Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider three bills under suspension of the rules then will move to consider S. 2155 – Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act; S. 204 – Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017; and begin consideration of H.R. 5515 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. The Senate will resume consideration of Dana Baiocco, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Commission on International Religious Freedom–Reappointment:
    • The Chair announced the Speaker’s reappointment of the following individual on the part of the House to the Commission on International Religious Freedom for a term effective May 14, 2018, and ending May 14, 2020:
      • Ms. Kristina Arriaga of Alexandria, Virginia.
  • Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children-Appointment:
    • The Chair announced the Speaker’s appointment of the following individuals on the part of the House to the Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children:
      • Ms. Gloria O’Neill of Anchorage, Alaska, Ms. Lisa Johnson Billy of Lindsay, Oklahoma, and Ms. Elizabeth Morris of Hillsboro, North Dakota.
  • United States Semiquincentennial Commission–Appointment:
    • The Chair announced the Speaker’s appointment of the following Member on the part of the House to the United States Semiquincentennial Commission to fill the vacancy thereon:
      • Representative Holding.
  • United States Capitol Preservation Commission–Appointment:
    • The Chair announced the Speaker’s appointment of the following Member on the part of the House to the United States Capitol Preservation Commission:
      • Representative Holding.
  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Veterans Affairs Billing Accountability Act:
      • H.R. 1972, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to waive the requirement of certain veterans to make copayments for hospital care and medical services in the case of an error by the Department of Veterans Affairs;
    • Military Sexual Assault Victims Empowerment Act:
      • H.R. 3642, amended, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out a pilot program to improve the access to private health care for veterans who are survivors of military sexual trauma;
    • Veterans Opioid Abuse Prevention Act:
      • H.R. 3832, amended, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the executive director of a national network of State-based prescription monitoring programs under which Department of Veterans Affairs health care providers shall query such network, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 377 yeas to 2 nays, Roll No. 209;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • “To amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for access by Department of Veterans Affairs health care providers to State prescription drug monitoring programs.”;
    • Naming the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Statesboro, Georgia, the “Ray Hendrix Veterans Clinic”:
      • H.R. 3946, to name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Statesboro, Georgia, the “Ray Hendrix Veterans Clinic”;
    • Veterans’ Electronic Health Record Modernization Oversight Act:
      • H.R. 4245, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit to Congress certain documents relating to the Electronic Health Record Modernization Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs;
    • Servicemembers Improved Transition through Reforms for Ensuring Progress Act:
      • H.R. 4830, amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the disapproval of any course of education for purposes of the educational assistance programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs unless the educational institution providing the course permits individuals to attend or participate in courses pending payment by Department, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 382 yeas with none voting “nay”, Roll No. 207;
    • Veterans Affairs Purchase Card Misuse Mitigation Act:
      • H.R. 5215, to amend title 38, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to prohibit employees found to have knowingly misused Department of Veterans Affairs purchase cards from serving as purchase card holders or approving officials;
    • Veterans Affairs Medical-Surgical Purchasing Stabilization Act:
      • H.R. 5418, amended, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to carry out the Medical Surgical Prime Vendor program using multiple prime vendors;
    • Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 4958, to increase, effective as of December 1, 2018, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans;
    • Service-Disabled Veterans Small Business Continuation Act:
      • H.R. 5044, to amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify the treatment of certain surviving spouses under the contracting goals and preferences of the Department of Veterans Affairs;
    • Redesignating certain clinics of the Department of Veterans Affairs located in Montana:
      • S. 1282, to redesignate certain clinics of the Department of Veterans Affairs located in Montana;
    • CEO Accountability and Responsibility Act:
      • H.R. 3663, to designate the medical center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Huntington, West Virginia, as the Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center;
    • Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Programs Reauthorization Act:
      • H.R. 4451 amended, to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for a five-year extension to the homeless veterans reintegration programs and to provide clarification regarding eligibility for services under such programs, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 377 yeas to 1 nay, Roll No. 208; and
    • Improving Oversight of Women Veterans’ Care Act:
      • H.R. 4334, amended, to provide for certain reporting requirements relating to medical care for women veterans provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and through contracts entered into by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with non-Department medical providers.

