Today’s Daily Update

The Senate will resume consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R.6157 (Defense-LaborH-CR).

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • The House was not in session.

 

Today

  • The House is not in session.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Measures Passed:
    • Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act:
      • By 98 yeas to 2 nays (Vote No. 209), Senate passed S. 2554, to ensure that health insurance issuers and group health plans do not prohibit pharmacy providers from providing certain information to enrollees, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, and taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto:
      • Rejected:
        • By 11 yeas to 89 nays (Vote No. 208), Alexander (for Lee) Amendment No. 4011, to limit application of the gag clause to self-insured group health plans.
    • Opioid Crisis Response Act:
      • By 99 yeas to 1 nay (Vote No. 210), Senate passed H.R. 6, to provide for opioid use disorder prevention, recovery, and treatment, after taking action on the following amendment proposed thereto:
      • Adopted:
        • Portman (for Alexander) Amendment No. 4013, in the nature of a substitute.
    • Women’s Congressional Staff Association:
      • Senate agreed to S. Res. 630, celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Women’s Congressional Staff Association.
    • Conference Reports:
      • Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act–Agreement:
        • Senate began consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 6157, making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019.
      • A motion was entered to close further debate on the conference report to accompany the bill, and, in accordance with the provisions of Rule XXII of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a vote on cloture will occur on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.
    • A unanimous-consent agreement was reached providing for further consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill at approximately 10 a.m., on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

 

Today

  • The Senate stands adjourned until 10:00am on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.
  • Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R.6157 (Defense-LaborH-CR).
  • This evening Senator McConnell filed cloture on the conference report to accompany H.R.6157. We expect votes in relation to completing action on the conference report as early as 12:00 noon on Tuesday.
  • The Senate will recess from 12:30pm until 2:15pm to allow for the weekly caucus meetings.

 

Hearings Covered by W&J Today

 

Senate Banking
Financial Technology

Senate HELP
Reducing Health Care Costs/Improving Transparency

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Energy

H.R.6833 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To provide support to develop career and technical education programs of study and facilities in the areas of renewable energy.
Sponsor: Rep. McNerney, Jerry [D-CA-9] (Introduced 09/17/2018) Cosponsors: (23)
Committees: House – Education and the Workforce
Latest Action: House – 09/17/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

 

Financial Services

S.3443 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 to provide procedures for guidance issued by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT] (Introduced 09/17/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Latest Action: Senate – 09/17/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

Health

H.R.6837 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To establish the Commission on Sustaining Medicare and Social Security, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12] (Introduced 09/17/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 09/17/2018 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…

H.R.6836 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to promote access to life-saving therapies for Medicaid enrollees by ensuring coverage of routine patient costs for items and services furnished in connection with participation in qualifying clinical trials, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12] (Introduced 09/17/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce
Latest Action: House – 09/17/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.3445 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to require States to suspend, rather than terminate, an individual’s eligibility for medical assistance under the State Medicaid plan while such individual is an inmate of a public institution.
Sponsor: Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] (Introduced 09/17/2018) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 09/17/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Tax

H.R.6832 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for a credit against tax for improving the safety of fuel systems in emergency medical rotorcraft.
Sponsor: Rep. Polis, Jared [D-CO-2] (Introduced 09/17/2018) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 09/17/2018 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.3449 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain tax credits related to electric cars, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR] (Introduced 09/17/2018) Cosponsors: (5)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 09/17/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

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