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MAJORITY WHIPLINE: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2022

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

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: 5:45 p.m. - 8: 15 p.m.              

 


Floor Schedule and Procedure:

H.R. 7666 – Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act of 2022 (Rep. Pallone – Energy and Commerce)\

This bill provides resources and support to address the mental health and substance use disorder crises facing millions of Americans. The legislation strengthens and expands more than 30 critical programs that collectively support mental health care and substance use disorder prevention, care, treatment, and recovery support services in communities across the nation. H.R. 7666 helps bolster the behavioral health workforce and increases access to mental health and substance use disorder care and coverage. The legislation supports the mental health of children and young people and provides substance use disorder prevention and related services for adolescents as well as their families and caregivers. H.R. 7666 also significantly strengthens Medicaid behavioral health services for children.

The Rule will provide for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

The Rule will make in order the following amendments and will allow for amendments to be offered en bloc:

Bera/Fitzpatrick Amendment

Adds the House passed Helping Emergency Responders Overcome (HERO) Act, which establishes a series of programs relating to the behavioral health of law enforcement officers, first responders, 9-1-1 operators, and other public safety officers and health care providers.

Davis, Rodney/O’Halleran Amendment

Adds the text of HR 2355, the Opioid Prescription Verification Act of 2021, which encourages the expanded use of electronic prescribing for prescription opioids. The amendment also incentivizes states to maintain and fully utilize prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP) and requires the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to work with the CDC, DEA, and FDA to offer materials and guidance to pharmacists on how to verify the identity of patients to help facilitate safe and responsible opioid prescribing.

Dean/Spartz Amendment

Increases the time limit health care providers can hold long-acting injectable (LAI) buprenorphine before administration to a patient, if received through a specialty pharmacy, from 14 to 60 days.

Demings Amendment

Requires a report on the available mental health and stress-related responses and resources or programs that are available to law enforcement officers at the federal, state, and local level. The report shall include the extent resources are used, their availability, and recommendations for agencies to improve the mental health of their law enforcement officers.

Feenstra Amendment

Requires the Behavioral Health Crisis Coordinating Office to include the Veterans Crisis Line as an entity to provide rapid post-crisis follow-up care.

Ferguson/Pappas Amendment

Requires HHS to develop best practices for establishing behavioral intervention teams in educational settings.

Gottheimer Amendment

Includes veterans as an eligible group for mental health and substance use disorder care.

Griffith Amendment

Delays the date of applicability for Sec. 262, which eliminates the X-waiver, to January 1, 2024.

Joyce (OH) Amendment

Requires the Department of Defense to carry out a two-year pilot program aimed at preventing suicides amongst active duty members of the Armed Forces by predownloading resources onto smart devices issued to members of the Armed Forces and to provide training on the use of these resources.

Katko/Napolitano Amendment

Adds the House-passed Suicide Prevention Lifeline Improvement Act, which includes enhanced funding for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, authorization for HHS to develop and implement an enhanced quality assurance plan for the suicide prevention hotline, improved data sharing with the CDC, and a pilot program for innovative technologies for suicide prevention.

Kim (NJ) Amendment

Adds the text of the Synthetic Opioid Danger Awareness Act, which requires HHS to conduct a public education campaign about synthetic opioids (including fentanyl and its analogues), disseminate information about synthetic opioids to health care providers, and develop a training guide and webinar for first responders and other individuals at high risk of exposure to synthetic opioids that details measures to prevent exposure.

McKinley/Dingell Amendment

Amends the Controlled Substances Act to clarify the process for registrants to exercise due diligence upon discovering a suspicious order.

Moore (WI) Amendment

Add appropriate state, local, and tribal public officials administering programs that serve low-income pregnant and postpartum individuals to the list of entities that the Secretary should consult with in operating and maintaining the maternal mental health hotline.

Napolitano/Katko Amendment

Revises Project AWARE, which is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, to provide comprehensive school-based mental health services, including screening, treatment, and outreach programs.

Pressley Amendment

Requires HHS to conduct a study on the rates of suicidal behaviors among children and adolescents with chronic illnesses, including substance use disorders, autoimmune disorders and heritable blood disorders and to submit a report to Congress the results of the study, including recommendations for early intervention, dissemination of best practices, and strategies to address demographic disparities identified among such youth.

Reschenthaler/Morelle Amendment

Requires a study to determine the true costs of untreated serious mental illness on families, health care systems, public housing, and law enforcement in America.

Trone/Armstrong Amendment

Authorizes State Opioid Response (SOR) Grants and Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) Grants for five years at $1.75 billion per year, with a 5 percent set-aside for TOR.

H.R. 5585 – Advanced Research Projects Agency–Health Act (Rep. Eshoo – Energy and Commerce)

This bill accelerates innovation in health and medicine by investing in high-risk, high-reward research projects. The legislation creates specific goals and methods for ARPA-H that will ensure the United States maintains global leadership in science and the highest quality of life and health for its citizens. The legislation includes specific provisions related to the Director of ARPA-H to ensure that ARPA-H maintains a distinct culture, organization, authority, and leadership as an independent operating division within HHS. H.R. 5585 also  includes reporting requirements to ensure proper compliance and avoid redundancy.

The Rule will provide for one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. The Rule will make in order the following amendment:

Eshoo/Guthrie Amendment

Clarifies organizational structure of offices within ARPA-H, limits the amount of administrative funding that may be used to operate ARPA-H to 15%, removes the requirement of Senate confirmation of Director, and clarifies ARPA-H's leasing authority.

