|Monday, October 28, 2019
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Suspensions (17 bills):
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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