Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider one bill under suspension of the rules then move to consider H.R. 6082 – Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act and H.R. 5797 – IMD CARE Act. The Senate will resume consideration of H.R.5895, Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, Military Construction and VA Appropriations.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • Suspensions: The House agreed to suspend the rules and pass the following measures:
    • Children’s Health Insurance Program Mental Health Parity Act:
      • H.R. 3192, amended, to amend title XXI of the Social Security Act to ensure access to mental health services for children under the Children’s Health Insurance Program;
    • Medicaid Reentry Act:
      • H.R. 4005, amended, to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to allow for medical assistance under Medicaid for inmates during the 30-day period preceding release from a public institution;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • “To promote State innovations to ease transitions to the community for individuals who are inmates of a public institution and eligible for medical assistance under the Medicaid program.”.
    • Securing Opioids and Unused Narcotics with Deliberate Disposal and Packaging Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5687, amended, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require improved packaging and disposal methods with respect to certain drugs, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 342 yeas to 13 nays, Roll No. 269;
    • Responsible Education Achieves Care and Healthy Outcomes for Users’ Treatment Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5796, amended, to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide grants for eligible entities to provide technical assistance to outlier prescribers of opioids;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • “To require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide grants for eligible entities to provide technical assistance to outlier prescribers of opioids, and for other purposes.”.
    • Advancing High Quality Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders in Medicare Act:
      • H.R. 5605, amended, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for an opioid use disorder treatment demonstration program;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • “To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for an opioid use disorder treatment demonstration program, and for other purposes.”.
    • Long-Term Opioid Efficacy Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5811, amended, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to post-approval study requirements for certain controlled substances;
    • Amending 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:
      • H.R. 6042, amended, 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;
    • Medicaid Providers Are Required To Note Experiences in Record Systems to Help In-need Patients Act:
      • H.R. 5801, amended, to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for requirements under the Medicaid program relating to the use of qualified prescription drug monitoring programs and prescribing certain controlled substances;
    • Opioid Addiction Action Plan Act:
      • H.R. 5590, amended, to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide for an action plan on recommendations for changes under Medicare and Medicaid to prevent opioids addictions and enhance access to medication-assisted treatment;
    • Amending title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the review and adjustment of payments under the Medicare outpatient prospective payment system to avoid financial incentives to use opioids instead of non-opioid alternative treatments:
      • H.R. 6110, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the review and adjustment of payments under the Medicare outpatient prospective payment system to avoid financial incentives to use opioids instead of non-opioid alternative treatments;
    • Combating Opioid Abuse for Care in Hospitals Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5774, amended, to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop guidance on pain management and opioid use disorder prevention for hospitals receiving payment under part A of the Medicare program, provide for opioid quality measures development, and provide for a technical expert panel on reducing surgical setting opioid use and data collection on perioperative opioid use;
    • Providing Reliable Options for Patients and Educational Resources Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5775, amended, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require Medicare Advantage plans and part D prescription drug plans to include information on the risks associated with opioids, coverage of certain non-opioid treatments used to treat pain, and on the safe disposal of prescription drugs;
    • Preventing Addiction for Susceptible Seniors Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5773, amended, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require Medicare prescription drug plans to establish drug management programs for at-risk beneficiaries, require electronic prior authorization for covered part D drugs, and to provide for other program integrity measures under parts C and D of the Medicare program;
    • Agreed to amend the title so as to read:
      • “To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require electronic prior authorization for covered part D drugs and to provide for other program integrity measures under parts C and D of the Medicare program.”.
    • Stop Excessive Narcotics in our Retirement Communities Protection Act:
      • H.R. 5676, amended, to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to authorize the suspension of payments by Medicare prescription drug plans and MA–PD plans pending investigations of credible allegations of fraud by pharmacies, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 356 yeas to 3 nays, Roll No. 270;
    • Expanding Oversight of Opioid Prescribing and Payment Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5723, amended, to require the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to report on opioid payment, adverse incentives, and data under the Medicare program;
    • Supporting Research and Development for First Responders Act:
      • H.R. 4991, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory;
    • Joint Task Force to Combat Opioid Trafficking Act of 2018:
      • H.R. 5762, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize a Joint Task Force to enhance integration of the Department of Homeland Security’s border security operations to detect, interdict, disrupt, and prevent narcotics, such as fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, from entering the United States; and
    • Shielding Public Spaces from Vehicular Terrorism Act:
      • H.R. 4627, amended, to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize expenditures to combat emerging terrorist threats, including vehicular attacks.

