Today’s Daily Update

The House will continue consideration of H.R. 5515 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. The Senate will begin consideration of the Montgomery nomination (HUD). Upon disposition of the Montgomery nomination, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message on S.2372, VA MISSION Act.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 905 — “Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5515) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes; providing for consideration of the bill (S. 204) to authorize the use of unapproved medical products by patients diagnosed with a terminal illness in accordance with State law, and for other purposes; and providing for consideration of the bill (S. 2155) to promote economic growth, provide tailored regulatory relief, and enhance consumer protections, and for other purposes.” On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 222 – 184 (Roll no. 210). On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 227 – 180 (Roll no. 211).
  • Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. H.R. 5682 — “To provide for programs to help reduce the risk that prisoners will recidivate upon release from prison, and for other purposes.” At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
  • S. 2155   Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 905. S. 2155 — “To promote economic growth, provide tailored regulatory relief, and enhance consumer protections, and for other purposes.” S. 2155       Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 5515, S. 204 and S. 2155. The resolution provides for one hour of general debate on H.R. 5515, S. 204 and S. 2155. The resolution provides for consideration of S. 2155 and S. 204 under a closed rule. Also, the resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 5515 under a structured rule and makes an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-70 considered as adopted.
  • S. 2155   POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on S. 2155, the Chair put the question on passage and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Hensarling demanded the yeas and nays, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of passage until later in the legislative day.
  • S. 292  Mr. Burgess moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill. S. 292 — “To maximize discovery, and accelerate development and availability, of promising childhood cancer treatments, and for other purposes.” On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
  • Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 905. S. 204 — “To authorize the use of unapproved medical products by patients diagnosed with a terminal illness in accordance with State law, and for other purposes.” Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 5515, S. 204 and S. 2155. The resolution provides for one hour of general debate on H.R. 5515, S. 204 and S. 2155. The resolution provides for consideration of S. 2155 and S. 204 under a closed rule. Also, the resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 5515 under a structured rule and makes an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-70 considered as adopted. On passage Passed by recorded vote: 250 – 169 (Roll no. 214).
  • The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on a motion to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 5682, as amended and passage of S. 2155 both of which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed. Considered as unfinished business. H.R. 5682 — “To provide for programs to help reduce the risk that prisoners will recidivate upon release from prison, and for other purposes.” On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 360 – 59 (Roll no. 215).
  • S. 2155 — “To promote economic growth, provide tailored regulatory relief, and enhance consumer protections, and for other purposes.”On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 258 – 159 (Roll no. 216).
  • Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 905. H.R. 5515 — “To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.” Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 5515, S. 204 and S. 2155. The resolution provides for one hour of general debate on H.R. 5515, S. 204 and S. 2155. The resolution provides for consideration of S. 2155 and S. 204 under a closed rule. Also, the resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 5515 under a structured rule and makes an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-70 considered as adopted.
  • An amendment, offered by Mr. Thornberry, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-698 to state that the Secretary of Defense shall establish an innovators database within the Department of Defense. The database will focus on small business innovators that receive funds under the SBIR/SBTR program. On agreeing to the Thornberry amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  • An amendment, offered by Mr. Nolan, numbered 2 printed in House Report 115-698 to strike the authorization of funds made available under the Overseas Contingency Operations account.
  • An amendment, offered by Ms. Gabbard, numbered 3 printed in House Report 115-698 to strike section 1225, a required strategy to counter destabilizing activities of Iran.
  • An amendment, offered by Mr. Aguilar, numbered 4 printed in House Report 115-698 to add to an already-mandated annual report, this amendment would require DoD to include a 20-year estimate of the projected life cycle costs of each type of nuclear weapon and delivery platform in its text.
  • An amendment, offered by Mr. Garamendi, numbered 5 printed in House Report 115-698 to limit 50% of the funding for the W76-2 warhead modification program until the Secretary of Defense submits a report assessing the program’s impacts on strategic stability and options to reduce the risk of miscalculation.
  • H.R. 5515 — “To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the Department of Defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.”
  • Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Thornberry, comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-698 as En Bloc No. 1: Nos. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22. On agreeing to the Thornberry amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.
  • Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Thornberry, comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-698 as En Bloc No. 2: Nos. 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, and 38. On agreeing to the Thornberry amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.
  • Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Thornberry, comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-698 as En Bloc No. 3: Nos. 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, and 54. On agreeing to the Thornberry amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.
  • Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Thornberry, comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-698 as En Bloc No. 4: Nos. 55, as modified, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69 and 70. On agreeing to the Thornberry amendments; as modified Agreed to by voice vote.
  • Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Thornberry, comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-698 as En Bloc No. 5: Nos. 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85 and 86. On agreeing to the Thornberry amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.
  • Amendments en bloc offered by Mr. Thornberry, comprised of the following amendments printed in House Report 115-698 as En Bloc No. 6: Nos. 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102 amd 103. On agreeing to the Thornberry amendments; Agreed to by voice vote.