 

Today

  • On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 11:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.Con.Res. 113 – Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby (Sponsored by Rep. Steny Hoyer / Transportation and Infrastructure Committee)
    • 2) H.R. 5682 – FIRST STEP Act (Sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins / Judiciary Committee)
    • 3) S. 292 – Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research Act of 2018 (Sponsored by Sen. Jack Reed / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • S. 2155 – Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Sen. Mike Crapo / Financial Services Committee)
    • S. 204 – Trickett Wendler, Frank Mongiello, Jordan McLinn, and Matthew Bellina Right to Try Act of 2017 (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Sen. Ron Johnson / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • Begin Consideration of H.R. 5515 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, Rules Committee Print (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mac Thornberry / Armed Services Committee)
    • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate, makes in order only those following amendments printed in the Rule, and allows for the Chairman to offer amendments en bloc. Further amendments will be considered pursuant to an additional Rule later this week.
  • A list of the 103 amendments made in order by this Rule can be found at the following link:

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Baiocco Nomination–Agreement: Senate resumed consideration of the nomination of Dana Baiocco, of Ohio, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • During consideration of this nomination today, Senate also took the following action:
    • By 49 yeas to 45 nays (Vote No. 102), Senate agreed to the motion to close further debate on the nomination.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that notwithstanding the provisions of Rule XXII, all post-cloture time on the nomination be considered expired at 12 noon, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the nomination, post-cloture, at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
  • Following leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of Executive Calendar #608, Dana Baiocco, of Ohio, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, post-cloture.
  • The filing deadline for second degree amendments relative to the House Message to accompany S.2372, VA Choice, is one hour prior to the cloture vote.
  • There will be two roll call votes at noon on Tuesday—confirmation of the Baiocco nomination and cloture on VA Choice.
  • Following the cloture vote, the Senate will recess until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly conference meetings.
  • 12:00 noon on Tuesday—2 roll call votes
    • 1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #608, Dana Baiocco, of Ohio, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission
    • 2. Cloture on motion to concur in House amendment to S.2372, VA Choice

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The Hill
America’s Opioid Epidemic: Youth Awareness and Prevention

Senate Commerce
Opioid Bill Markup

Senate Banking
CFIUS Markup

Senate Appropriations
Treasury Budget

House Financial Services
Markup

House Transportation and Infrastructure
FAST Act Implementation

House Judiciary
Patent and Trademark Office Oversight

House Energy and Commerce
Internet of Things Legislation

Senate Appropriations
Agriculture-FDA-Rural Development Subcommittee Markup

Coalition to Stop Opioid Overdose
Transforming Addiction Treatment: A Bigger, Bolder Response to America’s Opioid Overdose Epidemic

House Foreign Affairs
U.S. Oil/Gas Competitiveness

Senate Armed Services
NDAA – Personnel Subcommittee Markup

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.5893 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require a certain percentage of liquefied natural gas and crude oil exports be transported on United States-built and United States-flag vessels, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Garamendi, John [D-CA-3] (Introduced 05/21/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 05/21/2018 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, 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…

S.2886 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to reinstate the ban on the export of crude oil and natural gas produced in the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 05/21/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 05/21/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.5899 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize school-based health centers, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Faso, John J. [R-NY-19] (Introduced 05/21/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 05/21/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5889 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to disseminate information, resources, and if requested, technical assistance to early childhood care and education providers and professionals working with young children on ways to properly recognize and respond to children who may be impacted by trauma related to substance abuse.
Sponsor: Rep. Brat, Dave [R-VA-7] (Introduced 05/21/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: House – 05/21/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

 

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