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Wednesday, June 13th

Jun 13, 2018
Legislative Digest

Wednesday, June 13th

On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. First votes expected: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Last votes expected: 4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

11 Suspensions 

1) H.R. 5294 - Treating Barriers to Prosperity Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) | Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would clarify that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) may enter into contracts with and provide grants to people and organizations in Appalachia for projects and other activities aimed at reducing drug abuse and the negative effects of drug abuse, including opioid abuse, in the region.

2) H.R. 5752 - Stop Illicit Drug Importation Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) | Energy and Commerce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C) to strengthen the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) seizure powers and enhance its authority to detain, refuse, seize, or destroy illegal products offered for import. The legislation would subject more people to debarment and civil penalties under the Act.

3) H.R. 4655 - CREEPER Act of 2017  (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill prohibits the importation or transportation of child sex dolls into the United States.


4) H.R. 6902 - REGROUP Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary: This bill 
amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to reauthorize the comprehensive opioid abuse grant program through 2023.

5) H.R. 5889 - Recognizing Early Childhood Trauma Related to Substance Abuse Act of 2018 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) | Education and the Workforce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill
 requires the Department of Health and Human Services to disseminate information to professionals working with young children on ways to recognize children impacted by trauma related to an adult’s substance use, and how to respond in a manner that will provide the best support for the child. 

6) H.R. 5890 - Assisting States’ Implementation of Plans of Safe Care Act  (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Tom Garrett (R-VA) | Education and the Workforce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide states with enhanced guidance to support the implementation of their “plan of safe care” assurance, which is required under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and designed to address to address the needs of infants affected by prenatal substance abuse.

7) H.R. 5891 - Improving the Federal Response to Families Impacted by Substance Use Disorder Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI) | Education and the Workforce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill establishes an interagency task force to develop a strategy on how federal agencies can implement a coordinated approach to responding to the opioid epidemic, with a particular focus on the existing programs that support infants, children, and their families. 


8) H.R. 5892 - To establish an Advisory Committee on Opioids and the Workplace to advise the Secretary of Labor on actions the Department of Labor can take to address the impact of opioid abuse on the workplace (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Jason Lewis (R-MN) | Education and the Workforce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill would create an Advisory Committee to advise the Secretary of Labor on actions the Department can take to address the impact of opioid abuse on the workplace.

9) House Amendment to S. 1091 - Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act (PDF)

Sponsor: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) | Education and the Workforce Committee

Topline Summary: This bill as amended, establishes an Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.

10) H.R. 2147 - Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act of 2018, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) | Veterans Affairs Committee

Topline Summary: This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to hire at least 50 Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) specialists at eligible VA medical centers to ensure veterans who become involved in the criminal justice system have greater access to Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs).

11) H.R. 4635 - To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to increase the number of peer-to-peer counselors providing counseling for women veterans, and for other purposes, as amended (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) | Veterans Affairs Committee


Topline Summary: This bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to increase the number of female peer counselors so that female veterans who are separating or newly separated from military service can receive support from other female veterans.

115th Congress