 

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: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Continue 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)
  • Postponed Amendment Votes:
    • Rep. Rick Nolan Amendment
    • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Amendment
    • Rep. Pete Aguilar Amendment
    • Rep. John Garamendi Amendment
  • The Rule provides for no further general debate, makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rule, and allows for the Chairman to offer amendments en bloc.
  • A list of the 168 amendments made in order can be found HERE.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    • 1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #608, Dana Baiocco, of Ohio, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission; Invoked: 50-45
    • 2. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to concur in the House amendment to S.2372, VA MISSION Act of 2018 (VA Choice); Invoked: 91-4
  • Legislative Business
    • Adopted S.Res. 346, resolution recognizing the importance and effectiveness of trauma-informed care.
    • Adopted S.Res. 519, Legal Counsel
  • Executive Business
    • Confirmed the following nominations:
      • DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
        • Exec. Cal. #840 Cheryl A. Lydon, of South Carolina, to be United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina for the term of four years
        • Exec. Cal. #841 Sonya K. Chavez, of New Mexico, to be United States Marshal for the District of New Mexico for the term of four years
        • Exec. Cal. #842 Scott E. Kracl, of Nebraska, to be United States Marshal for the District of Nebraska for the term of four years
        • Exec. Cal. #843 J. C. Raffety, of West Virginia, to be United States Marshal for the Northern District of West Virginia for the term of four years

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 11:00am on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks tomorrow, the Senate will begin consideration of the Montgomery nomination (HUD). At 3:15pm, the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination.
  • Upon disposition of the Montgomery nomination, the Senate will resume consideration of the House Message on S.2372, VA MISSION Act. We expect to table the pending motion to concur with amendment by voice vote. We expect a Republican senator raise a budget point of order and for there to be a motion to waive. We would vote on the motion to waive and then on the motion to concur (passage of VA MISSION Act).
  • Upon disposition of S.2372, there will be 2 cloture votes on the McWilliams nominations (FDIC Chair and Member). If cloture is invoked on both, the post-cloture time will run concurrently.
  • 3:15pm Wednesday—up to 5 roll call votes:
    • 1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #593, Brian D. Montgomery, of Texas, to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development;
    • 2. Motion to waive budget points of order with respect to S.2372, if a point of order is raised and motion to waive made;
    • 3. Motion to concur in the House amendment to S. 2372, VA MISSION Act of 2018;
    • 4. Cloture on Executive Calendar #670, Jelena McWilliams, of Ohio, to be Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Corporation; and
    • 5. Cloture on Executive Calendar #672 Jelena McWilliams, of Ohio, to be Member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Corporation.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Bipartisan Policy Center
Using Medicare to Improve Chronic Care

Senate Banking
Housing Finance System Status

Senate HELP
Pandemic/All-Hazards Preparedness Programs Reauthorization Markup

House Financial Services
Capital Formation and Economic Growth Legislative Proposals

