Monday, October 28, 2019

House Meets at… Votes Predicted at…
12:00 p.m. Morning Hour
2:00 p.m. Legislative Business
Unlimited “One Minutes” Per Side
First/Last Votes: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

 

ANY ANTICIPATED MEMBER ABSENCES FOR VOTES TODAY SHOULD BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY TO THE OFFICE OF THE MAJORITY WHIP AT 6-3210.

Floor Schedule and Procedure:

Suspensions (17 bills):

  1. H.R. 4334 – Dignity in Aging Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Bonamici – Education and Labor)

This bipartisan bill reauthorizes the Older Americans Act (OAA).  OAA authorizes funds to state and local programs to ensure aging seniors have access to food, transportation, and other basic services they need to live independently and with dignity.

  1. H.R. 2440 – Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund Act, as amended (Rep. DeFazio – Transportation and Instructure)

    This bill creates a discretionary cap adjustment to ensure that monies collected into the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund are able to be spent for our critical port and harbor needs.

  2. H.R. 1306 – Federal Disaster Assistance Coordination Act, as amended (Rep. Meadows – Transportation and Infrastructure)

    This bill amends the Disaster Recovery Reform Act to help federal agencies streamline and consolidate information collection and Preliminary Damage Assessments following disasters and establishes a federal working group to identify areas of overlap in performing the assessments used to administer disaster assistance for individuals, households, states, tribes, and territories.

  3. H.R. 1775 – Notice to Airmen Improvement Act of 2019 (Rep. Stauber – Transportation and Infrastructure)

This bill requires the FAA to establish a task force―composed of representatives from airlines, labor, and general and business aviation, as well as aviation safety and human factors experts―to review existing methods for presenting NOTAMs to pilots and NOTAM policies and regulations, and determine best practices for organizing and presenting flight operations information to pilots in an optimal manner.

  1. H.R. 2502 – Transparency in Federal Buildings Projects Act of 2019 (Rep. Palmer – Transportation and Infrastructure)

This bill requires the Administrator of General Services to make publicly available on a subpage of the website of the General Services Administration all prospectuses submitted pursuant to sections 3307 and 3316, in an easily accessible and readable, organized, downloadable, and searchable format.

  1. H.R. 3942 – Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act (Rep. DeLauro – Judiciary)

This bill amends current law to curb online sales of e-cigarettes to minors by bringing such sales under federal regulation for the sale of tobacco products.  The definition of a “cigarette” would be extended to include any “electronic nicotine delivery system,” such as an e-cigarette.

  1. H.R. 886 – Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Crist – Judiciary)

This bill directs the Attorney General to permanently establish a grant-program office to administer veterans court grants that the Department of Justice awards to state, local, and tribal governments.

  1. H.R. 2514 – COUNTER Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. Cleaver – Financial Services)

This bill makes the first major reforms to the US anti-money laundering regime since 2001. It covers numerous areas including SAR and CTR reporting, civil liberties and privacy protections, enforcement, innovation, and closing money laundering loopholes.

  1. H.R. __ – Equity Crowdfunding Act (Rep. McHenry – Financial Services)

This bill would amend the SEC’s Regulation Crowdfunding, a type securities offering that enables companies to raise $1 million each year from the public, to: (1) allow investors to pool their money into a fund to invest together in a single company and (2) raise the public reporting threshold to a level consistent with other exempt offerings. Investors in these funds would benefit from the advice of a registered investment adviser, who would have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of the fund, and companies would benefit from only having to work with one fund, instead of thousands of small, individual investors.

  1. H.R. 4067Financial Inclusion in Banking Act of 2019, as amended (Rep. David Scott – Financial Services)

This bill would direct the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to study how to address the needs of under-banked, un-banked, and underserved communities, and to coordinate with other agencies on how to lessen consumer reliance on non-traditional banking products, like payday loans.

  1. H.R. 1865 – National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act (Rep. Pascrell – Financial Services)

 

  1. H.R. 2423 – Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, as amended (Rep. Stefanik – Financial Services)

 

  1. H.R. 2781 – EMPOWER for Health Act of 2019 (Rep. Schakowsky – Energy and Commerce)

This bill would reauthorize funding at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for health professions workforce, education, and training programs.  The legislation expands efforts to increase diversity, improve geriatrics education and training, and grow the pediatric health care workforce.  The bill also creates a new authorization of $5 million to increase workforce diversity in the professions of physical therapy, occupational therapy, audiology, and speech-language pathology.

  1. H.R. 728 – Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2019 (Rep. Joyce (OH) – Energy and Commerce)

This bill would reauthorize funding for federal nursing workforce development grant programs administered by HRSA for five years. These programs include traineeships, loan repayment, and scholarships for nurses to attain advance practice status and become nursing faculty. Continued investment in these programs is necessary to ensure the United States has an adequate supply of nurses.

  1. H.R. 647 – Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (Rep. Engel – Energy and Commerce)

The goal of this legislation is to improve education, healthcare professional training, and research into palliative care and hospice care through grant programs that create Palliative Care and Hospice Education Centers, support projects to fund training of physicians who plan to teach palliative medicine, and which promote the career development of academic hospice and palliative care physicians in addition to nonphysician health professionals entering the field of palliative care.

  1. H.R. 2115 – Public Disclosure of Drug Discounts Act, as amended (Rep. Spanberger – Energy and Commerce)

This bill, as amended, includes H.R. 3415, the Real-Time Beneficiary Drug Cost Bill, introduced by Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI). Together, the bill would require the secretary to make public the aggregate rebates, discounts, and price concessions that pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) negotiate with drug manufacturers. Additionally, Medicare prescription drug plan sponsors would implement an electronic, real-time benefit tool that is capable of integrating with at least one prescriber’s electronic prescribing system or electronic health record so beneficiaries can have better information about their drug plan at the point of prescribing.

  1. H.R. 1781 – Payment Commission Data Act of 2019 (Rep. Carter (GA) – Energy and Commerce)

This bill would provide the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) with access to drug pricing and rebate data under Medicare Parts B and D, as well as under Medicaid.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“You can’t run a free society if you have to hate everyone you disagree with.”

Bill Clinton