|Wednesday, May 19, 2021|
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Complete Consideration of H.R. 1629 – Fairness in Orphan Drug Exclusivity Act (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.
Complete Consideration of H.Res. 275 – Condemning the horrific shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 16, 2021, and reaffirming the House of Representative’s commitment to combating hate, bigotry, and violence against the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community (Rep. Chu – Oversight and Reform)
This resolution resolves that the House of Representatives: condemns the heinous and inexcusable acts of gun violence that led to the tragic loss of 8 lives in Georgia on March 16, 2021; condemns any racism and sexism in the choice of the shooter to target Asian-owned businesses and murder 7 women, 6 of whom were of Asian descent; honors the memory of the victims, offers heartfelt condolences to their families, and recognizes that the healing process will be long and difficult for the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community and all communities impacted by this tragedy; and reaffirms the commitment of the United States Federal Government to combat hate, bigotry, and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to prevent tragedies like this from ever happening again.
The Rule, which was adopted on Tuesday, provides for no further debate.
This bill forms a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate the January 6 attack and to recommend changes to further protect the United States Capitol.
The bill establishes a 10-person bipartisan commission with 5 commissioners, including the Chair, appointed by the Speaker of the House and Majority Leader of the Senate and 5 commissioners, including the Vice Chair, appointed by the Minority Leaders of the House and Senate. The bill prohibits current government officers or employees from being appointed and requires the commissioners to have significant expertise in the areas of law enforcement, civil rights, civil liberties, privacy, intelligence, and cybersecurity. The commission will have the authority to issue subpoenas to carry out its investigation upon agreement of the Chair and Vice Chair or by vote of a majority of commission members.
The Commission will be required to issue a final report by December 31, 2021 on its investigative findings and recommendations to prevent future attacks on the Capitol.
Click here for the bill text.
Click here for a fact sheet from the Committee on Homeland Security.
Click here for a section-by-section from the Committee on Homeland Security.
The Rule will provide for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“A single seed can turn into a forest. A single heart can transform a nation.”
Bryan Thao Worra