      • McConnell (for Blunt) Amendment No. 3900 (to Amendment No. 3896), Zika response and preparedness.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on McConnell (for Nelson/Rubio) Amendment No. 3898 (to Amendment No. 3896) (listed above), and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on McConnell (for Cornyn/Johnson) Amendment No. 3899 (to Amendment No. 3896) (listed above), and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of McConnell (for Nelson/Rubio) Amendment No. 3898 (to Amendment No. 3896).
    • A motion was entered to close further debate on McConnell (for Blunt) Amendment No. 3900 (to Amendment No. 3896), and, in accordance with the provisions of rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur upon disposition of McConnell (for Cornyn/Johnson) Amendment No. 3899 (to Amendment No. 3896).
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that Collins Amendment No. 3896 (listed above) contain the text of S. 2844, making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, and S. 2806, making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, as reported by the Appropriations Committee, with a technical citation correction in section 237 of S. 2844; that Collins Amendment No. 3896, be considered an Appropriations Committee amendment for the purpose of rule XVI, and that H.R. 2577 serve as the basis for defense of germaneness under rule XVI for the division of the substitute that contains S. 2844, and that H.R. 4974, making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017, as reported by the House Appropriations Committee, serve as the basis for defense of germaneness under rule XVI for the division of the substitute that contains S. 2806; and that floor amendments be drafted to one of the two divisions and use the corresponding House text for defense of germaneness and that rule XVI discipline apply during consideration of this measure.

Today:

  • The Senate is not in session.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

No hearings scheduled.

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

CYBERSECURITY

 H.R.5220: To direct the President to develop a policy on when an action in cyberspace constitutes a use of force against the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Himes, James A. [CT-4] (introduced 5/12/2016) Cosponsors (1)
Committees: House Foreign Affairs; House Armed Services
Latest Major Action: 5/12/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, 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.5222: To impose sanctions with respect to persons responsible for knowingly engaging in significant activities undermining cybersecurity on behalf of or at the direction of the Government of Iran, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Ratcliffe, John [TX-4] (introduced 5/12/2016) Cosponsors (None)
Committees: House Foreign Affairs; House Judiciary
Latest Major Action: 5/12/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

H.R.5211: To amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to update the purpose of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Emmer, Tom [MN-6] (introduced 5/12/2016) Cosponsors (4)
Committees: House Financial Services
Latest Major Action: 5/12/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

HEALTH

H.R.5210: To improve access to durable medical equipment for Medicare beneficiaries under the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Price, Tom [GA-6] (introduced 5/12/2016) Cosponsors (40)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Ways and Means
Latest Major Action: 5/12/2016 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.

H.R.5216: To provide funding for opioid and heroin abuse prevention and treatment, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Lujan, Ben Ray [NM-3] (introduced 5/12/2016) Cosponsors (90)
Committees: House Energy and Commerce; House Judiciary; House Budget
Latest Major Action: 5/12/2016 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, and the Budget, 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.