 

Today

  • On Wednesday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for morning hour and 10:00 a.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
    • 1) H.R. 5925 – CRISIS Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Trey Gowdy / Oversight and Government Reform Committee)
    • H.R. 6082 – Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act, Rules Committee Print (Closed Rule, One Hour of Debate) (Sponsored by Rep. Markwayne Mullin / Energy and Commerce Committee)
    • H.R. 5797 – IMD CARE Act (Structured Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Mimi Walters / Energy and Commerce Committee)
  • The Rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order the following amendments:
    • Rep. Bobby Rush Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Dan Kildee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
    • Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Considered:
    • Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act–Agreement: Senate continued consideration of H.R. 5895, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, taking action on the following amendments proposed thereto:
      • Adopted:
        • By 93 yeas to 3 nays (Vote No. 130), Alexander (for Gardner/Coons) Amendment No. 2914 (to Amendment No. 2910), to express the sense of the Senate regarding the need for funding for innovative scientific research.
        • By a unanimous vote of 96 yeas (Vote No. 131), Carper/Alexander Amendment No. 2920 (to Amendment No. 2910), to direct the Secretary of the Army to submit a report on the status of returning to non-Federal project sponsors excess non-Federal funds.
  • Pending:
    • Shelby Amendment No. 2910, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Alexander Amendment No. 2911 (to Amendment No. 2910), to make a technical correction.
    • McConnell (for Crapo) Modified Amendment No. 2943 (to Amendment No. 2910), to increase funds for a nuclear demonstration program.
    • McConnell (for Baldwin/Portman) Amendment No. 2985 (to Amendment No. 2910), to set aside funds for cooperative agreements and laboratory support to accelerate the domestic production of Molybdenum-99.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the bill at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing that at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, Senate vote on or in relation to McConnell (for Crapo) Modified Amendment No. 2943 (to Amendment No. 2910) (listed above), and McConnell (for Baldwin/Portman) Amendment No. 2985 (to Amendment No. 2910) (listed above) in the order listed; and that there be no second-degree amendments in order to the amendments prior to the votes.

 

Today

  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.5895, Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, Military Construction and VA Appropriations.
  • At 10:00am, there will be 2 roll call votes in relation to the Crapo amendment #2943, as modified, and Baldwin amendment #2985. No second degree amendments are in order prior to the votes.
  • We could also see a vote this week, as early as tomorrow, on a motion to discharge the rescissions bill, H.R.3, Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act. If the motion to discharge is agreed to, there could be a vote on a motion to proceed to the bill. If the motion to proceed is agreed to, there would be up to 10 hours of debate equally divided. Upon the use or yielding back of time, there could be a series of roll call votes prior to passage.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

The Hill
America’s Opioid Epidemic: A Role for Technology

Senate Finance
Commerce Department Tariff Actions

Senate Homeland
Medicaid Fraud and Overpayments

House Appropriations
State Foreign Ops/Labor HHS/Education Full Committee Markup

House Energy and Commerce
Tax Reform Benefits for Energy Sector/Consumers

House Financial Services
Economic Growth through Cutting Taxes/Regulation

Senate Commerce
Nomination Hearing

House Natural Resources
Energy Permitting Legislation Markup

Senate HELP
Markup of Opioid Legislation

House Energy and Commerce
Examination of the GAO Audit Series of HHS Cybersecurity

House Financial Services
Illicit Use of Virtual Currency

Senate Banking
Combatting Money Laundering/Illicit Finance

Senate Finance
Trade and Commerce at U.S. Ports of Entry

House Armed Services
Military Health System Reform: Pain Management, Opioids Prescription Management and Reporting Transparency

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Financial Services

H.R.6155 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to require investment advisers who advise a private fund that owns an emergency services company to disclose to the Securities and Exchange Commission the average response times of emergency vehicles deployed by such company in response to 9-1-1 calls, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Torres, Norma J. [D-CA-35] (Introduced 06/19/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 06/19/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.6152 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide that an individual who uses marijuana in compliance with State law may not be denied occupancy of federally assisted housing, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large] (Introduced 06/19/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 06/19/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

H.R.6139 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require the Securities and Exchange Commission to carry out a study to evaluate the issues affecting the provision of and reliance upon investment research into small issuers.
Sponsor: Rep. Huizenga, Bill [R-MI-2] (Introduced 06/19/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Financial Services
Latest Action: House – 06/19/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

 

Health

H.R.6144 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to prohibit health plans and pharmacy benefit managers from restricting pharmacies from informing individuals regarding the prices for certain drugs and biologicals.
Sponsor: Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35] (Introduced 06/19/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 06/19/2018 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…

H.R.6143 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To ensure that health insurance issuers and group health plans do not prohibit pharmacy providers from providing certain information to enrollees.
Sponsor: Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35] (Introduced 06/19/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 06/19/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6142 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To authorize a joint action plan and report on drug waste.
Sponsor: Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35] (Introduced 06/19/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 06/19/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

H.R.6138 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for ambulatory surgical center representation during the review of hospital outpatient payment rates under part B of the Medicare program, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Nunes, Devin [R-CA-22] (Introduced 06/19/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 06/19/2018 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…

H.R.6133 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To deter opioid abuse and addiction through the development of high-quality, evidence-based opioid analgesic prescribing guidelines, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Meadows, Mark [R-NC-11] (Introduced 06/19/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 06/19/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.