Legislative Notices

December 10, 2018

S.J. Res. 63 – Disapproval of Donor Disclosure Rule

NOTEWORTHY Background: Senator Tester introduced S.J. Res.64, a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act of 1996. If enacted, the resolution would nullify Treasury Department guidance that limits the donor information that tax-exempt and certain non-exempt organizations must give to the Internal Revenue Service on their tax returns. It has 35 co-sponsors, all Democrats. Floor Situation: The Senate may consider S.J. Res. 64 soon. A vote on the motion to proceed has a... Continue Reading


October 17, 2018

Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 (Substitute Amendment to S.140)

NOTEWORTHY Background: On April 18, a cloture motion on amendment number 2232, a substitute amendment to S. 140 (Coast Guard Reauthorization) failed by a vote of 56-42. That substitute amendment contained provisions from the House-passed Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act, H.R. 2825. It also included the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, which relates to the regulation of ballast water discharges and other incidental discharges from vessels. This substitute amendment has a revised... Continue Reading


October 9, 2018

S.J. Res. 63 – Disapproval of Short-Term Limited Duration Insurance Rule

NOTEWORTHY Background: Senator Baldwin introduced S.J.Res. 63, a joint resolution of congressional disapproval under the Congressional Review Act of the final rule to deregulate short-term limited duration plans. The resolution currently has the support of all 49 Senate Democrats. Floor Situation: The Senate is expected to conduct a roll call vote on the motion to proceed to S.J.Res. 63 this week. This vote is a simple majority threshold. Executive Summary: The resolution disapproves a final... Continue Reading


October 2, 2018

H.R. 6 – Support for Patients and Communities Act

NOTEWORTHY Background: On September 17, 2018, the Senate passed an amendment in the form of a substitute to H.R. 6 by a vote of 99-1. The House of Representatives passed H.R. 6 on September 28, 2018, by a vote of 393-8.  Floor Situation: The Senate will likely consider H.R. 6 soon. Executive Summary: The House and Senate have advanced bipartisan legislation to address the opioid problem. The final bill authorizes critical funding to assist states, expands patient access to addiction... Continue Reading


October 2, 2018

S.3021, America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018

NOTEWORTHY Background: America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 was favorably reported by the Environment and Public Works Committee in a unanimous vote on May 22, 2018. The House of Representatives unanimously passed S. 3021 on September 13, 2018. Floor Situation: The Senate will likely consider S. 3021 soon. Executive Summary: Following President Trump’s call to rebuild American infrastructure, AWIA authorizes major water infrastructure projects that benefit nearly every state.... Continue Reading


September 25, 2018

H.R. 302 (as amended), FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018

NOTEWORTHY Background: The current Federal Aviation Administration authorization law expires September 30. H.R. 302, as amended, is a pre-conference agreement on the FAA reauthorization and additional measures. The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved its FAA reauthorization bill, S. 1405, by voice vote on June 29, 2017, and reported it on May 9, 2018. The House passed its version of an FAA reauthorization bill, H.R. 4, on April 27 by a vote of 393-13. Floor... Continue Reading


September 13, 2018

S. 2554 – Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act

NOTEWORTHY Background: The Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act, legislation sponsored by Senators Collins and McCaskill, would prohibit the use of “gag clauses” in contracts for employer-sponsored and individual health insurance plans. The bill was introduced on March 14, 2018, and reported out of the HELP committee by voice vote on July 25, 2018. Floor Situation: The Senate will vote on the bill Monday, September 17. Executive Summary: The bill would ban the inclusion of pharmacy... Continue Reading


September 10, 2018

Senate Amendment to H.R. 6, The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018

NOTEWORTHY Background: The HELP, Finance, Judiciary, and Commerce committees have advanced bipartisan legislation to combat the opioid crisis. The bill is an amendment in the form of a substitute to H.R. 6, which the House passed in June. Read RPC’s recent paper on the opioid problem here.     Floor Situation: The Senate may begin consideration of this legislation the week of September 10.    Executive Summary: The legislation reauthorizes and expands state... Continue Reading


August 10, 2018

Vehicle for Department of Defense and Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations

NOTEWORTHY Background: The House passed H.R. 6157, the Department of Defense appropriations act for fiscal year 2019, on June 28, 2018, by a vote of 359-49. The House has not considered H.R. 6470, the House version of the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill on the floor. It is expected that the Senate will join the Senate Appropriations Committee versions of the Defense and Labor-HHS-Education bills together for consideration on the floor. Both bills passed the committee on 30-1 votes. Floor... Continue Reading


July 30, 2018

H.R. 5515 – FY19 National Defense Authorization Act

NOTEWORTHY Background: The Senate version of the fiscal year 2019 John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act, S. 2987, passed on June 18, 2018, by a vote of 85-10. The House approved its version of the NDAA, H.R. 5515, on May 24, 2018, by a vote of 351-66. On July 10, the Senate agreed to go to conference by a vote of 91–8. The House approved the NDAA conference report on July 25, 2018 by a vote of 359-54. Floor Situation: The Majority Leader filed cloture on the NDAA conference... Continue Reading


