Today’s Daily Update

The House will consider H.R. 5 – Equality Act.

THE HOUSE

 

Yesterday

  • SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
    • Amendments to H.R. 987:
      • Pallone (D-NJ), Walden (R-OR) – Amendment No. 1 – Clarifies communication requirements for eligible product developers and license holders regarding requests, offers, and delivery of product samples.
          • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • McKinley (R-WV) [On behalf of Bucshon (R-IN)], Upton (R-MI), Carter, Buddy (R-GA), Collins, Doug (R-GA), Sensenbrenner (R-WI) – Amendment No. 2 – Strikes title II – Health Insurance Market Stabilization
        • REJECTED  189 – 230, ROLL CALL 210
      • Welch (D-VT), Schrader (D-OR) – Amendment No. 3 – Prohibits the Secretary of HHS from ending autoenrollment.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Blunt Rochester (D-DE) – Amendment No. 4 – Requires the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to release all aggregated studies and data sets created on or after January 1, 2014 related to marketing and outreach for the Affordable Care Act’s individual marketplace.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • DeSaulnier (D-CA) – Amendment No. 5 – Commissions a study by the National Academy of Medicine into the amount of federal funding and research used in the development of drugs by pharmaceutical companies, and to put measures in place to curb excessive drug costs.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Harder (D-CA) – Amendment No. 6 – Provides opioid specific education and training to the Navigators and the Certified Application Counselors (CACs) that ensures they can best educate individuals on the marketplace plans specifically for opioid health care treatment.
        • ADOPTED 243 – 174, ROLL CALL 211
      • Shalala (D-FL) – Amendment No. 7 – States the sense of Congress that the Secretary of HHS should not take any action to prohibit or restrict “silver loading.” 
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Hayes (D-CT), Waters (D-CA) – Amendment No. 8 – Amends the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) navigator program to authorize $25,000,000 out of amounts collected by user fees for State-Based Exchanges. Ensures that no state shall receive a grant that is less than $1,000,000.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • McBath (D-GA) – Amendment No. 9 – Provides pharmacy school outreach by directing the Labor HHS and Education Secretaries to do outreach to institutions of higher education as it relates to the use and availability of generic drugs. 
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Scanlon (D-PA) – Amendment No. 10 – Requires the HHS Secretary to issue biweekly public reports during the annual open enrollment period on the performance of the federal exchange and the Small Business Health Options Program exchange. Each report will include a summary of information on the open enrollment season including the number of website visits, accounts created, calls to the call center, number of people who enroll in a plan and what enrollment path they took, e.g., website, broker, or call center.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Morelle (D-NY), Wexton (D-VA) – Amendment No. 11 – Requires GAO to study the effect of President Trump’s cuts to ACA outreach and the Navigator Program on health insurance enrollment and the cost of coverage.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Waters (D-CA) – Amendment No. 12 – Requires HHS to submit to Congress a report on the extent to which increases in the prices of commonly prescribed drugs have caused individuals with health insurance to forego needed treatment.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Johnson, Eddie Bernice (D-TX) – Amendment No. 13 – Requires Navigators to receive training on how to assist consumers with Medicaid and CHIP enrollment.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Lynch (D-MA) – Amendment No. 14 – Extends the deadline by which States may apply for federal assistance to establish state-based marketplaces by one year to December 31, 2023. Extends the date by which the State Exchanges must be self-sustaining by one year to January 1, 2025.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Lynch (D-MA) – Amendment No. 15 – Asks the GAO to conduct a cost benefit analysis of the establishment of State-administered health insurance plans for states that may want to offer a public option in their health insurance exchanges. The report is due to Congress no later than one year after enactment.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Lipinski (D-IL) – Amendment No. 16 – Requires a GAO report to determine whether the Department of Health and Human Services has taken appropriate steps to ensure that routine maintenance to the Healthcare.gov website is minimally disruptive to consumers.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Deutch (D-FL) – Amendment No. 17 – Adds a duty requiring navigators to provide information in plain language regarding essential health benefits and consumer protections under the mental health and substance use disorder benefits parity law.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Brown (D-MD), Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Barragan (D-CA) – Amendment No. 18 – Adds that the Secretary shall implement outreach and educational activities in areas with high health disparities.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Gomez (D-CA) – Amendment No. 19 – Clarifies the ability of Navigators to provide referrals to community-based organizations that address social needs related to health outcomes.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Escobar (D-TX), Porter (D-CA), Torres, Norma (D-CA) – Amendment No. 20 – Requires Navigators to assist vulnerable populations including individuals with limited English proficiency and chronic illnesses.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Wexton (D-VA) – Amendment No. 21 – Includes findings that the final rule on short-term, limited duration insurance weakens protections for the millions of Americans living with preexisting health conditions, including children with complex medical needs and disabilities and their families.
        • ADOPTED 232 – 185, ROLL CALL 212
      • Pappas (D-NH) – Amendment No. 22 – Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to set annual enrollment targets for the Exchanges for the plan year 2020 and each subsequent plan year.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Cox (D-CA) – Amendment No. 23 – Adds a new subsection (b):
        • Promote Transparency and (10 minutes) Accountability in the Administration’s Expenditures of Exchange User Fees, which requires HHS to submit an annual report to Congress that includes a detailed breakdown of the Department’s spending on outreach and enrollment, navigators, maintenance of Healthcare.gov, and operation of the Healthcare.gov call centers.
          • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Cox (D-CA) – Amendment No. 24 – Adds areas with high concentrations of unemployment to the list where such outreach and educational activities shall be provided.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Phillips (D-MN) – Amendment No. 25 – Directs Exchanges to establish an online website portal to facilitate the sharing of information between the Exchange and Navigator organizations about their clients’ applications for health insurance.
        • – NOT OFFERED
      • Horn (D-OK) – Amendment No. 26 – Ensures rural areas are included in navigator outreach.
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
      • Cunningham (D-SC) – Amendment No. 27 – Ensures that state healthcare Exchanges’ outreach activities are also targeted towards veteran populations
        • – ADOPTED BY VOICE
    • Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 987
      • REJECTED 188 – 226, ROLL CALL 213
    • Passage of H.R. 987 – MORE Health Education Act
      • PASSED 234 – 183, ROLL CALL 214

