|Tuesday, November 17, 2020|
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Motion to Go to Conference and Republican Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 6395 – William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021
Suspensions (25 bills)
1. H.R. 4499 – NIMHD Research Endowment Revitalization Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Barragan – Energy and Commerce)
This bill authorizes the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to facilitate research on minority health disparities through research endowments at current or former centers of excellence.
2. H.R. 5668 – MODERN Labeling Act of 2020 (Rep. Matsui – Energy and Commerce)
This bill gives additional authority to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require modifications of outdated labeling for certain generic drugs. The bill would require FDA to report any actions taken under this new authority to update labeling for covered drugs, including the number of drugs, description of the changes and the rationale, as well as any FDA recommendation(s) to modify the program
3. H.R. 4712 – Fairness in Orphan Drug Exclusivity Act, as amended (Rep. Dean – Energy and Commerce)
This bill updates the Orphan Drug Act to require drug manufacturers seeking orphan drug designations to demonstrate the absence of any reasonable expectation that the costs they incur in developing and making those drugs available in the United States for such disease or condition. The bill directs the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the drug manufacturer to take into consideration the sales of all drugs for the rare disease or condition developed by the same manufacturer as well as all drugs containing the same active moiety when making this determination.
4. H.R. 2466 – State Opioid Response Grant Authorization Act of 2020 (Rep. Trone – Energy and Commerce)
This bill authorizes the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) State Opioid Response Grants program to align with the grant authority provided through the 21st Century Cures Act. The grant program is authorized through FY 2026.
5. H.R. 2281 – Easy MAT for Opioid Addiction Act, as amended (Rep. Ruiz – Energy and Commerce)
This bill would require the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to revise regulations within 180 days of enactment to allow a practitioner to dispense up to a three-day supply of narcotic drugs to an individual for the purpose of maintenance or detoxification treatment at one time. This practice is intended to relieve potential acute withdrawal symptoms while the individual awaits arrangements for narcotic treatment. Currently, practitioners are only authorized to provide a one-day supply of such drugs.
6. H.R. 2117 – FASTER Act of 2020 (Rep. Matsui – Energy and Commerce)
This bill would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to expand the collection of information as to the prevalence of food allergies for specific allergens and to include that information in reports to Congress. The bill would also amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to include sesame as a major allergen and allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), through regulation, to add other food ingredients as major allergens based on the prevalence and severity of allergic reactions to the food ingredient. Additionally, the bill would require FDA to include patient experience data on treatments for patients with food allergies in its reports on patient experience data.
7. H.R. 5855 – Bipartisan Solution to Cyclical Violence Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Ruppersberger – Energy and Commerce)
This legislation would create a grant program at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support trauma centers with violence intervention and violence prevention programs. Program support would be provided to conduct research to reduce the incidence of re-injury and re-incarceration caused by intentional violent trauma.
8. H.R. 3878 – Block, Report, And Suspend Shipments Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. McKinley – Energy and Commerce)
This bill would create additional requirements for drug manufacturers and distributors who discover a suspicious order for controlled substances. In addition to reporting a suspicious order of controlled substances to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), a manufacturer or distributor must also exercise due diligence, decline to fill the order or series of orders, notify the DEA of each suspicious order or series or orders and the indicators that led to the belief that filling such orders would be a violation. These requirements would become effective six months following enactment.
9. H.R. 4806 – DEBAR Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Latta – Energy and Commerce)
This bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act to allow the Attorney General to prohibit any registrant from manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing a controlled substance or a list I chemical if that registrant meets or has met any of the conditions for suspension or revocation of registration under subsection (a) of the Act, or has a history of prior suspension or revocations.
10. H.R. 4812 – Ensuring Compliance Against Drug Diversion Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Griffith – Energy and Commerce)
This bill terminates the controlled substance registration of any registrant if the registrant dies, ceases legal existence, discontinues business or professional practice, or surrenders registration. A registrant who ceases legal existence or discontinues business is required to notify Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Registrants must receive written consent from DEA in order to assign or transfer a registration. Registrants are also required to return certain documentation if a registrant’s work is discontinued.
11. H.R. 6096 – READI Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. McNerney – Energy and Commerce)
This bill amends the Warning, Alert, and Response Network Act to include emergency alerts from FEMA as a type of alert that subscribers of mobile service may not block from their devices and directs the FCC to adopt regulations to facilitate coordination with State Emergency Communications Committees (SECCs) over alerts issued under the Early Alert System.