July 23, 2018

H.R. 6147 – Vehicle for Agriculture, Financial Services, Interior, and Transportation-HUD Appropriations

NOTEWORTHY Background: The House passed H.R. 6147, their second “minibus” appropriations bill, on July 19 by a vote of 217-199. The House bill joined the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill with the Interior-Environment appropriations bill. It is expected that the Senate will consider a package of four bills that combine the two the House included, along with the Agriculture and the Transportation-Housing and Urban Development appropriations bills. All four... Continue Reading


June 22, 2018

S. 3042, Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018

NOTEWORTHY Background: The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 was favorably reported by a 20-1 vote of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry on June 13. Without reauthorization, the major Agriculture Department programs authorized by the 2014 farm bill will cease to exist on October 1. Floor Situation: The Senate will likely consider S. 3042 during the week of June 25. Executive Summary: The Agriculture Improvement Act renews the federal government’s major... Continue Reading


June 19, 2018

H.R. 3 – Spending Cuts To Expired And Unnecessary Programs Act

NOTEWORTHY Background: H.R. 3 was introduced on May 9, 2018, one day after the president transmitted a rescission proposal to Congress. The bill passed the House on June 7 by a vote of 210-206. Text of the bill as it passed the House is available here. Text of the president’s rescission messages are available from the Office of Management and Budget: original and supplemental messages. Floor Situation: The Senate may vote in relation to the motion to proceed to the bill during the week of... Continue Reading


June 15, 2018

H.R.5895, Minibus Appropriations (Energy-Water Development, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch)

NOTEWORTHY Background: The House passed H.R. 5895, the consolidated fiscal year 2019 appropriations act for Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies; Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies; and Legislative Branch and Related Agencies, on June 8, 2018, by a vote of 235-179. The Senate will use this vehicle to consider its versions of the three appropriations bills. The Senate Appropriations Committee favorably reported S. 2975, the Energy and Water Development... Continue Reading


June 5, 2018

S.2987 John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for FY2019

NOTEWORTHY Background The Senate Armed Services Committee filed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act on June 5, 2018. The committee voted on May 23 to advance this bill to the Senate floor by a vote of 25-2. The House passed its version of the NDAA, HR 5515, on May 24, 2018, by a vote of 351-66. Floor Situation: The Senate is expected to begin debate on the NDAA as soon as June 6, 2018. Executive Summary: The fiscal year 2019 NDAA authorizes $707.7 billion for defense spending:... Continue Reading


May 21, 2018

S.2372 – VA Mission Act of 2018

NOTEWORTHY Background: The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed its amendment to S.2372, the John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka, and Samuel R. Johnson VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act (VA MISSION Act) of 2018, by a vote of 347 to 70. This bill was negotiated between the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees. Floor Situation: On May 17, Majority Leader McConnell filed cloture on the motion to concur in the House Amendment... Continue Reading


April 18, 2018

S. 140, Coast Guard Authorization Act (Thune-Nelson-Sullivan Substitute Amendment)

NOTEWORTHY Background: S. 1129, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017 was favorably reported by the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on May 18, 2017. The Thune-Nelson-Sullivan substitute amendment would replace the text of an unrelated vehicle (S. 140, the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017) with the updated text from S. 1129. The substitute amendment also incorporates several provisions from H.R. 2825, the Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act, which passed the... Continue Reading


April 16, 2018

S. 140, Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act

NOTEWORTHY Background: On May 8, 2017, the Senate passed S. 140 by unanimous consent. On January 10, 2018, the House passed S. 140 with an amendment by a vote of 239-173. As passed by the Senate, the bill amends the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to change how WMAT Settlement Funds may be used. The House amended the bill to add language identical to that in S. 249, a bill related to tribal leasing introduced by Senator Tom Udall and passed by the Senate... Continue Reading


March 22, 2018

Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act Of 2018

NOTEWORTHY Background: The Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2018 would temporarily fund cost-sharing reduction subsidies and risk mitigation programs, and make other changes to Obamacare. The first draft of the bill was released on October 19, 2017, as an agreement between Senators Alexander and Murray with 24 cosponsors: 12 Republicans and 12 Democrats. The Lower Premiums Through Reinsurance Act of 2017 has since been incorporated into the latest bill. It was first introduced by... Continue Reading


March 22, 2018

H.R. 1625 – Vehicle for the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018

NOTEWORTHY Background: Funding for fiscal year 2018 is currently provided through Friday, March 23, 2018. Floor Situation: The Senate will consider H.R. 1625 when it is received from the House. Executive Summary: The bill provides budget authority for fiscal year 2018 totaling $1.3 trillion. It also includes Overseas Contingency Operations requirements of $78.1 billion. The funding provided is consistent with the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which increased discretionary... Continue Reading


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