Daily Whipline

May 9, 2019

MAJORITY WHIPLINE: THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2019

THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2019                                                                                                           

House Meets At…

Votes Predicted At…

10:00 a.m. Morning Hour

12:00 p.m. Legislative Business

Fifteen “One Minutes” Per Side

First Votes: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Last Votes: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 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:

Under a Rule (1 bill):

H.R. 986 – Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act of 2019 (Rep. Kuster – Energy and Commerce)

This important bill would rescind the 1332 guidance issued by the Trump Administration which clearly weakens coverage and undermines the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions. It would also prohibit any similar future guidance from being proposed.

The Rule provides for one hour of debate and makes in order the following amendments:

Langevin Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Includes findings that the new guidance entitled "State Relief and Empowerment Waivers" weakens protections for the millions of Americans living with a preexisting health condition, including the one in four Americans living with a disability.

Brown Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Ensures that nothing in the bill will be construed to affect the approval of waivers under section 1332 of the ACA that establish reinsurance programs that lower health insurance premiums and protect health insurance coverage for people with preexisting conditions.

Pressley Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Specifies that this restriction includes such actions that result in fewer people with coverage of Essential Health Benefits (as defined in Section 1302 of the Affordable Care Act), including maternity and newborn care.

Harder Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Requests a GAO report on the impacts to mental health care and treatment, and how many individuals would lose care, if the waivers for state innovation are awarded.

Walden Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Changes the title of the bill to, “This Bill Actually Has Nothing to do with Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act.”

Holding Amendment #6 (10 minutes of debate)

Changes the title of the bill to, "Nothing in This Bill Would Protect Individuals With Pre-Existing Conditions Act."

Holding Amendment #7 (10 minutes of debate)

Changes the title of H.R. 986 to "Insert Politically Punchy Title That Doesn't Reflect the Bill Substance Act."

Porter Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Prohibits the Secretaries from taking any such action that would reduce the number of individuals enrolled in coverage that is at least as comprehensive as the coverage defined in section 1302 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Pappas Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Prohibits the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of the Treasury from taking any action to implement similar guidance or rule that would reduce the availability or affordability of coverage for substance use disorders, including opioid use disorders.

Rouda Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Prohibits future administrative actions that would result in a reduction in the availability, affordability, and comprehensiveness of health insurance coverage for vulnerable populations.

Malinowski Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Prohibits the Secretaries from taking any action that would reduce the affordability of comprehensive coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions.

Wild Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

Prohibits any action that would raise health insurance premiums for comprehensive coverage.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Don’t find the fault, find the remedy.”

Henry Ford