Today’s Daily Update

TAKEAWAY: The Senate will resume consideration of the conference report accompanying S.1790, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020.

THE HOUSE

Yesterday

SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS

Walden (R-OR), Brady (R-TX), Collins, Doug (R-GA), Foxx (R-NC) – Amendment No. 1 – An amendment in the nature of a substitute, which include bipartisan provisions related to (1) Medicare Parts B & D, (2) drug price transparency, (3) Medicare Part D benefit redesign and other Part D provisions, (4) MedPAC, (5) Medicaid, (6) FDA (including CREATES Act; Pay-for-delay; BLOCKING Act; Purple Book; Orange Book; Advancing education on biosimilars; Streamlining transition of biological products; OTC monograph safety, innovation, and reform; and other provisions), (7) revenue provisions, and (8) other bi-partisan provisions – REJECTED 201 – 223, ROLL CALL 676

Tonko (D-NY) – Amendment No. 2 – Requires CMS to create and implement a measure in the Star Ratings program evaluating Medicare Advantage and Part D plans on how well they provide access to biosimilar drugs – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Peters (D-CA), Cisneros (D-CA) – Amendment No. 3 – To amend the Public Health Service Act to authorize a pilot program to develop, expand, and enhance the commercialization of biomedical products, for other purposes – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Kennedy (D-MA) – Amendment No. 4 – Requires another Senate confirmed officer with HHS to carry out the negotiation duties should the Secretary of HHS have a conflict of interest. The General Counsel of HHS would be responsible for identifying these conflicts – ADOPTED BY VOICE

O’Halleran (D-AZ) – Amendment No. 5 – Creates a grant program within HHS for hospitals located in rural and medically underserved areas, including Critical Access Hospitals, to cover the start-up costs for establishing a Graduate Medical Education (GME) program or a partnership with a hospital that has an existing program. It includes a reporting requirement for GAO to analyze whether residents continue to practice in a rural or medically underserved area after completing their training – ADOPTED 351 – 73, ROLL CALL 677

Kennedy (D-MA) [on behalf of Jackson Lee (D-TX)]  – Amendment No. 6 – Expresses the Sense of Congress regarding the impact of the high cost of prescription drugs on communities of color and persons living in rural (10 minutes) or sparsely populated areas of the United States – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Gottheimer (D-NJ) – Amendment No. .7 – Requires an HHS study to identify conditions without an FDA-approved treatment where the development of a treatment would fill an unmet medical need for a serious or lifethreatening condition or rare disease. Requires HHS to identify appropriate incentives that would lead to the development of such treatments – ADOPTED 380 – 45, ROLL CALL 678

Axne (D-IA) – Amendment No. 8 – Establishes a grant program for states to reduce the burdens associated with health care administrative work and reduces HHS administrative costs by 50% over 10 years – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Finkenauer (D-IA) – Amendment No. 9 – Requires drug companies to disclose truthful and non-misleading pricing information about prescription drugs and biological products when they advertise these products directly to consumers – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Luria (D-VA) – Amendment No. 10 – Makes clear that federal employee health plans are covered by the price reduction provisions of the bill – ADOPTED 231 – 192, ROLL CALL 679

Cunningham (D-SC) – Amendment No. 11 – Allows the Veteran’s Administration to benefit from Maximum Fair Pricing guidelines – ADOPTED 234 – 192, ROLL CALL 680

Houlahan (D-PA) [on behalf of Scanlon (D-PA)] – Amendment No. 12 – Increases funding for clinical trials at NIH and bans the use of spread pricing by PBMs as it relates to Medicaid – ADOPTED BY VOICE

Republican Motion to Recommit on H.R. 3 – REJECTED 196 – 226, ROLL CALL 681

Passage of H.R. 3 – Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019 – PASSED230 – 192, ROLL CALL 672

Today

The House is not in session.

THE SENATE

Yesterday

Roll Call Votes

1.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #452, Aurelia Skipwith, of Indiana, to be Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service; confirmed: 52-39.

2.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #530, John Joseph Sullivan, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to Russia; confirmed: 70-22.

3.       Confirmation of Executive Calendar #543, Stephen Hahn, of Texas, to be Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Department of Health and Human Services; confirmed: 72-18.

Legislative Business

Adopted S.Res.150, expressing the sense of the Senate that it is the policy of the United States to commemorate the Armenian Genocide through official recognition and remembrance.