 

Today

  • One Minutes (5 per side)
  • H.R. 5 – Equality Act (Rep. Cicilline – Judiciary)
  • The Rule, which was adopted on Wednesday, provides for 90 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Judiciary.

 

THE SENATE

 

Yesterday

  • Roll Call Votes
    1. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #24, Wendy Vitter, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana; confirmed: 52-45.
    2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #221, Brian J. Bulatao, of Texas, to be an Under Secretary of   State; confirmed: 92-5.
    3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #230, Jeffrey A. Rosen, to be Deputy Attorney General; confirmed: 52-45.
  • Legislative Business
    • By voice vote, passed Calendar #83, S.1208, Protecting America’s First Responders Act, w/committee-reported amendment.
    • By voice vote, passed H.R.2379, reauthorizing the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program.
    • Passed Calendar #80 S. 820, Debbie Smith Act of 2019.
    • Passed Calendar #81, S. 998, Supporting and Treating Officers In Crisis Act of 2019
    • Passed S.744, Effective Prosecution of Possession of Biological Toxins and Agents Act of 2019
  • Began the Rule 14 process to place the following bills on the Legislative Calendar of Business:
    1. H.R.312, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
    2. H.R.2578, National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2019
  • Executive Business
    • DEPARTMENT OF STATE
      • Confirmed Executive Calendar #185, Matthew H. Tueller, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq

 

Today

  • The Senate is not in Session.

 

Notable Legislation Introduced

 

Cybersecurity

S.1522 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to improve broadband data collection, mapping, and validation to support the effective deployment of broadband services to all areas of the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV] (Introduced 05/16/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Latest Action: Senate – 05/16/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

 

Energy

S.1507 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to include certain perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances in the toxics release inventory, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Capito, Shelley Moore [R-WV] (Introduced 05/16/2019) Cosponsors: (2)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 05/16/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

 

Health

H.R.2803 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To To require health insurance coverage for the treatment of infertility.
Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3] (Introduced 05/16/2019) Cosponsors: (6)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Oversight and Reform, Armed Services, Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Action: House – 05/16/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Oversight and Reform, Armed Services, and Veterans’ Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall…

H.R.2788 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to modernize provisions relating to rural health clinics under Medicare.
Sponsor: Rep. Smith, Adrian [R-NE-3] (Introduced 05/16/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 05/16/2019 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.2782 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the 30-hour threshold for classification as a full-time employee for purposes of the employer mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and replace it with 40 hours.
Sponsor: Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2] (Introduced 05/16/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: House – Ways and Means
Latest Action: House – 05/16/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.2780 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To require the Secretary of State to develop and maintain an international diplomatic and assistance strategy to stop the flow of illicit opioids, including fentanyl, into the United States, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10] (Introduced 05/16/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: House – Foreign Affairs
Latest Action: House – 05/16/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

S.1531 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to provide protections for health insurance consumers from surprise billing.
Sponsor: Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] (Introduced 05/16/2019) Cosponsors: (11)
Committees: Senate – Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Latest Action: Senate – 05/16/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

S.1510 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the definition of full-time employee for purposes of the employer mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sponsor: Sen. Young, Todd [R-IN] (Introduced 05/16/2019) Cosponsors: (3)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/16/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

S.1505 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to require prescription drug plans and MA-PD plans to report potential fraud, waste, and abuse to the Secretary of Health and Human Services under Medicare part D, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX] (Introduced 05/16/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Finance
Latest Action: Senate – 05/16/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Transportation

H.R.2799 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
To implement recommendations related to the safety of amphibious passenger vessels, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. Carson, Andre [D-IN-7] (Introduced 05/16/2019) Cosponsors: (0)
Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure
Latest Action: House – 05/16/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

S.1527 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to require the Secretary of Transportation to conduct, and submit to Congress a report describing the results of, an assessment of the total amount of nonhighway recreational fuel taxes received by the Secretary of the Treasury and transferred to the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN] (Introduced 05/16/2019) Cosponsors: (4)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 05/16/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works

S.1509 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)
A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Transportation to waive vehicle weight limitations for certain logging vehicles, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen. Johnson, Ron [R-WI] (Introduced 05/16/2019) Cosponsors: (1)
Committees: Senate – Environment and Public Works
Latest Action: Senate – 05/16/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

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