House Ways and Means
Tax Reform and Small Businesses

House Appropriations
T-HUD Full Committee Markup

House Oversight and Government Reform
Federal IT Acquisition Reform

House Financial Services
Autonomous Vehicles/Future of Insurance

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.5911 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend Public Law 115-97 (commonly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) to repeal the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil and gas program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: House – Natural Resources
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.R.5906 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the America COMPETES Act to establish Department of Energy policy for Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Lucas, Frank D. [R-OK-3] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (9)
Committees: House – Science, Space, and Technology
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

H.R.5904 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Sherman Act to make oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal.
Sponsor: Rep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: House – Judiciary
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2018 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

S.2916 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill 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: Sen. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.5917 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants for career support for skilled, internationally educated health professionals, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D-CA-40] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5914 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require a study and report on policy and regulatory changes that may have contributed to the opioid epidemic.
Sponsor: Rep. Meadows, Mark [R-NC-11] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.5912 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to delay the reduction in Federal medical assistance percentage for Medicaid personal care services and home health services furnished without an electronic visit verification system, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 05/22/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.2926 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend part B of title IV of the Social Security Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a family recovery and reunification program replication project to help reunify families and protect children with parents or guardians with a substance use disorder who have temporarily lost custody of their children.
Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2924 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to encourage the use of family-focused residential treatment programs for substance use disorder treatment.
Sponsor: Sen. Scott, Tim [R-SC] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2923 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to support the development of evidence-based family-focused residential treatment programs.
Sponsor: Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2922 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to help improve access to care for pregnant and postpartum women receiving substance use disorder treatment, including for opioid use disorders, in an institution for mental diseases.
Sponsor: Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2921 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to help ensure coverage of inpatient treatment services furnished in institutions for mental disease.
Sponsor: Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2920 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to impose certain requirements under the Medicare program with respect to outlier prescribers of opioids.
Sponsor: Sen. McCaskill, Claire [D-MO] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2912 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to publish data related to the prevalence of substance use disorders in the Medicaid beneficiary population and the treatment of substance use disorders under Medicaid, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2911 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide guidance to States regarding Medicaid items and services for non-opioid pain treatment and management.
Sponsor: Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2910 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to evaluate access to services and treatment for substance use disorders and to telehealth services and remote patient monitoring for pediatric populations under Medicaid.
Sponsor: Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2909 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the Comptroller General of the United States to study and report on State Medicaid agencies’ options related to the distribution of substance use disorder treatment medications under the Medicaid program.
Sponsor: Sen. Heller, Dean [R-NV] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2908 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for electronic prior authorization under Medicare part D for covered part D drugs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2905 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for certain integrity transparency measures under Medicare parts C and D.
Sponsor: Sen. Toomey, Pat [R-PA] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2904 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide guidance to States regarding Federal reimbursement for furnishing services and treatment for substance use disorders under Medicaid using telehealth services.
Sponsor: Sen. Carper, Thomas R. [D-DE] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2902 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to facilitate Medicaid access to State prescription drug monitoring programs, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2901 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to expand the use of telehealth services for the treatment of opioid use disorder and other substance use disorders.
Sponsor: Sen. Thune, John [R-SD] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (8)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2900 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to include screening for potential substance use disorders and a review of any current opioid prescriptions as part of the initial preventive physical examination and the annual wellness visit under the Medicare program.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2899 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide States with the option of providing medical assistance at a residential pediatric recovery center to infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Sponsor: Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2898 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to remove lifetime limits under State Medicaid programs on medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders.
Sponsor: Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2897 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to delay the reduction in Federal medical assistance percentage for Medicaid personal care services furnished without an electronic visit verification system.
Sponsor: Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (7)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2892 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to require the Comptroller General of the United States to submit a report to Congress on the provision of peer support services under the Medicaid program.
Sponsor: Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.2891 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XI of the Social Security Act to require applicable manufacturers to include information regarding payments made to physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other advance practice nurses in transparency reports submitted under section 1128G of such Act.
Sponsor: Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] (Introduced 05/22/2018) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/22/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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