Agreed to S.Con.Res.23 w/preamble amdts, honoring the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge fought during World War II, recognizing the valiant efforts of the Allied Forces in December 1944, and remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice, all of which contributed to the Allied victory in the European Theater.

Adopted S.Res.455, Legal counsel

No additional Executive Business

Today

The Senate stands adjourned until 11:45am on Friday, December 13th for a pro forma session only, with no business conducted.

When the Senate adjourns on Friday, it will next convene at 3:00pm on Monday, December 16, 2019.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the conference report accompanying S.1790, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020.

At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on cloture on the NDAA conference report.

LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Cybersecurity

S.3045 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to protect United States critical infrastructure by ensuring that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has the legal tools it needs to notify private and public sector entities put at risk by cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the networks and systems that control critical assets of the United States.

Sponsor: Sen. Johnson, Ron [R-WI] (Introduced 12/12/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 12/12/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

S.3033 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to establish a K-12 education cybersecurity initiative, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI] (Introduced 12/12/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: Senate – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 12/12/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Financial Services

H.R.5406 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To provide grants to owners of grandfamily housing, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2] (Introduced 12/12/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Financial Services

Latest Action: House – 12/12/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.

S.3050 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council Act of 1978 to provide designees of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Administrator of the Rural Housing Service of the Department of Agriculture with positions on the Appraisal Subcommittee of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council.

Sponsor: Sen. Tester, Jon [D-MT] (Introduced 12/12/2019) Cosponsors: (3)

Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 12/12/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.3036 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Truth in Lending Act to prohibit the distribution of any check or other negotiable instrument as part of a solicitation by a creditor for an extension of credit, to limit the liability of consumers in conjunction with such solicitations, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Jones, Doug [D-AL] (Introduced 12/12/2019) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 12/12/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

S.3030 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to require the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to establish a national evictions database, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO] (Introduced 12/12/2019) Cosponsors: (3)

Committees: Senate – Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 12/12/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Health

H.R.5421 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Controlled Substances Act to list fentanyl-related substances as schedule I controlled substances.

Sponsor: Rep. Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R-MO-3] (Introduced 12/12/2019) Cosponsors: (6)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce; Judiciary

Latest Action: House – 12/12/2019 Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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.5411 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a Task Force on Local Mental Health Needs, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Harder, Josh [D-CA-10] (Introduced 12/12/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Energy and Commerce

Latest Action: House – 12/12/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

S.3041 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to ensure that medical professionals employed by the Veterans Health Administration are properly credentialed, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Hassan, Margaret Wood [D-NH] (Introduced 12/12/2019) Cosponsors: (2)

Committees: Senate – Veterans’ Affairs

Latest Action: Senate – 12/12/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

S.3029 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to make premium and cost-sharing subsidies available to low-income Medicare part D beneficiaries who reside in Puerto Rico or another territory of the United States.

Sponsor: Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ] (Introduced 12/12/2019) Cosponsors: (3)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 12/12/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Tax

H.R.5419 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to require payroll tax withholding on independent contractors of certain large businesses.

Sponsor: Rep. Haaland, Debra A. [D-NM-1] (Introduced 12/12/2019) Cosponsors: (13)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 12/12/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.R.5409 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To amend the Internal Revenue Code to provide tax credits for energy storage technology, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Curtis, John R. [R-UT-3] (Introduced 12/12/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: House – Ways and Means

Latest Action: House – 12/12/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.3032 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow for transfers of the renewable electricity production credit, the energy credit, and the credit for carbon oxide sequestration.

Sponsor: Sen. Bennet, Michael F. [D-CO] (Introduced 12/12/2019) Cosponsors: (0)

Committees: Senate – Finance

Latest Action: Senate – 12/12/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.

Transportation

H.R.5427 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

To modernize training programs at aviation maintenance technician schools, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep. Young, Don [R-AK-At Large] (Introduced 12/12/2019) Cosponsors: (1)

Committees: House – Transportation and Infrastructure

Latest Action: House – 12/12/2019 Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

S.3043 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)

A bill to modernize training programs at aviation maintenance technician schools, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK] (Introduced 12/12/2019) Cosponsors: (3)

Committees: Senate – Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Latest Action: Senate – 12/12/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.