Legislative Notices

February 14, 2019

The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2019

NOTEWORTHYBackground: Seventy-five percent of fiscal year 2019 discretionary appropriations have been enacted. Agencies without full year appropriations, however, have been operating under a series of continuing resolutions: P.L. 115-245; P.L. 115-298; and P.L. 116-5. The inability to reach consensus on funding for the Department of Homeland Security before the statutory deadline led to a partial government shutdown lasting 35 days, from December 22, 2018, throughJanuary 25, 2019. On... Continue Reading


February 1, 2019

S. 47 – The Natural Resources Management Act of 2019

NOTEWORTHY Background: During the 115th Congress, Senators Murkowski and Cantwell drafted legislation combining more than 100 bills relating to public lands, natural resources, water projects, and infrastructure. That package was negotiated with the chairman and ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee. While it did not pass by the end of the 115th Congress, the final version of that package has now been reintroduced as S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act. Floor... Continue Reading


January 28, 2019

S. 1 – Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East

NOTEWORTHY Background: In the 115th Congress, a number of bipartisan foreign policy measures were not enacted despite passing one or both Houses of Congress easily. Senators Rubio, Risch, McConnell, Gardner, and Blunt combined four of these bills into the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019. Floor Situation: The Senate voted three times in the last three weeks on proceeding to S.1. However, the Senate did not meet the 60-vote threshold for cloture on the... Continue Reading


January 23, 2019

End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act

NOTEWORTHY Background: Seventy-five percent of fiscal year 2019 discretionary appropriations have been enacted. A partial shutdown that started on December 22, 2018, has affected departments and agencies funded by the other 25 percent. On January 19, 2019, President Trump announced this proposal to reopen the government and provide for border security. The Senate Appropriations Committee released the End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act on January 21.    Floor Situation: H.R.... Continue Reading


December 17, 2018

S.756, Legislative Vehicle for First Step Act of 2018

Noteworthy Background: The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan recidivism reduction bill, the FIRST STEP Act, H.R.5682, on May 23, 2018, by a 360-59 vote. That bill did not have a sentencing reform component. A companion bill was introduced in the Senate on May 7, 2018, by Senator Cornyn. A separate bipartisan bill, the First Step Act, S.3649, was introduced in the Senate on November 15. It includes an amended version of the recidivism reduction aspect of the bill, as well as a... Continue Reading


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


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