12. H.R. 6624 – USA Telecommunications Act (Rep. Pallone – Energy and Commerce)
This bill creates a new grant program through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The new program would, among other things, promote technology that will enhance competitiveness in the supply chains of Open Radio Access Networks (Open RAN) 5G Networks.
13. H.R. 7310 – Spectrum IT Modernization Act of 2020 (Rep. Doyle – Energy and Commerce)
This bill requires NTIA, in consultation with the Policy and Plans Steering Group, to submit to Congress a report on its plans to modernize agency information technology systems relating to managing the use of federal spectrum.
14. H.R. 2610 – Fraud and Scam Reduction Act, as amended (Rep. Blunt Rochester – Energy and Commerce
This bill establishes a senior scams prevention advisory group at the FTC to improve educational materials on senior scams; establishes an advisory office for senior scams at the FTC; requires an FTC report on seniors scams; requires an FTC report on scams targeted at Indian Tribes and members of Indian Tribes; and requires an FTC report on collaboration between the FTC and state AGs regarding scam enforcement.
15. H.R. 6435 – Combating Pandemic Scams Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. Carter (GA) – Energy and Commerce)
This bill requires the FTC to inform the public about scams related to COVID-19, disseminate information on reporting COVID-19 scams, and establish a national database for such information.
16. H.R. 8121 – Pandemic Effects on Home Safety and Tourism Act (Rep. Cardenas – Energy and Commerce)
This bill requires the CPSC to study and report to Congress on the effects of the COVID–19 pandemic on injuries and deaths associated with consumer products and directs the Department of Commerce to conduct a study and report to Congress on the effects of the COVID–19 pandemic on travel and tourism in the U.S.
17. H.R 2914 – Housing Survivors of Major Disaster Act, as amended (Rep. Espaillat – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill broadens the array of possible proof of residence documents required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for applicants for its Individuals and Households Program and prohibits FEMA from requiring the notarization of disaster housing assistance applications.
18. H.R. 8408 – Aircraft Certification Reform and Accountability Act, as amended (Rep. DeFazio – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill improves aviation safety by reforming the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aircraft certification process, ensures the FAA and aircraft manufacturers develop and maintain robust safety cultures, establishes enhanced safety requirements related to the design of new aircraft, engines, propellers, and appliances, as well as enhanced requirements for the FAA’s processes for certifying new designs as safe, and addresses issues identified related to international pilot training, human factors, and automation in the cockpit.
19. H.R. 8266 – FEMA Assistance Relief Act of 2020, as amended (Rep. DeFazio – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill modifies the Federal cost share of certain assistance provided under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and modifies the activities eligible for assistance under the emergency declaration issued by the President on March 13, 2020, relating to COVID-19.
20. H.R. 4611 – Ocean Pollution Reduction Act II, as amended (Rep. Peters – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill provides an alternative process for the City of San Diego to comply with the Clean Water Act’s permitting requirements for the continued operation of the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant, while ensuring continued reductions of pollutant discharges and greater use of reclaimed wastewater associated with the Plant.
21. H.R. 8326 – Child Care is Economic Development Act of 2020 (Rep. Finkenauer – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill amends the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 to require eligible recipients of certain grants to develop a comprehensive economic development strategy that directly or indirectly increases the accessibility of affordable, quality childcare.
22. H.R. 5919 – National Children’s Museum Act, as amended (Rep. Norton – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill requires the Administrator of General Services to enter into a cooperative agreement with the National Children’s Museum to provide it with rental space without charge in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
23. S. 1869 – Secure Federal LEASEs Act, as amended (Sen. Peters – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill requires entities entering into lease agreements with the Federal government for high-security space to identify ownership information of the property and requires Federal lessees to include provisions in high-security leases limiting access to property owners except when allowed by Federal tenants.
24. H.R. 5953 – Preventing Disaster Revictimization Act, as amended (Rep. Graves (MO) – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill requires the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to waive certain debts owed to the United States related to covered assistance provided to an individual or household.
25. H.R. 4358 – Preliminary Damage Assessment Improvement Act of 2020 (Rep. Katko – Transportation and Infrastructure)
This bill directs the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit to Congress a report on the Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) process and to establish a consistent training program for FEMA personnel involved in the PDA process.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.