Postponed Suspensions (8 votes)

1. H.R. 7174 – National Computer Forensics Institute Reauthorization Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Slotkin – Homeland Security)

This bill would reauthorize the U.S. Secret Service’s National Computer Forensics Institute (NCFI) through 2032 and make a number of targeted enhancements to position the NCFI for success well into the future. The legislation would ensure the NCFI is able to continue its important mission of training State, local, Tribal, and territorial officers, prosecutors, and judges in cybercrime investigations and cyber incident response, as authority to operate NCFI is slated to sunset in November 2022. Additionally, this bill would strengthen NCFI’s operations by requiring that the training provided include privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties protections and authorizing the NCFI to engage in research and development regarding approaches to training for investigations involving ransomware and threats involving the use of digital assets. The bill requires the Director of the Secret Service to report to Congress annually on NCFI’s activities, successes, and projected demands for training.

2. H.R. 5274 – PREVENT ACT of 2021 (Rep. Joyce (OH) – Homeland Security)

This bill would direct the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner to issue CBP personnel containment devices to prevent accidental exposure to illegal narcotics in the course of carrying out inspections activities.  Most fentanyl and illicit substances that are interdicted by CBP are encountered at U.S. ports of entry. Consequently, CBP officers are at high risk of exposure to harmful substances through inhalation, ingestion, and skin contact. Containment devices prevent exposure by creating a controlled, negative pressure environment to reduce exposure to hazardous substances. These devices bring a second layer of protection beyond PPE and protects the lives of personnel interdicting harmful toxics at our land, air, and sea borders.  This legislation builds upon two related measures that were enacted into law last Congress—“Synthetic Opioid Exposure Prevention and Training Act” (Clarke (D-NY); P.L. 116-260) and “DHS Opioid Detection Resilience Act of 2019” (Higgins (R-LA); P.L. 116-254).

3. H.R. 6538 – Active Shooter Alert Act of 2022, as amended (Rep. Cicilline – Judiciary)

This bill would adapt an existing alert system to establish an Active Shooter Alert Network, enabling law enforcement to send active shooter alerts within their communities if they choose to, and would direct DOJ to develop best practices for these alerts.

4. H.R. 1934 – Promoting United States International Leadership in 5G Act, as amended (Rep. McCaul – Foreign Affairs)

This legislation would create an interagency working group to work with partners to align diplomatic engagement strategies and monitor China’s engagement at the ITU. The interagency group would be required to provide a briefing to relevant committees on China’s engagement at the ITU and on a strategy to work with allies and partners to protect against untrusted networks.

5. H.Con.Res. 59 – Condemning the October 25, 2021, military coup in Sudan and standing with the people of Sudan (Rep. Meeks – Foreign Affairs)

This concurrent resolution condemns the October 25, 2021, coup in Sudan. It recognizes former Prime Minister Hamdok and his cabinet as the constitutional leaders of Sudan’s transitional government and calls for Sudan’s military junta, among other things, to immediately release all civilian government officials, civil society members, and other individuals detained in connection with the coup; return to constitutional rule under the transitional constitution; and lift the state of emergency, including complete restoration of all means of communication. The concurrent resolution also calls on international partners to join U.S. efforts to impose targeted sanctions on the junta and other accomplices in the coup and also suspend Sudan’s participation in all regional multilateral organizations until the country is returned to constitutional rule under the transitional constitution.

6. H.Res. 720 – Calling for stability and the cessation of violence and condemning ISIS-affiliated terrorist activity in northern Mozambique, including the Cabo Delgado Province, and for other purposes (Rep. Jacobs (CA) – Foreign Affairs)

This resolution condemns the violence, targeting of civilians, and terrorist attacks carried out by ISIS-Mozambique in Cabo Delgado Province. It calls on the Government of the Republic of Mozambique, with help from the United States, to end the conflict and provide additional humanitarian support. This resolution also urges the Mozambican government to restore security, counter violent extremism, and address the social and economic drivers of terrorist recruitment and the conflict.  

7. H.Con.Res. 45 – Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the execution-style murders of United States citizens Ylli, Agron, and Mehmet Bytyqi in the Republic of Serbia in July 1999 (Rep. Zeldin – Foreign Affairs)

This resolution expresses the sense of Congress that those individuals responsible for the July 1999 murders of Ylli, Agron, and Mehmet Bytyqi in Serbia should be brought to justice, the Serbian government should prioritize the investigation and prosecution of current or former officials believed to be responsible for their deaths, the United States should devote sufficient resources to fully assist such an effort, and that progress in resolving this case should remain a significant factor in the development of relations between U.S. and the Republic of Serbia.

8. H.Res. 892Calling on the Government of the Republic of Rwanda to release Paul Rusesabagina on humanitarian grounds (Rep. Castro – Foreign Affairs)

This resolution urges the Rwandan government to immediately release Mr. Rusesabagina on humanitarian grounds and allow him to return to the United States. It expresses grave concern with the Government of Rwanda’s actions, including the extrajudicial transfer of Mr. Rusesabagina from the UAE to Rwanda, placing him in solitary confinement, and charging him with multiple crimes. The resolution calls on Rwandan authorities to permit his access to adequate medical care and urges the United States Government to raise the case of Mr. Rusesabagina in all interactions with the Government of Rwanda and press for his immediate release on humanitarian grounds. Lastly, it expresses support for the family of Paul Rusesabagina and their commitment to bringing him home.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive."

 -Dalai Lama

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